Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sophie dancing at the 49ers day parade

Once Sophie got over being scared of the fire engines, she loved the parade. She clapped and danced for a significant part of it.

She would've danced right out into the middle of the street if we had let her.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Donuts and Dinosaurs

One of my kids' favorite things to do when they go to visit Grandma and Grandpa Walton is go with them to the Dinosaur Museum, and this trip did not disappoint!  Not only did they get to go to the museum, but we also got to go to the beautiful gardens and splash area nearby AND they got Krispy Kremes on the way.  They were understandably thrilled beyond words.  Here are some of the pictures from the day:

The kids with Grandpa eating donuts: 

Now THAT'S a happy boy:

Evie and Kelly;

i love this one:

Sophie LOVED the splash area.  In fact, Sophie just all around loves water, which makes me nervous.  I have to keep both eyes and usually at least one hand on her at all times.  But isn't her swimsuit ADORABLE?  She got it for her birthday from Grandma and Grandpa:

Calvin loved it, too:

 Lily is quite a runner.  See her there?  She is headed for that gate.  One time we lost track of her for seriously like 15 seconds while all the other kids were crying and she had made it through the gate, across the sidewalks and grass, across the street and halfway through a parking lot.  A nice stranger brought her back. 

Luke, Evie and Ryan having fun in the gardens:

I love this one of Mom and all the grandkids.  They all sure love you, Grandma!

Sophie was intrigued by the tulips:

I love this one of Calvin.  I'm pretty sure he is usually at his happiest when he is running as fast as he possibly can, which is what he is doing here:

Lily at the gardens:

Sophie and the Supersaurus:

Evie was really sweet and played dinosaurs with Sophie.  She had so much fun!

Sophie smooches!  We're trying to train her to close her mouth...

 And you've already seen this beauty, but it deserves restating:

Thanks, Grandma and Grandpa!  The kids had such a great time spending the day with you!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

How do you spell Utah? G * R * A * N * D * M * A .

Well, we did it.  My sister and I flew with our 6 kids for a visit out to Utah again, just like we swore we never would ever again--see last year's post (the really great airplane story is at the end). But THIS time there was absolutely no puking plus the babies both slept like champs.  The only hiccup was when we literally came within seconds of missing our flight--I'll have to tell that part of the story in another post.  Anyways, it was a really great trip, and we had SO much fun playing with Grandma and Grandpa Walton. 

Since we did so many fun things, I will have to do a number of posts about it all.  But let me quickly tell you about one of the best parts.  My mom took each of the kids out on their own date night with Grandma (Grandpa was, sadly, out of town for this part) and they had so, so, so much fun!  Here's the breakdown of what they did:

-Calvin got to check #1 off his bucket list and actually go IN TO Fatcats.  for those of you not familiar with Fatcats, it's a bowling alley/arcade place, but what makes it special is that it has lights outside of it that look like fireworks, and for as long as i can remember him being able to talk coherently (okay, if you know Calvin, you're probably thinking that's not very long...), every time we pass Fatcats he gets SO excited about those fireworks.  Anyways, so he got to go there and play games with Grandma and then go out for a happy meal and to play at the playplace.  He was blissfully happy.
-Evie got to go with Grandma to Color Me Mine and choose and paint her own porcelain figurines.  She was in heaven.  She picked (shocker) a princess that doubled as a coin bank and I think it is so cute the way it turned out.  Grandma said Evie couldn't decide what color her dress should be and kept changing her mind partway through, so it ended up being kind of a rainbow princess, but very cute.  Grandma painted a crown-shaped jewlery box for Evie as well.
-Ryan and Luke opted to do their date night together, and so they went with Grandma to see Rio.  Wow, Ryan can not stop talking about how much fun he had.  Still.  In fact just the other day in the car he was just talking and talking about it and how much he loved going to see it with Grandma and Luke.

Thanks, Grandma!  The kids had SO much fun getting to spend some quality time with their Grandma.  They love you so much!

So, without further ado, here are some pictures of fun times around Grandma and Grandpa's house!

