Monday, May 15, 2017

April (and a little bit of May) 2017 Adventures

April 2, 2017
We watched General Conference and celebrated Celia's birthday, which is actually on the 3rd.  

April 8th - Easter Egg and Treasure Hunt - We had our Easter festivities a week early, we had planned to have it outside in our yard, but the weather was rainy, cold and windy.  Courtney offered to let us use her school and it was perfect.  

The kids had a great time searching for their prizes.  It was quite nice because they weren't hidden really well, perfect for these little ones.  They loved waiting in Courtney's classroom while their prizes were being hidden.  

After the hunting ended, it turned into a little bit of basketball time.  Jared helped the little ones dunk! Then it was a lively little game of lightning.

April 12 - 16 - Trip to LaVerkin, Utah - Randy and Jared planned a little trip to Southern Utah so we could take the boat out for the first time this year.  They found a really nice house to rent for the time we were there.  

Courtney, Nikelle, Molly and Ryder left on Wednesday night and stayed the night in Orem with Courtney's family.  Randy, Jared, Blake and I caught up with them on Thursday morning, then we all headed for LaVerkin.  Molly and Ryder had fun checking out the boat and the house we stayed in.

Friday morning, I stayed with the two little munchkins while the rest went to St. George to get the window in my car fixed and to the temple.  Ryder and Molly had a great time playing in the yard with bubbles and balls.  Ryder decided he had to eat Macaroni and Cheese because Molly was.  He hadn't really liked it much before then.  Molly showed him how to eat it, he kept saying good with every bite. I'm not sure how much ended up in his mouth, there was a lot in his lap, but he sure had a good time.

Friday afternoon, we took the boat out to Sand Hollow Lake.  We had a little problem starting the boat to begin with, but Jared and Randy got it going.  Molly and Ryder had a little picnic in the boat while it was being worked on.  

Everyone had a great time riding in the boat.  

Jared and Randy both tried their luck at water skiing.  They did really well, got up on the first try.  The lake was beautiful with the red cliffs and rocks.

Some random pictures from our time in LaVerkin.  Holding hands in the parking lot, Grandpa doing bubbles, Ryder not liking the grass to touch his legs, sticking letters on Ryders back in the tub, eating and eating, Jared, Randy and Blake looking at the scenery over a wall in a little park.

Saturday, we planned to go to a Splash Park in Washington, when we got there, the water park wasn't open yet so they let us go in a basketball court and shoot some hoops until the water park opened.  It was a great facility! They had a great time playing ball for a bit.  Jared had to go under to bleachers to find a ball, Molly was a great little cheerleader from the bench, Ryder and Molly had a great time climbing on the bleachers.  

The Splash/Water Park was really nice, the water was not cold, just a nice temperature.  The kids loved it.  Molly got really brave and loved jumping into the pool, she didn't even care when her head went under the water.  

On our way home on Sunday we found this fun chair at a gas station in Beaver.  We just had to sit in it and take a picture.  

April 28 - May 2

Brian and Celia took a little trip to Texas, so we got to spend some time with Maden, Annie and Clark.  We stayed at their house on school nights, but brought them to Blackfoot for the weekend.

Clark, Annie and I had lunch at McDonalds at 10:45am.  When you're the Grandma, you can do things a little differently! 

When we got to Blackfoot, Randy and Ryder came over to play.  Clark and Ryder had a great time racing to and from Grandpa.  Maden and Annie and I played a fun game and Ryder watched.  I guess Maden and Clark just wanted to roll around on the floor.  (Annie took a lot of these pictures.)

Annie loves to take selfies, and I love all the faces of Annie!

Clark and Ryder went for a ride with Grandpa and Randy.  They loved playing with the empty pop bottles.  Maden and Annie and I went to see Grandma Beth and Grandpa Chin Chopper.  I'm sad that I didn't get a picture of Maden and Grandma Beth playing air hockey.  Annie liked playing with Grandpa Chin Chopper.  We went over to the school and Annie loved the climbing wall.  Maden helped Grandpa Chin Chopper trim some grass under the trees, he thought it was kind of fun.  

Jared and Nikelle and Molly came down to help with some projects, so there was a lot of little ones here.  There was a lot of swinging, bubble blowing, smelling flowers, playing in the rocks and taking rides on four wheeler and lawn mower.  Maden and Annie also did a little craft and played some games that we didn't get any pictures of.

