Friday, November 6, 2015

What are we going to do with this kid!?

It was a day like any other except that I decided I wanted to eat in peace and let my kids get down from the table before Ben and I had finished our meal.

As Ben and I sat relaxing and chatting about the events of our day, Colt decides to stand up and randomly FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER walk from the middle of our room to the couch -- a good 5 or 6 steps away!

There was no motivation for him to do that. No one was there to catch him. No one was encouraging him. All those hours I spent trying to get him to do it with me or Ben were in vain because apparently he could care less if his parents are there to catch him. The pesky.

Guys! This. Kid! This was a few minutes later. Luckily he decided to cooperate for the camera otherwise I would have been so mad!

It's about time! 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Preschooler! What?!

I have a preschooler! I real, official, preschooler. It's crazy. 

He's entered the stage of life where a normal smile is THE hardest thing in the world to accomplish. 

3 going on 15.

A group of ladies from the ward with kids all around the same age (2-3) decided to put together a co-op preschool this year and I am so excited (and a little nervous!). Dragon was all against it until I told him his favorite friends were going to be doing it as well and then he couldn't wait to go.

This morning he woke up bright and early and even let me fix his hair! He prefers it to be broken but on special occasions he lets me tame the wild beast.

Closest thing to a real smile we could manage! 

He put on his backpack and we took a few pictures and then it was time to go! (Actually it was still 15 minutes early but he wanted to go so badly that we just got in the car and I drove really slow and then took a really long time unloading them.)

Once there he got straight to work learning life skills like how to fix a shopping cart wheel.

Dragon had a blast singing songs and he was chosen to hold one of the flags for the pledge of allegiance.

They decorated their own place mats and laminated them before snack time.

Colt decided that he wanted to have snacks with the cool kids and he was soooo happy when no one pulled him away.  

After snack time they opened the "Letter Box" and found a bunch of things that started with the letter "M". 

And then, every kid's favorite thing: The parachute! 

It was so fun getting to participate in Dragon's first day of school. Next week he'll be on his own. I'm sure he won't even notice that I'm not there

"Miss Paige" did an awesome job kicking it off preschool for us. Glad I still have a few more weeks before I'm in charge. 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Jetty Island

Ben thinks it smells ... and it does. As we were walking onto the island off the "ferry" the smell reminded me of Antelope Island.

And then you get a picture perfect day on a little island 

with a little boy who loves to run (unless he suddenly decides he wants to be carried and then he can't bear to take another step).


 Oh, and Colt and I were there too!

Geocaching finds for the day!

And a completely exhausted little boy

on the ferry ride home.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A picture is worth a thousand words


We found our new favorite playground!

Sometimes when the wind blows it does amazing, terrifying things. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

We're hooked!

It's been around for 15 years but we're just starting and I'm already addicted. Geocaching is so fun!

Last night, instead of sitting around at home on the computer and watching TV, we went hiking through brambles and bushes on a trail under the power lines through the city.

We never did find our cache but we did have a lot of fun and we came home with a lot of scrapes! Note to self, blackberry bushes show no mercy.

For a long time I thought you needed to have an expensive GPS device to participate in the fun but when Ben and I combine our phone GPS powers it usually does the trick!

Dragon loves finding his "treasure chests." He's already claimed a mini-car and an over-sized army guy.

Sometimes the chests are big and sometimes they are smaller than his thumb like this one:

That one took two different trips to a nearby park to finally discover but we did it and I think we managed to do it without alerting any muggles (the uninformed passerbys) of its presence.

No matter how big or small, there is always a sense of accomplishment when you make the find and sign your call name.

I'm certain this will be the first post of many regarding our geocaching adventures.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Flying a spaceship

Flying a spaceship is serious business. Especially when you have so many different controls to monitor.

Fighting aliens is certainly a family affair. We use the small ones as a distraction so the rest can get away.

And now a word from ... second in command.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Video for Ma'Aa

To watch before bed tonight! :) 

And this!