June 27, 2012

Ava's Second Dance Recital

If you thought Ava's Christmas dance recital was cute, wait until you see her spring recital. In case you can't spot her, Ava is the one kneeling front and center at the start of the number.
Please note that because of copyright law (the song used is from the musical Wicked), the video won't play on mobile devices and is blocked outside of the US.

June 10, 2012

Christmas Eve Nativity 2011

The second Annual Olsen Grandkids Nativity was bigger and better than last year. Maddie rejoined the cast as a non-grandchild, along with several nieces and children of nieces. Several other nieces also joined Freddy O and Luke as narrators. The only downgrade this year was that baby Jesus had to be played by a baby doll—a problem which is likely to reoccur this year; unless Betsy is with child and hasn't told anyone yet, or we try to pass a 7-month-old Ashton off as a newborn.

Christian and Zach reprised their roles as lambs (although Zach was sadly too big for a lamb costume this year). The two boys combined to help bring down the backdrop at the 8:10 mark.
Sophie joined Ava and Zoe as angels this year, because you can never have too many angels in your nativity. Be sure to check out the angels' mad dance moves at the 8:50 mark.

And without any further adieu, here's this year's production uncensored and uncut.

(in order of appearance)
Joseph: Seth
Mary: Bailey
Lambs: Christian & Zach
Angels: Sophie, Ava & Zoe
Wise Men: Maddie, McKenzie, and Sarah

(in order of appearance)

June 1, 2012

Sun Valley in September

Back in September we went up to Sun Valley for a couple of days. Sun Valley is one of our favorite vacation spots. It is absolutely beautiful and relaxing. We were especially lucky this time because all of the Olsen cousins were able to come. Here's Ava and Christian practicing their golf swings.

Ava and Christian had a great time playing with their cousins, going on bike rides, swimming, and staying up late watching movies. Here's the kids on Sunday before we headed home.

We had such a fun time and can't wait for more Sun Valley adventures!