Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Resurrection Sunday!

Annual Neighborhood (and Beyond) Egg Hunt

What does 12 kids (ages 2 to 15) plus 4 moms plus 1 dad plus 168 plastic eggs equal? The Annual Neighborhood (and Beyond) Easter Egg Hunt at the Hodge Lodge.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

This year, so far!

Oh my, has it really been eight months since I blogged? Yikes! Okay, so here's 2017 so far, in pictures.

In January, Amber sang at her voice teacher's "12th Night" party.
In February, Amber went to Hume Lake Christian Camp for their junior high winter camp. She, once again, snowboarded and loved every minute!
One day, my friend and I took nine kids to the Ventura River bottom to hike and splash around in the very little water the river held at that time. 

"Share Your Pet Day" at the charter school.
"Share Your Pet Day" at the charter school.

"Valentine's Day Party at a friend's house.
"Valentine's Day Party at a friend's house.

In February, I helped throw a surprise party for my friend, Melanie's 40th birthday!

During President's Week break, I took the kids to Santa Barbara to thrift store shop and picnic at the park.

School train trip to Los Angeles to Japantown.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Photo booth at a St. Patrick's Day party that Autumn danced at.
Autumn danced with her Irish Dance class at 4 different parties during St. Patrick's Day week!
While hiking at the creek in Casitas Springs, Autumn and Noah rescued some chickens that were wandering in the woods.

In March, we went to a "Hodge Family Reunion" down south.
It was Eric's Uncle John's 70th birthday party. Here's some of the Hodge men.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Weapons, anyone?

If you know our family at all, you know that we have two daughters. If you know us well, you know that we are pacifists. So it seems odd to me sometimes that my two girls have as many weapons as any stereotypical boy. There are many reasons, including the fact that we are huge Narnia fans and avid dresser-uppers. (I know that's not a word.) And Christine is a long-time Pirates of the Caribbean fan. Therefore, we have weapons to go with our many Narnia and pirate costumes. 

So, today when the girls had a family of boys over to play, it was business as usual. The first thing they did was gather the weapons--the ones the boys brought from home and the ones from the girls' room. As if that wasn't enough, Joshua came over to me in the kitchen and said, "Um, Mrs. Hodge, do you know where any weapons are?" He knows I have a stash of extras in the costume closet. So, out came the swords and daggers, along with pirate hats, bandanas and belts.

Let the games begin!

Here are a few pictures from last fall when they played Pirates.

Argh! Walk the plank, you scally -wag!