Sunday, December 11, 2011

Hadley Family Movie Theater, now in business!

Cory has very fond memories for playing "movie theater" with his Oregon cousins, and so yesterday he set up a theater here for our kiddos. Mr Poppins Peguins played on the big screen.
Grab your we go!
We used money from the game of Life, which is why prices are so high. Pretty appropriate though considering that admission was $100,000.00! :)
Grab a candy...
...and don't forget the drink and popcorn!
Get ready...
Then lay back and enjoy the show!

Catching up...Thanksgiving.

This year for Thanksgiving, we went and played in NM. I love this shot of Cousin Christopher. I thing one of my kiddos took it. So cute!
Miss Olivia with Grandpa Black. We had a good time with Grandpa and Grandma Jewel. We played a fun new dice game, ate TASTY food, and the kids had a blast rolling down Grandpa's hill on his Wheely Cars. Did I mention the 4 wheeler rides? It was awesome.
These next shots are from our trip to the Farmington Children's museum. They had a whole area of hands on play, and its were we spent 90% of our time.

There was a special baby area and Liv loved it. She especailly liked this ball. Lucky she's getting some for Christmas!

Another good shot with Cousin Chris. It really was a fun and wonderful trip. Thank you so much to Eileen and Ernie for letting us invade their space and play!

Let play catch up, starting with a road trip!

The first part of November, Cory had to make a business trip to Gillette. By business trip, I mean he had to drive 7 hours, to work for 2 hours, and the drive home. We figured that since I've wanted to see more of the state, and it was such a long drive for such a short time, maybe we'd all just join him! What follows is the tale of our adventure.
Seven hours in a car with 5 kids sounds a bit nightmarish, am I right? But in all honesty it was a very pleasant trip. We started about 3 in the afternoon and made it all the way to Casper before we stopped for dinner!
Trace loves the car, so it was no surprise that he loved the whole trip. He even let his sister sleep on his shoulder that evening when things got long and late.
Mason was happy, so long as he had a cup full of snacks in his lap (or in his face!). He loved his time in the play place at Mc Donalds in Casper, and he was awake the ENTIRE trip. On the bright side he slept well that night!
I'm not sure what Liv was thinking in this shot. Probably something along the lines of "Mom why is that thing in my face and flashing bright lights at me?" She was happy until just outside of Gillette. What a trooper!
And the buddies! They travel so well together, and they love to play and sing while we drive. It definitely makes trips easier on this momma!
I loved the trees growing out of the rocky crags just outside of Muddy Gap. Say what you will about Wyoming, but it really does have some beautiful landscape.
Martins Cove

This picture was taken on the way to Gillette. We stopped on the way home, and boy howdy was it cold. It was windy and maybe 30 degrees (at least we weren't the people pulling handcarts through a river crossing that day!). It really was an awesome place though and you could really feel the spirit there. It was also a blessing that we ended up stopping, because we would have hit our ground blizzard between Rawlins and Rock Springs, and well, that would have been bad. But that story will follow.
Independence Rock. Not nearly as big and impressive as I'd expected. More like Independence Bump. :)
And here we are FINALLY in Gillette. We stayed in a beautiful hotel, and the kids got to swim (which they loved), but while Daddy was working we found a park to play at. It was 50 something degrees, which was balmy considering it was 30 at home. We found a great park just a few minutes from the hotel, and we actually ended up being there most of our trip. We would have spent more time in the pool, but about 5 seconds after the kids got out, they put up a "closed for maintenance" sign and wouldn't let us in. And every time we asked they'd say "it should be up again in an hour or so. So we left a day early to head for home, in a hopes of avoiding the snow.
These are some more park shots. Trace loved the spinney leaves. You sat on them and centrifugal force kept you spinning.
You can't really see it in this shot, but Kena got an adorable bob haircut while we were there. It's so much easier to care for and she looks awesome.
What more can I say. Who wouldn't love that face!
After our stop in Martins Cove the weather took a turn for the worst, and about 10 miles north of Rawlins we hit, what we here in Wyoming like to refer to as, a ground blizzard. We got a small about of powdery snow, followed by a TON of wind. Put the two together and you get roads that you can't see and limited visibility. It's the only time that I've ever had to use the deliniators to know where the road was, and if there hadn't been a truck in front of us with bright break lights, we may have had a much harder time. It took nearly 45 minutes to get into town. It was a blessing to be just out of Rawlins. There's not anything between Rawlins and Rock Springs and we would have been forced to keep going!
We got a hotel again for the night and thought "well at least we'll have a pool to spend our evening in!" To bad there pool was under construction too. Oh well. We did enjoy our time as a family though. It was a fun trip and we got some real quality time together. All in all I'd call it a success!

