Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dating the Kids

We got this idea from someone in our ward and decide to try it in our family: On each child's birth date each month, they get to have a one-on-one date with one of their parents.  We won't start doing it with Stanford until he's a little older, but the other kids have loved this so far.

Emersen was first.  We stopped by the mall really quick to pick up something, then we rode the escalator three times.  We next stopped for dinner at Arctic Circle.  Some ward friends were there, so Emersen played with them in the play place for a little while.  We finally got to our intended destination, Gardner Village, with only about 45 minutes to look around.  We bought some candy and then looked in all the cute, girly shops.  This doll store had so many cute things.  Emersen was enthralled by all the doll shoes.
 She picked out some sticker paper dolls and got a "fairy kiss" on her cheek.  I wanted to buy the "Pride and Prejudice" paper dolls, because I like that kind of thing, but I reminded myself that I am an adult and moved on.

It was fun to just hang out with her without any distractions.  I think this will be a good thing.

When it was Bentley's turn, I was down with a nasty cold, so Daniel took the kids to the grocery store and let Bentley pick out whatever candy he wanted for his date.  He was happy with that.

The next month was Daniel's turn to take the kids.  He and Emersen got some candy (apparently all dates must involved candy) and just went for a walk along the Jordan River Parkway.  He and Bentley rode their bikes along the Parkway and then got candy at the gas station and sat on the curb watching cars go by.  The kids are loving the one-on-one attention and getting to go on "dates."

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Sunday

The Easter Bunny came on Sunday morning and left a few small treats and toys.

Family picture before church.

He was not very happy, but still super adorable.
After church, we played outside the rest of the day.  It was just too nice.

Happy at last.
Emersen got a "skip ball" in her basket, and by the end of the day, she was a pro!

Thanks for the recorders, Grandma.  (No sarcasm at all . . .)
How about another egg hunt?  Why not?  Ready?

It was another beautiful Easter Sunday!  There is so much goodness in my life #becauseofHim.

Easter Saturday

Easter is my second favorite holiday, after Christmas.  What's not to love about it? Spring, flowers, pastels, traditions, picnics, and of course remembering the Savior's resurrection.  It's always so wonderful.

We've been so busy lately that I didn't do any fun Easter crafts with the kids like in years past, and I barely remembered to dye eggs the night before we left for Oak City.

The kids participated in the Oak City Easter egg hunt again. It gets bigger and bigger every year.  (Don't tell my kids that I really dislike this "hunt."  It's not a hunt at all.  It's just kids running as fast as they can to pick up as many eggs off the grass as they can.  Just seems so greedy.) I was happy to see Emersen willing to share her eggs with others afterwards.

Even the little guys found an egg.

It was such a gorgeous day!
After the hunt, we drove to my Grandma Christensen's house in Venice and went for a picnic in the hills.  This may be my favorite tradition.

The kids spent most of their time exploring the hills with their cousins.  They had so much fun together.

Aunt Janese organized a real egg hunt for the kids.

Then we climbed one of the hills to roll some eggs.
I think Emersen rolled all of the eggs we made.  Bentley asked, "Can I go across the valley?"  I think he was more interested in hiking than rolling eggs.

Stanford sat at the bottom of the hill with my dad.

Emersen loves the egg toss.

We had to find some shade by then.  It got really warm.

Oakley rode back to Grandma's house with us, and he looks terrified of the DVD player.  Haha!
Back in the cooler house, we commenced visiting.

My Grandpa installed in me a love for chocolate licorice.  Looks like I've passed that on.

A girl picture.
We were completely worn out after so much fun and sun!