Tuesday, June 25, 2013

That One Summer Where we played Legos

The kids are finally into playing Legos!  No joke, we've been playing 3-4 hours a day.  Responsibilities are being shirked.  For the last few years I've been buying the kids the "bricks and more" sets, but things really took off when I bought them this set:

Once we had doctors, firefighters, farmers, and restaurant minifigures we needed a hospital, fire station, farm, and restaurant.  All of those "bricks and more" finally had a purpose!

The farm is my favorite thing we built, it's just so cute! (yes, Eric is completely worried about my inclinations towards 'cute' building):

I am most proud of the Costco food court I built, but it had a very short lifespan as Maggie's space people needed pizza on the moon ;)

Amos did so well building the minifigures and their accessories I decided he was ready for some real sets.  So, while he and Eric were away on a Father/Son campout (see below) the girls and I went to Target and picked him out some Legos.

Maggie picked him out a batman one and I picked him out a fire truck and fire helicopter.  He was always begging me to build him a helicopter, so I figured we'd go all official on it.

Of course, since it was girls' night, the girls and I also bought a couple Lego Friends' sets to do while the boys were camping.  The girls aren't quite into building yet, but they love playing with what I build.  They love talking in squeaky voices and rearranging the minifigures' body parts.

As I kid, I LOVED playing Legos.  We had a Lego table set up in our house where my sister, Kate, had the most pristine Lego City.  My table was a mish-mash of Pirates, Forestmen, Medieval castles, a beach house and one space set.  Eric also loved playing Legos as a kid, but the yahoo never built the sets!  He used his own imagination to build things.  Crazy, just crazy. 

A new development since I was a kid are the Minifigures series.  I admit, it's crazy buying those mystery bags, not knowing what you'll get, but we're totally sucked in.  The kids love buying those foil bags and get so excited to see which ones they'll get.  Thankfully, they're pretty non-discriminating on who/what they'll play with.  Duplicates/triplicates aren't a problem because then they all get one.

I think my favorite moment of all this Lego'ing was when I overheard Amos say to Maggie,

"What did mom say about playing with her Legos???"

I've been trying really hard to just let them play (even if it means pizza in outer-space and not at the Costco food court), but maybe I am not doing as well as I thought!

Dancing Through the Decades

(When I asked the kids to take that picture Amos said, "Girls, get over here, I am going to put my arms around you!"  I hope he's always so smooth.)

Last weekend our ward held a "Dancing through the Decades" family dance.  It was so fun!  Ward parties were one of my very most favorite things as a kid, and I hope it's no different for our kids.

The theme required you pick a decade, and then dress up like it.  I had grand plans for all of our costumes, but time got away from me, so I had to make do with what we had.

Audrey and Amos went 50s.  Anything with a twirly skirt works for Auds, and Amos was all about being a cool guy. 

Maggie went 80s prom night, and was thrilled getting to wear makeup. 

Wardie was supposed to go as the pink poodle to match Audrey, but I forgot it at the house.  Thankfully, his back-up onesie was hot orange, so he joined me and Maggie in the 80s.  Yep, it was a side ponytail and blue eyed shadow for me too. 

Eric, who does not love costumes, or dancing, pulled through and went as the 90s.  He looked great!  He also did a fantastic job of dancing with the girls.  That's true love right there.

Of course, it's not a Saturday in Duvall without a stop at Pickle Time, so we stopped there on the way to the party.

Our new ward might not be the biggest, but they sure do know how to bust a move!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

We put the 'chop' in chopper

Today, Amos landed Eric's toy helicopter in Maggie's hair.  They both thought it was hysterical.

Until I had to remove it, that is.

Sunday, June 9, 2013


I alluded to this before, and now I am ready to spill.  While this weekend's homecoming announcement was "we got chickens!" last weekend's was "THE GREEN CAR IS BROKEN!!!"

Indeed, the suburban was/is broken :(  Poor Eric spent all of his precious Saturday diagnosing and beginning to fix the problem.  He did find the problem, and can fix it, but it's going to take a lot of man-hours.  Although I had every intention of driving the suburban forever, with our move, lack of support system for suburban emergencies, and overall anxiety levels we decided it was time to get a new car.

So began the great debate of 2013.  I think part of the reason we never got anything new before is because we didn't know what we wanted/needed.  When we looked before, we always came back to the conclusion that there just isn't a car/suv/spaceship made to make having 4 kids in car seats easier.  Eric always knew he wanted another suburban, I just thought a minivan might make my life lots better...

