Thursday, April 28, 2011

Anna is 4 months!

Anna is now a happy 4 month old.  This is always a great age.  Her personality is showing a bit more.  She's infatuated with her sisters.  She is still sleeping great but I know teething is right around the corner.  She is eating 4 times a day and taking 2 1/2 naps.  I could LOVE on her all day, sometimes it's hard to get anything else done!

Anna's tricks:
*rolling from her stomach to back
*gagging herself with her fingers she loves to chew on
*drenching her shirt in drool
*laughing hysterically at anything mommy does and getting the hiccups in the process
*holding her head up while sitting in the Bumbo seat
*grabbing for toys on her play mat

Anna's 4 month stats:

weight- 16 lbs 2 oz. (90%)
height-24 3/4 inches (75%)
head- 16 inches (50%)

We thought her head was a lot bigger but it turns out she's all CHEEKS! :)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Weekend

We, like all of you, had a wonderful weekend.  Full of fun, candy, food and testimonies.  I am FULL in more ways than one!  We started off with our traditional indoor, early-morning egg/basket hunt.  They found all the eggs then the search was on for their baskets.  It took a little time but they were pretty darn excited when they found their fun-filled baskets.  We sampled some candy, had our traditional Goldenrod breakfast, read some scriptures, did an egg activity with symbols from the last days of Christ's life, and watched a few Easter 'Mormon Messages'.  It was a great morning. 

Natalie dug right into this chocolate bunny and by 9 a.m. had a sugar buzz you wouldn't believe. 

A little baby cleavage never hurt anybody
After church we went over to the home of the family David works for.  There we had a tasty meal, a great egg hunt (the girls came home with some cash!), fed some horses and played and played.  

I'm so grateful for this Easter holiday.  I feel like every year my understanding and testimony of the atonement grows deeper.  I'm so grateful for the knowledge that we have and for a Savior who did what we could not. 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Springtime Visit

We got a last minute surprise visit from my parents last week!  Well it wasn't a surprise for me.  I convinced them they needed to come and when they came 5 days later they surprised the girls!! 

The weather was beautiful and we had some quality time together.  We went to the Natural History Museum, the Mesa Temple Easter Pageant, Cyrena's baseball game, and spent a lot of time playing outside as well (flying little airplanes grandpa brought).  It was great to have them here and it went too fast as always. 

Grandpa was a gold panning expert at the museum.  
He's the reason Cyrena came away with so much.
 But don't tell her that.

We went to Sweetcakes for lunch and brought home some of their humongous cookies.  Here the girls are showing off their chewing skills.

We packed a picnic dinner and ate near the temple.  We took some pictures, walked around and enjoyed a beautiful Arizona sunset before the pageant began. 

All the pageant characters walked around before the performance.  The girls enjoyed petting the sweet lambs.  

 We really enjoyed the pageant.  For Cyrena it was the ultimate church movie.  She recognized all the stories and at one point leaned over to me and whispered loudly, "Mom....everything they're saying is TRUE!"  She had some great one-liners that night.

All the girls enjoyed cuddling with grandma and grandpa

They headed out Sunday morning but before they left we had the girls try on their Easter dresses early so grandma could see (but we took them off before church!)
Thanks for coming grandma and grandpa!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Oh the weather outside...

We're feeling that horrible heat coming our way.  It was really hot this past weekend so we know it's not going to be long before those mid-70's days are GONE.  We've been outside as much as possible.  Here's what we've been up to:

A couple of Saturday's ago we went to the Feathered Friends Festival at the Gilbert Riparian Institute.  This was a BLAST.  My only complaint is that we didn't get a chance to see and do everything because there was so much!  We packed a picnic lunch, ate it when we arrived, then explored.  I was very impressed with all the amazing high-schoolers that had set up science booths and did such a great job explaining things to all the kids. The kids came home with all kind of fun things they'd made.

The girls used chopsticks to pick up bugs to mimic how birds eat

Cyrena listened intently to the presenters.  Here she was learning about why you shouldn't feel bread to ducks--it's really bad for them!

Looking at algae through a microscope

Folding a paper frog that really jumps

Sailboat races. Ingenius.  Styrofoam boats with index card sails, rain gutters filled with water and a straw for the wind!  This was the highlight of the day. 

I took this picture for all you owl enthusiasts.  He was a bit creepy just perched on a lady's arm.

Cyrena looked through a GIANT telescope to see the spots on the sun

Just a typical picture of our goofy girl

The sisters had a lot of fun together....Anna slept in the stroller

There was so much more.  It is definitely something we want to do every spring!

Last week Cyrena had a preschool field trip to a local Farm.  It had been eagerly anticipated and it didn't disappoint. 
I loved this picture because Cyrena is the only one looking at the farmer-and he's talking to the parents.  She's so serious sometimes

They got to milk a 'pretend' cow

They rode the cow train several times, played carnival games, went through the hay maze and rode on these pedal cars.  Cyrena was so slow that a kid behind her basically pushed her around the entire track. :)  

Again, Anna slept in the stroller

The Deans

My photo
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