Power Rangers

This year there was no family Halloween costume but just an adorable Bolander Bunch gathering of the Power Rangers. Holly was not interested in wearing the pink costume because it looked completely different than her brothers. She wanted muscles too but who can blame her for wanting to look tough. And because the boys look similar in height in this photo due to some kneeling & tippy toes...Joey is in blue refusing to wear his buckle, Jimmy is the red ranger happily smiling & Johnnie is of course hugging his baby sister which is usually right where she wants to be.


Costumes Encouraged...Kids are NOT!

That was the tag line on our Halloween party invitation. For the last 7 years we have spent Halloween catering to our children. Purchasing kid friendly family costumes, trick-or-treating & just enjoying the innocent aspects of Halloween. This year when I sat with the boys & discussed what they wanted to be we couldn't come with a family theme so we decided to let them be what they wanted to be which will be revealed on Halloween night. So that left us trying to figure out what we should be so we decided on a couple's adult costume. A convict & a police woman are the perfect costumes for us since Rick spends his day managing a business & I spend my days working in an office in a very conservative environment. So we donned our attire & headed out for the evening. We met up for drinks, food & an evening of fun with She-Ra & He-Man. 
The party was being thrown by some Star Trek folks in their new home & a party is not a party without Hef & a bunny.
I was there to keep everyone in control.
It was a pretty tame night but fun to be adults nonetheless & hanging with these girls is always a good time.  
And capturing photos of us together being goofy makes any party worth going to.


Sibling Rivalry

Every year if we are lucky our alma maters play each other so when it happens we put on our school tee shirts, our cheesy but oh so fun face tattoos & we watch the game together. So happy to live close enough to my sister to enjoy this tradition every year.


Family Engagement Party

Tonight we celebrated Kim & Joe's family engagement party. It was hosted by Joe's family at their house. There was good food, cake, lots of family, some speeches & with me around of course there were photos. The happy parents. 
Kim with her matron & maid of honor.
We dragged our dad into the photo. He may not admit it but he is so excited to be doing this again...throwing his daughter a wedding.
Kim & her bridal party.  
I think this group of girls is going to be a lot of fun
& I now this group of guys will. 
Rick & I love Joe & Kim & we can't wait to see them start their lives together. I hope they are as happy as we are. 
And last but not least the lovely bride & groom to be. I hope they have a lifetime of kisses.


Johnnie Football

Johnnie is playing flag football for the first time this year. He is on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  
He is really into it. Loves watching it on tv, practicing with his dad & brothers & this season he is playing quarterback. The coaches call him Johnnie Football because he's so tiny but very fast & very into the game. We are so very proud of him & look forward to a whole season of watching him play.