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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Averie's Teton Science Trip

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Hi! I'm Averie hijacking my mom's blog to tell you about my trip to Teton Science School, or TSS.
In 4th grade at my school, we go all the way up to Jackson WY and to TSS, an educational 4-day
camp. There we learned how to snowshoe , cross country ski, and to use teamwork to solve simple problems.
The bus ride was about 7 hours and 30 minutes, and no electronics were allowed. We were separated into dorms chosen by our teachers. The girls were on the first floor. 
Back row: Marisa Romero,  Marin Peterson, Grace Kordon, Riley Pierce. Middle Row: Paysen Witte, Madison Thompson, Me, Annica Lotzer Front: Ruby Dorrell, Baily Issac, Ashlyn  Inouye, and Camryn Sinicki.

In my group, we saw a lot of bighorn sheep. They are like normal sheep, but they have bigger horns.
The view of the Tetons was beautiful.
while there, we went snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
  snowshoeing was my least favorite part.  But I absolutely looooved cross country skiing!
this was my team for the whole trip.

 a few of our photos were at bit strange.

at the end of the trip, we had to clean the dorms.
a pic of my friend
bus home selfie!!!!!!

Overall I loved the trip; it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.  How many 4th graders get to go to Jackson and climb the Tetons?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

January and February in a FLASH

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I love it when babies sleep with their eyes open.  Some may find it creepy, I find it adorable.  

Beware of this photo's graphic nature.  In my effort to teach my children responsibility and hard work, they are required to unload the dishwasher before school.  I no longer wash the blender's blade in the dishwasher.  OUCH.

 These two are so fun to be with during the day. 

 Levi is sporting his Wyoming gear.  He only got a few uses out of it, he's grown way. too. fast.  

I sadly put away Levi's 0-3 month clothes.  Baby boys grow way too fast!

We've had a very mild winter this year and have been able to play outside more than usual.  I got a great workout jumping on the trampoline with Kinlee this day.  It seemed as though every bone in my body cracked with each bounce!  I get to look at her cute little face 24/7.   

And....she's done with pictures.  

Friday night movies are something we all look forward to.  Having all five of my children in one place brings me peace.  Safe and sound.  

Lots of smiles and giggles from this little guy.

He's a big flirt.

Kempton's Minecraft Valentine's box.  He and Averie are currently obsessed with Minecraft these day.  He was so happy to make this all by himself.   

And give out these Valentines (thank you Pinterest).

Brenna's obsession with monkeys continues. 

 Since Valentine's Day isn't just about romantic love, we had a family Valentine's Day this year.  We went to watch Kempton play with his basketball team during the Wyoming basketball game's half time show.  Me and my girls: 

We then came home for dinner, a heart-shaped pizza, soda, and caesar salad.  

 We topped off the night with a dessert of chocolate fondue.  The kids looooved this and we decided it needs to be a Valentine's Day tradition from now on.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Her Sweetness

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This little sweetie is my little side kick these days while her older brother and sisters are in school.  She makes me giggle all day long with her adorable comments and excitement for life.  She deserves props for being such a good big sister to Levi.  I am asked often how she has done with another baby joining the family and I can honestly say that she hasn't had any problems with her baby brother.  No jealousy or aggressive behavior.  She is only sweet, kind, and happy about him.  She is constantly talking to him and gives him lots of tender affections.  I love toddlers!  Their discovery of the world is hilarious and makes up for some of their resistance.  She says the funniest things and we all get a kick out of where her mind goes.  

Here's her and all her sweet and sassy glory:  

She Can't Be 7 Already!

Pin It Brenna has a known obsession with monkeys.  We aren't sure where it came from, but she is very passionate about them, even to the point of wanting a "Monkey Party" for her 7th birthday.  It was a fun party to plan!

We made these Monkey invitations with brown, tan, and pink card stock, along with googlie eyes and a black pen for the face.  The key is to make sure the ears are on the side of the face (not too high) so that it doesn't look like a bear instead.  I played with my camera, the background on this one turned out too blurry!  And then I accidentally blurred out the invite.  haha

This one is better but then I chopped off Brenna's head.  One of these days I'll figure it out!

This one is the best of the worst.

Now for the monkey food:

The monkey cupcakes were a hit!

We had banana splits.  Because monkeys like bananas.  Get it?

The table scape and decor, I got most everything from Oriental Trading. 

The cutest 7-year-old! 

The guests had a lot of fun with the activities.  First we had a race who could get the most monkey's in a chain for "Monkeys in a Barrel."

 Then we had a bean bag toss with our monkey bean bags (Oriental Trading too).

Then everyone was assigned a zoo animal and they had to describe what they were for their friends to guess (without saying what they were of course).

Then we did the opposite where everyone was assigned an animal on their back and they had to find out what they were.

We finished with homemade mini pizzas and cupcakes.  

Such a fun party!  

She requested cake batter pancakes with chocolate chips for breakfast.  

And was spoiled by Grandparents, along with a few from Dad and Mom!

Little miss sunshine turns 7 today! Her birthday is a hard one for this Mama to swallow because I know I can't bottle up her sweetness and innocence forever. If I had to describe Brenna in one word it would be this: Delightful. She makes me feel like the best mama to her with all of her compliments. She lights up a room with that big smile, mouth-wide-open giggle, dimples, and beautiful red hair. She is sweet, nurturing, forgiving, happy, and oh so lovable! Happy birthday to our "tiny fairy child" (as we call her)! Sure do love you.