Halloween 2018

Ward Halloween party and trunk-or-treat. Both kids invited a friend from school.

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Abby, Raine, Catherine, and Maya

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Matthew and Carter

I ordered Raine’s costume online and the first one was GIGANTIC! So big, in fact, that it fit me. Since it was so cheap, I kept it and we both went as glampires! (Good thing she isn’t at that stage where it isn’t cool to match your mom.)

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Raine’s 10th birthday

Raine turned 10 on Friday. A full decade. Two full hands. Double digits. A tween. How could this be possible?


Donuts for breakfast, courtesy of Dad.


An electric scooter.





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Carter gave her a Caboodle (flash-back to the 90’s), which she loved!


Birthday cupcakes.



On Saturday, Raine wanted to get her nails done and eat at Texas Roadhouse, so we did.





How can I describe Raine? She is smart, sometimes too smart for her own good. She believes that she can do anything and doesn’t hesitate to try new things (as long as it is HER idea). She is sarcastic and sassy and we butt heads all the time because she always thinks she is right, but I always AM right!

Raine loves fashion and glitter and everything girly. She is prissy and flighty and drives poor Carter crazy sometimes! She loves dancing and singing to Kids-Bop songs. This week she started playing the viola in the district orchestra.

She is still a voracious reader, she is also a master speller. Her standardized reading, writing, and verbal IQ scores consistently put her in the top 99% of kids her age. Her math scores do not!

Raine keeps us on our toes and challenges us intellectually as often as she can. It will be interesting to see where this kid ends up in life because she is sure to do great things.

Current stats…
height: 59-1/8″ (7/8″ shy of 5′ and 1-7/8″ taller than last year)
weight: 75.8 lbs
shoe size: women’s 9 (we can now share shoes even though my feet are still slightly bigger)

Carter stuff

Carter had been begging to go to Legoland for a long time. He finally convinced Daddy to take him on the 8th. He loved it!






On the 9th, he convinced me to skateboard with him.

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Raine eventually met up with us at the school.
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Horseback riding

Cathey Ellsworth had been telling the kids that she would let them ride her horse when her daughter Austin got home from school and Friday night was the day! She picked them up, fed them pizza, and then let them ride while DJ and I went out to dinner. She is THE BEST!



After dinner, DJ and I went over to the Vanderpool’s where Cathey keeps the horses to see how things were going. Carter was playing on the playground while Raine and the Moyle girls were riding Doug. I asked Carter why he didn’t want to ride and he said, very matter-of-factly, “because I don’t want to die.”

After MUCH coercing and a little bribery, he agreed to sit on the horse if I stood right next to him. The horse moved a bit while Carter was on him and Carter was NOT a fan!


Raine, on the other hand, loved every minute of being on the horse and didn’t mind at all when he trotted.

San Antonio

The first week of school I flew down to San Antonio for a conference. Daddy and the kids drove down Friday afternoon for a little weekend fun. That night they just swam in the hotel pool. The next morning I skipped out on my conference and we walked along the River Walk.




We walked up to the Alamo and looked around for a while before heading back along the River Walk to the hotel.



Raine and Carter swam one last time while I checked out of my conference and the hotel room.



After lunch, we hiked the Natural Bridge Caverns, Hidden Passages Tour. The caverns were FULL of amazing formations. It was really neat.






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August 20 was the first day of school. Carter started 3rd grade.


He was ready for school wwwwaaaaaayyyyyy before Raine was even close, so he rode his skateboard around while he waited for her to get ready enough to take their sibling photo.



Raine’s first day of 5th grade.


It started to sprinkle just as Raine walked out the door, after spending at least 20 minutes curling her hair!


I made them take another sibling photo after school, just because I think they’re so cute!


For documentation purposes, because this was hilarious . . .

Last Wednesday was meet the teacher. It started at 4:30 — not an ideal time for working parents. I rushed through my hearings and sped home, getting there with just enough time to walk over to the school with the kids. This is what greeted me when I walked in the door:


Me, shocked and confused: “Rubes, it’s meet the teacher.”
Raine: “I know. I’m ready”
Me, confused about why she looks like she’s going to a cocktail party: “How come you’re so dressed up?”
Raine: “Because you only get one chance to make an impression.”
Me, still confused and looking at her feet: “How are you planning to get there?”
Raine: “Walking.”
Me: “In those shoes?”
Raine: “Yes, they’re fine.”
Me, still confused about what kind of impression we will be making but out of time: “Okay, stand there so I can take a picture real quick.” (What I was really thinking was, I’ve got to show my legal assistant, she’ll never believe me tomorrow when I try to describe this!)

