Sunday, March 29, 2009

Grandpa, Grandma and Eva Came to Visit

At the end of March, David's parents came out of to visit and decided to bring the next oldest grandchild with them so the girls could all play.   We had a great time going to the Zoo, having a dress-up tea party at a local bakery and mostly just hanging out.  Grandma and Grandpa also taught my girls how to play card game 'spoons.'  My kids thought it was hilarious.  Of course that is partly b/c they put their own twist to it and every time someone lost they got a letter, the first one to spell the word D-O-N-K-E-Y had to act like one at the end.  Very funny.

Eva joined in on Jeana's dance class while they were here.  They both had a lot of fun and Eva was totally overly enthusiastic.  In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if she left the one hour lesson with a few injuries.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Planting Seeds

For Family Home Evening this week, and since March was almost over, we decided to head to local and oh so popular Home Depot.  The kids helped me pick out seeds and we bought a little start kit for both of them to grow their plants in.  They were mostly excited about the lettuce because it was called, 'Black-Seeded Simpson.'  We also planted cucumbers, sunflowers, tomatoes and corn.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Charles In Charge...

This is one of our favorite people (though we do have many) here.  Charles is a cute man who always likes to give my husband a hard time--which he often needs.  Anyhow, a few years ago, we invited him over for his birthday dinner and now, it has kind of become a tradition.  So, we had a good time, though not enough candles...Sorry Charles!  :)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Just kickin' It

After Nauvoo, we headed back to Nathan and Melinda's house.  The kids played in the rain...
Found a fantastic rainbow that could be seen from one end to the other...

Made food with grass...
Played on the swings...

Climbed trees...

And the highlight...getting to meet cute baby Emmett for the first time.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Nauvoo and Family

When my parents and Chris and Kristal and the girls drove out, we met them in Nauvoo.  I knew it was going to be a fast trip and that Dave couldn't get work off, so initially I wasn't up for the extra drive.  However, Nathan and Melinda convinced me to come and let us tag along in their car, so the drive wasn't as bad.  It also gave us a few more days to hang out because Dave's parents were coming at the end of the week, so we had to take off before everyone else.  Here is Jeana posing in front of the temple.  A very pretty girl in front of a very pretty temple.

Here is Jeana sitting in the window at Carthage Jail.  She was listening to the speaker talk about what had happened and after hearing that this was the window Joseph Smith fell through, I think it was a little touching for her and she was pondering the idea.

Here is Jeana down on the Outside grounds of Carthage Jail.

Nathan and Melinda and Family in front of the Nauvoo Temple.

Chris and Kristal and their family...same spot.
The girls and me...again same place, same time. 

Every once in a while, I like to pretend that I have photography skills, I snap a few pictures, then I get over it.
Grandma and Grandpa and grandkids riding on a horse drawn wagon.
At the blacksmith's shop, the kids all got diamond rings...which they all thought were pretty cool (I think they all got lost within two day, but nonetheless they were cool at the moment.)  Lindsey even got a little horse shoe
Ethan got to be a bigger helper.
The family.
Uncle Nathan (aka the entertainer.)

Again that itch for photography snapping comes out.
Too cute to pass up.
Again drawing water from a well.
Abby fell in love with baby Rylee.  She seems to find the babies wherever we go.  Very fun.
The girls.
The groupies.  The kids and I hung out, since I was husbandless for a while so the other adults could go to the temple.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sweet Abby

Last week I was hurrying to get ready and Abby had the day off of school and decided she wanted to be a big helper.  So, she wanted to 'secretly' make all of our beds.  It was quite thoughtful and a pretty good attempt on her part!  

Friday, March 6, 2009

How to Pull Teeth

Step 1: Smile with tooth still in place.  Step 2: Copy her other girlie friends and have Dad attach tooth to string, then door and slam shut.  Step 3: Let Mom take over b/c Dad can't seem to tie a tight enough knot around the tooth. (Where are those future surgeon skills anyway?) Step 4:  Close Door.  Step 5:  Repeat.  Hey, if you're already pulling one out, you might as well make it two!  After all, isn't the whole goal is to collect as much money as possible from the Tooth Fairy anyway?

An Artist in the Making

Jeana's school does a district wide art show every year.  They choose a few art pieces from each grade and Jeana was one of two 1st graders whose art work was selected to be displayed at the High School one Saturday morning.  She must take after her Dad!  :)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Happy 5th Birthday Abby!

It is hard to know where all the time goes.  I cannot believe my baby is 5--it happens all too soon.  This year for her Birthday, we decided to do a bowling party.  She has another little friend that she plays with a lot, who was also in her preschool class and since they share most of the same friends and their birthdays were only a few weeks apart, we decided to combine efforts and throw a party for both of them.  I wasn't feeling super creative, nor did I feel like hosting that many 5 year olds, so we planned a bowling party (Bowling + Costco Cake= low stress party for Mom-yeah!)  They all had a great time.  The most exciting part of course, was they all got a medal at the end. 
On the day of her birthday, we asked what she wanted the biggest request was breakfast in bed--another tradition started by some good friends here.  Anyhow, she of course woke up early that morning and wouldn't get out of bed, she was just waiting for us to serve her.  Jeana had fun helping too. I would have to say that was probably the highlight of her day--though the presents were fun too.