Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Interview with a 7 year old


1. What is your favorite color?
Green
2. What is your favorite toy?
Legos
3. What is your favorite fruit?
Oranges
4. What is your favorite TV show?
Shaun the Sheep
5.  What is your favorite movie?
Jurassic Park
6.  What is your least favorite chore?
Living Room
7. What is your favorite animal?
Horses
8. What is your favorite song?
I Am A Child Of God
9.  What is your favorite book?
Mercy Watson Series
10.  Who is your best friend?
Poeta
11.  What is your favorite dinner?
Cheese Burgers
12.  What is your favorite breakfast?
Bacon
13.  What is your favorite game?
Pokemon Card Game
14.  What is your favorite thing to play outside?
Frisbee
15.  What is your favorite holiday?
Thanksgiving
16.  What is your favorite subject in school?
Social Studies 
17. What is your goal for this year?
Not whining 
18. Do you think you reached your goal for last year?
My goal was to be smart about animals. I did reach my goal.
19.  What do you spend your time thinking about?
My parents
20.  What do you want to be when you grow up?
A zoologist 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Interview with a 8 Year Old

1. What is your favorite color?
Green
2. What is your favorite toy?
Legos
3. What is your favorite fruit?
Orange or apple
4. What is your favorite TV show?
Batman
5.  What is your favorite movie?
Mr. Peabody and Sherman
6.  What is your least favorite chore?
Dishwasher
7. What is your favorite animal?
Dog
8. What is your favorite song?
The Secret Life of Six by TMBG
9.  What is your favorite book?
Secrets of Droon series
10.  Who is your best friend?
Caleb Yeager
11.  What is your favorite dinner?
Chicken Tetrazinni
12.  What is your favorite breakfast?
Cinnamon Rolls
13.  What is your favorite game?
Super Smash Bros Brawl
14.  What is your favorite thing to play outside?
Candle Tag
15.  What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas 
16.  What is your favorite subject in school?
Math
17. What is your goal for this year?
To be more awesome
18. Do you think you reached your goal for last year?
My goal was to do my work better. I did not reach my goal.
19.  What do you spend your time thinking about?
Weird stuff
20.  What do you want to be when you grow up?
An artist

Friday, August 8, 2014

Special Drinks

One of our favorite things about visiting Utah is the drinks you can only buy there.  Here are our picks for this trip.


Come on.  Where else in the world but Utah county could you buy caffeine FREE Mtn Dew?  Since our kids aren't allowed to drink Mtn Dew, this is a big giant deal.  

I mean look how excited their faces are.  OK the photo is a little staged, but I swear they really were this excited about finding the caffeine free Mtn Dew.

And this is the other treasure only found in Utah Diet Code Red.  Besides the one my daddy stole out of the ice chest during the family reunion, I drank the WHOLE 12 pack in just a few days.  I get a little gluttonous  while on vacation.  Isn't that why we go on vacation?

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Dragon Boat Race

Our good friend Lisa Holland volunteered to row on a Dragon Boat team and invited us to come and watch her race. It was a great summer day and the races were a lot of fun.


Lisa's team rowing on the river.

Unloading from the dragon boats after a very close race.
Lisa's team.  Can you find her?  She is fourth from the right on the 2nd row.
There was even some traditional Chinese Dragon Costumes and Dances.  The boys really enjoyed that.    





Friday, June 27, 2014

Four eyes

Look who got glasses!! Doesn't he look handsome?
I don't think he loves taking pictures. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Author's Tea

Matthew's class held an Author's Tea.  Each student wrote and illustrated a story.  They then, invited their parents to come and hear them read their story.  Afterwards we all had yummy treats.   Matthew's story was about dogs.  It was non fiction.  He told how much he loves dogs and that everyone who has one is very lucky. Poor kid, he really wants a dog.... 
I am in no way biased to say that Matthew's was the best story of the class.  

Monday, June 16, 2014

School Talent Show

The ballroom dance team preformed at the School Talent Show today.  Here is Holden and his partner, Mackayla, dancing the Cha Cha.  It is so much fun to watch him dance.  He now knows the Tango, Cha Cha, Waltz, and Meringue.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Juicing

Joe has been really into juicing vegetables lately.  I bought him a juicer for this birthday last year.  His favorite juice right now is fermented cabbage juice.  Yes it is as bad as it sounds.  Or at least it smells as bad.  No one else in the family will touch the stuff.  Today as a surprise I juiced up all the veggies in the fridge for him.  Doesn't that color look delish?

