Thursday, April 28, 2011

Easter is NOT Christmas (shocking)

3 cute kids were so excited for the Easter Bunny to come and leave baskets full of goodies.  They talked about it non stop for weeks.  They had all different theories regarding what he might bring.  They tried to remember what had been left in previous years, and what bearing that might have on this year's bounty.

 It was so exciting you might have thought it was Christmas!  Oh... wait... one kid DID think it was Christmas!  When he saw the basket, he was okay.  But when he realized the basket contained mostly new clothing, and just a couple small toys, he got very, very upset. 
He was quite offended, and kept yelling "It isn't as good as when Santa comes!"  Yes, that's right, kid.  It isn't as good as Christmas, and it never will be.  Good to learn now, because I can promise that I'm not doing Christmas more than once a year!  I only wish I could have gotten a better picture of his cute little crying face!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter Traditions

We usually do our baskets and egg hunts on Saturday morning, leaving Easter Sunday free of chaos and candy (except for the chaos of making them wear clothes they don't want to and not eat candy that they do want). 

We spent the early morning at home, discovering our baskets and new clothes and shoes.   I got a new set of lawn chairs, which I use a lot in my role as soccer mom!  We then went to a fantastic soccer game, came home to relax for a bit, then headed to Grandma's for our annual egg hunt.

One of my favorite childhood memories is doing an egg hunt at my Grandma's house, and my mom is creating those same memories for my kids.  Think hundreds of eggs, special prizes and treats, followed by a huge dinner with delicious food. 

When my Dad sees this next picture, I predict he will ask, in an exasperated tone, why we always take silly pictures of him.
And I will answer, as I always do, that if he didn't jump in front of the camera and pull a silly face, I wouldn't take the silly pictures!

Here is what we were really trying to get a picture of:  The cousins before the hunt.
If it seems like not enough kiddos, that is because there are 3 who were very much missed on this day.  We needed 3 more faces with baskets to complete the set.
Let the hunt begin- the littlest go first, much to the torture of the biggest.
Luckily Jack and Aidan didn't have to wait too long- they were ready to hunt!
Go, Aidan, go!
The bigger kids tried to act cool, but you could see the gleam in their eyes if you looked closely!  :)
Found one!
Some are easy to find, others are a bit more difficult.  And the squirrells always rout out any that might be missed.
Matt, Adam and I were the official photographers of the event.
Kydon was there too.
Love this one of little Aaron discovering an egg!
After the baskets were filled to overflowing, we stopped to eat a delicious dinner.  Not that the kids were hungry at all, but the adults enjoyed it!
Little Gavin did his best to sleep through the whole thing.  Don't worry, baby- we will do it again next year!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

I love the Easter clothes and family picture!  Turned out better than I expected, so I'm happy!  Happy Easter everyone!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I have 10 more to go...

I'm still (sort-of) working on my goal of doing 40 projects in 40 days.  My 40 days are up tomorrow.


As a valid excuse, I will point out that I went out of town for an entire 9 days for Spring Break, so technically I should get another week, right? 

There are 10 projects left... actually 9.5.  The problem is that I have saved the most dreaded for last.  Great idea, huh?  Just when your motivation is at the lowest, tackle the most annoying projects!  :)

So, I am giving my self one more week... One final push to finish it up! 

Also, there are only about 25 school days left!  I have a lot of things to get done before summer arrives!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

My squishy nephew

Such a cutie!  And he was super, super good during all the picture taking!  Just wide-eyed and happy- never even gave hardly a peep!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Makin' me laugh

Just for fun- here is Abigail in her cute little Easter Egg dress that she just *had* to have for the Easter Egg hunt!  And her 3-D glasses, of course.

