Sunday, March 23, 2014

Wrapping up the weekend

One day this week we read the story of Adam and Eve getting cast out of the Garden of Eden. Then we made a paper chain snake that represents Satan. Hailey wanted to make sure he had sharp teeth and big eyes.

While I mowed the lawn Hailey played Legos.

Evan played trains.

And read by himself. 

Since Steve received his kindle for Christmas he has developed a fascination with reading. He has read more books in the last 3 month than he has in the last 7 years. Saturday night I was bathing the kids and getting them ready for bed. I thought Steve was helping... so I thought. The kitchen was piled high with dishes, food was strewn all over the dinning room floor, and there were at least 2 loads of laundry waiting to be folded. And when I found Steve he had a huge smile on his face and hid his kindle behind his back. Caught! I told him I would need to confiscate his kindle if he couldn't take a break to help clean up. So he thought he would be sneaky and read and wash the dishes at the same time. And yes it took a long time to wash all those dishes. (No, we don't have a dishwasher.)

[Edit from Steven: I really don't think it took me a long time at all to wash those dishes.  I was just multitasking... And I haven't quite read as many books in the last 3 months compared to the whole time we've been married.  Ask me after I've read another 4 books.]

Yesterday Steve brought out his Legos from the garage and played with the kids.  Today after Church was a continuation of Lego building with Steve.

Making Evan a helicopter.

They made a helicopter, a boat, and a space shuttle.

Flying the shuttle.

Monday, March 17, 2014

St Patricks Day Visitor

When we got married Steve and I couldn't agree on paint colors. How could we get married if we couldn't agree on paint? We couldn't agree on baby furniture two years before Hailey was born... who knew Steve was so opinionated? Hailey is lucky she was born... thanks to my ability to compromise.  I made a leprechaun trail for the kids to find the morning of St Patrick's Day. It didn't meet Steve's standards. (I thought it was awesome.) I got a whole lesson from Steve on what constitutes a good quality trail... so many things to consider. I watched Steve rearrange the trail several times before it would look the way a real leprechaun would leave it. I told him Hailey and Evan wouldn't care.... they weren't going to be thinking about whether the leprechaun was in a rush or not. Sometimes I forget that Steve's work is intensely focused on details.... that is why he is good at his job. There is no off switch in his brain. I wonder, do other people get into heated conversations about the trails leprechauns leave at their houses? Probably not.... I guess it's just us.

He even left a little note.

Looks like he left a gift.

Hailey stumbled out of bed and suddenly perked up when she saw what the leprechaun had left her.

Turns our my kids only want to eat the marshmallows. Lucky thing for me that lucky charms only find their way into our house once a year.

Kale Smoothie for Mom.

It was unusually warm so we ditched wearing shirts for the day.

The next day they ate the lollipops the leprechaun left them.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Kaylee's Third Birthday

Sunday we went to Nana's and Papa's for cousin Kaylee's third birthday. Nana had a fun St Patrick's Day treasure hunt for the kids.

Just found his little pot of gold full of chocolate coins and real money.

Pretty pleased with himself.

Great grandma was great and bought bubbles for all the kids.

Hailey wanted to play with her cousin's new dog Cooper.

EWWWW! Why doesn't she close her mouth????

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Magic Beans and Kayaking

I told Hailey edamame beans were "magic beans" just like in Jack and the beanstalk. She thinks they giver her "magical powers".  She ate an entire bag by herself! Oh, the things I come up with to tell my kids!

We spent the afternoon down in the marina.

Had to take the kayak out while Lauren was in town from cold Utah.

Hailey loved it...I was a little worried she would try to jump out.

Even the pooch goes for a ride.

Evan wanted a turn too...he did not want to stay in the sand.

He thought it was great. . . .

until they got out in the water.

His was a short ride.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Griffith Park

 We wanted to come up here for Hailey's birthday, and then it rained so today we finally made a trip out to the pony rides at Griffith Park.

So cute.

It was Evan's first pony ride.

Waving hi.

Cousin Madison decided to skip the pony rides.

Next stop: the playground.

Ready. Set....


It was so warm we had to play outside.

Just checking out the ads.

12 month swim trunks too small, 18 months too big....poor guy!