Saturday, March 4, 2017

November 2016

Jake turned 40. I held a surprise open house for him the weekend of Halloween, and I didn't. get. any. pictures. WHAT?!?! It took so much work to plan the shindig and to carry it out without Jake knowing, and I didn't document it with any images. Sad. It turned out really well, though. We had upwards of 70 people here at the house to celebrate Jake. We had our friends, the Nuttalls, come up from Austin to stay the night with us so they could be here. I had food hidden all over the house. I thought for sure Jake knew what was happening when, a few nights earlier, an RSVP from the evite came through on my email as he was sitting at the computer. I flipped, and he was so confused as I rambled an excuse, leaned over, and deleted it. Aye carumba. But it WAS a surprise. People just started showing up to the house, and once Jake got over his confusion, he was really touched and happy as he chatted the night away. We both felt very loved.

Tessa had her 4th grade program. She's the one on the far left with the hat on, dancing to Surfin' Safari.

 Paige voted at preschool for either Dog or Cat. I wish that's who I had to vote between this year. It was one ugly voting season. Eesh. But she's cute!
Part of Jake's birthday present was a night away. We haven't done that since we've had kids! Hospital visits where another kid joins the family don't count. My mom stayed with the kids so we could go have dinner and stay at the Warwick. We had a lovely and very relaxing time together.
 I finally was able to drive in November as long as I took off the boot to do it. I think this was during one of the first drives and to the library we went!
 Family flu shot time! They didn't have sniffers, so the drama of everyone getting the needle was a little ridiculous, but the lollies worked their magic, and happy were we. Sprouts is right across the street, so we went there afterward and picked out our Sprouts dinner which we sometimes do. The kids all pick out a vegetable and a fruit, and I get rolls, cheese, and meat to make sandwiches at home. It's a fun group effort.
 Paige's Panther Preschool is the best. Here she is as a pilgrim:
 And here she is as a squaw:
 Tessa is in the Colt Choir this year and is loving it.
Tessa, Brooklyn, and Kayla.
 We hosted Thanksgiving at our house. We had my mom and Duke, the Boomhowers, the Hirsts, and Justin and his son over. This is another event where I wish I would have remembered to pull out a camera. When I'm hosting, I get a little overwhelmed with details, and pictures are low on my totem pole of needs. It was an awesome meal with a huge variety of options. Our own Golden Corral. :) Overall it was an enjoyable Thanksgiving. The next night the Fitzgeralds came over with Angie's parents to have Thanksgiving part 2: the leftovers. We felt like we celebrated Thanksgiving as fully as one can by the time the weekend was over!

October 2016

What rules during the month of October in the McBride household? Halloween. That's the long and short of it. It was difficult still not being able to drive and pulling costumes together, but you do what you gotta do.
This first picture, though, has nothing to do with Halloween. Jake dropped Tessa and me off at Salvation Army to look for, you guessed it, Halloween costume pieces, but we had to check the frames too. I had a couple pieces of art that needed framing, but I wasn't about to pay full price for big, not so common sized frames. Second hand was at least worth looking at. I, happily, did find what I was looking for -half price day!-, spent a bit of time refurbishing/spray painting/ etc. and finally got those pictures up on the wall. BUT THIS GEM BELOW. I had to take a picture of this particular picture because it was a picture that hung in our family room growing up. We had deer mural wall paper on one wall, a big stone hearth for our standing fireplace in the corner with the wooden louver door next to it, a deer sculpture on a shelf, and this guy on the wall. He is burned into my memories. We would put a red pom pom on his nose for Christmas as we transformed him into Rudolph. His image is as nostalgic as it gets. I didn't buy it since I'm not that sentimental, but a picture was needed.

