Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Resolutions, 2015 edition

1. Gain (then lose) about 30 lbs.
2. Get a new wardrobe.
3. Participate in a miracle.
4. Take more pictures of my kids. Let's start with this one, arriving mid-July:

Monday, December 8, 2014

A picture says a thousand words

Unless of course that picture is accompanied by these choice words:
"there use to be an alligator under my bed until I put sam [some] Bat [bait] and cicd [kicked] him in the wenr [wiener]."

Then again, that picture is pretty descriptive too...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Elinor's Guide to Being a Lady

A modern young lady knows how to present herself in public.

She always dresses in proper attire, which includes choosing the right shoes:


And sunglasses:
She is the picture of grace and elegance:

She wears just the right amount of make-up:

A young lady exercises moderation in all things.  She chooses delicate portions of healthy, organic whole foods:
When asked to model in pictures, she chooses unique and exciting poses and locations for her backdrops.

Above all, a young lady is always on the go...
...with style!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Isaac turns 7!

I'm embarrassed to say that I'm posting this retroactively.  In the holiday shuffle, I completely forgot about all the pictures I had taken, much less blogging about them.  Isaac's birthday was on a Tuesday, so he played hooky from school and started his morning off with doughnuts and presents.  
We got him the Phineas and Ferb video game (which he LOVED and played through multiple times with his brother), Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, a car wash for their Hotwheels cars, some Hotwheels track accessories, Legos, some books, art supplies, and a few other assorted items.  He played with his toys for quite a while but spent most of the day playing his new video game. 

In the afternoon we took him to Color Me Mine for the first time.  He and Sammy each chose to paint their own mugs, while Ellie got a small bowl to paint.  They had a blast painting their items and the finished products have been used countless times since to hold their hot cocoa, tea, and water. 
That evening we had their cousins over for birthday pie: after several years of requesting birthday cakes that he didn't end up liking (always too sweet for him), he realized that he doesn't like cake very much and has decided that pie is the way to go.  I'm more than happy to oblige!  This year he requested Nutella pie and banana cream pie.  Done!

Happy birthday to my sweet, funny, creative, thoughtful, AMAZING Isaac!  We love you more than words can express!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Out of the mouth of babes

Recent Sammy-isms:
"Please?  Pretty please?  So many pleases?"
"Wanna hear my new word? It's this: 'Silly monkey went to town, got a package and then went back into the town.'"
"Are you Dabe?"
"Raci (ray-sigh)"
"Inda-inda-boom" (All the gibberish words are his "new words")
"That be's like..."
* Super into Legos.  Builds his own cars and such.
* Recently got into coloring and can color fairly well within the lines.  He prolific, too.  He goes through several coloring pages in one sitting.
*Recently started drawing his own pictures.  Mostly trucks and cars, but sometimes there's a helicopter or tank involved.

Recent Ellie-isms:

Picking up something heavy: "Tough..."
When we offer help: "SELF!"  A moment later: "help?"
"Boo!  Dat... 'care you?"
"Gimme dat!" or "Gimme [item] pease!"  We're working on her manners.
In bed late one night, pronounced so clearly after a series of unsuccessful attempts (some in gibberish) to get us to come upstairs: "Daddy, I miss you!"  Collin was up there in two seconds flat.
Dump truck
* Wants to do whatever the boys are doing.  Cars, coloring, chasing ("shasing"), legos - she just wants to be one of the gang.
* Loves the first half of the movie "Frozen", randomly sings songs from it and other things (ABCs, Twinkle Twinkle, Baa Baa Black Sheep, etc.).
* Loves watching Curious George with her brothers.  It's the only show they all can agree on.
* Is really into dancing like a maniac right now. 

Recent Isaac-isms:
"And guess what?" (inserted multiple times throughout each sentence)
"I don't want dinner, I want dinner" (applies to just about anything)
* So into reading right now.  Last night he read 7 chapters straight out of his Ricky Ricotta book just for fun!!
* Loves coloring, drawing, making paper airplanees, legos, and Hot Wheels.  Made all the Halloween decorations for our house this year.

