Monday, December 14, 2015

Christmas Program week/Broken Foot

Carter and Avery had their Christmas program on Tuesday last week. It was super cute. These are out of order obviously, but my Mom's friend Maureen was there taking pictures for the school district. She sent these to Dad's email. They are much better quality than what I got with my camera! There is Avers middle front. She looked beautiful in her Christmas dress from last year.
They did a cool song called "Hip Hop Reindeer" where they wore sunglasses. Teague liked the beat a lot. She got pushed back a little in the afternoon program, but she did a great job!
Carterman was super easy to find! He decided to wear his bright yellow Puma polo. He looked great!
He also did 3 songs and was much more energetic in the afternoon program. Guess he just needed some lunch!
He totally was hamming it up for the camera. He did a good job balancing too. It was his first day at school with the walking boot...you'll see that soon.
This is what happens when you make a 4 year old sit through 4 Christmas programs at Emerson (Ave had morning and afternoon k-2nd; Carter had morning and afternoon 3-6th!)
Now back to the beginning of the week. On Monday I got a call from Emerson at about 10:30. Carter had fallen playing a game at recess and said his foot was really hurting. I came and got him and gave Mom a call at Montana Orthopedics. She got us in with Dr. Gallagher. To be honest, I thought he might be being dramatic. He could move his ankle all around, and it wasn't swollen. Mother of the Year alert: I was wrong! He had three broken bones on the middle top of his foot. He is in a walking boot for 4-6 weeks. He's a trooper though as you can see by the picture.
He likes the look of his black and yellow boot anyway!
He was cheered up by meeting Duke, Abbey's new Chihuahua puppy. Duke is quite a little maniac. He is very cute though, and the kids absolutely love him.
Now some pictures from my phone at the program. This is Ave and her buddy Autumn waiting to go up on stage for the finale. They are goofy.
There is my broken foot boy. Everyone asked if he matched his boot to his shirt. It was just a happy accident!
I tried to get a picture after school. The morning was just too hectic. Laney really wanted to be part of it. She misses us when we are gone!
There's a nice one!
Just the two dressed up kids and their buddy.
Avery asked Santa at the Festival of Trees for an elf on the shelf. Kyle and I thought that wouldn't be very fun because then she would go away right after Christmas. She wrote a letter to Santa asking for one to watch them and make sure they were good before Christmas. Two days later, a girl elf was on the couch! Ave named her Emily. Then she read the book out loud to her brothers. Now we know all the rules about Emily.
Teague had his daycare Christmas party on Thursday night. Grandma Burgman ordered him this tie, and he loves it! He was super excited to wear it!
He was giving me a lot of fake smiles before we left. He was excited though to sing for us.
There is a terrible picture of him up on stage waving to me. Kyle took a video, but it was really hard to see him. A bunch more kids ended up in front of him. Made me kind of sad. It's his last one! He sang Rudolph, Jingle Bells, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas.
Enjoying some dessert afterwards.
Do you see how proud of his tie he was? It had to be front and center!
Santa was there! They were not shy at all with him this year.
He's third from the left in this one. I took it from Facebook.
We made cookies on Saturday. This gingerbread howling wolf got a little messed up because the dough was really soft. Mom turned it into a cat with an itchy butt! Not intentionally of course, but we laughed and laughed!
Teague's painful smile. He did a pretty good job decorating.
Ave did a fantastic job. She stayed and helped until the vey end.
Carter decorated two, ate them, and was done for the night. He hasn't been sleeping great though. That boot wakes him up when he turns in bed.
Kyle made some delicious frosting as usual. We had many colors to chose from.
Mom and Teague. I caught them working. Mom, Kyle, Avery, and I laughed and laughed all night. We made some beautiful cookies.
If you zoom in on these, some are very interesting. We have dinosaurs, wolves, shamrocks, giraffes, Spidermen, etc...along with some traditional Christmas cookies. They taste great too!
They did help roll and cut out all the cookies. Another successful batch! I still have to do Spritz sometime this week.
Lastly Teague has been being pretty good about getting himself ready to go - coat, gloves, and boots are good to go. He keeps putting this Mohawk hat on sideways though, and it always makes me laugh! Hope everyone is enjoying the Christmas season!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Christmas Stroll - It's December!

