On October 9 bright and early we loaded up the car and drove 16 hours down to Arizona for a number of activities. Our oldest niece, Sammy was getting baptized, our youngest nephew, Nathan Jr. was getting blessed and my sister was having her baby shower and to job search. We were all excited to head down to the warmth to visit family for a few days. My sister and brother-in-law took the boys Friday afternoon and kept them overnight so Chris and I could have a date night and be relieved of any sort of parenting duties for a little bit! It was so nice to have a little break and be able to talk whenever we wanted without anybody screaming or yelling to us and it was also nice to be able to sleep in and take our time getting up!! Thanks Kels and Alex, they sure had a blast!! So while they were over being spoiled by their aunt and uncle, Chris and I went to Golfland and did a round of mini-golf. It was fun and let the record show that I in fact WON!! haha After mini-golf we headed over to Target to get a baby shower gift for my sister, which proved to be VERY difficult because she is having a girl and everything is just SO DARN CUTE!!! We went before dinner and were in there forever so naturally Chris started getting hungry and went to get popcorn and a pop while he waited for me to make a decision...we may have been in there at least an hour!! lol I'm lucky that he is such a great sport and so patient...hey it's not everyday that can go into Target without any screaming kids and just enjoy myself, I had to take advantage of the moment! haha
After Target we went to dinner at Fuddruckers. I had never been there and boy their food is delish!! We just shared a burger and fries and then got a cookies and cream milk shake...so GOOD! But boy that place sure has a way of making you feel ginormous afterwards, even when you do share a meal!! It was a nice, relaxing and much needed night!!
Monday, October 29, 2012
For General Conference this fall I was determined to have something fun and different for the boys so that just maybe we could actually listen to at least one of the talks. After searching on Pinterest for quite a while I finally found something that looked age appropriate and fun for them. I made 15 different bags with a different activity & treat for each one. When one of the 12 apostles or the first presidency got up to speak they had to find his picture and then they could open up that bag. It sort of worked, but half of the activities they didn't seem too incredibly interested in, but we did get to listen to most of the speakers so I feel that in and of itself was a HUGE success!! Some of the things I had in the bags were Popsicle stick puzzles (temple, the prophet, Jesus, etc.), homemade peanut butter play dough with m&m's, lacing cards, prophets matching game, pretzel sticks and mini marshmallow building, pop corn in cute containers, puzzle, felt Mr. Potato Head and Pumpkins and a few other things.
We decided to take the boys to Blast Off to let them get some energy out. We even picked up our Nephew, Kaydon, so he could play with his cousins while his parent's finished cleaning and getting ready for the family to come over the next day for a luncheon to celebrate their baby's blessing. And then being the cool, fun parents and aunt and uncle that we are we took them to Orange Leaf for frozen yogurt! They each got to have their own little bowls and their own toppings! I love that they all get a long so well. We only have one fatality...and of course it was Tyler! He was going down the slide showed in the last picture and Kaydon had just gone down and hadn't moved yet and Tyler smacked his nose on Kaydon's head. This resulted in a huge bloody nose that didn't stop for like 20 minutes!! That's when we decided it was time to leave :(
Kaydon at least was willing to stand still long enough for me to get a non-blurry picture and smile!!
Today is Parker's first official day of Preschool!! He is so excited, as am I!! It will be really nice for him to be around other kids his own age for a couple hours. He goes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:20-10:40 am.
Have fun Little Man!!
Parker is doing the Preschool Lab on the BYU-Idaho campus this fall semester. He is so excited to go to "school"!! They had a little open house today to let the kids see the classroom and meet their teachers. The boys both had a blast and wanted to stay longer and play!