Friday, March 10, 2017

Welcome Murphy

Murphy is from Cedar Rapids just like Robert. 
Robert drove over to meet him when he was about 5-6 weeks old. (Not our kitchen and not our ultrasound pictures on the fridge!)

 This is a picture of Murphy at 9 weeks old, saying goodbye to his mom and dad.  Dad is the yellow lab. The parents seem a bit smaller and shorter than Bo was, if you want a reference. Murphy was the smallest dog out of the litter, but not so small he was considered a runt.
 He weighed in at 12 lbs when we brought him home. 
 First night home! We got back to Ames late, but we stayed up to cuddle and play a bit. 

 First day. Dallas thought he should nap near him.  We put a cardboard box in his kennel for a couple weeks to take up space so he wouldn't think he could use the bathroom in the back half!
 More cuddling/napping. 
 I think he looks like a completely different dog in the belly rub position. 
 In his second week with us he got to take a long car ride and spend the weekend/family Christmas with us in Southern Iowa. He wanted to eat all the cords at in the cabin, but only had one indoor accident so we will count it as a win!
 You'll notice all of our pictures are in the kitchen. He hasn't earned the right to be in the living room or on carpet yet.  We hope soon! At four months he still considers everything is edible and should go in his mouth to be eaten or chewed.
 Really her dog. A puppy has been on her Christmas list for 4 years running! 
Evidence of the chewing. Robert loves getting texts from me during the day of the next victim.

Overall we love him and he has been a great addition. He can hold it 6-7 hours (all we have tested) during the day and 8-9 hours overnight in the crate. We need to work on his table manners- he likes to steal our food. He quickly learned sit, lie down, and shake and will perform at will. He is fairly good on the leash with Robert and I, less so with the kids, but they don't really enforce any leash manners.
Now that he is four months his fully vaccinated and we wait for the snip-snip after six months.
I would say that Emily likes him best, Noelle takes the least sass from him, she will put him in his place when he jumps or nips, and typical of all things Dallas, he loves him in the good moments, and wants to sell him in the poor- like when he had his basketball shoe in his mouth.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Dallas 8th Birthday

 One of the presents we gave Dallas was a couple of rides at MB2 the indoor motor cart track in Des Moines. They had a great deal 
Robert and Dallas went and took their rides after Christmas and they both enjoyed the experience.

 We had the grandparents and family over for a little birthday celebration. Of course he got Legos and they got put to use right away!

 Robert and I gave Dallas a Traaxas remote control Slash truck.  It gets played with a lot and hasn't broken yet.  It looks really fun.
 Loving on his sisters
 Having a friend party in December is fairly difficult. I talked Dallas into having a couple buddies over on a Thursday night to watch the Iowa vs. Iowa State Mens Basketball game and call it a birthday party. We ordered pizza, had popcorn and ice cream. Everyone took guesses on what the score would be. It was a good time, but in reality all they really wanted to do was play wrestle-tackle football in the living room.  I don't really consider my house to be super large. But having a couple extra humans, plus a Christmas tree set up makes it crazy. Next year remind me to see if I can rent a wrestling room for the party.
 Three pizzas was just the right amount
 Cole, Trent, Micah, Dallas and Lucas
Playing with the Traaxas in the snow for the first time.

The Perfect Gift 2016

This church event has weaved it's way into our family Christmas traditions. Again this year we made treats attached an invite to The Perfect Gift and handed it out to over 20 people in our neighborhood. 
My kids absolutely love doing this. 
This year we strongly encouraged Grandpa Dallas to get involved so we signed him up to be a greeter at the door! I think he liked it?

 We also decorated again. This year we did a Patriotic tree. It was more of a hassle this year because the prelit tree we were provided was not working. The lights they had available were icicle lights. We ended up at Walmart to try to remedy the situation and came out with one package of LED blue, and a pack or regular red. It is breaking Robert's Christmas mantra to mix lights or use LED, but it was a make it work situation.  Most of the ornaments were Robert's moms and then we borrowed some from a friend who had done a USA tree in the past.
The girls were in the Christmas show/pageant. Emily had a singing solo, she was a sheep with curly horns. Noelle was an angel.

