Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Halloween 2014

 I tried to do some fun things the week of Halloween. I found a recipe for candy corn cookies. They look like candy corn but taste like a cookie. No real candy corn was involved thank goodness. The cookies were okay. They were tiny and needed some frosting.
 Pomegranates are ready! The kids have had fun with Ompa shelling them out. They fill a bowl up then Ompa slathers it in whip cream. Yummy! They are equally as good plain.
 Their two trees probably put out about 300 pomegranates! They kids enjoyed helping pick. 
 We went to my parents in Mesa for Halloween. My mom and dad are super fun and dress up. This year my dad was a skeleton pirate on stilts. Always a neighborhood favorite! He gathered together this awesome authentic pirate costume. 
 Anders was excited to put together Indiana Jones
 As soon as Ezra saw the 3 sizes too big spider man costume that is all he wanted to wear for a couple months. He started to climb this stinky bush and smelled like it all night. 

The Gwirls 
 Babies was probably the cutest that night. I had this little princess costume that Lilly use to wear (sniff sniff). She got the point of trick or treating down pretty quick. She was really cute running around with her bucket weighing her down. 
 Aaron was roped into carving a pumpkin. I think it turned out pretty good!
I love that my parents dress up. My dad has a lot of fun on Halloween if you can't tell.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


 Schnepf Farms 2014 
(BOGO Thursdays is always good!)
 The Spooky Train Ride
 Ezra FINALLY got to ride the roller coaster. The most fun he's ever had I think!
 These are the rare moments I look forward too. If only I can figure out how to make them a more common thing...
 The trick me and my older sister use to do as kids. And the indirect cause of my worst bike wreck ever.
 Kimber always throws the best birthday parties. I did not see the "wear your costume" on the invitation and we showed up under dressed. Kimber whipped out her costume box and insisted that everyone had a costume. She is the best! That made the kids day for sure! Anders is the swamp monster in the back. 
 The cutest Captain America I ever saw.
 Finally the first day of nursery
 One of the kids favorite things to do is dig for worms. There is an abundance in the ditch. 

 Youth Trek fun run to get them excited to be without everything important in their lives. Not sure if this was motivating for them :) We are the ma's if you can't tell.
 Can you guess our theme? ( Minus me)
 Lilly is just dying to learn to cook, so I try to get her involved as much as I can. 
 Pumpkin shaped rice krispies
We take the golf cart everywhere! Including the ward trunk or treat. Ahh the benefits of living in a small town. Yesterday I took the golf cart to soccer practice. I could drive it anywhere on the big field where I wouldn't be yelled at. It doubled as my chair to watch kids and when they got bored we rode around. I even passed a cop on the way over, with 6 kids hanging out. He didn't even blink (even though I don't really know because I avoided eye contact). Enjoying this less hot weather. I can't say it is cool yet.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Bikin it

Elsie has wanted her training wheels off for a while. I kept putting her off because she is a bit of a scaredy cat and I thought we would have to put them right back on. But no, she proved me wrong and was riding on her own within a day of practice. Ivy has almost got it down and Ezra can even ride a little bit on his own. Now it's an obsession and since there is only one bike small enough to practice on, there is also lots of taking turns. 

 Notice the stink corner (his shred of a blanket) going for a ride around his neck.

 I'm pretty sure that is Elsie's handwriting. (do not wake ivy)
This is one of the easiest things you can do with your kids.  We placed a folded paper towel in a fold top plastic sandwich bag. Evenly staple four staples about an inch from the bottom making sure to staple through the bag and paper towel. Pick 4 different beans, grains or whatever you want to sprout, then set on top of the staples and pour a little bit of water on top of the paper towel. (It's okay if it pools a little bit on the bottom of the bag.) Then watch those magical bean stocks grow over the next few days and make sure your paper towel is always moist. 

You want to make sure to tape these to a window to get sunlight. It was fun even for me to see these different things grow. I had really old beans and newer stuff and it was neat to see what would pop out first. My triticale grains grew first into lovely blades of grass. Ivy's is on the bottom left and you can see her adzuki bean really took off. It reached all the way to Lilly's bag above hers!  Some went moldy eventually but most of them grew. I had these old kidney beans that took FOREVER to sprout, like a month after I had given up hope and thought they were a dead bean. I threw everyone's bags out recently except Lilly's because she has this amazing sturdy kidney bean growing like crazy! It took forever but it was still a live bean! We want to find a place to plant it. I keep telling the kids if it gets big enough then we will climb it to the giant.  :)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Bacon smoothies, All the rage

I found Mayble dipping her greasy bacon in a nice healthy smoothie one morning. But apparently Bacon Smoothies are a popular dessert, more specifically at Quick Trip. Not sure if I really care to even try it though.

