Sunday, October 31, 2010


(Fun fact, I recently learned that is short for Da ta da da! If you already knew that aren't you a smartie:)

Here are the finished results

If you don't know what these characters are, you obviously don't play enough video games.

Chris: Luigi
Dalin: Mario
Kristen: the mushroom coming out of the question block
Aiden: Sonic the Hedgehog
Kaylee: Penguin
Ashton: Goomba

I wasn't planning on a theme, but everyone picked out their own costumes and it kind of just ended up that way. I have to say I love the internet, because I found the tutorial that started it all for the Goomba here. I'm excited with how everything turned out and I did make most everything(Chris made Sonic's awesome shoes), but I am hardly the over achiever my husband would have you believe. Everything was pretty easy and I'm enjoying sewing more and more since my mother in law gave me her old serger machine, but I think the sewing itch has been scratched and I am done for a while.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Can you see that?

Look really hard, what do you see? What? You don't see anything? Just an empty table you say? Well that my friends is exactly the point. There are no pins, patterns, fabric, needles, thread, velcro, elastic, scissors or sewing machines to be seen. After five (maybe even six) weeks of costume construction they are done! I have reintroduced my children to the foreign concept of actually eating at the table, and I'm trying to remember what I did with myself before the sewing started. I'm pretty happy with the results, but I'm not going to post pictures until tomorrow. I will leave you with a little teaser.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Kaylee and the Bee

A few weeks ago Kaylee came home from school and told me she had taken a spelling test and gotten the highest score in the sixth grade. I thought that was a fantastic achievement, but I didn't really know what it meant until she brought a letter home a few days later telling us that her score had qualified her for the regional Spelling Bee semifinals. She was one of only sixteen sixth graders to represent the Clark County school district (the 5th largest school district in the nation). She didn't make it to the finals, but we are soooooooo proud of her!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Aiden's Baptism

I am currently all consumed by the creation of Halloween costumes so a lot of other areas of my life have been getting neglected i.e. blogging, housework, grocery shopping even (I'm embarrassed to say) some of the bills (no worries we're all good now). This post is long over due, but the occasion is no less important. On October 9 Aiden was baptized, and to make the day even more special his soccer team got their first win (I'm sure it added to the Spirit:) My dad gave a talk on baptism and my youngest brother who recently received his mission call was able to be one of the witnesses. It seems like we always have some sort of hitch when our kids get baptized (we had to go to a funeral when Kaylee was supposed to be baptized, and Dalin dropped a heavy wooden box on his toe right before we left for Ashton's) and this time was no different. After Aiden had been baptized we were all headed to another room for the conformation when I noticed that none of the members of our bishopric were there to preside over that part of the meeting. Luckily the bishop only lives a few minutes away so we didn't have to wait for to long, but I still found it funny because of course that would happen to us. We are so thankful to our families and friends who came to show their love for Aiden. We are very proud of his decision he made to be baptized and the kind spirit he has. We love you Aiden!

Chris too a behind the scenes picture. I kind of think this kid is adorable!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Drivin' the Mom Bus

It's official. I have become a soccer mom. Not only am I a soccer mom, I am the coach. My friend Meghan and I thought it would be fun if our boys were on the same soccer team. The only way to ensure that would happen was if we were the coaches, so here we are. The down side is now everyone has something all the time. I don't know where all these activities came from from but now we have preschool, soccer (four tomes a week!), PTA, achievement days, primary, dance club, cub scouts and I some how let the kids talk me into picking them up from school every day (apparently the bus driver ruins their life on a daily basis). I don't know how my mom did it with nine kids! I myself am thinking of changing my address to 2005 Dodge Caravan, Every Where Henderson, NV:)