Monday, May 2, 2016

Draw It

Vince likes to play a game with the boys. We'll call the game, "Draw It." The game consists of the boys telling Vince about an imaginary creature, and as they describe it, he draws it for them. So on this particular night, Solomon described a creature that had 2 eyes, 2 ears, 2 horns, a tail, a mustache, and 8 legs.
This one is clearly pretty intense. Asher described a creature that has a single horn coming out of his head, a lion's mane, three eyes, fangs, 4 legs, a rattlesnake body and tail, and of course, there's an electrical outlet on the wall.
These are precious times and silly drawings, creating special memories.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Spring Soccer

It's been a fun soccer season. Crazy. But fun. When 4 of the 5 boys play, it means we have soccer 5 nights a week (M-F) and on Saturdays as well. This season has been fun though because both Obed and Solomon have been able to play on teams coached by their dad, full of friends from various areas of their lives. So it also means that while whatever brother is playing soccer, there are friends with whom the boys can play, wrestling matches on the sidelines, and times for mom to connect too.
With both sets of grandparents living close now, they have been able to make quite a few games. The boys always enjoy when any grandparent can come. Here, Uzziah is snuggling with Papa.

And here are just a few action shots from Ezra and Asher's latest game in Boulder. The beautiful setting was amazing!

Friday, April 29, 2016


There's a program here (I think it's nation wide) called Kids Bowl Free, where you can sign any kid up who is under the age of 18 and they can bowl 2 free games every day all summer. While we have never utilized the program to its full capacity, we have enjoyed it over the past several years a few times throughout the spring and summer.

Friday was another rainy, gloomy day. All the boys' soccer games for the weekend were cancelled, which is always a disappointment. So on Friday morning, we contacted a few friends, and within minutes, we had close to 30 people ready to meet up for a fun time of bowling.

All the boys had a really great time. And Vince got to bowl as well. It was a fun morning in light of a dreary day.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A Little More Science and the Last Day of Olive Tree

We continue to learn about creatures of the sea in science this year, and this past lesson we learned about mollusks. So for our experiment, we learned about the different parts of several different mollusks, and then proceeded to dissect (or try to dissect) said mollusks. The mussels were the easiest to pop open and look at. The clams and oysters? Not so easy. We had to end up boiling them to get them to loosen up.

I love Obed's expression here. I think it's a combination of "whoa" and "gross."

And, not a great picture, but one for posterity's sake nonetheless. The boys have loved being a part of Olive Tree, and Thursday was their last day. Since they will be doing a different school plan next year, they will not be able to go to Olive Tree. This is a sad thing for the boys, but they have many happy memories.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Fire Pit Fun

Now that the weather is a little warmer, we are enjoying more nights out by the fire pit. There is just something about boys and fire. They love it. I also bought a bag of marshmallows, and they are also enjoying those.

Uzziah really wanted to roast his own marshmallow. He did pretty well all things considered.

 Solomon also insisted on roasting his own and enjoyed it thoroughly.
Asher and Ezra were being goofy on this particular night and had their hair up in sumo-knots or boys buns. You can't really see Asher's in this picture, but it's there.
I don't remember what was so funny, but I love these pictures of Ezra. He just is oozing joy and happiness (with a boy-bun of course).

 Obed perfectly roasted his marshmallow.
 And of course, if Ezra and Asher have their hair done up special, Kevin needed a dog bun too.


This is Uzziah and his little buddy, Sadie. They are super cute together. Uzziah particularly likes when Sadie comes over because she likes to play house with him, which he enjoys playing and his brothers will NOT play house with him.

A few weeks ago Ben and Jerry's had free cone day, so we met Sadie (and her family - she's not old enough to drive yet) at Ben and Jerry's and got our free ice cream. Sadie loves all our boys. She's particularly fond of "the red guy" (that's how she refers to Ezra. There's a lot of our boys to remember, so "the red guy" will have to do for now).

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Our Awesome Yard

When we bought this house last August, the reason we bought it was because of its location (at the end of a cul-du-sac), and the yard. The yard is HUGE! It was sorely neglected for many many years and needs a lot of work (as does the house). But it is a wonderful space nonetheless.

The back yard is very bumpy and full of ditches and dents. So last week Vince borrowed Grandpa's tractor and roller and started the process of wetting the yard and rolling it over and over in order to make it more smooth. He also aerated it and fertilized it to try to get it moving in the right direction.

Asher really enjoys driving the tractor and helped Vince quite a bit (man, I love that kid!).
We have also been enjoying our fire pit in the back yard. It provides lots of sweet family time to just sit and be together (as well as play with fire).
In spite of all the work it needs, we are so very thankful for the yard God provided for us!