Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Awana Games 2015

This is the only year in Awana that Keenan and Moriah will both be in Sparks at the same time. They were super excited to compete in the annual Awana Games against five other church's teams on Saturday!

The gym was super awesome!
(It had a running track, pool and raquetball courts)
It must be a church/school

 Our team coming in

 Very serious while he waits

  I love Riah's kneepads! =)

 All ready to start, facing off with two other teams

 Ready for the first game, the Sparky Crawl

 There they go!

 Three teams, coming from all directions have to crawl across the floor, into each other and come out on the other side of the court first!

 Mayhem

 Go Keenan!

 Moriah grabs the pin first!

 Racing around the circle in Sparky Safari

 Go Keenan, don't drop those animals!

 Baloon Battle - each team has to keep the balloon from hitting the floor in their section

 Team huddle

 Rabbit hunt (their team was in the middle for "dodge ball" and the other teams threw balls at them)

 Moriah on her team for Sparky train

 Five kids have to hold onto a pool noodle and be the first to get their team around the circle

 Keenan's turn

 Balloon Pop - they pass a balloon between their legs to the last person, who has to sit on the balloon and pop it before the other teams!

With their whole team
Third place out of six teams!

Fun stuff!   I told Philip maybe I shouldn't watch next year, because watching the score board makes me so stressed out!  Ha! =)

Off to Kansas City!



















Monday, March 30, 2015

New Baby for Rob and Ada!

I'm an Aunt again for the 11th time! =) Rob and Ada welcomed their fourth child, Olivia Judith Ann into their family!   Her middle names are after my mom, which is extra special. =)

Here's the cutie

With her big brothers and sister =)

Congratulations, Rob and Ada!    Can't wait to meet her this summer!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Keenan's Board Game Themed Birthday Party

Keenan chose a board game (well game, but mostly board game) theme for his party and it was really fun to set up!

I thought it would be fun to put out pictures of Keenan at different ages (the one on the left is one of my favorites ever!)

We have so many games they were everywhere!

I used pieces from a bunch of different games to top the cupcakes


Scrabble Birthday message

Uno Stacko tower

The weather was so nice, the kids spent most of their time outside...

Jade and Xavier playing corn hole (that is Xavier's bag in mid air)

Jade's throw

Pretty girls

Food table, served up on various game boards

Veggies on Chess

Tomatoes in Battle Ships

Grapes on Parcheesi (?)


There were supposed to be a few other kids at the party, but they couldn't make it.  Here's the crew =)

Keenan was so happy to have Jade and Eden back in town for his party!

Cupcake and Happy Birthday time!


Keenan asked for Cookies and Cream cupcakes, a first for me.

They were so good and had an Oreo baked into the bottom!

A cool motorcycle model from Tam

He got a super cool Costa Rican soccer jersey from the Pennys.  I'm sure you'll see it on here soon.

When I went to kiss the kids before I went to bed, I found the boys like this! =)

Eagle Valley Raptor Center

Yesterday morning we went to the kids' friend, Jonah's birthday party at a center for rescued birds of prey.   It was awesome!   They take in 150 birds a year.    They have been shot, hit by cars etc.  Most are rehabilitated and released back into the wild.

I don't remember the name of this tiny owl
Editor's Note: Joia, I know you don't believe me, but I'm 99% sure he said it was a Screech Owl.

This one is a Barred Owl
(he was my favorite because he was so cute and just looked so intently at his owner the whole time he was talking)

Silly kid

Great Horned Owl

The kids checking out the contents of some owl pellets

Jawbone of a mouse

Shoulder blade

Lunchtime!

He gulped this down whole in a matter of seconds!

Just the mouse's tail sticking out =)

Trying to get 10 kids to smile into the sun (not my idea) in front of a massive eagle's nest was not very successful

Moriah having a tug of war with a vulture over a mouse =)



Keenan's ready with his mouse


Huge Golden Eagle with a wing span of 7 feet!

Brandon (the birthday boy's dad) got to hold a mouse,
call "Hannah,"

...and she flew to his arm!

I saw more mouse guts that day than I ever need to see =)


Here, the owner threw a mouse in the air in front of us (you can just barely see it at the edge of the frame at the top of the picture)...
...and Hannah flew from the other end of the enclosure and caught it in mid air!

The eagle on the right here lives with him permanently and the one at the rear (on the left) is a wild one that is nearly ready to be released back into the wild.   He had us stay at this end of the enclosure, so as to not get the wild one used to people.

Such an amazing bird!

Pouncing on a mouse he threw on the ground

In flight back to his perch

The wild one got a little agitated and flew to our end of the enclosure and swooped around (nearly touching several of the adults) and actually brushed Moriah and Tam with it's wing!    She was a little startled at first, but then was pretty excited to have been touched by a wild bald eagle! =)

The birthday boy!