Tuesday, December 20, 2011

up-to-date... almost

so a few more things, so we're all caught up for christmas :). we've been really busy, but mostly playing around. here's a picture from a week or so ago, it's just so easy for me to take more pictures when paul's home, and i wanted to record rayna's 'mary poppins' outfit, that's what she calls this dress (i especially liked her knee socks).

 'crafting' with some friends. we made a bunch of snowflakes, and we put a lot of them up on our sliding back door, so when the sun shines we have cool shadows on the kitchen floor; it makes for a fun breakfast room.
 malachi LOVES this truck now. he plays with it almost every night after the girls go to bed, he's getting pretty good at stacking the blocks and shoving them through the shaped holes, but mostly he drives it around making siren noises :).
 most pictures of him i have now look something like this:
he loves the camera, and what can i say, obviously the camera loves him too!
we also had a fabulous visit to the zoo last saturday with daddy... unfortunately i left the camera in the car :(. it was really one of the best visits we've had in a LONG time, partly because we haven't been going as much with that miserably hot summer and then school starting for afton, and partly because paul got ot come with us, but the animals were entertaining, the kids got to see most everything they wanted, and the zoo wasn't crowded at all (it was predicted to be cold, but it turned out to be a nice warm day).
we had an especially great time in the reptile house, and playing at the bug house... of all the weird things for my "cutsey little girlies." we also enjoyed seeing an eagle eating some little furry thing, and an owl feathering a small bird... sounds so much worse when i write it down... suffice it to say, the things i would have taken pictures of would not have involved any of that, but lots of silly smiles, petting little goats, watching the flamingoes, and maybe crawling through the tunnles with the naked mole rats... oh, and afton and paul held a few birds in the children's aviary. we sure have enjoyed having that zoo pass, though i think we're ready to let it expre for a little while, it's a lot harder to get all the way out there with school... maybe we'll try somethign else next year! merry christmas!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

afton's school days

so i tend to do better blogging when i can let the pictures tell the story. i'm not one for taking the time to write everything out, and don't have the general writing skills i so admire in others, but i figure it's time i take a couple minutes and share a little about afton. she's doing really well in her school. she's reading fairly well (understandably slow), and she's a great listener (at school). it's always nice to have someone else appreciate your child though, so it was a really nice surprise when afton got an award at her first 6-weeks (grading period) ceremony back in october. they only give out three kinds of awards, perfect attendance, nearly perfect attendance (missing only 1 day), and a good citizen award for one boy and one girl in each class that do an exceptional job at obeying the rules and helping others. afton was sick three times that first grading period, but she was a good citizen :). it made me happy, and i hope her too.

here she is sitting with some of her classmates on their rug

getting the award from her teacher, ms flores

i know i've posted a few pictures randomly throughout of some o fthe dress-up days at her school. they have a couple things each month it seems where they get to wear something special. as part of drug-free week they got to dress in super-hero costumes or t-shirts. we don't have any of those in her size, so we made one :) she was her favorite (though admittedly, she only knows the names, not who they actually are, or anything like that... she hasn't seen any of the movies), green lantern.
then again, at the end of the second 6-weeks gradin gperiod, afton got an award, perfect attendance. hooray for no more sickness! here she is with a couple of her friends.
i should have some more pictures from her school up soon, she just had her christmas program last friday, singing and dancing and cookies and milk,. and rayna and i got to attend (triple hooray for daddy getting to work from home that day so he could be here while malachi slept!!! !!! !!!). i need to upload those pictures still and hopefully i'll post them soon.

some more dressing-ups

some more of our silly days...

