Monday, November 14, 2016

End of the School Year/ Start of Summer

When a school year comes to an end, it comes with lot's of parties and celebrations.
Last day of preschool for these two - Smith had Ms. VonRuden 

 Last day of 3rd grade with Ms. Desbien

 Last day party!

Cotton Candy face - summer here we come!
 Emmy's last day of 1st grade with Ms. Cannon
 They played games and all sorts of activities outside.

 Mol and Gab came and Emmy's friends welcomed them right in.
 When 4 out of 5 kids are out cold, you know you've had a good day.

 These crack me up - I had to take these selfies of us at the coldest baseball game of all time (and we weren't expecting it to be nearly that cold so were unprepared.) Emmy and I could NOT stop laughing at how grumpy Smith and Molly were.  We finally had to leave because they couldn't deal with it.

 Em went to an indoor soccer party (she's in the front right)

 We found a baby bunny stuck in our window well and who better to send to it's rescue than Emmy, the animal LOVER of our house.  This girl cares so much about animals.  She wants a pet so badly.
 Yep, we had her carry her straight through the house.
 First days of summer call for a trip to the Boulder Creek.  It was all fun and games until Smith fell in and got soaked up to his neck.  Then, he cried and complained the rest of the day.  The festival was fun though.

 Our first time letting Gabby swing.  My kids basically fought over who got to push her. Zane was the gentlest, kindest man taking care of her in the swing.

 Grandpa Jack and Grandma Kris joined us for a bit

 We drove to Folsom Field in Boulder to support Zack and Ben running the Boulder Bolder.
 It took a lot of waiting and patience to see Dada.
 We cheered him on (blue shirt and white hat). And we totally missed Ben even though we tried to find him.
 Good job, Ben!
 Jord and Ben moved into their new house Memorial Day weekend and had us all over for a BBQ and to unpack and just check out the new place.

Grandpa Dave and the kids
 Grandma, Pappy and more kids.

 We had tons of fun watching Emmy play softball to start off our summer.  She is so stinkin cute out there.

 The fans are pretty cute too.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Late Spring /Summer ish

The kids got asked to tell Bible stories for a video series that introduced a 6-week series at our church. We went twice and spent about an hour each time taping them telling the stories in their own words.  It was really fun to watch them. Each of their own personalities shone through and they cracked us up. I was proud of them for reading and learning the stories so well too. 

The funniest part about it is that people started recognizing (and still recognize) them all over the place when we're out.  So we will hear people pointing them out to each other "those are the kids from the videos," and a ton of people have come up to the kids (especially Zane) and told them good job on the videos. One day when we were out to eat, after our server had asked if they were on the Flatirons videos, Zane sighed and said, "It's hard being famous." Haha, so hilarious.

Here's them on the big screens at church...

 Story time fun - playing and bubble party

 Emmy played summer softball. She is a pretty tough athlete. She's fast and coordinated and liked it pretty well.  She's not a huge team sports gal, so it was good to see her get to feel connected to a team.  And she can HIT. Go Emmy!

 Em also finished up her trial year with Girl Scouts.  We went to a planting activity with her troop and helped plant a bunch of new flowers on a big intersection so everyone could see it. Smith and I helped.

 A couple cute pics - Aunt Nell and Gabby.
 Sad lip - my favorite.

 Smith wanted to bring his siblings back to the pond where he and Molly had their field trip.  It was our lucky day, because we ran into a group of boys who had tons of gear to come catch tadpoles and snakes and let the kids help them and hold all the animals. They loved it.


 It's tough fitting all 5 of us in. I love their expressions.

 huge tadpoles

 and little snakes

 You know, just a normal day with a thousand stuffies

 Emmy's sweet end of the year letter to Mrs. Cannon.
 More Girl Scouts - we got to go make a Build-a-Bear
 The boys washed their own bears too.