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Monday, November 23, 2015

Happy # 9 to our sweet Peighton

Birthdays mean candles in your breakfast at our house!

And a picture with your birthday bear.

Lots of presents.

And a cheesy picture with your brother.

Number 9 for Peighton meant a giant cupcake.

Happy # 9 Peighton Ann!

We're ready for a Roller Derby!

For the big # 9 birthday party Peighton chose to have a skating party with her friends.
It was SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!
She loves to go roller skating.

Who knew Grandma Sue could skate better than any of us?!?!?!
She skated laps around the rest of us!

Peighton gets better each time we go.
Sparkly spandex pants make skating even better.

Peighton helped Hayden make a few rounds.

Peighton has such a sweet group of little girl friends.

A trip to the skating rink is not complete without a slushy!


We paused for some zebra cupcakes halfway through the party.

I think she likes skating!

You really don't know what you're missing if you haven't heard a bunch of 8 and 9 year old girls belting out pop songs while skating.
It's delightful.

This kid is getting pretty good!

I love to watch these two together.
They adore each other and have so much fun together.

I think Peighton was working on her Limbo skills.
She saw me do the limbo...on skates...Dustin has a video of it which ends in me crawling off the floor...
I'm pretty sure she'll join me next time.
Sadly, I did NOT win the limbo-those short little 3rd graders had an advantage over me!
It was a great party and she is already talking about doing it again!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

It wouldn't be fall without a trip to the Pumpkin Patch!

We hit the pumpkin patch on a no school day and had lots of fun!
This is the "Hey! Act like you like each other!" picture.

Preston could live in a pool of corn.

Our favorite addition this year was the giant hamster wheel.

It's great if you are a coordinated person, like Peighton, who can adjust the speed of her feet to how fast the wheel is spinning.

Now if you are like Preston...the wheel picks up speed but your feet do not...and then you do a face plant into the front of the wheel.
It ended badly for this little hamster...more than once.

He came out of the hamster experience ok and decided he could keep playing.

Dustin couldn't make his scooter go fast enough and the kids caught up to him and made a train.

Of course they love the jumpy pillow.

And they love to stick their heads through wooden cutouts.

It was a beautiful day and we had lots of fun!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Combines, Semi Rides, and Pizza in the Truck

The kids love when the combines start rolling.
And then they start asking:
"When do we get to have pizza in Grandma's truck!?!!"
Peighton's favorite spot is in the combine next to Grandpa Steve.
It seems to be everybody's favorite spot because Grandpa has the best snacks!
Peighton likes to eat his chips, Preston takes his cookies and Ryker told me "Grandpa has really good BBQ chips!"
Peighton has ridden with him every chance she gets and then asks when she can go again.
I'm sure she's learning lots of interesting things on their rides.
School keeps getting in the way though!
While Peighton was in the combine we took a ride in the semi with Jerry.
He also got to take a sample while it was unloading corn and test it.
Made his day.

These two monkeys found us in the semi and hopped in too.
They all LOVE that there is a bed in one semi.
There was a lot of laughing and squealing and air horn honking during this ride.

Of course we had to test it again.

Finally Preston's turn.
Rumor has it he ate THREE of the chocolate chip cookies I sent for him and Grandpa to share.

More semi rides!
Ryker and Peighton joined us this time.

These two were just sure they could sleep in there.

By this time we were professional testers.

Finally, it was close to pizza time.
We found a bunch of paper, crayons and stickers to keep us entertained while we waited for Grandma and the pizza.
Good thing I keep a bag of "stuff" in the Expedition for times like these!

Casey's pizza is SO MUCH better when you eat it on paper plates in the back of Grandma Sue's truck!
We love pizza in the truck night!

Dustin went to China...we kept super busy!

Dustin left Labor Day weekend for a trip to China.
We tried to keep busy with lots of fun activites!
We made our annual corn shock bundles to decorate the yard.

We grew A LOT of pumpkins and gourds this year!

Since we had so many gourds the kids decided to paint a few!

Preston did a little camo and added in some pink "for color."

Peighton wanted a Cyclone gourd...and some pink because it's her favorite color.

We also made some pumpkin crafts for our Halloween tree!

Super cute and ready for Halloween...even though it was still a month away.
After a week and a half Dustin finally made it home with lots of fun stuff for the kids!

Preston's favorite is his gourd flute.
We have been hearing lots of "lovely" tunes out of this thing.
Sometimes it goes "missing."

He brought each of the kids a fan and showed them a video of people dancing in the streets with them.

He brought them some other handmade items from  some of the villages he visited, as well as pearl necklaces and cashmere scarves.
We had fun while he was gone but we're super glad he's back home!