Family Fun Day!

Luke just finished up preschool at the high school. He started in January and he has loved it. The last day was a family fun day with a Hawaiian theme. Natalie was pretty excited that we were going to school with him and Luke was really excited to show us around.

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They had face painting, temporary tattoos, decorate a shell/starfish, get your picture at the “beach,” and color a fish hat stations. We did them all!


They had yummy Hawaiian treats. The kids especially loved the umbrellas on the muffins and the blue jello.

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And of course we got to play on the playground..a LOT. They pretty much didn’t want to leave. 


He also got a few gifts (whistle, thanks guys, book, and bracelet) from the teachers as well. All the teens in the class are really sweet and do a great jobs with the kids. And the teacher teachers are fabulous. I’m glad we decided to participate!

Natalie is so thrilled she gets to join in the fun in the fall!


pick your own!



Last week, we headed up to Circle S Farm for some good ol’ fashioned fun with friends. While Natalie stuck close to me picking berries, Luke disappeared with his best bud Emme…


They chatted away as they sped up and down the rows looking for “mostly red” ones.  Everyone was having a good time eating and picking!

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They had some swings and toys too. And the most awesome thing was an old corn taker-offer and grinder. I think Luke would have played with it all day. It was awesome.

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and the strawberries were YUMMY!


We’ve been spending a lot of time OUTDOORS!! Spring is springing. I can’t say sprung, because our flowers haven’t bloomed, our garden is just sprouting, and the pollen count is still through the roof. Poor Luke, his allergies have sparked an asthmatic episode! (I too am constantly coughing and sneezing!) But we still love it. He is outside every chance he gets.


We are working on some bald spots in the yard,

flowers for the front porch,

a garden around back…


excavating bricks from the corner of our yard…


and finally enjoying Darin’s Christmas present! We are finishing closing off the tree house too.

I guess I better get a few pictures of some finished projects!

Easter Weekend

what? you thought I was gone for good right?! all good intentions of blogging these past two weeks got squeezed out by fun, exhaustion, and forgetfulness. But the kids are finally in bed, Darin is in North Carolina sleeping comfortably (I’m sure!) on his cot trying to tune out those chatty 12 year olds, and I have enough energy left to catch you up on our Easter weekend.

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Saturday, we headed out for a little egg hunt with our friends, the Kominos family. (We play with their little girl every week!) Their church hosted an egg hunt with games for the the kids, hot dogs, and an unforgettable lesson about Easter. They shared the Easter story and the importance of the Savior’s atonement as the way for our sins to be forgiven and then they lit a cross covered with paper sins on fire. Natalie still talks about the fire. “mom, member the fire at the Easter hunt?”

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Then the kids had egg hunts in age groups. Darin went with Luke and I went with Natalie. She was in the 3 and under. The were so cute. Most of the kids would run past several eggs just to get the one they saw. And several kids just ran to the swing set instead! It definitely took the group at least 20 minutes to gather all the eggs.  Luke came over to play before they had all been picked up!

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At home, we dyed eggs! We talked about how people used to dye eggs just red to remember the Savior’s sacrifice. Now we color them many colors just for fun.

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Sunday, started with resurrection rolls for breakfast, and Easter surprises in their baskets. Then they got dressed in their matching outfits (cause I still have energy for that, but I’m sure it will run out!). They were pretty cute, and they were actually excited to match.

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Church was fabulous and really gave us a chance to remember the amazing sacrifice of the Savior and the significance of His resurrection.  I am truly grateful for what He does for me. I loved talking with my Primary class about the reactions of those who He visited with after His death. I loved hearing how they felt about the Savior and our Father in Heaven’s love to let His son suffer so much.

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Then we headed to the homestead for family dinner. Mom and Dad, it was delicious! and I was the lucky one to take home most of the leftovers. The cousins had their annual egg hunt! They love it!!

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Then we had a little adults egg hunt with cash prize. It was a premeditated set up and Dawn was not falling for it, but Marissa did an excellent job at finding the $100 (which was promptly returned to mom’s secret savings stash) and we all ate plenty of treats from the adults-only baskets! Smile

getting EGG-cited!

Easter is coming! We had a little egg hunt with our Nashville friends last week.

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They were thrilled at their finds! They played hard on the playground, and maybe ate a little lunch.

My little bunnies with their funny bunny friend…

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Then our house got “egged” the other night and the we were all egg-cited to find the eggs hidden around our house in the dark!

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AWESOME! thanks mystery Easter bunnies!


a new beginning…

Luke is joining the ranks of organized sports!


We asked him if he would like to play t-ball and he said yes. He loves his mitt and was pretty excited and nervous at practice. We definitely didn’t prep him enough, but he is getting the hang of things. at least he listen to his coach (or coaches, since there are a handful of parents out their helping at all times). He likes hitting the ball, that’s for sure!

Check out his first hit!

He is not so fast on running though and he was kicking the most dirt on Monday night. But we’ll see how it goes. Games start in May!

gotta love this guy…



Darin is down to his final year of the 20s. The kids were more than excited to celebrate. When Luke woke up, I mentioned it was Daddy’s birthday and he ran to the kitchen to get his birthday cards and took them to Darin in the shower. “daddy, its your birthday. You gotta open your cards. Oh, I’ll do it for you.” He couldn’t believe all the birthday money Daddy got!

Aaron and Dawn knew that Darin has been wanting to get a dog, so they decided to get him one for his birthday!

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Such a good dog. Yes you are! and tasty too!

I mentioned we were going to surprise Daddy for lunch around 9:30 and Luke wanted to go right then. I told him we had to make cupcakes first. Then we showed up with Arby’s and dessert. Yum!

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the world’s longest fry ever!


We didn’t even wrap Darin’s presents until a couple hours before he got home, just so the kids wouldn’t be tempted. Of course as soon as he did get home, Natalie told him what he got! Smile and of course, they opened them for him…

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He got his golf clubs fitted to his swing, and a game, and a treasure box with candy (and now he has a hiding place for all his treasures!). A few more surprises will arrive this week. We went out to dinner at La Cazona for some good mexican eats and headed to Luke’s t-ball practice. We ended the night singing and everyone blew out a candle on their cupcake. Don’t you love how interactive birthdays are?!

Another year older, but just as handsome as ever! I love this guy!