Our first winter in Iowa has been quite a change from Las Vegas! We are learning about layering and getting bundled up. Most of the time we love the snow, but the cold blowing wind we could definately do without!
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Monday, February 18, 2013
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Friday, February 15, 2013
We went to another fun activity at the library for Valentines Day. The librarians had set up a "restraunt" for us. We got to pick 3 items from the menu and then they served us. We didn't know what we were getting because the menu had items like: The Cat's Meow (milk), Frosty's Delight (icecream) and Mouse's Treat (a cookie: like the book If you give a Mouse a Cookie). Hunter chose ice cream but didn't choose a spoon! It was a lot of fun!
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The kids started their Valentine morning with cards and treats from Grandpa Mike and Grandma Rebecca.
Audrey and Hunter made valentine boxes for their class parties. Hunter made and i-pod and Audrey made this robot. Cannon also had a party at school, but didn't need to bring a decorated box. They all said that they had fun and way too much sugar! We made cards that said "I hope your Valentines is colorful" We made colorful crayons by taking our old crayons and chopping them up and remelting them in a mini muffin tin. So their friends would have a fun crayon to color with and I didn't have to buy candy (which they obviously got too much of anyway!)
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
We went to storytime at the library one afternoon because the kids were out of school. They were celebrating Clifford's birthday. I couldn't believe that he is 50! Crazy! They read some Clifford books, played some games and had some cupcakes.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Monday, February 11, 2013
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Hunter is a great big brother and a very good helper. Sometimes he tries to be the parent with his siblings, but he really does just try to be helpful. He is playing the piano really well and will be starting baseball again as soon as its warm! He has a great smile and is fun to play games with. He is so smart and loves to read. He tries his best and works hard at school. He really enjoys cub scouts and doing things that are active. He has been reading his scriptures and saving money for his mission. We just love this guy! Happy Birthday Hunter!
Friday, February 8, 2013
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
I've started a "Biggest Loser" contest with some friends from church. So far I haven't seen much change, but I do feel a small difference in the way I can move my body. My goal, besides losing weight is to have a healthier lifestyle. I'm doing things that work for me and my life at this stage. I don't enjoy exercising, but I've been doing it. I've found that I like yoga a little. I can stretch and move and feel stonger. I've done some strengthening exercises I found online and I've also done some cardio videos on youtube. A lady in our group teaches Zumba and I did that, it wasn't completly horrible, so I've done and will do it again. Mostly I'm just trying things that will get me moving without feeling like I'm dying. I've also been working on my diet. Smaller portions, less sweets, more water and fruits and veggies. I'm going slow because I really want this to by a lifestyle change, and not something that I can't be realistic with. Hopefully these changes will result in me losing weight bust mostly I want to be healthier and be more active.
The kids have gotten into exercising with me, which I think is great. Cannon and Coral like to do bicycles and sit up with me and Hunter and Audrey tried yoga.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The first show was an orchestra that did fun things for the kids to watch as they listened to the music. Before the show they did some crafts. Russell took Audrey and Cannon, unfortunately Hunter wasn't able to go because of his basketball games.
It was a beautiful day in downtown Des Moines. I think overall they enjoyed themselves. I'm grateful that they get the opportunity to be exposed to some cultural events.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Sunday, February 3, 2013
We are still getting used to Iowa. It snowed and the kids were thrilled! What they didn't realize is that in Iowa it doesn't go away right away like it did on the rare occasion that it snowed in Vegas. When it snowed in Vegas, they would play in it and then save it because it would be gone in a few hours. I guess old habits die hard because I found this in the freezer!
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Back in the summer Audrey cut Coral's hair when it was on top of her head in pigtails. So we had to go to the hairdresser and get it "fixed". Which resulted in a short pixie cut. It is now finally growing out and I can get it back into pigtails or a ponytail on top of her head. But it is so weird. Its all different lengths and thick on top with a long stragely section in back. Its kinda mullet-ish. When I can get her to keep her hair up out of her eyes it isn't too bad. I really want to cut it, but I'm not sure it will help. I think I need to just let it be and resist the urge until it can grow out more and not be so awakward.