Wednesday, December 26, 2007
The Fab Four
Then he looked over at Trey and noticed he was crying too --
So he decided to follow along. Meanwhile Gus is in the back going, "What is wrong with these guys?!?"
After a round of candy canes and Uncle Shawn beating himself up in the background, the boyz were smiling for more pictures.
During all the picture taking, Ben helped fix the Green Machine so Max could take Jolie around the block for a ride. It was too bad shortly later the seat on the Green Machine broke off.
Jolie and Zane at dinner time.
We love spending time with the Mecham Family. It is always good to see everyone and make lasting memories. You all mean so much to us.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Amber, Jolie, Bryant, Maddie, Jackson, and Hunter at the end of the play. It was so funny to watch the kids do their little presentation. Half the costumes fell off, the inn keeper wouldn't answer the door, and little babies (Bronson & Emily) wanted to be in the action. All the parents were cracking up.
Jolie and Maddie looking so cute.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Snow is magical in many different ways. It will be bitter cold outside, the ground is frozen, and most trees have lost their leaves. The wind stops blowing as the clouds roll in and then a wonderful thing happens. The snow drifts in and fills your body with warmth and joy. Our kids cannot control their smiles. As they run outside in whatever clothes they have on with open mouths trying to catch snowflakes on their tongue. All they want to do is eat the snow. Forgetting how cold it really is our fingers and noses turn red as can be. Bronson didn't care how cold he was. He could play in the snow all day if we let him. So we started the fire place and made some hot chocolate to warm up and then headed back outside for some more snow fun.
Friday, December 07, 2007
Kellen is such a photogenic ham it's too hard to resist snapping some pictures of him at his best.
Suddenly we couldn't find Jolie anywhere and after a while we found her in a bedroom watching a movie with her cousin Bridger (Holly and Jared's boy.) Check out the identical cheesy smiles!
Dad and Jen carving the turkey while Jared monitors the progress.
As any man will tell you, that turkey tryptophan hits us the hardest (yeah, that's it...,) making it pretty much impossible to participate in any cleanup after a Thanksgiving dinner. Why can't the women understand this?
Thanks to the Masons for footing the gas bill to heat up their spa in November, the cousins got to take a dip! But nothing stopped them from testing out the frigid water in the pool. Yikes!
From left to right (parents in parentheses): Chance (Jen & Cory), Tyler (Holly & Jared), Jolie (us), Max (Nicole and Brian), Zane (Nicole and Brian), Brandon (Holly & Jared), and Jake (Nicole and Brian).
Zane, Jolie, and Chance taking a train ride down the slide!
The Girls: Amberly, Nicole, Holly, Jen, and Colette.
Right before Thanksgiving we spontaneously decided to drop everything and head for Disneyland. We had some free tickets to the park, so that helped keep it short and cheap. We dressed the kids up in their Halloween costumes and got an entire lifetime's worth of coos and giggles from passersby. After a while it got a little irritating, but I have to say, we have some cute kids! Disneyland just decorated everything for Christmas, so it's our favorite time to go. Plus, we figured it wouldn't be too packed. Wrong. It's amazing the people that cram into that place. Even in the "off season" it was way too crowded for my liking. And with the ever-impatient Bronson, waiting in lines for more than 30 seconds was trying. We waited in line for almost an hour at the Haunted Mansion with people around us in the line helping to entertain the little guy. Then, we were told the ride was having technical difficulties and they were shutting it down! Nevertheless, we had an enjoyable time and the Christmas theme at the park is really amazing.
Jolie went to a class to learn to be a princess (as if she didn't already have a huge princess complex.) She had an absolute blast.
We couldn't keep the cast members away from Squirt!
If you ever want your kids to get special attention at Disneyland, make sure you dress them up!
Princess Jolie at her coronation. The transformation to a real princess is complete. Now Jolie thinks she has special privileges because she's a real princess. Oh well, gotta let girls be girls every once in a while!
A tired and grumpy Bronson (a.k.a. Squirt) in the Haunted Mansion line.
This is really what Disneyland was about for me. Seeing my girls happy.
And of course what is a trip to California without a visit to the beach? We made a quick detour on the way home and we were seriously there 15 minutes. It's too bad because Bronson just lit up in amazement at all the sand he could play in. Of course, we didn't let him -- we wouldn't have been able to tear him away! The beach is definitely at the top of our list for upcoming vacations.
Jolie was convinced there were secret things buried in the sand like gold and magic shells. I swear, the poor kid has no imagination!
Bronson touching the ocean for the first time. I didn't dare put him down.
Friday, November 02, 2007
Amberly and Jolie made some really top-notch pumpkins. Well, they didn't make them, they carved them. Notice the Frankenstein monster one in the top picture. It's really good, but the one that everyone kept asking about was the crazy polka dot one. Amberly used one of those melon ball scoopers to make the big craters and a drill and spade bit for the smaller holes that go all the way through. The craters kinda glow because the pumpkin is thin there and the holes obviously are bright. It's a really neat effect that got everyone's attention.
The walkout basement of our new house is framed and we're almost ready to do the backfill against all the retainer walls and pour the garage slab. Then the main floor can be framed. It doesn't look like much in the pictures, but there are over 1500 square feet in the basement alone. That's bigger than the entire house we are living in now!