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  1. silas’ 4th birthday

    January 18, 2011 by sholdren

    We had a little birthday party for Silas yesterday, and we also had a little celebration on his real birthday, a few days ago. Here are some pics and video of it:

    Kids at Silas’ birthday party!

    Silas opening presents.

    Silas cupcakes with the number 4 on them.

    The food!

    The streamers we put up!

    The “Kirby’s Epic Yarn” cake I made for Silas, on his actual birthday.

    We had a great time at Silas’ party yesterday! It is always fun having people over, and I think the kids had a fun time too!

  2. musical birthday

    January 2, 2011 by sholdren

    Happy New Year, everyone! Looking forward to all the adventures that await us in 2011!

    Yesterday was my birthday, and I had a nice time with Brian and the kids. We went out a bit, hung out around the house, opened presents from family, and also got a bucket of “All Lovin’ No Oven” icecream from Coldstone Creamery. Here are some pictures of what I got from Brian and the kids:

    Pretty tulips in a pot, a lovely card, and a bag of gummies – my favorite! I will try to keep the tulips alive so I can plant them in the spring.

    Me with my new classical guitar from Brian and the kids! I played guitar a little before I got married, but not much. I really want to learn fingerpicking style, so I’m excited to get started on that!

    The kids and I. Brianna loves the piano, as well as Silas, and Silas also loves the ukulele. I’ve given him one uke lesson so far, and it was about how to play the C chord.

    I got some other awesome gifts from family, which I also really love!

    Happy New Year!

  3. turkey day

    November 26, 2010 by sholdren

    Yesterday we celebrated Thanksgiving with family and friends at our house. We also celebrated Brianna’s 2nd birthday!

    We had a wonderful time, and all the food was fantastic! We all made different things from the menu. Every single dish was delicious!

    The Thanksgiving table. The sliced bread is made by my sister-in-law, Kim, using her new bread maker. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pics of the table with all the food.

    Silas with a big bowl of turkey broth I took from the roasting pan, ready to be made into gravy!

    The delicious, delicious turkey!

    My “Zesty Festiva Cheez Whiz Ball”. Everyone loved it.

    Here is us singing Happy Birthday to Brianna, and her singing a song too:

    Brianna’s birthday cupcakes.

    Brianna with her giggling doll from Grandma & Grandpa. She likes it.

    Brianna enjoying her new sandwich maker kit from Uncle Terrill & Tante Stephy, Esther, Heidi & Elliott.

    Brianna with her “girl” sock monkey from Silas. Silas has a regular sock monkey, which he loves too.

    A doll she got from Uncle Sam & Aunt Kimmy & the boys. You fill it with warm water, and it feels more like a real baby.

    The kitchen we got Brianna. Both her and Silas love it, and will spend many hours playing with it, I’m sure.

    The homemade caramel apples we gave out before everyone left. My sister gave me this recipe, and it’s awesome.

    Brianna and Zachary in the car.

    Fun was had by all!

  4. b-day video

    October 13, 2010 by sholdren

    I didn’t video much of Brian’s birthday, but here’s a little tiny video of it, for your enjoyment:

  5. birthday brigade

    October 10, 2010 by sholdren

    Last week was Brian’s birthday! We went out to eat at Brian’s favorite Mexican restaurant, El Campesino, and then came back home for birthday cake and present-opening.

    Brian and Silas after blowing the candles out together. I let Silas pick the frosting color, so I had to make it purple!

    Brianna and I celebrating!

    Silas helping Brian open his presents.

    Brian with some of his presents from my parents. He loves visors, so they searched high and low for an “Alaska” one, while they were there on a cruise, and eventually found one!

    Brianna wearing Brian’s new visor!

    A couple weeks ago, when I asked Silas what he wanted to get Brian for his birthday, he said “a lion toy”. So, that’s exactly what Silas got him! I love Silas’ wide-eyed expression whilst looking at the lion.

    Brian and Silas playing with the party blowers! Silas is about to laugh in this picture. 🙂

    Yay for fun family times!

  6. william andrew hoyer

    March 30, 2010 by sholdren

    I would like to announce the birth of my newest nephew, William Andrew Hoyer, on March 25th! He is such a cutie, and quite the little chunker, being born at 9 lb 11 ounces. I just love him, and can’t wait to meet him!


    William with Mommy (Natasha), Daddy (Andrew) and his big sister, Charlotte!

  7. Silas turns three!

    January 28, 2010 by sholdren

    We celebrated Silas’ 3rd birthday earlier this month, but my camera was still in Canada, so we took video using our hi8 video camera. Now that I know how to transfer hi8 onto my computer, I can show you some of the footage!

    Happy Birthday, Silas! You’re my big boy, my sweetheart, my buddy, and I love you so much. xoxo

  8. 10th Wedding Anniversary

    January 16, 2010 by sholdren

    Yesterday was mine and Brian’s 10th Anniversary!!! It’s hard to believe we’ve been married ten years. It seems like such a long time, but it has flown by. Yesterday evening we ate out at El Campesino, a Mexican restaurant.

    We’re thinking of going on a mini vacation without the kids, in honor of our 10th anniversary, but that won’t be till I’m done nursing Brianna (which will probably be this month), and when my parents come visit, so they can watch the kids. 🙂 So our mini vacation won’t be for a few months, but that’s okay, because it’s nicer to take a vacation when the weather is nicer anyway.

    By the way, I didn’t blog about this, but Silas turned 3 years old a few days ago. I forgot my camera in Edmonton, so I couldn’t take any pics, but I did get a video with my video camera. I just have to figure out how to transfer it onto my computer. I think I need a fire wire or something.

    I should be getting my camera in the mail any day now. Well, that’s it for now!

  9. Thanksgiving Birthday Party

    November 27, 2009 by sholdren

    Today is Brianna’s 1st birthday! Happy Birthday, Brianna!!!

    Yesterday, we had Thanksgiving at our house, and also had a little party for Brianna. We had over Brian’s parents and Sam & Kim & the boys. I’ll post a bunch of pics on Facebook later, but here are a few for now:

    Brianna with her first birthday cake! It was confetti cake with cream cheese frosting.

    All 11 of us gathered around the Thanksgiving table. We had dinner buffet-style because there was hardly any room for food on the table.

    At the end of dinner, Silas entertained us with some lovely playing and singing.

    My homemade caramel apples!

    Brianna opening her presents. She got so many nice things! Thank you, everyone!

    The birthday girl fell asleep in my lap. She even dropped her little baby biscuit she was eating. Here she’s wearing her new Robeez shoes from my Mom. I think they’re adorable.

    Silas looking at the Christmas tree after everyone left. He’s really into Christmas and snow right now.

    Silas and Brianna getting ready for bed! Nighty-night!

  10. luau

    October 13, 2009 by sholdren

    Last weekend we were at a luau, celebrating the 16th birthday of Katie Sanchez from our church. It was lots of fun, the food was awesome, the decorations were lovely, and there was even a piñata that looked like a pig!

    Silas, Brian and I at the luau.

    The Sanchez family. From left to right: Katie (the b-day girl), Natie, Joi, Angel and Zoe (with the lei in her hair.)

    Kim and I feeding Brianna maple baby puffs that taste like Waffle Crisp cereal.

    Silas about to hit the piñata!

    I love theme parties!