Saturday, November 24, 2012


Elyse turned 13 on Friday.  For dinner she chose Bulgogi, Butterbeer, Root Beer, and Cheesecake w/strawberries.  On a recent trip to Jelly Belly, she found Harry Potter style jelly beans.  Here is the chocolate frog, flavored jelly beans (vomit, dirt, earthworm, black pepper, watermelon, cherry, blueberry, etc.).

Jaden giving the jelly beans a try.
Grace not sure if she likes it...
Dad had a brilliant of putting together two puzzles.  The guys against the girls.  Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.  Although, the guys puzzle was VERY HARD to do.

The guys being good sports!
Everyone giving it a go, including little ones...
 The birthday girl with Grace.  Anxious for presents!
Opening...(with Micah cheating - we called a truce on the puzzle making while presents were opened...
Jaden getting involved.
Yeah!  Her boots!
I think she likes them...
The girls finished their puzzle in record time.
Elyse showing off her work...
Now the girls are helping the guys finish theirs.
Butterbeer for Elyse's birthday!
The first sip is amazing.  After Luke's first ship he said, "Oh, I like it."  Second sip, "I think I'm going to throw up."
Don't try this at home!
Elyse didn't even like it and it was her "Harry Potter" choice.
Ava - our gymnast.
After the picture, she said, "Ouch!"
Jaden loved playing game cube with Uncle Zachary...
Zelda helping Micah and Dan-O play a computer game.
JJAJANG BOP (wonderful, made by Emily and Dan)
Three die-hards trying to finish the boys puzzle.

 Everyone votes to throw out the guys' puzzle.  It is way too hard.

Thursday, November 22, 2012


A new Rumley tradition:  5K Turkey Trot.  Some walked, some ran & walked, some actually ran the whole way.

Dad made a route for the distance (5K) and made a map for everyone.  I stayed behind with Ava.  We took pictures as they came in and we were the timers.  The times are below each picture.  Dan was the fastest, but he took a wrong turn, so we aren't supposed to use his time.  Dan also ran back to meet up with the next runner.  So, he actually ran more than anyone.

Betsey came with a "pilgrim" outfit.  I tried to get a good picture, but you will have to use your imagination with this one. 

The gang before the race.

Jaden was upset when we tried to get him to wear this hat!

And they're off!

Emily made everyone a racers' bib.  We each chose our favorite number.

Ava keeping her balance.

Ava must have made 20 trips back and forth.

First place - Dan – 21:31:81 (but Dan would admit that he cheated, he made a wrong turn)

Second place - Zachary – 22:02:42 (actually first place)

Third place - Emily – 30:24:83

Fourth place - Micah – 30:57:10


Fifth place - Betsey – 31:59:46

Sixth place - Luke – 32:01:27

Luke almost throwing up...
Seventh place - Dad – 59:26:78 (walking)

Eighth place - Elyse & Grace – 1:04:35 (complete walking)

Ninth place - Lacey & Jaden – 1:05:42 (complete walking)

(Ava stayed with me at the finish line – Caleb quit and came back early

It was fun watching them run/walk.  I guess this is our new yearly tradition.  We missed you, Tobin Erin & Bristol.  Maybe next year you can run with us.

Friday, November 02, 2012

HE DID IT!!!!!

Zachary got his first report card - EVER!  You can't see the grades, but he did really well.  His 1st quarter's grade point is 4.17.  Yep, on a four-point scale.

Tonight was pizza/movie night.  Zachary got the red plate.

Good job, Zachary!!!!!