Sunday, April 7, 2013

Our weekend in camera phone pictures

Like most weekends we were busy, Cody has been at a work conference all week and Saturday was a team builder day of snowboarding for those that wanted to go. Of course Cody wanted to go, the boys and I had plans at Home Depot to make bird feeders. Thank goodness our friend Amy came with her boys so we had an extra set of hands.

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Bird feeders were built and painted, I hung them up today. These workshops are so much fun and the boys really got into the painting this time. They almost didn’t want to help build the feeders because they were to excited to paint.
After we left Home Depot we had to run to the store to exchange some pajamas for the correct size (I can’t believe we’re in mediums) before lunch and naptime.
After nap I took the boys to the peace gardens for the first time to let them run around. They had a blast running around, climbing everything and rolling down the hills. They even cooperate for a couple pictures.

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We saw a lot of photographers roaming around doing family, engagement or bridal shoots. The boys were interested in some of them. Nicholas wanted to know where their lights were, all were natural light only shoots. Parker kept referring to the bride as a princess and Andrew kept repeating “girls are princesses, boys are just boys.” They even sat down to watch one of the photographers work. I kept them far enough back to be out of way and the couple got a kick out of them.

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We stopped for dinner and the boys were exhausted when we got home. Cody made it home just in time to go in for goodnight hugs.

Sunday Cody went snowboading again, so the boys and I had a fairly lazy morning before going out for bagels and then driving up to Snowbird so the boys could see their Daddy snowboarding. They were so excited to see him on the mountain, waving and jumping up and down.

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The boys each took a turn standing on his board (with him holding it up) and talked about learning to snowboard so they could go down the mountain with Daddy. Sounds like it’s time to get them some lessons!
After nap we headed for the park with Cody’s RC truck to play until dinner time. One of the boys favorite things to do is set up plastic cones and have Cody crash into them, so while he was driving around the tennis court they decided they were the cones.

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They lined up over and over again cheering to be crashed.

It was a long and exhausting weekend. I think the boys are actually getting a little easier as the get older, I can’t believe we are just weeks from their birthday.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

More Easter

We stayed up way too late the night before Easter, so when the boys woke us on Easter morning we quickly got the boys dressed and headed to the backyard. This year we didn’t dye eggs, it seems like we just ran out of time and I wasn’t looking forward to dye being all over the house. Beyond not having to clean up egg mess, it also meant not having to eat hard boiled eggs for a week. I’m the only one in the house right now that will eat them.

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There each had 16 candy filled eggs to find. I learned that an early Easter makes egg hiding much more challenging, our yard is nearly flat with out any good hiding spots. The boys made quick work of the yard, finding the obvious eggs then working together to make sure they had all of them.

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The eggs were found and we managed to bribe them for some photos, it’s very hard to bribe your kids when they are holding a basket full of chocolate.

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Photos over the candy-fest began.

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It’s a good thing Easter is only once a year, the boys were on an all day sugar high.

We managed to get some real food into the boys before heading to Cody’s parents for another egg hunt with the rest of the family. The Easter bunny at Grandma’s house hides eggs of different colors for each kid to find, the older the child the more difficult they are to find.

Andrew was after the yellow eggs, Parker the orange and Nicholas the green

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Luckily not all of the eggs had candy in them, everyone received some small toys to play with. The slinkies were a huge hit as were the slap bracelets. We missed nap time, so after just a few hours the boys were so done. We came home and put them straight to bed.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Easter egg hunt number one

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged anything for over 2 months now. I just seemed to get out of the habit and we have been sticking to the same routine each week. For Easter we were invited to go to a big egg hunt Saturday afternoon in Salem. It was a long drive but we were rewarded with the sight of hundreds of people walking to or from the annual Holi Festival of Colors. The boys loved seeing all of the colorful people.
This was by far the largest egg hunt I’ve ever seen at a persons home. The hunt was separated by age groups, between my boys and our friend’s son they made up the majority of the 5 and under group. Each child was told to find 10 to 15 eggs and a bucket in the designated area.
It was very interesting to see the boys different approaches to the hunt. Parker went straight for the largest eggs available, Nicholas picked up a few eggs and opened them before deciding if he wanted them or not. Andrew found an old Hotwheel in the sandbox and was done.

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I dressed the boys in their ‘gymnastic shirts’ since we would be meeting a lot of new people and it makes it easier for everyone. In addition to the egg hunt the yard also had some very cool toys. There was a bike for 5 that would be awesome to have in any back yard, but out of our price range. The boys had to be redirected multiple times to keep searching for eggs because the bike was just to much fun.

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Along with the bike the boys also had a great time on the teeter totter. It was nice to get some photos of genuine smiles, we have entered the odd 3 to 5 year old smile stage that is all squinty and cheesy.

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After the egg hunt all of the kids had a chance to play on the playground and some of the other outside toys. Of course the boys found the Lightning McQueen and were even willing to share it. They took turns with who was driving, who was the passenger and who was sitting on the back of the car. I took a fair number of photos, but this is my favorite.

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Maybe a glimpse into the teenage years? The boys had a blast, got a bunch of candy, small toys and a stuffed animal that they sleep with every night and insist on taking in the car on the drive to daycare everyday.We spent about 3 hours there and then it took over 2 hours to drive home due to all of the traffic from the festival. Sadly no one fell asleep on the drive until we were only 20 minutes away from home.
In addition to being the day before Easter it was also TableTop Day, so we had plans to play board games with friends. Complete with miniature trophy presentation. We played Zombie Dice, Pandemic, and Dixit as usual I didn’t win a single game and Pandemic beat us. It was a long day, but we all had a great time.