Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Asher's Birthday Interview






Asher: Age 7

What is your favorite color? green
Who is your best friend? that's hard...I'll say Henry but I like them all!
What is your favorite TV show/movie? Wild Kratts and Big Hero 6
What is your favorite thing to do outdoors? ride my new bike and play baseball with my new bat and ball
What is your favorite thing to do indoors? build Legos and play in the new box (the bike box)
What is your favorite game? Cops and Robbers
What is your favorite thing to wear? my 7 shirt!
Where would you want to go on vacation? when I'm 15 I'll go to Kansas City to ride the biggest waterslide ever!
What do you like most about your siblings? Addilyn - that she's a good artist; Elias and Albert - hmmm...I can't think of anything.
Now that you are seven, what would you like to learn/know? nothing...but I want to do science
What do you want to be when you grow up? train engineer and a building engineer and a racercar driver
What is your favorite toy? my new bike
What do you sleep with at night? the ladybug blanket
What is your favorite thing to do as a family? go to Kings Pointe...especially the outdoors part
What is your favorite art project? making snowmen with Mrs. Bean
What is your favorite subject in school? science
What is your favorite cereal? Cinnamon Life
What is your favorite lunch? burgers at school
What is your favorite dinner? Asher meatballs...and burgers
What is your favorite snack? fruit snacks
What is your favorite dessert? the cookies I brought to school (chocolate and marshmallow) and ice cream
What is your favorite drink? milkshakes...and lemonade...water...milk...I like drinks!
What is your favorite animal? my sick bear and Batty
What is your favorite song? Yellow Flickerbeat (by Lorde)
What is your favorite book? The Little Red Caboose
What is your favorite holiday? Christmas

If you'd like to compare his answers to previous years, here are the links:
6th birthday
5th birthday
4th birthday

Monday, April 4, 2016

Asher's 7th Birthday!!

Saturday was Asher's 7th birthday!! It started off as any good birthday should, with some delicious birthday cereal. This year it was Reese's Puffs.
Then it was time to open his present.
It was a new bike!  He was pretty excited about said bike.
The kids were also pretty enthralled with the box in which the bike came. It was perfectly Asher's length.
It was also big enough for two.
He was super happy to be able to put the bike together. (He was trying to put on the pedals within seconds of opening the box!)
The box was played with, on and off, for the entire day...sometimes by the entire crew at once.
After the bike was all put together, it was time to take it out for his first ride. Unfortunately, it was a bit chilly on Saturday but that didn't stop him. He just bundled up and headed out.

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Birthday pictures (in a post to follow) and a traditional picture with Momma. That tongue!
Per his request, we celebrated by going swimming at King's Pointe.
The kids all enjoyed the slides. Here the two older boys were taking a tube up the three flights of stairs to head down a slide together. They earned that super-fun ride!

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I love how he still comes up smiling!
After swimming, it was time for Asher meatballs. This recipe has changed drastically in the past few years (we've been able to add milk, cheese, wheat (at least for a little bit there), and egg) but they are still called Asher meatballs if they are served over rice.
And after dinner it was time for cake!
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This year Asher requested an ice cream cake like Addilyn had on her birthday, only with chocolate. This cake had triple chocolate (chocolate ice cream, Cocoa Pebbles coated in semi-sweet chocolate, and mini chocolate chips).
After dessert, we drove a couple miles north of town and laid, all bundled up, in a field to watch the International Space Station fly over. It took six minutes and was super bright. It was really fun!
I asked Asher at the end of the night if he had a good birthday and he said it was his best one yet. I'm so glad, Asherman!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Addilyn's Birthday Interview




