Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Grant and Cole Time

We had a blast this week doing all kinds of stuff. Grant is six years old and Cole is almost four years old. They are in such a fun stage of life. They are up everyday atleast by seven o'clock which took some adjusting to for me. I usually get to sleep in. We started out everyday with breakfast and cartoons. On their first day I showed them around the yard and we played. We played with Bob, the hammock, sidewalk chalk, and we watered the garden. The boys really liked the hose this trip. Then we went to the park. It is right on the Lake so eventually after swinging on the swings awhile we had to go put our feet in the water. There were some people swimming and the boys decided they wanted to go swimming too. So, the boys took off their shirts and jumped in. Cole went from the water to the sand box a number of times. He would get sand stuck all over and then get in the water. They boys were having so much fun that I didn't want to make them leave. Unfortunately he burns really easily and I had only put sun screen in the places were his clothes weren't before we left. They were mad but we headed home before cole got burnt. After relaxing a little and putting on dry clothes we headed to the store. The boys picked out food they liked and they were being really good so we bought toy cars and squirt guns to play with when they got home.
The boys always looked forward to Uncle Mike getting home from work. We tried to do something fun with all of us after dinner and before they had to go to bed every night. One night we made a fire in the back yard and roasted marshmallows. Mike was always teaching the boys something scientific or scout-ie. He is going to be a great dad.
Really what didn't we do this week? We played games like go fish, hide and seek, and sorry, colored, made a fort, found a turtle, went to the library, went swimming at our neighbors pool, read storybooks, played on the computer, found buried treasure, went to the park, ate popsicles, I swear I could go on forever.
I have to admit that I was proud of myself for the meals and activities I planned. The boys seemed to have a great week. I was exhausted but it was worth it. It was a small glimpse into my future days of motherhood. I hope my boys are as well behaved as Grant and Cole.
Mike, Bob and I really miss having the boys around.

This is Grant in the hammock out front.

Here is the turtle we found. I think cole is trying to decide if he trusts him. He looked kind of mean and he wasn't even slightly afraid of us.

Here is Grant in the Lake.

Here is a our awesome fort. It was set up around the tv and had pillows and blankets inside. But you have to know the password to get inside.

I will post more pictures tomorrow.

Sorry the pictures didn't show up on my last post. That is so sad...well, here they are again.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee are the Places to be!

For Memorial day weekend Mike and I drove up to Columbus, Ohio for Creed Ford's baby blessing. Mom and Dad came too so it was a big party. On Saturday morning Mike and I got to go to a session at the Columbus temple. Stephanie is so lucky to live so close to the temple. It was the first time that I have been to a "mini" temple for a session. It always feels so good to go to the temple.
Later that day, we went downtown with the Fords for lunch. They took us to this cool warehouse that is full of booths with different types of food from around the world. Mike and I had Indian food and the Fords went with vietnamese food. It was hard to chose what to eat because everything looked so good. It was heaven for a hungry pregnant lady. Shortly there after mom and dad's flight arrived and before we knew it, it was time to eat again. So, we headed over to the Rice's house for a BBQ. The Sharpe family was there too. It was good to see them. They were such good friends to me when I lived there five years ago. Bochi Ball (I have no idea how it is spelled) was the highlight of the evening for the men. You play by seeing how close you can get your ball to the target from across the yard. I think everyone had a great time.
In the morning was Creed's baby blessing and Larry did a great job. Afterwards we just relaxed and visited the rest of the day. Here we are playing Uno Attack late that night. We took a picture trying to copy the one on the game box. If you have the game you'll have to get the box out and compare. How did we do? It was really late and we were laughing so hard. We also played Sequence but Stephanie and I couldn't get our act together and we lost everytime! Those stinky boys must have been cheating (j/k).

Here is a not so attractive picture of Mike and I when we woke up one morning. I wanted to take a picture of us in our new pj bottoms. Stephanie has a tradition of buying her guests cute pj bottoms when they come visit from out of state. It is a fun tradition. We took the picture with the timer because no one else was up yet.

Sadly Monday we had to head home but not before we stopped inLouisville, Kentucky to visit the Stringhams. They took us to a wacky cafe were we took this picture. Mike is holding up Grant with his left leg. It was funny but I guess you had to be there.

Since Candice and Mark had so much to do with getting ready to move, we took the boys home with us. We were so excited to have the boys stay with us. We did all kinds of fun things. Here is Grant and some our driveway art. They boys loved having a huge yard to play in. I think their favorite part of the trip was playing with Bob. They loved chasing him around, taking him on "walks", and sleeping with him at night.

Here is Cole resting on one of his walks with Bob.

I am excited to post a million pictures of all the things we did but you will have to wait until later today or tomorrow because I gotta go.