Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Chill Sabbath

Sunday was pretty chill day. Church meetings were great and the ward friends all checked up on me. Sacrament meeting looking closer at the haircuts I realized that I missed a few hairs, but as long as they are all laying down, you can't tell. Shh, and don't look too close?
After church while Bryson napped and I figured out how to coordinate pictures on my blog with text, the kids were excited to finish their family video features. They watch the video from their parents wedding in 1994 and reminded me of how little and cute I was back then... those were the days.
For dinner I cooked Italian Chicken... for an army. I forget that I am only cooking for 6, 4 of whom eat kid portions, and 1 who I am lucky if he takes five bites inbetween all the play that accompanies dinner time... and every other time for that matter.
For dessert Brinn made baked apples with spices and butter in the center. We served it with ice cream and oh boy... Delish!
And while we are on the subject, I cannot tell you how fabulous Brinnley is. She is integral glue that hold this family together. Multiple times this week I have watched her walk away peacefully from someone who has broken or ruined something she was working on or blurted out an unkind remark. She is incredible! And a GREAT right arm!


This is James...when he gets a hold of my camera.

We played Rummikub before bed and asked Bryson to take our picture, after the first one he announced that this next one was a funny face one and began demonstrating all the possibilities. That is why Brinn is ing up amidst the funny face making.

This is Kate... when she is the photog.

This is Bryson ding his Ninja jump.

This is Bryson just being Bryson on Sunday evening, then acting shy when we asked him to do his ninja jump... see above.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Day 2: Balloon Fest and much more!

Here is a picture diary of our Saturday including the Balloon Fest and the kids just being their wacky selves.
This was the crew at 6 am up and at 'em for the Balloon Fest minus the chipper photog (yeah right, 6 am?!).

We first went to see the balloons inflate and take off.

Well Thank You very much! I kind of like this small town life with wilderness inbetween neighbors and "goin' into town", etc.

After the balloons took off we walked down to the bridge over the Yakima River and watched them touch down on the water. Some pilots signal for the crowd to applause and others touch down multiple times, its pretty cool. We climbed down by river and the kids found that they could climb under the bridge. The picture right above this is Brinn and James on the underside of the bridge.

This is I am sure not atypical of regular Saturday play when all the jobs are done. Brinn in the horse, Kate is the cow, and Bryson is the round up cowboy directing the show!

McKay and Brinn went to a pizza party birthday bash at "Shy's Pizza", so I took James, Kate, and Bryson to McDonalds for dinner. This is dinner and entertainment all in one with the playplace one step away from our table. These faces you see are what the kids look like the other half of the time, they are funny face champs!! This is one of my favorites of Kate and Bryson.

This is one of the many solicitated pictures of Kate, she is always posing, dancing and wanting pictures of it all. I can hardly keep up. I attempted to keep track of the memorable one-liners of this crew, but I gave up within the first two hours when I was rolling with everything that came out of their mouths. Especially the younger few!


Bryson took this picture while we were picking up McKay and Brinn from their party. Yes I am holding two ice cream cones, the second one was Bryson's. Just living up to Rose's prophecy of my role as the 'garbage disposal'.

Part of the Balloon Fest is the Night Glow in the Stadium after the sun goes down. The preshow entertainment was the local steel drum band playing some rockin tunes. Towards the end of their show they called all can-can-ers out of the audience to dance while they played the tune and of course Brinnley, Kate, and I headed down and can-canned our hearts out.

After the preshow cleaned up they began inflating hot air balloons for the Night Glow. When the sun goes down they turn off the stadium lights and the balloons dance to the music with their lights and its really cool.

These are the three that lasted through the gentle wind. They did wave and popcorn patterns and 'danced' to the music, as did we in the stands!

Saturday was a great day, we got home and played for the rest of the morning. After lunch I put Bryson down for a nap and crashed along side him while the kids entertained themselves watching the 1999 Family Reunion video.
Saturday night bath time was announced and as Bryson sauntered up the stairs he called out in his most macho voice "Kate, you wanna take a tub with me?" And apparently an after bath "running around with your towel on your head" party inevitably follows the water play. The picture below is what I found when I went upstairs to see what all the screaming and pitter patter was about.

Bryson and Kate playing hide-and-go-seek in their towels! It seems that every time I turn around I can't help busting up, these kids have wackiness comin' out their ears! It is an absolute treat to be here with them, I knew this job would be fun, but I had NO idea!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

First full day of all the fun!!

Friday James was the first one down for breakfast and his hair about killed me, all slicked.

I did Kate's hair in two buns that she was very excited about. And I know how to do buns because I am a ballerina kate said. I am grateful all of that hair training proved useful :).

The rest of the day was a low key day except Brinn was feeling too good, so she stayed home for the day and hung out with me and Bryson. We read stories and basically watched Bryson run around and be Bryson until he crashed for a nap and we followed. I got up to pick the kids up from school and enjoyed driving around the small town. Friday night we watched Singin' in the Rain and fixed supreme ice cream sundaes. But before we indulged, we did... I mean... I did hair cuts for the boys. My first time, no big deal! James reminded me that he wanted #4 on top and #2 on the sides. Rach left a 'whatever' for Bryson, so when I asked him he said "I will tell you, I want a 2 1/2". ANd McKay was so good, he coached me every cut of the way and I finally took a breath when he declared "yeah, that feels pretty good." Phew! The last picture is what I looked like and the one before it is how I felt!

The Great Auntie Relay: Prosser, WA

There is so much to catch up on and it will be posted...someday. However, I am in Washington for the week playing mother of 5 and upkeeping my status as a "cool aunt" for Joe and Rachel's kids: McKay (14), Brinnley (12), James (8), Kate (6), and Superman (3). Joe and Rach are in Germany visiting with her extended family and checking off another thing on their 'something we've always wanted to do' list. But enough gabbing, I am confident their parents are eager to see pictures and hear how our week has been so far. Rosey was here last week for the first leg of the trip and we overlapped for 2 hours to pass the baton and review the "Book of Knowledge and any other unwritten wisdom Rose found helpful. Our hysterical reunion in the airport turned some heads and only contributed to the laughter.
So Thursday, Rachels good friend Jill and Brinn came and picked me up from the airport. We drove home by way of the 'morning school route' which was very helpful as Rose hypothesized my biggest challenge was going to be navigating the morning school dropoff.When we got home, Brinn gave me the grand tour of their new house and we had a quiet pizza dinner with McKay before Kate and Bryson were dropped off. The news from Bryson was that "McKay has a new I-ball touch". Sunny was the mom who brought them home. Her son Herky is Bryson's best friend. That's right, his name is really Herky, short for Hercules, his brother named him. His real name is Easton. And their younger sister Elle goes by Herbie... so funny!
Thursday night was just regular routine: scripture and prayers and bedtime. Brinnley painted my nails and Kate pretended to file hers so she could legitimately stay up. Brinn painted my nails purple and then wrote dance words like "Plie, Ballet, Dance, jazz,and Modern" on top. She even drew a ballerina on my thumb. She's a Pro with those nail pens!