This year we have celebrated Easter with Devin's grandparents and will still have 4 more celebrations: Devin's parents, my parents, my grandparents, and with our own boys.
We went to the Done family cabin outside of Payson. We had yummy food, all the kids loved the Easter egg hunt and the adults had a fun time with Bingo. It was great to visit with all the adults while the kids ran around and played. It's always fun for me to get together with "Devin's family" and feel like they're just as much my family too!
Nana and the boys playing in the stream. All the kids loved the running water.
It took Henry a few eggs to understand what we were doing, but once he got it, he would get so excited about every egg he found!
I love this picture of Henry on the egg hunt!
Some of the eggs he spotted were in hard to reach places so he would just point and say please for me or Nana to get it. Then he would be so excited to put it in his bag.
It was chilly, but that didn't stop Jax from running all over to fill his bag!
Henry enjoyed the benefits of his hard work!
Of course Jaxon did too.
Jaxon's prize from Bingo. He's a pro by now.
After our day trip to the cabin, we drove back to Devin's parents' for dinner. About 3 minutes after we started on our way, we made Jaxon get out to pee since we forgot to before we left. Then he was able to stay up all through the 2 hour drive!
When I took him potty we told him he could pee in the snow. Boy, was he excited about that! It was so funny because when he pees he takes his pants and shoes completely off so I was helping him balance ON his shoes while he peed. All of a sudden, he lifted his legs up and I almost fell forward, face first, into the yellow snow. I'm glad I didn't but it was a close one!
Tomorrow Devin has to go back to work and my daycare kids are coming back. I'll say I'm bummed, and leave it at that.
This past week has been SO great! I don't want it to end! I slept until 8 every day this week--I thought I'd never say that again for the rest of my life! (Well, at least not while I have young kids at home.) We have spent time with my family, Devin's family, Devin and I got a few dates, I got some time with just myself (which very rarely happens!), Devin and I hung out with friends, we just hung out at home with our sweet, cute, funny, well behaved & feisty boys, and I got to hang out with a few special girl friends! Oh, and my house is all clean and laundry is done! And to top it off, the weather was b-u-tiful! Oh, it was fabulous!!!
I'll take Spring Break, Ground Hog Day style, any day! (You know? Like the movie.)
Since Devin had spring break this week we wanted to do some fun things as a family. He looked online to see what there was to do locally. He found Goldfield Ghost Town, which was reasonably priced and about 45 minute drive away, so we decided we'd try it out.
We are so glad we did because we loved it! It is called a ghost town because they say at times people have claimed it is haunted. It is such a fun little day trip spot. The boys were so good and we all had a really fun time together! I love my little family SO much!
Henry waiting for our mine tour.
The boys waiting for the train ride.
I love Jaxon's goofy face in this one.
The train! Every time Henry would hear the train, he would look around and say, "Choo choo?"
Superstition Mountain...the 2nd most photographed mountain in Arizona, after those at the Grand Canyon.
Might as well throw it out there...Since I'm done with serious training and my races are over, I'd really like to have a baby soon. So, I wasn't very excited when I told Devin I don't think I got pregnant this month because I was having some cramps so I think I'm gonna start soon. His response was, "Darn. Well, I guess we'll have to try harder next month." He's so sensitive...
(Incase you are new to this blog, that's sarcasm. You'll see it a lot around here.)
Then later he asked what a cramp felt like. How crazy would that be to have never felt a cramp? I told him it feels like a charlie horse like he gets in his calves, but in the lower tummy area. Like, literally, your muscles are all cramped up.
I am not against using the generic brand for most products, but there are a few exceptions. One of those exceptions is diapers. The generic ones are NOT the same quality of the name brand ones.
If you know me, you know that I watch kids during the week. Well, one of the girls is 7 months old. Usually, her parents bring the generic brand diapers for me to use. Once, they did bring actual Pampers. Out of that package of name brand diapers she had 2 blowouts--out of the whole package. With the generic diapers, typically she has 2 a DAY! It is so frustrating! I change her diaper frequently to avoid the diaper getting too full to hold up. For example, this morning, I put a new diaper on her before putting her down for her nap. When she woke up, 30 minutes later, she had poop all up her back! In 30 minutes that diaper did not fill up, it just does not hold what it needs to!
