Friday, October 6, 2017

Remodel and Camps

The kitchen remodel on June 21st.

The cage that Jasper built on June 22nd. They loved being trapped! It's been an amazingly warm summer. The kids are still doing school, but play outside in between all the time.

June 24th - the kids helped get rid of the huge pile of debris by cutting it into firewood size pieces and hauling it down to the wood pile.

June 25 - July 1 - The big kids go to Black Lake Bible Camp for the week. There was a cute barn, so we posed for family pic too.

Kivi got to stay in a tepee with her favorite counselor Picasa and 4 other girls from LC3. Jasper and Eben stayed in a wagon with three other LC3 boys and had Baja as a counselor.

They had a fun week! The only pictures I got were these cool ones of them posing with a wolf and an alligator.

Pella and Berg also had camp that week. They went to Rainier View's Drama Camp and gave us a performance on Friday of "Let's Rock". They were both singers.

On June 26th our friends the McPhollands came to visit from Hawaii so we went to the Children's Museum in Olympia that morning, visited Eben, Kivi and Jasper at camp that afternoon and had a bunch of friends over that night for dinner for a reunion.

July 1st - Tuff and Coal love to go in the swing that is attached to the garage. They go in it every day while I quiz Berg on his multiplication cards in the papasan chair outside. This day Tuff fell asleep - so cute.

July 2nd - Mama works hard for a couple of days in a row to put all the kitchen cabinets together. Tuff loves to be a helper, but it's actually Eben and Kivi who do all the heavy lifting for Mama who can't move them once they're assembled.

Dada Trip, Engagement and Father's Day

May 25th to June 2nd Dada went to Wyoming for his Lodge Boy trip and then to Fort Worth for work.

On June 4th we were asked to be a part of Tim (Uncle Bushy) and Marlee's engagement! We went on a walk along Ruston Way and at the end we all ran ahead to hide so we could take pictures of the surprise proposal on the bridge.

June 18th - Father's Day we had a relaxing morning, then took Dada out to Pho for lunch. 
Later in the day our families came over to celebrate and have Mexican and we let Dada build his cornhole game.
Pella also gave us a ballet performance in the basement because this was her ballet recital day, however we found out the week before that she wouldn't be able to perform in the actual recital because they forgot to order her a costume. Buggy had a similar story of missing her recital when she was five and Pella was able to dance in Buggy's costume!
A good day for both Pella and Dada!

Awana Celebration and Spring Pageant

May 17th was our Awana Awards Ceremony. Berg finished his Sparks book, Pella finished her Cubbies book, Opal and Jasper finished their T&T book and got awards. 
Berg and Jasper both went above and beyond and earned special awards! Grandmas and Grandpas were there to celebrate with the kids and Dada did an awesome job as Commander for the year and wrapping it all up on this night of celebration.

May 21st was our spring pageant. The kids worked hard on The Kingdom Connection. Mama choreographed, her favorite thing. Kivi led the littles dance. Pella got to dance, Berg danced and said a line. Opal was a special dancer and had a line and Jasper was King David!

Monday, July 10, 2017

MAY We Demolish the Kitchen? Yes, you MAY!

May 4 - Actually I just want to remember how this silly boy sits straight up with his legs outstretched not touching the ground on grass, carpet, wood, anything. No adult can do this.
We also finally had a very late Easter Egg hunt.
May 7 - We officially start to demo the kitchen, box things and store them in the Mama/Dada room, move stuff to the mud room and tear out cabinets!
May 13 - More demo
and we go out to eat at Pacific Grill with our friends the Wells for our 17th anniversary!
May 14 - The kids get to meet their new cousin for the first time on Mother's Day!
May 15 - Tile removal! The kids were amazing! The jack hammer was not. It broke about 4 different times.
May 16 -  More tile removal in the dining room now, after a crowded breakfast in the living room.

