Friday, December 21, 2012

Family Christmas Party

We had a nice Christmas party here at our home with My Aunt and Uncle, The Dixons, The Bush's, The Garcias, and Trish. We ate good food, watched the kids perform talents, did a kid's gift exchange and played a few minute to win it games. (I really need to do better at making sure we take more pictures to document these events.)

Josh's Pokemon party (8)

Josh wanted a Pokemon Party this year. We found a website that let's you upload a photo and make your own Pokemon card- so we used that to make his invitations. We played a balloon treasure hunt game (each balloon had different Pokemon character pictures inside), and Pokemon BINGO (which was a huge hit- so I'm glad I went through the trouble to laminate them so they can be used again). We had a Pokeball Cake and Pizza. For party favors and prizes we had a couple pokemon figures/balls, pokemon cards, and pokemon "badges" or pins. It was a huge success, and I think Dekker is planning to do a similar party - less work for me :) !

Another Minnie surprise, and Lucy

Naomi got a fun Birthday package in the mail from Nana. And one shot shows our sweet Lucy with her wrapped pins. Lucy had a broken growth plate in her front left leg, and so she went under surgery to fix it. She is such a sweet dog and member of our family that we really had no choice but to do it.

Ward Christmas party

Our ward does an anual Christmas breakfast- which is so much more convenient than a dinner/night thing. The primary kids sang a couple times, we all had breakfast, and Santa showed up. Our two oldest took the time to talk to Santa- Naomi and Titus clung to Mom.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Oh Christmas Tree! Oh Christmas Tree!

A couple weeks back my friend Stacey and I woke up early and went and stood in line to get a tree cutting permit. Today we drove to the cutting area and found our tree! We listened to Christmas music, everyone got out and hiked in a ways and then Jake cut it down and we loaded up to take it home. Our tradition in the past has always been to go buy a tree the FHE (Monday night) after Thanksgiving- so we are keeping it in the garage in a bucket of water till Monday- when we'll set it up and decorate it.

Naomi's friends party

Every Tuesday we have a revolving play group with two of Naomi's little friends. It happened that our turn to host fell on her birthday, so we invited one other little girl and had a practice party and blowing out candles. The girls had fun decorating cupcakes and eating Minnie Mouse cookies.

Naomi turns 3!

These are from our family party held in the evening. She was a sweet girl, happy to be recognized as the special girl on that day.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Halloween 2012

GI Joe
Minnie Mouse (since she goes by Minnie now. Remember last year when she was Nomi the garden Gnome?)
Bumblebee Transformer

Monday, October 01, 2012

Back to school!

Before we knew it, it was time to get back into school. Josh started second grade, and just over a week later Dekker started Kindergarten. They are both great students and love school! Naomi has a once a week play group with two other little girls, and we also go to the fabulous reading time/activities at the library here. The boys started fall soccer too- so Titus gets hauled around to all kinds of things!

Other summer activities

To fill in the rest of summer, we had some fun in our newly landscaped front yard, we went to a fun ward activity at a church camp, Jake and I celebrated 9 years of marriage by going to see Wicked, Jake took the boys camping, we went boating with friends and family, and other things I forgot and didn't document. It was one of the busiest, but also most fun summers EVER!

Mom, Denny, and Kari came to hang out too

After being super busy with all kinds of activity (did I mention that Jake took the boys to ANOTHER reunion in AZ one weekend?) I realized I needed to fill the last bit of free days before school starting- so I somehow convinced Mom, Denny and Kari to come down and hang out for a week! It was fun to have them here to spoil my kids, allow me to get projects and errands done, and we also all went to the concert in the park here in Heber one night. These are all photos I stole from my mom- I'm glad SHE at least took some pics!

And another reunion

Not too long after the Bernhardt reunion, we headed over to Vernal for an extended Runyan Family reunion. It's been a lot of years since this group has organized one, but Grandpa Runyan requested everyone make the effort to be there. They actually had every child and bloodline grandchild there. In other words, there were a few spouses and great grandchildren there- but everyone else was there for at least part of the time. We spent time at a nearby park hanging out, playing games, had a talent show one night at the ward building, and everyone had a good time!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

More reunion

This year's theme was "A Pirate's Life for Me". Skit night was fun- especially seeing pregnant Bryn in a parrot costume, and when Brea announced she's pregnant! Oh- we also spent one day on a hike around the nearby falls. There were really fun caves to explore and beautiful shaded scenery.

A Pirate's Reunion

This year's Run-hardt reunion was camping at Rifle Gap Park in Colorado. Rick and Jen family came to our place. We borrowed a small motorhome for us to all drive to Colorado together in. The kids had a blast of course- and the adults had fun blasting off potato guns (this year's you build it competition). We also had fun fishing and boating in the reservoir.

The Byers came to visit

After our trip to California the Byers came to visit. The Byers are my cousins who live in Oregon. They were bringing their two oldest down for camps at BYU. So they stayed with us for a few days. Our kids play together so well- and it was nice to have them here so I didn't have to listen to "I'm bored" after all the excitement of our CA trip. Jeanette was also great at helping me "hold down the fort"!