Friday, April 29, 2011

Spring Break in Blanding

I got a little behind in my blogging and never posted about our spring break trip.  Little Richie's spring break was April 4th through the 8th, so I decided to take the kids to Blanding for a visit.  Dad's spring break was in March and he had to work, so he didn't get to come with us.  Luckily I didn't have to drive all the way by myself because Grandpa Worthy met us in Salt Lake and drove us down.  I had planned to go all the way alone, but I was really grateful that Grandpa came to help.  It would have been quite a challenge without him.

We stopped at the dinosaur museum in Price and Richie worked very hard to excavate what he was convinced was a T-Rex fossil.  I think it was probably a raptor, but I didn't argue.  He was "scientifically uncovering the bones" and I did not want to upset the scientist.

Richie wanted to look like he was racing the Raptor in the background.

Richie and Sophia were thrilled that there were three kittens living at Grandma and Grandpa's house.  Richie became especially attached.  One day he told me, "Cats follow me.  That means they like me."  Then, after a short pause and a deep sigh he said, "I wish I could have one of those kitties."  He was so gentle and sweet with the kittens, too bad we rent and can't have pets.

The kids named this kitten Meeyowss, and the other two Blackie and Heavy. 

Sophia had a wonderful time with her cousin Timothy.  He spent a couple days at Grandma's house and they had so much fun together.  They shared some jellybeans and were "toasting" with the little cups they were in.

On one of the last days of the visit, Richie did an experiment to see what would happen if he put a kitten on Grace's face; it didn't turn out very well.  I thought it was an accident, but Richie eventually told me the truth because he felt so badly about it.  He felt so sad about hurting Grace and for lying, but I told him I was proud of him for telling me the truth and that I forgave him.

In these pictures you can see her wound and her little teeth that are growing in.

Grace had a great week spending time with Grandparents.  She shared a clementine with Grandma...

...and watched some golf with Grandpa.
We had a fun week, but missed Daddy and were glad to get home to him.  The weather was pretty terrible from Salt Lake to Logan, and of course that was the section I drove alone, but luckily there wasn't a single snowflake in Sardine canyon; that was the part of the drive I was most worried about.  It was nice to go down, and hopefully Dad will get to go with us next time.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Photo Extravaganza!

Happy Easter!  We stayed home for Easter this year and had a lovely weekend.  Saturday we colored eggs, which the kids could have done all day if I had let them.  I only let them do sixteen eggs, but they would had kept on going if I had boiled more.

This morning I heard the kids get up and a few minutes later they came running down the stairs.  They came in and exclaimed, "The Easter Bunny did come!  And he brought us stuff we really wanted!"  They were both so excited about their gifts, but poor Richie's color explosion, glow-in-the-dark marker set was missing the one marker that makes them glow, but he was a good sport and didn't pout at all.  When Sophia saw her Easter dress she said, "Wow! It's a wedding dress!"  She was still very happy with it when I told her it was not a wedding dress, but an Easter dress.
I got the kids to pose for some pictures before church.

Sophia strikes a "stylish pose" every time a camera comes out.

I made the little rose headband for Grace.  I actually made a hair clip for Sophia, too, but she didn't want to wear it.  I think it turned out so cute!

This is Richie's version of the "stylish pose."

After church we visited Great Grandpa Call and then when we got home we had our egg hunt.  I convinced Sophia to stay in her dress, but I couldn't get Richie to keep his church clothes on.  It was a short hunt because there weren't that many eggs, but there are only so many boiled eggs one family can eat.

It was a great day to be together.  We haven't had a full day where we just get to spend time at home with each other.  The kids loved the gifts and treats, but we also made sure they understood why we have this holiday.  I told them about the Savior's Atonement and resurrection last night and this morning Dad asked them if they knew why we celebrate Easter and Sophia said, "Because Jesus was wesoowected."

Monday, April 18, 2011

Soccer Star!

A few weeks ago Richie finally started soccer practice. He has been very anxious to play since we signed him up a couple months ago, especially after we got his uniform and all his gear just before his first practice. He wanted to wear his uniform to practice, but I told him we save that for the games. When we drove up to the field, half the other kids on his team were wearing their uniforms and he gave me the worst look and said, "See!" I told him he could wear his uniform to his next practice. Richie really enjoys practice, but sometimes gets super frustrated when other kids get the ball away from him because he thinks he is supposed to get it into the goal every time the ball is in play. He gets really intense, but hopefully the more he plays, the less that will happen because he will start to understand how it works.

He was supposed to have two games last week, but they were cancelled because the fields weren't ready because we have had so much snow lately. He is supposed to have his first game this week, but it has been raining all weekend and is raining again today, so we will see if that actually happens.

Saturday, April 16, 2011