Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Boys hunting trip

Well Jeff has had a hunting trip planned for a while now with his cousins and brother. They decided they would take their oldest boys and go to the cabin and make a weekend of it. Well the fun began on Friday night they went to the cabin and really roughed it. They played guitar hero and messed around until late into the night. Then Jeff thought they would get up early and go spot a little. This lasted about an hour. As you can probably guess, Jeff hasn't been hunting for a few years, he might need to ease into it a bit more. After that Jeff, Jake, Scott, Peyton, Todd, and Bradyn met us in Salt Lake for the Utah football game. We won and had a really good time with everyone there. They headed back up and played Saturday night until late into the night again. Sunday they got up and had an early/late (depends on who you talk to) breakfast. They headed out for some huntin time. At one point they witnessed an accident with about a dozen deer and a small silver car. You can probably guess who won. The car was pretty torn up but so were some of the deer. Jeff said it looked like bowling pins when they got hit. Sad huh. They had some great stories to tell with this experience. Lastly, the boys really wanted to see the guns (if you know me yes I was about to throw up when I saw the picture, I don't do guns!!).

They reassured me they unloaded them and put safetys on so it was completely safe but the boys loved looking like the big boys. And I must say it is a cute picture of boys who can't wait to be men. Scary.

Halloween Activities

We have had fun preparing for Halloween. The boys love it. Most of our activities cause a huge mess but I am working on not worrying about the mess and just having fun. My boys love it and I love seeing them happy and having so much fun. We made and decorated halloween cookies a couple of weeks ago. Jillian, Aunt Shelli, Amelia and her boys Cayson and Parker all came over and we had so much fun. We rolled out the dough and cut all the cookies. Then after baking and cooling we broke out the frosting and sprinkles. It was everywhere but we just laughed and had a really good time. The best was that Shelli brought these cute candies to put on top and my boys went crazy with them. Some of the cookies you would have thought add a little cookie with that frosting and candy. That was the best part though. The best cookies were the loaded ones. After cleaning up all the frosting and sprinkles we sat back and viewed the beauty of the Halloween cookies.

We also carved pumpkins tonight and that was even better. I have decided that some of my mess anxieties have rubbed off on Zach. He wouldn't put his hand in the pumpkin and clean out the guts. He kept screaming not to touch him with our gross hands. We are working on that. Finally we got him to stick his hand in the bowl of goop and he realized it wasn't too bad. We had some stencils this year so the kids enjoyed making their design. Jeff and I helped with the cutting, it was still a bit tough for the boys to do but they had fun lighting them up and seeing what they looked like outside. What a fun holiday.

Alex's new love

Well we have a boy now that seems to love dressing up in things. It all started with getting ready for Halloween. Alex seemed to just love to put on the costumes. He would just laugh at himself. Then Jake got a new helmet and pads for bicycling and Alex couldn't stop playing with them. So we just figured, put them on him and he would hate it. Then he would leave them alone. Well it backfired and he ended up with the whole get up on for the whole evening. He even ate dinner with everything on. I couldn't stop laughing so I took some pictures. Hope you enjoy.
Alex has also gotten pretty good at watching his brothers. He has now learned how to throw his own fits. He is getting pretty good but as you can see he is also beginning to see that the fits don't work. He gives up pretty fast so lets hope for the future.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

One more thing.....

Jeff is mad that I haven't posted the babies walking good yet. They are so good at it now and he is so proud. I love it too but now they are just getting into everything faster so I am not totally sure I love it yet.

We are also still enjoying the Utah football games. They played Oregon St. last week and they were coming off a win against #1 USC so we were excited for the game. It was a great game and we won 31-28. We had so much fun. The babies do so good at the games and we got some fun pictures. Alex has the headband on. Man he really needs a haircut but I can't bring myself to cut the cute curls. Ryan is our drinker. He is a tiny bit addicted to the straw. Whenever he sees a cup with a straw in it he just knows it is something he wants. Do we have any hope for the future?

Trip to Colorado

The next day after the circus we took a trip to Grand Junction Colorado. Jeff had a conference for the tire company they are teamed with. Riley and his family went also and we had a lot of fun. We arrived on Thursday evening and the hotel was really nice. Big rooms but only one king bed. The hotel obviously didn't plan well. It worked out, they had a large chair and ottoman in the room and Jake thought that would be the coolest bed so he got to sleep there. We had cribs for the babies and Zach just slept with us. Friday, the guys had meetings all day so Stephanie and I took the kids to the dinosaur museum just a few miles down the road. They had a great time and there were tons of fun things they did there.

We also went swimming and then had a dinner on Friday night. We watched the fireworks from the local air show and then went up to the room to watch a late night movie. It was a long but very fun day. Then on Saturday we went to the air show. They had tons of stunt planes and jets to watch but the best part of the show was the Blue Angels from their base in Florida came and did a show for over an hour. It was amazing to watch. I got some great footage but there was so many cool things that I didn't catch on film. We loved it. The boys got to see all these planes they had there. You could get into some of them and the boys felt so cool. Zach was so worried everytime I tried to have in get into a plane. He kept saying he didn't want to get in because he was afraid they were going to take off and he didn't want to go up in it. We went through it everytime he started to get into one.

As you can see in the picture of Zach, the show got so loud. We really enjoyed watching the Blue Angels do all their tricks. It was amazing. I put a few clips below so you could see just a few of the crazy things they do.

I know this is alot of video clips but I couldn't decide which ones I liked better so I had to put all of these on. The Blue Angels also were staying at the same hotel as we were so we saw them all weekend. We had some pictures taken with them but I didn't have my camera with me so Stephanie took them with her camera. When she emails it to me I will post it. The kids loved it so much. We then returned on Sunday to unpacking (the absolute worst part of a vacation). The kids are ready for another trip.


We got to go the Ringling Bros. Circus a couple of weeks ago. The kids had so much fun. It is very interesting to watch. Jeff ended up spending the last 45 minutes of the circus with the babies outside the show. They just couldn't last anymore. It was getting loud and they were done for sure. What a good dad. Here are some pictures of the hightlights.

The first picture is of the elephants dancing. The next is of all my boys anxiously waiting for the show to start. The next is Ryan and me taking a picture of ourselves. The next is a picture of the Ball of Death. At least that is what I called it. They had 7 motorcyclist in that thing driving around in circles. Doesn't give much room for error. I sat and wondered to myself, how do you practice for something like that. The last picture is of the acrobatics portion of the show. The whole thing was really good. As Jake said over and over, I couldn't take my eyes off the stage.