Sunday, December 2, 2018

Nov 2018

Zade has been working hard on practicing piano and is getting ready good at playing several songs, including the theme song from the Lego movie.  

Occasionally, Aria asks me to teach her some guitar.  We work until her fingers start to hurt. 

Silver Creek Falls
We went on our annual pilgrimage to Silver Creek Falls.  Given how dry it's been this year, the water levels were pretty low, but it was still fun.

Gearing up for Thanksgiving, we collected a bunch of leaves that had fallen from the trees in our yard and wrote on them all the things we're thankful for.

After nearly a year of badgering us, we finally got Aria her own phone.  Fortunately, it has a lot of parental controls, which hopefully will help her learn to use it responsibly.  She certainly loves taking selfies with it though. :)  Here she is with her friend Emma.

Our poor cat Azure was wheezing pretty bad, and we thought it might be the end of the line for her.  We took her to the vet and found out that she had a bad cold and a urinary tract infection.  Fortunately, after some medicine she's recovered and seems to be as good as new.  

 Here's Aria in one of her dance costumes.  Her dance team got to go to various schools throughout the city and perform a few routines.

My parents were kind enough to stay the night at our house before Thanksgiving, so that Tara and I could get up Thanksgiving morning and do the Turkey Trot (~4 miles.)  I helped pace Tara and she was able to run close to an 8 minute mile on average. 

As in years past, we got together with my extended family and the Myrolds.  Here's some of the lovely food everyone brought. 

After a hearty meal, everyone played a bunch of games.

Aria's dance team performed the Nutcracker.  She had a lot of fun with all her different dances, which ranged from ballet, contemporary, hip hop, etc.

When the kids had a day off school, Tara took them to see the new Grinch movie.  They were pretty stoked!

Ryzen talked us into getting an Elf on the Shelf, and ever since he's been super motivated to be helpful, so that the Elf reports good news to Santa.  He's hoping it translates into getting a nice remote controlled car for Christmas. :)

Rather than cut down a Christmas tree this year, we decided to try something different.  We went to a nursery and got a potted Nordmann Christmas tree, which we will plant in our yard in the spring. 

Tara felt that our house wasn't very festive, so we decided to get some decorations. :)

Sunday, November 4, 2018


We were able to grow a few pumpkins this year in our garden, but due to bugs, the plans struggled and the pumpkins didn't grow very large.  However, some were big enough for Ryzen to carve up. 

We pick up a few big ones from the local farms, and carved them up too.  

Zade carved about half of this one, and I helped him finish it.

The kids' school had a big Halloween party, which we took them too.  Aria was dressed up as a zombie.

Zade was Harry Potter, since he's been reading the books and is really into the series.

Ryzen chose to be a ninja.

And Nova chose to be Rapunzel.  

The kids got to go trick-or-treating so many times, it was practically overkill: Trunk-or-Treat at the Church, going to the UofO Business School, and then regular Trick or Treating on Halloween.  Their stock pile of candy was so large, Tara offered them money to turn it into her so she wouldn't have to regulate their consumption.  :)  

I unfortunately had to miss the last week of soccer due to the RAST conference at Notre Dame.  Here are a few nice pics Tara took from the boys' games. 

Here's most of Ryzen's team that I coached: Rylee, Zane, Kaylee, Emanuel, Ryzen, Juniper, and Mira. 

Here's Zade's team.

The family also went to Porter's baptism, and the arts and crafts that the church held earlier that day. 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sunny October

Nova playing with her friend Emery. 

 Aria and her dance buddies.

Aria's new hamster, Snowflake.

 Zade's school fieldtrip, which Tara and Nova also enjoyed.

Haunted Halloween Gingerbread house.

General Conference Bingo

Playing in the leaves in our backyard.

Ryzen's school fieldtrip to a pumpkin patch.

Date night dinner at the Mongolian Grill.

Zade's epic Lego robot, with some Gravity Falls flavor mixed in.

Our annual excursion to a hay maze & corn maze.  This year we went to Thistledown farms.  It was a lot of fun for all.