While I cook breakfast.
I can’t believe Allan is 37!
For his birthday he took a day off work and while Brooke was at school we went to Cabela’s (missing Bass Pro Shops the whole time!) and looked for a new fishing rod and reel for him. Then we went to Chili’s for lunch!
At first we hung out with him at the fishing reel section but the kids couldn’t keep their hands off the reels so I took them on a walk to the fudge shop and we bought a couple kinds of fudge for Allan before heading over to the big aquarium.
The kids (especially Ember) get a kick out of this talking moose. Ember was terrified of it at first. Once we explained it wasn’t alive she loosened up!
Allan found a really nice reel and found a nice rod that was on super clearance from $100 to $18!! Or something crazy like that!
I took the kids to the aquarium and we watched the fish. Everett slept through the entire trip!
Next up, Chili’s! Allan convinced me to order the chicken avocado sandwich and he got a half rack of ribs. Sierra and Payson got mini cheeseburger kids meals and Ember got her very favorite meal on earth, chicken strips and fries. Everett shared my food.
Sierra started complaining about her bun giving her a headache so I took her hair down while we waited for the food.
Ember Anya super dee duperly loves fries!
As does Payson.
I wish I could remember exactly what amusing thing she was talking to me about. She makes me smile every minute of the day. She’s so funny and interesting and smart and loving and full of joy!
Everett eats SO much when he likes a food. He eats more than I ever think he will at one sitting. He ate most of my fries!
One of Allan’s favorite foods is ribs!
Payson remarked that his hamburger patty looked like a heart! ♥
Sierra learned about tropical fruit in one of her lessons. She chose to research papaya and then I taught her how to make salt dough so she could make a papaya and paint it after it baked and cooled.
Ember and Everett couldn’t stay away from the kitchen. They saw Sierra grab a measuring cup out of the drawer and decided it would be the best idea to take every measuring cup (and other utensil) out of the drawer. They’re really helpful like that.
Payson played with some of the dough for a bit.
Sierra had lots of dough left over so she made a pig, too. Don’t ask me why she made a pig- she just felt like it!
The finished papaya! I think it turned out well. We need to coat it with Mod Podge before she can take it up to her room.
Random last picture is of Everett asleep after we went and picked up Brooklyn from school. He often falls asleep on our drive to the school and I lay him on the recliner to nap for a bit.
Most hikes Allan ends up holding a tired Ember half the time. This time we let her sit in the stroller and Allan held Everett!
Ember used a stick to pretend to sweep this entire area we were hanging out at. There was a bench there and the kids were sick to death of hiking (mostly Ember and Everett) so we just stopped and spent time there. Ember cleared pretty much every pine needle out of the area! She was very determined!
Everett got the idea to throw rocks from the bench area we were sitting at into the trees below. We were on a hill so it was fun for him to watch it fly out of sight. He did that for a long time and got excited and proud of himself each time!
I set up the camera and timer to show us all looking off at the lake, which is what we were doing, but then everyone ran off right then to do other things and I didn’t want a picture of me just standing there alone so I just bent over and showed my rock. lol
Allan was kneeling in front of some stairs because Everett really wanted to climb down them but they were steep and dangerous.
Ember and Everett spent lots of time picking up stuff off the ground around them and throwing it off the deck we were on.
Someone texted me. Everett heard my phone beep from the stroller and helpfully went to retrieve it. If I don’t look at my phone when it beeps he gets really annoyed! haha! He likes me checking those messages!
He found a big stick and was happy about waving it around like a sword. He hit a bunch of things with it making a sword poking sound each time.
Allan took a Wednesday off work and we went for a hike at our favorite state park. Then we picked up Brooke from school and went to Cafe Rio. Then Brooke had young women’s and while she was in young women’s we went to Wal-Mart for groceries.
It was quite chilly when we got to the trail and Ember didn’t have a sweater! We’re still adjusting to the weather suddenly being fall-like and not summer-like anymore! I let Ember wear my sweater and I just had a tank top! I was chilly!
The kids were using all the sticks and rocks as weapons. It was adorable.
Usually Allan wears Everett but I wore him this time. He kept me warm!
I couldn’t stop taking pictures of Ember hiking around in my sweater. I loved how she looked swimming in it! haha!
Running to catch up to daddy!
The trail went right by the lake.
Everett woke up from his long nap near the last part of the hike.
The clouds moved in, that was cool.
Look what Allan got! I love this picture!
We drove to Brooke’s school to get her and then went straight to Cafe Rio! Allan took these next two pictures while I was ordering the food.
This is when Everett saw me walking back from ordering. He lit up and smiled and waved! AWWW! So glad Allan took this!
When we were getting ready to go Payson and Ember went outside (there was a door right next to our table) and did funny faces and made up sign language through the window 🙂
And lastly we went to Wal-Mart that night. It was a fun, busy day!
Want to hear the saddest thing?!?! We were going on our usual evening walk and I let Everett walk the first block of it. He was trailing behind Allan and the big kids a little bit. I was walking beside him and suddenly he called out, “Da da!” and started baby running (toddling faster, haha) toward Allan. He picked the worst spot of the entire sidewalk because it is the only spot with a slight, very slight, downhill curve. He wasn’t prepare for that and I saw him start teetering forward. I was only one step behind him but you know toddler falls, you can’t catch someone that short who’s falling! He almost caught himself but by becoming rigid to brace for a fall he actually ended up getting more hurt because he didn’t use his hands as a brace, he landed face first on the sidewalk.
So here you had this toddler who got excited to go catch up to his daddy and starts walking faster and falls right on his face. I about cried. I am frowning remembering it. It’s always sad when toddlers get hurt but just especially when they were doing something extra sweet! *sob*
I wisely remembered something I learned back in Arizona and that’s to use a popsicle to combat the swelling. I brought Everett a popsicle. He’s never had one! He was curious about it. He just looked at it at first. Then he tasted it. Then he ate the entire thing!!! I was shocked. AND the best part is it took the swelling WAY down and by the next day he looked fine! Only the scrapes were still visible, the swelling was so minor you couldn’t tell. Yay!
Of course seeing their brother with a popsicle, everyone else wanted one too!
Payson was purposefully doing that face, he was being “Jake.”
The kids were playing a hide and seek game in the dark in Sierra’s room one day and all the sudden Payson comes downstairs screaming crying. He told me he crawled right into the metal frame of Sierra’s bed. His cheek was already red and I knew he’d have a serious bruise. Sure enough over the next two days it got darker and more discolored. Yikes! Thankfully the pain didn’t last as long as the bruise did!
Before it faded away forever I took him outside to photograph it. It didn’t turn out well, the bright light of day hid a lot of it in photos but, he sure did look cute anyway!
You can try and try to not laugh at your mom’s jokes, Payson, but I know you and what makes you laugh, you might as well stop trying to keep a serious face. lol
I bought Ember a new outfit for her upcoming 5th birthday. She tried it on and loved it and so I snapped some pictures while we were outside.
Me and my baby kitty ♥
Everett sat by me and looked around the world and sucked on his thumb. He doesn’t suck his thumb, he just did for a minute while vegging out on this particular day.
In this photo you can see how his fingers on his right hand are curved so much they face each other at the tips. I love his fingers. I hope he isn’t bothered by them when he’s older.
Then we blew bubbles! I put the camera away for the rest of the time. Bubbles are too fun to spend time photographing 😉 haha