Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Happy Birthday Sweety!!

Today's Mike's 30th birthday!! Wow, I'm now married to an old man! Despite his advanced age, Mike's still an awesome father, wonderful husband, and great man. I love him!!! Happy birthday Sweetums!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Thursday, April 15, 2010

WILD and CRAZY Spring Break 2010!!!

Wanna know which wonderfully exotic place I went?

All of you: Wow, that's sooo cool!! I've always wanted to go there!

Wanna know what kind of wild and crazy people I went with?
All of you: You are so out-of-control crazy! Wow, that's wild!

Yeah, I know. It's "off the hook"!

My in-laws have a house down in St. George. We decided to go with the kids since Mike had to work and my father-in-law teaches at BYU and hadn't finished up the semester yet. So the guys were out. And we, as strong, independent women figured we don't need men to have a good time, so we decided to go from Tuesday to Friday. We had a great time! Here are some of the highlights:

Each kid got their own pair of sunglasses. Noah wore his most of the time. I think it's because he finally got to wear glasses like his big brother.
We went swimming every day. That was my favorite part! I love swimming. I know there are no pictures of me in the pool to prove it. That's because it was my camera and I was taking the pictures. Coincidence?

We went on a walk. Notice how I said "a", singular. We only went on one, even though there are many walking trails in that area. That's because there was at least one child complaining the entire time we were out. They all took turns, but most of that complaining came from the child that really wanted to go on the walk in the first place.

The kids had lots of fun at a really nice playground across the street. There was lots of room to run around, play soccer, and blow bubbles.

We even included a popcorn movie night! The "movie" was a DVD of classic Loony Tunes. Everyone needs to get them!! It's so wonderful to see old Bugs Bunny and Road Runner cartoons! They are so much better then the crappy cartoons on TV today! And my kids love them too, so much so that I couldn't get them to look at me while I took their picture.

And to end on an exciting note, as we were leaving, I found a dead lizard in the garage. I picked it up to throw it away, but showed the kids first. Leah loved it. She kept saying, "It's so beautiful. It's so beautiful." And it really was. It doesn't look it, but that little thing is very colorful. Leah was so enthralled that I was worried she was going to kiss it or something, so I quickly threw it away.

And that was my wild and crazy spring break. Wow, how can I possibly top this next year?

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Noah and the Egg

Once upon a time there was a delightful little family in which the children wanted to dye Easter eggs. Upon learning this, the wonderful mother traveled into town and traded a few gold coins for magical dye.

The older children leapt for joy upon their mother's return and immediately began their creative labor.

However, the youngest child, Noah, wept bitterly for he knew he was forbidden from dying eggs because he was not yet of age.

The mother and father saw his sorrow and decided to allow him one egg to dye, but first gave him strict warning. "My dear son," his father said, "Please use caution when dying your egg. Hold fast to it at all times. For should you drop it, we shall all suffer great misfortune." The little boy paid no heed to his father, but instead excitedly began his labors.

The evening continued with much festivity and delight. The older children remembered their father's warning and held fast to their eggs while decorating.

After some time, little Noah finished his egg. Feeling great pride, he admired his natural skill and craftsmanship.

Unfortunately, he neglected to maintain a firm grip on his egg and it slipped from his hand and fell onto the floor.

"Quick, my son!! Catch that egg before it escapes!" Noah's father commanded.

"Oh no! What shall we do?" little Noah's elder brother exclaimed.

"AAAAAaaaa!" Noah's sister screamed. And then she fainted.

Realizing his terrible mistake, Noah summoned all his courage and leapt into action. He cornered the rolling egg and snatched it up.

He returned the bewitched egg to the table and there was only one thing to be done. Little Noah destroyed his beloved egg, the egg he had put his whole heart into, his first Easter egg.

Unfortunately, the damage was irreversible. Had little Noah but listened to his father and held fast to his egg, great misfortune could have been avoided. That egg would have been made into egg salad fit for a king. Instead, it had to be discarded. Hopefully, little Noah gleaned a valuable lesson from this experience and will follow strictly his father's words next year. But that remains to be seen.