Archive for August, 2011

31
Aug
11

new photo shoot!

I got to photograph some adorable red heads today!  Click here to see some of my favorites. And here is a sneak peek:

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30
Aug
11

Great family night links

We did all of these in the last month, and I would recommend them all for family nights!
http://famtime.com/images/uploads/In_the_World.pdf
http://www.famtime.com/images/uploads/Bent_and_Torn.pdf
http://www.thrivingfamily.com/Family/Faith/2011/strength-of-gentleness.aspx  (we did the “school age” activity)

*I might of said this before but there is a great website called PluggedIn where you can print off free “movie devotionals” for the kids for family movie nights!  Talk about scenes in many different movies where you can point to a Gospel truth!

29
Aug
11

California vacation day 8

Sunday was my cousin’s wedding day!  My kids did very well being the flower girls and ring bearer and were party animals at the reception!  Seriously, they had a photo booth at the reception, and Rilyn was taking pictures with bridesmaids that we didn’t even know!  The girls were in the center of dance circles and dancing with strangers.  It was crazy to see how extroverted they were!  Asher was spinning out of control on the dance floor and falling half the time.  He loved it (and all the attention), and laughed the entire time!

*All professional photographs by Bluephoto

coming down the aisle

I got to sit in the second row and had a pretty good view!

married!

I love this shot I took of Ella sitting on great grandpa Erickson’s lap during the ceremony.

I also love this one! He was so cute in his lime green bow tie and never fussed with it once!

All dressed up!

*Professional photography-The wedding party! I love this shot because we had just pulled up Asher’s pants and apparently we pulled them up too high! 🙂

He never smiled for the group shot BUT he didn’t cry either!

*Professional-The reception. You can see James and Ella dancing in the bottom middle of the photograph.

beautiful!

Asher dancing with the bride!

so sweet

*Professional shot-the girls dancing with the groom!

swinging good time!

*Professional-cute!

The girls always wanted to dance near the bride!

The busta’ man bustin’ a move!

*Professional shot-spinning!

Needless to say, nobody wanted to leave early, but we had to get up at 3:30 a.m. the next morning to catch our early flight from LAX (not a fan of that airport) to Austin. It was the best family vacation yet! And we just get more excited thinking about our kids getting older and being able to do more fun things together!!!!

28
Aug
11

california vacation day 7

Saturday was spent doing the rehearsal for my cousin’s wedding on Sunday evening.  My kids were the flower girls and ring bearer!  They had the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner at my grandpa’s house where we were staying for the week.  My grandpa’s backyard is huge and beautiful.  There is every kind of fruit tree, a pool, shuffle board court, fire pit,  flowers and plants galore!

rehearsal time!
Asher’s ring bearer shirt!
this is my gorgeous cousin’s daughter.  I think she looks a lot like my nephew Caden!
couples shot!
mom/daughter shot!
cupcakes for dessert!
27
Aug
11

california vacation day 6

Friday was spent at Knott’s Berry Farm!  This was another amusement park that I spent a lot of time at in my childhood.  I wanted to “relive” some memories with my own kids, so off we went!  The park has changed a LOT since my younger days, but the kids still had a blast!  The big difference between Knott’s and Disneyland is the thrill rides.  We discovered Asher loves thrill rides, and Knott’s had a lot of kid friendly thrill rides.  (Disney is magical because of all the characters and fantasy story rides.)  We didn’t stay the whole day (we left at 6) because, well, we were on day 3 of amusement parks and we were tired!  🙂

Snoopy is to Knott’s as Mickey is to Disneyland
quick drops up and down were a thrill for all three!

This next picture is the Sidewinder roller coaster. It is like a normal roller coaster except each “cart” spins around while you are going fast on the tracks. Rilyn wasn’t prepared for the feeling of “falling out” and screamed “MOMMY!!!!!!!!” on the whole ride! 🙂

I am sitting with Rilyn at the very end (in the middle of the picture with a blue shirt on) with my hair flying and Rilyn screaming!
This was another thrill ride.   A giant “skateboard” that teetered back and forth.  Asher loved it as you can tell!  (I like the girl in the

front’s face!)

This was one of my favorite rides at Camp Snoopy when I was little. The “Huff N Puff”. My kids LOVED this ride. Even Rilyn wanted to go on again and again!

You have to pump the handle in order to go!
Asher was the last car on another time that they went and well, he got very left behind!  He really huffed and puffed for sure!
ferris wheel!
wheeeee

Rilyn’s favorite ride was the swings. She said she could take a nap on there! 🙂 (Ella was too small to ride.)

Rilyn in orange and pink with James in the yellow hat

One of my favorite things at Knott’s when I was little was the train ride because a “robber” would come into your cart and harass you. I thought it would be funny to go on and not tell the kids that a robber was coming!

Give me all your money!
Asher, as usual, could care less.
They got a little scared!
this was another thrill ride, the cars would speed around the corners and the kids loved it!
I think Asher likes it!
26
Aug
11

california vacation day 5

Day 5 was spent relaxing.  We spent the day at one of my favorite parks where I played at as a child.  The slides looked a lot shorter then I remember!  🙂  We ate In N Out and enjoyed the gorgeous weather!  That night I went to dinner with 4 of my friends from 2nd grade (and 1 from Jr. High)!  Thanks to Facebook, we all stay connected! In true flashback Friday fashion, I’ve included pictures of my friends from the younger years!

me, Elizabeth, Vivian, Erik, Stacy, and Annie

And here four of us are in 3rd grade!

Viv and Stacy in the back row.  Erik and me in the middle row

And me and Annie at one of my birthday parties:

Annie is sitting next to me with the very short hair
25
Aug
11

2nd grade!

Rilyn was a bit nervous on her first day of 2nd grade because she has a “man teacher.” 🙂

August 23rd

Here is her and Cole, her best guy friend, and carpool buddy! These two have known each other their whole lives!

Cole starts 1st grade!
Rilyn 6 months old, Cole-a week old!
backpack buddies
Mr. B and Rilyn

Jen made Rilyn an “apple” cupcake when she got home!

after school treat!