Day at the Park

Well, this was about two weeks ago, before the snow returned-darn snow! We were enjoying the beautiful spring-like weather and were deceived into believing that spring had indeed come, despite living in Colorado for the past 5 years and knowing different!

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The sun was too bright to look at me

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This is the “clifford” swing. I guess it looks like a big red dog to them!

Whoops!

I forgot to add this one to my post last night with the photoshoot.

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I’m done with all the pictures Mom!

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I know she’s sad, but she’s so cute when she’s sad!

A Tasha Post

Tasha came downstairs the other day wearing these and thought she was so funny! And she was! =) Our little comedienne!

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Daddy’s socks are more like tights!

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A real smile. Man they’re hard to get with the camera these days!

Photoshoot!

The other day Annika was looking particularly cute and Kevin was eager to be in a picture, so I thought hey, time to take some pictures. Tasha finally conceded as well, but not for any of those silly, normal smiling pictures. Though I’m continually frustrated with the quality of pictures (or lack thereof) I come out with using my cruddy 5 year old digital camera, I think a few them turned out worthwhile. Plus, as I’m writing this I’m reminded that back in the day you used to have to pose for a picture for close to an hour, so I’m thankful for my cruddy old camera.

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Ok, so I got 1/2 of the subjects smiling. Annika is still in the “what the heck is that thing” phase, in regards to the camera.

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Kevin actually SHARING his cars with his baby sister! (too bad he won’t share with big sis)

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Kevin’s saying: “Yup, that’s my car. It’s a cool car, isn’t it?”

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I know this is blurry because she was moving, but I love this picture. It makes me want to kiss her sweet cheeks!

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It’s a sorta smile!

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He’s my clown (my little one)

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Hey Tasha, look at me!

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No, Kevin, look at me!

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Anything you can do, I can do better!

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I can do anything better than you!

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No you can’t!

Ain’t that the truth!

The other day the kids were helping Ammon with a messy task and after they had washed their hands, we noticed Tasha must have touched around her eyes because she looked like someone punched her. Ammon got a wet wipe and was wiping it off of her face, so naturally Kevin thought that he must have gotten some around his eyes too. Next thing you know, he has two wet wipes and hands them to Ammon. This is how the conversation went….

Ammon: “Kevin, you don’t need two wet wipes. Why did you get two?”

Kevin: “Because I have two eyes!”

Now that’s telling it like it is! I love kids!!! =)

One of those moments you live for….

Anyone who knows Kevin, or has read this blog, knows that Kevin is my challenge at this stage in my life. He’s a super-active, super-sassy, silly, mischievious baby-Ammon who likes to push his Mommy’s buttons and get his obedient older sister in trouble.

Well, luckily for me, this little handful also has a sweet side and lately he’s been showing me this part of him at mealtime. Almost everyday at lunch or dinner, he’ll spontaneously get down from his chair and come over to me and say, “Yummy. Thank you Mommy” and give me a big hug and a kiss on the cheek.

Not only does it make me feel appreciated for trying to make something yummy and nutritious, but it wipes away the memories of the previous few hours of chaos he’s created for me and replaces it with warm fuzzies. It’s one of those moments you live for as a Mother…

Sneaky…

Last night we got home from a long trip to Costco (not b/c it’s far away, it just took us a long time) and when we pulled in the garage, Tasha was pretending to be asleep. Ammon and I brought the other two kiddos inside. I then went back out into the garage to get Tasha and just about jumped out of my skin as I heard an evil laugh come from the opposite side of the garage! Miss Natasha had gotten herself out of the jeep (it’s hard for me to get in it now because Ammon lifted it a little) and was hiding on me, just waiting to surprise me! After the initial scare, she and I had a good belly-busting laugh at her cleverness!

Weekend Fun

Last weekend it was the perfect weather for taking the kids for their first skiing experience. In hindsight, it would have been a happier experience and maybe more productive if we’d left a little earlier in the day. However, you know how it goes with kids!

We got to Beaver Creek Ski Resorts around 2:30pm, right in the midst of this bunny festival thing they were having. There were like a million people there and it was more than a little distracting for Tasha, who had one mini-run down a minute slope (if you can even call it that). She was in a silly mood and couldn’t stop looking at all the other people, so I don’t know that she learned much, but at least she got the feel of wearing skiis.

Kevin, on the other hand, has tremendous balance and hopped on the skiis and kept his balance and his skiis straight and did one great little run down the mini-slope we had chosen. Unfortunately, he was too tuckered out by all the excitement to want to do it again. So, instead we went back down and enjoyed free cookies and hot chocolate (with marshmellows, real whipped cream and sprinkles) and picked up some chocolate bunnies and furry bunny ears. We now have enough ears for a whole bunny family, just in case….you know, we need them for something. 😉

Mormon Temples

Visit the LDS Newsroom to read the Church’s official statement on an upcoming episode of HBO’s Big Love that is said to depict temple ceremonies. If you would like to learn more, watch the video below that explains why we build temples.

Upon hearing that “Big Love”  was going to show part of our temple ceremony, especially being such a show that blurs the lines between what is really Mormonism and what is not, I was disgusted and horrified. The temple and it’s goings on are sacred, not secret and it’s necessary that those who go through the temple have built a foundation of faith and living and understanding the gospel in their lives first before entering.

It’s like anything in life. You can’t tell a child how to solve a calculus problem and expect them to understand how and why we solve it that way unless you teach them the necessary foundations of mathematics first. It’s that simple.

So please, friends and family if you watched this show don’t judge what we believe or how we worship our Father in Heaven without proper understanding. If you have questions about what we believe, form your opinions on conversations and questions you’ve had with us, not information you’ve received from outside sources.