New Baby Chicks

The girls were at Grandma and Grandpa Chicken's house last weekend while we were curling.

I wanted to share this string of texts.

Grandma--"5:30 am: grandma I want pancakes"

Adam--"5:30 am: it's quiet  Why am I still sleeping. Where are the little monsters?" baby chicks

Grandma--"they really want a rabbit also"

Adam--"No rabbits please!"

Grandma--"Sylvia said if they can't have a rabbit can they have a bunny?"

While we did have 8 chicks at our house for a couple weeks, they are back with Grandma now.  

Happy Easter

Easter Eggs

Last weekend Violet wasn't feeling 100% since she has been fighting a cold, but that doesn't mean we can't dye Easter eggs, right?

After hard-boiling about a dozen eggs, prepping the solutions, and covering the table with multiple table clothes, we jumped into action.

Violet has always been "hands on"


When Sylvia had time, she really concentrated on the colors and made sure all surfaces were covered with color

The girls had a great time preparing these eggs.  Unfortunately, about three hours later, all dozen eggs fell out of the fridge and all but one was cracked.  Oh well - the hard boiled eggs are still being loved by the whole family, just not for their designs, but for their taste!

More Christmas

All the snow has melted so we better get this last X-mas post done.

Here we are at the Dunphy X-mas. The highlights were neck warmers and lottery tickets.

At our house we had stockings from Santa - only a week or so late!

I think Violet was trying to hide from her presents

Lastly we had the Brodd Christmas out at the cabin.  I had to use my cell to take pictures and all of them came out blurry except this one!

I think Adam may be the world's okayest husband and father as well!

Fall Celbration!

File this one under "we thought it was posted, but was stuck in draft"...

Fall Celbration 2014 finally had weather we could all enjoy.  Festivities were moved back outside (instead of the garage and basement for the past couple years) and all were in great spirits!

Of course, we had the pinata again this year...  I think this is the most kids ever to take a whack at it.

From the younger kids...

To the older kids...

While we didn't capture the kill shot, I think we may need to have two pinatas next year.  One for the younger kids and one for the older kids...  Maybe some tape reinforcement on the later!

As the sun started to fall, the campfire got some attention and even roasted some marshmallows (we think!). 

The good news is we posted Fall Celbration 2014 before the actual Fall Celbration 2015!

Christmas Eve & Christmas Morning

Catching up on the rest of the Christmas posts. 

Our traditional Christmas Eve includes homemade pizza and opening our family presents.  The girls were so exited to open their presents and did a great job in taking time to smile as well!

Big sister even snuck in a smooch!

Following bath, the girls dressed up in their new jammies and posed with their loot

While they were excited, the girls prepped for Santa's visit and when to bed.  The next morning they rushed downstairs to check what Santa left in their stockings and their one Santa present.  The girls were happy to see Santa delivered their wish of a "dog in a cage" - i.e. a small stuffed dog in a plastic kennel.

Another great Christmas...  Two happy girls

Yahh for SNOW!!!

After the early snow this year, it seemed like we were going to be in for a long winter.  However, with the increased temps and even rain showers, our December was looking for like April.  Luckily for us, the Minnesota winter is back, and just in time!

After we got some more snow, the girls were able to spend some time outside playing in the fluffy white stuff.

At first it was riding down the slide...

but then we needed some more action and each ride was coupled with a shovel full of snow!

While we did manage to play out in the snow a few days, the brutal cold is now among us and we are stuck inside until the temp gets back up above zero.  Gotta love the winter!