Monday, July 9, 2012

Spring 2012 (catching-up)

I need to do some big time catching up on the blog. I hope to get several out in the next couple of weeks. Here goes :)

Our little dude Eddie turned 2 in March! I made a tres leches cake and it was super yummy. We also had a little firework show on his cake... compliments of Okinawa.

While Will and Evelyn were in school I got to go to a Mommy and Me Gymnastics class with Eddie. Once he got use to the class (and realized he got candy after trying the tricks) he had a great time. Here he is on the balance beam.

Jumping off the cheese block. 

Butterfly Stretch :)

And the finale a hand stand!

Will graduated from preschool, turned 5, and is getting ready to be a big Kindergardener!  He's definitely got some Rick in him. When they called his name to get his diploma it was the "Ricky Shuffle" all over again : )

With the coming of Spring we had a mommy mockingbird make a nest in our little kumquat tree. It was just out our dining room window and with the tree being so small we had front row seats to all the action. 


Here is a video of Rick teasing the poor little things. 

Ready to leave the nest. There's not a whole lot of room left. 

Freedom! The babies fluttered around our yard with momma bird feeding them for a week or two. 

One of the birds decided to stick around. We can usually find it somewhere around the house. 

Well there is still a whole lot to post....I'll try to keep them coming :)

Monday, January 30, 2012

Who needs Disneyland when you've got a box

Last summer the kids got a swing set that we set up in the backyard. As much as they love it I think they  love the boxes that it came in just as much, if not more.

On rainy days or super hot days we would set them up in the living room and they could play house. Soon that got old.

Next we built them a super fort in the playroom. They talked us into letting them sleep in there but it was too exciting and cool and they couldn't go to sleep and got sent to their beds....

...then Rick took one of the boxes to a whole new level. Last weekend he took the kids outside so I could try to get the house clean (which will never fully happen) and this is the activity he came up with.
What could be more epic than a huge fort?......The Spinning Vortex of Doom!!!

Really, who needs Disneyland when they've got a huge box and a super dad?

It looked so fun I wanted to have a ride too but I could just see the bottom of the box rip open mid swing and me flying out into the road. I guess I will just have to live this one through the kids :)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

2011 Catch-Up

We had a wonderful year here in Pensacola! Here's my attempt at catching up on some of the events I was suppose to blog and didn't  : )

Evelyn and Will played soccer this fall. Their team was The Gators!! Evelyn enjoyed running around not knowing what was going on and Will...he just looked forward to the snack after the game :) 

Halloween this year was awesome. It still amazes the kids that they really get to dress up and get loads of free candy from complete strangers. We went to our ward's Halloween Festival and hit a local neighborhood. (Alien Evelyn, Optimus Prime Will , and Ninja Eddie)

We went to a local pumpkin patch/peanut farm to pick out our pumpkins and enjoy a hayride. (btw I love boiled peanuts!)

Super Pumpkins!!

We thought it wasn't possible but we actually got a decent picture for our Christmas Card this year. Thanks to our friend Shanna!

We had a quiet Christmas at home. Here are the kiddos Christmas Morning in their new jammies :)

Happy as can be with their gifts. Thanks family for all of the wonderful stuff.

To celebrate New Years we went up to Alabama and spent it with my sister Heidi and her family. Being in Alabama (no need to explain) we could buy and set off super fireworks. The ones worthy of your annual city firework shows. I think us adults had way more fun then the kids.

Here is Rick holding the grande finale, Cats in the Cupboard!!! It was epic!!!

One of my New Years Resolutions is to blog more so I hope to keep them coming.
We hope your 2011 was as great as ours. We love and miss all of you :)