Here comes the bride!

At church, I teach the girls ages 15-18. The last lesson I taught was able Temple marriage. I was going to bring cupcakes to celebrate the months birthdays, but decided to make a wedding cake instead to go with the lesson. Ammon was a great help and he actually made the flowers on here to save me time!

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I was happy with how it turned out. The girls kept asking…”Is that a real cake?”

Spring Break

We had a FABULOUS spring break this year! We had decided to go to Littleton for a week and then to Colorado Springs to visit with cousins for a few days. Our biggest beef with traveling with the kids is that Annika gets so miserable in the car. She whines and fusses and screeches and basically makes it unbearable for everyone trapped in the car with her. Lucky for me, I have a handy husband, who hooked up a flat screen monitor to his iphone to the car stereo and voila! We had a built-in movie system, which made the 6 hour drive a dream!

We arrived on Friday night and had a pretty low-key weekend. We watched the general conference of our church and played at the park. On Monday, I took the kiddos swimming at an indoor pool, perfect for the kids. It had a graduated, beach-like entry and wasn’t very deep. There was a play structure in the middle of the water and geysers all over. We had a great time splashing around. For dinner, the Mannings treated us to a super-yummy mexican dinner and the kids devoured their platters of food. We couldn’t believe how much they ate!  (picture coming later)

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Tasha decided Annika needed a manicure on Sunday

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Girls being Mommies

Tuesday, we played at the park and then went on a tour of Hammond’s Candy store and finished up with the Denver Children’s Museum. It was fun, tiring day! The Children’s museum was definately the highlight of the day and we’d love to go back when it isn’t quite so crowded. There were easels and paint for creating masterpieces, a mini-dance studio, a workshop for your inner-builder, a bubble room and a giant tree you could play in.

Wednesday, the kids endured a hour or so of boredom while I searched for fabric to recover some throw pillows. Kevin found my favorite fabric and it was on sale! I decided he can come again. We hit the park again, as a reward for being so great in the stores. We also stopped at the kids all-time favorite Littleton activity-the pet store. Every time we go to Littleton, that’s their first request. In the evening, Ammon and I went on a date to the Temple and hit Krispy Kreme on the way home. They had the most incredible banana cream donut! Oh my goodness, it was amazing!

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Kevin learned to swing by himself for the first time this day!

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Tasha loves to climb the rock walls and swing on the monkey bars and has no fear, despite her claim that she’s afraid of heights!

Thursday, I took the kids to the Denver Temple. They’d never been before and they were in awe of the beauty of the Temple, complete with gardens and the fountain. We drove up and they exclaimed, “WOW, it’s so beautiful!!!”. They could tell it’s a special place. We timed it just right and managed to get there just as a bride and groom were emerging from inside.

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The kids Thursday morning. We surprised them with the sprinkliest donuts we could find (yuk!). They loved it!

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I took the kids to Walmart to spend their Christmas money from their Great-Grandma B. Kevin picked out this nerf dart gun. I liked his pose!

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The kids and I in front of the Denver Temple

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Three sweet kids…

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The kids stood, open-mouthed, looking at this statue of the Savior.

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So cute! I love this one. =)

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Sweet girl

Thursday evening, we met Lee and Ellen at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Unfortunately for us, we only had an hour to explore because the museum closed at 5pm. We still enjoyed the time we had though. The kids were really into it!

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T-rex and t-rex babies

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Play with the Mars sand exhibit. This room all about the planets was probably the kids favorites.

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Pirate Bob, Annika, Papa

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This cracked me up!

Friday afternoon, we headed to the cousins house in Colorado Springs. The kids and their cousins had the BEST time together, just being crazy! At bedtime, we had the three girls in one room and the three boys in the other. SO fun!

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Two peas in a pod; the sweetest, feistiest girls you’ve ever met.

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Hanging out, enjoying the summer-like weather

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Showing their true colors

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The whole gang

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Jaron and Tasha wrestling

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Jaron the jungle-gym

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Ethan-Mr. Muscle Man

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The boys, horsin around

Saturday morning, we enjoyed watching the boys play soccer and then headed home. What a fun time!

Annika

Our little Annika is no longer very little. Or at least, she doesn’t think she is! She’s very dramatic, affectionate and stubborn and SO girly. She comes out with these very mature things to say and says them with a rather matter of a fact tone, which totally cracks us up. She has such enthusiasm for life, which we love her for, even if the everyone in a mile radius can hear her enthusiasm!

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She LOVES dressing up and does so almost daily. If not that, then at least her purse goes with her whereever she goes.

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I love this picture!

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Above was the sassy side…here’s the sweet

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Looking at this picture just makes my heart full. How wonderful to be a parent at moments like this….

Friday Night Fun

Every Friday night, we try to plan something fun to do as a family. We’ve done a pj party, a movie night, a game night, etc….This particular night we did a cooking with the kids night. The girls did the main course, while the boys did the dessert. The kids chose the menu: Pizza with veggies and dip & frosted banana bars. YUM!

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The girls doing the pizza dough

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I had to post this one, even though it’s similar because you can see a little of Annika’s personality coming though…

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The boys making the frosting for the banana bars

Overall, it was definately an experience. It’s not necessarily one I want to do again soon, but the food turned out well and the kids learned a thing or two.

More March Updates

These are some random pictures we took in March. Just some fun times.

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Sunday girls. Tasha’s hair was in a cool flower. I really should have taken a shot from the back too…Oh well!

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Tasha was doing her nightly reading and everyone decided to snuggle with Daddy and listen

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Did I mention that Daddy also doubles as a horse?

Playing Catch Up!

I know, I’ve been AWFUL at updating this blog for the past two months. Most of the time, I love posting and I try to do it frequently, but sometimes I just get caught up in life and forget to document it! So, to backtrack a bit….

The first weekend in March (I think), Ammon was going to go skiing at Telluride. Since the kids and I hadn’t been there, we figured we’d hang out in the town while Ammon skied. We spent most of the time at the most fabulous library I’ve ever been to. Granted, I only saw the children’s side of the library, but that part was INCREDIBLE! It had high ceilings, decorated with all kinds of fun colorful things. There were computers, a playhouse; complete with dressup clothes, play kitchen, coloring and more. You could use the train set, build with legos, blocks are borrow games. They had potatoheads and all kinds of hands on things. Not to mention a fantastic selection of books with little, cozy sitting areas all over the place.

We met Ammon at the bottom of the mountain, after riding the free gondola, which the kids thought was VERY cool. Here are some pics:

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I couldn’t get a normal picture, though I tried

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See what I mean?

Once we found Ammon, we had a hot dog lunch:

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We didn’t see a lot of telluride, but what we did see, we sure liked! We’re excited for another adventure there sometime.

Hairy Fun!

After a few years of doing Natasha’s hair in pigtails, ponytails and braids, I was sick of the same ‘ole thing! I went searching on the net for some fun hair ideas and cam across this little gem:

www.cutegirlshairstyles.com

It’s a site started by a Mom with a bunch of girls, who used her creativity to inspire all of us less-creative Moms! Tasha loves watching the little videos of the girls hair being done, while her hair is being done in the same style. I have lots that I like, but a few I favor. One of my absolute favorites is: the flower bun. It looks darling and works for school, church or anywhere you’re going that you want your hair to look fancy. Tasha loves this one too!

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This is a pic of the girl from the website. I know I have one of Tasha somewhere, I’ll have to find it.

Anyways, if you want some fun ideas for your hair, or your girls, check out the site (url above).