Thursday, April 24, 2014

Pima County Fair

On Monday we took the kids to the Fair. Sophie and Lydia have been talking about it for weeks. Every time we drive out to Grandma Miller's they point at the Ferris wheel and talk a mile a minute about riding it. Grandma and Grandpa Clayton came with us! And the girls had fun on the rides.

Lydia was crushed to find out that she was too short to ride the Ferris Wheel. We finally convinced her to go on other rides though and she was really excited to sit in the front of the roller coaster.

We took some fun pictures...

And the petting zoo was amazing! There were animals everywhere...

Lydia was too cute. All of these goats and sheep would come right up to her and she would hug them and say "Mom I made a friend!"

My favorite by far was the small cow. I think they are called a Zebu. I really wanted to take them home. And Easton just wanted to climb into every cage possible and live with the animals.

There was also a fun play area for kids where they could milk a pretend cow, harvest vegetables, and pan for copper.

Lydia got right in there to milk the cow. Sophie on the other hand wouldn't touch it.

We enjoyed some yummy fair food and the kids loved the fair so much we ended up staying way past their bedtime. We all even went for ice cream on the way home where we experiences the awesomeness of BTO frozen yogurt. They are already talking about going again next year and Lydia is determined to be tall enough for the Ferris Wheel.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


For Easter we stayed at Grandma and Grandpa Clayton's since we had no toilet at our house from tiling.

The girls were pretty excited over their tickets for rides at the Fair! They have wanted to go to the fair since last year. But since Easton was only a few days old last year we didn't go. I told Sophie we could go the next year and she remembered and reminded me several times.

Sophie is a part of the primary choir at church and was picked to play hand bells for a song. She did a great job remembering when to play her bell. After church we headed to Grandma and Grandpa Miller's house for dinner...

We had a massive Easter egg hunt.

The little ones were happy to hang out with their eggs.

It was a good Easter and I felt like our kids really got the meaning of why we celebrate it this year. Sophie and Lydia kept reminding me that Easter was about Jesus being resurrected.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easton is One!

On Friday Easton turned one year old! It is hard to believe he is that big. On Thursday we had Grandma and Grandpa Miller and Clayton come over for dinner. I made Easton a construction cake. Seriously the easiest cake I have ever made.

And I think Easton really enjoyed it...

He did an excellent job destroying it and especially loved digging it it with his toys. He was even ready to go after the big cake.

Then he opened his presents with a lot of help from his sisters...

He got a dump truck and a cute dress shirt and tie. He especially loved his new sunglasses. He thought he looked pretty cool,

The next day on his Birthday we headed to Grandma and Grandpa Millers to swim...

And Aunt Sarah brought his favorite snack in the whole world, veggie straws. He was in heaven.

Then we headed home and Easton helped Chad get the floor ready to finish...

Grandpa Clayton came over and helped us finish laying tile and Grandma watched the kiddos. They even let us stay at their house for the weekend since we couldn't use our bathroom. Final pictures of our floor are coming soon.

Easton loved playing in the backyard with Grandma and Grandpa's dump truck. He would push it all over.

Happy Birthday Easton!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Some Easter Fun

The thing about living in the desert is that swimming season comes April early. The girls jumped in the pool last week....

They exclaimed "Yay summer is here!!!!" Not quite....but when you live in Tucson April is close enough.

Easton and Jackson were the judging panel for the girls techniques in jumping in the pool. Way to go boys!

On Saturday our Ward did a Easter activity. Sophie is a part of the primary choir and sang. She is pretty excited to play bells for a song this Sunday for their Easter performance. They also had a huge Easter egg hunt.

I have never seen a egg hunt end so quickly. Our primary kids are efficient.

Last night for FHE we dyed Easter eggs. And I am happy to report that this is the first year that there was no blue dyed hands or faces yay!

And to end on a funny note from our dear Miss Lydia. For preschool I was teaching the kids about their stomachs and how to eat healthy foods. So I outlined the shape of a stomach on paper and then let them cut out healthy foods from grocery ads and glue them into their stomach picture. Lydia was doing really well cutting and gluing on her own and I was helping the other kids. When she showed me her finished product I was a bit...well shocked. Her choices: french fries, Doritos, strawberries (yay for something healthy!), and What? I just assumed she just thought the box of beer was pretty since she has no idea what beer is. Then later I thought to check what was on the other side maybe some awesome healthy choice!! and behold it was .....cake. Yikes.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Cousin fun and Mount Lemon

Last week Aimee came down for a few days. The girls were so excited to see their cousins! We took them to the children's museum.

Autori and Easton were so cute playing together at the checkout counter.

They had a lot of fun playing together. After we came back to our house and had a bonfire. We cooked hot dogs and had smores of course. Then they all watched Frozen together.

On Saturday we took the girls up to Mount Lemon for a hike and picnic.

The weather was perfect up there and the kids had fun finding moss and pine cones. Easton was in absolute heaven. He loved crawling around in the dirt and playing with sticks, rocks, and pine needles.

We stopped to picnic in an area with a bunch of boulders. The girls loved climbing all over them. Chad found the perfect little cave that he said he would sleep in if he needed to. The girls officially claimed it as the Troll Cave.

On the way back we discovered not to let me lead the way when hiking. I took a wrong turn and ended up taking the kids and I on a detour. Chad laughed and joked that he couldn't leave me for one second without me getting lost. Just for the record we wouldn't have been lost I was heading to the road...its just that I wouldn't have made it to our van...ahem.