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Many of you have told me I need to update.  I know, I know I do.

Be warned though that this is four months of updates.

Here we go!



October was a new experience.  We still had lives, but had to shuffle everything around for Bishop duties.  It wasn’t too hard, but a little difficult.  We managed to have fun though by going to the pumpkin patch a couple of times and all the Halloween fun.  Joseph was a storm trooper, Kyle was Indiana Jones and Jacob was a Ninja Turtle.  Kent and I also had fun going to a 70’s Murder Mystery Party.  We had a blast at the party and enjoyed dressing up!



November and December went by way too quickly.  And of course, I didn’t have enough time for anything.


For Thanksgiving, my sister Jessica and her family came to California.  We had fun playing games and watching all the cousins play. The Thanksgiving dinner was awesome too!   Thanks Jess for coming out.  Grandma Buchanan was also here for Thanksgiving.  The Saturday after Thanksgiving, all of the adults went to a Dinner Theater together.  The girls had the most fun, but it was nice to get away.  Jacki also turned 31 this month.  yeah for me!


December was a mess.  Kent was gone almost every night for tithing settlement, which meant I was home with the kids all the time.  Christmas shopping was difficult this year with Kent being gone so much, so I was glad I got most of the presents on Black Friday.  yeah me!  The Christmas tree didn’t even get put up until a week before Christmas and of course, no letters went out either.  I hope I will be better prepared next year!  Atleast, I will know what to expect.  We did have a good Christmas though.  The boys asked for pretty inexpensive thing this year and Santa was happy with that.  The Friday after Christmas we caravaned with Kent’s sister, Teri, up to Washington to visit Kent’s other sisters, Dawn and Cami.  Most of the siblings were there and we had a good time playing games and hanging out.  The cousins even played school!  We were worried about the drive up there, but we didn’t have really bad weather until Vancouver.  They had been dumped on  and our rental van didn’t like it too much.  Next time we will get a 4X4.  We came home that next Monday.  Such a short trip, but we enjoyed seeing family!



January started off good.  We spent New Year’s Eve celebrating my dad’s birthday and then just hanging out with my sister, Juli, and her kids.  They all got along so well and all five kids were up past midnight.  Fun times!  I found out the first week of January that by the end of the month I would have no daycare kids.  It was crazy to even think about.  I have had daycare kids in my house for seven years straight.  I have had vacations and breaks, but always knew I would have daycare kids coming back.  So this was a little weird.  We also had to think about finances.    We were happy to see that we had saved some of the daycare money from previous months.  This made the loss of income a lot easier to handle.


The boys were off track for the month of January and a little of February.  This was good and bad.  They had a total of 7 weeks off.  Crazy huh?!  I thought I would go crazy, but it wasn’t too bad.  They had their Christmas toys to occupy their time.  We also went to the bounce house on the last day I would have Maddy and Bella.  They had a blast and were exhausted by lunch time.  Kent also turned 32 in January, so he can no longer be called a 31 year old Bishop. Last Monday we spent the day in Redding, CA. We went to The Turtle Bay Exploration Park and saw lots of geckos. It wasn’t busy at all, so we pretty much had the place to ourselves. We were a little sad that their water center was turned off, that was the boys favorite part last time we came. We were glad to spend the day together as a family.

Okay, We are updated. It’s not as in depth as I would like, but now you know what has been happening at the Roper house. Check back after Valentine’s Day though. Kent’s Band is playing at our Valentine’s Dance and I will HAVE to post about that. Thanks all of you who check back so often. I promise to post more often, not as often as Heather, but often! Luv you all and hope you have an enjoyable New Year!



Here are the rules:
1. go to your my document/my pictures
2. go to your sixth file
3. go to your sixth picture
4. blog about it
5. tag six people

So this is from August 2006.  Long time ago!  We took the boys to Fairytale Town.  We all had a lot of fun.  I can’t believe how the boys have grown.  Jacob was a year and a half in this picture.  He will turn four next month.  Crazy!



On Saturday the 6th we went with friends to Folsom Lake.  Of course, it was SUPER hot, so we were excited to get to the lake.  The last time I went to the lake was probably five years ago or maybe longer.  I remember parking and being right at the water edge pretty much.  Well, to my surprise the lake had shrunk.  We had to walk a good 15 minutes to get to the actual lake.  Crazy.  I didn’t have a problem with the walk, it just surprised me.  Just shows you how much California needs rain.  Here are just a few pictures.  I really wanted to get in the water.

We had a lot of fun together and with our friends.  It was nice to do something we usually don’t do.  I just hope we get enough water this winter!

