Tuesday, November 30, 2010


We traveled to my sister Jessica's in North Carolina for Thanksgiving. It is a 7 hour drive and on the way down it took us about 9 hours because the traffic was crazy!! But we made it there and it was a really great trip.

I was determined to get a family picture taken by my niece Katie for our Christmas card. She is a really talented photographer and it was a nice fall day at the park.
We stayed at the park and played for a little while too.

My niece Katie



Dinner was awesome! I have said it before, but she is a wonderful cook. So I was surprised that she bought Bob Evans mashed potatoes and didn't make her own. They were great, I don't think I will ever make homemade mashed potatoes again.
The kids table

This is what happens after you eat Turkey (haha)

The spread! (Trey looks a little worried)

We also went to see the movie 'Tangled' when we were there. If you haven't seen this one, go see it!!

The drive home was much nicer than the drive there. Thanks for having us Otto Family!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Halloween pumpkin carving and Trick-O-Treating

So here is the mandatory pumpkin carving and trick or treating post. We always have the missionaries from our church over for dinner and then to carve pumpkins. It's always interesting to see how competitive the missionaries get when carving a pumpkin.

Elder Davis is making plans for their pumpkin and Elder Hill is carving it.

I don't think Don or I were really into the carving thing this year, we decided to make homemade pizza for dinner and it was alot more work then we had anticipated, so we let the kids just do their own thing, with supervision of course.(man that was a long sentence!) So what we got was the simple triangle eyes and nose with a jagged mouth, but the kids loved doing it themselves.

Emma is always so goofy

I just realized that I didn't get a picture of Treys finished pumpkin!! Oh well, this one is pretty good.

So on to Halloween.

To relay the same sentiments my sister Sarah had, "This was the week that never ended!" We had 3 Halloween parties, the school party and parade, the Cumberland parade that Emma and Trey were in for football. They had a float in the parade for the Cumberland Raiders. Trunk or Treat Friday night and then trick or treating in our neighborhood on Saturday night. So we had several days of getting dressed up. Here are the pics of the kids:

Emma as a 50's/poodle skirt girl

Leah as a flapper

Chase was a gorilla

So Trey came up with his own costume this year and he said he was a vampire/goth guy?? Not so sure, but he looked scary.

So I do love comments, so maybe tell me what your kids dressed up as. Also, do you dress up? I have never really gotten into that, but I think next year I will. I think my kids would really love it.

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

More Football!

Sorry guys about the lack of blogging, but I was gently nudged by a friend that I needed to blog more. I know I do, but the last thing I want to do at the end of day is have to think and be creative. So anyway, I am going to play catch up and try to fill you all in our happenings.

So football season ended and we finally have our evenings back!! We all had a great time and we look forward to next year. The head coach asked Don to be the new Head Coach for next year. His son is moving on to middle school and will no longer be on the pee wee league. I'm pretty sure he is beyond thrilled for the opportunity.

Trey has fallen in love with Football and I am really sick of it. It's cute, but he constantly asks me if I think he can play football in the NFL. Of course, I tell him yes, but on the other hand, should I burst his bubble and let him know the reality of it all?? He loves to play Madden 11 on his PS3 and will alternate between that and then running outside to play football by himself. He has notebooks filled with football plays. It's pretty cute, but if anyone knows Trey he gets stuck on one thing and can't seem to focus on anything else.

Here are some pictures of Trey playing football. He is #83

Emma also has enjoyed Cheering and it was fun being her coach. Sometimes the drama of the little girls got on my nerves, but I enjoyed spending time with her.

Here is some pictures of her in a stunt:

And finally some pictures of the season:

Coach Don

Trey with his best friend Aaron

Emma and her friend Payton

This is before the last game, so Trey had a 'sad' face