It's so fun to watch these three play together.  They all have to do the same things, if one is sitting up to the table, they all have to.  The bottom pictures make me laugh.  All five of these littles are very interested in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse while they eat.

All ready for church on Sunday.  Such cute kids! Clark is twins with Grandpa!

I bought the kids these pinwheels, it's so fun to see the simple pleasures of childhood.  I loved hearing Annie's laughter and seeing the delight on her cute little face.

We took the kids over to the playground at Maden's school.  They had a great time even though it was cold and windy.  Maden had a great time showing us around and playing everything.  He is very good at jump rope, and Clark had try it too.  

Annie loved climbing way up high, Maden loved playing a little baseball and Clark just wants to do everything the big kids are doing.

We met Nikelle and Molly at the Iona Library for story time, then the kids played on the playground there.  I love Molly and Annie's hair when they came down the slide. Clark loved the slides too.

Misc. April happenings.

Yes, this is snow! It was April 9th! We had snow again on the 27th and 28th! This is really winter that won't go away!

Just some random pictures from April.  Clark and Molly sharing a snack, Ryder's thrilled with new letters, more snow!, Molly wearing her daddy's hard hat in the car, celebrating Jared finishing school!, Molly going for a spin on her new trike, Ryder playing with letters!

More fun pictures, Ryder and Molly going for a ride on the trike with Grandma, little miss hollywood, Clark swinging on a big swing, Annie and Clark on a big slide, Clark going for a ride on his trike, and Ryder coloring.

Playing at the school playground by Grandma Great Purcell's house, then eating at Texas Roadhouse with her.

Ryder playing with the tulips, little Princess Molly, Ryder waiting for a ride on the lawn mower, then getting his rides with Grandpa.

Grandpa Chin Chopper made popcorn while Ryder and Molly watched, it's pretty fascinating. Molly loves helping her daddy mow the lawn. For some silly reason, Ryder took his shoe and shock off while we were shopping in Walmart.  

Thursday, April 20, 2017

March Madness 2017

We begin March with Brian's birthday, and end March with Molly's birthday. Here's a recap of the birthdays and all the madness in between!

March 1 - Brian's Birthday

Brian got to celebrate on the 1st with his little family, then again with the rest of us on the 4th.  He loves pulling funny faces.

Trip to Salt Lake - Blake, Randy, Ryder, Jared, Nikelle, Molly and I took a little trip to Salt Lake so Jared and Nikelle could go to Disney on Ice and so Jared, Nikelle, Blake and I could go to cousin Jessica's wedding.  Randy and Ryder came along to help tend Molly.  We stayed in the Residence Inn, Downtown Salt Lake.  

We ate at Cheesecake Factory. We loved the 65 degree weather and playing on the court outside of the hotel.  Molly and Ryder loved all the adventures that come with staying in a hotel.

It was a beautiful wedding in the Salt Lake Temple, and sadly, this is the only picture I took at either the wedding or the reception.  On Sunday morning, Jared, Nikelle and I went to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Broadcast.  That is always a special treat.

Saturday, March 18th - For one reason or another, we were all together, the guys were fixing and changing things in the shed.  It turned out to be a fun day.  

We blew a lot of bubbles. Annie and Maden took a lot of pictures again.

There was a lot of swinging! Yay for no snow and almost warm weather! Ryder and Molly went for a little bike ride with Grandpa.  Molly liked getting into this "ball", but Ryder's scared of it.

The littles liked playing on the new toy at grandma's house.  

Misc. March Madness

Molly was really liking Randy at Brian's birthday party.  Ryder and Molly sitting on her bench reading stories.  Molly sits on the heater to read a story. Maden and Annie having a great time at kids night at Texas Roadhouse.  Ryder and Molly had to sit with Grandma and Grandpa at Roadhouse.

Ryder made a tower with his cup and water bottle.  He went for a little bike ride. We visited with Blake at Parkway  before his Colonoscopy.

We gave Molly a little trim, she was such a good girl and held so still.  Ryder had to brush his teeth while Molly got her little hair cut.  Ryder thought he was so big when he sat by Grandpa on the couch.  Molly figured out that she was way too big to fit into the shopping cart.

Annie had more fun taking selfies. Clark loves being pushed around on any bike or trike.  Ryder and Clark are really big helpers outside.  Annie, Clark and Maden had more fun at another Texas Roadhouse kid night.