We had to rent a car while the suburban was out of commission and it was a minivan.  Interestingly enough, it made my choice clear.

Introducing the Horne family car 2.0:

With 4 kids in car seats, we need absolutely as much space as we can possibly get. The minivan put them all way too close together.  And, trunk space.  Oh, the trunk space.

A couple trips to the "local" chevy dealers and we'd found our baby.  Sidenote: kids make negotiating so much harder! and they will be used against you.

Eric is still going to fix the green suburban, especially since he got called into the Young Men's presidency in our ward today.  The "deacon mobile" must ride again (only this time it will be the "teacher mobile," and they'll actually all fit in it).

So, no, a new state, a new house, and new lives weren't enough.  We needed a new car too :p

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Saturday Morning Adventures with Dad

Every Saturday morning Eric takes the kids out on an adventure.  They always return home with big news...


The house came with a chicken coop, so it was pretty inevitable.  I don't mind the chickens, and since they have a place to be that doesn't interfere with the kids playing out back, I am all good.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Wardie months 5-9

When Ward was born my sister, Anna, gave me a set of those "month birthday" stickers that are all the rage right now (sometimes they're onesies, chalkboard signs, you know what I am talking about).  At the time, I didn't have the heart to tell her that her expectations for me* were probably way too high.  If I had know we'd be moving, I for sure would have known I didn't stand a chance of staying current. 

All is not lost though, the stickers did not go to waste...presenting Wardie and his stickers at 9 months:

Wardie is a great little guy.  His first tooth finally popped through on his 9 month birthday.  I swear the kid has been teething for 6 months over that one little tooth.  It's going to be a long road to the full set with this kid.  He sits up, worm crawls a lot, and is getting really good at those baby push-ups.

I did manage to move the paper from his 6 month check-up halfway across the country with me, so here are his sixth month stats:

Weight: 16 lb, 4 oz.
Length: 26.25 in
Head: 42.2 cm

The nurse didn't write down any percentages, but they were basically 25-50%.  Nothing of note in either direction.

Ward also had a 9 month check-up, but the doctor we went to didn't have any cute little papers with the info on it, so it's gone forever.  Again though, it was like 25-50%.  (For the record I had all four kids with me, we'd waited an hour, and there were no pediatrician-like amenities i.e. toys in the waiting room...I have never before considered walking out, but I was really, really close that day).

Anyway, Wardie is a healthy, happy boy, and we adore him.

Here's to hoping for month 10!

*Anna will totally have the energy to pull off the month pictures for her child.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Come on upstairs

In spite of a crazy turn of events this weekend, and being out until 11:30 p.m. resolving it last night, I have managed to photograph the upstairs rooms too! 

So, come on upstairs...

All of the bedrooms are upstairs, and I really like it.  Its nice to have the separation of living and rooming spaces.

The master bedroom, which seeing it now, I need to get all of those pictures leaning up against the wall actually onto the walls.  It isn't nearly as blah as it photographs...

And the master bathroom:

What's that hose sticking out of the tub you ask?  Well, when Eric looked at the house before we moved here, he almost didn't rent it because the master tub was broken.  The owners weren't going to fix it (because it would involve removing tile), and Eric knows I take my bath hobby seriously.  That man loves me.  We decided to rent the house anyway (because it would have been totally crazy not to!) and Eric managed to fix the tub for me =)  Did I mention that man loves me?  For the record, my idea was to get a rain gutter and run the water from the sink into the tub.  That would have been awesome.  So, although the hose is not pretty, it's awesome!  The tub fills in like 30 seconds.

The girls' room is more a nook than a room, but they don't seem to mind.  They love having their dolls, castles, and girly things all in one place.

Amos' room makes up for the lack of space in the girls' room.  His room is his playroom now, and I love it.  He's really good about managing his space, and for the most part keeps it really neat.  He got the biggest upgrade in my opinion.

We bought the red locker for his legos.  I told him he could keep his projects on top of it.  That's working out a little differently than I envisioned, but I'll get over it.  He loves it.

There is a great bathroom for the kids to share.  Having two sinks is nice.

And, finally, we have the guest room/Wardie's room: 

Makes you want to come visit, huh?

So, that's it for the house.  I'll give you a hint on our weekend disaster and my next post though...