Monday, November 7, 2011

6 months old

It's hard to believe, but Miss Olivia is 6 months old. We had her well child check, and she's right on track for everything, except her neck controls. Once you see her stats you'll understand how it might be! We are working on plumping her up, and we're making pretty decent progress. Here are her stats:
Length: 24 in (3%)
Weight: 12 lb 15 oz (5%)
Head: I don't remember the exact number, just that it's in the 90%. (Hence our neck issues!)

She really is getting to be such a big girl. She says Dada, and Lala, and loves to smile and play. She's discovered how fun toys can be and she loves to watch brothers and sisters. We're giving her more time in her Bumbo in a hopes of encouraging her to sit on her own. She rolls all over and definitely keeps me on my toes. I love my Livvy Lou!

"Holy Picture Post Batman!!!"

October was a bit of a blur for us! We did lots of fun things though and I thought I would share a few of the highlights!
It snowed!! In total, we got about 8 inches...,,,and the kids were in heaven!

We picked pumpkins. This is quickly becoming one of the kids favorite October traditions!

Love that Pumpkin!

Seriously this is the best shot I got out of 6!

We knocked a hole in our wall and we were SO excited about it!
Going, going...

The kids at school are learning to be respectful and safe. When they get caught being kind, or walking in hallways full of running kids, they earn coins. Once they fill a jar with coins, they earn rewards like a disco cafe, and 10 extra minutes of recess. These pictures are from Crazy Hair Day!
I love that Kena looks like she stepped out of an 80's Rock Band!

And of course we couldn't leave Liv out of the fun! She looks like a cupie doll.
We had Trace's 7th birthday party (is it really possible that my baby is 7!). This is a great shot of all of his friends being goofy with Pizza. My favorite part was that Trace invited more girls then he did boys. He's quickly becoming my little Casanova.
And I loved this shot of Mason. Buzz Lightyear, Transformers, and a very VERY tired Mason.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

Today I suppose I'm simply feeling nostalgic for the people and places of my childhood. I read a good friends blog this morning about bottling tomato's and it made me miss my Grandmother and my sweet Mommy.

I miss canning so much. But more then the canning, I miss the sweet women who showed me how. When I was a little girl, I lived down the street (5 houses to be exact) from my Grandma and Grandpa Ellsworth. Many a wonderful afternoon were spent at her kitchen table with my mother and grandmother, bottling the Mountains (and I mean Mountains!) of produce my grandpa had planted, just because he loved to grow things. We made salsa with grandpa and bottled peaches and made jam. I miss those days, and those people some times!

I remember wandering down the road about lunch time because Grandma always had something tasty for lunch, like homemade soup and bread. And who could forget the small white buckets, which were used to pick cherry tomatoes and berry's until our tummies were sick. Much better then Peanut butter and jelly! I remember watching game shows like Super Market Sweep, and Shop 'til You Drop with my Grandfather, and loving the way he called me Ann-a-roo, or Annie Oaklie, and Annie Get Your Gun. He was full of love and wisdom that I still treasure to this day. I would easily count them both as two of my greatest hero's!

There home was a warm and welcoming place where I grew close to so many of my cousins who lived so far away, but I must admit, I cherished the time I got to spend with just them. I only wish I had realized then just how blessed I was to have them so close.

Time has taken me from my childhood home, as it does to all of us, and that home that I remember so many good times, is no longer a part of my trips home. But I do still have my sweet Grandmother with me here on Earth. Our visits have changed (although she still make a mean lunch for you when you visit), but my love for her is just as strong. She's full of stories of my Mother, which I cherish more now that she is gone then I ever have. So this is for you Grandma. I love you so much. Thank you for helping me to become the woman that I am today, and thanks for the memories!