Thursday, March 12, 2015

Addilyn's Birthday Interview

Addilyn: Age 8

What is your favorite color? light blue
Who is your best friend? that's a hard one! Alexandra?
What is your favorite thing to do outdoors? go swimming
What is your favorite thing to do indoors? read with my reading pillow
What is your favorite game? exercise ball tag
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 like riding bikes with me
Now that you are eight, what would you like to learn/know? really hard math problems like 50+37
What do you want to be when you grow up? engineer (not the train kind), veterinarian
What is your favorite toy? Buzz Lightyear
What do you sleep with at night? Cornelius!
What is your favorite thing to do as a family? Go on vacation
What is your favorite art project? pop up cards
What is your favorite subject in school? Science
What is your favorite cereal? Cinnamon Toast Crunch
What is your favorite lunch? Nutella oatmeal
What is your favorite dinner? BBQ meatballs
What is your favorite snack? Tootsie Roll Pop
What is your favorite dessert? rice pudding
What is your favorite drink? lemonade
What is your favorite animal? giraffe and dolphin
What is your favorite song? Let It Go
What is your favorite book? The Frozen book I got for my birthday
What is your favorite holiday? Christmas

If you want to check out the previous birthday interviews:

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Addilyn's birthday party

Addilyn turned 8 on Monday.  She had a party to celebrate such a milestone on Friday evening.  Here's her 8 cake.  Lovely, no?
She's blowing out her candles.
Enjoying the "Addilyn."  Don't worry, neither she nor any of her friends ate nearly that much cake.
Gift time!
Look at all those school/art supplies.  That's a very happy girl!!
The party was the first time Addilyn hosted a sleepover.  The girls (and some of the boys) were all pj'ed up and ready to watch Tangled.  It has become a classic.
A sleepy crew eating some special Frozen cereal.  They may have been awake past 11 but they still managed to be up and at 'em before 8.  Crazy girls!
It was a successful first slumber party and a good way to celebrate the girl.  Hooray!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

More Christmas

These pictures are getting to be ridiculously old but we're going to ignore that and soldier on.
My parents came right before Christmas to hang and out and celebrate with us.  Addilyn and Grandma played a pretty epic game of Scrabble.
Addilyn won. She was pretty excited.
The boys played Zingo with Grandpa.
Time for presents! A couple of gifts were for the entire group of kids.  I just think it's fun when they all open the gift at once.  Teamwork!
One of those group gifts from G&G B was this.  It's a snowball maker.
Books. Doodling books.
New pjs!  He was pretty excited to cuddle up with them.
Kids' picture calendar.
Addilyn got a new coat. Pretty snazzy!
I'm sure the entire neighborhood will enjoy watching the kids play with this when things get warmer.  They also got a stoplight to help ease traffic concerns as they are peddling around our sidewalks.
Daddy explaining Asher's car building kit.
"Daddy, I'd really like to put this on now."
"Yep, this is just as fuzzy as I thought it would be."
 More group presents.
It's a trailer to pull with the pedal tractor!

We're almost up to Christmas.  I will get us up to date.  Hang in there friends!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Albert's Birthday Party

We had a party to celebrate Albert's birthday.  We waited until the weekend afterward so that my parents could be there to celebrate with us. cupcakes.
Lick, lick, lick.
Well, he enjoyed the frosting at least.
Frosting face picture with Momma.
Too much cuteness!!!
 Opening one last present from Grandpa and Grandma B.
Oh look, that truck has lights!
So exciting!!!

Christmas Decor

As one of our Advent activities, we dipped some spoons in chocolate for hot chocolate.
Then we took our chocolate dipped spoons and added more chocolate, marshmallows, and toffee pieces.  The kids enjoyed playing with the melted chocolate and sneaking some of the toppings too.
I realize this post is about a month late, but here's a picture of our finished Christmas tree.
Here is one of the gingerbread men ornaments.
And here is a melted peppermint candy snowman.  That was another one of our advent activities.  We also made a star, Christmas tree, and snowflake.
 Here's Elias' section of the popcorn and cranberry garland.
I also made a garland with still more gingerbread men and dried orange slices.
That project was kind of fun but SUPER messy.

And I may have hung yet another stick in our house.  I really miss having a chandelier in our dining room if only to have a place to hang all the paper garlands I've made.  But you've got to have a paper garland for your birthday, right (even if it is Christmas themed)?
And here is our Advent calendar (on Albert's birthday).

Thursday, January 15, 2015

More Advent Activities

Our first step in decorating our tree was the cranberry and popcorn garland.  I was surprised how well this went.  We did this for the first time last year and they seemed to really enjoy doing it again.  Here are the boys' with their contributions.  Elias apparently really liked the cranberries.
Concentrating so hard!
Here is the finished garland draped on the tree.  This was the first step in our decorating process.
Tyler decorated the outside of our house with lights too.  This is the first time we've ever gotten to do this so he was pretty excited.  You'll have to ask Tyler sometime how he got that strand way up on the top peak.
The next step in tree decorating is making the gingerbread men.
My gingerbread recipe makes a ton so we also made some cookies for the neighbors (as well as a gingerbread men garland).
The kids took turns picking the shapes and cutting them out.
One of our other activities was making cinnamon snowflakes.
They were super simple and super tasty.  Cut some pieces out of a tortilla, spread it with butter, sprinkle with some cinnamon sugar and bake it for a few minutes.  Voila!
Enjoying the fruits of her labor (although the rest of us enjoyed her fruits as well; we're such freeloaders!).
On another night, we decorated our gingerbread.
Spread, spread. Sprinkle, sprinkle.
They could have kept on decorating all night! Each of the bigger three were so into decorating; it was fun to watch.
A bucket of our finished masterpieces. In hindsight, offering the black sprinkles was probably not seasonally appropriate.  They seemed to be the favorite though. We'll chalk it up to artistic vision and general creativity.