Maybe it is just that I was a little off today from working all weekend and general sleep deprivation, but the kids were cracking me up all afternoon.  I made Ramen Noodles for an after-school snack.  Abigail had them for the first time at a friends house and requested them.  Aidan heard us talking about Ramen Noodles, and when I handed him his bowl, he sniffed it for a minute, then asked "is this really Rotten Noodles?"  I could just see him trying to decide if we were joking or if he was supposed to eat rotten noodles!

After snack, I just wasn't up to helping and/or forcing the kids to do their cleaning work.  I decided to give myself them the day off.  I started to joke about it, saying "Oh, kids, I have to tell you some REALLY bad news.  It is going to make you all really sad..."

Abigail immediately pops up and says "YOU ARE HAVING A BABY!!"  (not in an excited way- in a way that she thought that was the worst news ever!)  I started laughing and told her that no, I wasn't having a baby, but if I were that would be *good* news, not bad!  She countered, telling me I would get really sick and throw up and they would have to cut me open to get the baby out and I would walk around with my belly cut open forever and kids take all your money and they drive you crazy.  I was doubled over, I was laughing so hard [and yes, I obviously need to stop complaining, but we'll save that for another day].

After I composed myself and told them that the real bad news is that they didn't have to do any cleaning and I was really sorry because I knew how much they loved it, Jack and Abigail got excited.  Aidan, however, was still not happy.  His source of annoyance?  "M-ooooo--mmmm!  I wanted to hear REAL bad news!"  He does like to hear about the bad stuff!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Just a few pictures

I've been taking a photography class the past few weeks.  I wouldn't really say I'm passionate about photography, but Kydon gave me a nice camera for Christmas, and I would like to be able to take it out of "auto" mode.  I would also like to be able to take nice of pictures of the kids once in a while.

The first few weeks, I basically just learned enough to realize that my pictures are really pretty crappy! 

But last night at soccer practice I was playing around and ended up getting a few shots that I ended up liking quite a bit.
 I love how his face is sharp but the grass is all blurry- that was one of the main things I wanted to learn how to do!  Oh, all of these are straight out of the camera.
The storm was holding off for just a bit, but it was making some pretty interesting clouds. 

I love Aidan's eyes!  He was trying to thwart my picture by getting really close, but I actually like how it turned out!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Lessons Learned On Spring Break

  • My kids are really lucky to have 6 living Grandmothers, who each know them and love them.  And spoil them!
  • 8 people cannot reasonably be expected to eat 23 giant bowls of Noodles.  No matter how yummy it tastes, it just isn't physically possible.  But there was room for a rice crispy treat at the end.  There is always room for that!
  • If you never want to see your kids again, simply build a basketball court in your basement.  Goodbye, children- see you when it is time to go!
  • Cafe Rio is just as good as everyone says.
  • In-N-Out Burger is not as good as everyone says.
  • My Grandma's cooking is better than all of it combined.
  • Aidan prefers an early bedtime and a set schedule.  He actually made me promise to put him to bed at the REGULAR time when we got home.  That boy needs his sleep!
  • A story problem:  If One 5 year old eats Candy + Junk food + chugs a 32 oz soda it will = gastronomic distress.  A good life lesson.
  • Kydon cannot stand to be at home for more than 24 hours.  Thus, upon completing our trip to Utah on a Thursday, there were still 2 whole days of spring break left.  Therefore, we had to go to Tennessee.  Obviously.
  • I need to take more pictures.
  • Traveling is a lot more affordable when you get discount airline tickets, free places to stay and hardly ever eat out.  Who knew.
  • As long as the hotel has an indoor pool, it really doesn't matter where the hotel is located.  The kids just enjoy the swimming.

Friday, April 1, 2011


I will be taking a blog hiatus this next week!

We will be visiting my Grandma to celebrate her 85th birthday.  We will be up early, stay up late, and eat a lot of food.

Also, 3 cute kids could not be more excited.  Jack woke up at 2am Monday morning asking if it was time to go yet! 

I'm off to pack and do the last bit of laundry, since we have to leave the house somewhere close to 4am tomorrow (heaven help us)!