Ben absolutely loves the sword Kaitlyn brought him from Disney. It has been played with by every person in this house. Tonight I decided to introduce him to the movie behind “Jack Sparrow.” Kaitlyn assured me that she wouldn’t be bothered by the graphics (I did warn her about the skeletons). The littles loved the movie. They watched, danced, and fought swords. It was adorable.
Tenzi – one of the few games everyone will play together.
The littles were awake and sitting in the living room just waiting when I came downstairs at 7 am. They quickly decided to build a fort and bring their stuffed animals to visit.
We continued with a lazy morning until lunchtime. Then I got everyone out the door and to the post office in time for our passport appointment. We finally decided to bite the bullet in terms of paperwork and get the kids their passports. For the most part everyone was pretty well behaved and things moved pretty quickly. Alex is the one that held us up. His picture had to be taken over and over and over to meet the requirements. Poor Alex and his issues with low light and flashes. They finally got a good one!
Then we headed back to the house for some time with Granny and Pop.
Skip Bo is a family favorite.
Teague was so excited to get a plane ticket for a visit to Memphis this summer.
Kaitlyn was so excited to return to her room and see that the housekeepers had used her sleep mask as part of the bed decorations.
Kaitlyn can see animals from where she is staying and she loves it!
Kaitlyn and Wade had plans to swim in the pool while they waited for Granny and Pop to arrive, but it turned out that the water was extremely cold. They decided to work out instead.
Kaitlyn is on her way to Disney for a few days with her grandparents and she is so excited! (Wade is flying her down to meet them.)
Ben’s new I Spy book was fun for everyone tonight.
This gun (and the goggles) have been the favorite toys all week.
Kaitlyn got a new pair of shoes. Here’s the old and the new.
School was cancelled last night when they were still predicting 14″ of snow. We woke up to the beginning of a snow but a new forecast of 4-6.” The kids were up early and cooked breakfast. Ben and Kaitlyn were out playing in the snow pretty quickly. We all had an early lunch and then a neighbor came to play with Kaitlyn. Other than completely forgetting to check if gymnastics was cancelled (it wasn’t) we had a wonderful day at home.
Just waiting for her turn.
Today was SONSHINE Sunday at church.
Alex woke up as a 15 year old!! Unfortunately for Alex, his birthday fell on a Sunday – a Sunday where both boys had bell concerts. That meant we had to get to church even earlier than normal, but it also meant we were all up and ready to go really early. That worked out well for Alex because we had extra time for donuts and he could open all his gifts before church.
The upside is that we celebrate SONSHINE Sunday today. Everyone wears bright clothes or Hawaiian shirts. The three boys got new shirts and Wade borrowed one of Alex’s.
(The picture of Ben above shows him doing his new favorite job at church – handing out bulletins. The guys say he does a great job and loves greeting everyone.)
Our church has community events every month or two. Tonight they had a hoe down. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect but it sounded like fun so we dressed almost everyone up, took a few pictures, and headed to the church. (Note in the first picture Ben is wearing a gun and holster. He found it in the barn earlier today in B’s old toys. We agreed to let him wear the holster to the Hoe Down but he left the gun at home.) We ended up having a great time and did quite a bit of dancing – Ben and Kaitlyn loved it and danced with everybody!
(Note Ben’s belt – that is a hand-me-down from Alex’s second Halloween costume. See here)
Dressed and ready for the Hoe Down.
We had a family movie night and I was once again amused by how my kids watch movies. Kaitlyn is in constant motion bouncing all around the room.
Kaitlyn is itching for extra money and extra electronics time lately. That means lots of extra chores – and a very clean house for me!
Now that the two littles have starting playing Fortnite we have multiple games going multiple times a day. The big boys use their electronics time to play. The littles have to have help to play – for lots of reasons (skill, account login, etc). What ends up happening is they beg Wade to play right before bedtime and he agrees. Because we don’t have enough computers with accounts, they each get to play one game on the Xbox with Wade, Teague, and Alex. It’s one of their favorite parts of the day.
A rare school morning where all four are in the kitchen at the same time. (It’s probably due to the muffins Alex made last night.)
Today was the 100th day of the school year. This is only celebrated in the lower grades, but they all celebrate different ways.
