Monday, March 24, 2008

Easter Egg Hunt

I was missing our easter egg hunts with friends in Wisconsin so decided to pull together one here. So a couple of emails, a couple of phone calls, and some great support from my dear sister-in-law Dixie, and we had a hunt. The kids had a blast and so did I.

Henry showing off an egg he found.

The older kids hiding eggs for the younger ones.
Trying to get something beside candy into Henry. He drank he juice box and had two bites of sandwich so that's kind of a success, right?
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Bonk do-rag

The other day, while playing in the yard with his cousins, Henry tripped and fell into a rock. He got a really good goose egg on his forehead so we developed the "bonk do-rag" to hold his bag of frozen corn to the owie. It worked like a charm. Henry didn't complain once about his new do and the frozen corn really helped shrink the bump. And doesn't he look cool?
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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Our new shelves

This is the bookshelf we just finished painting. We're really proud of ourselves. It makes the living room look a lot better. Now maybe I can put off painting the walls for a little bit. :)

The Missions

We were lucky enough to have a great friend from Wisconsin, Elizabeth Miller, come down last weekend. Luckily we had one day of nice weather while she was here. Sorry about the rain the other days. But thanks for ending the drought. We had a great time playing with Elizabeth (big thanks by the way to Jordan for watching the kids at letting Elizabeth come down to Texas to play with us.) Here's some of the itinerary.
Saturday: Bike the missions. Most people only think of the Alamo when the come to San Antonio, but I think the prettiest and most interesting missions are the other 4 or 5 that are further south. A bike trail connects them all and we borrowed an extra bike and took Elizabeth for a ride along them. After touring the missions we stopped at Canyon Cafe for a late big lunch (I LOVE their sweet potato chips and salsa) and then headed home for some HGTV and a rest. Once restored we headed back downtown to the riverwalk where we found spring break in full swing-- dang it. And after trying to find a restaurant without a wait we headed north and ended up stopping at Sonic. Not particularly refined but allowed us to chat while Henry slept in his carseat.
Sunday: Dell leaves for 36 hours at the hospital (not liking ICU much so far). Walk around the neighborhood before the rain. Church. (I've got a new calling. YWs 1st C.!!! I am so excited. YWs is so much fun. That's working with the 12-18 year old girls for those of you not into LDS abbreviations.) Then home for dinner and more HGTV. Girl time rocks.
Monday: The outlets. Of course. We had a fun time despite Noah's ark amounts of rain. Pottery Barn didn't have spectacular deals though we did find a Calphalon dutch oven for 40 dollars at the Calphalon outlet. I made curry in it and it really tasted better. And it looks so pretty. :)

Elizabeth looking tough by her bike.

Henry in front of the chapel at Mission San Jose. The carvings by the door are beautiful and the door even cooler.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Lazy Saturday

Yesterday we decided to take a little break from house projects and head out for some relaxation. (we're currently painting a bunch of furniture and then started the master bathroom cabinets in an attempt to not waste paint-- the furniture and the cabinets are using the same paint. I'm covered in little black specks of paint and when you walk into our house the subtle aroma of oil based paint greets you. Oh well just a couple more weeks-- we hope.)
We headed north to Guadalupe State park and while it wasn't as hot as it could have been-- only upper 70s but with a good breeze, we planned on just throwing some rocks in the river. Henry of course ended up soaked and since the river was full of kids swimming and tubing we couldn't really complain. And it was a glorious day. I wish the colors in the pictures had turned out better since the sky was an amazing shade of blue. Dell taught me some tricks that finally got me skipping a rock more than two skips-- I even got up to seven-- and the whole family had a great time throwing rocks.

Now doesn't he looked relaxed?

Throwing rocks

Henry throws rocks with gusto. This picture shows part of his usual form-- a little jump at the beginning of the throw and a lot of jumping after the throw in honor of the joy of it all. I don't think I've ever seen Henry get tired of throwing rocks. He can throw rocks for longer than he can watch TV. :)
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Missing snow?

Last Sunday Dell was working on the computer while I prepared my primary lesson. Henry was in the pantry supposedly getting a snack. But he was there for a while, and then quiet little rustles and plops started to sound. Suddenly Dell exclaimed "Henry stop that!!!" and I looked over to find a flour covered child. Henry explained that it was just like snow and didn't seem as remorseful as he should, but I was just grateful it was flour, not peanut butter. Though it still took a while to clean up.

"It's like snow."

Don't you love the little footprints?
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