Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Homemade Gifts 2017

I didn't make a lot of homemade gifts for Christmas this year, but I did make a few. 

I made 15 of these Christmas Burlap Bags from my Super Saturday activity for my family gift. I put a cinnamon pinecone in each one.


I made trees bags for all the ones I was giving away, but I made a few bags for our decorations while I was at it and did one snowflake to go with my trees.


I wrapped them in these cute bags that were 33 cents from Walmart and made personalized tags from Our Best Bites.


The only other homemade gift I made was a Five Little Monkeys finger puppet set for Jared and Cailey's daughter, Madison (and all their future kids). I hand sewed the monkeys and the crocodile on my many flights on my Italy/Greece trip and then I sewed a quick drawstring bag to put them in when I got home. I have now made this set for all of our siblings other than Marti. When she gets married and has kids, I'll make a set for her and then I'll retire from the monkey finger puppet business! πŸ˜‚ The template is no longer available online, so when I made this set I had to trace the set we have to make my own template.


I need to go back and blog about January and February 2017, but other than those months, I think this is the end of 2017 posts! 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Colorado After Christmas

After arriving in Colorado on Christmas Day, we spent the next week there splitting time between the Riries and the Phillips. It wasn't near as convenient as when our parents lived a block away from each other, but it worked well enough.

Dixie had our yearly ornament from St. Nick's waiting for us. Last year we learned you can't wait or you end up with very slim pickings!


Unfortunately the mattress in our bedroom at my parent's house was not good. I can sleep almost anywhere, but Rog always ended up moving down to the couch in the basement at some point in the night. That meant I had a spot open in bed with me for visitors.


The swings in my parent's backyard were always popular with the kids - even in the snow.


The day after Christmas we got together with all the Phillips who were in Colorado. Rog took the older two to a pool with most of the cousins while I stayed back to let Logan take a nap. As far as I know, no one took any pictures, but everyone had a good time. After swimming we had dinner and then did the cousin gift exchange. We FaceTimed with Taylor and McKae who were in Utah and it was madness as all the kids opened their gifts at the same time. Logan got a Jake stuffed animal, Peyton got a Shopkins game, and Corbyn got a Splatoon Blaster. He fell asleep on the way back to my parent's house with his goggles on. πŸ˜‚


On the way home, we stopped at Hallmark right before they closed to get a couple ornaments at half price. I picked out this Santa Ice Cream Truck for Logan's ornament for the year. 


And Rog got this Aladdin ornament to go with a Genie ornament he got last year (or maybe a couple years ago).


All the Phillips except for us have dogs and I had failed to take allergy medicine in preparation for our visit, so the next morning I stayed back while Rog took the kids to Rex and Edda's house. Logan loved playing on Edda's pianos (she teaches piano out of her house and has a few) and it was driving everyone a little crazy until they realized they could give him headphones that made it so he could hear his music, but no one else could. Technology for the win!


That night we had dinner at Sweet Tomatoes with the whole Ririe crew. The kids had a competition to see who could eat the most plates of food which totally took me back to when I used to do that anytime we went to Chuck-a-Rama or Home Town Buffet with my Ririe cousins.



We did a white elephant gift exchange and our sibling gift exchange after dinner. Diana and Jason got us these shirts which were too perfect.


The next day we went to Jumpoline Family Fun Center with Diana and her kids.





Even the adults got in on the fun!



That night we met Mike and Dixie for dinner at the Denver Biscuit Company. We finally got to try their Giant Biscuit Cinnamon Roll which was good, but didn't live up to the hype for us.

The next morning we did a session at the Denver Temple with my dad and Jared and Cailey while Grandma watched the kids.



That night we had pizza for dinner along with lots of crazy cousin play time.


Peyton enjoyed holding little Madison any chance she could get.


Rog and Jason had been trying to arrange a time to take Corbyn and Blake to see the latest Star Wars movie and finally were able to make it happen Saturday morning. 


While they were at the movie, we watched Leap! at Diana's house and had a dance party during the credits.


And then we took the girls to get their nails painted at salon inside Walmart. Skyler chickened out when it was her turn, but Peyton thought it was the best thing ever!



That night we had dinner at Rex and Edda's house. Rex made Dixie's famous egg rolls - meaning we had them two times in less than a week, but they're so good, no one minded one bit!

