Monday, October 29, 2012

Family Portraits

Update: A little debate here. I like this first picture where I'm in back better than the one where I am in front. Not everyone here agrees. What do you think? Me in front (#4) or Ty in front?

Sunday, October 28, 2012


Yesterday was busy. But in a good way. I have a lot of photos, but I won't post them all. Just some highlights.

First we went to the park and ran. I timed. I am STILL off my knee from last July!!! Jeff is amazingly fast. Five minutes miles. Adam runs six minute miles. The rest do the best they can. Kaleb will probably be a runner. The girls don't have as much push.

Kaleb had soccer. I didn't get to go this time because I was  helping the girls get ready for picture. Tyler and Jeff went and cheered for him.

Redoing twists

Straight hair

Guys are home and getting ready.

Waiting at Sear's portrait studio

Everyone got to choose food in the food court afterward.

Then Jessica, Jasmine and Kaleb went to the marching band evaluations with me. It started with the smaller schools and worked up to the large ones. All very nice. Unfortunately Jessica only got to see a couple of the smaller ones because they had an hour and a half break not long after we got there and she had to work.

A lot going on today. Jasmine is home sick. She was pretty sick last night at the band evaluations. Jessica, Jeff and Adam have tailgate party this morning. Jeff is taking my place in the nursery with Jessica. I hope Jasmine will be well enough to go to the festival tonight. She can't keep any food down. No fever. She had this at Disney too.

I'll either post the family portraits next or the stuff from today. Not sure which.

Friday, October 26, 2012

This Week

It's been a crazy week with people coming and going to all sorts of activities and it's going to get crazy throughout this weekend. Here are a few of things I got pictures of.
I had to sign paperwork for Jasmine's testing at school so I took her lunch. Jessica went along. We had Sarku's terriyaki chicken with noodles. All three of us shared one serving because it's a generous portion.

We went to get her chocolate covered strawberries and they didn't have any ready, so we got a giant chocolate covered marshmallow. Can you tell they're sisters?

Adam made Fundamiddles cupcakes. There is cream filling in the middle.

Last night we had volcano tacos and watched I am Number Four. Jasmine is here too, but she was having Ramen noodles and didn't get in the picture.

Jasmine has an incentive trip to a bowling/skating/video game place and Cici's for lunch. The kids earn the right to go by good behavior and work turned in, but the parents paid for the trip : )

Jessica is dive supervisor today for the all-day springs dive. I saw the pictures of the springs and they look awesome. We will have to go as a family and check them out. Jessica is having a lot of sinus gunk problems this week and that's not going to help her scuba diving any. Pray it clears out quickly.

If you have a cat you can probably appreciate this!

Kaleb has had a really good week this week at school so I'm hoping that continues. Another child emptied most of the teacher's treasure box candy into her backpack--even after the teacher saw her with it and told her to put it back. The teacher said she told her, "I don't come to your house and take your stuff so don't take my stuff." The teacher thought that had ended it, but unfortunately we found 14 empty wrappers in pockets and the backpack. (The teacher hadn't told us about the incident or we might have caught her earlier before she ate it all). She was supposed to give the wrappers to her teacher and apologize but would not do that. The lack of remorse bothers me much more than the stealing itself. Also, the amount of candy that was taken and immediately consumed. Any child could be tempted to take a piece of candy, but 14? (Assuming we found all the wrappers)

I'm going to pick Jessica up at the college this afternoon and we're staying for some of the homecoming activities (food!) Jeff and Tyler are going to take the littles to a fall festival and trunk or treat at a local church. Then Jasmine has a soccer game later this evening.

Tomorrow Kaleb has soccer followed by our family picture. Let's hope neither soccer player takes a ball to the face. Adam has soccer practice today too so hoping the same for him. After the portraits, some of us are headed to watch the marching band competition. We don't have anyone marching, but I want the littles to see what they can do later, and Jessica used to march.

The fall festival at our church and Tyler's church are both Sunday afternoon/evening so we'll be church hopping.

Are the rest of you headed to fall festivals this weekend?

PS I have some exciting news about one of the children, but that child isn't going to announce it until Tuesday so I won't either.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Best of 2008

Here are my top pictures from 2008. Please vote for your favorite. If you're visiting my blog and don't know why I'm posting photos from 2008 it's because I'm coming up on my 1,000 post (although since I took off some blank posts, I'm farther away than I was.) and wanted to post the best photos from the previous posts, but I can't decide which are best. So I'm asking readers to pick their two or three favorites from each year and leave me a comment as to which those are. I'll post the winning ones on the 1,000th post.

Some of you visit regularly and never comment so here's your chance : )