Sunday, November 28, 2010

Fun at the Circus

I admit I love the circus. The kids and Peter are pretty keen on it also. This year we got there very early and we were able to see almost the entire floor show. We all got noses but I was the only one taking pictures so I escaped the nose picture. Thinking the kids loved them more than anyone.

Tate is not buying into the nose thing like the girls.

Tate did have fun despite the look on his face.

We had a first row seat for this act and they were amazing.

We had to have some cotton candy at the circus and got this great hat. Everyone got a chance to wear it -- except the one taking pictures.

After the circus we went to one of our favorite places in the City, Chinatown. Really I should say Ellie's favorite place. We just walked around and got some desert to take home.

Had had to find the most "unique" item in the windows on display and get a picture.

Just like Daddy

Tate helped Peter bring up the Christmas boxes from the basement. Peter wore his gloves to put our fake tree together. Tate ran to get his gloves so he could be just like Daddy when bringing up Levi's tree.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas Train

Several years ago, Mimi gave the kids a wonderful Christmas train, but we knew it wouldn't last a day if we ever put it up. This year, we decided the kids were old enough & surprised them with their years-old gift.

They've been mesmerized ever since.


There's a great strategy game called Cathedral that's been sitting in my basement waiting for the kids to turn old enough to play. I came across it on Wednesday while I was digging out Ronco's rotisserie oven ("set it, and forget it") for its annual Thanksgiving work.

Now, I've been waiting for a good ten years or so to play Cathedral, so I wasn't about to cut the kids any slack. After Harper suffered a 23 square thwomping, I took this video:

Sorry, Harper.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today was a wonderful day with all 5 of us and Ruthanne and the boys joined us for dinner and an afternoon of fun. We missed our family who was not her but so fun to Skype with everyone in Seattle, it was almost like you were here.

It was really fun too to have the Curry's join us for desert.

Tate wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
Tate was very festive today and decorated a can for the table, it was a vase.
Peter about to take on the Turkey.
The Turkey.
Crafts by Ruthanne. They were super cute pinecones and the feathers were crayons. Loved them. Thanks Ruthanne.

The Pinecone turkey.
A little dinner show by the girls in their Ethiopian Dresses.
Can you tell Fisher was on our mind?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Ethiopia Pictures

During our visit to Ethiopia for our Court Date for Fisher, Peter and I had a wonderful opportunity to see so much of Ethiopia and visit some wonderful people.

Youtube link

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Like Mother, Like Daughter

My dad put this together for me. He thinks it is very funny!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tate Wilde -- The Star of the Week

This week Tate is the star in his First Grade Class. He is super excited. Today was the day the parents write a letter but I thought I would get a little more creative than that. Enjoy!

Try this link as the upload is distorted...

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Harper Reading in Church

We were very sad to miss Harper reading in church but Grandpa got a picture of her in action. So many people have told me what a great job she did. So proud of you Harper!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Sweet, Innocent, Perfect Little Brother

Most nights when I put the kids to bed, they’ll say, “daddy, tell me a story of when you were a little boy.” This is their favorite story.

Once upon a time, there was a sweet, innocent, perfect little brother. All he wanted was to play with his wicked, mean, evil big sister. But she did not want to play with him. One day, the wicked, mean, evil big sister had a friend over to spend the night. The sweet, innocent, perfect little brother wanted to play with them.

“Will you play with me,” he asked. But they said no.

So he went upstairs and stuffed some clothes with towels to make a dummy. He added socks and shoes, then stuffed a scary old rubber mask for the head. He put the dummy in the clothes chute cabinet right in front of the wicked, mean, evil big sister’s room. He leaned the dummy against the cabinet doors so it would fall out if he didn’t hold them closed. Then, he wound a piece of string around the cabinet door knobs and took the far end of the string into the dark, guest bedroom and waited. Luckily for the sweet, innocent, perfect little brother, the hall light had burned out.

He heard them coming upstairs. They were whispering loudly to one another and giggling. The sweet, innocent, perfect little brother had been quiet, and that was a scary thing. They crept closer, whispering and giggling. They tried the hall light--- click, cick-click. Nothing. The sweet, innocent, perfect little brother’s heart raced. He heard them getting closer and closer until he knew they were right in front of the clothes chute cabinet door.

That’s when he pulled the string, Zip! Gasp!

The girls jumped at the noise and faced the cabinet. Nothing happened. The sweet, innocent, perfect little brother waited, his heart aching. There was silence, then a creak. The doors swung open and dummy’s head fell onto the floor and rolled to the feet of the wicked, mean, evil big sister and her friend. The sound of their shrieking woke most of the dogs in the neighborhood. As they careened back down the stairs, the sweet, innocent, perfect little brother was happy.

The end.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Smart Board

EB's is having a lot of fun with the smart board in Ms. Focht's class. I don't think she is in any rush to come back to Ogden for full day and miss this fun!