 Jake, he who knows me so well, bought me a posable skeleton that was on sale. Good man. The box was big enough that we wanted to shove a couple willing kids into it.
 Good on ya, Cole!
 And, drumroll, please.
The Neverland Crew.
 We've got Wendy, Peter, Tiger Lily, Tinker Bell, A Lost Boy, Mr. Smee, and the illustrious Captain James Hook.
What a cool crew. They are still game for themes, and I'll happily take it.
Most of the costumes were online finds (hooray for random little girl costume sales! And Amazon!), but I did have to make Jake's hat and...dum, dum, dummmmm.... Tessa's dress.
 You wouldn't think it would be difficult in this online day and age to find an affordable Wendy dress. It is. I ended up ordering one from China off Ebay that was to be custom made for a great price. Because of the medical stress, I justified that this year, I was leaving it to online retailers instead of myself. The dress took almost a month to get to us, a week before Halloween, and it was awful. So awful. As in, how in the world could a person actually believe it looks like the picture advertised? The bow and sash were decent, but that was the end. The boat neck was so large that it disappeared into poorly made sort-of sleeves. It was gaping up top and strangely fitting through the center. It went a little past her knees and flared significantly. There was no saving it. There wasn't enough material there to work with. I was able to get a partial return and vowed "Never Again" and went to work finding a suitable pattern. I had all the other costumes complete. It was Wendy or bust. And I did it! I was very proud of myself, even if one of the sleeves is sewn on completely inside out. (No one can tell.)
She looked lovely.
 I wasn't sure we could trick Gavin into wearing his hat, but it was a Halloween miracle. He's so formidable as Captain Hook. :)

 Peter Pan.
 My blonde Tiger Lily. We couldn't talk Sadie into being Tiger Lily, even though Paige's blonde hair was meant for Tink, so we're glad Paige is a trooper.
Paige also wore this costume for her preschool party and Trunk or Treat. It's now in our dress up box. I love when costumes get the love they deserve.
 It's our friend, Doc. McStuffins!

 Friends met at our house to go trick or treating on Halloween. We had a lovely night collecting candy together. My mom was so kind to come over, take pictures, and hand out candy to the kids who came to our house.
 Mr. Smee!

The rest of September 2016

And here are some leftover phone pictures from September. 
My bath babies. Oh, how I love them.

This was at the Matheney/Black Annual Balloonfest Breakfast. It's the only picture I took, unfortunately. It's a lovely ladybug on Tessa's eyeball, with my friend Summer in the background.

 Paige was my pasta making partner. She's a helpful girl, that one, from the making to the eating.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Squish turns 3: Sept. 2016

Happy Birthday, Sadie!
We love you and your sweet self so much.

Lake House with the Jensens -Sept. 2016

This year we met at a home in Oklahoma, just kind of in the middle of nothing big, and it turned out to be awesome. The home is on about 10 acres of land, and we felt isolated in a wonderful, nature filled way. Here is our country oasis:
 The owners of this place were clearly grandparents considering all the kid friendly activities they had on the premise. Exhibit A:

 Exhibit B: (maybe not necessarily for kids, but hammocks are fun)
 At the fire pit making Nutella s'mores:
 Sand pit next to the playground: (they even had "jewels" buried in the sand for the kids to hunt). And Jake's thumb make's it's official pictorial debut.
 Movies -by the tree growing through the cabin.

 I was still on the knees scooter while on this trip, so the day venture to Bathtub Rocks was out for me. Gavin and Sadie had to nap anyway. But it looks pretty cool, even if the water is low during this time of year:

 Naomi, Paige and Cole:

 Peter checking out the sink hole. How deep is that thing?

 Board Games!:

 The blue pond:
This pond is awesome. The older kids had a blast jumping into it from the dock and the rope swing. Jake made several videos of the flying children.

 Here is our illustrious cabin and side house. It really was amazing. The massive porches made me very happy.

 Naomi, Isaac, and Cole with their superhero masks:

 Sadie and Paige looking heroic:
 Alan playing Pick Up Sticks with the kids:

 The crew! With me in my stupid boot still non weight bearing. But, it could have been way worse. It was SO NICE to have something like this to look forward to when I had been feeling trapped at home. With Dianna and Alan's medical background, I didn't feel like such a reject while wheeling around the house and crawling up the stairs.
I love these people. I love this tradition.

A few more things: Jake and Alan took the oldest four on a hike through the woods at some point, and Cole had a breakdown about the burrs on his shoelaces --Poor kid thought they were alive. We celebrated Peter's and Sadie's birthday with a cake. We attended a local Primary Program for sacrament meeting. There was a big swing out front that even I had a good swing on. We had a great time cooking with each other, and really loved everything about this trip. It was so needed.
Here are the kids at a rest stop on the way home. Because they're cute.

 Don't mess with Texas is right. Even if Oklahoma was a lovely hostess.