Monday, May 16, 2016

Market day

Bria has been working hard (with the assistance of Cali) on her Perler bead store for market day! 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Sweet Sabbath

In an effort to better keep the Sabbath day holy as a family we worked on this Sweet Sabbath poster. Each candy included a Sabbah-appropriate activity, including "listen to good music," "read to your brother," "play a family game," "visit someone," "write a thank you card," "say prayers," "think about Jesus during the sacrament," and many others. As the kids completed each task (and on Sunday's only), they colored in the candy picture. Once all the candies were colored in they earned a movie party with friends. The Sabbath is a special day!

Mother's Tea

For several weeks Cali and the other OSE first graders prepared for a Mother's day program and breakfast. She also created some very cute artwork and cards for me. 


What great weed-pulling helpers!! 

Truck rodeo

We attended the Town of Flower Mound's annual Truck Rodeo, which showcases all the city's trucks. Liam was enchanted! He sat in all the drivers seats and even honked the horns. 

5 goals

Liam finishes up a trepidatious soccer season by "switching it up," no pouting, great ball control and 5 goals! Cali had a great season, too, with several goals and assists. She mastered the art of great placement and open passing! 

Woodlands weekend

While dad was out of town for work, mom and the kids went down to the Woodlands near Houston. We stayed at the lovely Embassy Suites where we gorged on free breakfast bacon, swam in the heated pool and relaxed to movies. We also visited the Houston Children's museum, hiked/crawled through the "woods" (where we saw snakes and petted horses), & had a few memorable pit stops.
Playing at a rest stop, throwing rocks in the pond and watching sunbathing turtles
Chefs in training at the children's museum
Our dusty hike through wimpy woods

General Conference

We enjoyed this Conference weekend with Papa Parma and Grandma Elizabeth, keeping entertained with the "good Word", games, coloring and blanket nests. 

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Easter 2016

A lovely Easter...baskets with goodies, church service, egg decorating and hunt, and a yummy feast shared with friends. 


The kids and I made red velvet macarons. Delectable! 


Happy birthday to me!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The beach

We also visited the rocky beach and tide pools, per mom's insistence. We found hermit crabs, urchins and anemones, plus we explored the shores and hiked the cliff path. Liam was mildly freaking out about crabs biting his toes, and all the kids got soaking wet down to their undies. Good times!

Disneyland 2016

Last-minute YOLO vacation to Disneyland! Short and sweet: 2 days at Disneyland with low crowds and mild weather, plus a day at California Adventure. Liam always wanted to "drive" (aka sit in the front). Bria was brave for most fast rides but she wouldn't ride Space Mountain. Cali was tickled to be able to ride by herself as a 7 yr old. She says her favorite ride is Pirates of the Caribbean. Bria's favorite was Alice in wonderland and Peter Pan, and Liam's was the Cars ride. They were terrified to death of Tower of Terror, Liam squeezing my hand so hard it hurt, then yelling at the ride conductor at the end: "you should never do that ride again!!" Almost on the verge of tears. The kids wore their Mickey ears every day, played and explored Toon Town (and all the lands) with wonder, sang along to Small World, loved the colorful parades, ate cotton candy every day, and waved to all the characters princesses. We had so much fun being together and snuggling on rides. It was magical. 

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Merry Christmas!

We enjoyed a lovely low-key Christmas, the first in our new home. Some highlights of the season included trimming the tree, decorating graham cracker houses, studying the nativity, delivering and receiving goodies, class parties, festive music and Christmas