The first Monday in May we did a health and fitness night at the school for Family Home Evening. They had activities set up and some Zumba instructors came to teach for 30 minutes. Tommy's favorite part was the smoothies for sale. He tried three different flavors - we made him share with the rest of us.
Funnest afternoon we've had in a long time!
Daddy had to attend an accounting conference in Austin Texas. It was the first time in a while that we didn't have him with us for a few days. We survived (barely) and we loved doing video chats with Daddy every night before bed. Lily was a great helper and read to the kids at bedtime for me.
These are some of Daddy's pictures from Texas. His hotel and convention center, a bridge that houses a large bat population (ewwww), and some pictures of the swarms of bats coming out to feed at dusk.
To help wear the kids out while Daddy was away, I took them to our high school track to run and play. Tommy was amazingly fast and left all of us in the dust. Joey didn't want to be on the track, he was more interested in the football field. He loved being chased all over the grass. I think we have some future track and field athletes in our family.
We had super chilly weather, but the kids didn't seem to notice. They were too excited about dancing and the rides. Thank goodness they didn't notice, since Mommy didn't pack warmer jackets.
I spy Lily and Grammy on the Jumping Dragon ride! Can you spot them speeding by?
Uncle Brady came down for the day to support the girls and play with us. He was my Joey whisperer.
I love how Annie and Joey snuggle together in the mornings.
The next day I came to help with Lily's field day. I left the boys with a friend so that I could concentrate on helping better. Lily's class was representing Columbia in the events, so I brought face paint for the kids. We put stripes on their cheeks in the Columbian flag colors. The kids thought it was so cool. It's getting harder to earn cool mom points, so I was happy too. All the other 2nd grade classes were jealous of our awesome face paint.
The girls said their favorite rooms were the Celestial Room and the Baptistry. Tommy said his was the cafeteria. Joey just wanted to be anywhere he could see a painting of Jesus. He loved the big murals of the Savior. The tour is supposed to be silent. Joey wanted to say hi to Jesus and call his name each time we passed a picture of the Savior.
Annie finished kindergarten! She had a fun year learning Spanish and making new friends. Livia is her best friend at school and at church. They are sad to not be in the same 1st grade class next year.
Thank you for a fantastic year Mrs. Taulanga!
Eric, Nicole, Gage and Lily at their last lunch recess of the year.
Joey was not ready to go back inside after lunch.
I can't remember what was happening when we took this picture of Joey. He sure looks excited to eat dinner.
We put on our annual neighborhood BBQ. We had great turn out and lots of fun. So many people told us they look forward to this every year. We do too! It's a great way to strengthen our neighborhood and make memories together. We are excited about adding trees, more patio area, and more shelter to the yard as the years go by.
The kids requested water balloons, so we let them fill up a few.
Let the fighting begin!
The adults stayed safely away from the water play.
Adaline and Trinily
Summer has just begun but we're feeling the effects already. The kids play and play and play all day long. I have gone shopping three times in one week for food! Everyone is hungry all day long and so tired by dinner time that they fall asleep at the table. The pace has slowed down at our house now that the girls are older and I don't have a baby to feed and keep away from friends who are too helpful. Hopefully this will be a wonderful summer for all of us. I read an article about how we only have 18 summers with each child - so how will we spend those summers?