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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Black & White Christmas Card Photo Shoot

I took my pictures myself this year for our Christmas cards...I decided to go black and white after I found a design I really liked on Shutterfly..they have some really beautiful layouts this year!
I took pics, edited, designed my card and oredered all in the same day! Yay for me...

Here are some of our pics...

Christian's Fall Harvest Birthday Party

For Christian's 14th Birthday we threw a
"Fall Harvest"

We held the party out at Woodward Park and served hot chili and corn bread for dinner. The decorations were easy to find and a lot of it was on sale because his birthday falls after Halloween!

We played traditional games like bobbing for apples....here is the birthday boy about to take his turn.

Everyone dressed in plaid (they got an extra raffle ticket if they did!)

Patrick is poised and ready to pounce!

I made a banner out of fall designed scrapbook paper...and we tied scarecrows to the columns...all the tables had fall vinyl tablecloths on them which were a breeze to clean. I filled mason jars with orange, yellow and maroon flowers and some had tea lights.

Three legged race!

A pumpkin rolling race where they had to use their HEADS to roll the pumpkins (Randy's idea)...the kids said it HURT!!!

Lindsay is admiring her raffle tickets...instead of prizes for the winner of each game, we handed out raffle tickets and at the end of the night raffled off about a dozen prizes ranging from dollor section toys and bubbles to family games. The parents got raffle tickets, too! This was a big hit and everyone got really into it...as party favors I sent each family  home with a glass jar of pure maple syrup with a thank  you note tied to it...

Wheelbarrow races...

This was our sunflower seed spitting contest...Kiera did a great job!

We also had a pie eating contest...no hands!

Christian got a lot of fun gag gifts along with his real presents...he had a great time...and so did I!

A special thanks go out to Casey...he was our game director and did such an awesome job! It really allowed Randy and I to enjoy our day and let every moment sink in...Thanks, Casey! Same time next year?

Friday, October 1, 2010

Avila Camping Trip

Avila Beach Camping Trip
September 2010

We had a great time camping in Avila. It was a trip of many firsts, our first time visiting Avila Valley Barn, our first time riding on the 3 mile Bob Jones Trail, and our first time having Clam Chowder at the Splash Cafe. Yum!

 Ellie loves to say "apple"...

 Nicholas ran wild through the apple orchard and ended up with a LARGE bag of apples...:)

There is nothing that makes me happier then spending time with my family...

Ellianah's First Dance

First Dance

Our family had the priveledge of attending the wedding of one of Randy managers. As guests of the bride we were already reflecting that some day OUR little girl was going to get married (Lord willing) ...and seeing her dance with Randy for the first time touched my heart so deeply. I picked up mt camera and got these shots...not perfect, but so sweet...

Mom's Visit

We had some time to visit with mom after our anniversary trip! She stayed with us for about three weeks and as usual it was jam packed...we went over to the coast (beacause what is a trip to California without seeing the ocean?), took a tour of Kearney Mansion, played miniature golf and had a "Camp Rock" night!


Unfortunately Randy won...AGAIN! It seems no matter how large my lead on the first 9, I crack under the pressure...:(
One of these days I WILL beat him!

Kearney Mansion

Camp Rock Night

For the premiere of Camp Rock , we decided to make a celebration out of it. We roasted marshmallows on the firepit, made camp necklaces, played a rainbow scavenger hunt, and watched the premiere.

 Yes, I know his shirt is backwards...and so does he...hey, pick your battles, right?

 For our rainbow scavenger hunt I hid washable markers inside and outside. The family had to find each of the markers and color their hand with each one. The first person to return with all the colors of the rainbow won!

Nicholas's 11th Birthday Party

 For Nick's party we had a "Minute Madness" party based on the game show minute to win-it. We played games that all had to be completed in 60 seconds or less. Here is the birthday boy trying to get al the 10's, Jacks, Queens, Kings and Aces divided into seperate piles by flipping them over one at a time...

Church BBQ

We had a great time with mom...and can't wait till her next visit!