This is the video of Brooklyn’s solo from preschool graduation. I am still working on some other belated pics and videos.
And here is a picture of her with her amazing teacher – Mrs. Lana:
I will have to find pictures from the other computer to put on here for the first few things I will be writing about.
On Monday the 18th Brooklyn graduated from preschool. Lana Lee was her teacher, and she is amazing. We love her! They sang a lot of great songs that they had learned throughout the year and Brooklyn was excited to be the one to get to sing her solo first.
Austin finished up school on the 22nd of May. He had a great year with Mrs. Patty Lyman. She was wonderful for him and he absolutely loved her. He didn’t want school to be through.
That night Russ and I celebrated by going to the temple. It was wonderful, as always.
Saturday, in celebration of my upcoming birthday, we went to the school playground and the kids played on the toys while Russ and I hit balls. It was a lot of fun for me to be able to do that. Austin hit a few too and was doing a pretty good job with it. Then Jessica came and babysat for us while we went out for lunch to probably the best place in town – the hospital cafeteria. I know that may sound crazy, but there aren’t a ton of options here and the food really is pretty great.
Sunday (my birthday!) my mother-in-law invited us over for lunch after church. It was a great birthday meal and I enjoyed a fabulous day relaxing with family. Russ bought me a book to read (a recommendation from Karla) and seasons 2-5 of the Cosby Show! He also bought me a new computer, which I am learning to use. It is nice not to be told that I don’t have enough memory every time I try to do something.
Monday my four day birthday celebration continued. We went to Moab and found a great bike trail to ride with the kids. It was just a dirt trail that was in town but through farmland so it seemed like we were in the middle of nowhere. Which was great because the road into Moab was super crowded like everybody and their dog had decided to visit that day. We then enjoyed a great lunch at a wonderful Thai restaurant and then hiked in Negro Bill Canyon, which was incredible.
On Friday (the 29th) we went camping just a few miles north of us and had a fabulous time. (Except the fact that Maya doesn’t like sleeping outside the tent by herself and kept me up most the night growling at the coyotes. Thank goodness Russ was smarter than I and put her in the van at 3 am – when she woke him up – so I got some sleep after that.) We kept meals super simple and had fun just relaxing together and exploring. And Connor liked saying he needed the bathroom so he could dig holes with the little shovel we brought.
On the 14th we celebrated (kind of) our 9th wedding anniversary. The day before that Russ wasn’t feeling very well but he felt well enough the day of that we were able to go to the temple and then got some lunch from the new Chinese restaurant in town. The plan was to really celebrate with a little get away Thurs-Sat. Russ had a conference to attend in Salt Lake on Friday so we arranged for Russ’s parents to tend for us so we could have some time with just the two of us. Well, Wednesday when we were headed to bed I went in to check on Brooklyn and she had thrown up and not bothered to wake up. So, Russ and I got things cleaned up (he is such great help!) and the next day he headed out of town on his own. Brooklyn ended up being fine the rest of the time, but Connor ended up throwing up on Saturday, so I was glad I was home with the kids.
When Russ came home, he brought Maya. She is my brother’s (Scott) family’s dog and we are keeping her for them until they get back from Chile in a couple of years. She has been great with the kids and I am glad to have a chance to have a “trial” dog to see if I can tolerate it.
Let’s see. Brooklyn had kindergarten registration and got a perfect score on her assessment. She is already reading, so I hope that they will be able to find things to do to keep her engaged and challenged.
A week after Russ returned from Salt Lake, he had to make another trip up there. He left on a Sunday afternoon and made it back on a Thursday night. He has been asked to work with a neurologist in Salt Lake that will be providing telemedicine for our area. Russ will be doing the hands on assessments and such while the doctor in Salt Lake will be participating through video. So Russ had to go up for some training. I guess it’s good for him to go away for a few days so I can be reminded of how much he does for us and how much I appreciate him.
Sunday after he headed out the kids wanted me to video them. So here are some random videos of them that I am sure will bore many of you, but I thought some day we will really enjoy having them.
(For some reason, I can’t get Brooklyn’s video to load. Grr!)
That week Connor decided he was ready to ride a pedal bike and after a couple of times of me helping him get started, he was riding like a pro.
Austin had an assignment to do an ancestor report and he decided he wanted to make a movie for part of his report. Grandma Daniels gave us a great idea for an ancestor to do the report on and we enlisted the help of some neighborhood kids and had a fun time making the following movie:
Let’s see…we’ve been busy with a big project in the backyard. We have water to our garden and the beginnings of a new flower bed.
