The SISTER MISSIONARIES (which just so happened to include my very own sister)!!! We had a blast. And she's awesome. And now you're all jealous. :)
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
We're off for Spring Break this week, so I thought I'd make the most of our time together by going to the Art Museum this morning. We really should go more, especially since it's free.
Before we left, I read the kids the book "Look! Look! Look!" that I picked up at the library. I love Nancy Elizabeth Wallace books! They're a recent discovery for me. She does a fabulous job teaching many different subjects in a colorful, friendly narrative that kids enjoy reading.
Here's a sampling of Peter's "sketches."
...and I was pretty impressed.
I still don't have very many Easter decorations, even though this will be our family's eighth Easter. I guess I'm sort of picky, but mostly just cheap when it comes to seasonal things. So yesterday, I decided to try using what we had to make something fun: cheap watercolor paper, washable markers, and crayons.
First we cut out some egg shapes using the watercolor paper, and made designs with markers. Than we dipped them in water...
They came out looking pastel-y and Easter-egg-ish.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Look who came right to our hometown this past week! I would have LOVED to be there, but instead, I was watching several kids at my house so that two of my friends could do this:
Paul also went, although he didn't have those enviable VIP tickets. See him back there in the baby blue? He looks totally excited to be there. :)
I have mixed feelings about potentially having a Mormon for President (mainly because any publicity good or bad would be associated with our faith), but I honestly feel he has the best chance to win against Obama. So he has my support!Also this weekend, we were lucky enough to have Elder Bednar, a living Apostle, preside over our Stake Conference. Our stake hasn't had an apostle come like that for at least 34 years, so this was a pretty rare event. I wonder if it will ever happen again in my lifetime. It was sure an incredible weekend, and one that our family will always remember!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Besides moving in to our newly finished basement, here's what we've been up to lately:
Reseeding the grass and building up turf,
watering the lawn,
watering the kids,
going to the zoo...
...and being best buds,
riding a giant beetle at the zoo,
and of course checking out all the animals there,
enjoying the gorgeous Spring blossoms that have been popping up everywhere,
riding bikes and going BAREFOOT!!,
greeting Daddy when he gets home,
breaking out the bats
and playing a little baseball,
and staying up late (I think I prefer Spring Daylight Savings Time, but only because the kids have been waking up at 7 instead of 6.)
Also, lately Peter has been growing like a weed. He no longer has the baby fat thigh creases (a little sad for me!), and complains that his pants, which are noticeably shorter, are falling off all the time. Good thing we've about reached shorts weather! Today and yesterday have been around 80 degrees. Heaven.
Saturday, March 03, 2012
The basement is finished and ready to move in!!! We have been anxiously anticipating this day for approximately three years. Here's the blank canvas, all ready for toys and chaos! :)
Here's a view of the back of the (soon to be) movie watching area. We found this little sectional for a steal, so we're not too worried about the inevitable forts and pillow mountains that will come from it.
We also found this wool rug for a great deal at the same place where we got the couch. I made the pillows from some fabric I ordered.
And here's looking at that area from the other direction. The two mismatched windows are original to the house, and are still kind of gross. But they do add much needed light. The area behind them is the bathroom that was also part of the previously finished basement.
I'm not sure what to use this little space next to the bathroom for yet. I'm toying with the idea of a permanent home for my sewing machine and crafts, or more hidden toy storage.