Saturday, July 30, 2011
I'm sure it will case many accidents in the future, but it will also bring huge amounts of joy and burn so much kiddy energy. So here's to summer fun.
Oh, on a side note, Hannah's becoming and escape artist, so watch out.
Kenny's birthday was June 2. It was a Thursday so to accommodate work schedules we had an early lunch party. Nothing spectacular or extra special just some friends and family. Gramma and Grampa made their special pizza dough at Kenny's request.
We followed pizza with presents. Here Kenny is opening the one Alex picked for him. A couple of laser guns that Alex loves a much as Kenny does.
And here he is after opening the one from Mom and Dad. Does he look excited to you?
For his cake this year I made some rich chocolate brownies to go in home made chocolate bowls. The brownies were a little heavy for the bowls but so delicious.
Hannah had just a little too much "fun" with her cake.
Then it was time to play with the new toys. Here's Kenny with his cousin/best friend Isaac playing with his new guns.
Kenny with cousins Lucy and Matea experimenting with his new game.
Kenny also got several learning activity book so when the party was over we cracked those open. He does so good and has almost complete them all. Good thing this one is reusable. If you expand the picture you can actually read what he's written.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
2. Joseph Smith was a prophet of God.
3. The Book of Mormon is scripture.
4. Priesthood authority is necessary for essential ordinances.
5. Families are eternal.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Things I don't like but wish I did:
1. Mexican food
3. Going to bed before 11:00
4. Top 40 music (it would make life so much easier)
Things I like but wish I didn't:
1. Eating large amounts of fatty food
2. Golf (so expensive)
That's all I can think of, really. Not nearly as many as Sara, but it's something. I thought of one more thing for the "like but wish I didn't" list, but it's not appropriate for a family blog. It'll just be between me and Avril.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Hannah started walking shortly after her first birthday, making her the oldest one of our children has been when starting to walk. As the smallest of our kids, she's still under 20 lbs, packing her around isn't nearly as tiring as it was with the boys, who weighed that by 6 months. This week we finally caught it on film for your enjoyment.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
I had to work in the afternoon, so we celebrated at lunch again, just as we did for my birthday and Alex's birthday. Avril's parents came by to help us celebrate. Avril was nice enough to request my favourite meal for her birthday feast: roast beef dinner. The cake was a team effort. It was a recipe neither of us had used before. I made the actual cake, and Avril decorated it with strawberries, whipped cream, and a chocolate glaze. It was very tasty.
So, that was the end of our early Spring Birthday Blitz. Now we can relax until June. Happy birthday, Avril! I love you!
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
She was such a precious angel as we gave her, her cake. She wasn't to sure about blowing out the candle; she wanted to play with it instead. Then we cut it up and gave her a piece.
Then she turned into a little devil just for the camera.
After cake she opened her present. She knew what to do with this. At times she was so interested in pulling the tissue paper out of the bags that she failed to notice the presents wrapped in them.
She enjoyed having so may people around to pay attention to her and playing with her new cloths. She liked the toys too.
So now our sweet little baby girl is 1 year old.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The Government randomly gave us money in January and we saved it so that we could buy Birthday Presents. Mike got to pick his own presents this year. A nice shiny new pair of running shoes and a video game (Just Cause 2). Just look at the happy birthday boy...
...oh wait he's not really smiling in that picture is he. Here's a smiling one, but that's not a boy, hmmmm.
Hannah enjoyed the cake.
Events continue tomorrow with Alex's 3rd birthday and then we'll see if we still want cake by Monday when Hannah turns 1. Hopefully the breather between March 28th and April 9th is enough for yet another cake for my birthday.
Stay tuned for more chocolatey goodness.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
That is certainly not her crib she's under. I'm not quite sure how she got in, but they all loved it. Kenny wanted a turn after I pulled her out, but was forbidden the opportunity. 20 lbs the cloth basket can handle, 40 I don't think so.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
The doctor we saw was kind enough to prerscrib oral meds for this. He past it on to Kenny within two days and Kenny was not so lucky. Eye drops and 4-year-olds are not fun. Even less fun was when Alex's meds ran out and we gave him eye drops too.
Miraculously, Hannah, Mike and I didn't get it....Until one month later. Hannah was by far the easiest child to medicate.
In happyer news. Kenny has been learing to write all his letters and we registered him in Kindergarden last week. He's very excited for September to come.
Hannah is on her way to walking. She moves along the furniture and pushed odjects around for support as she practices.
We're gearing up for Birthday Madness at the end of the month as all but Kenny will be celebrating. There is going to be a lot of cake around here.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
I have been an avid reader since I was 15 years old. It started in 1993 at the end of the ninth grade when I discovered the novel Boy's Life by Robert R. McCammon. I loved that book, and after I was finished, I raided my mother's collection of novels (she's a more avid reader than I am) for more books written for an adult audience. I was never really on board with novels targeted at children and teenagers. It was that summer that I read my first books written by Orson Scott Card and Stephen King, the two authors who I, as an amateur writer, get most of my inspiration from. Since the mid '90s until the present, my three favourite authors have been Stephen King, Orson Scott Card, and Dean Koontz. I have read and enjoyed novels by other authors, but these three have always been my go-to guys.
One problem, though. They're getting old. King has even threatened retirement at time, and he actually almost died in 1999 before completing The Dark Tower series. And, I hate to say it, but as they're marching into senior citizenship, they're starting to lose their edge. Koontz is insanely prolific, almost to the point of being formulaic and predictable. One could argue that King is, stylistically, at his best right now, but he's also 63 years old, and his age shows in his writing. I have two complaints with Card. For one thing, he can't leave Ender Wiggin alone. And for another thing, he seems to be getting more right-wing while I find myself drifting further to the left.
In past years, I've wondered whose books I'm going to read when the time comes that my three favourite authors, who are old enough to be my parents, either retire or die. Oddly enough, I discovered a new favourite author because another author I like (Robert Jordan) died. Avril has been reading Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time fantasy series since she was a teenager, and I picked it up myself in 2006. It's the first classic sword-and-sorcery type fantasy that I've read, and I found myself loving it. Unfortunately, Jordan died in 2007 after the eleventh novel in the series was published. He knew he was dying, and he made extensive notes and shared all of the major details of the remainder of the series with his family. His wife, who is an editor for Tor publishing read a story called Mistborn, and decided that the author of it, Brandon Sanderson, would be perfect for finishing The Wheel of Time. I read about this, and decided to check out Sanderson's first book, Elantris. Reading the blurbs and the about-the-author, I deduced (correctly) that he's LDS (he lives in Utah, teaches at BYU, and there was an Orson Scott Card quote on the front cover). I loved the book. So did Avril. We have read everything else he had published (which isn't much, yet) prior to taking over The Wheel of Time except for his series of books aimed at young teenagers. Currently, I'm reading The Way of Kings, which is the first book in what will be his own massive multi-volume series called The Stormlight Archive, and Avril is reading book 12 of The Wheel of Time. The best thing about him? He's only three years old than I am, so if I outlive him, it probably won't be by long.
So, in short, Brandon Sanderson is the latest addition to my list of favourite authors, and I highly recommend that you read his books.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
We spent Christmas morning at home and then headed over to my parent's house in the evening to see all of my family. Here's a smattering of photographic evidence.
We started with stockings...
Then Mike made us breakfast...
Then we got to open presents...
Once the tree was emptied Hannah took one trip around the tree and pulled off as many candy canes as she could...
She had been trying to do that for 3 1/2 weeks and was very proud of herself.
We didn't get very good pictures of the evening festivities, but the kids (and adults) sure had fun staying up late playing with cousins.