Carter, on the other hand, apparently didn’t care AT ALL about impressions because he trotted over in a grey athletic shirt, grey athletic shorts, and scooby-doo flip-flops!

Daddy’s 41st birthday

Daddy’s birthday was the day after Carter’s baptism, so Grandmas and Grandpa were here to celebrate with us.






Friday night, before Carter’s baptism, we took everybody to an escape room and we made it out!!! It was a lot of fun!

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This had nothing to do with Daddy’s birthday, but Grandma and Grandpa helped us serve lunch to economically disadvantaged kids through the Feed Our Kids program on Tuesday before they left.


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Carter’s baptism

August 11 Carter was baptized. Grandma and Grandpa Anderson came from Arizona and Grandma Dewey came from Utah to support Carter.










The baptism witnesses were Grandpa Anderson and Evan Eastman. Carter was baptized twice because Grandpa said his leg came up the first time. The confirmation circle included Daddy, Grandpa Anderson, Bishop Glassman, Evan Eastman, Brian Boyer, Brad Grubbs, and Bruce Crandall.



During sacrament meeting on Sunday, Bishop Glassman called Carter to the front and told the congregation about Carter — things that Carter had shared with him during his interview. Some of the things that I thought were interesting was that his favorite food was orange chicken from Pei Wei, his favorite subject is science, and he wants to serve a mission in China.

Carter’s 8th birthday party

Carter’s birthday party was at Altitude H2O, a floating obstacle course on Lake Grapevine. Since Carter isn’t a fan of large groups or too many people he only invited his 3 best friends — Spencer, Matthew, and Ben. They had a blast!

First, we met at our house for pizza and cake.



Then we headed to the lake for 2 hours of fun.

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Ben, Daddy, Spencer, Carter, Matthew

Carter, Matthew, Spencer (front to back)


Raine is standing on top, Spencer and Carter are just rounding the top



Here are some video clips, they are pretty shaky and I didn’t always get the lens lined up right in my water-proof case, but it shows a little bit of our fun:

This place was perfect for a bunch of rambunctious 8-year-olds. I was exhausted by the time we left and today my arms, back, abs, and legs are sore — mostly from pulling those kids back onto the floats when they fell into the water!

Carter’s annual stats:
55.8 lbs
52.9 inches

McKay family reunion – part 3

July 14 – After breakfast, we all gathered for a family photo. This photo didn’t include everyone who came, but it included a lot of us (about 100).

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The siblings: Grandma Anderson, Aunt MaryAnne, Uncle Bill, Aunt Pat, Uncle Brent (Uncle Darwin wasn’t able to make it because he was suffering from shingles)
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We drove up to the ghost-town of Custer for the Custer-days celebration. The canyon leading up to the town was other-worldly looking with the giant piles of rocks strewn along the canyon floor. We later learned that this was from the gold mining still going on in that area. Once we got close to the town, we had to park and either wait for a shuttle or walk. We opted to walk the mile-and-a-half to the town.

At the town, we mined for gold. With the help of a professional gold panner, we each found at least one little speck.



They had all sorts of yummy treats to try: homemade ice cream, dutch-oven cobbler, and cotton candy.


They reenacted a shootout while we were there.



We drove down to Stanley to do some souvenir shopping and then headed back up to the ranch.


This kids (and Grandpa) played on the slide until it was time for dinner.





After dinner, we had a blast playing candy-bar bingo!




Then we played outside until it got dark (which is REALLY late in Idaho).

Grandpa, Grandma, and Aunt Pat

Grandpa and Millie

Playing volleyball again, this time with a beach ball because Uncle Jed left with his nice soft volleyball.



The next morning we cleaned up, said our goodbyes, and drove back to Woods Cross to Grandma and Grandpa Dewey’s home. The next morning we flew home well before the sun rose.


It was a good thing we got home early because we found our refrigerator at a balmy 85* and we had to deal with that the rest of the day. We bought a new one, trucked it home, got it into the house and then got the old stinky one out all before we could go to bed.