Saturday, October 18, 2014

He Might Keep Getting Older, But He Will Never Grow Up

 Brian's mom wanted a picture of the original Jacks clan.  Brian was just as cooperative as he always is.
hat off
tongue out

wonky face

hat back on


Brace Face Goes to the Farm

Alyssa got braces on Thursday.  She went in for a consultation last year, and they advised her to wait a year for her mouth to grow a bit more and for all of her adult teeth to come in.  So we went back in on Wednesday, and I was expecting them to ask us to come back for braces in a week or two, but they said, "How about tomorrow?" 

Alyssa was more excited than I have ever seen anyone be excited for getting braces.  She's not quite as excited about them now that her mouth is sore and she's getting used to talking and eating and smiling with big bumpy metal things on her teeth, but she is enjoying the attention for having something new.  Plus, she's really cute.

This is her being cute.  Ignore the soot on her face.  She and Amy were being Priestesses of the Fire.
And this is her imitating Jason Gray at the end of Studio C's "Kid's School Photo Banned" video.
Kid's School Photo Banned

Brian calls her Brace Face, or BF for short, and he's having a good time teasing her that BFF means Brace Face Forever.

We were able to go out to the Empey Farm yesterday for a barbecue and trip to their pumpkin patch.  The Empey's grow the apples for their family's cider, so we were surrounded by fields and fields of apple trees.  Claire took the kids on a tractor ride through the orchards, Alyssa and Amy kept the fire going, we enjoyed Brian's dad's yummy yummy brisket, we went to the pumpkin patch, and we finished the day eating the apples we had picked, dipped in homemade caramel sauce.  It was such a beautiful fall day, and it was so much fun to be outside enjoying it together as a family.  I give Claire's parents the Award of Awesomeness for making us feel so welcome and making our day so fun.

Marcus is our cautious child.  He didn't want to ride the tractor, but he ended up loving it.

The rule was: If you can carry it, you can keep it.

He keeps striking this serious ninja prayer pose every time I try to take pictures of him.  I have no idea where it came from or what he is trying to be.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Two-Handed Artist

When we took Marcus to the doctor to investigate his ADHD, we were told that he is ambidextrous.  It took him a while to settle on which hand to use to write with (his right) but sometimes he busts out both hands to draw with, and it is really cool to watch.  They move at the same time, but do different things.  Crazy!

I Knew I took More Pictures Than That

 Camp Zarahemla, Part 2

She asked for everything in her omelet and found an Oreo inside.

She was giggling the whole time!

Camp Zarahemla, Jacks Style

Brian's sister is in town with her family, so we all headed over to Camp Zarahemla for the weekend.  It's the first time we've been in the fall, and it was nice to not have to worry about wet, snowy clothes, and to be able to walk on the roads without slipping on ice.  We explored more than we ever have before!

Ethan and I did the grocery shopping before leaving on Saturday, and I caught him doing this on the way home.

She fell asleep during prayer.

Marcus split his chin open when he went over the back of a couch.  We glued it back together and it's healing well.

Becca collected her pistachios in one cup and the shells in another.