Ryder loved standing on the stool to brush. Molly loves to be outside, and loves to swing.  Ryder liked stomping in the leftover snowdrift, and swinging.  He couldn't figure out why Grandma Beth and Grandpa Chin Chopper wouldn't open their door.  (They were in South Carolina.)

Ryder's ready to mow! Clark and Ryder had fun playing together while Grandpa tended them.  Ryder thinks he's funny to climb up on the couch.  Everyone is so happy to be playing outside.

Going to see the chicks, bunnies and ducklings at CAL's is a favorite pass time for Blake and Ryder, so when Molly was here, of course we had to take her too.  They even got to pet a chick.  They had to have a licorice in the car.  It was really a bribe for Molly to get in her car seat.  She was really sad to the leave the car shopping cart in Keslers.

Blake and Ryder walking on the boat ramp at Jensen's Grove.  Molly got to ride in the seat of the trike while Ryder stood up behind.  They always have to do what the other one is doing.  If one is in the chair, the other one gets in too. 

March 31 - Molly's Birthday

This cute, happy, adventurous, sweet, energetic, funny girl is 2! She still looks like her Daddy did when he was 2!

Nikelle threw a fun little Dr. Seuss themed party for Molly.  I can't believe she's already 2!

Monday, March 20, 2017

February 2017 Recap

February 3-5

We decided to make a little weekend trip to Island Park.  We rented a cabin from Randy's co-worker.  Randy, Courtney, Ryder, Jared, Nikelle, Molly, Blake and I went up Friday.  Brian and his family came up on Saturday morning.  It snowed a lot on us on the way up there, and quite a bit on Friday afternoon.

There was a lot of snow on the cabin! Molly and Ryder loved playing with the toys, and having a fun bath.

We watched some movies, ate good food and laughed when Molly's shoes were put on the wrong feet.

The 3 musketeers loved playing with/on the air hockey table.

We all had fun playing darts.  Yes, I did have a big fat 0 on my first turn!

Jared took Molly for a little spin on the snow machine and for a little ride on the sled.  Annie got to go for a longer ride on the snow machines and she loved it.  They saw a nice moose by the stream.

Clark and Ryder had a fun game of chase with Grandpa.  Ryder was not in the mood for a picture!

Tennis Tournament

Brian played in a tennis tournament at the Apple courts.  It was fun to watch one of his matches.  Annie and Maden were good cheerleaders and took some good pictures too.

More of Maden's Basketball games.

We had more fun watching these young kids play basketball.  Maden improved every game and made some baskets! The three amigos were almost as entertaining as the games.

Annie, The Photographer

Annie would get kind of bored at the basketball games and tennis matches, so I let her take my phone and take pictures.  I deleted about 200 pictures after she was done! She had a great time and took some very creative photos.

I love all the different faces of Annie! What a cutie!

She did a pretty good job of getting pictures of everyone.

She would hold the camera right in your face and say smile! 

February Randomness

Ryder made a tower with his cups.  Sitting by Grandpa drinking juice together. Playing the piano and air hockey and Chin Chopper and Baba Bess's house. Reading stories with Grandpa.

Molly's sitting on Grandpa's lap at The Little Mermaid play. Wearing a cute apron while playing, eating pizza at Grandma Great's house.  Eating at Texas Roadhouse with Grandma, being a cute little valentine, and sitting in the chair watching a show.  

Molly and Clark playing in a tent.  Clark wearing his rain boots to make sure he can go outside.  Clark is wearing Annie's tutu.  Clark and Molly in a basket.  Clark, Molly and Tigger Annie playing the piano at Grandma Great's.  

Dinner at Texas Roadhouse with Grandma Great and Molly.  Molly and Ryder looking at videos on Grandpa's phone.  Molly reading some bedtime stories. Ryder and Molly needed napkins while they ate.  Playing with calculators at Grandma Great's house. Jared's pickup got stuck when they went rabbit hunting.  It was quite the process to get it out.  

Home2 Hotel Stay
February 24-25th
Blake and I were tending Molly while Nikelle and Jared were helping with the Little Mermaid play.  It snowed and blew a lot on Thursday night, so we decided to just stay in Idaho Falls on Friday night.  We checked into the Home2 Hotel and Suites.  Courtney came up with Ryder and they played in the pool.

It looks like Molly out grew her swimming suit over the winter.  They had a blast running in the long halls of the hotel.  We made a table out of the desk for Molly to eat her dinner.

They loved playing in the pool! It was great entertainment for the afternoon.