Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Guys Night Out

Andrew Allman had a bunch of tickets to the Jazz game, so all the guys headed downtown. They stopped at Tuscanos for dinner then had a blast at the game. 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Spaghetti

Once in a while I find something that Brynlee will actually eat. In this case, she ate her own bowl of spaghetti, then went to town on Brooklyn's. Yum!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Brewer Egg Roll/Rachelle's Graduation

What a busy day! Before we went to Brayden's soccer game and Jaycie's birthday party, we had to dye all our eggs for our party that evening. My intentions were to make awesome Angry Bird eggs, but we were SO behind and had SO much to do that we pretty much ended up with KoolAid smelling eggs. 
 After the soccer game and birthday party we put Brynlee down for a nap and Josh watched the kids while I ran around getting everything ready for our evening. It was our Brewer FHE with a surprise graduation ceremony for my sister Rachelle. She recently finished her Master's degree online through Ashford University. They had been planning on traveling there for her graduation, but decided they couldn't afford it. My mom and I spent about 1 month planning a ceremony for her, which she didn't suspect at all (which was very tricky since she lives in the basement and was helping me plan the rest of the evening.) We held it at my ward's chapel. After my mom, dad, and I got everything set up, everyone arrived for dinner. We had pulled pork sandwiches and it was super yummy.
After dinner, I handed out "clues" for our next game. I told everyone we were doing an Amazing Race type game and handed everyone an envelope. Rachelle's clue told her to go to the YW room with Justin.
Everyone else got an invitation to the graduation in the Primary Room. 
When Rachelle walked into the YW there was another envelope with the graduation invitation in it along with her cap and gown. While she got her cap and gown on, we all rushed into the Primary room. Josh's sister Rachael came and took all the kids to the nursery. My grandma and Cindy also snuck in. Here we all are waiting for Rachelle:
 My dad and Sean also were in their Master's cap and gown. My dad officiated the ceremony and Sean was one of the speakers. I played the Pomp and Circumstance processional as all 3 of them filed in:
 I need to get the rest of the pictures from my dad, but here is a couple I took:
 It was such a neat, short program. It was especially neat for Rachelle since she only was planning on dressing up in her cap and gown for a couple of pictures at home. We made it as official as possible, even having her walk up to receive her diploma. It took a lot of work, but it was so worth it. We love you and are proud of you Rachelle!!! After we took pictures we all filed into the RS room for our annual egg roll. Rachelle and I had 3 different egg games and we all had a blast doing each one. The first one was having to push your egg with a spoon and race each other:
 Then the traditional egg roll...which I won, btw:
 The third game was tossing the game to your spouse and catching it, each time taking a step back. We all did pretty good with that one, since we could back up only so far. After that was all done we headed back to sing Happy Birthday to my mom and have dessert. What a busy day and a fun night!!!

Jaycie's Birthday Party

The kids were invited to cousin Jaycie's birthday party at a gymnastics gym. I stayed for a little bit and played with the kids. They had SO much fun jumping into the pit. Thanks Jaycie for the fun party!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Lexi

When Jazz and Doc passed away we knew very quickly that we would get another dog quickly. Even going in the backyard was hard to do without them. Josh's dad's best friend had a dog pass away one month before ours, and already had found a new lab puppy picked out. He easily talked Josh into getting a lab from the same place. We waited about 3 weeks for the pups to hit 8 weeks so we could pick ours up. She's a beautiful black lab and a lot of work :) Here is the night that Josh brought her home to meet the kids:
 Brynlee totally surprised us with her reaction. She LOVED her! She would not stop giving her hugs and kisses, it was adorable!
It took a while to pick out a name, but we finally decided on Lexi.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Soccer

Brayden has been having a fun time this year in soccer. His team is not the greatest, but he is having fun. The girls are usually pretty good as long as I bring a bunch of snacks.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Paige's Princess Party

Saturday morning Brayden had a soccer game then we rushed out to Paige's 4th birthday party. It was a lot of fun and the kids had a blast. They made bracelts, played a bean bag toss game, face painting, and other fun games. We had yummy turkey sandwiches for lunch. Brynlee randomly got a fever so we left early and rushed home. Happy Birthday Paige!!!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Rachael's Mission Call

Kay decided to take the entire family to Macaroni Grill for dinner one night. After we all ordered our food, Rachael pulled out the infamous white envelope! We couldn't believe it! I was slightly confused bc we had all been waiting for Aaron to get his call. She has kept it a secret all year while she has been getting her papers ready. However, she would not open it at dinner!!! She wanted to wait til the next night when all her friends and neighbors could also be there. Drum roll.........Panama City, Panama! Congrats Rachael!
 Here are the babies watching the ipad.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Aquarium

We have annual passes to the Aquarium that expired at the end of April. I thought we should atleast go ONCE before they expired! The kids had a lot of fun and I was left wondering why we haven't gone more. We brought our lunches with us and ate before we got started.
 Gotta love the frog!
 Brayden spent @ 20 minutes touching the sting rays. He LOVED watching them and feeling them. I love his expression as he finally was able to touch one:
 Brynlee wasn't cooperating much for this picture...as you can see she thought pinching Brayden would be much more fun than smiling:
 So Brynlee got taken out so I could get a picture:
 Penguins!!!
 What a super fun afternoon we all had!