...and they all lived happily ever after...

...and they all lived happily ever after...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Brag brag braggedy brag: musical performance

These are my two oldest littles.

I guess they aren't so little anymore, but still.

Last night was the Matheson Jr. High choir/concert presentation and these two music lovers were part of that event.  In fact, as it turned out, one or the other of them was in every single musical number presented last night.  This greatly increased the attentiveness of their parents throughout the performance (not that we are particularly rude during programs, but when your kids are in every number you do tend to focus a bit more).

Since we were neglectful and didn't remember to invite our grandparents (cough cough sorry about that) to this concert we thought we'd share a bit of the fun with you.

(Plus, we like to brag just a titch about our sweethearts...they are pretty fabulous.)

Aubrey performing "Monster Mash" with the jr high show choir.  Not only did she sing in this but she and a friend created all of the choreography for this piece.  Guess those years of dance classes really came in handy.

Aubrey also plays the flute in the concert band and this was their rendition of "Night on Bald Mountain."

Last, but not least, here is Bryce with the Jazz band performing something...I think it's "Frankenstein," but I can't remember for sure at the moment.  Bryce did also perform with the concert orchestra, but our silly camera decided not to cooperate so we didn't get video of everything.

Anyway, all in all a fun night and a lot of talent from hundreds of impressive jr high kids...our two among the crew.  It was a great evening.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Down By the Banks to the Death!

Last night my entire crew sat around the living room in a circle while we played "Down By the Banks of the Hankey Pankey."  This was the chosen family home evening activity for the week.  Can you imagine a 14, 12, and 10 year old duking it out with a 7 and 5 year old for the chance to be crowned the Hankey Pankey champ?  It was an epic battle!

But the final shootout came down to the 7 year old versus the 5 year old.  Their eyes were focused and their muscles tense and there was no letting down and they warred for the crown.   And  -- after much turmoil -- our 5 year old came out on top.  It was pretty wild!  There was much cheering and whooping (and maybe a bit of disappointed pouting too).  Who would have guessed that a room full of eight fairly normal people could get so involved in a silly, playground game.

It is nights like this that I am most thankful for the incomparable family I've been blessed with.

This week we've had some things come up that have had me thinking about my children.  I feel incredibly lucky to have been blessed with each of these sweethearts.  There is nothing in the world either Josh or I could have done to deserve such an incredible group of youngsters, and yet here they are banging in and out of the front door, singing songs along with the radio in the car, whining over one more page of homework, turning up their nose at dinner, joking with each other until they are laughing so hard they can't even talk and all else that comes with an eight person tromp through home life.  They are lively and creative and funny and energetic and kind (mostly) and intelligent and I just love them to bits.  I learn more from them than I can ever hope to teach them, but I am so so so grateful that the eight of us (Josh included, of course) get to meander through life together.  

Now, none of us is perfect and we have our share of moments of sadness and anger and frustration and quirkiness and tempers and everything in between.  However, I love that as we come together, most of the moments are good.  Most of the moments are full of smiles.  There is more laughter than crying in our daily life and we do work to help each other when we can (although we also have moments where we shove each other down...but not very many).  

I just adore these people.  They are the very best of what this world has to offer (at least if you ask me).

I'm forever and ever thankful that I have each and every one of them.

My sweethearts.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Trunk or Treat Fun

This weekend was our ward trunk-or-treat activity.

It is always a lot of fun.

The kids love any excuse to break out their costumes and run around hoping for sacks of candy.  

Also, I love any excuse to force my sweetheart into weird or quirky duds

(view some evidence from years past).

And, big reveal, the wild wear that I maneuvered him into this year...

Like I said, fun.

And our crew had a great time.  They all got in on the dress-up action to some degree (we have Izio from Assasin's Creed, a mad scientiest, a cat, Spiderman, an army guy, and the beginnings of a weeping angel -- but without her makeup and wings -- thanks, Dr. Who).

Yup, fun.

Friday, October 24, 2014

My oldest boys

I was sifting through our photo files and found some gems taken by my two oldest sons.  

Fun with the camera.  

Good stuff.

(I really do love these lads.)

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