Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas morning

 This year we have had two Christmas's because Jennifer
 and family, minus Tyson :(
came a couple of weeks early.
It has been a blast!!!

On December 13th we opened presents... new jamies...

...and games.

I made Jennifer a "Family Yahtzee" game which turned 
out super cute. All of the 5 blocks have their
pictures on the sides.

Quincy got a cute new doll that I think looks kind of like her!!!

 Merrick got a Transformer!!!

And Berkleigh got a Lalaloopsy Mermaid!!!

Quincy seemed to love her wooden
frog and train.

I also made Jennifer a new photo book of the first
 6 years of her life.
(Thank you Shutterfly)
It turned out really cute!!!

And we got her a new sweater that are her 
favorite colors!!!

Then we had Santa pancakes for breakfast.

On the 25th, Matthew got this really cool
 Starship Enterprise.....
wait for it.....

...Pizza cutter!!!
Yes we are nerds!!!
We sent Chris one too!!!

Merrick, Berkleigh and Quincy made me a set of 8
dinner plates with their own designs baked right into 
the plates.
Love them...soooo cute!!! 
We have already used them!!!

So our Christmas might have been a bit fragmented,
and we totally missed Chris and Tyson so much,
but we had a fun time being together as much as possible.
Merry Christmas, everyone!!!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas all week!!!

My little munchkins are finally here!!!
Jennifer Merrick, Berkleigh, and Quincy flew into
Houston on Monday night.
(We are missing Tyson a lot but he had to stay and work :( )
So when I woke up yesterday morning it
felt like Christmas already because I knew we 
would get to play with them all day!!!
The first thing they wanted to do was to go to see
the alligators down the road from us in Jennings.
This is the first time Merrick has held one.

Berkleigh has held one before when they were here
two Christmas ago.

After we got our fill of the alligators,
(which didn't take long because Quincy did not like them at all!!!)
we went to play at the park!!!

We fed the birds and the ducks...

Climbed on the oil well...

Hung upside down and....

...right side up.

Played with Grandpa...

They love this...

And they loved getting Grandpa dizzy!!!

QT loved the playground too!!!

And I guess we wore them out because they
slept until 8:00 this morning...
(You have to just love this picture!!!) 
which is good because we have another fun filled day
planned for today!!!!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Jennifer and Quincy

 I found this picture of Jennifer today when she was 
 about 7 months old..... 

 ...and here is a recent picture of Quincy
 at about 10 months old.

What do you think?

Like daughter...
both so adorable!!!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Vacation 2012 part 3

 For the last part of our trip we journeyed to Manti, Utah to see
Wayne's family. The temple is always a highlight of our trip but this year
they have completed the park on the opposite side of the road and put in a reflecting pool. It is very cool and makes for another great
picturesque spot.

Usually when we see Wayne's mom and dad we are able
 to stay longer but this year we had to get a lot done 
in a short amount of time. 

But we did have time for some of our favorite activities like...

...helping Dad with the chickens...

...gathering eggs...

 ...and helping in the garden.
I helped by picking the bell peppers and then mom and I
cut them up and froze they so she can use them later.

One of the peppers had grown around the stock of the plant
so when I picked it, it was extremely bumpy.
Then when we turned it upside down we decided that
 it looked like a frog!!!
Mom was going to save it as long as she could so she could
show it was really funny.

Wayne and Dad cut out dead branches from out 
of their apple tree and hauled them away.
(sorry no pictures)
And while they were busy with that, Dad asked if I
could sort through some of their pictures.
 Fortunately, I found this adorable picture
of Kathy (Wayne's littlest sister) with Jennifer.
Kathy must be about 15 and Jennifer looks about 2.
So adorable!!!

Our other project that took most of our time,
was helping Matthew purchase a car.
We were extremely blessed by finding a great little
Honda, Civic. The owner had just put the car in the paper
that morning and it was such a great buy that we just
snatched it right up. 
It looks brand new from the pictures but it is actually
7 years old and has 85,000 miles on it.
They had taken really good care of it so we felt
it was the perfect car for our buddy.

But of course after we had taken care of all the paperwork,
 he had to leave to go back to school. And we had to
leave and come back home...

But we had a great trip and loved seeing everyone.
Catch you again next year!!!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Vacation 2012 part 2

Here we are, still in Salem, out on a walk with the kidos.

 I am not sure if Quincy liked my sunglasses better
or the camera better!!! But she loves to get her picture taken!!!

Merrick and Berkleigh already had their new school
clothes purchased before we arrived
we had to have a fashion show so Grandma
could see how cute they were going to look on their
first day of school...
these are two of my favorites.

 Do you love the red carpet? If you look close you 
can see Buzz standing up and applauding too!!!

The Oregon County fair was going on while we were there
so one night we went and had a great time.
We went to see the animals.
This lamb was really tame and soft!!!

They had some pigmy goats with tiny little baby
kids...they were so cute and tiny.

Loved the lambs...

...and the horses.

This pig didn't like me taking its
I hurried and got out of there!!!
The kids each choose a ride...
Merrick picked the helicopter and Berkleigh 
choose the hot air balloon.
The next day we were off to
Washington to see my Dad and my sister.
My Dad's 101st birthday was on August 27th...
so we went to celebrate!!!

Just a reminder from last year when we also
 went to his birthday party, Dad is almost 
exactly 100 years older than Quincy.
He was born in 1911 and she was born in 2011!!!

We gave him presents...

 ...Just two of Dad's favorite things,
(besides his daughters and grandchildren)
John Wayne and Westerns!!!

 We also played the card game that
Mom and Dad used to play about every day...
"King's in the Corners."

I think all of us had a chance to win at least once.

It was fun seeing everyone again and hanging out

The next day Jennifer took us to Portland. We were going 
to catch our plane the next morning to SLC.

 She showed us around downtown Portland. 
We had lunch at this awesome cafe called the
Waffle Window...
Berkleigh's has peaches, blueberries, strawberry sauce
and lemon curd on top of a sugary sweet waffle.
(Wayne and I also had this one) 
 And Merrick had the chocolate and peanut butter.
They were the best waffles I have ever had!!!

Later that afternoon she took us to get doughnuts at the Voodoo
Doughnut house. Their doughnuts were also covered with all kinds of 
yummy stuff...mine had oreos on top!!!
(Sorry no pics...I think I was on a sugar high)

It was so fun but it wore us all out....

Part 3...On to SLC!!!