Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Friday Night Take Out at the Park

Darren had to work late one Friday, a few weeks ago, so the kids and I decided to pick up Subway sandwiches and have dinner at the park.  And we got so hot we had stop for ice cream and bring it home.  We loved the warm sunshine after a long winter!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Livy and Eva

We met Jackie, Ty and Livy at the castle park a few weeks ago.  It was so nice to have sunshine and cousins to play with.  Livy took Eva by the hand and followed her all over the playground and helped her swing.  It is so cute watching Livy with her little girl cousins!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Mom's Favorite Sport: Sleeping

One morning, a few days after Easter, Davis finished his reading and decided to draw.  He drew each member of the family participating in their favorite sport.  He was playing basketball, Noah was kicking a soccer ball, I think.  I don't remember what Darren and Eva were, but they had something to do with balls.  And then there was mine.

Me:  "Davis, am I laying down?"
Davis:  "Yeah."
Me:  "So, my favorite sport is . . . ?"
Davis:  "Sleeping in bed."
Pause for a bit while I let it sink in that my oldest child thinks my favorite sport is sleeping.   Granted, Darren had gotten up with the kids that morning (we sort of take turns), so I had been sleeping in bed while Davis was creating his masterpieces.  He defended himself by saying he didn't really know what to draw for me.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Conference Weekend in Ferron, April 1-3

The weekend at the end of Spring Break dawned sunny and warmer.  We had decided to spend the weekend down in Ferron to visit with Grandma June, who was staying with Mom and Dad for a week or so, and to visit some fun places with the kids.

Friday, Dad borrowed two gentle horses and saddled them up for the kids.  Davis initially said he wanted to ride, but as soon as he got up there, he freaked out and refused to do anything but get off.  So, being the brave and wise mother that I am, I pulled up my big girl pants and got myself onto that horse to show Davis it wasn't scary.  It was for a minute, until I realized that old horse was probably the slowest horse on earth.  After a few minutes Davis decided he wanted to try again, with me riding behind him.  Oh, the trust he had in his mother, thinking I knew what I was doing and could keep him safe.  Little did he know I hadn't been on a horse for over 15 years, and then only once or twice since childhood.

We walked around the field by Grandma and Grandpa's house a bit, then Davis decided he wanted to ride by himself.  So I led the horse around while Davis gathered memories of riding a horse at Grandpa's house.  Jeanette and her family arrived while we were riding and so each of her boys took a turn riding with me.  Even cute little Eva took a turn.  After awhile, the horse decided she was tired of that activity and got a little stubborn, refusing to be led or follow the reins of the rider.  But Sunday morning, Davis was back up on the horse, taking a turn along with Jesse's boys.

On Saturday, we went to Goblin Valley and met Jesse's family down there.  What a great place to let the kids roam and explore all the "goblins" and caves and trails.  It was a little breezy, and on and off chilly, but soooo fun!  On the drive home, we stopped to see the dinosaur footprints on the road to back toward Moore.  Noah thought they were so cool and wanted to know the type of dinosaur that made them, but unfortunately Grandpa's knowledge of the area didn't cover that detail.

We watched General Conference on Sunday and drove home.  Another successful trip to Ferron.  And there is just something about seeing my kids riding horses and hiking and being outside and making memories down there that compels me to take a gazillion pictures.  I curated the collection down to the following pictures.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Easter 2016

We invited Jeanette and Nic and their kids over for an Easter egg hunt on Saturday before Easter.  It was chilly, but the kids had a blast.  Jeanette and I went to dinner after and to the General Women's Broadcast.

We had Darren's family over for dinner the next day.  Our kids got to find their Easter baskets in the morning and Davis was a bit disappointed in the lack of toys in his.