Thursday, October 1, 2015

Playing with Princesses

This girl is ALL about the princesses lately. A sweet neighbor girl gave Ellie all of the Pollys that she doesn't play with anymore, and they are definitely going to be just as loved by their second owner.

I love hearing her in her room making them each talk to and interact with each other. It is so fun to watch her imagination and personality continue to come out as she gets older. I sure love my girly little girl!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Unplanned Time "In"

On Tuesday as we got into the car to take Ellie to school, I realized the car was dead. (The kids love to play with the lights and I forgot to check that they were off) Luckily school is only about a half mile away, so I got out the stroller for Jonah and the two big kids walked. Usually I would have been really frustrated that Ellie was going to be late, that the kids were walking slow, that our errands would have to be postponed, etc., but I decided that it didn't really matter too much. I mean, it's preschool, and being late one day is not going to be a problem. Besides, it was a beautiful morning. So the kids and I walked Ellie to school, and had a great time. (It did take almost an hour round trip because Nathan has short little legs... But that's ok!) On the way back Nathan told me everything inside his cute little brain, and pointed to anything remotely interesting for a 2-year-old boy.

When we got home we decided to make cinnamon sugar popcorn.

And I let the boys lick all of the sugar out of the bowl. They LOVED that!

Then we did puzzles and just hung out until Sam brought Ellie home after school and jumped the car for us. I was surprised at how well the boys cooperated doing the puzzle together. Usually Ellie takes over and tells everyone what they need to do.

I really enjoyed this time with my boys, even if it wasn't what I originally had planned for the morning! I think we will be having more "time in" while Ellie is in school instead of always running errands!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Funny Meltdown Moment

The other night Sam gave Nathan a book to read before going to down for a nap. Nathan asked what the book was called, and when Sam said "It's A Book" Nathan just completely lost it. Sam tried over and over again to explain to him that the name of the book was "It's A Book," but he kept asking "What's it's naaaaameee?"

Poor little guy! But it will be funny for him to look back on once he can read, I'm sure!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Harvest Time!

Our garden froze the other night so we picked everything and are hoping it will all ripen up.

The kids were really proud of everything they helped to grow! 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Determined Little Jonah

It cracks me up sometimes how DETERMINED little kids can be to do the things they want to do. The other day at the park Jonah was quite convinced he could get up on this thing. I thought it was so cute that I had to preserve the memory before I helped him.

But I did end up helping him up - I'm not that mean!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sam Ran a Marathon!

Sam ran the Mesa Falls Marathon last Saturday. (That just sounds like way too casual of a statement for how amazing of an accomplishment this was for him!)

Getting ready to start at 6:30 am. 

The kids and I were lucky enough to be able to drive almost the entire course and cheer him along at stops along the way. The first 10 miles or so were on a dirt roads that they wouldn't let cars on, so we stopped and waited until he came out. Then we stopped every couple of miles and cheered for him as he ran by. 

This was at 11 miles I think. ^

17 miles and about to go up the big hill!

We entertained ourselves with plenty of snacks. Ellie was quite proud of how she could balance the apple on her tongue like that.

After we cheered Sam on at 20 miles, I figured we had better get to the finish line because I wasn't sure how close we would be able to park, how long it would take all 4 of us to walk to the finish line, etc, and I didn't want to miss him coming across the finish line! It ended up that we got to park really close, so we had awhile to sit and wait. Jonah was so funny because he just kept clapping. And Nathan kept throwing dirt on me... So that was fun.

Ellie used her "binoculars" to watch for Daddy.

There he is! 4 hours and 31 minutes. He did it!

Yay! Trying to stretch out his legs while the kids ran around eating all of the food he got after finishing... Typical kids. And of course Ellie had to wear his medal.

I was so proud of him for finishing! He was really sore for a few days afterwards of course, but he hiked Table Rock on Saturday with his scouts... So I guess he is partly back to normal. We will see if he wants to run it again next year! 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Almost Time for Preschool

I can't believe this girl is old enough for preschool this year. A few days ago her teacher brought by some homework for her to do before she starts in a few weeks. She was SO excited to work on it that she had been begging me to help her with it ever since her teacher brought it by, but we hadn't had a good chunk of time to sit down and work on it until yesterday.

She was very serious about it, and had to concentrate.

Then she finally looked up, said "I'm ready for a picture now!" And smiled.

The finished products:

(Name tag to wear the first day)

She had to count her brother in my belly in the sibling count. And I find it funny that she said her favorite food is green beans... I mean she likes them, but I definitely thought she would say something else!

I love her drawings of the buffalo "poking someone in the bottom" in Yellowstone. I think the picture on the don't get close to the animals flyer stuck with her a little too well. And it was fun to watch her explain how to draw the huckleberries - they had to be purple and have "the little poky thing" sticking out of the top.

It is so fun for me to see her excitement for preschool, and I can't wait to see how she grows this year!

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