A gal from our church was kind enough to do family photos for us at a moment's notice, and she did a GREAT job of keeping two toddlers entertained long enough to get some fun photos before losing the light. So here ya go!
We've had so much fun in the past week, it should almost be illegal!
The Beav's game was an absolute blast...and it didn't hurt that we won. In fact, we kept Cal from crossing the 50 yard line for the entire first half of the game and kept them from scoring until literally the last minute. The rain also held off except for about 10 minutes during half time. My parents parked their camper and utility trailer in a lot next to the rugby field, which is about 3 blocks from the football field. The trailer (complete with wall-to-wall carpet, coleman lantern, coleman heater, camp chairs, and twinkle lights) made a great place to tailgate both before and after the game, and then turned into Nathan and my hotel room for the night. Unfortunately, we forgot to take pictures of the set up, but we made some great new friends. It was definitely a night for the record books.
Nathan and my parents before the game, missing the beer...that rain gear is so sexy!
Me with Benny Beaver!
Nathan and his Dad.
Nathan and I.
We got back into town in enough time to take the boys to the Trick or Treat insanity on our main street here in Mac. It was...really crazy. They blocked off all of 3rd Street and the business owners gave handed out candy. Unfortunately, the entire thing turned into one really slow moving conga line up and down the street, with only 1 in 4 businesses giving out candy. So you would shuffle for about 5 minutes and then get a piece of candy, lather, rinse, repeat. Needless to say, with two toddlers, the level of entertainment wasn't quite high enough. We lasted about 20 minutes. Thankfully, we had a ton of fun trick or treating in the neighborhood later on in the evening with some of our neighbors, and the boys were ADORABLE in their monkey costumes.
They were a little confused about the idea of walking up to a stranger's door and asking for candy, but quickly caught on...after the 3rd house, Levi was running up to the door and holding up his bag. And let me tell you, they were NOT happy to get taken out of their costumes. They loved those things...in fact, they've taken up permanent residence in our living room.
I headed back to work for three days, and then today we decided to take advantage of one of the last rainless days (seriously, it's been 70 degrees here for the past three days...isn't it November?!) to take the boys to the beach. They haven't been there since last summer, when they didn't really understand what was going on. Today, despite a ton of fog, there was no wind and it was fairly warm out. We took some beach toys and the boys had a great time digging in the sand, filling buckets, dumping out the buckets, refilling the buckets, etc. Afterwards, we went to the Pelican Brewery and had one of the least stressful toddler-accompanied dinners we've had in a long time. A lot of it had to do with our waitress being AMAZING and putting in the boys' food order right away, so they had a constant flow of food to keep them occupied. It was a very enjoyable afternoon and evening with my beautiful family. Here's some pics (Asher's in the blue jacket, Levi in black).
Well, we got married in June, 2006.On Sunday, September 21st 2008 at 8:21 and 8:22 am, we welcomed our sons, Levi and Asher, into the world. They were born at 30 weeks 3 days and both weighed 3 lbs 2.5 oz. After a month and a half in the NICU at St. Luke's in Boise, the boys are finally home and we are settling in as a family. Even though they were born so early, both of the boys are doing amazingly well. We've been so blessed by the kindness and generosity of the people around us and only hope that someday we can return the favor. That is our life today...everything else is just details.