Our year so far has been a bit crazy. The craziness started on January 8th when Mark landed himself in the hospital. He was released and then readmitted two days later for more symptoms. After a week in the hospital, countless tests, numerous doctors appointments with various specialists we are still trying to figure out what is going on. We are sure an answer is just around the corner somewhere. Luckily, we have had a lot of other fun and memorable events to help keep our minds focused on other things. Here is the big guy living it up at the hospital. We were so happy to get out of there!The kids and a few of our neighborhood kids were all so EXCITED when Mark came home with an I-pad! They had anticipated this day for months and their was a lot of screaming going on in my house when this group of kids opened the bag to discover the i-pad. They have had a lot of fun this month exploring all the cool things an i-pad can do. They've had so much fun with it, that we have actually had to impose the Friday after school/Saturday only I-pad policy so they can rediscover what reading a book and practicing the piano is like. I could definitely live without all of these electronics.
We've had some pretty good rounds of hide and go seek. Gracie found a pretty good spot on top of the armoire. I don't have a clue how she got up there, but obviously those gymnastics classes are really paying off.
I got to celebrate my birthday. Mark did a great job of making me feel special even though he wasn't feeling well. My family and friends all made me feel so loved with the phone calls and little treats left on my doorstep. Here we are at the tail end of our day and Bayden didn't want anything to do with taking a picture to commemorate the day.
One of my favorite birthday presents was shelves for the boys room. My friend Perry, Parker and I got to work one afternoon after my birthday and installed these handy dandy shelves! I love them and we had a great time doing it together. I also managed to get the cabinets in my bathroom painted, I love them.
Of course you know we also had Gracie's birthday, but we also had Carson's. I will write more about it tomorrow. He was so excited to turn 8!
We have had our fair share of Basketball games. Carson is playing for the Cougars this year and hope his team ranks as high as the BYU cougars!
We had a fun little birthday celebration dinner at Benihana's. We celebrated all three of our birthdays and had our best chef yet!
Obviously Parker couldn't stop eating his sundae to smile for a picture.
Of course with Carson turning 8 we have been busy preparing for his baptism. Here he is just prior to his baptism interview with our bishop.
Here he is on his baptism day. We had a such a great day and I will write more on that too.
Parker's started his second session of indoor soccer. It is so fast paced, it is my favorite to watch.
He has also been playing basketball every Monday and Saturday and unlike last year his team is actually winning more games than losing (actually I don't think they ever won last year). I think he is really enjoying it this year.
We hosted a baby shower at our house for one of my dear friends. Bayden was my right hand man as we baked and decorated for the big night. He probably won't appreciate this picture when he is older, but it sure makes me laugh
The kids were super excited that they got to go because the theme was "Sweets". Parker and Carson had soccer, but the girls and Bayden capitalized on the yummy treats.
Parker had his big Coloma field trip. All of the fourth graders leave for 3 days and 2 nights to learn all about California History and the gold rush. It is a great experience for them as they learn from teachers all about that time error, experience a typical day of a gold miner and are transported back in time. Parker's name was for his expedition was Platinum Parker. He got to pan for gold, live in a cabin with some of his closest buddies, sing songs around a campfire, hike all over and his personal favorite have 3 cups of hot chocolate for breakfast each morning. Ah the life of a gold miner! Unfortunately for me, my boy didn't come back with any gold, darn it! I'm just glad he came back because we I missed him like crazy and felt like I was forgetting something the whole time he was gone.
Again, Bayden didn't not want to commemorate the moment with a picture. The other kids were super excited for him.
That about sums up what we have been up to so far. We got to have some pretty fun visitors at our house the past month, but again that is a separate post. Hopefully I can stay more on top of things and not have to do a brief synopsis like this every two months.