Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pumpkin Pacer 5K in Deer Park

This is the beginning of a family tradition! We really liked this race event. Costume contest (we went Aloha style, obviously), the kids had a blast on their half miler, weather was perfect, and it was just $10! Yay for cheap reg fees. And yay for a little sister who is always game to join me at these things, and a husband who enjoys it too. Well, he tolerates it anyway :)
I was proud of my effort- it got difficult, but I kept about a 6:40 pace. That's great for me right now considering my lack of anything resembling training. My T25 videos and the cardio machines at the gym aren't going to make me a faster runner (though I do enjoy them)... I just gotta get back into mileage and real workouts if I ever wanna be speedy again! But do I? Do I care anymore? Obviously not enough to do anything bout it :)

"Got my kettle bell - which way to the gym?!"

Halloween at Merryglen

This is my first time attending the famous MerryGlen Halloween party! Mom and Mere have always texted me pics and called me with stories, but seeing it in person was a million times better. The staff put the residents in pretty funny costumes! Sammy doesn't cooperate with that nonsense though- she barely kept her Raggedy Ann hair on. Silly Sammy. And poor Sammy- all these treats everywhere, and she can't have them because of her weight problem. Which is exacerbated by all her meds. Which have to be taken because of issues related to her weight. It's an awful cycle, right?!
We enjoyed our party time anyway, hanging out on the back porch, kids raking leaves & jumping in. Super sweet autumn day!

Fall at the playground



It never gets old having a 7 acre park directly in our backyard. I love being able to just walk out our back fence into it. And with the chillier weather here, we almost always have the place to ourselves!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Family selfie = .... Felfie?

Well, family.... minus Bennett, plus Lily.
 
So still the same total number of humans.
 
Just makes Brian even more outnumbered than usual :)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Makin' meatballs

 
 
I've never attempted this culinary feat previous to today.... but I'm glad to say the first attempt was a moderate success!
Hoorayhooray - because my children LOVE meatballs, but they are expensive little critters to purchase - especially since we want high quality ones, not crap-filled cheapies.
I wish I had a recipe to post, but like most kitchen ventures I take.... it was just a lucky experiment.
 Ground beef, ground turkey, ground flax, eggs, onion, basil, parsley, cilantro, fresh pumpkin, tomato sauce.... all mushed together and rolled into balls on coconut-oiled cast iron skillet into the oven for 25-ish minutes on 400!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Odd place to fall asleep...



Wish I could just cuddle up anywhere comfy and have someone carry me up to bed!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Vain child....



I whipped up this cheesy collage on an app on Brian's phone and showed it to Courtney.... She flipped.
She just wanted to stare at it forever.
 "Oohhhh! Dat is de PWETTIEST fing I have evuh SEEN!!!"

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dinner parties



Despite the look on Brian's face, he really enjoyed our first official ward dinner group night!
This program was actually started a few years ago by my mom when she was RS Prez (aka, she ran the whole ship).
Basically, everyone interested signs up and then is put in groups of 8 (four couples).
Once a month we get together for dinner at someone's home (hosts rotate).
We did some fun games and pics post-meal and really had a nice time.
We even had to hire a real babysitter so we could go to this since my parents were in Utah.
I informed my mom that this was a terrible inconvenience for us and she's not allowed to leave anymore.
She's the best (and least expensive!) babysitter around :)

I mostly signed us up for Brian's benefit - trying to help him meet people and feel more at home as a Washingtonian!   Our group consists of the Brims, Lybberts, Bouviers, and Fullmers.  I think it switches up in Jan/Feb.  (but I don't want it to - I like our group!!)

We host next month...eek! So much to do to make my home more presentable!






Fun little sticky window bugs!

Warming her bum

Bedtime snacks


They always beg and plead for them.
So annoying, cuz I just wanna put 'em to bed!
But I have a hard time saying no to a child telling me they're hungry...
So we re-open the kitchen!

First carving of the season....!

Cinderella pumpkins are so worth the extra .20c/lb!
 Seriously, I'll never go back. They're the best.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Candyland

This really is the epitome of childhood, amiright?!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Brianna's new fav book

Future Structural Engineers of America...

Our library has after school activities once/wk.
They're focused on the "S.T.E.M." learning objectives purportedly lacking in schools (science tech engineering math).
It's for K-5th, so a tad advanced for my troop, but they still got a lot out of it.
Today was FORT building!

We met the mormons!

