Monday, March 30, 2015

Easter, Part 1

I think Easter has become one of my favorite holidays since having kids. It's just a low key event that has a lot of meaning. This year we invited the same two sets of neighbors over to dye eggs that we did last year, and we had another great time together! We all dyed eggs, the kids played with a bunch of water toys and got soaked, and we pigged out on a delicious chicken chimichanga lunch. It's so fun to have great neighbors!
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The crew as we started to dye eggs.
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Me and my man.
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Owen. I didn't get many pictures of him since he was off running around and shooting water with the big kids most of the time. He had so much fun!
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Elsie was very into the egg dying this year!
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The Smiths that live next door.
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Elsie was actually sweet most of the time, but this is her telling off Lisa because she was trying to clean up Elsie's spill and Elsie thought she was trying to take something from her. Oh, Elsie.
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Riley and Jett...Owen's buddies.
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Pretending to have a family shot with Craig and Tatum.
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Tatum obviously was having a great time.
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Elsie and her buddy/enemy, Clara, pigging out on Easter cupcakes after lunch.

Since Easter is on Conference Sunday this year, I put the kids in their Easter outfits a week early this year. I was trying to get a cute picture of all three and it just wasn't working until I told Owen to kiss Elsie. Then I got these gems!
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I seriously wanted to eat Owen up in his outfit this year...SO handsome!

Now we are looking forward to and Easter FHE lesson tonight and the real Easter festivities next Sunday!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Pinedale

Russ has been wanting to go visit his parents up in Pinedale for the last few weeks so we finally set aside some time and made it happen this weekend. I even convinced Russ to take a day off of work (which he rarely does) and to skip his bishop duties and stay through Sunday (which he always feels guilty doing)...so we actually got to spend three whole days together. It was nice!

We went to visit Russ's uncle so we could see his baby goats! They were super cute and the kids loved feeding them. Elsie also enjoyed screaming at them whenever they got in her business.
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Tatum was all tuckered out after a day of road-trippin' and goat seeing...
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So were these monkeys. Although Elsie was wide awake around 11 and made sure that Russ and I both got a horrible night sleep that first night. Grrrrrr.
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All dressed for the day. She's getting so chunky!
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Russ and I loaded up the kids and went for a drive. We ended up at Show Low Lake (I think that's what it's called) and had nice time throwing rocks in the water and finding bugs. Elsie found a caterpillar that she was unwilling to part with. It came back to Pinedale with us but unfortunately never made it out of the car alive.
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Then Grandpa fired up his tractor so the kiddos could have a ride. Elsie was a bit hesitant but Owen sure loves stuff like that.
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Elsie has a very ungirly love for bugs. Any time she sees one she exclaims how cute it is. Russ found this poor moth and showed it to Elsie. She reached right out and grabbed it and carried it around like this for a good 20 minutes. She dropped it a time or two but it was so injured from all her "love" that it couldn't fly away! Russ finally convinced her to lay it down somewhere so it could "go to sleep". She put it down and then covered it with a leaf for a blanket. :)
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We spent Saturday evening out by Grandpa and Grandma's fire pit cooking up foil dinners and making s'mores. The kids had a great time and everything was delicious!
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Thanks for letting us visit, Grandma and Grandpa!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

So I've decided recently that since we have limited time when all five of us get to spend time together these days, that we need to make that time count. So I've been looking up random fun things for us to do as a family when we get the chance. This past Saturday we drove an hour to Boyce Thompson Arboretum near Superior. We originally were planning on doing some of the hiking trails that are connected to the arboretum but the arboretum itself had plenty of space to explore that we never left it! The kids had a fantastic time running along random trails, crossing bridges, finding sticks that look like the letter Y, running through the mini children's maze, looking at different kinds of desert plants and the coolest part...these crazy spider webs that were funnel-shaped with spiders down in them waiting to pop out and eat bugs! We had packed some lunches and enjoyed a picnic in a big shady area there too. While climbing in the car to go home Owen said "This was a really fun trip!" That made the whole drive worth it.
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Elsie all ready to go!
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The kids were super excited about the caterpillar daddy found.
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Tatum wasn't too impressed.
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Lunch time!

Tee Ball

Owen had his first ever tee ball game last week! He's had two practices and one game now and he has loved them all. And he's actually not too bad when he's up to bat. Running from base to base was totally confusing to him, though. Before the game I was trying to explain to him that when he hits the ball he needs to run as fast as he can to first base. He thought for a second and finally said "I'm just gonna do what Coach Nick tells me to". And there you have it...this kid thinks I have no idea what I'm talking about. I'm sure that will just get worse as he gets older. ;)

I gotta say, a bunch of little kids dressed up in baseball uniforms and playing a super sloppy game of tee ball is one of the cutest things I've ever watched!

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I forgot to mention that Owen has two cousins on his team...Shelby (above) and Oakley (who was sick this day).