Saturday, May 26, 2012

This weekend Rick and Sunny were sealed to their beautiful kids in the Sacramento Temple, and Amanda and Jared were married on a beach near San Francisco!  Only Pat was able to go, so he'll be required to write about it and post pictures in the next post.
And I think I just figured out half of why Leia's always sick!  She's teething!  It's been a while since I've had to deal with that, so it just goes to show that we sometimes forget what we once knew so well.

I just had to write down the super cute thing Leia did.   A couple of days ago she was outside with her brothers chasing chickens.  They had busted out of their pen (again) and Leia caught one in a tight embrace clutched against her chest like a dolly with a super happy smile on her face as she rocked it back and forth, back and forth.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Solar Eclipse

We were fortunate in Albuquerque New Mexico to have the best view of the eclipse last night.  We hiked up to the crest on top of the Sandia Mountains with friends and with hundreds of others intent on getting a great view of the eclipse!  It was one of the neatest things I've ever seen.  I'll load our pictures soon.  We bought some cheap viewing glasses that looked like the paper 3D glasses so we could watch the sun, and the K's made some out of old floppy disks, and others had welders glass.  Each worked wonderfully and each made the sun a different color from greenish yellow, to orange, to bright red, to green. 
We parked a ways down the highway and walked up to begin the hike.

Lovely day.

Our destination- the stone house at the edge of the crest of the Sandia Mountains overlooking Albuquerque.  Here's our party climbing up on the roof in order to get yelled at 5 minutes later to get off the roof.

We packed a dinner.  Ours was breakfast burritos wrapped in foil to keep warm.

Playing war or something with swords and bows and arrows.
I'm pretty sure that all the people lining the crest were annoyed at our noisy party.  But they bore it well.  There were 5 parents and 13 kids eleven and under.  Crazy!

There were two hang gliders who kept swooping down right upon us.  It was sooo neat!  But I don't understand how they ever land!  Here's one flying right next to us, and high above Albuquerque.

This one kept coming so close to the stone house you felt like you could almost touch him!

T has a floppy disk taped into a cardboard frame that he's looking through.  Sam's using the glasses.

There were a lot of people stretched out for about a mile along the edge.  Would have talked to some of them, but I was concerned with making sure none of us went off the edge.

Evan looking through a homemade viewer.

Leia and her friend J inside the stone house.  They are closer in age, but Evan and J kept calling each other 'my buddy'.

Me and D.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Springtime soccer

D in black with the ball. 

S and his best friend T.

What E and L do during the games.
So we signed up for springtime soccer when they did sign ups, way back in December . We usually only do Fall because it's still too cold and snowy here in the springtime, but they moved the spring season back a couple weeks and we thought we'd give it a try.  All in all, it's been fun, but a bit too busy what with girls camp.  I think in the future Fall is enough.  And I realized today that this might be my last chance to get pictures of them this season since I'm going to miss all their final practices and games.  I'm so sad!  So I got a few pictures.  Dallas is one of the best players on his team, and had a lot of fun.  Sam's team lost every game again this season, but he had a lot of fun with his friend, and they have been improving.  Evan didn't want to play this time and I'm so glad!!!  It was crazy last time trying to watch three games in three different places at the same time.  So they are almost finished up and we are so proud of them and glad that they've had a good time!
We volunteered again at the Special Olympics. All we did is hand out programs to all the people who attended the opening ceremonies, and then stayed and cheered for everyone.  I hope the boys will remember it though.  I like to do things to serve in the community, and I'm glad that the Special Olympics staff obliged us and gave us something we could do with four young kids in tow.

Leia is sick again.  If you visit here a lot, you'll be familiar with that story.  Sometimes I just want to move, to see if we are still always getting sick living somewhere else.  It seems no other families get as sick as we do.  However currently, she might be feeling awful after eating all the rest of my gum.  She's been sneaking into my purse, and this is what I found. 
A couple days later she ate almost a whole 'nother pack.  I am worried, and will be, of course, hiding the gum.  But maybe her slight fever has nothing to do with it... who knows?

Pizza night.  I made ham and mushrooms- Pat's fav.  Pepperoni and cheese-boys fav.  And chicken alfredo with green onions and tomatos-my fav.

I love my Mother's Day flowers!

Church activity where our bishop showed us how to make an horno.  (Outside oven made out of mud and adobe.)
Today, we finally finished putting the swingset together, and got the roof on thanks to our home teacher.  And we cleaned out the garage so I could get to things in preparation for girls camp.  The boys found a lot of their old toys.  I love this farm set- but it is so tiny, it's not allowed in the house.  Luckily, the boys were just fine playing outside.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Ward Campout!

We had such a fun weekend camping with our church fam!  I was sick, and it was cold and rainy the whole time and I still had a blast! Now that's sayin' something.  I would have stayed home, but Pat was in charge of it so he had to be there, and there's no way our kids would have stayed home with me- they were too excited- and there was no way I was going let Pat be in charge of watching them near the river while organizing everything for the camp out.  Too much for one person alone.  So acamping we went!  There were about 60-70 people there all together.

It was very educational.  We learned that Leia hates sleeping in a tent, so she decided to scream until about 2am.  She didn't care that quiet time was at 10pm.  Then you'd think that our fellow ward members would finally get some rest, but apparently I was sawing logs so loud that people were commenting on it, and Pat said I was out so hard that no amount of jabbing me could make me stop or roll over.  He took the fall though, and told everyone that it was him snoring.  That might have been hard to believe since the snoring continued after he left the tent at 6am to go cook breakfast, but I'll hope they bought it.  And I appreciated him saying that because I do not snore!!  I just happened to be sick, and exhausted from dealing with Princess Screams-a-lot.
Sam and Tyler

Leia and her friend Jacob.

Everyone loved the bridge and the beautiful cliffs on the other side of the bridge.  There were some ruins and you could hike to the top of the cliffs, but we'll save that for the next time.  This visit, everyone was content to throw rocks off the bridge all at the same time, and that was good enough for me.

The river was very swift and cold!  Pat ferried kids that wanted to go across back and forth.  Below, Sam, Levi, Trevor, and Casey are singing 'Ring around the Rosis' and at the end they have to sit in the water, and they all screamed their heads off.
Larry and Dannon

I love this family.  Is not Claudia a brave woman to bring all these little ones on a campout? 

Since it was Mother's Day weekend, the men got up early in the morning to make breakfast.

Dallas and Casey.
Leslie and Carrie.

All the silly kids.

I love the Romero's and the Woodards!

Hanging our tent and sleeping bags up to dry back at home.  We got wet!!!!!!!!!  But it was a great end of the school year celebration for us!