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Weekend Update

We just said goodbye to Minta,  Michael, and their girls after a very fun weekend together! It was so cute seeing Sarah jump into the pack of kids around here and they ADORED her. Also, Cash was practically glued to Michael’s leg! 😍 👈 that was literally his face.

We had a slow Friday. Minta and I needed a few groceries and so we took the four littlest girls with us. Clara and Sarah drove the car attached to the grocery cart together- they were happy as clams together! Minta and I both wore the babies-  which was also super cute!  we were showstoppers and all of the grandmothers at the store stopped to ask us about our wraps :-) or coo over the babies.


In the afternoon Minta and I did a barre 3 class that kicked both of our butts! It was fun to work out with a buddy for a change… And even more fun to hear minta’s labor techniques in place as she tried to breath through the work out pains!! The Michaels were so sweet to watch all of the kids so we could do that!
On Saturday morning we celebrated Clara’s  birthday by visiting the botanical gardens in downtown Dallas. They were hosting a fall harvest festival AND a monarch migration that day. The grounds are incredibly gorgeous! It’s similar in concept to the Bellevue botanical gardens but a lot less naturally landscaped and wooded. However they have the addition of a children’s garden that is HUGE!!  We scheduled three hours for the activity and spent three hours in the children’s exhibit alone (and barely skimmed the surface). The arboretum  uses the waters of White rock Lake to do a science portion – the kids shot water at different targets, making them spin, to learn about energy. We could hardly pull them away! Really, the whole garden was used as a science museum.
All of the kids were able to participate in tagging a monarch butterfly so that it can be tracked and it’s migration down to Mexico. Some held it, others placed the tag, others use their finger heat to seal the tag, and still others (cash) were taught how to determine its gender for tracking purposes ! They all had their faces painted :-)
 (yep, she is LICKING hummas from the container)
Afterwords my mom and Rick took us out for Mexican food… it was a very long day and the kids were exhausted by the time we got home!  However we only gave them an hour and a half break before pulling everybody out of bed to go swimming and have a picnic at our community pool. It was freeeezing and very short lived, but I think they still had fun!
When we were finished, we went home for ice cream cake and presents with Clara! She is the most loving , expressive,  and grateful  little girl! She kept saying “it for me? Oh! Thank you so much!” And. “I luf it!!”
Afterwords, we got the kids ready for bed and took Mia out with us for a night on the town. We hit up an adult arcade :-) and I’m happy to say that I beat Minta in basketball, almost to beat Mike in basketball, and scored more points than him (3 against myself!!!!) in air hockey! I think it’s safe to say that the hancock competitive nature is contagious :-) because i’m inordinately happy about that! It was a blast to have adult time with just Minta and Michael, and crack up over an insane amount of really bad jokes! The best kind!

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On Sunday morning I woke up to cash and Sarah making paper churches, and Lily making a 3-D paper church! Cash was trying his hardest to be patient while teaching Sarah  how to draw squares for the windows :-) I love his face in this picture… You can see his “I don’t know about that” look. She may have had her patience equally tested!

We did our best to feast on General conference while helping seven kids! I think  it took us three hours to get through the first hour and a half of conference… We broke for lunch and never made it back! My kids are looking forward to finishing that session for family home evening tonight.
On Sunday evening my brothers, sister, and stepmother came over for dinner. We celebrated Clara’s birthday one last time! The kids stayed up past their bedtime jumping on the trampoline in the dark and enjoying their last little bit of time with Sarah.
In between all of that busyness we had some special quiet moments as well. Introducing Nora and Mia. Snuggling up for cash to read to Sarah. Tons of jokes… Lots of Michael making fun of me… And plenty of yummy food (Read: I felt like I was cooking the entire day on Sunday)!
Ps. Please ignore any typos. I dictated this as a letter to my missionary in-laws while on a 2 1/4 mile walk this morning. It took me 45 minutes because I kept stopping to correct a typo. One of which was  “It was a blast to have adult time with just me and Michael…” Uh, yeah. It didn’t understand minta’s name!!!! AWKWARD!

2 Responses to “Weekend Update”

  1. Rachele says:

    Such fun – love those Monarchs face paintings! So glad you were all able to spend time together. Happy birthday sweet Clara – can’t believe how big she is getting!

  2. Gretchen says:

    Cousin time!! So fun, looks like a great visit!! Can’t believe how big the kiddos are getting, all of them. Miss the Hancock family (: