Thursday, April 22, 2010

Spring Stew

I have a lot of little thoughts and short stories to tell so I decided to dump them all together in one post and serve them as Spring Stew a la Blog. Enjoy. Warning: hearty stew ahead, feel free to eat just a few spoonfuls (aka skim).
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I just got my hair done after...gasp...7 months. I usually go way too long in between hair cuts because I can't justify spending real money on my hair. But tax returns helped remedy that situation!

Yep, I have bangs. Still side-swept, but definitely bangs. And because I can't take myself seriously when taking a self portrait, I had to scrunch up my face.
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A few days ago, Finn was in the corner for doing something bad, and started singing, "I am a child of God." Was it a ploy to make me feel sorry for him and forget the wrong-doing? I'm not sure, but it totally worked.

That incident reminded me of another one that happened shortly after Kate was born. Finn and Gemma were playing in Megan's basement, and when Meg went to check on them, this is what she found:
Oh the irony.

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Kate's jolly jumper has turned into a jolly walker lately since she has grown and we haven't adjusted it. She loves running a few steps and letting herself fall back. Here is a great video Aaron got of her showing off her kicking skills while we were playing a board game with Finn:
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And perhaps our craziest story of the month -- we found an abandoned dog! Aaron noticed a kennel on the side of the road when I was taking him to work one morning and as we drove by, he could tell there was an animal in it! We asked a few neighbors and no one recognized it so we brought him home.

Poor little guy was shivering and did a lot of 'business' as soon as we let him out so we knew he'd been in there for long time. We put an ad up online and even posted signs around the neighborhood, and I kept thinking, "someone's gonna call any minute about this dog."... but no one ever did! Aaron is SUCH an animal lover, he bought the dog "filet minion" to eat that night and gave him a bath.
The surprising thing is, he's actually really cute and has a great personality! Since we're probably going to be renting a home soon, we knew we couldn't keep him but Tom and Lesli snatched him up right away and now he has a great home with them! They named him Yoda since he's got little Yoda ears.
Finn and Kate ADORE him and it was a little hard giving him up, but now Finn can visit him all the time and we don't have to clean up after him :)

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I let Finn feed Kate the other day and he is actually really good at it! Here is a video of him in action:


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We've been having fun taking funny pictures -- totally Finn's idea.


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The Zoooooooo!
The weather was perfect. The price was cheap. The crowd was minimal at most. We had a great time.



My favorite part was when it took Finn about 3 minutes to find the ELEPHANT standing right in front of him. (Seriously, so funny how long it takes him to find things sometimes) We didn't tell him what animal he was looking for and when he finally said, "Oh! It's an Elephant!!!!" it was the cutest thing ever.

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Lastly, Aaron and I have just started our 6th week of P90X! If you haven't heard of it, it's a series of workout videos that span 90 days and is super intense. We've been working out every morning at 6am and LOVE it. We haven't missed a day! We are so proud of ourselves and are already seeing good results. Aaron has lost 12 pounds! I haven't lost any weight but am feeling a LOT more toned and fit. No pics yet...I will post some at the end...actually probably not cuz that could be weird. Just take my word for it -- we're getting buff!
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Wow. That sure was a big helping of Spring Stew. And now I am really, really full.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Easter 2010

Finn got to have lots of Easter fun this year. It started with dying eggs at Dan and Bobbi's. LOVE that we did that at someone ELSE'S house this year! Later that week we went to an Easter party with his playgroup. First we made these bunny ears:

Then we let the kids lose in the backyard for an egg hunt:
All the kids were distracted by the trampoline and we had to remind them there were eggs full of candy to find!
But Finn caught on quickly, and of course, cracked one open as soon as he found his quota.
On Saturday morning, we went to my brother's for breakfast and Finn got to do another egg hunt with some of his cousins. (That's what the first picture is from.) Kate had a good time there, even though she didn't get any eggs:
And Finn found a he-ouge carmel-filled egg which, as evidenced by his expression below, put him in somewhat of a euphoric candy coma.
And of course we had to do our OWN egg hunt on Easter Sunday. Yes, it was a little egg hunt overkill but Finn was all about it.


The Easter Bunny put these window crayons in Finn's basket. He also put some Sidewalk Chalk in Kate's basket that she has been gracious enough to share with her older brother.
Finn has been eating the contents of one Easter egg every day after dinner...and they are finally all gone. I had to hide the leftover candy so Aaron and I won't snack on it every chance we get!
It was also really fun for us to teach Finn about the true meaning of Easter. It was so nice to be able to watch General Conference and hear the words of the Prophet, at a time when I need to reflect on what my Savior has done for me.