We took the kids to visit the in-laws and take a trip to the ranch.  The kids and I love going to the ranch and feeding all the cows, horses, bulls, and baby calves.  There is lots of work to be done, and it is lots of fun to help do it.  Alonzo loved riding in the truck with Ashton.  Whitney and Luke like just being with everyone outside doing some work and looking at the baby calves.

Heading to feed the baby calf with the bottle.

Alonzo taking his turn feeding Rambo.  His name is Rambo because he likes to ram into you to get his milk.

Whitney feeding  with the bottle.

What a beautiful country-side.

I’m so glad Ashton could come spend the morning with us.

We love grandma and grandpa!  Thanks for letting us come visit you and see the ranch.

My sister, Heather was turning 30, so I wanted to throw a surprise party for her.  It was a little more difficult than I thought because both her husband and my other sister weren’t sure she would even want a surprise party.  But we decided with it just being our family that she would like it.  The day before the party, she still hadn’t called me to ask me to babysit for her, like I had planned with her husband.  So I called her and asked her what she was doing for her birthday.  I tried to play it like I didn’t care.  And that if she happened to come by I would babysit when she went out to dinner.  Her husband did his part and brought her to the house surprised.  It turned out great.

We had a BBQ dinner and then took the kids down to the track.  The kids all walked down and did some races together.  Then we handed out garbage backs.  We did a service project of picking up trash around the soccer fields.

The best Grandma and Grandpa running to be a finish line for the kids.

The first group, the oldest kids.

The middle group…the boys.

The three little ones…the girls.

Happy Birthday, Heather!

My baby is 7 months old today.  I have enjoyed so much watching him grow and learn everyday.  There isn’t any other place I’d rather be than at home with my three little kids.  Luke is a joy.  He has had some hard times this last month, but is a very happy baby.  He smiles at just about everyone he sees and he has the most beautiful, big, blue eyes.  Luke sits up very well and other than rolling over is immobile.  It is nice to let him sit anywhere and play toys.  Whitney is my great little helper.  She will sit by him, play with him, and talk/sing to him.  He loves her and Alonzo when he will hold him too.

Luke is a great eater.  So far, he just eats breastmilk and vegetables.  Lately I have given him bananas with oatmeal in the morning.  A few days ago I fed him applesauce.  It wasn’t the first time, but one of the first times that I remember.  A few days later he got a rash on his torso and around his ears.  And he had diarrhea, too.  I wonder if he is allergic to applesauce.  He got a rash while we were in Virginia and it could have been from applesauce then too.  I can’t be sure because I wasn’t paying too much attention to everything he was eating and when.  Apple allergies are very rare, so it might be something else.  I will need to see a pediatrician and see what I should do next.

Luke’s sleeping has gotten a little better.  He goes to bed around 7:30 and sleeps until 2:00.  It is habit for him to wake up at that time.  He would love to eat then, but goes to sleep with just a binkie and wakes up again at 4:00 or 5:00.  He eats and goes back to sleep until 7:00 when the kids come wake him up.  Luke is a non-cuddler.  He pushes me away and arches his back wanting to be put down for a nap instead of in my arms.  He falls asleep on his own, so that is good.  He just needs his binkie and his teddy bear by his face.  How come teddy gets to cuddle and not me?  I guess he is not a little newborn anymore.

My kids have loved having cousins to play with almost every day!  I think they might be sad when it’s time to go back home.  Today when I picked up Alonzo from his primary class he showed me his picture.  On the back he drew a picture of him holding hands with Jake.  He said, “this is Utah Jake.”

We went and visited my Grandma.  The kids had a lot of fun there playing with her toys and swinging outside.

We love you Grandma-Great!

We took the kids to a children’s museum with Michell’s family.  My kids had so much fun playing with them and seeing all the different exhibits.

Whitney liked the tea party section the most.  She kept coming back to that one over and over.

I liked the music spot the best.  They liked playing all the different instruments.

We had a lot of fun all together.  It was fun to have big kids around to play with.  One of their favorite parts I didn’t get a picture of was putting on a puppet show.  Alonzo kept going back to play with them.  We had a fun day playing.

I sure love my cute kids!

We had such a fun Easter this year being back in Utah.  There was no shortage of family or fun parties to go to.  On Saturday we were at my parent’s house for an Easter party.  We started off at the pool for an Easter egg hunt and then swam a little bit.  Then everyone came here for a lunch and some Easter games.

This is us  coloring Easter eggs the night before.   Alonzo had fun exploring what mixing colors would do to the eggs.

The BINGO game.

Whitney kept winning and winning.  She loved eating her prizes.

Whitney found her basket Easter morning.  I love that face!

Alonzo found his behind the garbage can.

Happy Easter!

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