after church one day

just in case anyone wondered what i look like anymore... rayna took that picture,
paul doesn't take pics, so it's usually me behind the camera--i don't really change too much either

rayna was cold, she borrowed daddy's coat

malachi all dressed up for church in his snazzy vest. i thought he looked so handsome :)

paul's sister emalie just left on her mission and one sunday afternoon paul was writing her a letter (with the girls' help). as he was writing, afton was dressing him up to match her, and he didn't really notice... so we took a pic of the final product to send to her so she could see the effect letter-writing has on her big brother. please note his handbag ;)

trimming the tree


afton took this pic of the finished product...
it just might look better this way ;)
we love it regardless!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

thanksgiving break

afton had a full 4 days off school for thanksgiving break (since she's afternoon class, tuesday was half-day), so we went to the arboretum with friends. it was a little chilly, but we had a great time (i didn't bring my camera so these are from jennie's fb--hooray for friends with cool phones!).
cinderella's coach

kindermusic with dancing scarves

more at kindermusic

there was free facepainting at the arboretum, and the ring-pops were a special treat left over from halloween. i think both were a huge success! and pretty fancy too!
we had a lovely thanksgiving day with grandma and grandpa f, and some others--including uncle steve and aunt dorothy and since it's been so long til i got around to writing this, we now know they're getting ready to go on a mission (as pres), so that's exciting! i think everyone had a great time, and i know the food was amazing! (though afton claimed the sweet potatoes were too sweet... anyone else ever hear of such a thing?)

malachi just woke up from his nap, so i'm cutting this post really short, suffice it to say, i'm very grateful for my amazing family, and i'm so lucky to be who and where i am!

Monday, November 21, 2011

silly days

some silly days with our family :)
giddy-up daddy!
whoa! too far, falling here... (ps, afton caught him)
sandwich anyone? (everyone, more like!)

 sunday afternoons especially lend themselves to some serious family silliness. daddy's home to build tents and play games :) we love daddy!
malachi likes to play on top of the tent. (he was in the middle of getting his pj's on)
we love frosting!

afton got to lick the rubber scraper
this pic makes me hungry! looks pretty good...

malachi agreed. delish!

and in other news, malachi has a new favorite toy.
it comes EVERYWHERE with us!
sorry this pic is so blurry, i still love it :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

ballet class

some of you may remember past ballet classes (here and here), but this time rayna was able to participate too, and they both had a GREAT time                           (pics in random order)
sisters and friends in the balloon-dance

rayna's backbend

part of the duck dance (think chicky-dance, but traditionally it was for ducks so the teacher pulls back tradition)

cute-sy curtsy :)

afton in the duck dance
that child runs fast!

and afton's curtsy
i love this class, the teacher's great, the price is right, and the kids are adorable!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

time with friends

last week rayna got to go on a special outing with her best friend and withOUT the rest of us. this is kind of special because pretty much everythign we've done to this point is as a family (though obviously w/o dad as he's always at work). it was also special because afton was at school, so she's already breaking out of the mold, and it was ray's turn too :). they had a great time at the arboretum, even though it was one of our chillier days, it was far from cold, so i think it was a perfect afternoon to play outside, they look pretty happy too.

rayna's a little "huggier" than dallin ;)
we also had a girly fun morning before school that day, with another friend coming over to our house. afton wanted her hair done like her friend's

afton and grandpa found this enormous caterpillar on halloween...
he didn't quite make it til the next day... oops.

and i just love this one! they look so much alike to me :) and all cuteness!

Monday, November 7, 2011


okay, okay, i'm getting on the ball, i've been slow about posting lately (as you'll see), but i figure it's my perogative... or something... anyways, here's the kids in all their halloween glory, getting ready to go trick-or-treating at grandmas house (her neighborhood's WAY better than ours for that). the girls were "scary" witches (though rayna's was a scary ballerina witch...) and malachi was by default (meaning it was a costume he couldn't take off by himself)

this pic was well before halloween, we built our scarecrow again (a little different from last year, but mostly the same). we like him :)

for some reason i absolutely LOVE this picture of rayna :) she refused to wear the witch hat except for pictures, though she was super-excited to wear straight hair at first... oh well, i like her curls anyways!

malachi really only wore the hat for about 2 minutes... and he LOVED trick-or-treating! that's one thing he's super-good at!
  these pictures were a few weeks ago. one night we had some halloween-theme decorated marshmellows for dessert. they were also a hit:

and they're pretty, right?

and thanks to maggie for the awesome halloween plates! they love them :). i'm thinking they'll be a year-round addition to our table! thanks so much for sending us that package!