We also pulled taffy all day. I think we did 6 batched. The last batch was without my Dad and Barb, but only  made possible by my sister. I think she hit the nail on the head, I might be a little too distracted in that environment to successfully get a batch cooked. But she is a pro! For some reason I can't find a picture of that awesomeness!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Winter Pictures!

 Noelle and a finished phonics book!
 Emily and her car! 
 Robert took each kid on a date to shop for their siblings. Looks like Noelle got a hot chocolate out of the deal!
 Emily modeling a headband we liked at a local store
 The devotion we used this Christmas required a candle. I couldn't find one locally, my nephew made this at preschool, so I am posting it to remember for next year!
 I love this little bag from Aldi. I eat this with shredded chicken frequently for lunch. One bag lasts me about 4-5 days. It is easy to prepare when I have the chicken on hand. I like it with a sprinkling of sriracha sauce.
 I didn't make Christmas PJ's this year at it was so pleasant! These pajamas came with a pack of markers so the kids could color in their shirts!
 We had an apple pie making party. Invited the expert Benji and his daughter Abby over to show us the ropes. Total we made over 20 pies. Emily and Abby made at least 7 between themselves.
Some of the men from the pie prep party. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Noelle the firecracker is 6

Long overdue birthday post for Noelle Rose. My dear child that talks, sings, dances, jumps and talks some more. She is not one for silence. Noelle learned to cheer and loved cheerleading this Fall, that season is over and she is happily back to dancing. She easily makes friends, she rivals Robert in her extrovertedness and can talk to ANYONE. Love her so much. I know God has big things in store for her.

 We celebrated at home on her birthday. Birthday #6 is the GUM birthday in our house. She can now chew gum... although she has lost this privilege several times already.
 We had her birthday party at the carousel in Story City. We were able to rent it for an hour ($25) and get unlimited rides for everyone. Then we had cookie cake and opened presents at the park.  It was magical and such a perfect day.  Riding any carousel is her favorite thing. I did think it was quite fast for an antique!

 Birthday sundae at Hickory Park

The whirlwind December

December is such a mixed bag.
I want to get everything done early and sit rested and marvel at the tree every night.
Then there is reality, which is really fun too, busy, but fun. I am never quite sure how much of it is because I am a homebody.
Let's take the following conversation into consideration...

Rob -listening to a podcast "Andy Fales had on a food critic talking about all these neat new foods, I can't wait til break to try some. What do you think?"
Me - "Sure sounds great"
Me in my head - "wait, does that mean I have to make a whole bunch of crazy new food that my family won't enjoy over break."
Me  out loud - "do you mean make new recipes at home or restaurants"
Robert - "All places to eat in Des Moines"
Me - "sounds fun"
Me in my head - "sounds exhausting driving to des moines every day to find something to eat"
Robert - "how come you don't like to do fun things?"
he can read my mind.

end conversation.

Anyway, I love December, love the lights, the food, the movies. It just seems rushed. We start with having Christmas on Thanksgiving with the Kibbe's. Then we slide into December. Usually the first week focuses on Dallas and his birthday. The second week of December seems to be the last week for classes/rehersals/practices and what not.  The last couple of years we have bookended the second week of December with an enormous community production at our church which we help with, I bet we logged 15 hrs at church this week.

And I don't say any of this to complain. It is blessed, we do have many wonderful things that we get to choose from and decide their value and place in our December.  I just wish it would last, or that this could be the month with 8 days per week!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

State Fair 2016

Of course we fit in a trip to the Iowa State Fair in August as well. I think it is a full blown tradition now and we will be sad some day when the kids are busy working or at band/sports camp and can't attend.
We saw all the usual things, we kind of wander around until we have tried all the foods we want to try, seeing the animals and sights in between. 

 I liked this succulent display behind Dallas
 Iowa State University booth is always a fun stop
 Noelle got to help with the quilt-a-thon (behind the scenes, handing out candy to the sewers on the hour)
 My favorite quilt
 Star Trek themed butter goodness

 Sky glider time for the big kids.  I can only  manage to ride this thing once a year. I used up my fright-ride during Good Guys.