Things every night

So this week we had something going on every night. Weeks like this keep us busy and also make us grateful for our little family routines and traditions.

Matching in their striped pajamas
Matching in their striped pajamas

Monday night was probably the most “normal” (is that even a thing?) night of the week. We had family home evening. Sarah taught a lesson about the sacrament. We’re almost done with all of the lessons in the little nursery manual that we use. Eliza reminds us every week that we have to do family home evening. We always have an opening song and she leads while we sing. Eliza almost always gives the opening prayer. We have a lesson from Sarah or I which usually involves pictures of Jesus and a bit of an activity. We then have a closing prayer, read scriptures and have our family prayer and go to bed.

Tuesday I had scouts. We made trebuchets out of our lashing staves. It was a pretty good activity. Near the end we started running out of tasks for everyone to do so it got a bit crazy but still was fun. Sarah had the kids at home that night and got them to bed.

Wednesday Sarah went to a┬ábaby shower for three sisters in the ward. The husband of the sister hosting the shower works with me and I was supposed to bring him home from work. I unfortunately forgot until I was almost home and I had to turn around and go back to work to get him. Oops! After the shower, Sarah went and practiced her musical number for the stake women’s conference this weekend. She and two other ladies sang a song for the conference. I was home with the kids and we did our normal night routine with baths and scriptures. The kids have been having fun bubble baths these last few weeks. We let them have their bubble bath first and then drain the tub to do the real bath.They love playing in the water.

Thursday Sarah was out again at a choir practice for the women’s conference. I got to stay home with the kids again and we had a fun time. I got some time to read my book which I’ve really been enjoying.

On Friday evening, Sarah was gone one more time to do a dress rehearsal for the women’s conference. This conference was quite the production. They had different rooms in the church all setup as different scenes from the scriptures. The had the sisters divide into groups and go through each of the rooms. In each room there was a musical number and a sister doing a monologue. Because the sisters rotated through the different rooms, Sarah performed her musical number five times that morning. The conference sounded pretty cool. I put the kids to bed and then finished my book (book 12 of Wheel of Time for those interested. It was awesome. I found myself cheering at parts!) Sarah came home and we went to bed after getting preparations made for Saturday.

Saturday, Sarah was at women’s conference all morning until around 2:00 pm. I took the kids to the park for a little over an hour. They had a blast. James has gotten more courageous and will climb up the steps now and go down the big twisty slide on his own. Eliza will climb up almost every ladder there. The only one she hasn’t figured out yet is the spiral one but I think she will do it when she realizes she can go up the other side of it and get off on the platform. After the park, we came home and tried to fly our kite. That didn’t go so well. James fell of the back porch while he was trying to go down the stairs frontwards (silly boy) and got a bloody lip and a scraped up head. We came in and had baths and lunch and got ready to go to the temple.

Eliza climbing on the twisty ladder at the park
Eliza climbing on the twisty ladder at the park
James was brave to go down the slide by himself.
James was brave to go down the slide by himself.

Saturday afternoon we all went down to the temple together. We decided to take the kids because the family we usually leave them with had had a crazy week and we thought they didn’t need a contrary James and a potty-training Eliza on their hands on top of everything. The kids enjoyed the temple. Eliza even got to go inside to the little bathroom before the recommend desk to go potty. Sarah and I switched off doing initiatories and staying outside with the kids.

James wanted to walk all around the temple by himself.
James wanted to walk all around the temple by himself.
James and Eliza at the temple.
James and Eliza at the temple.
Family selfie at the temple.
Family selfie at the temple.
Eliza smelling the flowers
Eliza smelling the flowers

Today we had church. I went straight to home teaching and then to Deacon’s Quorum Presidency meeting. We tried to go to choir but Eliza fell down the stairs and then our van wouldn’t start. Then we had a little dinner and I ran off to a youth fireside at the church about addiction recovery.

Whew, it was a crazy week!

Birthdays and Easter Week

Our family at the easter egg hunt
Our family at the Easter egg hunt
Happy Easter! We are so grateful for this week that we are able to focus our time on remembering the life and sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ. We had a pretty simple celebration this week. We moved our scripture study to reading from the New Testament each night about the life of Christ. Eliza has enjoyed looking at the pictures of Christ’s last week. We’ve been putting a picture on the wall each day after we read and using that to help us talk about Christ during dinner.
Adam's birthday cake
Adam’s birthday cake
Adam's birthday -- the big 30!
Adam’s birthday — the big 30!
Sarah's birthday
Sarah’s birthday
As you probably know (I hope :)) Sarah and I both had our birthdays this week. It is fun to have them on the same week but makes it so we end up having way too much candy in the house. This was compounded this year by all of the candy that we got for Easter. Oh well, we’re going to eat poorly this week and then try to repent. Sarah made me delicious fajitas for my birthday and an awesome German chocolate cake from scratch. At the suggestion of Rebekah I finally agreed to let people come over and celebrate with us. We had two of our good friends from church come over and have cake with us. It is fun to have good friends.
Sarah’s birthday was on Friday and we had a bit of a celebration. Sarah wanted Olive Garden so we ordered it out and I picked it up on the way home. The night before her birthday she made a decadent chocolate peanut butter cheesecake. It was awesome! It had a brownie crust and reeses all throughout. We still have a ton in our fridge!
Friday night we also had our ward Easter egg hunt. Eliza had a great time gathering eggs and playing on the playground. She is fearless on the playground. There was a tall rock-wall like climbing thing and she really wanted to climb it. I spotted her once and then she was climbing that thing like a champ.
Eliza kept posing for photos
Eliza kept posing for photos
Eliza and her friend lydia
Eliza and her friend lydia
Eliza finding her eggs
Eliza finding her eggs
Eliza loves the slides
Eliza loves the slides
Eliza had no fear climbing this thing
Eliza had no fear climbing this thing
After the ward activity, the Larsens took our kids and let Sarah and I go on a date. It has been a long time since we went on a real date without the kids. We went to see Cinderella and had a great time together.
James love to be upside down
James love to be upside down
James laughing
James laughing
Saturday we watched the morning session of conference and then decided to go look at a van that we had our eye on for a few days. I didn’t expect us to actually end up buying it but we liked it and it was a good price and in good condition so we went ahead and became the proud owners of a Toyota Sienna. Yep, we’re a minivan family now. . . I’m adjusting alright.
Our new van
Our new van
James being serious
James being serious
James is 5 months old!
James is 5 months old!
Today we watched conference all day. The Larsens came over and watched with us in the morning and the kids slept for most of the afternoon session. We loved conference and it was great to hear from the prophet and apostles. It is always rejuvenating to hear them speak and to hear their testimonies.
Eliza loves headbands these days
Eliza loves headbands these days