Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September Randoms

Tons of randoms this month!

I'm doing something for Darci for Christmas and this is how Mason wanted her to remember him.  I refused.

I was grumpy one morning and Mason sent me this picture saying this was how I looked when he left for school.  Stupid, fat, ugly cat.

Boonie has stopped taking naps (he will take 1 or 2 a week) so he falls asleep quite easily in the car.  I think it was a 5 minute trip for this one.

Here is Mason and Nam Ju (they work on the same research project) at 11:45pm working hard... They've been putting long hours in lately.

My selfie for my family:

I took the babies up the canyon for a walk one day.  Good thing too because it's gotten a little chilly!  We live in a beautiful place.

I'm proud of my creations.  Look at my cute new fall wreath!!

We have 3 apple trees in our backyard with TONS of yummy apples on them.  I've made 3 apple pies and below the babies are smelling the apples we were baking into applesauce.

There was a store opening and they offered free face painting for the kids.  We took the crew down there and didn't get one decent picture.  We were with the Kelstrom's and the Peterson's.  Marae was so busy looking at everyones faces that she wouldn't turn around.  Boonie requested a ninja turtle face.

These two little boys, Theron and Collin have crushes on Marae.  They love to play with her and 'protect' her.... Like she needs protecting.

We took a picnic lunch up to Tony's Grove one Saturday.  It was beautiful up there and just the perfect time to see some fall leaves.  Unfortunately I look horrendous in this picture below while everyone else looks darling.

The babies are officially sharing a room.  It was surprisingly an extremely easy transition.  Marae has done great since we put her toddler bed in there!

I love this picture below so much.  It pretty much captures her to a T.

Marae trying out her Halloween costume.

My first french braid!  I'm determined to learn!

Marae is so funny.  She will take naps on the top of the bunk on Boonie's bed and at night sleep in her toddler bed.  Silly Rae.

Use your imagination about the picture below.  Gross.

I love fall!!

Saturday, September 27, 2014


It's been a time of injuries around here lately...  Who am I kidding... these kids are always bumping and bruising something somewhere but these couple weeks were pretty exciting.  On the morning of Sept. 27 Mason was getting Marae dressed for the day.  He pulled her shirt off and her head popped out like little kids do when you pull their shirts off over their heads and it made her lose her balance causing her to turn and fall and hit her forehead on the wooden rocking chair in her room.  There was A LOT of blood and when we could finally see it we saw a hole in her head about the size of an eraser on the top of a pencil.  So we decided to take her in to the ER.  Poor Rae.  Poor daddy.  Of course he felt awful.

She was so brave and didn't really care.  They put a cute little monitor on her foot and gave her a bow to go on top.  The nurse was so good with her.  She HATED the stitches part... who wouldn't.  They strapped her down to a board and she screamed bloody murder the whole time.  Luckily she only needed two stitches.  My poor little Rae.  And I swear all week long she kept bonking that same spot on things.  Poor baby.

Thankfully it's small and shouldn't leave too much of a scar... I hope.

Then Boonie had to get a fat lip at the park...  A kid was climbing up the slide as he was going down and they bonked heads.  Boonie got the raw end of the deal.

And I just had to take this picture because she didn't really care.  She slipped and hit her nose on the edge of the tub but kept on playing anyway.  Boonie was a little more disturbed by the blood but she didn't care.

 Oh my crazy babies...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Boone's Pirate Parrrrrrty

Boonie decided to have a pirate party for his 4th birthday!  Mason initially gave him the idea and the more we talked about it, the more excited he got.  He was SO excited to go on a treasure hunt.  It was a great theme for a birthday party.  Here are the invitations:

He got to help me put the ink stamp on.  I was so excited to use that little thing.  I bought it for Mason when I went to London back in 2008 and it's just sat in a drawer ever since.  So we officially sealed the invitations with wax.

I told Mason that this party I was going to keep low key.  I wasn't going to put as much effort/work into it being Marae's party was tiring.  Well basically all that meant was I didn't make a cake.  That's how I kept it low key.  So I planned everything out complete with the games and asked Mason to make a treasure hunt at the end.  Mason took my pretty well planned out party and made it absolutely over the top.  It was tons of fun and the kids had a great time.  Here are some pictures of the set up.  Mason drew that pirate head below.  Pretty impressive huh?  That game was pin the patch on the pirate.

All the pirates arrived.  Most of them were dressed in their pirate best.  Mason led the crew and explained that pirates are too tough to cry.

Walk the plank and pick up a tattoo:

After each game they earned something else that made them more of a pirate.  The other games that there weren't pictures of were "Sink another man's ship" - throwing apples off the apple tree at each others cup towers.  "Musical Islands" - instead of chairs they had islands to stand on.  "Rat Stomp" - try and pop the other guys balloon that was tied to their ankles without getting yours smashed.  After one station was facial hair:

This was my best friend Emily Townsley's little boy.  He wasn't too fond of the moustache.

Here are all the pirates after the games.  From left to right:  Eve Peterson, Theron Peterson, Franny Larson, Boone, Collin Kelstrom, Frankie Towsley, Ella Kelstrom, and Benjamin Blanchard.

After the games they went on a treasure hunt back behind out house. 

X marks the spot!!  Buried treasure!!

I guess we didn't get a picture of the treasure chest but it was an old suitcase filled with treat bags.  After that we had ice cream sandwiches and opened presents.

That night after the party we had a little cake party with just our little family.  He loved his crocodile cake.  It was the perfect ending to a pirate party!

Happy 4th birthday little man!!