For New Year's Eve Diana and I made a whole bunch of appetizers and treats, but I only got a picture of these Black and White Cookies.


We watched the ball drop on Netflix around 9:00 pm and the Hobbs headed home and we sent our kids to bed.


New Year's Day was spent traveling home. We got a few meals from Panda Express in the airport and everyone dug in.


I spy a cutie on the MAX.


When we got home, it was like Christmas morning all over again for the kids since we had only taken a few of their new toys to Colorado.

You know you've had a full week of vacation fun when someone falls asleep on the floor before bed!

Monday, July 23, 2018

8 Years

Corbyn's 8 year stats:

Weight: 60 pounds, 10 ounces (66th percentile)
Height: 53 inches (87th percentile)

He was not excited about wearing a gown for his well child visit and this was what he thought of me taking his picture! πŸ‘‡At his appointment we talked about how his asthma is a non-issue anymore, how we haven't had any cashew or pistachio incidents lately (knock on wood!), and how he's healthy and strong. 


Corbyn at 8 years:

*Is just a good, easy kid. I was telling him recently how he used to be hard when he was a toddler, but now he's easy, so we are hopeful one day Logan will be easy too.
*Loves video games and is very good at them. I don't know whether to be proud or ashamed, so I'll be proud. He would play them all day if we let him!
*He often tells us he's a carnivore. He loves meat! He's a much better eater than he used to be, but he still has a lot of fruits and vegetables he doesn't like. Most notably he doesn't like apples and watermelon which are pretty widely liked, so that always puzzles me a bit. He does not like zucchini and squash and watching him eat his allotted pieces of those at dinnertime is pretty entertaining/concerning because it involves a lot of near throwing up. 
*Is still a messy eater. It's impressive how messy his face can get after eating something that you wouldn't think of as messy.
*Is a good reader and is good at math, but he really struggles with spelling. His teacher said he uses "inventive spelling" in her comments on his last report card. We've been working on that this summer and he is making a lot of progress.
*Really likes Star Wars. I wouldn't say he's obsessed with it, but it is his favorite thing right now. He is very excited for Star Wars Land to open at Disneyland next summer and even though I'm not a fan, it will be fun for me to see it through his eyes. (Assuming he still likes it in a year. I'm sure he will.)
*Has been reading the Geronimo Stilton books for almost a year now and I'm so grateful he likes them because there are so many of them!

Corbyn's 8th year in pictures (in no particular order):

Continental breakfast at the Del Sol Inn at Disneyland. He came up with this donut sandwich on his own. πŸ˜‚


Jedi Training at Disneyland. I love his expressions in the next two pictures.



The kids discovered they could balance forks on various parts of their body one day and they thought it was the coolest thing ever.


Chipmunk Corbyn.


He's a pretty boring sleeper these days, so when I found him asleep like this (head at the bottom of his bed), I had to take his picture!


He got this game for his birthday last year from a friend and it has been so fun!


Same climbing wall, two different visits to Wippersnappers.



Reading at the library park. This was right after he discovered the Ricky Ricotta books last summer and he was obsessed!


He accidentally put on Logan's pajamas one night. It's kind of amazing he could get them on. He's definitely my tall and skinny kid!


Those skinny arms are great for blackberry picking through the fence!



With his favorite cousin, Blake.


Dressed up for his 100th day of school.


Rog decided it was time he learned how to cook mac & cheese. He was really into it for a few times. Then he was over it and hasn't made it since.



He tried basketball for the first time this winter. He liked it enough to say he wants to play again next year although I don't think it will be his sport.


He played baseball this spring and sadly it was probably his last year. He got a late start with baseball and knows he isn't as good as the other kids and just doesn't care enough to practice to get better. I'm proud of him for sticking it out to the end of the season and never complaining once about going even though he didn't really enjoy it.




Got dressed in the car and ended up with all of his clothes on backwards. πŸ˜‚


He designed a contraption at school for an egg drop and this time his egg survived.




He just randomly decided he wanted to wear these socks to school one day and I let him. That's kind of huge for both of us!


Family Pictures Fall 2017



Family Pictures Spring 2018





This was the picture we used for his baptism announcement. I love it so so much! A real smile and Mt. Hood in the background. 😍


This one was a close second. I'm hugely biased, but it's he so handsome?!


Oh how we love this big kid! It sure is great to be 8!