Saturday, February 17, 2018

Awana Games Champions!

We had an exciting morning at the Sparks-A-Rama and AWANA Games. Last year was Claire and Joy's first year participating and they didn't know what to expect.  This year, they knew what it would be like and that it is really a big deal so they were both pretty nervous.

Nana and Poppy came to watch which made it that much more exciting.

Joy didn't have any fantastic plays this year but she did alright in general.  It was painful to watch these little kids and their lack of sense of urgency.  

(Joy is the one with hte pink knee pads and blue bow. )
Run!..... FASTER!

Her team got 2nd place which would have been good and expected if we had gotten 2nd to the Greater Phoenix Chinese Church, but they weren't even in our flight this year. 

TnT was next.  We totally expected to get second with this age group as well because we WERE against the Chinese church.

Starting out strong with the pin.

Our team did pretty well and the Chinese Church team made a couple of huge errors so I knew the score would be close.  But they DO NOT lose so you can imagine our surprise when they announced the second place finisher.

Woo Hoo!I can't believe we won!  What a fun morning. 

There is already talk of next year.  Next year Paige will be old enough to be in the Sparks-A-Rama!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Autumn Apples 2017

Our Annual Caramel Apple Eating Pictures


Paige has been very sad lately that we don't have any pictures of her alone.  So here is one of Paige by herself.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Cutting Down a Cactus

The day after Thanksgiving, we finally cut down the huge, obnoxious, ugly, leaning, cactus in our front yard.

I have always been anti-cacti. From the first moment that we saw our house on Zillow - before looking at it with a realtor,  I said "That cactus would have to go."   I have put up with it for a year now but it has finally met it's timely death.

Now, there are all kinds of rumors floating around that you can't cut down a Saguaro cactus because they are protected, or you can but you have to get a permit or pay a fee. No matter who I asked or where I looked online it seemed everyone had their own version of the law so I called the ADA to get some straight answers.  It turns out that you don't need to do anything to cut one down if it is on your property and your parcel is less than 10 acres.  The lady I talked to just said to cut it up in small enough pieces that no one would try to take it and plant it. (What!? Is that really a legitimate concern?  Replanting cactus chunks?)  Whatever.   I then called the City of Phoenix to see if it would be alright to put it out with the bulk pick up.  The person I talked to did not know and I was on hold for 35 minutes while she asked someone, but finally was given the green light so long as the chunks are put in boxes labeled "Cactus".  Yep, seriously.

So, my dad came out with his chainsaw and he and Josh got right to work.

The cactus was so wet and slimy.  The chainsaw spit cactus buggers out all over the place.  

 The audience - my cousin Justin was their too!  He helped carry cactus chunks and entertained Jack.

 There was a dead bird inside one of the many holes in the cactus.  We (the girls and I) wanted to look at it and see it's skeleton.  Everyone had to take turns holding it. 

Bye cactus!

We also cut down an disgusting yucca, a few barrel cacti and a palm tree that day.
 Our front yard is looking much better. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Toy Story Halloween

This year we were able to enjoy Halloween with all of our cousins so we wanted to do a group costume for all of them.   Like always, these costume were put together from Goodwill items and/or homemade by me and my mom.  Let's just say the Potato and Bo Peep were a labor of love.  
When you have 8 kids and 7 of them are under the age of 6, 
and 2 of them can't stand still if their lives depended on it,
 and 1 can't sit up at all, 
and 1 screams the entire picture session,
 and 2 don't know how to smile....
this is the best group photo you can get.

Penny as Bo Peep's Sheep

Norah as Bo Peep
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      Josiah as Woody
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   Jack as The Claw Machine Alien

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          Paige as Mr Potato Head
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      Timothy as Buzz Lightyear
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Claire as Jessie
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         Joy as Workout Barbie
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The Saturday before Halloween everyone met at our house for dinner and pictures before heading over to our church's harvest carnival.

The kids loved it and let me just say that Jack in a bounce house is quite the sight.

On Halloween we went up to my brother's house in Anthem to take them trick or treating.
They all had a blast and we came home with TONS of candy.

Since Bryan and Rachel were in town we spent a day with them.  Unfortunately, our original plans were changed when we unknowingly gave my mom the stomach bug we all had (the day before our symptoms showed up) and various people had a day of being sick while they visited. 

Everyone was finally able to meet Baby Penny.

It was a fun filled week! 
The girls are already planning what they want to be next year.