Ice Fishing!!

Last Saturday morning Allan took Brooke ice fishing!  photo 020eresized_zpsa38f687b.jpg

Since I wasn’t there I don’t have too much to say about these pictures. I won’t lie and say one day Allan will tell the story because he won’t. haha
He will when I scrapbook them in a couple weeks and that’s all that matters 🙂  photo 021eresized_zps6e61f844.jpg

He told me these four holes were already there and all he had to do was reopen them.  photo 022eresized_zps7aba386d.jpg photo 023eresized_zps76efbd4a.jpg photo 024eresized_zps4c4b3ebd.jpg

I think this was the second fish she caught but the first one all on her own! As in, she dropped in the fishing line, she set the hook, and she reeled it in!  photo 028eresized_zpsc6b5e025.jpg photo 029eresized_zpsc39c59d0.jpg photo 030eresized_zps05158d9a.jpg photo 032eresized_zps9e076475.jpg photo 033eresized_zps46008955.jpg

Friday Lunch Date

Allan noticed our hot water heater had a leak so he called someone out to fix it. We ended up having to replace it, which is not a fun way to spend $1,000! Sometimes I really don’t see the benefit to owning a house! So pricey! haha
Anyway, he stayed home so he could be here while the guy was in our garage. I’m glad Allan dealt with it, I didn’t want to!
After the guy replaced the water heater we went to Bass Pro Shops so Allan could pick up a few things for a fishing trip. Then we went out (with Ember, of course!) to Famous Dave’s for lunch.  photo 030eresized_zps6715a9c1.jpg

We stopped by the giant fish tank to let Ember watch the fish swim around. She absolutely loved that! It was really awesome because we were the only ones there. Usually we go to that store in the afternoon or evening and it’s busy. It was cool hanging around the fish tank without having to share or move over for other people to see.  photo 034eresized_zps4fef10e1.jpg photo 045eresized_zpscc5ff1aa.jpg photo 049eresized_zpsec52ff1d.jpg photo 053eresized_zpsb6bb0544.jpg

I didn’t want to chase Ember all around that store that day and didn’t even feel like telling her to stay near me. At 8 months along now my belly is pretty darn heavy and I try to take as many shortcuts as possible. Which is just to say that that is the reason I brought the stroller with us and I was pretty darn happy when Ember wanted to ride in it while waiting for Allan to pick out lures and weights and whatnot.
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It was near 2pm by the time we got to Famous Dave’s and we were all super hungry! Good thing because we can never finish our meal when we go to Famous Dave’s. I love meat and all but my stomach is pretty small and I just can’t eat a lot at one sitting!  photo 075eresized_zps4b899f0e.jpg photo 082eresized_zpsc3cff339.jpg photo 084eresized_zps5369aa65.jpg photo 086eresized_zpsae2a9d30.jpg

Ember is not a fan of pork and thought the ribs looked gross so she stuck with fries, chips, and corn bread!  photo 087eresized_zps7379274a.jpg

There were some cool old classic rock songs on and Ember asked me if she could climb down to dance by our table.  photo 102eresized_zps69b3c62b.jpg photo 120eresized_zpsbbf89f9d.jpg photo 108eresized_zps891f0c37.jpg

I took Ember outside to wait while Allan paid. She was in the best mood ever!  photo 138eresized_zpse90e0cbc.jpg photo 140eresized_zps3ee9872f.jpg photo 148eresized_zps08c6adb3.jpg

Last Night

Allan took Payson fishing at the lake. The girls and I hung out around the house. At times we’d head out in the backyard to watch the crazy lightning storm. The entire sky was filled with lightning. It didn’t rain much, though.

Once inside for the night for good we played for a bit in the front room before bed.  photo 030eresized_zpscb7f3b56.jpg  photo 040eresized_zpsf0df63db.jpg photo 073eresized_zps48f3e80d.jpg photo 049bwresized_zps17e516f2.jpg photo 059bwresized_zps1b8007a4.jpg photo 083bwresized_zps3489fe78.jpg photo 084eresized_zpse1b24586.jpg

Sometime I’ll have Allan add the story of his and Payson’s lake trip. If I bother to wait until then to add these pictures, it likely won’t happen 😉  photo 001e2resized_zps5d47e393.jpg photo 005eresized_zpscf333fcb.jpg photo 006eresized_zps4c522abb.jpg photo 007e2resized_zpsba03cc00.jpg

Day Trip to Willow Springs

Last Saturday, being so very sick of the heat, we drove three hours north to the Arizona pines for some lake time at Willow Springs.
We stopped in Payson, Arizona for a healthy lunch of Jack in the Box.  photo 003eresized_zps2c1080d6.jpg

I snapped this shot of Allan and the kids walking to the car. When they’d been walking across the parking lot I’d noticed how giant our family seemed. I can’t believe we’re going to have five kids. Five seems like way more than four, to me.  photo 006eresized_zps50a2570c.jpg