Making the slide into a waterslide!  Wow, they had a great time doing this. Kept them busy for HOURS!

Not sure exactly what Calvin is doing here, or what he is holding, but he sure gave me a good laugh:

Lily kept getting stuck on this ladder.  Poor little naked Lily.

The kids got to spend some quality time with Abbey and Spencer.  Wow, did they ever love Spencer (and Abbey, too, of course)!  They would squeal with delight whenever we announced that they were coming over.  Here they all are cuddled up watching Tangled:

Whenever it got too quiet, we could almost always find Evie holed away somewhere sneaking in some iPad time:

The big kids got to hike the Y with Grandma, Grandpa and Kelly.  Calvin had to stay home with me and the babies, so as a consolation prize, I made him a very long Rapunzel braid out of yarn, and tied it to a hat so he could wear it.  My oh my did he love it! 

 I also took him out later to hike the "I", just me and him. It's for a private school near my parents' house, so it's just on the side of a hill.  But he felt VERY accomplished and was so excited to get a white rock from the top, just like the big kids did!  Here's what the I looks like, but I didn't get a shot of Calvin there:

Grandpa hanging out with the babies and the dogs:

Grandma let the kids do her makeup!!!  Doesn't she look great?

Grandma and Sophie:

Grandma reading the kids bedtime stories--this one looks like a nail biter!

Sophie playing in the sandbox:

I LOVE this picture of Calvin.  He was pretending he could fly.

Thanks for having us, Mom and Dad!  We sure love you!  More fun Utah posts to come!

Sports Class: Soccer!

The kids had SO much fun on soccer day at their sports sampler class.  Maybe because it was a little less foreign than dribbling a basketball or wielding a hockey stick :)  But they all did a really good job, and it was really fun to watch.  I love that we live so close to Tyler and AnnaMarie and the girls.  I love that our kids are growing up to be such good buddies!

Here are some of the pictures from soccer day!

The kids in the lineup.

Katie was actually a pretty good goalie!

Kicking the ball was a whole-body thing for Calvin:

Katie and Calvin protecting their soccer balls:

Sometimes we would watch from the track which went around above the gym.  I guess soccer wasn't riveting enough, so AnnaMarie and Tyler decided to have a race.  I documented the results from the finish line.

The three amigos with their soccer balls:

Ryan showing off his skills:

A very triumphant Katie after scoring a goal:

Calvin getting ready to make his move:

And what sports class would be complete without a trip to Wendy's afterwards?? Here kids, you got some exercise, now go have some fries and a frosty!  We're REALLY good parents.  But AnnaMarie and Tyler had some free frosty coupons, the kids sure did love it.

Sophie diggin' the fries:

Katie with her frosty:

The whole gang:

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Luke and Evie and Lily, oh my!

In May we got to spend some quality time with our Barringer cousins while their parents got their house ready to put on the market!  Hooray for a new house!  Let's hope their lovely home sells quickly.  Anyone looking for a gorgeous 4 bd 3 ba home in the best school district in the state of Minnesota? Yeah, I thought so.  I can totally hook you up.

Anyways, we had a great time having all of our cousins here to visit.  The kids did so well and had so much fun playing together.  It is so great to have so much family close by!

Here are some pictures from our fun-filled days:)

Calvin, Evie and Lily coloring.  I love how Lily looks like one of the kids already.  I miss chubby wubby little baby Lily!

Calvin, getting some good laughs in:

 Sweet, happy Lily:

The kids playing golf.  I think Ryan and Evie are seriously jealous of Calvin's swing:

Evie having a good belly laugh:

The boys had so much fun playing with Evie.  They each took turns having their Evie time.  I love these ones of Ryan and Evie:

I painted Evie's nails (they are light pink, but you can't tell here...)

I turned on the bubble machine for Lily, who was ecstatic:

And I made a cinderella costume for Evie out of an old sweater and some fabric scraps.  

Sophie hanging out with her two best friends (can you imagine Sophie triplets??? Yikes...)

I love these babies together:

And all six of the Walton grandkids doing their own thing in the back yard. I love these guys!