Saturday, November 23, 2013

Police Station Field Trip

 Cub Scouts has been a great experience for Malachi and one reason is the special field trips we've been able to take. This past Thursday the boys got to visit the Greenfield Police Department and take a tour. They were able to see the entire station, including the jail, all the equipment policemen use, three different cars and have their fingerprints taken. Elliott was also excited to join in the fun. The only downfall of the trip was having to hold/carry Jonas for an hour and a half since it all was a little intimidating for the youngest Allsop!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thankful Tree

Sometimes I have a day that I can look back on and be proud of the fact that I accomplished something meaningful with the boys. It doesn't happen every day unfortunately, but the other day it did and that made me happy. We made a "thankful tree" together and posted it on the sliding glass door by our table. The boys then got to write things they are thankful for on paper leaves and glue them to the door. They had a blast doing this and even Jonas joined in. Malachi did all the writing and Elliott was very opinionated about where each leaf should be placed. It is fun to look at the leaves and see the things our boys thought of, everything from family and friends to glue and pranks. All in all it was a successful project and we still have a bowl of leaves that the boys can fill out and hang as more things come to mind!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

First Snow

This kid was so excited when he woke up and saw that everything was white outside. He barely got his socks and shoes on before he was out the door to play a little!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Star Wars Birthday

 We celebrated two special boys last night with a Star Wars party. Even though it was almost dark already when everyone got here we were able to have a Pod Race Relay and some Light Saber Duels to start the fun. We enjoyed hot dogs, chips and cake and the boys opened a few presents before heading to the basement to play. The picture above shows most of our kiddos, but believe it or not some didn't even make the picture (I think there were 20 total)! We are so blessed with an amazing family and group of friends and very thankful to all those who helped us celebrate. Elliott and Jack had a great time!

Friday, November 8, 2013

First Quarter Assembly

 One quarter done! Malachi received perfect attendance and all A's for the first grading period. We are very proud of him and hope he can continue to work hard throughout the rest of the year!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Happy 4th Birthday!

  Our middle man is four! It was so much fun on Monday morning to watch him come out of his room and see the balloons and presents on the kitchen table. "I bet I know what all that is for! Mine birfday!" He was so excited, although he did have some trouble understanding that he is already four even though his party isn't until Saturday and he can't read yet. Elliott is so much fun and everyone who knows him can tell you what a joy he is to be around. He's funny, thoughtful, helpful, energetic, independent and kind. We are so proud of the little boy he is and have big hopes for what's ahead of him! 

Happy 4th birthday, Elliott Bruce. We love you!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Trick or Treat 2013

"This is the best night EVER!" -Elliott, last Saturday while we were trick or treating.

Our friends, Amy and Eli, continued their tradition and invited some of us to join them for trick or treat in their neighborhood. We are so thankful that we not only had a safe place to go and allow the kids to run along at their own pace, but also that we were able to spend the evening with friends. As you can see, there were quite a few kids we were following around! The big boys had a blast and came home with more candy than they'll be allowed to eat in a year and Jonas was happy to go to a house, get a treat and ride until he finished it and then start over. Definitely a fun night for all!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy Halloween

 Although the weather messed up our trick or treating plans, Malachi and Elliott had fun dressing up yesterday for Halloween. I took Elliott and Kylee with me to the school while I volunteered at the Halloween carnival and they had lots of fun being "big kids." Malachi has been so excited about his Darth Vader costume but then decided not to wear the helmet during the costume parade because it was pulling his hair and he couldn't see very well! Jonas didn't even get to put his costume on, but trick or treat was rescheduled for Saturday so I'll have an updated picture of all the boys after that.