This and That

 Ava shows her affection in written words.  I find love or hate notes all over the house.  Today I found a note that said, "The Wilson family does not want a baby sister, but I want a baby sister. From: Ava".  It was in a sealed envelope with a stamp on it.  Not sure who she was going mail that to.  If you know of any baby sisters for sale, Ava wants to buy one. :)  This is a box bed for her (my old) carebears. 
 I buy my kids 2 pairs of school shoes at the beginning of school and tell them they are the only shoes I am buying them until summer.  We made it to March and I finally threw all three of the kids' shoes away because they were so mangled.  Luckily they have 1 more pair to last them a few more months.  I keep telling them to switch off, but they like the really comfy shoes, so they wear them to death......literally. 
 The kids were really anxious to try out the snorkeling sets I got for Hawaii (we just got home, so those posts are coming), so they decided it was worth getting into the cold pool.  
 I've just finished uploading ALL of my old hard drives, memory cards, external hard drives, floppy disks, etc, etc. onto Googlephotos (it's been a 3+ month process).  I've been scanning lots of memorabilia and pictures too.  Anyway, it's been a walk down memory lane.  Rummaged up some real gems.  Found this picture of me around Grant's age and realized I had the same bucky beaver teeth (gap and all) as he does.  
All the reminiscing makes me miss my babies. :'/
 Baseball season has started.  All our weekends are now booked (although it's been raining, so a lot of the games and practices are getting cancelled).  This was at the opening ceremonies.  They do a little parade of teams. Grant is the one in the middle holding his hat.  Both boys are on Florida teams (I had no idea who either of their teams were. Good thing there's google).  Grant is on the Rays and Noah is on the Marlins. 
 Noah is to the right of the mascot guy. 
 Adam calls Grant neckmeat (I have no idea why) sometimes, so we were teasing him that he had lunchmeat on his jersey.  He thought we were kidding, and also that we were referring to actual lunchmeat.  He made me take a picture to prove it.  Ha. :)
 They haven't learned that the water isn't the same temperature as the air. 


Blue and Gold, lots of rain, patriotic program and snails

Part of the walking trail at the creek is flooded and the kids ignored the 'trail closed due to flooding' signs.  They were sopping wet and mud all up their backs, but they had a grand ol' time. (The boy in the pink bike is Noah's friend, not Ava).
 First day of blue skies in awhile, so took a walk along the creek.  
 Mudslide that took out part of the path.  
 Noah's Blue and Gold banquet was last month - Star Wars theme, obviously.  I got released a couple months ago, so this was the first one in awhile I haven't been in charge of.  So nice to just show up and not have to worry about anything.  I definitely appreciate all that goes into these now though. 
 Noah's dad/son cupcakes.  Dad didn't help at all.  In fact he had a seminar that night, so he missed the whole thing. Noah made the cupcakes and decorated them all by himself.  I did catch him before he dumped in 1 tablespoon of baking soda, instead of 1 teaspoon of baking powder. :)
 He was the Chewbacca award. 

 Grant had his patriotic program (He's in the back row, 7th from the left, red shirt).  My last patriotic program. :(

Very small snippet from the program. 
 With all the rain, the snails come out of hiding.  The kids collected as many as they could (just from the front planter) and had snail races.  Yeah, that didn't last long. :)  I think maybe they were hoping for one to turn into Turbo. 

A few more videos just for fun.  I mentioned in a previous post how Grant is too much of a spaz to figure out how to jump rope.  This is proof. :)

Noah messing around with the settings on my camera. 


January and part of February

New Years Day.  Noah's had a cold off and on for a month, thus the pile of toilet paper. :)
 So much rain and water this winter.  This is at the creek by our house.  This is where the kids usually play in the little tide pools in the summer (behind the trees in the background).  After one of the big floods (I think early 90's) they spend millions of dollars to build these over flow areas.  I've never seen them filled with water, but man, they've come in handy this year. 

