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I use this blog to highlight some of the bigger things in our life - holidays, adventures, cute photos, etc. So, it may be a few weeks in between updates. If you want details about the day to day stuff, be sure to check out my 365 blog. (link should be on the sidebar) I update it every Friday.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Catching Up

It's completely unlike me, but I've let this blog go for a whole month without updating! *gasp* Don't worry, I'll catch up. In fact, check back in a bit as I will be backdating posts through the last week of Sept. So don't forget to scroll down.

Fall is a busy time for us - the typical fall activities, newly added school stuff, and a whole slew of birthdays. Some of the more noteworthy events include:

The first snow of the season. Sept 30. Snowed overnight and was gone by noon but the kids sure had fun while it lasted. It had been a mild fall up until that point but since then it seems as if the weather said "oooo October - time to show them what Fall is all about." We've been in jackets ever since.

Parent/teach conference. Glowing report for our Kaitlyn - not that we expected any different!

My birthday. Turned out to be a low key, but very enjoyable day. Phone calls, emails, and people dropping by all day made me feel so loved. We ended the day with dinner I didn't have to cook (yay!). And a small party with my family and a very nice ice cream cake from Cold Stone. Nice!

My gifts included a Dance Dance Revolution game. The kids loved it. Kaitlyn had to try it out as soon as she was home from school. Gotta love the freestyle break dancing moves she was teaching Ty :)
The kids started dance class. Mom has decided to teach again this year, but that decision wasn't finalized until dance should have been starting. Thus the late start. And not only is she teaching a class for Kaitlyn, but Tyler also got to start dance! He was so excited the first day. He wore his tap shoes the entire morning :) And did, oh so well in class. I actually think he's more suited to that sort of thing than Kaitlyn. She isn't a performer, nor does she like following other people (lol). But Ty, he's a ham. And he loves to sing, dance, and tumble. My prediction is he will love gymnastics when he's a bit older. But for now, dance class is good.
Kaitlyn looks so OLD this year. Very tall and skinny and mature.

Wyatt's birthday. The day after mine and the day dance class started. Big week for us.

Next up: Halloween!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Kaitlyn turns 6!

Oh, my sweet girl is getting so big! 6 is really very old in kid years right? Kaitlyn thinks so. Luckily that means she does more things for herself, is more helpful, and more willing to do what she is asked. It also means that she is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the tooth fairy - but so far no loose teeth!

Kaitlyn had a very fun, and very full birthday. Her day included:
-waking up to a birthday banner and a shower of balloons when she opened the door (very proud of myself for figuring out how to rig that one up! :) )
-excitedly opening presents first thing
-breakfast with special blueberry pancakes
-being the "leader" at school. Which also means it was her day to do "show and teach." She chose to teach them how to make a card. Gma Alene, Tyler and myself were able to go up to the school to watch her, and deliver cupcakes for her class. She also got to wear a special birthday crown all day. A crown which she liked enough to wear a good part of the day at home too.
-a fun Monkey themed birthday party with her friends (all girls since she said "I don't want boys at my party mom"), complete with games, pinata (THE thing to have if you are Kaitlyn. no bday is complete without a pinata), and monkey cupcakes.
-her favorite dinner - won tons and yakisoba noodle stir fry
-a cake and ice cream party with the "family grown-ups"

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Corn Maze

It's maze time again! We thought about trying out a different location this year but when it comes right down to it, Thanksgiving Point has the most kid friendly activites. And the kids loved it last year so why not?Looks like fun huh? And that's only a small portion of all the fun stuff. I'm pretty sure we only tried out 80% of it. But we did end the morning with a trip through the corn maze.
We all took turns deciding which direction to go and surprisingly didn't take too many wrong turns (thanks to some of their handy Clue signs and texts). Grand total for the time to traverse the maze: 1 hour 37 minutes. No wonder Ty wanted me to carry him the last 20 or so minutes.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


We'd been hearing a lot about all the baby animals at the zoo. So my mom and I decided to take the kids before it got too cold. And all the reports were correct - the babies were so cute and fun to watch!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Barn

I've been wanting to have a photo session of the kids at the barn because I think it's a great background. Not to mention it's a perfect setting for Ty and his cowboy boots and "boy hat."

These are the best of the bunch. I'll have to do another session after I've had more practice.