Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Smash, crash, and chasing balls

For Christmas I bought the little guys a hot wheels smash and crash race track.  You add batteries and a strong air current propels the cars off the starting track super fast/they loop around/when enough are on the track they'll start crashing off each other in the center intersection.  It has been quite the hit with the little guys AND their older siblings.  I guess objects in motion never get old... ?!

And on that note, the ping pong table is back out!  It was a Christmas gift from last year.  We've had it out on and off during the last year, but comparing the kids a year ago to today it's crazy to see how much bigger Lincoln and Evan are now than they were a year ago!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Museum Fun!

Matt has this week off of work, so it's time for adventures with Daddy before it's back to school work and work travel.  Today the group headed off to the museum.  It's been a while since we've been down there, and they had a great time!  A few years back our museum combined with a kids "imaginarium" (a hands on science center) so we have a nice mix of kid fun and more typical museum fare.  :)

Monday, December 26, 2016

A Musical Christmas!

On Christmas Eve and Christmas day the kids did some Christmas songs for us!  It was fun, as we had both trumpet/cello and harp/cello duets.  It's fun to see how much Bentley and Jake have learned int he past year, and what a great start Genevieve has on mastering the harp.  Lincoln and Evan wanted to get in on the fun too, so Lincoln shared the beginning of the Twinkle Twinkle song he's learning and Evan did a one note variation of Jingle Bells.  :) 

Sunday, December 25, 2016

A Christmas Shot!

We haven't managed to do an "official" yearly picture with the kids yet, it has been a rather long six weeks with different flu and cold bugs hitting the house over (and over and over...) - I did manage to capture one of the kiddos and their Dad on Sunday before they ripped their church clothes off though!  (To be completely accurate I should state that one of them had already ripped half the clothes off and was quite irked to be forced back into them... and another wasn't too thrilled either.  I'm sure their facial expressions don't give that away though... hahaha!!)

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Gingerbread Men!

Evan and Lincoln had a play date with Ava, Alivia, and Grandma Karen.  They came home with these fine looking gingerbread men:

Friday, December 02, 2016

Sledding Adventures

We've had a few good snow falls, but mostly lacking in snow this winter.  Which means that when the snow does show up the kids want to jump on the chance to sled!  Luckily for them they have an obliging Grandma and Opa who brave the cold with more grace than the children's mother.... :)   (The kids went sledding once (all of them) and then the next day the boys went again, but Viva declared it too cold and stayed home!)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Some turkey art, from Viva/Lincoln/Evan:

We have a new "tradition"!  For the second year in a row some of the kids have gone to check out the Great Alaskan Shoot Out with their Dad.  We'll see if the tradition lasts, as apparently the Shoot Out is struggling/may not be around next year....