Sunday, October 19, 2008

Crazy Weather...

I LOVE the weather we have had the last few days. Mid to high sixties...perfect.
This collage does not reflect the wonderful weather of the last few days. These pictures were taken 8 days ago at the beginning of our snow storm. I was not happy to see this along with my dead garden a few days earlier. To say the least I am not a big fan of winter (I wouldn't mind if it lasted from Thanksgiving to New Years, but after that I am done. But the kids had a lot of fun in the snow. I couldn't get them to all smile, but they did all stick out their tongues to get a taste of the snow, for me.

Halloween craft day #2. My friend Shayla and I got smart this time and stuck to one craft for the kids (rather than four). We also had some, easy to make, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (three ingredients: spice cake mix, chocolate chips, pumpkin puree).

Doesn't Ellie look fancy? Both my girls love to accessorise, they didn't get that from me (maybe they got it from my sisters, who are all very good at it). Notice her lip gloss, too. When I am doing my make-up, both Ellie and Arianne insist on putting on some lip gloss (they usually prefer a mix of about three different kinds).

I love this scrunchy nose smile of Ellie's.

Arianne is also sporting the lip gloss here.

I love the picture on the right, where Ellie is trying to love Arianne, but it is turning into torture.

The picture on the left is Arianne's classic reaction to the sight of a camera pointing her way (I have more of these pictures than you could imagine). Last night we went to a park and let Arianne ride her scooter and Malachi ride his bike and Ellie enjoyed the stroller. Notice Arianne's little Disney Princess discman. She had to listen to her music while she was riding her Disney Princess scooter. Who doesn't like music while exercising?

I feel bad...right when I tried to get a picture of Malachi riding his bike, my camera's battery died.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

A beautiful getaway...

So, this post is a little out of order. We went to our nearest mountains(not near enough)a week ago Friday. Grandma and Grandpa Davies brought their four-wheeler up and they also rented this green trail cruiser. It was the perfect time of year to go to the mountains. I love the colors of fall. The pictures that I took didn't do it justice.

The kids had so much fun. Malachi went exploring and found the caterpillar (shown in the top right). He is definitely a bug lover. He will touch any bug that he finds (but if he plays too long with the bug, it usually ends up dead; luckily this caterpillar fell into a crack and got away alive).

The weather was perfect when we got here. No wind, 70 degrees, just perfect. Two hours later, all of the sudden, the wind picked up and there was a down pour of rain and it was freezing. So, our little haven in the mountains was short lived, but none the less, we had a great time.

By the time we got to the bottom of the mountain, the weather had calmed down and I could not resist stopping here and getting a few pictures. I love this old truck, with the barn in the background (how much more perfect can it get?). And if you look really closely you can see a rainbow up by the roof of the barn. The sun was setting, so there wasn't too much time to get pictures and no one was really in the picture taking mood, but I just had to get a few.

It even looks cool in sepia...

A family picture without Malachi. He absolutely refused to be in this picture (or any pictures by the truck). I felt so bad, because we hardly ever get a picture with all of us together (Don't mind my smeared make-up, remember we were just in a rain storm).

Isn't that a sweet picture of Roger giving his dad a hug? Notice the top right picture...what do you think? Perhaps our family as a future in modeling, huh? Ellie is usually the one that is most willing to be in a picture (I hope she stays that way).

We ended our trip by stopping for a burger. No, Roger did not eat this whole hamburger. We actually split it into four. Can you believe, they actually make four pound burgers here, and there is a picture of a guy who ate one all by himself along with some fries(I don't know if a picture on a wall is worth it).

Friday, October 10, 2008

noth'n but fun...

The other day was the perfect kite flying day. It was windy enough that there was no running or even walking involved. The kids just held onto the handle and Roger and I threw the kite in the sky and up it went. The kids had a blast. We gave Ellie a try, but she didn't like the tension and so she just let go and it went flying off and onto the top of a building. Luckily, all Roger had to do was pull the string a little and it started flying again.

Isn't Arianne's outfit lovely? She picked it out herself. Notice the pink cape, and the polka dot capris with a levi skirt.

Yesterday we went to our friend's (the Mabey's) and did some fun Halloween crafts to get our kids in the Halloween spirit. We did four different little projects and decided after, that one would have been plenty. It was a lot of fun. Thank You Shayla and boys.

The other night I sent my kids to get into their pajamas and they came back looking like this. How could I resist taking a picture?

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Arianne has been tagged...

Little Ashley "McSplashly" Pitcher tagged Arianne.
Five unique things that we love about our Arianne.

1-Sometimes her life is a musical. Arianne loves singing (and dancing). Most of the time when she is singing, she is narrating everything that she does or is thinking. Only about 10% of the time does she sing a song that really exists (and even then she throws in a little twist). The other day in the van she started singing "I like to move it move it..." (from the show Madagascar). She sang that line over and over again and then Ellie joined it (it was hilarious).

2- Arianne loves gum and she is good and chewing it. She never even swallows it. When she is done with it, most of the time she will try to save it and put it a little Ziploc baggy. One time I even found her little Ziploc baggy in the refrigerator (who knows maybe she thought it would preserve better).

3- If you tell Arianne something that happened to someone, and she finds it fascinating, then she will pretend that something similar happened in her own life. For example, I am always telling my kids about stories of things that have happened to other kids when they were doing something dangerous and then all of the sudden Arianne will be telling me about her friend who fell out of a window or something like that. And she says it like she believes it.

4- Arianne loves books. She loves to be read to but, she also loves to look at the books and make up what she thinks is happening. She is quite good at it, too. Sometimes I am amazed by her vocabulary and at how descriptive she is.

5- Anyone who knows Arianne could tell you that she has ATTITUDE. When she really means something she will definitely let you know. (but she can also be so nice and sweet too and I can't help but smile when I see her beautiful smile)

Five little friends that Arianne would like to tag:

1-Lexie Day
2-Hunter Mabey
3-Reddek Allred
4-Isabella Weinand
5-Cole Schulmire
(and anyone else who wants to do it)