Tuesday, November 24, 2015

October 2015

We started October with Truman's birthday--but didn't really do much to celebrate on the actual day. We had gymnastics and a soccer game in the morning and then General Conference all afternoon. Plus we were waiting for the grandparents to come and help us eat the cake!Sunday morning four-mile walk at Huntley Meadows. Notice that Truman is wearing the gladiator costume that Katy got him for his birthday. We headed to Cox Farms one day for their spectacular slides! Finally, the birthday--Truman requested a fire truck cake. He had a design in his mind and was specific about where to place the candy that he had picked out. Mara turned nine months and continue scooting around and started pulling herself to standing. We loved having Bart & Sharon here for a full week! When Sharon wasn't making dinner or doing dishes they were able to go tour the Capital and see Tyler's job site. They took us out to dinner one night and everyone loved their first taste of Thai food. The kids love the special treat from Grandma & Grandpa of eating at a restaurant. We also took Grandma & Grandpa to Hidden Pond and to an endowment session at the temple. Adriel is in fourth grade and is studying Virginia history. During Columbus Day weekend Grandmama and Pappy took her (just her!) to Williamsburg and Jamestown so she could see the sights. She's wearing a dress that my mom sewed for me when I was in fourth grade! While Tyler did home improvement projects on Saturdays the kids and I went to Great Country Farms and the Washington International Horse Show. One day Truman helped him install two windows in the laundry room.We ended the month at the ward Chili Cook-off and Trunk or Treat. Some families go all out with creative, themed costumes and I just google punny costumes. So I was a bag of eminems, Adriel was a candy "wrapper", Truman and Dallyn went the traditional route with Spiderman and Cinderella, Mara had a candy corn skirt, Brooklee was Fantasy Football, and Tyler and Nate Olsen went dressed up as each other.

Monday, October 26, 2015

September 2015

Since school didn't start until Sept 8 I felt like the last week of summer was spent trying to fit everything in! We went downtown to hit up a museum three different days that week! Butterfly Garden at Natural History. It was Adriel's first time--the rest of us had been for a Kindergarten field trip two years ago. Shark tooth beach never disappoints. The day before Tyler and I had a nice night out at Jaleo to celebrate his graduation from the Field Development Group. It's a three year program at Clark that is similar to a master's program. It culminates in a final project--Tyler and his group did some renovations to Bread for the City, a soup kitchen in DC. Our second day at the Museum of Natural History was spent solely in Q?rius, the hands-on experience. Sunday walk at Green Springs Garden. The day before was the Clark picnic, which wasn't as great this year since it took us 2 1/2 hours to get there, thanks to a tanker spill on the beltway. Fourth grade for Adriel and second for the twins! I hosted a back to school brunch for the women in our ward that morning and it was fun to catch up with everyone without (as many) kids running around :) And preschool for Truman! Are they really eight?? We had cake cups and homemade ice cream to celebrate, then it was off to the church for Activity Days. Several months ago Brooklee and Dallyn figured out that their birthday would fall on a Wednesday this year. Activity Days is held on the first and third Wednesdays and the calendar worked in their favor! Auntie Mackenzie is so generous to let the girls attend horse camp! This was the last Saturday before Adriel's gymnastic class and Brooklee & Dallyn's soccer started so they were happy to have the chance. This big girl turned eight months old and it was time to lower the crib mattress! At the end of the month all three big girls were old enough to attend the General Women's Broadcast with me.

Baptism of Brooklee and Dallyn

Brooklee Dallyn On the big day there were eight chuldren getting baptized. The chapel was packed! Grandma Holmes said the opening prayer. We were so happy that so many people could come for this special day: Grandma & Grandpa Holmes, Justin & Kitti, Grace, Camille, Danna, Lauren, Grandmama & Pappy, Daren & Mel, Shawney, Marci, Randon & Bethany, Claire, Lucy, Nate & Katy, Lauren, Olivia, Brandon & Jane (Tyler works with Brandon). Brooklee asked Grandpa Holmes to baptize her and Dallyn was baptized by Pappy. Tyler confirmed both girls. Brooklee Dallyn