Saturday, June 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Grace!

It was Grace's birthday yesterday and so we had a little party for her. She had no idea what to do with presents but had fun sitting on them and watching her older siblings open her presents for her!
Grace wasn't sure what to think when she first met her Raggedy Ann doll. Bob's sister Sandra makes one of these beautiful dolls for all her nieces and nephews on their 1st birthday! Maddie and Jeni have been waiting anxiously to see Graces for the last several days. Thank you Sandra!
This turtle that Sarah and Steve gave Grace was the favorite toy of the evening.
Cute cake - Dick's Market did a great job!
This looks pretty good!
It tastes even better! Grace got into the whole cake thing more than any of her siblings ever did!"Mmmmm! Good stuff Mom!
This is what she looked like after Uncle Steve "intervened"! She had cake everywhere - even down her diaper! At least this time he stuck around and helped me clean her up afterward - probably because he doesn't want to scare Sarah too badly!
I think you missed a spot! Happy birthday Gracie!

Big changes in 12 little months...

Babies change and grow so quickly! Grace is 1 year old now so I wanted to post pictures of her first year of growth. This first picture is of her when she was 4 days old. Look how tiny she was!1 month old
2 months old
3 months old - cute smile!
4 months old - she can lift her head up now
5 months old - she is sitting up straighter
6 months old - she is interested in things around her
7 months old
8 months old
9 months old - this is getting boring Mom, I don't want to sit still!
10 months old
11 months old
1 year old!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

Bob got a break this morning for Father's Day and didn't have any bishopric meetings until 10:00 so we started off Father's Day by making biscuits and gravy for breakfast. It's one of Bob's favorites and it was pretty darn tasty! After his meeting he came home to get us and to get gussied up for church. Last week in primary the kids each decorated a card stock tie for him with all sorts of feather, pom poms, glitz and glitter. Now I'm sure that some of the fathers were not too keen on the idea but there was no doubt in my mind what Bob would do. He proudly put on all three ties and away we went to church. He is such a cute Daddy, I couldn't imagine a better father for my children!After church we visited with some of the other great fathers in our lives. My Dad came over with my Mom and had dinner with us and a very nice visit. Then we went to visit my Grandpa Bill and then Bob's dad. It was kind of crazy with so many visits but it just means that we have lots of people that love us and who have done so much to shape us into the people we have become. What a blessing! Happy Father's Day - we love you all!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Car wash anyone?

A few days ago the kids were outside playing with some friends when Maddie came inside to get me. She had a surprise for me and wanted me to close my eyes. She led me outside, down the porch stairs (where I peeked a little, I didn't want to break my neck after all!) and into the garage. Maddie and her friends Emily and Sarah had been very busy washing the car! They did a great job but where quick to reassure me that they didn't leave any dents in the car. What?! Silly Mom, of course they had to climb up on top of the car to get the top clean! And while they were up there they cleaned the top of the garage door for me too! What a bargin! I'm just glad that my windshield with the big crack running all the way across it held up.My little entrepreneurs were busy. They had already gone around the neighborhood and washed a couple of other cars and earned 35 cents each for their efforts.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Our first camping trip of the season

We made it out on our first camping trip this year. We went to a place called Ironmine on the south slope of the Uintas and it was beautiful! The weather was perfect and the temperatures were great. It even looked like it was snowing but it was the cottonwoods further down the canyon. My parents came and spent the day with us on Friday and we had a really good time with them. Hopefully they can get their trailer up and running soon so next time they can stay longer. Steve and Sarah joined us later Friday night and Saturday. Here is a picture of our campsite. Notice how vacant it looks. Where do you suppose everybody was?Why, all the kids were down "helping" Steve and Sarah. Friday night they "helped" set up the tent and the sleeping bags. Saturday morning they were anxious to go "help" them wake up but I made them wait until a reasonable hour - hopefully! When I did let them go over they "helped" Sarah wake up by losing a caterpillar in her sleeping bag - sorry Sarah! They were very helpful all morning. Steve and Sarah are very good sports and we really enjoyed being with them.What else did we do on our trip? Well, Jeni and Nathan went on a bear hunt around and around Steve and Sarah's tent.
On Friday we went into the booming town of Hannah (they had one tiny store with a single gas pump out front) to get some gas and to let the kids pick out one treat or a small toy. The girls both picked out a makeup set and they put it to good use the rest of the trip.
You always have to look your best...
...because you never know who you might meet next!
Friday afternoon I went on a walk with Maddie, Jeni and Nathan around the campground. The kids got worried that we would get lost so they started pulling up dandelions and leaving a trail that we could follow back to camp. At first they would throw down handfuls ever step but then we decided that took way too much time so they would count out twenty paces and throw down one flower. It was a good way to practice counting and how not to get lost!
No time like the present to give Dart a haircut! He looked much better afterward and stayed much cleaner.
After breakfast on Saturday we headed off on a hike. It sounded like such a good idea but when we got there we found that the trail was very wet and swampy. We had to step carefully but it was still fun and a pretty hike.
Nathan found a large rock that he diligently carried on our hike. Why would he carry a rock you ask?
So that he would be prepared when we got to the river!
We finished up our trip by roasting hot dogs for lunch and eating marshmallows and dirt. Or was it dirt and marshmallows? I'm not sure but whatever it was, it was yummy!
We love camping together!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Sticker wars

Bob brought home a bunch of stickers from work and it turned into a sticker war! We stuck stickers all over each others faces but I didn't think about pictures until Jeni was the only one with stickers still on her face. She looked cute and was having so much fun until it was time to take them off. They really stuck to her skin and hurt to pull off, especially around the eyes. Later that day I looked at her and saw little red squares all around her eyes where the stickers had been. I think she was allergic to the adhesive, poor girl! I think there will be no more sticker wars for us!

We should live on a farm!

Bob ordered an incubator a few weeks ago and started a batch of 8 eggs. We had the incubator sitting on our counter and it was pretty exciting watching the eggs turning back and forth for four weeks. Then hatching day came and things did get interesting. I've decided that there is no easy, clean way to be born! Those little ducks worked and worked to hatch. The first duck that started hatching died when it had a hole about the size of a dime in the shell. It was so sad!
Two more made it out in the next 24 hours and we thought that was all we were going to get, then we noticed another egg that was busy rocking in the incubator. The next day that duck finished hatching. Three eggs out of eight. Hmmm, not very good odds but oh well, they are sure cute!