Friday we had the fun opportunity to go on my dad and step mom’s boat. It was just the boys, G & G and myself. We went down to Walnut Grove to get the boat and then went up the river. My dad found a little section of the Delta that branched off. The river was really dead so my dad just stopped right in the middle. Riet jumped in first and the boys just looked at each other with eyes of amazement. The whole way up they were talking about not wanting to swim in the river because there were sharks (I corrected that myth) and fish that would nibble their toes. They thought for a little bit and it was Jacob who wanted to go in first and then the other two followed. They had a fabulous time and didn’t have a problem getting back into the boat and jumping out again. It was crazy to be out in the middle of the river, but it was fun. It was also a very hot day, so the cold water felt nice. Jacob liked the river, but hated his life jacket that made him lay on his back. Joseph and Kyle loved everything about the river and were mad that they couldn’t jump back in and swim some more. Grandpa even let all three of them drive the boat. It was definitely a fun day with Grandma and Grandpa. Thanks for letting us have fun in your boat!

P.S. And for your info, we did not get bit by a shark and didn’t even see any fish. Grandma was right!

P.S.S Kyle lost his front tooth on the way home from the river. So funny. Maybe I will post a picture of that later

On Thursday, we were able to go to the California State Fair. We went with our friends, The Phelps. Of course, we picked the hottest day of the week to go. It was suppose to be 106 degrees. We were glad that they inside exhibits to look at. We spent the first couple of hours inside and then went outside when it wasn’t so hot. I still sweat like a pig, but it was bearable. We had fun though as a family. My boys love picking up all the freebies from the different county exhibits and love riding the rides. By the end of the day (we only went from about 4-9), we were all tuckered out. We love going to the State Fair.



On Saturday we went to the stake’s Pioneer Day, held in Elk Grove Park. We were a couple of hours late, but still saw some of our friends. Janicca was doing one of the games. I had to post this picture because I thought it was SO cute! She will probably kill me. The boys were also able to get their faces painted and climb on a bounce house.



After the park we had an Articles of Faith Carnival we went to for our ward. The boys had fun and that is what matters. Later that evening, I was able to go and see Mama Mia! Yeah. I was laughing and singing the whole way through. I loved it and still have the songs stuck in my head. What fun!

Last week we went to the little bounce house on Laguna Blvd.  The VanGinkels and the Moores came with as well.  We (adults included) had so much fun.  We were there for a good amount of time and finally decided it was time to go when little Emily started getting cranky.  The Ropers headed to Grandma and Grandpa’s house to return some tools.  Grandma took us in and spoiled us.  While the kids played in the fountain (a regular thing at G&G house), Riet and I went in and made snow cones.  After we just sat and talked while the kids played.  Let me tell you, the boys were plain tuckered out after leaving Grandma’s house.



After we re cooped from Monterey, I still wanted the boys to have gone to the beach. So the next Monday we headed to San Fransisco. We went to Muir Beach and just let the kids (and Kent) play. It was cloudy, but still warm enough to play. The boys played mostly in the sand because when they would go down to the water, it would take them or their buckets with it. I just sat on my towel most of the time and took a shower with the best shower head placed on the beach, but I really enjoyed watching my boys having fun in the sand. We were there for about an hour and a half when it started to get cold. We decided it was time to leave and the boys were sad. We will have to go back soon!



For our family vacation this year we decided to go to Monterey Bay. I told my sister,Juli and she wanted to come along. We decided to camp and then go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It was last minute, so of course, all the good spots were taken. We didn’t like our camp site for many reasons, but still had fun.  The kids got so dirty by the end of the day.  Good thing Juli remembered to bring some soap!  The next morning we packed up the tents and then used the pool. The water was freezing, but at least we weren’t super dirty anymore. We headed to the aquarium, which was pretty busy. I was glad I dressed my boys in yellow. They were so much easier to see in all those kids. Thanks Autumn for the idea. Everyone enjoyed the many different displays, but I think the adults loved the kid section the best. We just sat there while the kids played. As much as we didn’t get to see everything, the adults were ready to go home, I think the kids had fun. It was fun going on vacation with the VanGinkels.

4th of July

It’s a family tradition of our to go to Kent’s sister’s house for the fourth. We always bring homemade ice cream and the boys always make a huge fireworks stand. Then we all stand around and watch the display. This year was no different. We brought our famous banana ice cream and some rocky road. Too bad we had to have milk shakes this year. The boys still enjoyed them though.

ice cream

Joseph felt like such a big kid this year. He was able to help build the stand for the fireworks and was able to light a few of the little fireworks. Our stand this year was even better than last year. At one time we had 10 fireworks going off . So much fun! And what a pretty picture!

helper kent stand

Jacob was still scared of the fireworks this year. He just doesn’t like loud noises. Aunt Teri had a pair of headphones that worked out well. He didn’t last the night though. Their so cute when they sleep. We had a great 4th of July though. Happy Birthday America!

mom and Jacob sleeping