Sunday, November 11, 2012
Yesterday was Michael's 2nd birthday. The morning started out with double rehearsals for Luke and I, however, we made sure that he still had a very special day. We came home shortly before lunch and decided to take the family out to Jack in the Box. I know, not healthy nor very celebratory, but we got him a shake and since we rarely go to fast food restaurants it was fresh and fun for him. Afterwards we came home and I decorated his cake. So, nothing superbly fancy with different shapes, nor was it perfect, but it was still fun and Michael LOVED it. He loves trains. :)
That night Luke mentioned that the Spanish branch invited our family to their ward Latino celebration for the evening, so we decided to go and check it out. Luke made friends with some of the members of the ward over a year and a half ago at a baptism and have been playing volleyball with them once a week ever since. The celebration was WONDERFUL! There were LOTS of yummy authentic dishes (some we haven't even heard of or tried before) and the people were so friendly. After we had dinner they put on an amazing show full of fun traditional dances. Michael absolutely loved the dancing. Then there was a really amazing band and they were so incredibly talented. We had to leave after just 1 song played by the band, which was unfortunate, but it was already 8:30pm. So we came home and had cake and Michael opened his present.
Poor Michael doesn't have very many boy toys. He's been playing tea set and dress up and we've just felt really bad. So, we got him something that we thought he'd enjoy. It was a hit, the boy absolutely LOVES it! Happy Birthday to my bundle of joy! You might be a crazy little kid, but you sure make me smile. :)
Monday, August 20, 2012
Lily turned 6 this year so it was my first birthday party! Lily wanted a castle cake and so I did the best that I could. It took me FOREVER to make this cake and though it's a little lopsided Lily was IN LOVE with it! It was totally worth the hours to see her reaction. I believe it was a lemon cake layered with strawberries and cream in between.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
After having Lily in ballet last school year, we decided to try something new. I've always wished that I was better at gymnastics and Luke has always thought gymnastics was better than dance (personal opinions here people); so we decided to enroll them at the Eastside Gymnastics Academy. I chose the place based on location and the fact that we knew one of the coaches back from our Institute days - Jeff Crockett! The girls absolutely LOVED it. At the end of the school year they put on a "Gymnastics Show" where parents can go down and go through each of the stations and take pictures of their children. So here's a bit of what they have been up to and learning this year. I thought it was really cool that each kid got either a medallion or a little trophy at the end. We'll definitely be starting gymnastics again this Fall. :)
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Anyway, my Mother's Day was fantastic. I did end up going to church by myself with the kids since Luke wasn't feeling well, but he made me breakfast in the morning, got the kids ready except for the hair part, and then when he was at home he cleaned up my house! :) Every year at Mother's Day Luke always gives me a "day off" and I LOVE IT! He always takes care of all the children, in fact, they're not even allowed to ask me for ANYTHING that day and he always cleans my house. Talk about the best Mother's Day present in the world! Him and Jeff just pampered Marren and I all day with lunch and dinner, putting the kids down, etc. It was wonderful.
Anyway, for Father's Day I didn't do anything nearly as grand for Luke. I tried, but I just am not as good I guess. I ended up sending him to church with the girls by himself because Michael wasn't feeling well. I did end up cleaning up just a tad, but it's different when you have a sick baby who constantly needs your attention. I made him lunch and dinner, but you know, I realized that that wasn't really all that special since I do it everyday.... We did end up getting him a really nice wet suit for Father's Day so I guess at least we gave him a present. I so appreciate how wonderful he is and what a great dad he his. The art project below was something that Lily made in school for Luke. It came with a story about how a father would go all the way up into the heavens to get the moon for his daughter.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
After church we went back to our place, packed up and headed out. Our first destination was Beaver Falls. I had read about it online and thought it might be cool. Unfortunately, Beaver Falls is on the side of the road and really no hiking trails at all. So, the kids and I viewed it from the top while Luke did his thing and scaled down the side of the road and got the picture above. It was pretty.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
On the docket for Saturday was the Hoh Rain Forest, and that's it! So, after breakfast I packed our lunches and then headed out. Forks is really a GREAT location to stay at if you want to hit La Push and the Rain Forest. It's only a 30-40 min drive to both destinations. We did 2 hikes and ate lunch by the river on our second hike. It was GORGEOUS and it smelled heavenly! Nothing beats the fresh air of a rain forest!
We were done by about 3pm and then headed back into town. We hit a garage sale and got a box of whatever we wanted for $5 since it was the end of the day. The girls got a giant bag of my little ponies, some books and we got Michael a bunch of little cars. They were so excited. We then hit the local grocery store, got some frozen pizzas and ice cream and ate dinner back at our rental. The kids had a great time playing with all their new toys. We showered them off that night and sent them all to bed by 8:30pm and Luke and I chilled out and watched a movie on TV. Though I was pretty tired and crashed halfway through the movie. :)
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
For our vacation we decided to head out to the peninsula and visit La Push and the Hoh Rain Forest. We got up and left the house Friday morning at 6:15am. There's a restaurant out in Sequim we found 2 years ago called Oak Table Cafe that serves the BEST breakfast. Luke really wanted to eat there so we got up early just for that. :) It really is a fabulous place albeit a bit pricey.
We arrived in Sequim at 8:30am and had our breakfast. Then we headed off to La Push. La Push was absolutely GORGEOUS! We were extremely lucky that it was sunny though it was still a bit cold. We went to First Beach and played in the sand. They had REAL sand which is very difficult to find in Washington. We stayed out there for a good 3-4 hours, had lunch and just enjoyed the ocean. There was a giant log washed up on the side of the beach and the roots were amazing! We played around on the tree and the kids had a fabulous time
We went up to Second Beach next. You have to hike down to Second Beach and it's roughly 1 mile I think. By the time we got there it was a bit cloudy and cold but it was so amazing! My pictures don't do it justice since it was dark and gray and late in the day. There were rocks and "caves" at Second Beach for us to explore and play around in. It was a bit tricky with Michael, but the girls did very well. We left La Push around 5:15-5:30pm and never made it to Third Beach. Third Beach is a bit longer of a hike and it's just miles of sand from what I hear so we decided it was ok to skip it.
We stayed at Forks at a place called the Olympic Suites Inn, which was basically renovated apartments. We got a 2 bedroom apartment, full kitchen, bath, etc. for only $95/night. Talk about a GREAT deal! Forks is only a 10-15 mile drive from both La Push and the Hoh Rain Forest so it was really quite the perfect location. I have to admit, the whole area (La Push included) really tried to capitalize on "Twilight," and it brought me a little bit joy making fun of things here and there. :) When we headed down to La Push there was a giant sign that said, "Treaty Line, No Vampires Allowed," followed by lodgings called "Jacob's Place" and "Wolf Den." There was even a restaurant that said, "Bella's Bulletin Board." In Forks there were lots of "Twilight" shops and tours there was even "Twilight Wood" for sale. :)
Anyway, we went and got some Mexican food and then headed back to the apartment to call it a night. I wanted the vacation to be fun and relaxing; NOT stressful. The kids all went to bed by about 7:30-7:45 and we had a fairly early night too.