March’s Mayhem

Here’s the quick recap of the other events that took place in March…
Why do we feel the need to take so many pictures of babies when they are young? I don’t know, but I’m extremely guilty of it.
Shaylyn is a great artist and shows such great promise. Here’s a look at one of her first art assignments for a class in school. They worked on drawing pictures using a grid on the original. She hadn’t quite finished the assignment when I took the picture, but it still looks good.
I love watching babies sleep…no matter how old the baby is. Plus, sometimes you get some awesome pictures.
On a bit of a whim, we decided to take the kids to see the new movie, Zootopia. The kids all enjoyed it and Zach made it super easy on us and slept through the whole thing.
If there’s one good thing I can say about the age of selfies, it’s that Shaylyn is good at taking some with her siblings. I wouldn’t get some of these moments without her.
Shaylyn got a pair of costume glasses for a decades dance she went to at school. Since then the little kids have found it fun to put them on. Gotta say, Jace looks pretty cool with them on.
Sometimes Jace enjoys being with his brother…
And here’s the downside of kids in a digital age. You find all sorts of fun things on your camera when you let the kids borrow your phone…


Dying Of The Eggs

The thing I remember most about Easter growing up was dying eggs. I don’t think we even did it EVERY year, but I have some fun memories doing it.

We loved creating our ‘WAR EGGS’. We just had to make sure we went out to the carport to have our war.

I’ve tried hard to make sure we do eggs every year, even though we end up throwing most of them out. But, the kids all seem to enjoy it (some more than others), so we do it.

This year, I wasn’t up for the Whipped Cream Eggs, so we went old school. Although I did try the ‘baking’ eggs thing this year. They did cook, but they were discolored. I’ll probably stick with boiling eggs.

Here’s a look at the Egg Dying Event of 2016!

Zoo Lights

We always try to do a few family centered activities during the Christmas season. We don’t always succeed, but we do try.
This year we had a few ideas, but with Eric working a 9-5 and then a pseudo job 3 other days of the week (one of which is Saturday), it got hard to find a time that worked. We also had to work around a bunch of kids’ activities. 
Because of our zoo membership we got tickets to go for free. We had never gone before, but were always curious about it – so we decided we’d find a Friday and go. Friday was a good day as no one had to get up and go anywhere the next day and the zoo wouldn’t close quite as early. We had a couple extra tickets so Eric invited a couple that he knew from the game store and Shaylyn had her bestie, Mikayla come with us.
We left the house shortly after we wanted to and then thought we were good to go, but for whatever reason, traffic was insane that night. It took us twice as long to get there than it normally does. Eric was worried the zoo would close before we got there, but after discovering they wouldn’t close until 10 or so, we were both able to relax a bit.
When we finally got to the zoo and found a parking spot we met up with Eric’s friends. We had let them know they were free to go off on their own if they wanted (we know our family can seem chaotic to those without kids or even those with few kids), but they decided to stay with us. They must enjoy chaos.
While we enjoyed our time out, it wasn’t exactly what Eric or I expected. Most of the animals were put away and all you really see are lights, which is okay – I suppose. We were just glad we got in for ‘free’. 
We went on a night that was a nice night for Winter, but it still got cold. Somehow I convinced Eric to get us all Hot Chocolate. It was also just okay. However, the funniest part of the night came just as we were leaving. We had an issue with one of the kids so we had to set a few hot chocolates down. We settled the issue and started walking off when Ailey yelled, “Don’t forget about my coffee!”
All in all it was a good night out as a family, but the activity itself was a little ‘blah’. Not sure we’d do it again.

Making Christmas

My mom is trying to get more traditions started and she decided that she wants to make ornaments every year around Christmas starting this year. Somehow she got my little sister to do the grunt work and Kaeloni came up with some really cute decorations. The examples she saw worked great as ornaments, but I thought from the beginning they were better as decorations and that’s pretty much what they became. 
A few weeks before we gathered we all decided on which decoration we’d make. A majority of my kids chose a gingerbread man, so I went with a penguin for Jace and a reindeer for me. I think Ailey originally chose a gingerbread man, but when it came time to actually do something, she wanted a reindeer.
We made this whole thing an event and a few of my siblings brought different soups to try, Kaeloni did grilled cheese for the kids and I had a simple task of bringing salad. (My mom knows that my pregnancy brain can’t handle much)
After a yummy lunch – we got started. We really all had way too much fun.
And here’s a look at our small army…

Patchin’ It Up

For the past few years we’ve gone to the same Pumpkin Patch. It’s easy to get to and it’s usually not too crowded. There’s enough to keep the kids entertained, but not enough to keep them there a lot longer than we want to be.
Eric’s mom had mentioned she wanted to go with us this year and so we went about planning a day that would work for her. It was a little sooner than we had ‘planned’ on going, but she was headed out of town a few days later – so we really didn’t have a choice. I just hope she had fun and didn’t think it was a waste of time.
This year the people who run this patch added some goats. It was kind of interesting to see and the kids kinda liked it.
We then went about letting the kids choose their pumpkins…For some kids it was an all-night event, for others they were done in a matter of minutes. Nathaniel wouldn’t make a decision without Grandma right next to him.
After most everyone had picked a pumpkin, it was time for all the photo ops….

{…It’s a pumpkinman…}

{…This is our real life, people…}

No trip to the pumpkin patch is complete without pretending to drive a tractor. I’m thankful a few of these kids can’t really drive….they’re kinda scary.
Some of us may or may not have almost left without picking a pumpkin….Oops…
And some of us probably feel as if they’re only invited to the party for one reason…
But really his job is to help watch over the kids while they play in the corn and hay…
We always have a fun time at the pumpkin patch and I hope it gives the kids some fun memories for years to come and it was fun to have Grandma with us this year.