Friday, April 16, 2010

She's Three!

It is hard to believe my little girl is three. Here are the highlights from the big day.

My Grandma sends all the grandkids and great grandkids a dollar on their birthday. My kids get so excited when the envelope from Grandma Lula comes in the mail - A dollar is a very big deal at my house.
Grandma Nani sent a Baby Ballet DVD and this cute tutu. I started the ballet class for Kate and soon all the kids had joined in - it was pretty funny.

The Princess Cake.This is the dress I made her. It has the same fabric as the ones I made for two of my nieces - so someday (when baby Rachel fits hers) we can have matchy pictures.
Okay this picture has nothing to do with her Birthday and is just repeating an old theme - but she came down the stairs like this the other morning. She has the swimsuit strap stuck around her neck and she actually slept in that tutu - so strange. I love this silly girl - Happy Birthday Kate.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Morgan Horses

Natali wrote this story at school and wanted to put it on the blog. So Natali is going to make her first blog post...

One day a horse was walking around in the pasture then suddenly lightning struck . The gate fell down and the horse ran out. On the horse's run away trip the horse met a cat. She asked the cat if she knew there might be shelter. the cat said yes she new where there might be shelter.the cat took her to a old farm.she went inside and saw a foal .the foal was hungry so the mama horse fed the foal .in the morning the foal decided to go with the mama horse to go to the mama horse's house when they got to the mama horse's house the owner of the mama horse said I think I will keep the foal. The end.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter

Easter weekend was pretty mellow this year. We stayed home and enjoyed watching conference. The kids loved dyeing eggs and we even experimented with brown eggs that came from Grandpa's chickens.I put candy in plastic eggs then the kids hid them from each other. It took about 10 minutes but the candy kept them occupied for the next hour.
I have always done the egg stuff on Saturday and focused Sunday on Christ. Saturday we have a few small traditions we carry out but I have always struggled to find something fun to do with the kids on Sunday that carries the Easter message and that I would want to repeat year after year. This Sunday morning I got out of bed before anyone else (this baby was keeping me up anyway) and made donuts for breakfast. While getting them together I had an idea. We have a big picture of Christ hanging in our home. I took it off the wall and hid it in the van. I then put a note on the wall with the scripture reference Matt. 28:6 "He is not here: for he is risen" we talked about how scared and sad the disciples must have been to find Jesus missing. Then I kind of made a scripture scavenger hunt. The kids loved the challenge of finding the scriptures, reading them, and figuring out where the next clue was hidden. It also gave me their undivided attention to bare my testimony of our Savior. Maybe I have found my Sunday tradition.

Kate Moments

I am suddenly a little curious about what goes on after we turn out the lights at night because Kate has started comming down each morning in different jammies than the ones I put her to bed in. A few nights we even had midnight crying because she had taken off her diaper and then wet the bed. She has stopped taking off the diaper, thankfully, but she has started coming down the stairs each morning in her swimsuit. Why you would want to sleep in a swimsuit is beyond me.
She is turning 3 tomorrow, but for the past 3 weeks she has been telling people "I not 2 any more". We hadn't even talked much about birthdays- she just decided she was moving on.

Here is a video of her singing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" the back ground noises are cute baby "Rangel" as Kate has renamed her cousin Rachel. Kate's voice is barely audible but I'll take what I can get. Her outfit is her typical attire when at Grandma's house.
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This second video is even less audible. There are no baby "Rangel" noises but Kate is singing even quieter. I have posted it mostly because I have so few videos of my kids and because of the song she is singing. This is her favorite primary song. She sings it all the time and I just love it. I was trying to help her along but I think that just made her sing quieter. I love the facial expressions though. So here is Kate's silent version of "I'll Walk with You".

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Rabbit - by Mack Easton

Mack brought this home from school and I was so impressed. I would have scanned it but since our scanner doesn't work you will have to see it this way.

Rabbit

Onec A rabbit wint for A
Wack And he soo A Wlfe
So he ran A Wae from the
Wlfe then the Wlfe Wint
too Ceach the rabbit
the rabbit Cepe runing And
runing And then a Cogre Came
the rabbit ran A Way from
the Coger And the Wlfe. The End

Interpretation for those out of the habit of reading Kindergarten spelling

Once a rabbit went for a walk and he saw a wolf. So he ran a way from the wolf. Then the wolf went to catch the rabbit. The rabbit kept running and running. And then a cougar came. The rabbit ran a way from the cougar and the wolf. The end.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Spring Break

For Spring Break this year I let the kids make a list of all the things they wanted to do...go to Grandma's house and sleepover, go to McCall, and visit the zoo. We managed to do it all.

Grandma's house was a blast playing with cousins and collecting eggs.

McCall was beautiful but rather slushy. Mack and Natali enjoyed their last day of skiing with Grandpa and Aunt Val while I stayed home with the smaller kids. We didn't get a ton of sleep but we had a lot of fun.
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All we had left was the zoo and Andrew's special request to go see hawks and eagles. So Greg took Friday off and we all went to the zoo and the World Center for Birds of Prey.
It was more like winter than spring break. By the end of the day we were soaked and covered in snow but my kids always love the zoo. Here they are in front of the penguins.

The best moment at the zoo was with the Amur Leopard. He was pacing on the ground and started chasing the kids back and forth so we stopped to pose in front of him - then he rose up against the glass. I love Andrew's face in this picture as he realizes what the leopard is doing.
The other kids figured it out one by one.Here the leopard is staring Andrew down. Looks like a pretty tasty snack -huh.


The leopard jumped up on the glass over and over. The kids loved it. It was intimidating though to see how much bigger the cat was than my kids. Good thing the glass was thick.


The birds of prey place was very interesting. Less kid friendly but we managed. We got to see a Red Tailed Hawk and a Peregrine Falcon. Natali tried to ask the man as many questions as she could and soaked up lots of new info. Andrew was trilled to see meat eaters and everyone had a great time.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Belly

I realized the other day that I really have no pictures of me pregnant. Not just this time, but every time. I guess there are some, but I am usually sitting down holding a child on my lap so you can't see much of the belly. I figure my posterity needs one picture of me really pregnant so here it is. (As you can see Andrew has none of my camera avoidance).
I am due the 28th but my babies have been between 10 and 4 days early so I am hoping this one breaks the record and comes a full 2 weeks early. Hey I would even be okay with 3 weeks early-but I try not to get too optimistic.

Why you shouldn't let a cat sleep on your head

Last night, amid the noise of the basketball game on TV, Greg and I heard the sound of someone crying. Usually if our kids are crying at night they are already on their way down the stairs to tell their dramatic tale; so we waited. Nothing for a while - then more moaning. Greg went up to check it out and found Andrew in bed covered in blood. His ear was bleeding and while we cleaned him up we asked him what happened. No response. The kid kept falling back to sleep only waking up when I touched the gash in his ear. He had two little cuts and one big one - and we had no clue what could have happened. I taped a cotton ball in his ear and let the poor kid go back to sleep.

After some discussion we have determined that Gimli, our cat, must have been sleeping on Andrew's head. When he jumped off the bed his back claws must have ripped up poor Andrew's ear. Luckily, Andrew has no idea what happened because it would break his heart. He loves Gimli sleeping with him. At bedtime he calls to Gimli and waits for Gimli to lay down next to him. They really share the pillow every night. But maybe letting a cat sleep on your head isn't the best idea.
This is what it looks like this morning - poor cat lover.