Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dallas Texas Stake Father Son Campout

Our boys had the opposite to Tony and Ryan's experience. It's been raining and flooding daily and so most people stayed away from the Campout. Except it dried up just enough that they didn't get all muddy. And it didn't rain the entire time they were down in Grandview. 

The only thing they couldn't do was the service project. The place where that was to happen was just too wet. 

I let Daron take Jacob this year and was sad but happy that he didn't seem to miss me. He was just so excited to go camping with his dad and big brother. 

He took to it very well!
I guess they ate a lot of hot dogs. Nathan proudly told me his daddy ate four! 
They all came home tired and Jacob went right down for a long nap. Nathan was a grouch all day. But they have good memories. 

Esther and I took a friend out for pupusas for her birthday. Then we went to an Activity Days mother/daughter book club at the church. We each brought a favorite book and told why we liked it. You could dress in character if you wanted. Esther dressed as Briar Beauty, a character from one of the Ever After High books. 
Then we went to her friend's house for a stay late get together. The mother and I talked, she gave me a tour of their new home (they've been in it since mid-March), and the girls ran around like crazy people, played hide and seek, and slid down the stairs. Note to self: a too open floor plan causes too much noise. 

We got to bed by 11pm which also ended up causing a grouchy Esther all day Saturday. Guess we won't be doing any late nights for a LONG time!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter from Texas

Our kids were pretty cute today so I took them outside and I took over 100 pictures. Some of them turned out really sweet so I wanted to post several of them that I liked the best. It was really hard to choose because so many of them turned out well.

 The boys were pretty excited to have matching ties. Nathan was especially excited because his is an actual tying tie!
My two handsome boys!
My sweet nine year old girl. Growing up too fast!
Children's Place - we love your clothes! I even found a cute matching dress for Adah to wear when she is about 6 months old.

Where does she learn how to pose?

Nathan is all ready for tball season!
He looks more and more like his Daddy's pictures when he was a kid!
 Very typical Jacob face!

Oh my adorableness!!

Another typical Jacob face!

We hope that you are having a wonderful Easter as well. And remembering the reason for this special day - our Savior Jesus Christ - who suffered and died for each of us. And who, by His resurrection, conquered death so that we all may someday be resurrected. As I think of Noni, my grandparents, my sister-in-law Tiffany, my friend Kristin, and others that I love that have passed on, I am even more grateful that because of Christ's sacrifice, they will live again and we will be together again. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Jacob Is Three!

Somehow Jacob knew that turning three would make him bigger. He's been telling us this for months. "When I three, I will be bigger!" Usually this was emphasized by standing on a chair or stool and stretching as tall as he could.

First thing this morning, though, we started telling him Happy Birthday and he refused to believe it was his birthday. Even at 11:25am when I informed him that he was now officially three, he firmly told me that he was still two.

It wasn't until his birthday party this evening that he finally agreed that it was his birthday and that he was indeed three. I guess it wasn't official until the actual party! Silly boy.

We went with a construction theme as currently that is the theme of his life. He is quick to point out big piles of dirt, excavators, diggers, etc. And with all the road construction in the Dallas area, we see a lot of them!

We were going to buy cupcakes at a fun little bakery called Outta the Oven but then he saw this amazing double fudge cake. He changed his mind. It was soooo good. I added the mini cones that I bought on Amazon. Now he gets to use them to play with his cars.

 Roasted veggie mac n cheese. I really like this recipe. Plus, it has lots of vegetables in it that the kids snarf right up!
 Sloppy Joe sliders. Yummy!
Neesha brought this adorable vegetable platter!
 The Quinns and their sweet girl, Liz. She is a little younger than Jacob.
 Our friend and surrogate grandma, Julie.
I love how these two boys adore each other.


 He received this great hat and construction vest. He wore them the rest of the night. And held onto the cute plush McQueen from Esther.
McQueen is right there!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Esther's 9th Birthday Party!

Since we don't do friend parties every year, and since I am cultivating my party planning talent, I let Esther choose a theme for her family (and a very few family friends) birthday party this year. She chose Madeleine Hatter from the Ever After High series of books.

I don't really like actual character birthdays so I asked her if it would be okay to do a Mad Hatter-ish type of tea party dinner/party. She was very agreeable to the idea and we started planning. She mostly came up with the menu - though I did direct it in a certain direction.

We pulled out my vintage china and tea cups - because I always love an excuse to use them. Here is Esther directing two of our guests to their seats. Megan, her best friend, and her grandmother, who has become a good friend as well.

We served a yummy tomato and mozzarella salad, complete with lettuce from our garden! It mostly survived the winter.

Mini quiche, banana and peanut butter on croissants, berry salad...

And salami, pear, and sharp Irish cheddar on rustic bread.

Esther and her sweet friend. She is sporting her Madeleine Hatter hat.

Not sure what she wished for, but it sure took her a long time to get through it!!

Scientific experiments from Megan. The Beerers (I forgot to take their picture!!!) gave her books, which she has already devoured, and a chocolate bar, which amazingly she has not yet devoured.

Grandpa and Grandma Brown sent her Josefina, a mini American Girl doll. You can tell she was pretty excited about it.

Jacob being goofy.

And again. He is sporting a cute beach towel from Grandpa and Grandma Janis.

We had a fun evening. In Esther's words it was "the best birthday ever!" We love our sweet and sassy girl who is getting smarter and sassier each day!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Esther's Latest Passion

Esther is very much into ancient Egypt right now. She is very knowledgable about mummy making, ceremonial beards, different types of crowns, cats, etc. It's fun to watch her get excited about learning new things on her own.

Last night I was showing her videos on YouTube about cruises down the Nile River. She was ready to pack up and go. It's really too bad we can't take advantage of her current excitement and actually go. But right now is just not a good time to go. I would love it, too!!

Here she is with her current reading material from the library. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Shelob's Victims

So Nathan's penguin friends went missing mysteriously tonight. Daron just found them behind the curtains looking rather mummified in Esther's slipper socks. I don't know about you but to me they look like they were attacked by Shelob, the giant spider in Lord of the Rings. It really made me chuckle.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Laundry Room Improvements

The cabinets and shelves are in! We only had one solid shelf over each unit and a large five shelf free standing unit in there holding everything that would go in a linen closet plus extra toiletries, detergent, etc. I managed to get most all of it into the cabinets. The rest I either got rid of or found a new home elsewhere. 

Daron installed the cabinets on Saturday and the handy wire shelves tonight. That's where my frequently used things go. 

We debated putting a couple of shelves on the back wall but may end up getting another free standing unit made of sturdy metal to put the last items on plus food storage. The food storage idea just came to me today. We've been wondering where to put more for awhile. And now that we finally have a full supply of water (and with tornado season fast approaching), I feel more motivated to fill out our food storage.