In kindergarten, the kids have to do a project using the number 100. Ben loved the idea of using googly eyes so he glued 100 googly eyes to a poster where we drew a monster and wrote “Eye” Survived 100 days of school.
In 3rd grade, the kids dress of like a 100 year old. Kaitlyn doesn’t always like to participate in dress up days, but she was all in one this one. We found a granny costume on Amazon and Kaitlyn loved it.
Celebrating 100 days of school dressed up as a 100 year old lady.
Kitty snuggles before bed.
Kaitlyn has been making a habit of baking on the weekends. By the time I got up, she had already picked out a recipe and was ready to bake. Chocolate chip muffins coming right up.
The littles were having a blast burying Teague under all the pillows and blankets this morning.
Just a little circuit work.
These two have been doing a lot of Lego playing together recently. It’s adorable.
The kids had a half day today. Alex went up to the Common with some friends right after school. (They later appeared back at our house for snacks and an impromptu snowball fight.) I picked up Kaitlyn and her friend from school so they could start their play date with lunch. They made pigs in a blanket for lunch and a big cookie cake for dessert. Teague and Ben showed up right on time and enjoyed having the rest of the day at home. Teague made a cheesecake and Ben enjoyed everyone else’s cooking.
Half days are for playing and cooking and even some movie watching.
Snowy bus stop waiting.
Two hour delay means its of time to play this morning.
Knowing it was supposed to rain/sleet/snow all day, we decided to stay home from church. For the most part everyone was lazy. Kaitlyn took the day to try out three new recipes so she spent quite a bit of time in the kitchen.
Teague got this game for Christmas and it has become a favorite.
Kaitlyn decided muffins were needed. She had her recipe ready to go this morning and started baking right after morning cartoons. The recipe of choice was Double Chocolate Love Muffins. I knew when they came out of the oven something wasn’t quite right. They looked delicious but more like a chocolate chip muffin and not a chocolate chocolate chip muffin. I asked Kaitlyn how much cocoa powder she put in, 1/2 cup or 1/2 teaspoon. She got a look on her face and verified she only put 1/2 teaspoon. That definitely explains the color of the muffins. They still tasted great.
We had an old friend visiting from out of town which obviously meant – Games.
Kaitlyn is my only child that takes her lunch every day. Almost every day this is her chosen lunch – yogurt, apples, and 2 Hawaiian rolls with ham.
Alex has decided to modify a computer case. He has asked for all kinds of supplies to do this for his birthday. Today this means he is working to learn the ins and outs of our 3D printer. That also meant we were all hanging out in the basement. Ben used that time to race the cars he built with his dad and make a new video.
Wade is experimenting with other possible food options for his Sunday School class using easy to store and easy to cook methods. Wade’s current appliance of choice is the toaster oven. Tonight he tested out s’mores on the kiddos. They were all big fans.
Kaitlyn got these slippers from a friend a few years ago. They finally fit and she has realized how amazing it is to have warm feet in the morning.
Tuesdays are always a crazy day for us. Kaitlyn gets off the bus and rushes to get ready for ski lessons. We pack a snack for her and Ben, and drive to pick Ben up from school. Then we drive straight to Ski Ward for the kids’ ski lessons. Ben got to try the t-bar for the first time and Kaitlyn has officially graduated to the chair lift.
Then we rush home for dinner before everybody runs out the door. The bigs and Wade have handbell practice at church. The littles have swim lessons (which is 30 minutes away).
While the kids were swimming, I spent some time at the front desk trying to arrange some makeup lessons. Then I returned to my seat to watch and realized Ben was being given a swim evaluation to move up to the next level (he passed). As I was walking in to get the kids, I was told Kaitlyn had also passed an evaluation and moved up a level. I was proud of my kids! They have never both moved up a level in the same day, but that also means all my work scheduling makeup lessons had to be redone because they were now in new levels. (Kaitlyn actually graduated from lessons and is joining the swim team. We are going to try it out next week to see if she wants to commit.)
There are a lot of games in this house. Ben’s current favorite is Zelda. Kaitlyn’s current favorite is Skip-Bo.
These guys love to play the game “kitty.” Tonight it came out in pictures looking like lots of snuggles.
These two had to clean the sunroom together and it was freezing!