Sunday, April 5, 2020

April 5 Update of COVID-19

We just finished the kids' 3rd week of Distance Learning & we're now on 2 weeks of Spring Break but all California schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year.

We had General Conference this weekend, all broadcast with no in-person attendance.

There are now 1,275,000 confirmed cases worldwide.
The US, UK, & France are experiencing the highest rate of new cases since last week (up around 230%) though that doesn't account for untested cases so numbers are much higher.
Reports from China make it plain that their reported numbers are much lower than their actual number of cases (both in confirmed cases and in deaths).

I read about some more cruise ships (& a naval vessel) out at sea with the virus spreading among passengers. Who is still going on cruises right now!?! There have been somewhere over 25 cruise ships with outbreaks of the virus & it sounds like a nightmare to be on board, under quarantine, & stranded for weeks.

A hospital ship, USNS Mercy arrived here at the Port of Los Angeles to help relieve hospitals. A train engineer thought it was "suspicious" and decided to derail the train in an attempt to ram the ship... crazy.

A Sunday in the Springtime

Hanging out in her bunny swing in bunny jammies.

She's a happy little one.


It's such a nice day for a walk over to Grandma's for Ashcraft family church.

Naptime for this little baby.

Recently we noticed Evan and Hailey had outgrown their bikes, so James got Evan's, Hailey's was passed down to Evan, and we ordered a big girl bike for Hailey.

So while James is still learning to ride, he went with his tried and true ride: the scooter.

Aubrey's awake just in time for our church lesson.

Passing the baby around.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Boys Building Lego


Evan wanted to jump in and help James build his new Lego Police set.

I had to remind Evan a few times to let James build and not totally take over.

I love seeing them play well together.

Such wide eyes, taking everything in.

It's been so nice to be home on paternity leave to spend time with our new, little baby.  I have one more week left, then it's back to work, although because of the pandemic it'll be working from home, so I'll still get to see the family throughout the work day.

Evan and Hailey are so good about helping with the baby.

They love their little sister.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Happy 4th Birthday

James turned 4 years old today and you know what that means...

Birthday donuts!

Such a nice day outside.

Meanwhile, Aubrey was inside snoozing away.

James' first present was outside at the sandbox.

Ooh! His own construction crane.

Happy birthday, buddy!

Just don't whack Luke with the crane.

James will open the rest of his presents tonight when we have dinner with the Ashcrafts, but we wanted him to have some presents to play with during the day.

Next present: a dozen fossil eggs.

First attempt using the included chisel-brush tool. 

Lilian wanted to come over and do it too.

And there's the little toy dinosaur inside.

There's got to be a faster way...

Lilian is using the water soak method.

Next attempt: smash the softened egg against the table.

Pretty messy but effective.

And the final attempt: smash them with a hammer.


Aw, look who's awake!

James has a cake from the Westchester bakery.

He's ready to get this party started.

After our pancake and waffle dinner it was finally time to open the rest of his presents.

A memory matching game with Marvel superheroes.

So excited to get a package of mints from Grandma. He loves those.

Giant crayons from Greg and Annie and the cousins.

A new book.

Ant Man Legos.

A firetruck.

Evan is jealous of James' Bakugan.

James' favorite kinds of toys are construction, firefighter, and police.

To end the day, the boys did some Lego building before bedtime.