Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Vera's Visit

Last weekend, my sister Vera came for a visit.  We always love having her visit and we enjoyed our time with her.

On Saturday, we decided to go down to a new outdoor area with shopping, eating a water fountain, playset and an ice skating rink that just barely opened. While walking around, Vera saw a bowling alley and we decided to go bowling.  It was the boys first time and they all loved it.  Deker has asked several times since when we can go "bowling for real" again.

The at the fountain. 
Getting ready to bowl.
All of our shoes with Zora's car seat.
Bauer's bowl usually took a slow trip down the lane.  One time he decided to lay down to watch it.  All three of us adults quickly reached for our cameras to get pictures of him before he stood up. 
Zora had fallen asleep in her car seat while we were walking around and stayed asleep the entire time we were bowling.  I guess the nice loud noise of a bowling alley is soothing to her.
One of Vera and Zora many moments spent snuggling.

We Love Chick-Fil-A

In October I had read that Chick-Fil-A was going to be celebrating their one year anniversary of being open with free chicken sandwiches, cupcakes and fun.  It was a Friday night and with Andrew being gone I wasn't sure if I would take the kids or not.  But I had a brave moment and loaded up all four kids and headed there.  It was my first bigger outing with all four kids and I am glad we went.  We had fun and the kids did good.

Keagan and Bauer with the Cow, Deker didn't want to get in the picture.
There was a balloon artist going around.  Keagan and Deker choose a bow and arrow and Buaer choose a sword.

Keagan's Flag Football

This fall, Keagan played in a short 4 week Flag Football League.  He really likes playing football and I am secretly happy that he wasn't wanted to play more yet (knock on wood).

Here are a couple of pictures.
When we got to the last game I knew Zora would be getting hungry so I stayed in the Van and fed her.  As Zora and I were walking over to the field, Andrew took some pictures of us.  I love this picture of the two of us. 

Visit to Oregon

A few weeks ago, we were able to go visit our good friends, The Kolilis's in Oregon.  They live on a ranch by her parents.  We always have a great time when we see this and this trip was no different.

One morning, Andrew and Dan went out to chop some wood.  The little boys soon followed outside.  They loved watching and helping.  
In the afternoon I stayed back with Zora to let her get a good nap while everyone else went up the mountain to play in the snow.

Bauer by some machinery.  The boys told me what it was, but I already forgot.
 Keagan sledding.
Deker making snow angels.
The boys watching Andrew's brother do a little plowing.  He had is nephew with him and promised the boys a ride the next morning.
Deker in the tractor.
Bauer "helping" Lucas across the plowed field.

Friday, November 1, 2013


Because Andrew was home on Halloween Day, we made pumpkin pancakes with black Cinnamon Syrup and we had fun drawing faces on our pancakes.
This year we decided to do a football theme with our family.  First up,we have our football.  Zora was a cute girly football complete with football flower and ruffles on her bottom. 
The boys were very excited about being football players.  Here is Keagan with his football stance.
While we were outside taking pictures, Bauer pinched his finger on a toy.  It was his turn to get his picture taken and nothing that Andrew and I did or said made him calm down.  Deker comes over and said "Mom one time I gave him a hug when he was upset and he calmed down.  Let me try that."  He then went and gave Bauer a hug.  Bauer immediately stopped crying and came over so we could take him picture.  I am so happy that I was the camera out and ready and I was able to take this picture.  It is such a tender moment that I am so happy I was able to witness and capture. 
All the kids. 
Andrew and I decided to be referees which is fitting in so many ways.