Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Cousin Adventure #7 Swimming!

We've been DYING of heat this summer!  It's been over 100 for like 16 days so far this summer!  So we decided to take the kids to Lorin Farr pool this week for cousin adventure....and of course it's the one day in seekds that's been COLD and WINDY!  Livi and Dean handled it well but Livi kept saying "COLD COLD!" and she was right! Brrrrr!  But of course...the kids had a blast!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Isaac and Lucas my Tri-Athletes:)

We have some great friends here in Riverdale ...and every year they put together a kids Tri-Athlon.   This year it was the same week as scout camp so the 2 oldest couldn't do it BUT Isaac and Lucas had a BLAST!  They both were with the first little group in on the run, the first on their bikes and they survived the swim:) They both finished in the top 5 in their age groups!  Nick was so upset that I wouldn't let him do it that when Lucas had finished he did it all again with Nick:)  WAY TO GO BOYS!  And thanks Tolls for a great night!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Outlaws Puma Cup

It's tournament time!  One of the best parts of summer for our family are the soccer tournaments...and the Outlaws Puma Cup is one that all 3 of the boys played in!  Tyler played with Brady's team (the u15's) since his team didn't have enough teams for a full bracket.  Matt and his team were playing and Isaac and his new team played in their first ever tournament!  Because it's our club we also had to help out as field marshal's and Tyler got to ref a lot of games.  It was a VERY busy couple of days!

Tyler's team played SO well!  It was so fun to watch and to top it all off they took silver!  Wahoo!!

Matt's team also played well.  They beat every team EXCEPT the one that borrowed 5 premier players from Sparta....those games were ROUGH but the boys tried hard and in the end also took silver! Way to go guys!

Isaac's team struggled.  To be fair they were playing in the u10-u11 bracket.....they beat the other u10 team but lost to the u11's.  And Isaac did a great job in goal! They made it to the semi finals (which I didn't expect) and it was a great chance to get on the field and work as a team!

Lucas and Nick were very patient and very good.  They built log cabins and  played with all of the other little kids....the highlight for them came when Leo the Lion (RSL mascot) came to the game!  It was a great weekend with so many great games!  Way to go Outlaws!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Independence Day 2013!

This year the 4th of July was a little different for me.  I wasn't in charge of ANYTHING for the city!  It's the first time in a very LONG time!  SO because I was free I got to walk the 5k, go to the breakfast and THEN be in the parade!  I loved it!

The parade this year was great too!  Tyler and Matt were riding with their respective classes and the rest of us rode with Mike!  The little ones LOVE throwing candy at their friends!

Then we went up and helped with the kids games while the kids played and then we came home and rested.  It was awesome!

After a nap and some house cleaning we had a great BBQ with the Ovesons.  It was relaxing and fun!  Then it was a great night of sparklers and fireworks!   I LOVE the 4th of July!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

RSL Fun!!

Tonight was Outlaws night at Rio Tinto.  The boys all wanted to go but we just couldn't swing tickets for the whole family SO we worked out rides for them all and THEY went without us!  They all got to participate in the parade of kings.  In addition to that Tyler got to be a ball boy, and Isaac got to play on the field at half time!!  Matt was a little bummed but kept reminding himself that he's already played on the field:)  After the game there were fireworks!  They all had a BLAST (literally) and got home VERY late....which since tomorrow is the 4th could be interesting:)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Cousin Adventure #6 Water Day!

Today Mary had a SUPER long photo shoot so I did cousin adventure with the kids without her!  Sinda came up (which was great!) and we had fun playing in the water!

Saturday, June 29, 2013


We are lucky to live close to some of our cousins....and my boys are SUPER lucky that they have a sweet aunt who lets them sleep over and makes them yummy food:) They LOVE her stuffed crust pizza and her yummy waffles....She's the best:) I just love this picture and when I saw it I knew I had to blog it so that I never lose it!

Howdy Y'All!

We were invited to Grandma Bev's family reunion this year and it was a great time!  The kids all had a blast playing the games they had set up all over, chowing down on hot dogs and even smacking a pinata!  They also had a "grown ups game".  The girls vs the guys.....and we had to eat a marshmallow and a graham cracker and then whistle.  It was hilarious and best of all Grandpa and Grandma Bev did it!  We all Loved it and were thankful to be invited!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Awesome Scouts

I consider myself lucky...well...for many reasons:) BUT tonight I consider myself lucky because I have awesome scouts!  Tonight Matt received his first and second class ranks and Tyler received his Faith In God Award.  They have great leaders that help them but they are both so self motivated that I am always in awe.  Love them both so much!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Cousin Adventure #5- The Drive In

We've been wanting to go to a drive in something fierce around the Staten house.  The last one we went to was Finding it's been a while!  We decided that the kids are all big enough to survive the drive in now.....sort we made it this week's cousin adventure!  To make it even better...Monsters U came out!  AND it was showing with Epic!  Ok so Epic wasn't the best movie ever BUT it's not often that the drive in shows 2 movies together that my little ones can see!  It was a great night and I can't believe it but EACH of my kids stayed awake the whole time! Silly kids!  Tired mom and dad:)