Monday, April 7, 2014

Fun in the Sun!

The Lichty Family finally headed to the sun after a LOOOOONG winter.  Q was temporarily taken off of the Federal "No Fly" list.  She, of course, was dressed for the occasion!  Other than deciding she wanted to start potty training mid flight (she always had perfect timing), she actually did pretty well on the flight!

We got to Gold Canyon just in time to celebrate Grandma Ann's birthday!
 One day we went to Scottsdale to log some serious pool time with the Larson and Hoffman families (minus Dave and Mike).  Matt liked being with "The Housewives of the West Metro".
Lots of fun hikes and GEO-Caching!
 A trip to the ghost town.  It was a little windy but we were just happy that the wind didn't involve a chill below zero!


Always a Diva!  For some reason she was loving all the birds.  There was one on the neighbors house and Q was yelling at the bird " careful!  Get down birdy!".

 Mommy and Daddy were able to get in two (yes, TWO) rounds of golf!
 One of Harrison's highlights was a ATV ride in the dessert!
 Q had a favorite ride of her own...Grandpa's golf cart!  (I think it was because he drove her threw the McDonalds Drive through in it to get ice cream!)
 At the Botanical Gardens, the kids learned about telling time with the sun.

 Harrison's longest hike...Silly Mountain!  It was quite the challenge for a 5 year old to get to the top.  I was proud of him!
 The week was capped off with a birthday cake for mommy. While a snow storm dropped 10 inches of snow back home, we enjoy 80 degrees and sun.  Not a bad way to celebrate!
Some memorable quotes from the trip:
Mommy: We got you a surprise treat for the plane.
Harrison: Is it relish?
(Note: It was not was gummy bears.)

The car alarm was going off.
Dad: Did you press the car alarm button?
Harrison: Yes
Dad: Why would you do that?
Harrison: Daddy, you know I am a very curious boy.

Mommy: What was your favorite part of the trip?
Harrison: Happy hour.
(Note: We discussed hiking and ATV rides were actually his favorite part....particularly when they ask at school.)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Quick Trip to DC!

Harrison and Mommy did a weekend trip to visit the DC uncle and aunt and celebrate a certain uncle's 40th birthday!

A quick check of the cockpit!
 Since we have been below zero for the majority of the last 2 months, the 40's and 50's in DC felt so good!  We walked the mall and went to the Air and Space Museum, American History and Natural History museums.

Cousins Beth and Beatrix met up with us!  Beatrix and Harrison were two peas in a pods! Harrison did his first sleep over at their house too so mommy could enjoy a FANTASTIC dinner with Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt and Uncle.

 We walked the monuments and memorials on Sunday.

 So these pics aren't from DC but I am a little slow in blog updates.  Before we left, there was actually an evening that the kids could actually play outside!!!!

 Harrison and daddy wrapped up their regular season hockey.  Not sure who had more fun!
 Celebrating Mardi Gras! Our friends the Thornton's threw a fun Mardi Gras party. Harrison liked the King's Cake the best!
 It has been too cold for ski school but the boys did get out for an evening ski. Hopefully March bring some better weather!
Valentines Day party with one of my loves!  I was in charge of the smoothy station at Harrison's class party.  Fun to see him in his school environment.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Little Miss Q

Quinn's ear tubes and adenoid surgery seems to be doing the trick.  She is sleeping better and she obviously is feeling better.  It is fun to watch her personality continue to emerge!  I keep reminding myself that her stubborn and feisty personality will serve her well in life.  She is very funny girl with her own sense of style! She pretty much insists on picking our her own clothes most days.  Most days we are impressed with what she puts together, other days, we just go with it. If you ask her how old she is, she rarely says 2, typically it is "5" or today she said she was "8".  She's growing so fast I am not ready for her to skip to 5! 

 She loves her hats!  Of course, she likes crowns most of all....surprising,  I know.

 You would think we didn't keep our house at 70+ degrees...
 She didn't want to wear socks because she was "too hot"...Hmmmm....perhaps the hat and fur vest had something to do with it???  Isn't that what everyone wears watching Saturday morning cartoons???
 Must be sunny in the kitchen when coloring...

 Going to Fitz's hockey game...the black patten leather shoes  are on the wrong feet, the mittens are the lining from Fitz's gloves and the hat is Fitz's as well.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Kicking off 2014

I might be the world's worst blogger.  I think about doing it a lot but it is usually at night and I opt to go to sleep instead.  Don't think our lack of posts means the Lichty's have been sitting around quietly!

Harrison continues loosing teeth.  Each lost tooth make his look just a little bit older...which makes me just a little sad particularly because he is loosing them on the early side.  He, of course, is so excited when one is loose.  The Tooth Fairy has been bringing a $2 bill and a $1 bill.   

 Q continues to add spice to our life. Her fashionista tendencies are in full force.  She was stuck home with pnemonia yet insisted the her sparkly sweater dress was the right outfit for the day.

Harrison loves Superheros, Legos, and sports.  He LOVES his superman shirt and his Vikings jersey.

 As has been reported, H has become a passion this winter.  It is amazing how the kids have all improved.  Half of them couldn't skate on the first day and last week they played a game between periods at the high school game!
 Fitz and one of his teachers, Miss Jessica, made Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox out of Legos.  Pretty impressive!
 Unfortunately, Q's ear tubes fell out in November and she had 4 back to back ear infections (and a pneumonia). Last week, she got a new set of tubes and her adenoids out.  The girl is a trooper! Her recovery was pretty quick.  One day of chilling which mommy and movies and she was back to her sassy ways!

 Harrison and Mommy went to a Chinese New Year party and cooked dinner via a hot pot. The boy's eating habits never cease to amaze me!  He tried everything...he liked everything except the Lobster balls. He ate shrimp, dumplings, fish, tea, mushrooms, pork, fried rice....he even ate with chop sticks!
It has been a COLD start to 2014!  School has been canceled 3 times due to windchills and air temps in the -20's and it looks like it might be cancelled 2 more days next week.  Daddy and the kids have done a good job of keeping busy.  Lots of Wii snowboarding, baseball, and dance competitions.  They do art projects, legos, and keep those baby dolls in line!  (They have even cooked some new recipes!)  Hopefully it will warm up a bit in February to be able to do some outside stuff!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Another Festive Christmas!

What an amazing week celebrating with family and friends! Some of our traditions changed this year with the passing of Grandma Grace, people moving, new faces at family gatherings, and some missing. However, we still had such a great week and was sad to see it end.
 I really wish I could bottle Harrison's spirit this Christmas.  He is such a believer in the magic of Christmas.  It is so fun to watch.  I think he had a smile on his face all week!


Quinn understood presents and was a big fan!

 Our church had a "Create Your Nativity" Service on Christmas.  It was awesome! Kids could pick costumes and join in as they read the story of the birth of Jesus.  Harrison decided on the way to church he really wanted to be shepherd.
 Quinn wasn't sure what she wanted to be so she would join in and then run back to us.  She originally was going for angel wings but decided against them.
Can you find Harrison????

Christmas also brought visitors to Minnesota!  Cousin Natalie was here from Hawaii.  (She LOVES the snow as much as Harrison!)  

Our good friends Ned and Krissy Smith were up from Houston. Their son Teddy and Q are only a couple month apart.