Monday, December 1, 2008


Late in coming, but here are a few pictures from Halloween.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Blaine turns 5!!!!!!!!

This is from the Friday night celebration. He wanted a carrot cake, but not and actual carrot cake. So it is a vanilla cake decorated to look like a carrot cake!
Here is Blaine putting the birthday candles on the wall cake at school. Very exciting to be 5! Blaine and Mrs. Franzen just finished making his super-duper birthday crown. And we thought Aunt Agnes' were fancy!

Today is Blaine's birthday and we have had 3 whole days of celebration. His school celebration was on Thursday, and there was no way he was going to believe that Thursday was not his actual birthday! On Friday, the Andrews came over for a big feast of spaghetti and broccoli and Blaine opened his presents. And today (the actual day) we are going to Shawna's and the Lego Store. Everything Blaine wanted to do! A perfect 5 year old birthday.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Reyes/Andrew Sleepover

Madeline and Anna were holding Lillian hostage in bed.

Madeline and Jack came over last night for a slumber party. This morning Jack said to Blaine, "My bertday is gonna be soon." Blaine said, "Mine, too. On Sadooday. (It's not on Saturday.) I going to be 5." Then Jack said, " And then we will be 6 in a lotta days."

Jack continued, "My mom said that we are going to Rainy Lake every sumoo. Do you know what they have thayo (there) , Blaine? Soda!" Blaine said, "I want ta go dare!" "You know what else they have?" , Jack asked. " What?" "Wadoo.!" (Water)
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Friday, June 20, 2008


On Tuesday, June 10th, we swam in the pool and then ventured out to a natural spring just outside of Orlando. It was rather scarry to swim across the deep hole where the spring water was coming out, but we did it! Anna and Lyle even swam down into the spring!!

We headed out to the Magic Kingdom on Wednesday, June 11th, after relaxing at the condo on Tuesday. The first stop was the Haunted Mansion and we hit all the favorite rides....Buzz Lightyear for Blaine, Space Mountain for Lyle and Bruce, and Splash Mountain for Anna. We started the day running, and never stopped. Well, except for Blaine, who found a comfy place to rest while we were having lunch. He pushed a few chairs together and decided to sleep for a while! Good thing, we were at the park until 11 pm!!
It was a really long and exhausting day!

Summer Vacation

WOW! What a vacation. We started by going to the Donner Swim Meet down in Columbus, IN. It was at a fun outdoor pool. Lyle swam the 200 Free on Friday night, June 6th (he was supposed to swim the 200 IM as well, but for some reason they didn't have him listed for that event) and both Anna and Lyle swam on Saturday. There were major thunderstorms all morning, but they cleared out long enough for the afternoon session to take place. They both swam very well, cutting time in almost every event. I found out today (June 20th) that after we left on Saturday night, there were major floods around Columbus and alot of the swimmers had a hard time getting out of the city. Those who stayed at the Holiday had to be evacuated to a school..... we were blessed for not swimming on Sunday!

Lyle is the swimmer at the top of the screen.

It was a long, hot day for Blaine, but he was a trooper!

This kept everyone busy while we were waiting for the thunder and lightening to quit.

Left to Right: Gary Kostbade, Chase Pickford, Lyle, Ashley Pickford.

So we made it home without too many flood induced diversions, packed, went to Sacrament Meeting on Sunday and then headed off to O'Hare. We arrived safely to find cancelled flights and huge lines of disgruntled passengers. We decided to hop back into the car, drive to Cincinnati and then fly from there. We had a pleasant, surprisingly fast trip down to Cincinnati......we were just biting back at the Universe all day long! We found a great Hotel, were able to park for $10 for the two weeks (an unbelievable bargain) and made it out of
Cincinnati without a hitch on Monday morning. The Marriott's were very good to us in Orlando and we had a great time. Even the hour and half sales pitch that we had to sit through was bearable.....and we learned a few things to help us with our own time share. (We never did mention that we were Disney Vacation Club Members, and felt that we were being a little deceiving. Not enough to tell.)

We went paddle boating on the ameoba-ridden lake!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008