Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy 7th Birthday Brayden!

Brayden also turned 7 last Saturday, the 2nd day of the recital. We skipped the friend party this year because we had so many other things going on (recital, baby, etc). Greg took them swimming for a while in the morning. Then we had lunch and a little family birthday party. He loved his Magic Treehouse books from Grandma Sharlene. He had read all five of them by the next day. I think he's read each of them at least 3 times by now. He really loves to read.
 Tawny got him Jenga and he was pretty excited about it.
 He was pretty excited about his big present, which was from Greg, me Grandma Terri and Papa.
 A new bike!
 We ended with rainbow cupcakes, had a nap and went to recital. He's really loving his new bike.
Happy Birthday Bud. We love you!

Recital Time

This picture doesn't really fit with the rest but was too cute not to post. Ethan had been eating and apparently was too tired to even get down from the table.
 Last weekend was the kids' recital. Brayden did a tumbling routine to "Can't Touch This". He's all smiles in the pictures, but on stage he was more focused than anything else. I've never seen a kid so determined to nail every one of his skills. And he did! I'm so proud of him. There was only one other first grader in his class. The rest were all 2nd-4th grade and I was a little worried about him keeping up. But he had no problems at all. He is so focused and detail oriented.  A perfectionist just like him mommy. And he loves it, which is the most important of all.

Tawny loves everything about dance. She loves that her grandma is her teacher. She loves class and learning new things. She loves the stage, the performance, the lights, the costumes, everything.  She was so adorable up on stage and she knew her dance really well. And she had so so so much fun.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Park Fun

A few weeks ago we walked over to the park for a picnic. Well, Greg and the kids walked. I drove since I was about 37 weeks pregnant and not feeling up to it. Ethan even rode all the way over on Brayden's plasma car. It's just under a mile each way and he loved the entire thing.

 I need to get a video of him riding this thing. He's fast!
 Earlier in the day I had to run a bunch of errands and really needed the kids to cooperate. So I used my awesome parenting skills and bought them Frostys to keep them entertained. I think it worked because they were all awesome. It was well worth the mess Ethan made.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Canning Apricots

We made apricot jam yesterday. Brayden and Tawny both helped the entire time. They cleaned, pitted and cut the apricots for 47 quarts of jam! They didn't even mention being tired until about 5 hours in. They had fun and were willing to help out, and I really appreciated it. Ethan even "helped" (he splashed water out of the sink and through apricots everywhere)  Greg came home halfway through and took over the stove for me.  I don't think I could have done it without them. I'm pretty sure I would have quit way earlier if I hadn't had so much help. It was a tiring but very enjoyable day. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Monday with Grandma and Papa

Right after school on Monday we went out to Grandma and Papa's for the rest of the day. We started out by picking peas (which I am still shelling and freezing. so much fun- not really.)  The kids had fun for about 10 minutes then were ready to move onto the next activity. I'm not sure how many they actually picked, but I"m pretty sure they ate every single one of them. After that they played in the water while my mom flood irrigated her yard.

 After that we had a bbq outside. Watching Ethan eat his watermelon with a fork was one of the most entertaining things I've done in quite a while.

 We rounded out the evening with Fun Dips on the hammock with Papa and Grandma. I'm so glad my kids have the opportunity to grow up around at least one set of grandparents. I wish it were possible to have both sides close by.