After two days of extreme hard work. Dada took the kids to pizza. Not just any pizza, really, really big pizza! AND he bought them another Switch!!! - Say, Whaaaaaaat? (Said in a Tuff super high voice, which is what he does all the time after saying, "Boom, boom. Shake the room.")

Eben's DC Trip!

will be posted here later!

While Eben and Nonnie were in DC, Dodie and Cheese had their baby!
Sweet baby Styrkur. Mama was blessed to be able to attend the whole birth of her first little nephew!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Easter 2.0

A week later... we pretended it was Easter! Like nothing had gone wrong. We wore our Easter best. We said, "He is Risen" to everyone. We took our traditional Holt Chapel stairs picture (for the last time! It will be torn down next year for the remodel.).
 We even had the scavenger hunt to find the giant Easter basket which was hidden in the hot tub in our room. (Yes, that's a hot tub. In our room. There was no water in it at this time, so it was a perfect hiding place.). This year we actually gave the kids three Easter baskets, one large boys' one, one large girls' one, one candy (with a surprise) basket, paddle boards, and a drum, xylophone and flute. It was a big Easter 2.0 present year.
 They opened the boy and girl baskets and Dada brought around the paddle boards from the garage and they opened the musical instruments.
Then we told them to look in the candy basket and at the bottom was a little onesie with a number nine that matched their Easter clothes.
Eben knew what it was right away because he's the one who found it, but the rest couldn't really see it, so I held it up and they were all super excited and clapped and cheered and hugged. I think they all actually knew deep down that we were pregnant. Jasper was the first one to kiss my belly, months ago. Weeks before Opal started talking to the "babies" because she and Kivi had been praying that we would have twin girls. (We know there is only one baby!) Even Tuff would come up lift up my shirt and kiss "the bobby".

So instead of a basket picture this year (my first time ever missing that detail!) We have a new baby announcement Easter picture! We are due in November. Oh Valentine's, you get us every time!! This will be our third November baby. Unless I get Cholestastis again! Then we will have 2 October babies.

The best was Face Timing my parents and wishing them a happy Easter and then they asked to see Buggy's belly and first Dodie stood up and held up the "9" onesie then Buggy stood up and held up the "10" onesie and then I stood up and held up the "11" onesie and we hear Pops slowly count, "Nine, Ten, Eleven." and then his eyes get wide and Mamacita screams "What, what? Are you serious? Are you serious?" I wish we had thought to get it all on video. We all started laughing so hard. We took a picture of all their 11 grandbabies and babies to come, in order.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

April 2017 - The Easter of Sick

April 1 & 2 - Peter works on getting the mud room pretty for me to be our makeshift kitchen while we undergo a major kitchen remodel.
April 12-15th  - Kivi and Mama sew Easter dresses. Kivi works on sewing her first dress.
April 13 - Easter egg day! And we celebrate Passover with a simple, modified celebration. We shaped tortillas into matzah and dyed lemonade purple for the wine. But Dada walked us through the whole Haggadah. 
April 14 - Tuff helps with dress sewing. 
We make our Holy Week crafts and display them on Mama's old windows.
April 15 - We're all ready for Easter! Our house is clean, our Holy Week Art is beautiful, everyone is coming to celebrate, our dresses are sewn, the clothes are all laid out!
April 16 , 3am - Kids start throwing up!! Dada and I have a long night. 6am - we tell everyone we have to cancel Easter. 8am - Kivi realizes we're not going to church and that no one will see her dress. Crying. One by one they all go down, Pella, Berg, Opal, Tuff, Eben, Jasper. Only Kivi, Coal, Dada and Mama haven't thrown up. But Kivi and Dada sleep all day. And Mama thinks that Dada is just trying to get out of vomit clean-up. (Some of our children have NO idea how to puke in a container, even when it's right in front of them!) We tell the kids we'll have Easter the next day. But the next day Coal and Mama sleep all day and can't get out of bed even if they wanted to. And Mama feels bad that she thought poorly of her sick hubby, who couldn't help the day before because he was actually sick, not hiding.