I've been eagerly anticipating the theatrical release of the Meet the Mormons documentary film. Commissioned by the Leaders of our Church - living prophets and apostles of God - and featuring ordinary yet extraordinary members of the LDS Church. Produced and directed by professionals blessed with amazing talent and skill.
I went in with very high expectations.
My expectations were FAR exceeded.
BLOWN. AWAY.
Seriously, you'd have to have a heart of stone not to love it (and there were those who didn't! They accuse it of *gasp* propaganda! Not that every film ever created couldn't be also considered propaganda in some form).
I'm especially glad we chose to bring Brianna. I wasn't sure she was old enough to sit through a documentary style film and enjoy it. But she did!
I'm so grateful and proud to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Froyo

Mere took these goofy girls out to BluBerry - a frozen yogurt place near downtown.
 
They're lucky to have an aunt who is relaxed about frivilous spending and sugar intake .... cuz their mama chooses OTHER methods of having fun :)
 
 
sidenote: I love that Mere always returns my kids to me with their hair in cute braids.  

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The world's largest red wagon....

Pooh!!




The Destroyer

Mom's Bday


This is the first time in probably a decade that I've been with my mother to celebrate her birthday!! We threw a lovely party for her at our home, with the highlight being the presentation of the whole-foods cake, and the Smith Family Reunion photo book.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Family Day at Merry Glen


Fabulous BBQ, family pictures, and lots of time visiting with our Sammy!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Jeeping... with pine needles





Lots and lots of pine needles... !!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

THE Garbage Eating Goat

Every real Spokanite has been to the Garbage Eating Goat.
Until you've fed him your trash, you haven't really lived.

If the shoe fits....

Friday, October 10, 2014

The belly



The way her gut is hanging out in this pic makes me smile.

She's just so JUICY!

Pear Picking @Huckabas on Greenbluff





It was gorgeous! And yummy!
Fields and fields of beautiful pears - and so cheap - .40cents/lb!

Wrestling twins

Piñata

At their friend Rhett McIntire's 4th birthday party

Hairtime

I really enjoy doing my daughters' hair most of the time. I'm not very good at it... but I still like it. It's what most little girls dream of... Live dolls to play with!
If only they didn't whine when I'm trying to gently get the tangles out...

Brianna, Bennett's super stylish hairdresser



Valleyfest, featuring photobomb from Meredith

In the mei-tai.

Made by hand, with love, from my beautiful friend Sally Jackson. Still holding up after lots of use!

We occasionally head out on evening walks around the neighborhood in the evenings after the older kids are down and Brian does his office work. She often falls asleep. I love it - fresh cool air, snugly baby, no distractions.

Found a shack on Mt Spokane...








Looks cozy, right?.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Worst book ever...

I don't care that she thinks she loves it.
It's going to mysteriously disappear.
Grimm was one twisted, sick man.
These "classics" are so messed. I mean - Tom Thumb getting stuck in the belly of a wolf after getting stuck in the belly of a cow (the wolf ate the cow) because he was hiding in the barn of a pastor he was trying to rob....then finally being freed from the wolf's belly by his parents and their knife/ax chopping up the wolf who couldn't escape because he got too fat after eating all the family's bread and milk.
SO FREAKISH RIGHT?!
Sheesh, I'd almost rather read her Disney fairytale stories than this.  And that's saying a lot, because I don't like those either.
 
Time to hunt down some age-appropriate worthwhile literature!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

How to watch LDS General Conference while burning calories....

I got Saturday morning's session in while on the stairclimber at the gym.
The kids enjoyed the childcare, Brian hung out in the lobby watching on his ipad, and we all had a much more productive day than we would've if we tried to stay at home for this!
 
On a related note, I really love the Saturday sessions of General Conference. I find the talks to be so much more personally meaningful to me than the Sunday session, typically. Maybe because the Sunday sessions cater to a broader audience?
I don't know.
But my favorites were Elder Christofferson's talk on "moral relativism" (resenting or choosing not to believe truth doesn't mean you won't still be accountable!) and Sister Esplin's talk on the Sacrament  (I need to come better prepared so I get more out of this amazing weekly ordinance).
 
And I was so pleasantly surprised with Elder Klebingat's talk when he called us all out on taking better care of our bodies. I wish more Church Leaders would emphasize this, because I believe the mind-body-spirit connection is stronger than most realize. I know I can do much better in that area! And in a basically ALL other areas....  sigh....

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Labor Day Fun Run

I'm a month late posting this..... but it was definitely a fun day for our fam! I did this fun run every year in my tweens.... it's fun to be back!