Tommy loves his Transformer from Grammy and Grampy. It goes everywhere with him - even to bed some nights. Tommy asked me to play Candyland with him but he didn't want to be a princess, so he used his Transformer. I think he just did it to win. The robot was so big, he took up four spaces on the board.
All the kids loved playing together and eating lots of food. We let them all sleep together in the basement, stay up late, and play as much as possible. It was a great time! But cooking for and cleaning up after 15 people was exhausting!
We spent another Sunday at the park and temple. It was so cold, we all had to wear hats and big coats, but that didn't stop the kids from having a great time. They love going to the park.
Grammy and Grampy invited us to their house for Easter weekend. Our first night there we tried the hot tub. It was a little too warm for the kids, but we liked it. Tommy was reluctant to get in but eventually tried it - but only his feet got wet.
After our quick dip in the hot tub we made s'mores with Jake and Diana's family. Yummy! So much fun. We look forward to years of memories here.
I think this is one of my most favorite pictures of Annie. It is her genuine joyful smile - not a picture pose. It captures everything wonderful about childhood - messy face and hair, playing outside, eating treats, spending time with family around the fire. I just love the joy in her face.
We wanted to see the gardens at Thanksgiving Point so we did our egg hunt early too. This was Joey's first year hunting for eggs and he did great. Daddy was the Easter Bunny's helper and got all the eggs hidden before the kids finished opening their baskets.
And all the kids loved the inflatables!
"How oft will I gather you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, if ye will repent and return unto me with full purpose of heart." 3 Nephi 10:6
I think this was my favorite moment of Easter weekend. Joey spotted this sculpture at Thanksgiving Point and recognized Jesus immediately. He tried to climb into the arms of Jesus and help him feed the chicks. He wouldn't stop saying "Jeezee" which is how he says Jesus. He was reluctant to leave. I think he expected the art to come alive.
I make a lot of mistakes as a person, as a mom. But moments like this when I see my babies recognize and love Jesus fill me with hope that the Spirit is in our family life testifying to my children of the Savior's reality.
"And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ,....that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." 2 Nephi 25:26
We forgot to get pictures in our Easter finest so we scrambled out to the foyer for a quick pic just before Sacrament meeting. This was the best we got. Clearly Tommy loves wearing ties and SUnday clothes.
Annie asked to watch a Barbie ballet movie after school one day. She even put on some dance clothes and found her ribbon wand. She danced through the whole movie while Mommy was cleaning up the storage room. Every once in a while, Mommy managed to sneak a picture of the dancing.