Tuesday, April 22, 2014

This & That

Ruby outgrew her swing.

And onto the exer-saucer.

This boy is a vacuuming fiend.  He also is frequently naked due to potty training. 

He thinks he's hiding so he won't have to take a nap.

Ammon so kindly shared a cupcake with Ruby while I was up switching the laundry.  What a nice brother!  This is also the day I decided we needed hardwood floors.  More on that to come.

Watching Liam's basketball game one Saturday.

Lazy boy insisting that he sit in Ruby's seat and  that we feed him. His arms tucked behind his head are the icing on the cake!  I think he was tired, it was a late dinner.

This little chubby is ready to crawl!  We just can't get enough of her!

At Meilani's basketball game Ammon and Seth kept screaming at the top of their lungs and waving to the "tiger" from the opposing team.  When he finally came close enough to say hello, Ammon chickened out.  He's right out of camera shot clutching my leg.

Student of the month!

Ruby fell asleep on the nasty carpet while I went to lay Ammon down for a nap.  Truthfully, she fell asleep on top of some toys and a bag but I moved them for the pic.  Sethie's in the background happily playing with his My Little Ponies.  The first set of ponies from Christmas got lost after we accidentally left them at the park.  He earned a new set with good behavior and these ponies don't travel with us!

February Birthday Boys

We celebrated our February birthday boys at a family dinner at Grandmom's on Liam's actual birthday.  I can't believe how big Liam's getting, both physically and mentally.  He's an amazing reader now and loves school.  I frequently borrow his flip flops when mine aren't handy.  He loves sports and was the only kid in our family this year who wanted to play baseball.  He likes sandwiches with pickles but would always prefer to buy lunch at school, given the chance.  He towers over his peers and still loves to snuggle every opportunity.  Ben and I affectionally call him our great dane because like a giant puppy he loves to sit on our laps not realizing his large stature.  Unless we make him mad, of course.  Then he wants nothing to do with us!  Liam adds a playfulness to our home.  I'm still in love with his little dimple and baby face.  
Eli was thrilled that everyone went in to get him a Kindle.  I was really apprehensive when he wanted one at Christmas but after a great deal of consideration, especially as Ben's developing a technology rich high school at work, we decided that it's better for the kids to learn to appropriately use technology rather than to keep it out of their hands.

Liam got some new SkyLanders.

The traditional Lafferty birthday candle.

Love love love these fellas.

Caswell Park

President's Day we went with my sister and niece to Caswell State Park for a picnic and little nature walk.  It was a beautiful day and nice to be out in the sunshine.

These two are too cute together, unless of course they're beating each other up.

I love the inquisitive look on Ruby's face here!

Sariah and Eli walked across the entire river.

Meg took a tumble in the mud.

We all left wet and dirty, but fun was had by all.

Looming Maniac

Eli got a rubber band loom for Christmas and has been a looming maniac ever since.  He even earned money to order an upgraded loom.  He takes orders at school and looms every spare second.  Recently he said that they weren't allowed to sell loom projects at school anymore so he's taken to trading rubber band creations for lunch items like flaming hot cheetos.  Love the entrepreneurial spirit!  Some of his stuff is pretty cool, I must admit.  He even made Seth a My Little Pony out of rubber bands.

Valentine's Day

We opted for chocolate mustaches for class valentines this year.  They were fun to make, well, the first 12 or so were fun anyway!  I think they turned out cute though and my kids were pretty whooped over them.  Everyone except Meilani however.  Apparently she's too old for class valentines.  Sad day for sure.  

We had heart shaped pizzas for dinner.

Ben had school on Valentine's Day so Meilani hosted a babysitting movie night to earn money for girls camp.  We had about 10 extra kids from 5 to 9 pm.  It got a little crazy towards the end but the kids had a blast and Meilani earned nearly all her money in one shot.  Win, win.

Shrek Baby


Eli Turns 11

Eli turned 11 on a Sunday so we had a low key celebration after church one evening.  He didn't want cake and requested crepes instead so we made a crepe cake.  This boy is really so dang wonderful.  He's responsible beyond belief and values free time immensely because he's always the first to finish his chores and almost never has homework because he gets it done in class.  He surely has figured out how to "work the system" in his favor.  He's a great babysitter and frequently encourages us to go on a date so he has the chance to be in charge.  His humorous side continues to keep us laughing.  We love this boy!

For his friend party he requested a trip to an indoor trampoline place with a couple friends.  They had a blast.

This little girl cut her first tooth while we watched the kids jump.

We came back to our house for cake and pizza afterwards.  The plan was to stop to eat somewhere but it turned out that I left my wallet at home, so we had a detour.

Eli with Aidan and McKoy, his two best buddies.