Saturday, December 13, 2014

And the winner is...

Gold Bar, WA

Of the 300+ pictures I took of the kids, I got one with proper lighting and all 4 of them looking at me.  Maggie had a hair going straight down the center of her face, but with no other options, I called it good (after a little photoshopping).

Interesting fact: there is a man panning for gold in the background of this picture. He's a blue blip on the left. Eric and Amos have also panned for gold in Gold Bar.  Gold Bar, WA, is worthy of it's name.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Snowflake Lane!

Last night we went to Snowflake Lane in Bellevue, WA and it was awesome! Admittedly, going in I had a bit of "sometimes these things with kids are more trouble that they're worth" anxiety. It ended up being just great though. The kids loved it and I was so impressed by the show, the excitement, and the joy that was everywhere.

They shut down a couple blocks of a major road in Bellevue, and do a sort of road show. First there was a drumline that was just awesome. Then came some dancers. The whole time winter characters (polar bear, ice princess, rudolph) are circulating the crowd and getting the little kids to dance, etc. It was super cute. And really hard to not just want to dance.

Wardie's view.  It didn't last long, he was out and about mingling with the characters and strangers all around us.

Auds is in there somewhere:

For part of the show they blow bubbles and make it was really pretty.

And my favorite picture:

I don't know how Wardie got so caught in her skirt.  He was just running around to hold her other hand.

And, there is plenty of live action on our YouTube channel.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Christmas Card Photoshoot

One of these years I'll smarten up and hire a professional.  In the meantime, I am doing it on the cheap!  This year we are really trying to not spend all of our money, so I didn't even buy the kids new clothes.  Luckily, I had a pretty good selection already in their closets to choose from.  Audrey got to wear one of Maggie's dresses, and you'd better believe that made her day.  Maggie's, not so much.

Eric was our location scout, and quite honestly, we got in the car and started driving.  We stopped in a couple different places, and really pushed the kids to their limit.

I was going to get a picture of all the kids individually in their outfits, but somehow forgot?  Here are Amos and Maggie anyway.

Second and Third runner up (with first place outtake):

If only Ward would have been in this one:

Out of the hundreds of pictures I took, I got one with proper lighting, and all four kids looking: Coming soon to a Christmas card near you!

Since the kids were such good sports we stopped at the Sultan bakery for a cookie on our way home.  The Sultan bakery came highly recommended and it did not disappoint.  We may have re-shoots just to get to go back to the bakery.

Thanksgiving 2014

Some years the turkey fits in the oven and that is a good thing.

Thanksgiving was pretty low key this year.  Nan and Pop Horne came to visit from Pennsylvania and its a good thing because it really would have been a non-event without them. 

Ward's crib/sleeping situation was at its peak during the Thanksgiving break, so it was pretty understandable that he crashed out every day while Nan and Pop were here.

I did a terrible job of taking pictures, but we pretty much looked like this:

Unless we were eating.

Ward is a Kid Now!

Last week, shortly after putting Ward in his crib for his nap, I heard a knock. From the inside of his door. I literally screamed, "NO!!!!!!!" Ward is officially no longer containable. It is the worst. I'm pretty sure it was just the week before all this that I said, "Ward is going to kill me, thank heavens for his naps." Nap time is no more. It's been nice knowing you all...

Today I turned Ward's bed into a toddler bed, and we are officially a crib-less house. I'd prefer diaper-less, but I am grateful for every milestone we pass never to see again.  Except for maybe this one.

As I was working on the crib today, Audrey came into the room.  She asked what I was doing, and when I told her she ran from the room screaming:

"Ward is a kid now! Maggie, Ward is a kid now!!!"

He is.

We Like the Sauce!

My sister, Liz, has long been an applesauce making pro.  Until she started, I wouldn't have known applesauce was something one could make on one's own.  When we lived in Utah, I was able to make it up to Idaho to make applesauce with her, and always wished it was something I could do on my own. 

Enter Washington.  If I am going to live in Washington with all it's apples, I might as well figure out the sauce making.  It took some friends offering to let us pick out their tree for me to get motivated, but I bought the kitchenaid attachment and am loving it.  So slick.

I got one more free batch of apples from a woman in town, and after two trial runs, I've got the sauce making figured out.  Fantastic.

The hardest part is talking the kids out of "helping." ;)