Family Home Evening

Every Monday night, we have family night. We call it “Family Home Evening”. We have a song, prayer, short lesson, game or activity and then a treat. Tasha is starting to ask for family home evening a lot more often than just once a week! Tonight we did a lesson about Temples. The kids really enjoyed seeing our wedding photos which had the Denver Temple in the background. For our activity, we used playdough to make Temples. The kids had a lot of fun. Check out their creations below!

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Tasha concentrating on her masterpiece

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Tasha pleased with the outcome

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The artist at work

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The finished Temples. Aren’t they lovely?

Just being kids

I’ve had some of these photos for about a month and hadn’t gotten around to posting them, so here they are!

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Daddy had just taken a shower and was putting on a t-shirt and they asked for Daddy shirts too!

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no reason for this photo, just my boy being cute!

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Tasha and Kevin came out of their room with their hats on like this and since they rarely actually wear their hats, I thought I’d better take a picture!

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I know this is blurry, but I couldn’t resist posting it! Tasha often goes and gets her headbands and puts them on herself. She hasn’t quite gotten the hang of it, but she doesn’t know that! 😉

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I laughed for a long time when I caught Tasha “reading” Ammon’s Calvin n Hobbes while doing her business. She won’t be happy with me later in life for this photo, but oh well!

Another Cute Tasha Moment

Ammon took Tasha to Costco yesterday to pick up some things, while Kevin and I stayed home. It was warmer than it has been for quite a while and so the car was hot when Tasha got inside.

Tasha: Daddy, why is Mommy’s car hot?

Daddy: The sun made it hot.

Tasha: Daddy, the sun was in here????!!

And then there were 5….

For those who hadn’t heard, we’re expecting baby #3 in July (31st)!! We will officially become a family of 5! Crazy!! We’re very excited and can’t wait to meet our new arrival, although we glad we still have 6 more months for Tasha and Kevin to mature a little too!! 😉 As it stands now, we’re probably not finding out the gender of the baby beforehand, so prepare for a surprise.

I’ve been rather uncomfortable with the un-fun first trimester usuals until the past week. I can now report, that I’m feeling pretty good and my energy is back!

Kevin doesn’t really get what’s going on, but Natasha is very excited and hoping that the baby is a girl. She loves to sit and talk to me about all the things that she’s going to do with (Annika, if it’s a girl) and all the baby things we’re going to need to get.

We’ll keep you posted!
Baby #3

Funday Monday!

Ammon, Tasha and Kevin have had viruses since last week, so the weekend was kind of a drag and Ammon wasn’t his usually cheery self. He had today off since it’s Martin Luther King Day, so we decided to try and plan something fun. We put our heads together and came up with lots of ideas.

First, we ate lunch at Costco and then attempted to watch some planes land at the local airport. Maybe because it was a holiday, we didn’t see any, so we stopped at the airport and looked at the planes instead. Kevin thought that was ok. We also found a great sledding hill in progress too. (we didn’t try it out today though). After that, we came home and spent some quality time with Tasha playing games, etc. Finally, after dinner, we all made cookies together and watched a movie.

Nothing super out of the ordinary, but it just made for a fun family day!!! =)

More Sledding!!

As planned we headed up to Yeoman Park this morning. After a brief lunch in the back of Jack Ammon headed out to break trail. There was about 4 feet of snow there. It took him about 15 minutes to crawl over to where we decided to sled. (If you stand up you sink down about 3 feet)

He also broke the sled run and a trail to walk back up to the top. While Ammon and I really enjoyed sledding down the hill Kevin was more interested in eating huge chunks of snow and Natasha had a blast throwing herself around. Luckily the kids were light enough that they didn’t sink very far at all.

Enjoy the pics!

Tasha Walking
Natasha working her way through the packed path

Tasha Falling
Natasha almost to the top of the hill!

Kevin eating snow
Kevin eating an early lunch

The Crew
Everyone enjoying the deep snow

The Sled Run
The sled run

Kevin Baby

So, I wish that I had stopped and taken a photo to go with this post, but because of other goings-on at the time, I didn’t. You’ll have to use your imagination. I couldn’t find Kevin just before naptime, and discovered that our bedroom door was locked. I unlocked it to find the humidifier on and Kevin laying on his back in the baby bassinet!!!! All 30 pounds of him!!! =) He looked so happy with himself too, that he’d put himself down for a nap!!!!

Cuto the Dog and Donald the Goose

Our local grocery store recently stopped renting movies, which we were pretty sad about. The bonus though, was that they were selling all of their movies for pennies. We picked up a Donald Duck DVD and a Mickey Mouse one as well. Tasha keeps forgetting their real names and has been talking my ear off about “Cuto” the dog and Donald the “goose”. hee hee It cracks me up every time she says it.

Christmas 2007

Here’s a whole slew of Christmas photos that were taken at the Mannings. As you can tell, the kids had bunches of fun playing together and were sad when the fun had to end. Tasha was really excited to get a lot of girly things like her lipgloss and her pink princess clothes. Kevin’s personality is really starting to show in photos….as you’ll see below.

Enjoy!

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Tasha loved this Nativity set that Lee and Ellen had. The best part was that she was allowed to touch the pieces in this one!

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Kevin always wants “his turn” having his photo taken

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Catching up on some reading…he liked the sports equipment and hunting magazines….

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Kevin Claus with his beard!

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Once the Narayans arrived, the fun really started! Jaron did a little surfing over Christmas

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Uncle Ammon giving a ride to Malika; a.k.a. Miss. Photogenic

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Arvin entertaining the rascals

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Peekaboo, we see you Jaron!!!!

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Posing for the camera, again!

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Arvin, where’d you go?

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Auntie Julina, playing hair stylist

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Just a cute smiley Tasha-girl

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Arvin and his boy, Ethan

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Jaron being attacked-watch out!!!!

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Did you say my name, Papa?

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Auntie Christina and Jaron

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Auntie Christina and her girl, Malika

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Malika really dug the sparkling apple cider. She got her whole face in the glass! Can you blame her?

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Kevin saying thank you to Ethan for his gift.

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Kevin on Christmas morning, ripping open a present.

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Lika with her first babydoll. She was pretty excited about it!

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Tasha’s first watch (a Dora watch!). She kept it on all day!

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Tasha really enjoyed her lipgloss too, as you can see from her face. =)

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Caught ya!

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Our friend Leslie moved to Boulder, Co and stopped in to visit Christmas morning. We had fun catching up.

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Best buds, enjoying their new toys.

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Da, da-da, dA-da, Inspector Jaron…

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My cheesy boys; aren’t they cute!?

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Captain Arvin Sparrow

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Ethan Claus

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Jaron Claus

(We had a lot of members of the Claus family visit!)

Back From The City

We headed down to Denver Friday afternoon to do some maintenance on our rental property. (The 10 year old water heater decided it had done enough work.) Ammon and Lee replaced it while I went shopping with the kids Saturday morning. That night we headed over to the Hillan’s for a yummy dinner!

After dinner Ammon and I went on a date to Fat City and played video games for a couple hours. It was a blast!

Unfortunately living up in the mountains we get a lot of snow. While we were in town it snowed over a foot up in Eagle. Needless to say the drive home wasn’t the greatest. Although there were a couple spots where we could see wet pavement and a few places we could see more than 50 feet in front of us! Aside from those few places, the drive home was slow going. Thank goodness Ammon isn’t too bad of a driver in the snow! Although I think it helped a lot driving our Jeep. 🙂

Here is a picture of our minivan taken a couple minutes ago. I’m not looking forward to cleaning it off!
Jill in the snow