We enjoyed Easter. The Saturday before we had a little egg hunt with candy for the kids. We dyed eggs. Sunday we did our scriptural egg hunt and strengthened our testimonies of our Savior through the story of His death and resurrection.
The day after Easter the family performed at the nursing home. At Christmas Russ’s service gift to Austin was to take him to the nursing home to play the piano and sing. Austin had asked a few times when it was going to happen and Russ finally got it all arranged.
We enjoyed some reading.
And we really enjoyed two visitors. My brother, Kent, was able to fly into the Blanding airport with one of his helicopter students and visit briefly. It was great to see him, even if just for a little bit, and the kids loved getting to check out the helicopter.
Later that day my sister, Emily, and her family came. We were able to have them with us for a couple of days and thoroughly enjoyed the time we had with them. I wish we lived closer to family because our kids sure enjoy when they get to spend time with their cousins. While they were here we explored Spirit Cave in the morning.
In the afternoon we went to the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) Expo. A few things we did included rock climbing, running a large equipment simulator, making smoke rings, making floam, soldering, and building and shooting off rockets. There was a lot to see and do and the kids had fun.
It’s my bedtime, so I’ll have to finish catching up another day.
We had a new adventure as a family for spring break this year: we drove from our house to Tempe, AZ on Friday the 6th but we didn’t begin our journey until after Russ got off work. We have never done this before and we weren’t sure we would make it all the way (because we are wimpy when it comes to driving at night) but we succeeded. We just really wanted to have as much time at our vacation location as possible. We got away around 4:45 pm and arrived at 11:15 pm. We were grateful it went well.
Russ’s niece and her husband were so kind to let us come and stay with them for our trip (thanks Mike and Heidi!). Saturday we enjoyed the Aloha Festival where we got to (try to) learn the ukulele and make paper leis and eat some good food.
We then enjoyed an incredible park (Riverview Park) where I got to climb to the top of a 50 foot climbing tower and the kids enjoyed the splash pad and the zipline and all sorts of other fun toys. I definitely recommend going there if you are in there area with kids (actually, even if you don’t have kids I would just pretend like you do because it is such a fun park). There was even someone there painting faces.
On Sunday we went to church and I was very glad we weren’t home trying to get to church at 8:30 on the first day of daylight savings. The kids actually didn’t have to adjust to daylight savings until we needed to wake up for church the following week. We enjoyed a relaxing sabbath day with a nice walk around the neighborhood, a delicious kebab dinner and some games.
Monday morning Russ and I left the kids and found a pool and did some lap swimming, which was really great, even though I can’t go for very long before my legs are rubber. Later in the morning we did some shopping while Heidi and Melissa watched the kids for us. Then we went to lunch at Raising Cane’s and got dessert at Slickables, both of which were very tasty. The kids enjoyed some time in the hot tub swimming pool and we watched Big Hero 6 that day as well.
Russ and I deserted our kids again (I am sensing a theme here…sorry to make you babysit so much, Melissa, Heidi and Mike!) and did some more shopping and dinner. The kids got to watch another movie while we were out – Wreck-It Ralph (which Russ and I haven’t seen) and enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by Heidi.
Wednesday we did more shopping (yet another theme that has to be present whenever we leave town since we have little access to shopping at home) before enjoying lunch with everyone at Chick-fil-A (another first, for me and the kids, at least). From there we parted ways and hit the road for home. We had an uneventful return trip (other than losing an hour) and were happy to be home again at the end of the day.
Saturday we were thrilled to be able to celebrate Connor’s 3rd birthday. This was the first time we have been home for his birthday and it was wonderful. We needed to clean our rental, so we took the kids with us and they played at the school playground across the street while we worked at the rental. We got things taken care of there and enjoyed the rest of the day playing with the kids. Connor is such a fun boy. He loves his older brother and sister and playing right along with them. He loves to be silly and really enjoys riding his bike. He is a good worker and is great at sharing. We are so glad he is part of our lives.
Russ turned a year older on Friday. Jessica was kind to babysit for us in the morning so Russ and I took a motorcycle ride south of town and went on a hike and then went to lunch at the new Chinese restaurant in town. That night we had pizza, watched “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ and enjoyed strawberry-lime shortcake with coconut cream. I had a fun day and hopefully Russ did too!