Thursday, November 7, 2013

Rule #165: Time flies when you're having fun

I shared some of the picture highlights from June in an earlier post. Here are more picture highlights. I think these date back to maybe even April. I've been such a slacker in blogging, but some of these pictures are too cute not to post. :)

One day the boys, my mom and I took a walk to the Fireman Park. Which, as implied, is by the fire station. The big firehouse doors were open and they were using their trucks to reach the roof. We waved at them and they called to us to come over and see what they were doing. My boys were pretty shy. Per usual. But the firemen were very kind, and gave my boys badges and hats to take home. It took a while for them to warm up to the idea of wearing the hats. 

 Evan has never been into arts and crafts. He never really colored. Apparently that's not all that uncommon with autism. (They'll either obsess over it, or not be interested AT ALL) One day, while at my mom's Evan was at the big white board. He would usually just write his name, or other random letters. I came downstairs to find this. He was drawing a picture, of himself! And it was actually pretty good/recognizable. I was so proud of him. (I think this was back in April)
 Look at this happy version of himself! Super cute! He has continued to draw himself at random times. He hasn't really ventured out to draw other things, but I'll take what I get.
 One Summer day Evan was jumping on the Daly's tramp. He was getting all sweaty and I joked that we could use his sweat to style his hair. He thought that was a great idea. His face cracks me up. :)
 Our sweet dog. She's been through a lot in the past year. It was a year ago in Sept that she was jumped on by deer, lost her eye and almost died. But she survived. While her sight is poor, and her hearing isn't that great either, she's still kicking. Last month we thought we were going to lose her. :( She couldn't walk, and she wouldn't eat and she barked all. the. time. We took her to the vet a few times, unsure of how extreme of measures we would take for our old dog. Luckily a round of heavy duty antibiotics has returned her to her former/post deer attack state. And we'll take it. We know she won't be around forever, but we're in no hurry for her to go either.
 During the summer we go on a lot of walks as a family. It's a great way for the boys to get some exercise before bedtime. We walk to the Bountiful Tabernacle where they have these two awesome, gnarly, knotty trees. We call them the Gnome Tree and the Fairy Tree. They look enchanted. Both the boys wanted their picture taken by the magical trees. 

 They also loved to "hide" in these plants during our walks.
 Aurora with Grandma Emma. She's just a few weeks old in the picture. Emma has a magic touch with babies. They all snuggle in and sleep when she holds them.
 We went to Lagoon with the boys again at the end of Summer. Here is a cute picture of them enjoying the car ride.
 Before the weather turned cold and we had those glorious indian summer days we were raking the leaves into piles. Naturally, Graham had to jump into every pile I raked. That's what leaf piles are for. :)
 I love this picture of Rory. That same beautiful fall day she came out the hang out with the family. She's such a doll!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Rule #164: Six is better than one.

We definitely got our moneys worth on our Halloween costumes this year. Evan and Graham dressed up six different times! The first time they wore their Jedi costumes was for Washington Elementary's Halloween Carnival. They also dressed up for Boo at the Zoo, Sunday diner at Nana's house, Ufit, our wards Trunk or Treat, and of course actual Halloween. I was worried they wouldn't want to dress up anymore come Halloween. Luckily they didn't seem to mind all of the costume changes for the past two weeks.

Graham was being defiant at the beginning of October, and refused to consent to be anything. Evan was being just as fickle. FINALLY Evan decided he wanted to be a Jedi. Obi-Wan Kenobi to be exact. When we asked Graham if he wanted to be a Jedi, he of course said no. Then we asked if he wanted a green sword or a blue sword. He chose green, and that was that. :) Graham was Qui-Gon Jinn

Alex got into the spirit of Halloween as well. He is the Emperor. (when he was younger) I think he looks awesome.

The boys had such a great time fighting the sith lord, over and over again.

Aurora wore the tiger costume that Evan wore for his first Halloween. The bow lets you know that she is a girl tiger. :)

Happy Halloween Everyone!
May the Force be with you.