Sunday, February 3, 2019

January 2019

Lion King
Tara got tickets to see a lot of Broadway shows this year at the Hult Center.  She took Zade to go see the Lion King.  They both really enjoyed it. 

Aria loves dancing, and has been working on getting her "needle" down.  She's making great progress.

Fun with Cousins
The kids had a day off school, so Aria insisted we have some of her cousins over for a sleepover.  Dean and his parents came up for dinner, and then the girl cousins stayed the night.  Good times.

Lego Competition
The local Lego store called Brick Builders held a competition this month where kids were encouraged to build monsters.  Zade decided he wanted to make a shark, and it turned out pretty nice.  Regardless whether he wins, he had a lot of fun building it.

Young Womens
Tara serves in the Young Womens organization in our church, and got to go ice skating with the youth.  She loves ice skating and had a great time.

Making Cookies with Grandma
Aria had a dance performance, so my mom came up to watch.  She arrived early so we could make cookies together with the younger kids.  And of course, we made pumpkin chocolate chip!  

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Christmas 2018

For Christmas we flew out to Utah to spend time with Tara's family.  It snowed shortly after we got there, and the kids went out into the backyard and played in the snow.  We also went sledding on some nearby hills. 

Tara's parents also gave us tickets to go see a play: "The Wizard of Oz".

They also took Tara and Aria to the ballet.

Afterwards, we joined up with them in downtown SLC and saw the Christmas lights at the mall and at Temple Square.

We met up with Tara's cousin Ray and went ice skating as well.

Lastly, Tara's parents got model cars for the kids to assemble and paint.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Dec. 2018

Nova's preschool had a special day where family members could come.  The older kids didn't have school that day, so Aria joined Tara and hung out with Nova.  (The boys went to a friend's house).

Mini Golf
Ryzen had been asking very politely for several days to go out mini-golfing, so we were able to find a little time and took him to Putters.  When Zade heard Ryzen and I were going, he decided to get in on the action too.  

Lego Class
Tara was able to get Zade's school to start up an after-school Lego class.  He has been very excited, and loves building there. 

At home, Zade even made this nice sign for Ryzen.

Family move
My sister Kari just bought a new house.  While she was moving in, we took her kids out to Chuck E Cheese.

Afterward, we went to see the lights at the Oregon Garden.

Basketball Game
The youth in our church went to a UO women's basketball game, and since Tara serves as a counselor for Young Women, she got to go with them.  When Tara came home, she told me she actually had a good time.  I was pleasantly surprised, as she's not one for watching sports.

Family comes to town
Tara's sister & her family came to visit around the holidays.

The kids had a good time and built a pirate ship!

Then my sister and her kids came from Florida, and the rest of my family joined us to celebrate Dwight and Dean's birthdays.

Christmas Eve
The kids were all so excited for Christmas, that they wanted to all sleep in the same room on Christmas Eve.  While Tara and I were downstairs, they hauled mattresses and blankets into our room and setup shop.   By the time we realized what they'd done, it was just too costly to try and undo it. So we let them stay.

Family Pics 2018