This is a very short post. I didn't take a lot of pictures this week. We did make it up to the Festival of Trees though on Friday night. I took a picture of this tree just for Lincoln. I know how he loves Toy Story! The theme was movies this year. There were a lot of really cute trees; some were Frozen, Elvis, Westerns, Charlie Brown, etc...
Mom's office decorated a Polar Express tree. It was super cute. It has a conductor's hat and gloves on the top that I (being the professional photographer that I am) completely cut off. There were tons of little details on it. People really liked it. The bid was up to $450 when we were there!
There was a light projector outside the building. These guys loved it!
Auntie Terri and I took them for some Hot Cocoa afterwards. Kyle was patrolling at the Stroll, and Mom and Dad were at Butte High for the boys' and girls' basketball scrimmages. This coffee shop is so cute and cozy.
Ave spent Saturday morning dancing with Godzilla. She is weird, but in a good way.
Teague likes someone to help him brush his teeth. He asked Ave on Saturday. They were both laughing so hard! I had to come take a picture.
I told Avery we were going to try to take a picture all together for a Christmas Card. She brought over these "disco pants" to possibly wear. Then she yelled "DJ Hey What's In the House Y'all!" I never really know what's going on in her brain.
We helped Mom and Dad decorate their house this weekend. It was tough. Lots of memories of Kyle, but that's how it should be. It looks very festive though, and the kids loved it. Teague was quite happy to find his T ornament. He also collected all the "Pretties" to hang up. I'm glad he didn't call them "Precious" I guess! I don't want my baby to be like Gollum!
Carter found my second grade bell to hang up. It always has a special place on the tree. That mushroom cut was one of my better looks for sure!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

We had a busy week. Monday after we picked up Ave from tumbling, we went straight to my friend Alicia's parents' house. She was in town for a week, and it was great to see her. Her kids are getting so big. Bryson, who will be 2 on December 30th, loved Teague. Teague was very good about sharing too!
Brooklyn is 4. She thought Avery was really cool. They played together very well and talked about all things Disney.
On Tuesday, Jamie, Nicole, Liam, and Austin came over for a playdate. The kids had a blast, and so did we. We decided we need to do this once a month. Cousins pledge!
Carter was about ready for bed as you can see. The kids had a lot of fun though!
Laney is doing her best to keep Avery warm. It has been quite frigid here!
Carter brought this home from school. It was his technology assignment. He was really proud of his first acrostic poem! His favorite part was changing the text color at the top and finding a blue turkey sticker. He's the sweetest.
Heading up to Sunburst for Thanksgiving. The roads were okay on the way up, but there was the weirdest low fog.
3 Good looking kids on Thanksgiving.
All the Barsness cousins. They get along great! We are always happy to see Breanne, Colt, and Kaden.
Teague and Kaden are good buddies. They had a lot of fun with these felt scenes that Grandma Diana had for them.
She also had some new books. Avery and Carter each read one of these fairy tale stories told from different perspectives. For example, the evil Stepmother told her side of Cinderella. They were cute.
All kids bond over Minecraft!
Teague loves a tiny notebook. He was drawing Star Wars scenes here and showing them to Avery. He was laughing about his General Grievous I think.
Ave's note to me, and my reply. She's a goofball.
Teague was quite impressed with Grandma Diana's chocolate roll. He loved it as much as Kyle always does! Everything was delicious up there!
On Saturday the weather got a little warmer - 45 degrees! It was perfect for playing outside at the farm. Lady absolutely loves kids. She followed these guys everywhere!
Teague trying to sneak a piece away from Lady. She liked to break the big hunks.
I love this picture. 3 nice smiles!
Carter throwing a big snowball for Lady. She was really good at catching them and breaking them up.
She loves the snow!
I went over to Phil and Mary Jo's to visit my old buddy Josie. She is getting old, but she was thrilled to see everyone.
Mmm...Grandma Bonnie's caramel rolls are one of my favorite things. These guys enjoyed them too! Callie served them up. She surprised everyone by driving over after the Griz game started. The South Dakota team stayed at her hotel. We were all happy to see her!
Now back out to the snow!
Ave liked the unbroken snow.
Then she worked for UPS. This was her computer.
The Cut Bank Barsness's made it out there a bit later. Still plenty of time for Kaden to play though.
Luckily Auntie Ali brought snowpants for all my kids. The one thing I forgot to pack! Thanks Ali! Teague looked awesome in these Carhardts.
Two silly little boys.
Carterman was building his own little fort. Then Colten came out, and they explored the whole farm together.
Me and my girl and some sunshine. It was a beautiful day!
5 kids and a dog having fun on a snow pile.
Teague's face is hilarious in this one! He's still a little wary of big dogs. Carter is totally tipped over. He wanted Lady to kiss his face...she did! Thanks everyone. We had a very nice visit.
We came back on Sunday and figured we might as well get our Christmas stuff out. These guys were ready with the first ornaments.
I love Christmas decorations. These guys were awesome about the tree this year too. They did the whole thing!