Saturday, September 6, 2014

You Are So Beautiful To Me!

So, it's become a bit of a tradition to participate in our library's annual talent show every summer. Each year I secretly dread it for some reason... I guess because it's quite a commitment. But I also always come away grateful that we did it. For one, the kids LOVE it and work really hard to get ready for it and two, it's such a good experience for them to perform and also watch other talented peers perform. And of course, I just get all bursting with pride when I see them up there.

Isabella decided pretty quickly that she wanted to make up a dance this year, which proved to be a lot more prep-work than either of us anticipated, but it was fun to work on together. I don't have any dance background, but I really enjoy pretending it's something I'd be good at given the chance. She's a natural and is especially good at feeling the music and freestyling it. Anyway, she danced beautifully and with so much confidence.

Liam is our little singer, who loves to belt it (especially at church it seems, haha), and so we brainstormed quite a bit about what a good song choice for him might be since he really wanted to sing. This was his first time doing the talent show. Anyway, when I asked Will for input, he suggested maybe something from the movie, "The Little Rascals." I think he was thinking along the lines of the silly burping song or something, so we took the opportunity to borrow the movie from a friend to refresh our memory about the music in that movie. Us girls concluded that him dressing up as Alfalfa and singing, "You Are So Beautiful" would pretty much be the cutest thing ever.

I did have to really talk him into it, but I bribed him with ten bucks and told him he didn't have to his Saturday jobs that week, and he was sold. After that he was super committed and super fun to work with. However, he did not like practicing if any of the neighborhood girls were around to listen, which is funny to me since I don't think he minded or got very nervous about singing in front of the library crowd. Anyway, we had one of our most adorable little friends, Makayla, dress up as Darla and it went really well. He definitely ended with a bang, and hopefully I haven't scarred him for life! haha Next year he says he's singing the Lego song...

I had my hands full and couldn't manage playing videographer and photographer, so I don't have too many photos, but I love the ones I do have (Darla and Alfalfa--I die! They looked so cute together!):

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Lucky for me, the library had a photographer at the event. I'm so grateful for these shots, too:

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And finally, the videos of their performances! These kids sure have my heart.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Our 4th of July Trip to Spokane!

Our trip to see my sister Lauren in Spokane for the Fourth of July was just perfect! She recently moved into the cutest house and it was fun to be her first guests. Uncle Steve was quite the chef while we were there, spoiling us with amazing apple sauce pancakes and cowboy burgers. We also got to eat at Cafe Rio, which is a definite favorite of ours. Our neck of the woods doesn't have nearly enough good eats, so this was a real treat.

Everything was within walking distance... the farmers market, the splash pad, the library (we didn't venture to the library, but still! How cool would it be to live within walking distance of the library?!), the fireworks show.

Every afternoon, Lu, Isabella and I would go for an afternoon shopping trip. It was so fun. I love to shop so much, especially with my sisters!

But best of all was just visiting, of course. It's so, so awesome to have a sister live within driving distance! And now if the rest of my family would hurry up and migrate to Washington. 

And last but not least, Happy Birthday, America! We love you so much!

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Had to include my iphone pics from the trip too (looking at them makes me want to plan our next trip already!):
Spokane for the Fourth

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Happy Pioneer Day!

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This definitely went down as a memorable Family Home Evening activity! For our FHE lesson, Will read us some inspiring pioneer stories and then told the kids that for the activity we were going to pretend to go on our own pioneer trek into the woods. Instead of pulling a handcart, we loaded up our toy train wagon with weights and Will had the kids take turns pulling the load. They LOVED this and at one point wanted everyone to get in the wagon so that it would be even heavier to pull. Liam was particularly proud of the fact that he was strong enough to pull pretty much the whole family (I didn't get in) the entire way there and back. It was quite entertaining, even if we did get some weird looks from the neighbors. That almost made it more fun!

We ditched the "handcart" once we reached the woods and enjoyed exploring together. Will and the kids especially adore being in thick wooded areas. We tried finding a good climbing tree, but didn't have too much luck in that department, but there were quite a few fallen trees, and so we did a lot of "log walking" instead. I was especially impressed with Juliette's balance and adventurous personality. She kept up with the big kids so well! My kids also are obsessed with berry picking and scored tons of huckleberries. Yum!

Anyway, I always feel very humbled and amazed when I think about what the pioneers and how they left pretty much everything they owned to cross the plains with their (in many cases) young families. What a feat, to make it to the Salt Lake valley where they could finally worship Heavenly Father in peace. Many buried loved ones--even their children-- along the way because the conditions were so harsh and the physical demands so grueling. But on the flip side, because of their strong faith and willingness, they were able to endure this and witness astonishing miracles along the way...

I admire those pioneers so much, and am eternally grateful that they were willing to do what they did. My family has certainly been blessed because of them!

Happy Pioneer Day!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Primary Color Run

It's hard to believe we've lived in our house for nearly seven years! In those seven years, we've been part of the most amazing ward at church. I've never been in a ward that wasn't amazing, but this is the longest we've been anywhere and I feel like I'm extra attached because of that. My babies are growing up with these people, and they truly are cream-of-the-earth kind of people. For a recent Primary activity, we had a color run and it was so fun! I'm glad I could take some pictures, not just of my cuties, but also of some of the people we love and admire so much. Thank you, dear Primary leaders, for putting on such a fun event!

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