Thursday, February 26, 2015

Science Fair

It was that time of year again... the annual Science Fair.  Last year we survived without Molly and I killing one another.  And thankfully, this year was equally successful.  Molly decided that she wanted to grow bacterial colonies.  So we tested the effectiveness of hand washing with water, soap & water, and hand sanitizer.  Steve built an incubator out of a cooler, a light bulb, and a themostat (which was impressive).  The results?  Hand sanitizer... for the win!

This year we got to work on a second science fair experiment with the kindergarteners.  Thankfully, I was able to convince them to team up and do it together, thereby saving myself a THIRD project.  They decided to enroll Hawk in their scientific endeavors, and tested to see whether his nose was as good at finding treats as his eyes.  Apparently his nose is not that great, and he only found the treats six out of ten times.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Garrett & Paige Turn SIX!

It's hard to believe that my little babies have turned SIX years old.  I blinked and they grew up!  Garrett has turned into such an extroverted, outgoing, smart boy.  And Paige is such a kind, creative, thoughtful, artistic girl!  They are still great friends and I hope their close relationship always lasts.  This year they decided to celebrate with a Build-a-Bear birthday party.  They each invite a few friends and off we went!  Each child got to bring a new stuffed friend home with them.

Afterwards, we took over the tables in the mall, ate cupcakes, and opened gifts.  Garrett chose vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting and Paige chose lemon cupcakes with vanilla frosting.  And their favorite gifts were definitely the Lego sets from their cousins Hailey and Luke.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Years Celebration

There's nothing like a little last minute New Year's Eve plans!  This year we had nothing on the schedule to ring in the New Year, so at the last minute I called up Christie's family to see if they'd like to join us for the evening.  Our plan was to watch the ball drop in New Year on Eastern Standard Time (9:00 pm our time) so that the kids could get to bed at a decent hour.  We each contributed some things for a meal, and I picked up some party supplies.

The kids had a BLAST!  Between playing with their new Christmas toys, running around like crazy people, and dancing to the musicians on TV... it was so much fun.

After the countdown and the ball dropping, we went outside and gave each kid a can of silly string to unload. 

This was yet another reminder to be so thankful that we moved to Beaverton and that our families get to grow up together!  And if you're interested in seeing the live action countdown... here it is!