We had a lovely Easter this year.  We had a few celebrations with Grandma, at home and with Grandpa.  My kids love all the traditions-egg hunts, coloring eggs, candy, and eating good food.  We tried to include days talking about the real reason for Easter and enjoyed watching the Church’s videos about the Prince of Peace.  It was a great way to remember Jesus and His gift of love for us.  Love my family!

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Tulip Festival

We did the Tulip Festival right this year!  We went 4 times.  Every week I would look at the weather with Kerri and then we would pick our morning to go.  And we found that if we got there around 930 it was much less crowded.  By the time we left each time around 11 or so, it was starting to get super busy.  It was the perfect way to do it.  It really is so beautiful.  It was fun to go multiple times too because each time there were new sections in bloom.  I discovered a new favorite flower-Ranunculus.  I can’t wait to plant some bulbs in the Fall to see if I can get them to grow in my own yard.  I love this yearly tradition.  And here come a million photos!

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Temple Square

Over Spring Break this year, Kara and I met up with one of our best college friends for a morning at Temple Square.  We visited the Church History Museum which has a new kids area which was fun.  And then we picnicked on the lawn by the Visitor’s Center.  It was fun to see all of our kids play.  And we laughed about how many kids there were (10 between us!).  A lot has changed the 10+ years that we all lived together at BYU.  It was a lovely way to spend the morning!

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March Wrap-up

Our best buddies came to town for a few days.  And we spent every minute that we could with them.  We went to the museums, had playdates with other friends from Draper, ate at good restaurants and talked and talked.  We got to meet sweet baby Ellie for the first time.  It was so good.  I don’t know if I’ll ever forgive Mark for taking Alicia to DC.  I miss her always.

When I went to volunteer at Sophie’s class one day, I saw this in the window.  She copied the sign we have in our house except she put school where ours says house.  She must have given it to her teacher who then put it in the window.  She is just about the sweetest girlie ever.

Jack and Sophie each played a round of indoor soccer during the month of March.  Jack moved to the big courts and it was a lot of fun to watch him.  Sophie enjoyed her first time and was even on the same team as her best friend Harvey.  I failed to take any action shots but at least we have a few pictures of them in their uniforms.

We had a girls day at Disney on Ice with Grandma and our cousins.  It was a nice treat.  Ice skating is already amazing.  But ice skating in Disney costumes is really something to behold.  I’m not sure how they do it!

Sophie came home from school on St. Patty’s day asked for a shoebox.  The next thing I know she had created a whole leprechaun house.  Complete with rug, blanket, measuring stick on the wall, TV (an old iPod) and movie collection.  She is amazing!


We had our annual St. Patrick’s Day get together with Dan’s HS friends.  The wives decided that they should take a photo all together.  And for whatever reason it ended up being on the stairs which made it sorta seem like a prom picture.  Anyway.  Its pretty fun that this group has been friends for 25+ years.  We sure laugh and have a great time when we are all together!

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Family ski day

We really feel like we’ve arrived now that everyone can “ski” together!  We have to say ski lightly because it was Luke’s first time and he is still in the backpack & will be for the next little while.  But Sophie really took off this year and is now independent on the slopes.  And Jack is confident and working really hard on making wide S turns.  We had such a fun time.  Luke worked so hard that he even took a nap on the slopes.  That is unheard of.  We love how much the kids loved it.  And were thankful when Grandpa showed up for a couple hours to lend a hand!

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Random February shots

Caught on top of the counter getting into the candy bowl!

First time giving a prayer in Primary.  Big boy Sunbeam.  He was so proud of himself.

You never know what face you are going to get when you ask him to say cheese.

We made Dan’s day and got a Traeger smoker one Saturday.  It has served us well many times already.  Smoked meat is so yummy.

Jack had a little fight with his best buddy at school one day.  He came right in after I picked him up and wrote this note.  I wouldn’t let him give it to him until I snapped a picture.  “Will you still be my friend in heart?”  That is my favorite line.

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February Sickies

We had some colds, fevers and strep throat go through our house in February.  For some reason we seem to make it through January every year just fine.  But February and March always bring disease!

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Ski Date

The first weekend in February Dan and I escaped to Deer Valley for the day and skied our 35 year old hearts out.  It was awesome.  We had the best time.  I think we counted that we did about 20 runs.  Pretty good for a bunch of oldies.  The snow was perfect all day.  And I loved it.  Turkey Chili for the win every time!  And we found a new run called Lucky Jack which we thought was pretty fun!

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January Days

We somehow survived January.  And it was a pretty snowy one this year.  One morning we woke up to a foot of snow!  It was the most in our neighborhood since we’ve been here.  In the dead of winter, we still were able to squeeze in a few fun activities.

Luke did this Mickey puzzle over and over again for days.  He did is so much he learned how to do it with the picture facing down so all you could see was white.  Maybe we were a little bored.

iPad Eyes.  January always equals a little more time than usual on electronic devices.

Luke learned how to climb out of his bed (my only kid to do that).  And he was giving us a hard time every night about spiders/snakes/bugs/anything really being in his bed.  One night around 6 pm he just started crying inconsolably about bedtime and how he was scared.  So we did it that night.  Big boy bed!  And he really hasn’t given us too much of a problem.  There was about a 3 week period where he was in our room every night.  That was terrible.  But we’ve overcome that and he is loving it.

Cousin Mario Kart battle.  Just imagine how long these races take when only to 2 oldest really know how to play!

Wolverine stopped by for a visit.

I died when Jack brought this paper home one day.  Geez Louise.  At least he’s being real.

Sophie was dying to make a snowman.  So I obliged.  It was great snowman making snow so it came together pretty easy.

We went with the Trujillos and Grandpa to a BYU basketball game.  We were on the back row which is a good place to be with kids because then they can roam free and pay attention as little or as much as they want.  And we always, always need lots of snacks!

You never know what the walk from your classroom to the car after school will bring.  One day Jack got covered in snow.  Who knows why he’s not wearing his coat!

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We surprised the kids with an overnight hotel stay downtown toward the end of Christmas break.  Kids love hotels.  They think its one of the best things ever to stay in a hotel even if that hotel is only 20 miles from our house.  So we went downtown, checked into our hotel and then we hopped on trax and went to see the windows at the Grand America hotel and the lights at Temple Square which are so beautiful.  When we got back to the hotel we went to the indoor pool.   The kids of course enjoyed it but there were so many kids in there that it was overwhelmingly too loud.  Dan and I had ringing ears for about an hour afterwards.  The next morning we hit up the free breakfast and then took the kids back to the pool.  We had it to ourselves in the morning which was so much better.  After we checked out we took the kids to Tucanos for lunch.  All you can eat meat is oh so delicious.  It really was the perfect little getaway.

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