Tuesday, January 17, 2017

mommy daughter trip to utah, part 1

Here's a little more of our mommy/daughter trip to Utah when we went out there for my grandpa's funeral.  The hardest part about being in Utah for the week was missing our guys!  The night before we left, the boys all made sure to get a selfie with mom!

 Everly got her selfie with mom on the plane.  She has been on a couple of plane trips before, but it had been a while.  I kept telling her that we were going to go on an airplane and go high in the sky, to which she would always reply, "No!  Evie fall down!"  I have to admit that I was a little nervous boarding that flight, wondering if she knew something I didn't!
 We played at the airport in Minneapolis during our layover, and having a layover with a two-year old sounds scary, but she was awesome!

When we got to grandma's house, she wasted no time finding all the fun toys, and thought it was hilarious to be buried in lots of them!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

saying good-bye to grandpa

On November 22nd, my Grandpa Joseph Adams passed away.  Everly and I were able to go to Utah the next week to attend his funeral and celebrate him and his life.
 The above pictures are some that I found of grandpa with my kids.  I love the first one of him laughing while holding Krew,  and he's holding baby Ky in the second picture.  The bottom two are from this past summer when we were in Utah.  We had a chance to visit with him for the last time.  He didn't know who we were, but he still wanted to give long, sweet hugs to all of my children.  These pictures will always be a treasure.
 Sorry for the poor quality, but this is a picture of a picture I found at my parents' house.  That's my grandpa and grandma on the right, and who is that adorable little girl?  Oh wait, that's me!  My dad is holding me, and my mom and older brother are below me.  Such a fun picture!
 While my parents and I were setting up the display about my grandpa for the funeral, I decided to try on my grandpa's fedora.
 The whole service was lovely.  It was neat to hear my dad talk about some of his memories of his dad, as well as talk about his character.  

 After the prayer was offered at the grave site, my grandma took the microphone and said just one thing.  She said, "As Joe used to say, 'Come again when you can't stay so long.'"  It was perfect, because I remember my grandpa saying that, a lot, and it was the perfect example of his sense of humor.

Everly playing with her uncles
My three brothers, myself and my mom (oh, and Everly and Jack too!).  My favorite thing about being there for the funeral was spending time with family.  I was able to see and visit with so many cousins that I hadn't seen for years.  What an incredible legacy my grandfather has!
We love you grandpa!  We will miss you, until we meet again!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

november 2016

Here are some highlights from what was a great November!
 Everly did her very best Rapunzel impression.  I think she nailed it!
 Kade and Ky were on a 5th grade basketball team.  It was awesome to watch them play so well with their team and have so much fun!
 We had an amazingly warm November, and I had to document the fact that we were outside in short sleeves in the middle of the month!

 We had one last picnic on the porch on the last warm day of the year, November 18th.
 Of course, it snowed that very night, but the kids were so excited to play in the snow, that they hardly noticed the drastic temperature drop!

 Toward the end of the month, we traveled to Iowa to attend the wedding of one of Bart's cousins.  It was a beautiful ceremony and reception, and a fun weekend together as a family!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

cuttin' down our christmas tree!

 The day after Thanksgiving, we headed out to a small tree farm to find our perfect tree.  The weather was perfect.  Not too cold-but with enough chill in the air to make it feel like Christmas was coming!

It didn't take long to find the perfect one.  This tree farm gives each of their trees a name, and the kids were pretty excited to see that ours was named Cooper, because they have a cousin named Cooper.  Seemed like fate to me!

The kids were such great helpers, watching Bart cut down the tree!

Before we headed home, we had to hang out "in a one horse open sleigh!"

We have our tree!  Let the Christmas festivities begin!

Monday, December 12, 2016

halloween 2016

Oh my goodness I love Halloween!  I love how excited we all get about picking out our costumes each year.  I love making costumes, or parts of costumes.  I love the decorations, and I love candy!
This is the only picture I have of all 4 kids dressed up together, and yeah, it's not great.
Ky and Kade wore these black suits, and what they were changed several times.  Sometimes they were shadows, sometimes they were each other's shadows, sometimes they were something else completely.
Krew doesn't like to wear costumes.  I'm pretty sure he's never voluntarily put on a costume just for fun.  So, finding a costume that isn't really a costume, so that he will actually wear it, is challenging.  Luckily, he decided early on that he wanted to wear his Steph Curry uniform and it worked out super well.
And Everly and I went as mermaids.  Of course I loved making our costumes, and I loved wearing coordinating costumes to the Halloween party.  We were blessed with amazing weather the night of the church Halloween party, so we were able to walk around outside without jackets (this never happens here!)
Isn't she just adorable!!
At the Halloween party, Kade decided he was the Air Jordan "Jumpman" logo!  Ha ha
So, Ky decided that he was the Shaq logo.  
Krew helped me paint this pumpkin bucket to look like a basketball.  His costume might not have actually been a costume, but the basketball bucket helped.
He is seriously the best!

Mom and mini mermaid costumes!

These two were trick-or-treating pros!  They kept going long after I thought they would be tired and bored.  It was much colder that night than it had been the week before, but that didn't seem to bother them.
Krew rode his scooter from house to house to maximize the distance he was able to travel without getting tired!

Everly had so much fun!  Plus, any time she was given the chance to pick which candy she wanted, she would rummage through all the candy, looking for a pink one.  Seriously, she didn't even know what kind of candy she got, as long as it was pink she was happy.  That's my girl!
The twins decided they were too grown up to come trick-or-treating with us, so we let them roam the neighborhood with friends this year.  They followed their two friends around, pretending to be their shadows!