Monday, November 19, 2012

Camp Camo

 Happy 7th Birthday Aaron!
We celebrated Aaron’s 7th birthday this past weekend with a camo/campout themed party.  Special thanks to my parents for allowing all these 1st grade boys to roam their property.  Aaron planned a hike and gave his friends quite the tour through the woods.  Instead of a birthday cake, Aaron wanted to do smores – easiest birthday cake ever!  It was a great time.  Aaron also insisted on camping in the tent overnight despite the cold night.  Everything went quite smoothly with this outdoor party and it was a fun way to celebrate our nature-loving Aaron.

 Aunt Merydwen created the perfect custom designs.
 Smores cake!

 Nana pretty-ed up Leah's camo shirt with some old lace of her mothers - loved it!
 Had we known this would have turned out into such a happy family photo, we would have turned the other direction and gotten the woods in the background.  I like how happy all three kids are in this pic.
 Good looking group of boys
 Aaron even took his friends down into the "canyon" - he got brave for his party!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Enchanted Rock

We did it!  We hiked to the summit of Enchanted Rock with a 6 year old & 4 year old in tow! (Quite a change from our last visit over 8 years ago).  And go figure, it was the 4 year-old who reached the top first!  Aaron’s Cub Scout Pack had a hiking trip to Enchanted Rock this weekend -  Aaron was so excited.  This is right up his alley and it the morning was perfect - Beautiful fall morning with clear blue skies and big giant hunk of granite to hike.  We had a great time exploring.  Highlights for Aaron were finding a tadpole/baby frog pond and a big caterpillar.  Caleb really liked the way high hike and kept turning around and saying “What a view!”  J 

 Scott & I hadn't been here for about 8 years - now we have our 6 year old being our photographer.
 Even found a cave to explore!  I didn't have a flashlight with me but I should have known Aaron was sure to pack his headlight in his trusty exploring backpack!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Happy Halloween 2012

We had a fun Halloween.  Every year I think it will be the last time the kids coordinate their costumes, but this year they were all quite happy to go as superheroes.  Scott assures me that these particular superheroes do NOT all go together or even live on the same planet (or something along those lines), but I say superheroes are superheroes.   The kids had fun at Harvest Fest and even more fun trick or treating with the cousins.  Poor Leah spiked a fever at the end of the night, but we are glad it waited until most of the festivities were over.  Always a fun night and a fun kick-off to a great time of the year!  Bring on November – multiple birthdays, holidays, parades just to name a few things on our fun list for the month.

Soccer - Fall 2012

We had a great fall season of soccer!  It has been busy (can that be the excuse for my neglected blog?).  Scott was the head coach for Aaron’s team and the assistant coach for Caleb’s.  The boys love having daddy as their coach.  

This was Aaron’s third soccer season and each season we think for sure it will be his last – he never has been too enthusiastic about sports (“Not use to sweating” in his words) but this season something clicked!  I think it had to do with being part of a winning team.  We were beyond proud to see him get into the mix of the action and even score a couple of goals this season!  Best part was how happy he was with himself.

 Aaron scored a goal his first game!  And another one at his last game!
 Proud coach looking on at Aaron getting into the mix.

This was Caleb’s first season.  He did great!  He was always involved and eager to play.  He was very good at listening and quite coach-able – proof that he can follow directions!   He is quite the coordinated and speedy kid so we think we have lots of sports in our future with him.  He is WAY excited about being old enough to play t-ball this spring – he made the birthday cutoff by five days!

 Pretty much the only coaching you can do with 4 year-olds - that way!
 Caleb had a great first season!
 Crazy kids - many Saturday morning spent this way.