surprise celebration

As part of Landon's birthday celebrations we surprised him with a party at the bowling alley with his friends. He was so excited. He thought we were going to the Dr's and then when we got to the bowling alley I just told him we were meeting our friends there. It wasn't until we got inside did he know it was a party for him. Everyone had a great time.

Harkin thought it was pretty neat that he got to do what the big kids did. He even got a higher score than Landon:)

Landon was thrilled to have had a party. We don't do one every year so it was very special.


We woke to 3 inches of snow. Yes! Snow! But I guess when you live as far north as we do it is something to expect.

archery tournaments

The boys had another session of archery in the early spring and also participated in two tournaments. William received a second place trophy at one of them.

They both are really enjoying this sport.  It is not one I would have ever thought to get involved in if we were not living in the area we are. I am so glad that they have shown an interest in this. The program is amazing and they both are doing very well with it.

the big green egg

Eric's boss surprised him with a gift for all of his hard work.   It is a smoker that cooks things incredibly fast. Each weekend we have tried out a different recipe. It is very cool and delicious.. the food that is.

kite making

The winds have been blowing around here and the boys wanted to try out making their own kites. This was Will's test kite. It was a neat idea he said, but it didn't really fly. At least he tried and is always learning.

a gooey mess

The boys were experimenting one morning with glue, cornstarch and borax. They had a fun time and also were learning about how different solids and liquids reacted together.

Another one of our fun days at home.

nine times around the sun

Landon turned 9 years old last week! I am in awe that he is so big. It always seemed to me that he was going to be my little guy. Not so anymore. He is growing into such a sweet loving young man.

He has been dying to go rollerblading. Luckily a brand new skating rink opened not too far away. We headed there in the morning and being a week day, pretty much had the place to ourselves. All the boys had a great time. I was able to skate for a little bit, but Issabelle wasn't too happy with all the lights and the music. She just wanted Mama to hold her. But I had fun watching everyone.

We came home to relax, open presents and bee-bee shoot. That is what my young man wanted.
Daddy made dinner- burgers, french fries, and Cesar salad. And of course the cake. Shortcake with cream and blueberries. We don't stray too much from the regular.
Then a movie to top off the day.

It was a grand day. Wishing my sweet boy a wonderful year of being nine!
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