 Addilyn: Age 9

What is your favorite color? light blue
Who is your best friend? Leah
What is your favorite TV show/movie? America Ninja Warrior/ Star Wars: Episode VI
What is your favorite thing to do outdoors? swim
What is your favorite thing to do indoors? marble run
What is your favorite game? Jenga
What is your favorite thing to wear? tank top and shorts
Where would you want to go on vacation? Florida
What do you like most about your brothers? that they respect my birthday (they're really nice to me)
Now that you're nine, what would like to learn/know? how electricity flows through circuits (and all that)
What do you what to be when you grow up? an engineer who designs living enclosures at the zoo
What is your favorite toy? my stuffed animals: Paul, Diddy, Goldie, Cornelius, and Brownie
What do you sleep with at night? my favorite blankie and my stuffies
What is your favorite things to do as a family? go on vacations...camping and all that
What is your favorite art project? painting with acrylic paints
What is your favorite subject in school? Math or Art
What is your favorite cereal? Fruity Pebbles
What is your favorite lunch? apples and peanut butter
What is your favorite dinner? Korean beef
What is your favorite snack? granola
What is your favorite dessert? ice cream cake 
What is your favorite drink? peanut butter chocolate chip milkshake
What is your favorite animal? giraffe
What is your favorite song? Deep Blue (it's from their Sunday School curriculum)
What is your favorite book? The Tale of Despereaux
What is your favorite holiday? Christmas


If you'd like to compare her answers to previous years, here are the links:
8th birthday
7th birthday
6th birthday


Addilyn's 9th birthday!

Yesterday was Addilyn's 9th birthday. It was her golden birthday too. Woohoo!
She started her day off right with special birthday cereal (Fruity Pebbles) and phone calls from the grandparents.
After that, she headed off to a full day of school (it's parent/teacher conferences this week so only Monday and Wednesday were normal days). For lunch, Daddy came and ate with her at school. He ate the chicken patty sandwich but Addilyn requested her favorite lunch, apples with peanut butter and a side of applesauce(???). Since it was her birthday I threw in a few mini chocolate chips with the peanut butter because that's how I roll.
For her class treat, she requested monster cookie dough bites. They were a hit with all who tried them. Yay!
After school, we did some birthday things like taking her birthday pictures (to follow) and doing her birthday interview (also to follow). We finished our picture session with a bunch of selfies as a duo. Normal one.
 Kissy face one.
 Uber happy face one. This one is my favorite.
As we were taking our selfies, a neighbor boy came by and asked to be in a picture with us. His rabbit joined us as well.
After that it was time for the birthday meal. Addilyn requested BBQ meatballs (or Korean beef but we had that last week). I threw in some fried apples and cheesy bacon ranch potatoes to complete our very healthy meal. She seemed excited.
Now for dessert, we were planning on making her an ice cream cake. We made our plan on Saturday and even ordered a special pan just for such a purpose. It was supposed to get here on Tuesday. As of 2:00 on Thursday, that pan still hasn't gotten here. So instead, Tyler made some Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Milkshakes.
While not a cake, these milkshakes are pretty delicious!!
Time for presents!!
Smiley face.
Trying on her new duds from Mom and Dad.
One final selfie with Mom and Dad (and Frederick the giraffe).

The celebration doesn't stop there. Tonight she is having a friend over for a sleepover. I borrowed a pan so we will have the ice cream cake tonight. Then tomorrow we will play all day and finish with a trip to King's Pointe waterpark in Storm Lake. It should be a good time.

Happy Birthday, baby girl!!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Christmases with Family

Our first stop was in El Dorado for Christmas with the Johnson clan. I have no pictures of the actual gift exchange but here are some pictures of us relaxing and hanging out the day after.
Ollie and Addilyn were checking out his robot. So cool!
Asher hanging out with Aunt Courtney and his own new robot friend.
Watching the rollercoaster.
Hanging out with the gang.
After the Johnson clan, we headed through Kansas and stopped by Great Grandpa and Grandma Butts' new apartment.
Then we stopped by Great Grandma Diamond's.
Then we finished our vacation at Grandpa and Grandma Butts' house. Grandma had some paper crowns for us to wear. Fun!
Batman blanket with sleeves!
Corresponding Spiderman blanket.
And the Superman blanket.
Elias got a new coat!!
Daddy helped Asher put together his 3D car puzzle.
That face!
Elias used his light-up bricks to make a racecar. So fun!