Sunday, April 19, 2015

Spring Recital

Today was Emily's Spring Piano Recital. It's always so nice to get together and watch our girls perform.

She looked so pretty in her pink dress.

I know all the girls are nervous, but they all do so well.

Here's Em with her piano teacher, Ms. Stacy.

Here are all the piano girls. Ms. Stacy took on a fifth student a few months ago. It's crazy that they are all 9 and 10 year old.

After, she got a certificate and a framed picture of her little hands playing piano. Her teacher took a picture of each of the girls hands and they all got that as a gift. It's so cute.

I watch her little hands all the time as she plays, and I'm just so impressed. She's been playing for a little over 2 1/2 years, and she amazes me with her talent.

Here's a video of her performance. She played Spring, Can Can, Fur Elise and a duet of Aloutte with her teacher.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Salad Anyone?

Today, David and I tackled the backyard. We had been neglecting it for 6 months and the leaves from the Fall had sat there about as long as we could take. It was a big job and we worked great as a team and filled up our huge garbage can with yard clippings. I like that. It makes me happy to throw stuff out.

Noah was "helping". Then, he came inside for a bit. Then, when he came back outside he showed us his salad he made.

Yep, that would be some leaves from the yard. Then, he added about the entire bottle of crushed red pepper flakes and some vinegar.

My first reaction was OMG, don't eat that! He was so proud of himself. Can you imagine if he would've tried a spoonful? We'd still be scraping him off the ceiling it would've been so hot

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

You Tube

Emily loves making videos, as you all know. Her second most popular video is of me. Sleeping. Over 5,000 views. Nice, huh?

I'll get Easter pics up soon. Super busy.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter Festivities

It's been a fun filled few days filled with pre Easter fun. The kids were off from school for good Friday.

We dyed eggs.

Then, Emily and Noah wanted to try one. Ben didn't want any part of trying a hard boiled egg. Noah wouldn't try it either. That's Emily in the background washing her mouth out after trying the egg. Guess they don't like them. I don't blame them.

Here are their finished product.

This morning was the egg hunt at the clubhouse.

Noah was too scared of the bunny to get an egg.

He was in the 4-6 year old hunt. We were waiting for it to get started and I spotted the golden egg. It always has an extra special prize in it. So, he headed straight for it.

Inside was a half dollar, so that was cool.

These activities are always filled with so many friends and neighbors. It's like a big party. Ryan was trying to sit on David's lap. Those boys are silly.

Ben was getting silly waiting for his age group to start.

Then, there was some sword fighting with balloon swords.

Here are the older girls in the 10 plus category.

Then, we came home and opened gifts.

Grammie and Grampie sent cards and money. Thanks Grammie and Grampie!

And Aunt Pam sent goodie bags and cards.

They love the yoyo's Aunt Pam! Thanks!

Tomorrow, we are headed to Phoenix for a fun filled day at my Dad's with all the family from New York. I can't wait!


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Haircuts and Cinderella Turned Alien

I cut the boys hair.  Basically, put on a #3 on the clippers and go to town.  It's not hard. I cut Emily's too and thank goodness her hair is curly and is forgiving.  

David decided a few months ago that he wanted to grow his hair out again.  Um, but I don't know how to cut that.  He let me give it a go today, and it turned out pretty good.  I'll make a few adjustments next time, but at least we didn't have to go to Plan B, which was put on #3 on the clippers and go to town.  

So, somewhere when I was using the scissors on top he asked me how I knew what to do.  I told him not to worry, I watch a you tube video.  ;)  Luckily, he trusts me and likes how it turns out.  He says I'm a woman of many talents.  Thank God for you tube!

Em has a Cinderella clock which she claims she is much too old for.

So, I turned it into a bee.

But then Ben brought home this alien from the treasure box at school and I knew exactly where it was going.

But, Emily is a little freaked out by it. It kind of looks like it's birthing an alien too. I could just spend the $10 and get her a new clock at Walmart, but this is so much more fun.


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Hiking Constellation Trail

Our friends invited us on a hike today. It's beautiful here, and we couldn't say no.

The trailhead is right next to a museum and when you are in the wild west, you dress your mailboxes to look like a horse.

You had to cross under the road, which the kids thought was pretty cool.

The men folk trailing behind.

This trail is the site of a 1959 Navy plane crash that killed several military men. This is some of the wreckage. It was a little strange to be standing where a plane had crashed almost 60 years ago.

The kids quickly found walking sticks.

Noah was literally not happy with every stick he had. I think he went through 5 of them. The trail was super pretty through the trees and brush.

Em and her BFF, Alanah.

The only pic I was in was a selfie from my cell phone, so I put that here so you know I was there too.

Ben was obessed with rock climbing. I think it took us 45 minutes to go about 1/2 mile. He had to stop and climb everything.

Noah with walking stick #4.


Ben climbing and jumping. It's a miracle he didn't fall.

My hot husband.

And if I thought he was hot then, he's even hotter with our babies. He's such a good man and a good father.

We were only out about an hour and it was getting warm. Next time, I'll pack some snacks and we'll hit the trail a little earlier. David had to duck in the tunnel on the way out.


It was fun to do something different and we all had a great time. Now that Noah is a older and it's not such a process, we will do more of this.