Allan bought himself a boat two weeks ago. I told him that would be his Father’s Day gift. The kids were super excited to be on the boat. As we slowly made our way across the lake (there’s a rule about not using a giant motor so Allan had to use his trolling motor) the kids hung off the side, kicking their feet in the water. (Allan didn’t want them to do this but I insisted it was fun and totally awesome. lol)  photo 015eresized_zps79988b37.jpg photo 019eresized_zps292e7b41.jpg photo 023eresized_zpsf65c3b27.jpg

Ember didn’t hang off the side of the boat, of course. She spent her time climbing from the front of the boat to the middle to the back and then back to the middle and back to the front. Over and over and over and over and over again. She stopped for about three minutes to sit by me and play with some toys we brought.  photo 033eresized_zps56e2ba9e.jpg

The weather was really nice (the high was in the low 80s) and with the shade canopy on Allan’s boat, I was really happy!  photo 042eresized_zpsbc9e43b3.jpg

There’s probably not a day that goes by that at least one of my children does a monster sound. They love scaring each other.  photo 046eresizeed_zpsd06eac4f.jpg

The second we chose a spot to stop on the shore and the kids got off the boat they went to swim in the water.  photo 051eresized_zps9b016ae3.jpg

The water was freezing. I didn’t get in, Allan swam with the kids the whole time.  photo 056eresized_zps75daa960.jpg

I bought these super awesome lifejackets at WalMart for the little kids. They go more around the waist instead of up by their faces which they love. Anyway, Payson got brave enough to swim out far from shore during this trip!  photo 059eeresized_zps80bec0c7.jpg photo 066eresized_zps61a63cca.jpg

Brooklyn had a lot of fun trying out her new flippers and snorkel set.  photo 068eresized_zps87ee1b26.jpg photo 091eresized_zps44e4eecd.jpg

We brought lots of snacks and though it’d been about an hour since they ate Jack in the Box my kids were ravenous. My kids are always ravenous.  photo 096eresized_zps541c32fe.jpg photo 105eresized_zps99853e82.jpg photo 106eresized_zps2e8b5b3e.jpg photo 118eresized_zpsf68fde34.jpg

Ember was really into feeding the fishies. She probably threw a fourth of her food to the fish :S  photo 128eresized_zps2e7d600a.jpg photo 131eresized_zps51cdbc63.jpg

Allan brought a bunch of fishing poles and we all fished for a while. Except Ember, who followed me around whining to be held or breastfed or go home.  photo 139eresized_zpsc41a8c66.jpg

The bluegills were really into our offerings. haha  photo 146eresized_zps1e974c36.jpg

Sierra caught her first ever fish!! A teensy tiny little bluegill that she was crazy excited about because she’d caught it all on her own!  photo 156eresized_zps9611b154.jpg

Brooklyn had caught a bluegill at the same time and they compared fish.  photo 157eresized_zps266720ab.jpg photo 158eresized_zpsefadec95.jpg photo 165eresized_zpse7d92600.jpg photo 173eresized_zps9b7d38c3.jpg

Brooklyn wanted to fish in a different part of the shore than everyone else. She loves to be separate and independent of the family because she feels like she’s growing up and too mature to fish by the little kids. She had the best time catching a ton of bluegill all by herself. She baited her own hook and got the fish of her hook all by herself each time!  photo 176esbresized_zps635220fc.jpg

Ember begged to hold each fish that was caught. She’d hold her hand out and as soon as the fish was near her she’d recoil. She did eventually get up the nerve to touch a few of the fish with one finger, though!  photo 177eresized_zpsa2e1bff9.jpg photo 181eresized_zpsfa288de2.jpg photo 187eresized_zps3f0be7b1.jpg photo 188eresized_zpse92672d0.jpg

Oops, one jumped out of her hands!  photo 191eresized_zpsd6d8c3f8.jpg photo 195eresized_zps4189c933.jpg

Payson was happy when the girls let him hold the fish they caught.  photo 200eresized_zps8bf8278a.jpg

Eventually it was time to go back on the boat for some better fishing for Allan.  photo 219eresized_zps6d294060.jpg photo 223eresized_zpsb2c4abf8.jpg photo 230eresized_zps48aa3ba5.jpg

Do not be fooled by my ability to get my daughter to smile and laugh, she was a crankster during the entire trip!!  photo 231eresized_zps43f2fedc.jpg photo 241eresized_zps6c806652.jpg photo 248eresized_zps556c3eef.jpg

The little kids loved to take their life jacket arms off and turn their life jacket around. Defeating the purpose of the life jacket, kids.  photo 254eresized_zpse6dee3d2.jpg photo 259eresized_zps8b830b0f.jpg photo 262eresized_zpsff0407c2.jpg photo 263eresized_zps85c09fe6.jpg
The End!

Allan and Sierra’s Camping Trip

Before I post those pictures I just wanted to say, I’m kinda proud of myself for blogging 7 days in a row! I made a personal goal to blog every day of 2013 and this week has really kick started that!

I don’t have a lot to say about Allan and Sierra’s campout because I wasn’t there! They left Sunday night and got home Christmas Eve day. Allan has told me a bit about it that I could type out but instead I’m just going to post the pictures and then when he has some time I’ll have him come back in here and add captions and tell the story of it. I will say they both said they had a blast! Photobucket