Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Now We Are Six

Leif is a big six year old! He had a fun day eating chocolate waffles for breakfast, playing with his siblings most of the day, watching a few shows, having his favorite dinner, then having friends over for a pinata and cake. Leif got some super fun gifts this year including trucks and some robots that you code yourself which occupied much of his time. I wasn't great at taking pictures today, but here are a few. We also went to the Royal Ontario Museum via subway on Saturday at Leif's request. I didn't take any pictures because it was an exhausting day, but everyone had tons of fun- especially our birthday boy! Below the pictures is Leif's birthday interview- which he remembered to do when I forgot about it.

Who is your favorite person? Trevor
What is your favorite color? Orange
What is your favorite thing to watch on TV? Pokeman
What is your favorite outfit? BB8 shirt (my sister made it for him, with his name and all- its what he's wearing in all the pictures)
What song do you like the best? Hark The Herald Angel Sing
What is your favorite cereal? Cheerios
Who is your best friend? Asher
What do you want to do when your grow up? Be a rock scientist
What is your favorite book? A dinosaur coloring book (a friend just gave him this as a gift today)
What are you really good at? Playing the piano (he loves to practice and often works at it much longer than I ask him to)
Where do you wish you could go on vacation? Colorado
What would you buy if you had a lot of money? A Bruder truck (lucky for him, he got 3 for his birthday this year)
What is your favorite dinner? Chicken Rolls
If you could have a wish, what would it be? A coloring book (he got one of those too!)
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Mint Chocolate Chip-the green kind
Who do you want to be like? Our Dad
What do you like to do with your friends? Play on the trampoline
What do you hope you'll get to do before your next birthday? Have fun
What is your favorite thing to do? Color
What are you proud of? Having fun
What are you afraid of? Being alone in the dark
What is Mom's favorite thing to do? Have kids
How strong is Dad? Really strong
What does Dad do best? Work
What does Mom do best? Take care of us
What do you like best about Dad? That he wrestles with us
What do you like best about Mom? She reads to me

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Halloween 2018

I made costumes for all the kids this year. I was thinking about making Trevor just use a costume from one of the boys when they were younger, but they really wanted him to be a dragon, so I sewed it up- mostly using left over material from past costumes. Asher really wanted to be Pickachu. We had the hardest time getting his tail to stay up, but in the end, just let it flop down (I wanted to tack it at the top, but Austin thought that was a bad idea). Leif really, really wanted to be a triceratops. I tried to talk him out of it at first because I had no idea how to do the horns and shield, but he was persistent and we figured it out by looking at some ideas on Pintrest. Heidi's costume was easy since I did other care bears in years past. They all turned out cute and quite warm. This Halloween was chilly, but not freezing like last year. We stayed out for almost two hours without freezing. I let the big kids run ahead and go to all the houses, while Trevor and I only went to about every other house since it takes him forever to get up and down the stairs and everyone else gets anxious to get going. Trevor didn't even notice that he wasn't going to all the houses and had a great time collecting treats in his bucket.

The kids made quite the haul and we even had some candy left over after we got tired of answering the door for trick-or-treaters (it was late enough that it was just teenagers that were too old to be out trick-or-treating anyway). The kids had a blast munching on as many treats as they could in the half an hour that we let them run wild, then we bagged it all up and the three older kids are enjoying each having a gallon sized ziplock bag full of their own treats (although they have to have permission to get anything out).

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Its a Girl!

I think we've pretty much told everyone, but baby #5 is a girl! Here are some photos Austin got of the ultrasound a few weeks ago:

 She's sucking her thumb!

Our Trip Home

We had an extremely busy two weeks in Colorado, Idaho, and Utah visiting family and friends. We visited lots of fun places, ate at yummy restaurants that aren't in Canada, shopped at stores that aren't in Canada, and hung out with people we love. I took tons of pictures, so I had to sort them down to some of my favorite. I didn't get pictures of everything, but I got a lot. We loved being home for two weeks, we just missed Austin and I have to admit it was exhausting!

The kids loved spending so much time with their cousins acting very silly! We went to the Denver Museum of Science and Natural History
We went to Casa Bonita (A Mexican restaurant in Denver that has terrible food, but is much loved by kids (and my husband) for its atmosphere including waterfall divers, fake gorillas, mariachi, caves, and an arcade.
Visited the Denver zoo, including riding on the train and the carrosel. Leif was quite happy that there were elephants there, since the Toronto zoo is lacking such a terrific animal.

We ate at a 50s diner where the kids got to have ice cream shakes with their meal.
We ate Donuts at a Fort Collins bakery near Grandma and Grandpa's house

We looked at the moon, planets, and stars through Grandpa's telescope
Rode Grandpa's riding lawnmower around
We visited Grandma Great in Idaho and the kids loved helping with the dishes and meal clean up
We played at Nonna's house
We enjoyed ice cream at Farr's
We played for hours at the park with Grandpa
We learned archery with Grandpa (Asher and Leif went fishing and 4-wheeling too)
We ate frozen custard and Nelson's (Heidi had a date with Grandpa there)
We went to the Dinosaur Park and Museum with Nonna
We visited the Train Museum with Nonna
We went to the Spaghetti Factory with Abbey and Nonna
We went to Temple Square with Abbey and Nonna
We played with Travis and his dog
We played at the park with Grandpa some more
We went to lunch with Great Grandma for her birthday and had pie at her house

Heidi especially loved playin with Grandpa's dog, Bella
Grandpa took all the kids on the 4-wheeler around the neighborhood
Heidi got to go ice skating with Abbey
Heidi enjoyed lots of snuggle time with Grandpa
We went to a tea party (aka princess party) with GG and all the girls in my family