Saturday, January 24, 2015

Gingerbread House

Alex and Aubrey had fun with their Gingerbread kit this year.
At first they each took turns.
Then we had a little crossover action going on.
And the finished product.

Santa Claus

Santa Claus came to our local YMCA and Alex and Aubrey had the chance to say Hi.

Alex and Aubrey's Michigan Cousins

During our trip to Michigan we attempted to get the cousins all together for a picture.   This sure was a challenge.   I am so thankful for digital cameras.  I was just able to click away with about 100 pictures total and I think I got a few good ones.
First off, we started with the three oldest ones, Aubrey, Olivia, and Alex. 
This was a challenge in itself.

Then we added Johnna to the picture. 
Then we added Simba and there you have it.

 Alex and Simba were done with the pictures, so only the girls were left.   Cutie-pies!
Of course, snacks helped them stick around.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Trip to Michigan to meet Johnna and Simba

In mid December, we all took a flight up to Michigan to meet Johnna (my sister, Kendra's new baby).  I had previously met Johnna in October, but Dave, Alex, and Aubrey had not met her yet.  
Dave had a chance to hold Johnna  and Alex got to read to her from his new Pok√©mon comic book.    
 Aubrey had the chance to read from her Elephant and Pig book to their cousin, Olivia.
We also go to meet my sister, Andrea's new dog, Simba.   Alex loved taking Simba for walks around the neighborhood.   He was a great dog and can't wait to see him again.

Hike up the Mountain

Just after Thanksgiving and before Jamison, Jessica, and Marissa left, we took a drive over to Pilot Mountain.  We went there to check out their hiking paths.  We were so lucky to have such wonderful November weather.  The hike was great.  Some of the paths were very wide and others were narrow with rocks to climb over.   It would be a great hike to go back to someday.

Science Center Fun

We tend to go to the nearby Science, Museum and Zoo quite often lately....especially with our visitors.  We took the trip there when Marissa, Jessica and Jamison came to visit.  It was fun to spend the day together and share our local treasure.
Jessica and Alex enjoyed brushing the sheep and goats.

Aubrey enjoyed it too.

All five of them following the wing movement of a bird.

I think it looks like Alex is ready to give the Gecko a kiss.  : )

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Thanksgiving Family Picture

Since all of Dave's kids were together with us for Thanksgiving, I gathered everyone together to get a family picture.   Thanks to our photographer, Deanna, for being patient with us while all of us attempted to look and smile in the right direction. 
Dave's brother Chuck and his wife, Deanna.