Thursday, April 27, 2017

Our Egg-cellent Easter Weekend

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We had gorgeous weather and lot of family fun Easter weekend. I think we all got a taste of the freedom of summer with the long weekend and can't wait for it to just get here now!
Friday Ella had a special date with Grammy and GreatFrog to the temple to do baptisms for the first time. I know she was nervous not knowing what to expect and it definitely helped that they were there with her. What a special memory that will be for her to have forever! They even stopped for lunch at Pappasito's after :-).
While Ella was off having her fun, we had breakfast with Scotto (who came in town last minute) and then hit the pool for the first time of the year with Kayley and her kiddos. The water was a little chilly but the kids had a blast anyway. Addie brought a rainbow loom dragon for everyone to play with and they were quite the hit. Papa had been staying with us during the week while working on a job in the area and Preston had a lot of fun with him...board games, bike rides, playing catch, etc. It was nice to have someone else helping wear him out for a change :-).
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On Saturday we all went to see Boss Baby at the Alamo for lunch and then got together again for dinner and an egg hunt at my parents' house. We had Zoe's cater the meal which made it nice and easy (especially clean-up!). The kids loved making Boomerang videos with the confetti eggs! I was pretty bummed I forgot my real camera when we left the house, so the boomerangs made up for it a little ;-).
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Then it was back home to color eggs and go to bed. We told Addie this year that there wasn't an Easter bunny and her reaction actually surprised me a bit. She looked at me a little knowingly and with a little thrill in her eyes to be in on the secret. She didn't ask about the tooth fairy or Santa Claus though which surprised me and proceeded the next day to tell Preston there was no Easter bunny when she was mad at him. Luckily he didn't believe her (we even overheard him telling Ella, "Can you believe Addie doesn't think there is an Easter bunny?! Who else would fill our baskets?!") and we had to have a serious talk with her about not ever doing that to Preston or anyone else in the future.
Easter morning we promised the kids (mostly Preston) that we could go downstairs at 6:30am. Everyone was excited to see what surprises were in the baskets and to hunt for the eggs. We continue to scale things back in the gift department since we are spending more on travel now. We have been really clearing out closets and cupboards this spring as well and it has been a very freeing feeling for me! The kids each got a gift card to a store they love (Target for the littles and Academy for Ella), a travel game we can take on our trips, their favorite chips and of course, lots and lots of candy.
The rest of the day was nice and relaxing and spent with just us. We went to church, had a yummy dinner and watched the Amazing Race together as well as trying out the new games.
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For our 1 second video that day we were trying to get a clip of us all blowing a kiss but Preston randomly yelled out Easter instead. It was great, haha! Our 1 second video ended up being us all laughing which was more fun anyway :-)!

annnnd, Rachel is home from her mission! Hooray :-)!
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Jackpot!

Mike did another round of special dates with the kids and Addie and Preston both chose to go to Times Square when it was their turn. Preston went first and Mike hit the jackpot on a game, winning 1,000 tickets! Preston was SOOOO excited and talked about it for days. Going into Addie's date Mike was really trying to prepare her that they wouldn't win the jackpot again...and what happened?! They won the jackpot on a different game and she had 1,000 tickets too! Lucky kiddos! Ella chose a Cici's pizza date :-).
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There was lots more of the usual...cool Addie projects, the weather not cooperating on my photo shoot days, after school sports and activities, trip planning, YW activities, etc.

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Addie's TWI classes had a surprise party for her English teacher and I went to help out a little. It was so cute to see how thrilled the kids were about it. They had all brought in treats, made her cards and couldn't contain their excitement waiting for her to come in. It has been such a great year at school for Addie and it is almost entirely thanks to her two wonderful teachers.
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Addie's "desk" :-)
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Stormy afternoons have meant some extra free time in our evenings which has been awesome. One night when both soccer and swimming ended up cancelled Mike and I snuck off for a quiet dinner at a yummy French restaurant.
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Preston as Steve Jobs

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It was once again time for the 2nd graders to have their Living Museum where they each represent a famous person from history. This is one of my favorite projects our kids have done because they look adorable and they do all the preparation at school ;-). When going through the list of people with Preston and telling him what each person is known for, it was an easy decision for him as soon as he heard Steve Jobs and i-Pad in the same sentence haha. He did an awesome job and even got to bring the i-Pad as part of his costume so he was in heaven :-).
To think this is our last time having a child doing this is pretty crazy! I couldn't resist watching Ella as Ruby Bridges and Addie as Alma Flor Ada again. It is fun to have a little memory of each child at the exact same age!
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One thing I have really loved about Preston's English teacher for him this year is that she loves electronics as much as Preston and has the students use them often. Along with the speeches they wrote, they also created a power point presentation and poster of their person. I love hearing Preston's voice during the power point (even if his facts aren't always correct)...so cute!

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