 We like to see Rachelle every day, so we pull up her youtube channel and do her yoga videos. :)
 Headstand contests. 
Sometimes I tell the kids if they can do a handstand for 5 seconds (or something a little out of reach) then they can watch a movie.  Usually they end up practicing for a long time, and then don't have time for the movie.  Ha, mean trick. :)
 Went to Folsom lake to play a couple weeks ago.  The kids put on their wet suits and kayaked to that little island.  They got in at the end.  Crazy kids.  Surprising how low Folsom is for all the water we've been getting.  They are letting out so much it doesn't allow for it to fill up during the rainstorms.  Makes Adam mad. 


 One of Ava's sweet notes she left for her dad (way better than her angry notes :) ).  "I love you daddy because I helped you get your pantse and shrte and shoes. I love you daddy" We were headed to the cabin so she go him all packed. 
I stopped packing my kid's clothes a long time ago, so they've gotten pretty good at packing.  This is usually how they pack.  Grant comes and asks me how many days we are staying and what he needs.  Then he writes it down and passes it to Noah and Ava when they're done.
 Grant and his large gaping hole in his teeth.  Bucky-Beaver-Tooth is what we call him. 

 One of our trips to the cabin - explored around Whiskeytown Lake a little bit.  The tiny little town here is so cute, I want to go back and explore it some more.  

 One of the times up to the cabin we got a flat tire.  We were almost there and the back of the truck was full of stuff.......and it was dark.  A police officer pulled over and turned his spotlight on for us.  We (Adam - I mainly held the cell phone up for light) had to unload some of the stuff from the back to access the spare tire.  Just that morning Adam took a different tire in to get a hole filled.  Unfortunately, this tire had to be replaced because the hole was too big. 
 Ava being a weirdo. 
 Helped in Grant's class for Antarctica day. 
 Grant's punishment for saying potty words. I don't think it helped. :)
 Went to art night at the school and came home with lots of 'treasures'/works of art. 
 Hail storm - closest thing to snow we get. 
 Playing in the rain. 
 "Don't play in the puddle".  They obey so well. 
 One of our trips to the cabin we went into Redding for some dinner.  We found an Italian restaurant on Yelp and decided to give it a try.  We were told 10 minutes before we could get a table, but ended up having to wait 30 minutes.  We were getting up to leave and the waiter said he could seat us right then.  We also didn't realize how expensive it was. It was in a random location and din't look that nice from the outside.  Anyway, we ended up staying and the food was AMAZING.  Everything we got was super good.  When we were about to leave our waiter said someone had paid for our dinner.  We were shocked.  We've never had anything like that happen to us before.  Adam and I kept saying we couldn't believe that just happened, so the kids caught on how amazing it was.  I told them we will do that for someone else sometime, so now they ask when we are going to pay for someone's dinner.  Adam does it every day at lunch, but we'll have to do it when the kids are with us.  We got ice cream afterward since we had all that extra cash. :)
Adam and I joke that it was probably because we looked out of place at a fancy restaurant (we don't have nice clothes at the cabin and the kids usually look a little dirty). :)  
Ava got a jump rope for Christmas and all the kids have been enjoying it.  Grant is having the hardest time coordinating jumping with swinging his arms around. Quite funny to watch. 
Went to the cabin last weekend with some friends and took them on a hike by the lake. Love all the green moss and ferns growing on the trees and ground. 

 Ghost baby. :)  Should have had her out of the sun. 

 Manzanita tree with green moss. 
 Ava found a stick with these tiny yellow dots on it.  Mushrooms??

 Last week they had 10 inches of rain, and the road to our cabin had about a dozen mudslides.  They closed the road so we had to go around them.  Pretty crazy.  
We had huge channels dug out from the rain and a small mudslide on the back of the cabin.  That pipe is supposed to be buried.  We have some work to do to avert the water. 
 Shasta was 5' from full pool last week (they're draining it as fast as they can right now though to get ready for more rain and the snow melt).  It's so nice to see the lake full.  Should be a fun summer.  
 The kids picked out their Valentine treats and made their cards for school.  Grant picked out these Mexican Jello things.
 Noah did corn nuts.  He decided to use stamps since his handwriting is so bad. :)
 Ava did Chips Ahoy cookies.  
I think they pretty much consumed their weight in sugar yesterday (and this morning).