Sunday, January 20, 2019

christmas, before i forget

hearkening back to simpler times. (as in, before we unboxed the legos.)

merry christmas (again), boys and girls!

and a very special thank you to our grandparents and great-grandparents and aunts and uncles who continue to shower us with the best-ever gifts that these four awesome kiddos could ask for!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

meanwhile, back at the barbie dreamhouse

so i came across our barbie dreamhouse one morning while the kids were at school and found barbie and ken chillaxing like this:

you know, just casually dangling from the rafters and what not.

usually, i let what happens in the dreamhouse stay in the dreamhouse, but curiosity got the better of me here, and i had to ask what was going on with these two.

apparently, barbie and ken are having a little pull-up competition.

and barbie is taking it easy on ol' ken-boy there by doing hers with just the one arm (complete with tasteful evening handbag, of course).

i kid you not.

where on earth do they come up with this stuff?


Tuesday, January 01, 2019

snow campout

wheelers et al. headed out this past weekend for an overnighter at blewett pass.

this was supposed to be our first backpacking excursion as a family of six (plus friends), but as we were LITERALLY walking out the door, poor dallin vomited. we were thisclose to pulling a stupid, deciding it was a fluke, and going anyway, when he vomited again. so! we unpacked the car, made a few gear adjustments, repacked the car, and dallin and i waved goodbye whilst bryan drove away with the other three kids. 

(dallin remained very sick for the rest of the day, so we were glad we made the decision to stay home.)

here is the remainder of the adventure we missed:

the pulks loaded down before beginning the ascent. 

summer is a boss and pulled this pulk for a significant portion of the uphill journey.

warm and snuggly in the tent after playing in the snow past eight.
(note: it got dark at four.)

rise and shine! they survived the night!

the adventures of the next day included mostly sledding.

caleb and danton would have gladly sledded for six more hours.
they had no plans to return home.

bryan hearts snow camping, so we'll be up on the mountain again soon.
fingers crossed dallin and i can make it next time!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

wheelers, 2018

well. here we all are. moving on and growing up. 

posing for family pictures in the gorgeous fall colors of the pacific northwest and smiling real big like mom has promised us the rest of the day full of candy and minecraft if we do. (hint: she totally did.)

Thursday, December 27, 2018

chicago air and water show

ending our summer vacation with a bang! or more accurately, with the sweet, sweet booming sound of thunderous jet engines dancing (in formation!) through the sky at the chicago air and water show.

music to bryan's ears.

emily emerges--fully clothed and albeit, briefly--from her portable, uv-shielding vampire cave to mingle amongst the sunshine-dwelling masses.

 you know, just another day at the beach with one million of our closest friends.