Father’s Day

I’m not going to put pictures of Allan on my blog anymore so here are the two I took on Father’s Day that don’t show him. The kids all made him cards and got him little gifts and were SO excited to give their stuff to him. I got the cutest pictures of them with their dad. I’ll have to email them to him.

Payson’s 10th Birthday!!

So Payson’s favorite thing in the whole world is Zelda Breath of the Wild. We made a Breath of the Wild themed birthday for him. Allan set up a quest that took Payson all over the house and yard and even to the park! He had to fight monsters (the rest of the family) and earn items (food and weapons) along the way. He kept saying it was the best day of his life! It was perfect!

Lyla loved Payson’s birthday! She had a good time.

Ember loved it, too.

Everett also loved it!

Me and my birthday boy. I love Payson so much! I can NOT believe he’s 10!!!

Back at home I watched Lyla while she jumped on the trampoline while Payson fought more “monsters” to finish his quest.

Payson’s final treasure was the master sword!!

Sierra filmed the last battle.

Lyla begged for milk.

I snapped some fun pictures of Brooklyn.

All the kids played battle for quite a while after Payson had found his new master sword. They love Zelda games!

Some fun pictures of Ember.

Everett showed me his best fighting moves.

And then it was time for cake! Gluten free, of course.

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to Paaaaayson,
Happy Birthday to you!

The mess after 🙂

After dinner and cake I was goofing off pretending the party hat was a beak and the kids copied me and had a hysterical time 🙂

The odds and ends post.

The kids having hot chocolate with whipped cream and watching Elf.

I went with Ember, Everett, and Lyla to buy the big kids’ Christmas presents. One of the stores we shopped at was Barnes and Noble. We had a blaaaast!

Payson and Everett draw on the white board a lot. Everett looks mad in this photo but he wasn’t at all, just turned to look at the last minute and was caught half looking.

What homeschool looked like this day.

Playing in the Snow and Decorating Sugar Cookies!

You know what’s funny is Lyla hated being outside when she was a young baby. Hated it! And now she loves being outside all day every day. She never wants to come in even if it’s freezing! I got her a new snowsuit and hat and she is super warm and walks around and plays with snow and has the best time outside!

Sierra and Ember built this big snow hill all by themselves in maybe twenty minutes! They then climbed it and slid down it a lot.

Decorating sugar cookies after we came in!

It looks like I didn’t get a picture of Ember’s finished cookies! I did video tape everything and she finished way after the other kids so that’s probably why.

Thanksgiving 2017!

The kids did some turkey crafts while I cooked.

And the girls played outside in the downpour we were having.

Lunch was deviled eggs and relish tray foods.

And dinner was at 4pm!

I tried to get a group picture by setting my camera on the counter and on the couch and using the timer so I didn’t have to fuss with the tripod but they didn’t turn out perfect. Oh well! Oh and Lyla was asleep so she ate dinner later!

Halloween 2017

Okay, are you ready for Halloween 2017 pictures!?
First up we have Brooklyn as Guy Diamond from the Trolls movie!

Next up, Sierra as a wizard from Hogwarts. She wanted to be Hermoine specifically but Ember had already called Hermoine!

Now we have no other than Payson as Harry Potter! He was so excited to be Harry Potter he even grew his hair out for a few months to look more like him!

Next up we have Ember as Hermoine!! The fiercest Hermoine you’ll ever see!!

And now that brings us to little Everett who was thrilled beyond belief to be his favorite character from his favorite show- Chase from Paw Patrol!!! Can you just FEEL his excitement through these photos?!

And lastly the baby of the family, Lyla as a monarch butterfly! She was so not into standing still for a picture and much more interested in running into the road!

And a couple pictures of the whole group of kids!

Before we headed out I asked Allan to take a picture of me and Lyla since we matched 🙂

And now the time we’ve all been waiting for, trick or treating!!!

We were SO lucky that Lyla fell asleep and slept through almost all of the night. She is not the most happy baby and cries through most things. It was awesome that she slept and we got to just enjoy the night with the big kids while she slept peacefully bundled up in the stroller!
Once she did wake up, Allan hurried to her and wrapped her up in his jacket to keep her toasty warm while we finished up.

Back at home the devouring started!

We had grabbed a couple pizzas from Little Caeser before heading home. Easy dinner.

This Americana honey cream soda is my and Allan’s favorite.

Our Easter

I told Everett about Easter this year and he listened with his eyes getting wider and wider with each new detail. He doesn’t remember Easter from last year so this was brand new information to his mind and he was very into it. He talked about Easter a lot leading up to the morning. He was the first one awake and insisted on waking up the rest of the family. He had no desire to gather with the rest of the kids and wait to walk into the living room together, nope, he ran out first thing and started looking through his Easter basket!

So I put the couple things he’d pulled out back in for a quick photo shoot of their baskets for their albums. It was worth the ten seconds I took to have these recorded. haha






And then, the fun! Candy breakfast! 😉

I’m glad I thought to snap this group picture. It makes me happy.

Then Allan hid all the Easter eggs and we had our egg hunt!

My mom sent a package of Easter egg hunt markers. They really added fun to the egg hunt!

Normally we dye eggs the day before Easter but I hadn’t boiled the eggs in time so we did them after the morning festivities!

And that was our Easter!

St. Patrick’s Day

We didn’t do a whole lot for St. Patrick’s Day. I printed some coloring pages for the kids and we went to McDonald’s for lunch and got a large shamrock shake to share. We put on what green we own and drew shamrocks on our faces using washable marker and called it good. It was really simple but the kids had a blast. Payson pinched me first thing in the morning because I wasn’t wearing green yet. I was the only one in the family that got pinched.
Everett wanted a picture with Lyla when he saw Sierra getting one. Cute, huh? He also leaned over and kissed her without me telling him, too. And for once Lyla didn’t try to claw his face off. Lyla loves to claw people’s faces off. For love. She takes her little dagger nails and grabs you by both sides of the face and pulls your face to hers to lick and slobber all over you. It hurts, it’s slobbery, but it’s the best thing in the whole world! haha

Mmmm, shake.

Wearing Lyla while teaching homeschool. This is the only way I can homeschool. Or cook. Or clean. Or live.

I told Payson to come over and let me snap a picture before his shamrock totally smeared off. Everett wanted to be in the picture and when I told Payson to look slightly to the side to show his shamrock better, Everett tried too. And did this face. So cute!