I guess the reason for buying name brand diapers is for the parents to not have to deal with the mess of a generic brand. The baby doesn't care one way or another. I just wish her parents would be kind enough to splurge on the name brand diapers so I wouldn't have to deal with this problem every day! (Not to mention having to wash her poopie clothes too!)
I like making rolls because they are pretty easy and they are a great snack for the kids. So, I put some dough together and after it rose the first time, this little guy wanted to sit on the counter and help me.
Here is the dough rising. It's ready to be rolled into balls.
I got Henry some spaghetti and went to work rolling these out. They're not very pretty, but I don't really care it they are perfectly round.
When I finished putting them in balls, I turned around and found Henry chowing down his spaghetti!
They turned out yummy!
I got him cleaned up and he had fun playing with some of the boys' hats.
The other night during one of my favorite shows, Parks and Recreation, I had another interesting discovery. Who says prime-time comedies aren't educational?!
Leslie and her boyfriend, Justin, went to talk to her boss, Ron. This is how the dialogue on the show went:
Leslie, "Ron, I need a half a day off for a secret mission of love."
Ron, "You're asking my permission to take a nooner?"
Leslie, "Sure, well, I don't know. Maybe. Justin and I need to go on a romantically inspired road trip."
Ron, "So it is a nooner."
Leslie, "Well, we're planning to leave around noon so I'm not quite sure..."
Justin, "Leslie, it's not a nooner. [To Ron...] I tracked down this old fling of Leslie's mom. We're gonna go pick him up. We're gonna reunite them on Valentine's Day. Is that a great story or what?"
Ron, "Yeah, great story indeed. Enjoy your half day off."
Leslie, "Thank you."
Justin, [to Leslie] "Pick you up tomorrow around noon."
Leslie, "For our nooner." [Turns to Ron.] "Which is a cute word!"
Ron, [to Justin] "Explain it to her later."
Leslie, [to Justin] "Explain what?"
Yeah, so I was totally Leslie. I had no idea what a "nooner" was. I really thought it was a fun made up word for when people want to leave work early. Devin was laughing at me and didn't believe that I didn't know what that was! Well, now I know!
This was taken with my cell, so it's not the best quality, but I think you can still tell what's on his head! Yep, underwear. He told me it was his helmet. I don't know how he thought of it or how he got it on, but he sure is silly!
Last Thursday and I hadn't been out of the house since the Sunday before. I had my 2 kids, of course, 3 daycare kids, plus Jeni. I was pretty overwhelmed when 5:45 rolled around and I was expecting the kids to be picked up. It's a hard time for them to leave because I feed my kids dinner at 5:00, do baths at 6:00, and they go to bed at 7:00. The daycare kids' parents want them to eat dinner at home, which is fine with me, but it's always a little awkward when I feed my kids, so I usually feed the day care kids too. So, after a long busy day and dinner, I was really ready for the kids to leave at 5:45 like their parents said. They weren't picked up until 6:00. Every minute after the time the parents say they will arrive seems like an hour to me. I don't mind watching them at all, but when the time comes that the parents said they would pick up the kids, I expect them to leave.
So, when the parents did arrive, I saw something that made me upset and I just had to get out of the house. All I could think about was how much I wanted to go for a run. Luckily Devin was already home, so as soon as the kids were picked up, I got my running clothes on and left. I ran about 3 1/2 miles and loved every moment. My lungs felt so good, but my left knee and right hip were hurting. I didn't care. I just kept going because I needed that time to myself.
The other night Devin was dishing out our ice cream so we could sit and enjoy our cuddle time while watching our show. He was jokingly struggling to scoop it, like it was rock hard or something. So, I asked him, "Why is it so hard?" He wittily replied with, "Maybe it saw you naked."
Every night when I brush my teeth I put my heating pad under the covers at the foot of my bed and turn it on. Then, when I'm done brushing my teeth and get in bed it's nice and toasty on my cold footsies. I'm glad I came up with this great idea because my feet are always cold when I get in bed. Then I try to warm them up on Devin and though he lets me, I feel kinda bad doing it because I don't like it when he puts his cold feet on me. But he is so sweet for insisting that he doesn't mind.
Oh, but I have to turn it off when I start dozing off or else I wake up all sweaty. Ew.