Monday, April 26, 2010

Enjoying the last of the snow...

Before the snow in the mountains all melted away, we thought we'd try to fit one more trip up to Donner's Pass for a hike and sledding adventure. Steve and I both have a desire to be an active family that gets out and enjoys the outdoors. We even talked about trying to get out camping this summer with the kids; however, after chasing Paige and Garrett around this last hike to prevent them from eating dirt, rocks, sticks, etc... we may need to wait another year before we start camping.

We started our hike by heading to Donner Lake to enjoy our picnic lunch. It was interesting because the snow went right up to the edge of the lake, yet there was areas of bare sand exposed. So the kids got to play in the snow AND on the sandy beach!

After our picnic, we hiked into the trees a little further to find a decent snowy hill for sledding. Paige wasn't really into it this time, but Garrett and Molly had a blast. Here's a little video of the kids sliding down the hill...

Monday, April 19, 2010

Trouble makers

In the time it took me to check on Molly using the potty, this is what I came back to... Paige sitting on the kiddie table, Garrett standing on a chair, and Paige trying to push him off. Thankfully I just happened to have the camera in my hand to get a picture before rushing over and literally catching Garrett mid-air as he fell. These two are going to give me gray hair.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Our life in video...

We've had a few cute video clips of the kids lately, so I thought I'd splice them all together (in as short of a format as possible) for you all to enjoy. My children have been bringing me so much joy. Perhaps it's because we're finally catching up on our sleep. Perhaps it's because they're just stinking cute. Perhaps it's both. But you just can't help but love them.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Family Resemblance...

I have said in the past that Garrett is my only kid that looks like me. Today Steve and I had some old pictures out and we came across one that reminded us so much of him. Here's Garrett...

And here's me. Steve said it looks like Garrett in a wig! Haha!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Back to the 80's...

This weekend we celebrated my friend's 30th birthday (see DeAnna's blog here) with an awesome 80's party. Everyone came decked out in their best retro garb, and DeAnna was dressed as Jem (from Jem and the Holograms). Steve dug out his pink shirt and fake "rat tail", and I donned my pinch-rolled jeans, shoulder-padded blazer, and side ponytail.

DeAnna's husband Freddie also set-up a carnival-style photo booth using some cool computer software and the digital camera on his laptop. Here's the shots we took after I had just completed jamming on "Rock Band" and was on a bit of an adrenaline high.

It was also a special evening because it was the first time we had ever let someone else put Garrett and Paige to bed... and they not only survived, but were happy the entire time we were gone. Special thanks to Kirk and Marianne! What great friends you are to volunteer your Saturday evening to bless us with babysitting services. Love you!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Taking lemons & making lemonade...

A few days back when I was at a photography session, Steve and Molly harvested our lemon crop. Together they juiced them all and made the best lemonade you have ever had. I love that Steve did that with her. Yet another reason to love that man...

Sunday, April 4, 2010

A very happy Easter...

We had a fabulous Easter. There is something really special about having kids on days like this, and experiencing the joy they feel. Of course, they were all up by 6:00 this morning and ready to rip into their baskets.

Then the kids enjoyed the egg hunt that Daddy had strategically set-up in the living room. He filled the plastic eggs with teddy grahams and goldfish (and a few with candy) so Garrett and Paige could enjoy the spoils. However most of the eggs were obviously found by Molly. She was so sweet and would share all her bounty equally with her brother and sister (completely unprompted by us). It was very special to watch. After a big breakfast and quick nap for Garrett and Paige, it was off to church which was followed up by a second egg hunt. By now Molly was a pro, and it was interesting to watch her select some eggs over others based on their color or if she could see what was inside. While most kids were filling their baskets as quickly as possible, she was carefully deciding on which eggs would come home with her.

Garrett and Paige preferred to watch this from the comfort of their stroller...

After an afternoonnap, we were off to Aunt Nancy and Uncle Fred's house for dinner. The evening started out with an exciting gosling rescue. Mommy and Daddy Goose had led their babies into the pool for a swim. However, the little babies couldn't get back out. Lucky for them we just happened to have two brave men with nets that could come to the rescue!

As always, the cousins had a blast playing together. They range in age from college-age to 5 months old, yet they all seem to have fun with one another!

After dinner Molly had her THIRD egg hunt. She was particularly excited when she found out that half of these eggs had money in them.

All in all, it was a fabulous Easter. This year, Steve and I decided that the Easter bunny would no longer be coming to our house. That's not to say our kids didn't have baskets or egg hunts, but we really wanted to emphasize the fact that we were celebrating that Jesus was alive and that's what Easter is all about. So happy Easter everybody! He is risen indeed!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter preparations...

In preparation for this weekend's Easter festivities, Molly and I died eggs on Friday. This is the first year we had done this, because last year we had 2-month old twins (and had NO energy) and any years prior to that Molly was just too young. So, to ensure a festive spirit we donned our bunny ears (as seen in this self portrait).

Molly couldn't wait to get the eggs out of the dye so she could break out the stickers and puffy paint. I contained the mess the best that I could, but needless to say her PJ's were ruined. That's alright... it was worth watching her enjoy herself.

Molly was VERY excited about this edible art project. She loves eggs, but had only ever seen them raw or scrambled. So before they even made it into the dye baths, she had to break into one to see what a hard-boiled egg looked and tasted like. She loved them and had eaten two before the day was over. All in all... a fun and festive project!