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Last Soccer Game

Another season has come to an end.  Holden's last game was in Easthampton.  Joe was in New York visiting his parents, so he couldn't be there.  Too bad, because Holden did AWESOME.  He scored a goal in the first half and played goalie in the second.  His coach said he was a natural in the net and I have to say some of his moves were pretty impressive.  

Here is he playing goalie.  
Here, Nicholas appears to be really into the game, but really he spent most of the time reading Popular Science magazine which Aunt Lisa subscribes to for him.
Matthew enjoyed his candy stick a little more than he enjoyed the game.
And this is how Anders watches soccer.  

In the end the Bulldogs lost, but it was a great game.  

Friday, June 13, 2014

Matthew's First Assembly

Here is my baby sitting in his first official school assembly.  He has been to school assemblies a bunch of times when we went together,  But now he sits with his class wearing his school uniform.  It all happens so fast.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Special Olympics

The youth of our stake volunteered this year at the Special Olympics in Boston.  Joe got up really early and drove Nicholas  and some of the other kids from our ward up.  They said it was a really great experience and they were glad they got to help.
Here are our Youth!  What a great group of kids.
This is a picture of one of the events.  Nicholas helped at the javelin and Joe at the shot put.

The games were held on the campus of Boston University.  

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Out to Lunch at Zoes

The last day of my parents visit my mom and dad wanted to go to lunch at a seafood restaurant .  The only problem with this plan is that I don't like seafood AT ALL.  I had no idea where to go to get seafood.  I googled seafood restaurant Western Mass and it came up with a place in Northampton called North Shore Seafoood.  We drove up there and it ended up being only a fish market.  I asked the owner of the shop if he knew of a seafood place and he said he didn't know of one.  
We finally ended up at Zoe's Fish Market in South Hadley.  It was fun to hang out with just my parents.  
Look how cute they are.
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Thanks so much for coming mom and dad.  It really means a lot to all of us.  

Monday, June 2, 2014

Newport

On the Monday of my parent's visit we headed to Newport, Rhode Island.  There is a National walkway that goes right along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and right behind some of the mansions from the Gilded Age.  Of course we took the boys out of school so they wouldn't miss out on the fun.  Here are some pictures from the Cliff Walk.





After the walk we did the 10 mile coastal drive around Newport.  We saw many of the mansions and some amazing ocean views.  Of course I don't have any pictures because I was driving.

The drive ends up at Fort Adams, the largest coastal fortification in the United States.  It was garrisoned during the War of 1812.  It is located right on the harbor and the views were great.  We got there 15 minutes before closing and decided we didn't want to pay the entrance fee.  So here we are outside the fort.  The man in the background is actually in a Civil War Military uniform.



They had old cannons outside that had been used in battles.  Of course the boys all needed to have their pictures taken with them.


Here are some more pictures of us exploring the fort and the harbor.





After a busy day, we ended up eating at Friendlys.  A real New England tradition.  


We arrived home tired, full, and sunburned (especially mom.)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Backseat of my car

This is what the backseat of my car looks like after morning drop off.  EMPTY!  Sad face. 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Oliver

Holden, Matthew and I went to see our friends in a community production of Oliver.  They did a great job and it was fun to watch.
Here are Zoe and Gavin in their costumes, all ready for stage.  

Friday, May 16, 2014

Clue

The boys love board games and have recently discovered Clue, which happens to be my favorite game when I was a kid.   Don't let Nicholas's face fool you, he had a good time playing.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Facebook


Years ago when all his friends were getting Facebook accounts, Nicholas asked us when he could have one.  I told him that FB says you have to be 13, and since I wasn't going to lie, he had to wait until then.  Of course when I said that I had no idea how fast the years would fly by and he would be 13.  When he turned 13, I told him that he had to read a book about internet safety.  Then Joe and I had multiple conversations (aka lectures) with him about how damaging an online profile can be, what is OK and not OK online, blah, blah, blah.  Then set some more ground rules about knowing his password and having access to his account at all times.
Finally, I ran out of reasons and we succumbed.  Nicholas is now on Facebook.  Here is a picture of his first time logging on.  He was a little annoyed that I wanted to document even this.  Has he not met me?

Monday, May 12, 2014

Soccer Practice


This is the view from my camping chair every Monday and Wednesday from 6-7 starting in April and ending in June.  Good thing Holden loves soccer so much.