Friday, August 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Richie

Today Richie turned four. He has been to several birthday parties for friends, and has been anxiously awaiting his turn. This morning when I wished him "Happy birthday!" he said, "Happy birthday, Mom. Where is everybody? Isaac, and Stella, and Adam." He was ready for his party to begin. I told him that even though it was his birthday, people weren't coming over until later.

We were supposed to go on a ward camp-out tonight, and we were going to take a cake to share with everyone and that was going to be his birthday party, of sorts. Richie was really excited to go camping, but the it was canceled because of rain. We were worried about how he would react, but we didn't make a big deal about it, we spaced his gifts throughout the day and had a little get together with friends and he didn't even notice that we didn't go camping. I think it helped that I decorated a Spiderman cake for him.

When I was finished decorating the cake I showed it to him. I was nervous that he was going to stick a finger in it, or something like that, but he said, "I just want to smell it." And then he did.

He loves all his presents. Thanks Grandparents (and aunts and uncles).

We invited two families over for cake and ice cream. The kids had lots of fun in Richie and Sophia's room.
The Birthday Boy!

Pre Birthday Boogie!

It's Richie's birthday today so we'll have more pictures and video coming soon. For now, here's a video of the kids dancing a couple nights ago.


Wednesday, August 26, 2009


I am not sure how she ended up in here, but I am pretty sure her big brother had something to do with it.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Girl's Camp

Sorry for my recent absence, I spent last week at girl's camp. I had a great time getting to know the young women and leaders better, having morning scripture study, playing games, going on hikes, swimming in the lake, tie-dying shirts, making friendship bracelets, the list goes on and on. It was a lot of fun, but it was really hard to be away from my family. I was really glad that Dad could stay home with Richie and Sophia, because I knew they were being well taken care of, and because it meant that Dad learned what I do all day. I think we gained a greater appreciation for each other. I am glad I got to go, and I am so glad to be home!

Some of the scenery on the hike.
The lake.
EB Ward young women.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Things I never did growing up.

I had a great childhood. I grew up in the desert of southern Utah, and had endless fields to play in, hills to hike and even a small fruit orchard in our back yard full of trees to climb and put make-shift hammocks made from my mother's sheets in. I really loved playing outside and using my imagination to entertain myself. But there were some things that I never did growing up in that kind of place, things like going to the beach, spending time in Central Park, New York, or attending Broadway shows. Those sort of things only existed in movies and books for me, but now I get to do those kinds of things, and I love it!

Today we did another one of those "things I never did growing up." We went to our favorite farm in Princeton and picked our own blueberries. It was a gorgeous morning, the sun was shining brightly, but it was not too hot with no humidity. We walked up and down the rows of blueberry bushes picking off the little berries and dropping them into a bucket. It was like a treasure hunt to find the ripe berries. At one point little Richie said, "Picking blueberries is so much fun, Mom!" Sophia was happy to eat every berry she touched, and it was impossible to stop her. I am sure she ate as many unripe as ripe berries, but she didn't seem to mind. I don't know if we ever have to pick blueberries, again; it is a lot of work! Next time I think we will just buy the pre-picked berries at the farm store, but I am glad we had the experience and learned how much work goes into getting those little berries.

The Farm also has some animals, and those goats were a little intimidating for Richie, he didn't want to get too close.
Sophia took a ride on Dad's shoulders . . .
. . . and Mom's back.
We ended the morning with a lunch of smoked pork and german potato salad.
It was a great morning. Even with a quick stop in Princeton we were done before noon. I haven't been as productive with my afternoon, but it was still a really good day.

Oh, yeah, and did you notice, I got a hair cut yesterday? I love it. I feel like I lost ten pounds, and a heavy blanket from off my back.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

There's a party in my tummy! So yummy! So yummy!

During dinner the other night I was trying to get Richie to eat and he said, "There's no more room in the party in my tummy."

Translation: "I'm full."

He was excused from the table, but ten minutes later he asked for some goldfish crackers. I said to him, "I thought there was no more room in your tummy." He chuckled as he said, "Oh, yeah, I was just kidding." And gave me a cheshire cat grin.

I guess he is particular about the guests at the party in his tummy.

Saturday, August 1, 2009