Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Daddy-Kids Camping Trip

What to do in August in Arizona?  Take the kids on a Daddy-Kids overnight camping trip to Woods Canyon Lake, which is just outside of Payson, AZ.  Josh and the kids joined some of our friends and their kids in the fun.  They departed really early on Saturday morning and arrived home Sunday midday.  The kids fished, ran around the forest and enjoyed some campfire time.  It was a fun little break from the everlasting summer heat.  Based on the pictures, it looks like everyone had a great time!

Nate assisting the kids with their fishing poles
Woods Canyon Lake
Nate with Aiden and his fish
Josh with Aiden and his fish
Nate with Addison and her fish
Nate with Madi and her fish
Josh with Madi and her fish
Nate with Charlotte and her fish
Chris with Charlotte and her fish
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Two Front Teeth

In August, Madilyn lost her two top front teeth.  Each time, it seemed like the tooth would just hang there by a thread for a couple of weeks until it finally fell out.  The first of the top teeth fell out while Madi slept. Thankfully, she didn't swallow it.  The second top tooth fell out at school.  And again, for the second time, the tooth did not make it home.  The Tooth Fairy is getting very used to receiving explanation notes instead of a tooth.  Now, Madi parades around the house singing "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth." Let's hope they come in by then.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Cousin Photo Shoot

In August, while my sister and Mina were visiting Phoenix, we seized the opportunity to take "cousin" photos at a JCPenney Portrait Studio.  They turned out awesome!  Plus, this allowed us to surprise my parents with a canvas portrait of all three kids for their anniversary.

Mina Rose
Aiden Price
Madilyn Rae
The Farrell Cousins
The Landers Kids
Sunday, September 24, 2017

Happy Birthday, Aiden!

My little man turned six years old this year!  He is becoming such an amazing little person.  So happy, most of the time.  He is kind and sensitive.  He is sarcastic and funny.  He enjoys being the life of the party, but sometimes pretends to be shy and aloof.  He is sporty and competitive.  Definitely doesn't like to lose or be wrong.  Very confident.  Sometimes this makes him a little intense. He is very smart and a good student.  He learns very quickly and has a really good memory.  He likes to tease, but doesn't like to be teased in return.  He is very stubborn and will hold his ground for a long while.  And he knows what he likes and what he doesn't.  He is extremely charming and will use his smile as a lure. He is a great dancer and loves music.  He is already a fashionista.  He is very particular about his clothes and hairstyle.  He is a good brother, when he wants to be.

Some of his loves at this age are:
  • Legos!  He will play with his legos for hours
  • Swimming
  • Playing soccer
  • Chicken nuggets
  • Sausage pizza
  • Pasta
  • Superheroes, especially the Marvel ones
  • Star Wars
  • Nerf guns
  • TV shows, especially YouTube and Netflix
Some of his dislikes at this age are:
  • Most foods not named above.
  • Homework
  • To lose
  • Buttons on shirts, unless it is a special occasion/holiday
  • Chocolate

Traditional Birthday Donuts Tower
Hanging Out with Mom for Birthday Donuts
Sharing cupcakes with his class at school on his birthday
Saturday, September 23, 2017

First Day of School ~ 2017

Wednesday, August 9th, was the kids' first day of school back at BASIS Phoenix Central.  Aiden is a first grader and Madilyn is in second grade.  I seriously cannot believe it!  The kids were super excited for the new school year.  They both got up early, ate breakfast, got dressed, took the obligatory first day of school pictures and out the door we went.  Knowing the first day of school traffic was going to be insane, we parked at my office building and walked (the kids almost ran) over to the school.  And before I could even secure a kiss and hug, they disappeared into the school.  I am so glad they love school so much!

Aiden, age 5
Madilyn, age 7

Friday, September 22, 2017

Aiden's 6th Birthday Party!

We celebrated Aiden's birthday with his friends on the Saturday before he turned six.  One of Aiden's latest obsessions is Nerf guns.  We have had several Nerf battles this summer at the house and up north at the cabin.  So, I researched and found a local arena called VIP Airsoft that hosts Nerf parties for kids.  It was exactly what he wanted.  The package included all of the equipment, unlimited ammo, a private party room, pizza and drinks.  All we had to bring were the cupcakes and favors. Aiden and his friends had a great time (after the Dads got involved and helped re-load the ammo in the guns). They just continued to run around shooting each other and running back to refill their gun to do it again.  So much fun!

The birthday boy!
With his lego creation (another obession)
Nerf Gear
Time to play!
The Whole Gang!
Nerf Cake & Cupcakes
"Happy Birthday" Time!
Blowing out the candle
Dad, Mon and Aiden
Aiden, Brayden and Bryce