Sunday, November 19, 2017

Wrapping Paper

 As I've mentioned before, its difficult to find activities for our different aged kids that everyone enjoys, but yesterday I got out the paint and some big paper from a box that came and the boys made wrapping paper.  And everyone was happy, win win.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Zoo with B

 This week was a warm one and so B and I went to the zoo one afternoon.  As is typical in our family, his favorite parts weren't the animals, but the tuk tuk and walking on rocks.

But I loved seeing the tiger walk above us!  I hadn't seen the tigers using the elevated walkway before and it was pretty neat.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Busy Week Back home

We got back from Seattle and jumped right back into a busy week.  On Tuesday LT had his memoir celebration at school.  He read his memoir so clearly, its so wonderful to see how far he's come with both his writing and public speaking.  
B, for the most part, was pretty tolerant of the long evening.  At one point he left his toys and the back of the room, wandered up and sat right in the audience (see middle above).  
 This morning was musical morning for Adler.  Last year, this day inspired him to want to take piano.  I am so sad that I didn't video his performance because he did so well.  He spoked confidently before he played and then played both his songs nearly perfectly.  

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


 I took the boys to Seattle for a few days to visit my brother, sister in law and nephew.  The boys had so much fun with each other, it was very hard to say goodbye.  

 We packed a lot in.  One day we spent at the museum of flight, which I hadn't been to since I went with my nephew when he was B's age.

 B had a hard time the first morning with the time change, so we watched a few shows while everyone else slept.
 We had some long yummy family dinners.
 Visited Pikes Place and the famous gum wall.
 And of course ate donuts at the market, definitely the best I have ever had.  I always make a point to go there while in Seattle.
 Took a walk along the water.
 Played lots of games and baby stuff.
And the boys were all incredibly easy on both flights.  We are all anxious to go back for a visit.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Family Photos

This fall we had actual professional family photos taken. It was a bit of a blow to my ego but I took it in stride because we were able to get pics that I wouldn't be able to do myself. Including and most importantly the piece above, which was modified to include a shadow representation of Elsie - the closest we will come to a complete family picture.  


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Balloons, tattoos and another year in the books at the Ping Halloween Party

 Ping hosts their biggest party of the year each Halloween.  This year they rented out Ace for the festivities.  The boys dressed up as Poseidon, Pikachoo and a firefighter.  Bri and I as Where's Waldo.  I even let the kids get balloons from the balloon artist.
And LT and I got Bronco tattoos from the tattoo artist that was there.  

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy 3rd birthday Elsie

 We spent Elsie's birthday continuing the traditions we started when she died, going to the gardens to see her tree and releasing balloons with notes to her.  Above is a boat that my nephew, A and L built while at the gardens, out of sticks and a leaf.  

 This is the first year B has been able to release his own balloon.  

And below are a few pictures my cousin took while she was in town, both at the gardens and at a family dinner.