Wednesday, May 15, 2013

This is The Place Monument

We spent a day at "This is the Place" Monument in Salt Lake. It was one of the first beautiful spring days of the year and it was so great! I can't believe I've never been here before. I loved seeing the history and thinking about the pioneers that sacrificed everything to come here. We took a train ride around the park and we had a chat about pioneers and a few things they went through. The entire drive home, Claire had a bunch of questions and after each answer, Caleb would ask, "why?" He's loving that word lately! I love those teaching moments and quiet rides in the car are some of the best times to have them.

Holding some baby chicks...
 Petting the baby sheep...
 These goats were attacking that stroller! Janie didn't seem to mind, but I didn't know what the heck to do!
 Our friends we went with. Caleb, Claire, Zurie, Channing and Nahla...
 Janie just watching...
 There are not many things that they love more than riding a horse...


 "Milking" a cow...

 A mini-city for the kids. I want one of these in my backyard. Too cute!...

 We're moms...


 A ride on the train around the park...


 And finally some lunch...
 We tried to get a group picture, but Caleb wasn't having it. When he doesn't wait to do something, he drops to the ground immediately. Drives me crazy...

We had a great day! I love getting together with my friends and their kids.

Kindergarten Orientation

Can you even believe it? It seems like yesterday that Baby Claire was born!
Here I am about to send her off to be in someone else's care. It's hard. It's really really hard and I don't like thinking about some of the things she will learn in years to come. But Claire cannot wait and it will be so good for her and me both! She is a little sponge needing to soak in a lot more than I can give her. She is going to love it! She's a social butterfly too. I wonder if she'll get the nickname, "Motormouth" like my 3rd Grade teacher gave me? We'll see! She begs to play with her friends everyday. I wouldn't be surprised...

Here we are at her Kindergarten Orientation. She said she was scared that there were so many kids, but once she found a few friends, she warmed right up.

Tiny girl in a big big school...

 

 A little shy and scared...
 Both of us holding back the tears...
 There's that smile. :)
 At the end... Much better...

Pretty soon we'll find out who her teacher is! Pretty exciting! I remember Kindergarten so well...

Soccer in pictures..

This has been such a fun season! Claire has scored 6 goals (so far) and Caleb is pretty fearless on the field, but is still 3 years old. He's got a ways to go. :) It is so fun to watch them both be on the same team and doing awesome!

Claire is pretty good at pulling away from everyone. She's got some speed!...

 Go baby go...
 GOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLLL!
 Our weekly cheerleaders...
 Caleb giving me thumbs up...
 Thumbs up backwards...
 And thumbs up again...
 Claire doing one of her 50 cartwheels during the game...
 Taking on the boys...
 Go Caleb!
 Cuties...
 Here she goes again!...

 Caleb and Zurie taking a load off...
 GO SILVER DRAGONS!...

I really love being a soccer mom! I think this is something I can do for years to come...

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mother's Day.

It was fabulous! I didn't lift a finger. I woke up to a dozen giant covered strawberries and a gift for a romantic weekend in Park City with Bud. We get to go this weekend! Also, church was so great and didn't make me feel inadequate this year. Another bonus... I watched 2 hours of Fashion Star and an hour of Shark Tank all by myself in the middle of the day. It was awesome! AND... I didn't cook, clean or even change a diaper. Poor Bud counts down the minutes until Mother's Day is over. He was my slave for the day, that's for sure! Mwah hahahahaha!

Best of all, we went to see our mothers who go above and beyond to help us all of the time! We were blessed with the best mothers of all! I love watching and learning from them.

While we were at Dody's, Janie gave me my very favorite gift. She took her first steps! FINALLY! And it was adorable and I'm so glad everyone got to enjoy it with us. Happy Mother's Day to all of the women in my life that have mothered me in some way!