Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter and a Birthday

We had such a fun Easter this year! Each year we like to invite someone over to dye eggs and eat food (because we can't do anything without food...), so this year we invited two couples from our neighborhood that both have two kids the same ages as ours. We did this last week and it was such a fun morning! The kids had a blast chasing each other around, coloring eggs, and sitting at the little kids table next to ours. :) So fun to have neighbors and friends that we love. photo IMG_8331_zpsfff1d2cc.jpg
Owen's BFF Riley, and her mom Jen. They live right next door.
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Jett and Owen, deep in conversation.
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Then this weekend was so fun because we not only had Easter to celebrate, but it was Owen's birthday! Can't believe my baby boy if 4! We asked Owen what he wanted to do on Friday night since we were celebrating his birthday early, and he said he wanted to go on a date! So we dropped Elsie off at my brother's house and took our buddy to Fuddruckers (his choice) to eat a cheeseburger (his favorite) and play some arcade games. It was pretty fun!
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All ready for his big birthday date!

After we got home we put Elsie to bed and opened presents! We spent the next 90 minutes playing with his new marble run...good fun for adults and kids!
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Saturday we headed to my brother's house for their annual Easter egg hunt and potluck. So much fun! And as usual, I took too many pictures. :)
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Elsie had a nice case of tonsillitis all week, and was understandably grumpy. Luckily she has a sweet big brother!
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Owen hid behind this tree so he could eat as much candy as he wanted without anyone bothering him!

On to Easter morning...
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Elsie eating all the bunny poop (aka Cocoa Puffs). Owen was thoroughly disgusted.
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Buddy got a new book.
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All dolled up for church!
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Then that night we had my family over for an Easter dinner (cedar plank salmon, wild rice, asparagus, and spinach salad...pretty darn yummy!) and topped that off with cupcakes for the birthday boy.
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I'm seriously so proud to be this kid's mommy. He has such a sweet personality but has a healthy dose of stubbornness and quite the temper when he wants to. His favorite things to do are play with the hose outside, wrestle with daddy, read books, watch Dispicable Me 1 and 2, eat goldfish crackers, go to the frozen yogurt shop, and go next door to play at Riley's house. He sleeps more than his baby sister does. He is 100% potty trained and doesn't need pull-ups at night anymore and has only had maybe 3 accidents in the last 6 months (I still find this to be miraculous!). He's very easily entertained. He hates all fruits and vegetables except when we persuade him to eat sweet potatoes, broccoli, or a banana. He won't even consider touching other ones. He's obsessed with his daddy. He gives hugs and kisses freely and often will tell me that he loves me for no reason at all. I could go on, but let's just say that I love him like crazy!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Broccoli!

It's no secret that my Owen is a picky eater. It's been pretty disappointing to me just how picky of and eater I had created, especially since I studied nutrition in college and all that jazz. BUT...a couple weeks ago I told Owen that if he ate one single broccoli floret that I would take him to the frozen yogurt place (his favorite). It took him literally 8 miniature bites to eat the whole thing but he did it! I couldn't believe that he did! And since then he's eaten a couple more random bites of broccoli. But tonight was the major breakthrough! I served him up a plate with a decent pile of steamed broccoli, several baked sweet potato wedges, and a few spinach raviolis and he ate EVERY SINGLE BITE!!! And helped himself to more sweet potatoes and ravioli. It did take a little prodding but not much. Maybe he won't die from malnutrition after all!

And since we're on the topic of eating vegetables, here's a recipe that my neighbor gave me before St. Patty's Day for healthy green pancakes. Both kids gobble this one up, so we are making it pretty regularly around here. I like them too.

Green Pancakes
1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup almond or soy milk (I'm sure regular milk would work too)
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup applesauce (or 1 mashed banana...the banana works better)
1 cup packed fresh spinach

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, powder, soda, cinnamon and salt. In a food processor, blend remaining ingredients. Pour wet ingredients into the dry and mix until well combined. Cook on greased hot skillet.

My super cute, gun-obsessed, vegetable eating little boy:
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And this picture of Elsie is just too funny not to share.
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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Much Needed Quiet Weekend In Pinedale

The last month has been pretty much crazy around here...but somehow it's been a good crazy. Since Russ was made bishop it seems we never have any free time and I've finally come to the conclusion that I'm just going to be tired for the rest of my life (or at least the next 5 years...) and that's okay. Life wasn't meant to be easy, right? So before I get to this past weekend, here's some highlights from the last month:
--Friends in our ward throw a huge "pi/pie day" party every year on 3/14. We contributed a chicken pot pie and ate about 5 different kinds of pie for dessert...good times!
--I braved a 3 day trip to Utah alone with the kids. The kids did amazingly well on the plane and I even enjoyed sharing a bed with Owen each night, although I would not call those nights "restful". The trip was primarily to see my oldest nephew report his mission in Mexico and it was so fun to see him and hear about all the great experiences he's had!
--I volunteered to throw a baby shower for a girl I visit teach which ended up being a rather large co-ed BBQ party in the park. Way more work than I anticipated but it turned out great.
--Owen got accepted into the preschool that I was hoping for for next year. He's going to love it!
--Elsie can totally walk if she wants to. She just doesn't want to. The most we've seen her do was 11 steps last Tuesday but she's pretty much done none since. Such a stubborn little stinker.
--I discovered that the frozen yogurt place down the street gives 50% off on Wednesdays if you are wearing pajama bottoms. Since Russ is at the church on Wednesday nights, it's my new tradition to take the kids and get a treat in our jammies. Owen LOVES this!

Since we haven't been to visit Russ's parents recently and we wanted to get away for General Conference weekend, we headed up to Pinedale this past Friday. Owen was SO excited about this and asked about 30 times on Friday if it was time to go to "the grandma's house up in the mountains". And when we finally made it there at 7 pm and were getting out of the car he squealed "this is gonna be so fun!". He obviously loves his Grandma and Grandpa Perkins and has good memories of being up at their house. And seeing Elsie play with grandpa by butting heads over and over and giggling and seeing Owen playing toys all weekend with grandma made the drive totally worth it. I hope my kids will always have happy memories with both sets of grandparents because they have good ones! Another highlight from the weekend was taking the spotlight for a drive last night and finding some elk and a deer. Owen really liked their "shiny eyes" in the light and told me about it today. :)
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Life is good!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Our Crazy Life In Pictures

Just some random shots and memories that I don't want to forget:
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This is what happens when Russ watches Elsie during the 3rd hour of church. In his defense, she really is totally out of control by then. Poor girl just wants a nap!
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A few weeks ago our friends invited us over for dinner and they pulled out their battery-operated car for the kids to ride in. We all took a walk/ride around the block in the perfect winter AZ weather and Owen had the time of his life riding with his girlfriend, Izzy.
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Am I the only one that has to pin their kid down on occasion to get his teeth brushed? He's laughing here...I'm not hurting him, I swear.
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This girl loves cheese as much as her brother.
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Not sure why Elsie insists on finding the dirtiest spots in the yard to always play in, but I'm not gonna stop her when she's having fun!
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Not the best pic but this is from this past Sunday, right after Russ was set apart as the new bishop of our ward. So proud of my man!
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Tonight. Owen and I like to go outside at night, lay on our super cheap tri-fold lounge chairs, look at the stars, and have ridiculous conversations. Tonight we were debating on whether the clouds were moving or the moon was moving. He was getting so mad at me because I wouldn't believe that the moon was moving! He also loves to tell me which star he wants to have his house on. And yesterday he asked me if Jesus lives inside of the sun.