Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Eden turned 11

Eden knew exactly what she wanted for her birthday. On the actual day, we had our normal busy schedule but she wanted to go to TGI Friday's for dinner so we squeezed it in between Sam finishing work and her dance class and we just brought her presents to the restaurant.  She was most excited about the silicone baby she asked for from Grandma & Grandpa Astle.

I had to snap these pictures of her when I dropped her off at school that morning because she really did look older to me!

Facebook showed me this memory from her birthday in 1st grade, it was hard to believe that there had been 5 years between those photos.

This seems like a good time to post some other recent pictures of her and Sam from his camera, one time she went on a run with him and more pictures from the activity day sock hop.

She especially knew what she wanted for her party, well, she really wanted to go somewhere but she also wanted to invite a lot of friends and that was not in the budget so she planned her own party they way she wanted it. She made her own invitations on the computer and she decorated for her pajama evening party.  She decided she wanted to do one of those mystery dinners where she don't know what you are ordering and she came up with names from her friends even though she didn't know what foods they would be. She also planned for nail painting, surprise prop acting, the tape ball game, and the candy bar game.  Some of her friend left saying it was the best party ever so I think it was a success, at least Eden had a great time! Sam and Kolby helped prepare some of the food before they left to watch some fights, but Brady, Jordan and Tucker were huge helps. They finished preparing the food and served it over all the courses which was no easy task!  

Saturday, December 3, 2016

November Moments

One day after seminary Brady's tire just fell off!  Luckily he wasn't on the freeway, he had just left seminary for school with his carpool and something felt funny so he pulled into a parking lot and that's when it fell off. Luckily Sam had taught seminary that day so he was still there meeting with the area leader so he was able to run over and help.  Notice the groove on the ground!  It turns out the wrong lug-nuts were on the car and they stripped over time so Sam had to take a lug-nut from each of the other tires to put it back on.  That lead to another series of unfortunate car events which started with a tire repair and heater repair and went on to having Brady driving the car a few hundred feet at a time to pull over and let it cool down taking a long time to get back to the mechanic, and we ended up selling this car to CarMax and Sam got a Chevy Volt instead.

The usual award pictures!

Eden, Jordan and I went to see our friend Sam as Maurice in Beauty and the Beast.

I voted in this historic election and it was a hard decision!

Tucker was looking at the table that my great grandpa Astle made and wanted to know what it said underneath so he took a picture so I could read it to him, it says: Built By Great grandpa William L. Astle at the age of 100 years, Aug. 21, 1990

Sam always has fun interpreting at the Disney Marathons!

Eden took a picture of the sink to show me how well she cleaned it!

Waiting after church for tithing settlement

Piano recital and Eden also sang Tomorrow from Annie

 I thought their photo booth pictures from the dance were pretty funny!

 We all forgot that Jordan was speaking in Sacrament meeting until we arrived at church and saw his name on the program. He quickly looked at the talk he was speaking about and basically had to wing it and he did a great job. Anyone that heard he wasn't prepared didn't believe us after his talk! I made him take some pictures after to remember this day and one is with Ben, the other youth speaker.

Brady and Jordan got to go to a Friendsgiving dinner.

We went to the park with some friends and Eden brought her friend home with her while Tucker went with her brothers. The spent an hour sewing these little doll pillows.