We’ve had a few visitors lately that we rarely ever see, much less capture on camera. First off…
These 2 “rascals” were wondering down our street when Daniel and the kids returned home from Taekwondo one night. When we went back to snap a few pics, we found them in a neighbor’s yard. We stayed for a bit to watch them play and the kids really enjoyed it!
This poor hawk was on the curb as I went to get the mail, and I thought it was odd that it didn’t move. When I ran back to get the kids, they were actually able to pet it before it took it’s last flight, landed in a neighbors’ yard, and passed away. Animal control said it was most likely .new castle disease. Natalie did a little research and determined this was a baby female sharp shin hawk
Last, but not least, this is a bobcat in our backyard! Long story short, we lost 6 out of 12 chickens, and then sent the others to live with another family. After 7 years of raising chickens, we now have a quiet (albeit a bit too quiet) back yard. I miss looking out the window and watching our girls waddle about as well as all the fresh eggs, but I do not miss the early morning cries when the bobcat decides to visit and terrorize our yard!
Did you see all that snow on the mountains in the first picture? Our Thanksgiving storm provided the perfect snowy mountain backdrop for hanging Christmas lights the next day. The boys LOVE going on the roof with their Papa, and look forward to this day each year. On the other hand, my stomach can only handle a quick picture, and then I go inside and pray for their safety — seriously!
Every day since, Xavi has asked to go on the roof. Thank goodness it is only one day a year!
We celebrated Malachi’s 8th birthday by going to Laser Island for a couple rounds of Laser Tag, lunch, games, and mini golf with all his friends. It is such a great package! We celebrated 2 days before his actual birthday since it happened to fall on Thanksgiving this year.
It was my first time playing Laser Tag, and I realized a few things… I am super competitive and Laser Tag is a blast. I want to go for my birthday!
Malachi requested an almond trifle with fresh berries instead of cake. (Great choice, buddy!) Thankful for my son’s sophisticated palate, because it turned out amazing!
He got to spin the prize wheel and walked away with 300 tickets. Way to go, Dude!
The timing couldn’t have been better because we enjoyed a gorgeous sunny afternoon for the miniature golf portion of the party. It was followed the next day by quite the rainstorm.
Unfortunately, the party ended before Malachi was able to open his presents with his friends, but he went home and enjoyed watching him open them as a family. (And, he had a blast playing with them the next day with all the rain!!!)
Happy 8th Birthday, Malachi!
If you’d let him, he’d drink a gallon of milk a day!
There is not a more cheerful, sweet helper in all my house!
He adores his grandparents and calls them often.
And, that just about sums up my Xavers!
…And the next day, November 2, 2019: Sierra’s 10th birthday… she was still sick! She enjoyed presents, and a lot of time in her bed with her i-pad. I honestly missed her that day! By dinner, we asked if she still wanted her special 10 year old dinner with just Mom and Dad, and she said yes. So, by her request we went to sushi! (Meanwhile, Grandma and Grandpa took the other kids to In ‘N Out. )
It was a nice time, though I could tell she wished she was feeling better. Happy birthday, sweet girl!!