What's cuter than a Sammy in the morning?

A Sammy in the morning wearing a robe!  Gaaaah!!

 Too bad I couldn't get him to be sweet for the full body shots. 

Cool moon

"Cool moooon, I saw you standing alooooone, without a dream in your heeeaaaart, without a love of my oooooowwwn."

The moon was super big the other night.  So big that I was able to capture details with my dinky zoom lens and shaky hands.  Groovy.

 Look how big it was looking over the valley.  So cool!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween 2014

The kids have been looking forward to Halloween for months, and the day did not disappoint.  We kicked it off with pumpkin carving last night.  Isaac designed and carved his own pumpkin almost entirely by himself, while Sammy and Elinor were content to just direct the carving of their pumpkins.  From left to right: Sammy's happy face, Maxine's silly face, Elinor's Mickey Mouse, and Isaac's. 

We took a trip to Isaac's school carnival this afternoon to play games and eat treats, all in the name of fundraising.  Isaac even hit the dunk tank target square on and dunked the administrator. 

After school we watched Halloween shows and ate hot dog mummies and zombie fingers (purple french fries) before heading out to trick-or-treat.  A quick photo of all the kids and they were off!  Wolverine, Peacock, and Captain America got lots of compliments on their cute costumes (especially Ellie's). 

They had such a fun time trick-or-treating.  I even heard Sammy yell out, "This is the best Halloween EVER!" while running from one house to the next.  The cousins came over for a bit more trick-or-treating and movie time and everyone just had a blast. 

Elinor did amazingly well.  She was all business.  She was on a serious hunt for lollipops and even turned away entirely when one house didn't have any lollipops on offer.  Once we got back and the kids were digging in to their booty, Elinor had no less than two, sometimes three, lollipops in her mouth at a time.  Thankfully, she threw them away after only a few licks and so blew through most of her lollipop stash in one night.

Happy Halloween from the Parrishes!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Little yogis

Collin wanted to do yoga to relax a bit after dinner one night.  The kids wanted to join him, so we found a kids' yoga video on YouTube that completely engaged them from start to finish.  They loved it so much they requested to do it every night from now on! 

It wasn't very technical, but it took them through the basic yoga poses with an engaging story with a little meditation time at the end.  Even Elinor loved it.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Rowley's Red Barn

Looking back on our blog I realize that I've waxed poetic about autumn on just about an annual basis.  I can't help it - I love fall!!  It's so wholesome, so romantic!  What's not to love about bundling up, searching for the perfect pumpkin, and sharing a thermos of hot cocoa with your loved ones?  It's magical, I tell you.  Magical!

Anyway, yesterday we thought we'd check out Rowley's Red Barn, a place in Santaquin that sells AMAZING homemade ice cream, treats, and farm fresh produce, because it's also a working farm.
Since it was fairly warm that day, we started off with some of that delicious ice cream (and apple cider doughnuts!):
mint cookies and cream,
 orange cream,
cookies and cream,
 caramel apple,
and vanilla soft serve:

Everyone approved of their flavor choices.  Even the soft serve was the best soft serve I've ever tasted.  Ellie was quite pleased.
  Once we had all finished stuffing our faces, we went on a hayride out to the pumpkin fields.
There were several fun activities waiting for us in the fields.  Potato sack slides (Sammy was so proud of himself for going on his own!):

Pedal tractor races:
And a friendly horse from the neighboring field:
There were also apple cannons, a small maze, and a big sandbox.  The kids had so much fun that we had to remind them to go pick out their pumpkins before it got too dark.  
Each kid chose whatever pumpkin they could carry and carefully cradled them in their laps on the hayride back.  The sunset was gorgeous as the tractor steadily pulled us past the apple orchards and back to the parking lot.  
Once paid for, we piled into the van and finished off our autumnal adventure with a thermos of hot cocoa and some more apple cider doughnuts.  
I love these kinds of outings, the ones that are just perfect from start to finish.  We had such a good time.  We might have to make this an annual tradition from now on!  See you next year, Red Barn!