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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Ice Castles

Last weekend we braved the cold, wet weather, and went to Midway to see the Ice Castles.  I was excited to see what had been created from the ice.  The kids mostly wanted to see the princesses.  We had been telling the kids for a few days that Elsa and Ana would be there and they couldn't even nap the day we were going because they were so excited.  Ruby had been telling us that she was going to give them a hug and a love and all of the fun they would have.  But the minute she had a chance to interact with them, she got completely shy and completely clung to my legs.  The princesses were so sweet and really tried to get her to talk to them but she did not budge.  In fact, I'm just happy we got pictures of her standing near them.  Don't worry though, she apparently still had a great time.  She spent the rest of the time talking about how fun it was to see the princesses and routinely stares at the pictures murmuring "so beautiful".  Luke was apparently a little disappointed by the whole encounter because Elsa didn't have icicles coming out of her hands.  

I had seen lots of pictures from other people's trips to the castles but I really didn't know what to expect.  I was amazed at how large it was and all that had been done with some sprinklers and water. It's funny though because every time I hear about the Ice Castles, I can't help but think of the movie from the 80's named Ice Castles about the blind ice skater.  I used to play the theme song (Through the Eyes of Love) on the piano and thanks to this excursion, I have the song permanently on repeat in my brain and can't seem to get rid of it.  

The kids loved exploring the caverns and tunnels and gave the perfect responses by being so impressed with everything we saw.  If I thought it was cool, I can only imagine what their little minds thought.  

They had two different slides.  The was the smaller of the two, but it was perfect for Luke to climb up and go down repeatedly.  Ruby wasn't so sure.  She was fine until she got to the tunnel right before the entrance and then she wanted to bail.  Tim eventually just had to put her up on the slide in a place that she could at least have a little fun.  

Never miss a chance for a selfie.


We stayed until the lights started to come on.  After admiring the lights for a bit, we all realized how cold it was and decided it was time to head out to the car.  After getting rid of all of our wet clothes, we drove back down the canyon and stopped for a family date at Milagros.  It was definitely an adventure worth repeating.

Monday, February 1, 2016

January 2016

January has been snowy, and cold, and cloudy and bleak.  If you asked me how my month was, I might not be able to come up with too many highlights (other than Mexico of course).  But then I review all of the fun we have had throughout the month and realize that it is just a matter of perspective.  There have been plenty of good times, and lots of memories made.

Luke went to a birthday party for Drake, his friend in the neighborhood.  It was a planes party and he had been running around, flying planes ever since.  I was a little anxious to send him off to a birthday party without us (I may never cut the apron strings), but since it was at this pre-school teacher's house, I felt a little more comfortable.  He loves the fact that he is growing up and tells me often what a big boy he is and that soon he will be a bigger boy.

Grandma made a gingerbread house at the beginning of December and it has been tempting the kids ever since.  On the first Sunday in January she let them pillage the toys then smash and eat the house. They pretty much loved it.

The kids completed their Year in Review, well, mostly...

Luke loves to wear his hat to bed and has learned to wink,
He is so stinkin adorable.

 We spent an afternoon at The Museum of Natural Curiosity
The lighting makes it impossible to get a good picture,
So I mostly just sat back and enjoyed watching my babies explore.

Both kids refused to look at the camera,
But I wanted a picture of them in front of the big ruler
Just as a record of their height 

This looks like a toddler booking photo.

Luke got a pirate costume and is completely obsessed,
Yes, he sleeps in it as well. 

The rocking horse wasn't working
So Ruby went and got a tool to fix it. 

I had the sweetest experience in church and wanted a tangible reminder of the moment.  The second Sunday was Luke's first week as a Sunbeam.  All week we have talked about the fact that Luke is a bigger boy now and he has been excited to go to church.  The closing song from Sacrament meeting was I Am a Child of God.  Luke was so excited that it was a song he knew, he sat right up and sang along.  As I sat watching him, I was completely overwhelmed with my love for him and with gratitude for my little family.  I spent a lot of years not sure that this would ever be a blessing I would have so this was such a reminder to me of the results of faith and hope.

Poor Ruby girl, she had on her back pack and misjudged the stairs and fell all the way down.  She had a big goose egg and rug burn on her face.  

Nap time is becoming more of a struggle.  Both kids spend a lot of time playing in their beds and stalling before they ever fall asleep.  Some days it takes real dedication to get them to rest.

And other days you think that they are fast asleep and then you come in to find this.....

They are thrilled with their new bubble bath.

The night before we flew out to Mexico, we took the kids to Grandma and Grandpa Whitesides house.  Tim and I were both a little anxious and sad to leave them, the kids couldn't have been more excited for a sleepover adventure. 

And of course, time at grandma and grandpa's house is the best.

Ruby has always loved her Piggy Pig.  Luckily while she was at Grandma Whitesides, the pig got a makeover with some mending and new stuffing.  Ruby keeps it covered in a blankie and rocks it and reads stories to her piggy.   Such a good little mama.

Working on potty training