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Easter

We had the very best Easter week that I can remember this year. We began what I hope will be a new tradition and honored our Savior each night of Holy Week by holding a family devotional each night. We focused on the events leading up to his passing in picture, song, and thoughts. Occasionally a video or activity. I’ve found that videos on LDS.org work so well when you have a large chunk of scripture to cover in one night.  I really feel like it helped us to feel closer to Him when Easter day rolled around.

Easter was the week after we moved into our new house and I thought this would be a disappointment because I wouldn’t be able to focus while unpacking, but we put a giant print where we hung several paintings of Christ and for awhile this was the only decoration in our home. This tradition was such a blessing and really, really helped me through a rough week!

We had MiMi & PaPa, Lindsay, David and Cade over for dinner. I can’t remember anything about the dinner, but the kids had a fun front yard egg hunt (even using our neighbor’s yard since they weren’t there yet) and we filled the street with confetti from cascarones. The construction guys and Mike Lynch, our builder, commented on the mess we made, but we figured they leave trash in our yard (construction woes) all the time, so they’ll live! :)

Nora wouldn’t sit still for her own portrait. Other than those sweet, sweet faces, these pictures are technically awful! I don’t care though, they make me so happy! My mom and I bought their outfits the week we lived with them.

Blackberry Jam

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Austin Summer Vacation

Right after school let out for Summer vacation, we took off for a quick getaway in Austin. We rented the same home we stayed in last December and really enjoyed exploring the city in beautiful, shining sunshine!

So, we’ve been to Austin, and this specific ranch, twice in the past year, and just love it! The trees and nature feel so good to my Seattle lovin’ guy (I’m not complaining either) and the kids go wild chasing giant dogs, feeding horses, riding a hot walker-turned-swing, and just being kids! Its been such a great way for us to disconnect and reconnect with each other.

Some of our favorite things about this vacation were exploring the Hope Gallery, searching for arrowheads, Hopdoddy’s fries with cheese sauce (!!), making up very complicated secret hand shakes while sitting on the porch at sunset, sneaking the big girls out of bed to chase fireflies with me, the hot walker. They could spend half the day on the hot walker.

I’m updating this 4 months after the fact, but I’ve got to make space on my computer by transfering pics the my external hard drive. I’m afraid once they get there I’ll never get them on the blog/blog book. So here I sit, less than a week prior to putting our home on the market, and I’m blogging! However, I just don’t have time to edit the pictures too. It kinda hurts to put them out here in their less than perfected state!

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Visiting the State Capital 

Whew! This was a hot, hot trip! But the kids and I raced to the top of the Texas State Capital (via the stairs!)

It was fun to wander the grounds with the kids because I’ve heard stories of my mom waiting on a bench for my MeMa to get out of meetings with the State House of Representatives back in the 70s.

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Jake and Jacquie’s Family visits the Ranch

We’re so lucky that Mike’s cousin Jacquie and her husband summer in Texas while Jake sells security. They came over for Sunday dinner and play while we were in Austin. Love those two and their cute little boys! Clara thought Grant was the coolest, even though he insisted on driving!

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Do you see the deer? Its wild, but was so curious about us! There were FIVE of us standing on the other side of the fence, and it was obviously nervous, but still approached!

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Jake’s face! :)dsc_2045

Visiting the Hope Outdoor Gallery

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That smile!

Tiny Dancer

Clara dances everywhere and one of my favorite things is to glance over my shoulder while searching a grocery aisle and find her breaking out a few impressive dance moves in the center of the store! This morning she came to me dressed up and asked for me to play “Frozen” for her. It was the first song she could sing- practically the first words she ever declared-so its fitting that its also her request when it comes to a good, releasing dance session! DSC_0705 (Large)

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Spring Break 2016: Day 6

We left Saint George before lunch on Thursday. The kids spent the morning at the Children’s Museum with Nana and Papa while Mike and I loaded the bags I had packed the previous afternoon. Clara was supposed to be napping while we packed, but unfortunately our incredibly well laid plan was spoiled by a slamming door and missing shoes as the kids left the rental house that morning!

Nora and I waited outside the tabernacle while Mike ran to collect the kids from the museum. These pictures were taken of my sleepy girl while we waited in the sunshine!

Our drive down to visit our wonderful friends Jeremy and Stephanie outside Phoenix was only 6 hours and we made it before dinner that night! No pictures of that first night but the kids had a great time getting to know each other while chasing through the park after dark and avoiding their dinner :) I loved how the girls took to each other so quickly. They were like long lost cousins, which is of course what we hope for when we finally see some of our favorite people again after several years.

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From my iphone on the road:
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First Day of School 2015

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Gender Reveal…

Again, its kind of anticlimactic to get everything out of order on here, but back in October we announced the baby’s gender to the kids. We found out at 10 weeks thanks to a handy little blood test (that is also wonderfully accurate in diagnosing chromosomal abnormalities) and I swear the nurse who called with the results must of thought I was mad. I just sat there laughing when she told me baby #5 will be girl #4. I knew Cash wouldn’t take it well! I’d made cookies that day and every time he walked in the room I was plying him with more. More love. More treats. You name it. I’m this close to naming the baby his name selection just to give him a little win on this one!

The rest of us are of course thrilled. We’re comfortable with this girl thing. I have great plans for our Women’s Conference trips and girls nights while the boys are at Scouting events etc. And of course Mike will have a blast spoiling Cash rotten with all of those one on one excursions (if the girls let their dad out of their line of vision!)

Anyways! To announce baby’s gender we let them each pick a blue or pink balloon to blow up. The blue balloons were rigged. The pink ones inflated to let them all know there will be another sister in the house this May (about that, this will be our THIRD baby born in May! I really need to come up with a birthday party plan!)

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