It is starting to feel like Summer! I absolutely love Saturdays in the Summer. This past Saturday we spent a lot of time outside with the kids. Jer and I cleaned and reorganized our garage. While we were doing that, we found a kite so we took a break to fly it with the kids! luckily we live on the plains where is is incredibly windy!!!
After we finished with the garage, Jer and I took out the kid's bikes and Jer's bike (mine is still unusable since both tires are blown). Jer helped Mason learn to ride his bike without his training wheels. Mason is sure growing up! Daddy and Brook had a bike race while Dallas tagged along.
This week it has been raining and raining! Here in Akron, Colorado we just don't see much rain ever!
Jer and I were watching a movie while the kids were playing downstairs when all of a sudden Brook and Mase holler up to us to tell us that water was leaking from Brook's window! Jer and I rushed downstairs to find the window well was not draining and the water was rising.
Jer scooped up as much water as he could with a bucket and is still outside in the rain trying to find sand bags or whatever he can find to fix it.
We called out land lord but he is away and there isn't much else we can do for now except do our best to keep the water down and away.
This weekend was my good friend Aly's reception in Colorado Springs. She and her husband Hiram got married last Saturday in the San Diego temple. I was so bummed I couldn't be there so I made sure we made it to the reception since it was fairly close!
Aly and I were best friends when we were younger. It makes me so happy to see her find someone as sweet as Hiram. They seem so great together! It was so nice to be there and see Aly's parents again!
Before the reception we made sure to eat at Fargo's. Its our favorite place to eat in Springs. They make the best pizza ever! One of our favorites is the Big Red. It has cheese, ham and tomatoes on top. The best part is the crispy crust! The kids love the restaurant's decorations. The self playing piano is always a hit!
This weekend was busy and quick but it was well worth it.
Mason's teacher Ms. Jen! She is the best! We will sure miss her.
Also Ms. Gretta!
Today was Mason's end of the school year program. Jeremiah's parents and sister, Courtney came up to see it. We all gathered in the gymnasium to watch Mason perform. Mason walked in all right and then he gave me "the look." I knew what that look meant, it said that there was no way in heck that he was going to sing and dance in front of all these people!!!
The next thing I knew, he folded his arms and covered his face with them! If that wasn't crazy enough, he proceeded to sit down on the floor in the fetal position! His teachers couldn't get him to participate so he just came back to sit with us.
Jer and I tried bribing him with treats or with a surprise if he'd just go back up there and dance. Then we tried threatening... Man he was stubborn! He finally had enough of all of us begging him to go back up there so he stomped his way up to the front and then cried really loudly that he didn't want to do it! I could have died!!!
They called his name and he received his metal and laminated scrapbook of pictures throughout the year. I managed to weasel a smile out of him while he was up there only by making silly faces at him.
Can I just say, It still amazes me how different my children's personalities are! Brooklyn would have been stealing the spot light. Mason almost threw an all out tantrum in front of the whole school!!! Oh boy, am I excited to see how Dallas reacts under pressure.
I am so excited for this school year to be over! Bring on the Summer!!! Only one more kid to go and then its Summer break! Yay!
Because i didn't get pictures of the kids in their Easter outfits on Easter, I got them on Mother's Day.
This year wasn't as difficult for me. I think it was due to the fact that we have been so overwhelmingly busy that I haven't had time to even feel sad. For that, I am grateful!!!
This Mother's day, my parents sent me some beautiful flowers! Jer and the kids gave me cards and a movie. We spent time together and Jer even cleaned and folded all of the laundry! That was the best!
I just want to post my feelings on Mother's, it goes something like this:
"May each of us treasure this truth: One cannot forget mother and remember God. One cannot remember mother and forget God. Why? Because these two sacred persons, God and mother, partners in creation, in love, in sacrifice, in service, are as one." - Thomas S. Monson
I love this quote! I had a great testimony of women and motherhood before I became a mother because of the amazing example i had growing up of my own mom. Now that I am a mother, my feelings go even deeper. I get glimpses of how our Father in Heaven must feel sometimes. The joy he must feel when we obey and grow and the heartache he must endure when we chose contrary to his teachings. I completely believe that we have a Heavenly Mother who loves us!
I almost totally forgot to make hard boiled eggs this year so the big kids dyed them late night on saturday night. (I know, I am a slacker.)
They had fun putting glitter on them and making dinosaur eggs. We cracked those first then dyed them, so when you take the shell off it, it is white with colored cracks that look like a dinosaur egg.
Jer tried making the Easter roast on our new grill and it turned out fabulous! It had a thick layer of smoke flavor that was amazing. It didn't taste like a normal oven roast but it was more smoky and BBQy.
I forgot to take pictures of the kids in their Sunday dress since my camera battery died so I will post those pictures later.
Sorry I haven't been around lately. I've been so busy looking for new houses and getting school done that I've been super overwhelmed. I hope this phase in our lives ends soon so we can settle down and just enjoy our family time. I feel like all we do is look for the next home or next job. Now that Jer loves his job, I'm hoping we find a home soon that we can call our own for the first time!