Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
This is the best photo I got of both of them. Isaiah was being a stinker and I didn't get any of just him. But here is Katie:
"Mom this is how princesses turn, see?" Katie says as she lifts her skirt to twirl.
My Easter gift this morning:
My Valentine's Day tulips are blooming!
I'll post more pics of the egg hunts/party soon, but for now let me leave you with one thought:
HE IS RISEN!
Monday, March 17, 2008
This morning a leprechaun came and visited our house, leaving a trail of rainbow clues leading to a "pot of gold." Shelli helped us start this tradition last year, and Isaiah began talking about it and pretending to do it since we put up the St. Patrick's Day decorations, so we couldn't not do it again this year.
When I was growing up, there was a couple in our ward that was half-Irish. St. Patrick's Day was a big deal for them, and one year they did a mutual activity for us, explaining the origins of the holiday, and how shamrocks are not four-leaf clovers. I think we'll have a family home evening tonight about the Godhead using a shamrock . . .
Are you wearing green?
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Tuesday we went to the park of Katie's choice, "the park with the purple slide," aka Ivins City Park in the morning, then when we had all had a nap and were in better moods, we went swimming at Sand Hollow Aquatic Center. I felt very brave going swimming with both kids by myself, particularly since Isaiah has had to be saved by lifeguards twice in the past when he managed to get out of my eyeline and make a beeline for deep waters. But it was great because both kids stayed close to me, and while we were there Shelli and Ben and the kids turned up to play with us.
Wednesday we met the ward playgroup at Unity Park, and although it was overcast and cool, we stayed a bit longer than the kids could handle. But after a very looooong nap (yeah! I got a rest and did some housework!), we were all set for another adventure. This time we hiked around at the base of Red Mountain, as it is only about a mile from our house, and I was not feeling adventurous enough to venture farther. As it was, we only stayed about 20 minutes, but it still felt like an adventure, and the kids loved watching for lizards (we saw two) and climbing boulders.
And today we had our last adventure before we go to pick Dad up tomorrow: a picnic with friends. We met Stephanie and her kids and Haley and her kids at Santa Clara Park (well, after a bit of confusion), and had a lovely time in the perfect picnic weather.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
When we have everyone over, I'm trying to let go and not care so much about everything being perfect, planned, pretty, and, well, perfect. Perfect can have a new meaning: happiness. Happiness is perfection, if only in the fleeting moment that you feel it, right? So, bring on the cousins! And friends! Who cares if there are dishes in the sink and Cheerios on the floor if it leads to a perfect moment of joy in sharing our lives with those we love?
Okay, so I'll still probably care, but it's all in the pursuit of a better attitude . . .
Some pics of the cuties:
Friday, March 7, 2008
This morning Isaiah pointed out that "popcorn was popping" on our apricot tree. This spring has been a fresh start for not only our trees, but for me in many ways. A new approach to motherhood, a new outlook on our future, and a new take on improving my skills and talents. I've started piano lessons, I'm working hard at using all the Stampin' Up stuff I've amassed, and I'm trying my best to make the most of every experience I'm faced with. So, in the spirit of spring, hats off to a new beginning, whether it be a blog, or anything else in your life that needs a new start.