Thursday, November 28, 2013

Hunter is 9

 
My parents are visiting for Thanksgiving and they haven't seen Hunter since August.  His birthday was in September and he turned 9, so yesterday my Mom said to him, "You're 9, and in 9 years you'll leave home.  You're half way grown up!"
 
I had never thought of it like that.  Neither had he.  We looked at each other and both of us were a little freaked out. 
 
His childhood is flying by.  It's scary.  I'm not sure I like it.  I can't do anything about it, so we carry on and celebrate anyway.
 
Since last year's birthday consisted of Disney World and his baptism, this year I wanted it to be LOW KEY.  I found discounted tickets to the circus that was in town and told him we'd take him to the circus and he could invite ONE friend. 
 
His birthday was on Wednesday and the circus wasn't until Saturday, but Wednesday turned out to be pretty fun too.  Jason's mom surprised him at school by showing up with lunch from Subway and a balloon, soda, and candy bar.  After school he had scouts at the fire station and while he was there McKay and I picked out a cake and ice cream at the store.  McKay chose an oreo one because that is Hunter's favorite flavor of everything.
 
 

 
Showing off his balloon, candy, and birthday money from both sets of Grandparents.

 
And his gifts from us were this Engineering set and a new bike.  I must not have taken a picture of him and the new bike--- it's orange and super cool looking. 

 
Saturday finally arrived and we picked up his best friend Logan and headed to the Toyota Center for the circus.




We were impressed with the amazing stunts and animals.  The kids loved it and Jason and I enjoyed it too.  After the circus we took them to lunch at Hunter's favorite restaurant-- Olive Garden.  He just can't get enough of those breadsticks.  What a smart big kid.
 
 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Bday and Parade

Jason's bday this year was pretty low key since it was the same night as the school open house.  It consisted of cake and ice cream, then pizza and cookies in the school cafeteria.  (I wanted to make sure that wasn't his only bday meal so I took him to lunch the next day and out to frozen yogurt.)
 


 
The Parade of Homes is a big deal in the Tri-Cities, and this year I was DREADING it. The house that got built 2 doors down was in the parade, and on our quiet- little-hidden -private road descended THOUSANDS of people over the course of 2 weeks.  I walked outside to survey the masses of cars the morning it began.  Within 20 minutes the street looked like this:

 
And because we allowed our builder to use our house for advertising, we had people driving by and even driving INTO our driveway.  Not cool now that we're used to our solitude. 

 
So we decided to profit from our discomfort.  We set up a lemonade and cookie stand across from the parade home.  The kids quickly got bored so we only did it for about 2 hours, but they made $36 bucks!

 
We quickly realized that people were suckers for these cute faces--- we only had customers when the kids were visible.  So I told them to really ham it up!

 
After paying tithing they used some of the money to buy a new Skylander.  They were pretty psyched.
 
 
The builder was very nice and brought us free parade tickets for the inconvenience, so we got to visit some parade homes ourselves.  I got some decorating ideas and bought a new rug for my bathroom because of it.   It turned out to be not so bad and our new neighbors are AWESOME. 
 
But I'm glad parade week is over.  =)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

1st Day of School

I have a 1st grader and a 3rd grader now-- so exciting!  And Ash isn't in pre-school this year so I have no-one to run around in the middle of the day.  It's going to be a good year.  =)
 
1st day poses on the front walk.
 





 
And then our traditional pose at the neighborhood sign at the bus stop.


 
Sleepy Ashton in his pajamas insisted on being in one too.

Hurry Mom, the bus is here!

And they're off to another great year!