Saturday, March 18, 2017

Bear is 8!!

It is hard to believe Bear is 8 already. He has been extremely excited for this Birthday. He can't wait to get baptized next week and is very happy to be a Cubscout. He had some friends over to play on his birthday and to eat our traditional Domino's pizza lunch with his self-decorated Hobbit Hole Cake.  On his present request list were legos, a woopie cushion,  small pinball games, and his own scriptures.  He chose ham and cheese sandwiches for dinner with cool ranch doritos and fruit. We love our sweet boy!

Elder Cook

Our stake was invited to a multi-stake conference to hear Elder Question L. Cook of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles speak.  We traveled down the day before to eat at Panda Express, have some fun at an indoor waterpark, and stay in a hotel. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Bear's Day Trip with Dad

Bear took a day trip with Dad to Banner Elk to hike to a waterfall and fish at a trout farm.  They caught a yummy dinner for all of us.

Duke Basketball Game

Bug joined his basketball team at Duke Women's Basketball game. They got to meet some of the men's team, tour the trophy room, and even be in a quarter time show, where he played in a game against another kid on his team, and won some Duke swag.


It snowed about 6 inches here and the kids enjoyed playing their "army survivor" game.  They also got to go sledding with their friends.

Monday, January 30, 2017


This was our first Christmas without family. Bond started the celebrations off with two very badly sprained ankles as a result of church basketball.  It is now a month and a half after the fact and they are just now starting to feel somewhat normal again.
On Christmas Eve, we had some families and the missionaries from our ward over for dinner and a nativity "rendition".

Christmas Eve Jammies.
Christmas morning.
Bean's hat from Bear and blanket from Belle.
We got to Skype with Bond's little brother who is serving a mission in Madrid and currently assigned to the Canary Islands.
Bear and I at the downtown Christmas Festival.
The homeschool Christmas Party.
My mom has always been in charge of the veggie tray at our Christmas Eve party, this was my attempt to fill in for her absence while she and my dad are missionaries in Salt Lake City.
Lots of late nights, led to falling asleep on the floor.