The light coming in Eva's bedroom window can be magical. When she wakes up with her rosy cheeks and beautiful blonde bedhead, she is a gorgeous little girl. A few weeks ago when I went in to get her, I was struck by how similar the image was to a little over a year ago when I took some pictures of her in her crib. Same blonde pigtails. Same cute smile. Same blue eyes!
-Darren's Date Night: dinner from the food trucks
-Noah and Eva reading from his new book from Aunt Kim
-Noah's "little bed" - He had been coming in almost every night to sleep in our bed with us, but we all lost sleep when he did that. So we made him a little bed he could sleep in when he needed to and still be with us, but not on top of us.
-Noah being Noah
-Noah "Can you take the weeds off my noodles?"
-Noah's reaction to one of his immunizations. Turned out to be nothing, but I was worried it was spreading and his leg would fall off.
- Noah and Davis and Eva playing in the toy room - no fighting!
5th. That's right. Noah has gone and turned 5. He is my cuddly, loving, whiney, funny, emotional, imaginative buddy. He chose to have a Jungle themed party, although what he really wanted me to put on the invitation was "Meat-Eaters" party. I talked him down - because gorillas and crocodiles and monkeys and sloths are almost as cool as tigers and jaguars and panthers.
He had a few neighborhood friends over in the afternoon - Kaylee, Isaac, and Jacob. We played games outside and had cake and ice cream (cake made by my fantastic neighbor, Sonja Anderson). Then we had the family over for pizza and more cake and ice cream. It was a bit of a hectic day because we got home from our staycation to Lehi around 1 pm and Noah's first party started at 3:30. I let Davis stay home the rest of the afternoon to help me decorate and get ready for the parties.
In the dead of winter, well, maybe the dead of wintery March, I decided the family needed a vacation. I looked at lots of options from St. George to California to Idaho. I planned trips to each place, but kept coming up against school and work and travel time and budget. So, finally we settled on a short staycation close to home. Darren and Davis took two days off and we drove down to Lehi. We visited the Museum of Natural Curiosity at Thanksgiving Point. The kids loved the jungle climbing area, although we lost Noah more than once. They also liked Kidopolis - Davis loved the bank where he and Noah sent the money tube back and forth for quite awhile. They also liked the drum room.
After thoroughly exploring the museum (Darren and Eva left for a little car ride and nap after lunch), we went to the hotel to check in and go swimming. As I waited to check in, I noticed a sign that said the pool was closed for three days. What?! I had called and confirmed the night before and asked about the pool. No mention of a closure. I explained the situation as calmly as possible to the desk worker, although I am sure she could see I was trying to keep the panic out of my voice. Having to tell three kids who have been over-the-moon excited to go swimming that there would be no swimming would have utterly ruined the vacation. She said we could use the pool at their sister property nearby. Which we did and it was fine, but quite inconvenient. So, the manager of the hotel gave us our voucher back (we bought several vouchers for an ad on ksl for a great price on a king bedroom suite) and we got to stay for free!
One thing the boys love doing at hotels is watching the shows on tv they don't get to watch at home, their favorite being SpongeBob. The first thing they did when we got into the hotel room was turn the tv and guess what show was just starting - SpongeBob Squarepants. Lucky boys. So we watched and swam and ate sub sandwiches for dinner and watched some more that night. As a side note, Darren picked Firehouse Subs for dinner and after we ordered we learned that kids ate free on Mondays! Yay! The next morning we swam some more and visited the Dinosaur Museum, where Noah was afraid of almost everything. We had a great time and made fun memories and we are excited to do it again!