 The kids painted a trunk for a "Do Good" tree (or whatever you want to call it). They basically get to put up an apple or fall leaf anytime I see them do something good or if they work  hard on any assignments. The nice thing is that they can't be taken off the tree for bad behavior and there is no reward involved except for the satisfaction of our fall tree coming to life with lots of colors. The kids really like it. 

 If you haven't heard, AZ got hit with some record rain. What a treat for us Arizoners. I heard up to 5 inches in some parts and some major flooding on the I-10! Do we even get 5 inches in one year let alone one day?
 Me and the kids couldn't get enough of it and eventually we made our way over to Nana and Oompas for some puddle fun. Then oompa made us all lunch and brought out sweaters for us to warm up.
 I think even the schools were closed for the day!

September is probably my least favorite month, but if I knew we were going to get rain like this every September,  it may be my new favorite month.

Now we get to sit inside all snuggly. I can't wait for some cooler weather!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Since I last blogged

 Aaron got an amazing deal on some cabinets (from a remodel he recently did) and offered them to his parents. Having 11 children can be hard on kitchen cabinets and they were definitely due for some new ones after 20 + years. So in Aaron's free time he has been working hard to gut and install a new kitchen for them. I love remodel before an after pictures. So I will keep you updated on the progress. He has installed the new ones but they are waiting for counter tops now and I haven't taken a recent picture. I'm excited for the finish!
 Ezra recently knocked Anders last front tooth loose and it finally came out.
 We call this shot "Nanny McAnders"
 He has 3 teeth missing on top with no sign of anything new growing in. He is all gums!
 Mayble likes to ham it up in front of the camera. She also does this funny thing where anytime it is time to eat, I will walk over to her chair, set her food down and wait for her. She runs over, stops about 4 feet from her chair, does a hilarious dance while saying "dance, dance" then runs the rest of the way to eat. It is her eating ritual that we have titled "the numma dance". I don't know where she came up with it but I will get it videoed one of these days. Cracks me up every time.
 The kids earned a well deserved and undeserved trip to Big Surf before the summer ended. I say undeserved because there is still always fighting/teasing and me threatening to turn then car around on the way there. I was excited to go, but somehow got stuck with the little kids and worrying over them at the little kids slides. It is so stressful over there! I'm constantly wondering where each of them are while I am also confused as to why there is only one lifeguard up there and the gate to the wave pool is broken and wide open with a  20 foot drop right below it??? There's also a bazillion people there that I have to search through. Luckily Kier, Heath and Cody were helping me out.

But it was fun. The kids especially loved the wave pool and crashing into oblivious people on their rafts. I have to admit I got a real kick out of hearing people turn around a say, "Oh crap!" as we pummel into them. Kim and Ethan joined us too! Always more fun with family!

I got an even bigger bonus when I saw my old college cross country coach and his family there. I ditched Aaron for a bit and talked to them for about a half hour. I loved catching up with them!
 When it rains, we actually have a river running close by. Aaron came home from work and asked if I wanted to go. Well heck yes! Something that I don't have to drag him to and it was his idea in the first place!

 The kids had a blast and there was a pretty strong current running. We were wishing for a rope with Ezra because we had to keep chasing his floating body down toward the "rapids".
 I was avoiding taking Mayble in because I knew once she discovered she could go in she wouldn't want to come out. And I was right. She loved it.
 I made Aaron handle all the kids while I pretended I couldn't go in because I had the camera in hand and someone has to take pictures!
 Lilly made a temple out of Legos the other day. She is super proud of it. The kids are having their obsessive moment with Legos. The thrill of digging through 2 huge bins comes and goes.
 We've celebrated 2 birthdays. Choo Choo is now 3.
 Elsie turned 6. I love the little crown Lilly made.
 Always fun at grandma's pool and getting flipped in by Uncle Heath and Grandpa.

 We brought back the water slide on an especially hot and boring day.
And the kids discovered board games! Monopoly and Life are on the top of their list. I am severely cutting back tv and we need to find other things to do to fill our time.

So that's what we have been up to. I am mainly trying to keep up with blogging for my sis in law Hayley who is on a mission.  So I will try to do better!