Thursday, April 28, 2011

Spring Spirit

I cut out some colorful eggs for us to decorate.

We had fun.

We hung them up around the kitchen.

It was no Martha Stewart project, but it was a happy sight.

Tali helped me hang them up on her door too.

Later, I made Tali a bunny out of paper plates.
He's got his own kind of charm lol.

And some carrots for him to eat.

We hung him on the refrigerator to play with.

James made this really good chicken for dinner! YUM! He started getting into cooking about a year ago and has a dinner night once a week. AND he's really good at it! Sometimes we wonder if he should have gone to culinary school.

It's wrapped in bacon with blue cheese (which we have recently become HUGE fans of) and spinach.

Makes my mouth water all over again.
I highly suggest trying to get your significant other into cooking lol. This came from a man that as a boy, would rather starve than make himself something to eat, according to my mother in-law haha!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

You Begin With Eggs

Coloring eggs is stressful with a little girl that doesn't understand that they have delicate shells.

"Gentle! Gentle, Tali!!"

She really wanted to just play in the dyed vinegar.
"Tali, no! You just put the egg in!"
Haha, can you tell that this was a stressful experience for me? All I wanted to do was be with my family and express my creativity with decorating these eggs . . . in peace.

Patience is a virtue.

Never able to get a picture with her smiling (and not a goofy smile) and looking at the camera.
(Notice the yellow dye on her belly and arm?)

Waiting for them to dry.

Added stickers for even more beauty. . .

. . . except to this one.
I wasn't aloud to add any stickers to our one brownish-green egg. James wanted to add some colors together for this last one. I told him it would turn out brown. He thinks it is beautiful.

Friday, April 22, 2011


Our last day with Jen and her family :(
We all stayed in Logan, traveling up the night before.

We played Quelf, which was a lot of fun (kind of like Cranium)

We also played Shadows Over Camelot. (also fun) (James has been dying to play this game for a long time and finally had enough willing people to try it out with him.)

We had a little Easter celebration, where the two toddlers got Easter baskets from Pop and Mimi.

Also, sugar-free cupcakes! Yum!

Pretty too.

It was a really nice day.
I miss my sister terribly already though.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Playground, Kangaroo Zoo, And Bath Time

It's our last weekend with Jen and her family
Poppie and Mimi got here early, so we took Atalia to a playground while we waited for Jen and her family to show up.

We thought it would be nice to take Tali there on her bike.

There are a lot of straps on that bike.

I think she has it pretty good.

We're here!

We were talking about how much smarter they've gotten with making playgrounds safer these days, with the rubber-ish ground, slides that level off more at the bottom, and varieties of more age appropriate playgrounds. (Even with all that, I still get nervous and think of all the worst case scenarios.)

She has come around to the slide!

Mimi has come around to the slide too!

Hmmmmm . . . interesting.

Love those eyes.

She was so careful on this part of the playground, which makes a mommy very happy.

Bribed her with promises of cookies to get her to go home willingly.

We went to Kangaroo Zoo with Jen and Bryson, Sage and Raden, and Bryson's mom and three brothers.

Tali found a cozy little spot that she fit in perfectly.

Golly, did this balloon cause some trouble. Atalia hated that I tied it to her hand, not understanding that it would fly away if we didn't tie it to something. Finally, I tied it to her sippy cup instead and we had a happier little girl.

This picture makes it look like James has a balloon for a head . . . heh heh heh.

Tali and Sage are so different and trying to get them to play together isn't always easy. So, I didn't get any pictures of them together. Sage is more adventurous than Tali and Tali has an easier time moving around on the blow-up toys (she is still a few months older too). Sage would get on the bigger toys with one of her parents and go down the bigger slides. Tali had an easier time being by herself, climbing and walking on the 4 year old and younger blow-up toys. Sage had trouble getting herself back up if she fell down lol.

We went out to eat, got home, and gave the girls a bath together.

We made a last-minute decision to go back to Logan and stay with my parents over-night to have more time with everyone.