Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Walking Socks

Our neighbor asked us to walk her dog while she was out of town.
Man, did we have a BLAST!
Socks, Hayden, and Daddy

On Day 2, Hayden thought he was old enough to hold Sock's leash. So we let him try and he did a really good job.
One evening I came home from a RS activity to Hayden bawling. He had just taken Socks for a walk and didn't want to leave him. They were having too much fun.

Hayden and Socks were so cute together that every once in awhile we take Socks on a walk just because.

Maybe one day we will have a big enough yard for a little doggie :)

Easter 2011

Easter started on Saturday with our Ward Easter Egg Hunt.
Hayden and Jarom,
waiting for the Egg Hunt to start.

Mark, Get-Set, Go...

Hayden is such a "people-watcher" (like is father).
He stopped and watched all the other kids gathering their eggs.

Jarom and Hayden,
Happy with their Spoils.

Aida, Jarom, and Hayden
(As you can tell from Hayden's smile, he LOVES Aida.)

Hayden showing off his candy.

Easter isn't the same if you don't have Grandma's Sugar Cookies.
So I made the cookies, and the boys helped decorate!

Hayden wasn't too much of a help, he ate everything he decorated.


Yummy, Yummy!!

Hayden and Daddy,
Coloring an Egg Green.

Colt and Addie

Hayden, "I'm SO Happy!"

Colt, Addie, Hayden and Mom
with 8 Colorful Easter Eggs.

Hayden's Easter from the Easter Bunny
(Woody Guitar, Pool Torpedoes, Animalia Story Book, "HUGE" Sucker, Leap Frog Tag Junior with Books, and Church Outfit).

Easter Egg Hunt Video:

Hayden LOVED his Tag Junior:

Tag Junior Video:
The Tag Junior actually came from Grandma and Grandpa Easter Bunny.
Thank you G&G, it was perfect.

While making this Blog, I stumbled upon last year's Easter Videos.
I thought I would re-post them because they almost made me cry when I watched them (I'll blame it on the pregnancy hormones).
Hayden was so stinkin' adorable and he has grown-up so much within the last year.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I did:

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Jessica's Hawaii Trip

I had the opportunity to visit my sister, Jamie, in Hawaii!
I went with my mom and Jamie's friend, Paula.

We stayed in a little apartment.
(I was so grateful for the little swamp cooler in the bedroom.)
The apartment had a private access to the beach.
Just walk down this path and...
VWA-LAH! You're at the beach.
Jamie and Paula out exploring the beach.

Jamie, Jessica, and Mom on the private beach.
(Don't look too close, we just got off a 6 hr plane ride).

Polynesian Cultural Center
(Paula, Mom, and Jamie)

This native Samoan, showed us all the ways a coconut is used.
He was able to start a fire with a stick and coconut husk,
quicker than Brian is with lighter fluid and matches. :)

Jessica, Samoan, Paula, and Jamie

I won't miss the heat, but I will miss the beautiful scenery:

Our Tahitian basket-weaving skills:
(We made little fish on a stick).

Tahitian Dancers at the Canoe Pageant:

We took a canoe ride down the canal.
Jamie and Mom enjoying the ride.

A picture with our leis, before the dinner show.
Luke (Jamie's boyfriend), Jamie, Paula, Mom, and Jessica

Luke and Jamie enjoying the Luau.

Paula, Mom, and I at the Luau.

The honored guest:

Our first beach day:
Snorkeling at Turtle Bay Resort.

Paula, Jessica, and Mom

Luke, Jamie, Mom, and Paula Sunbathing at Turtle Bay.

Pineapple Plantation:
WHoot-WHOO! Mom!

This is how BIG I feel.

I was so amazed at how pineapples are grown:

Experiencing some Pineapple IceCream.
(I'm a Chocolate Kinda Girl)

And then onto Matsumoto's for their famous Slushies:
Jamie, Jessica, and Mom
(I prefer to have my beans, ice cream, and sno-cone separated).

Jessica and Jamie at Mutsumoto's.

Luke then took us to a beach, where he guaranteed us Turtles:
Jessica with a Hawaiian Sunset for a background.

We found them!
2 turtles on land
And 2 in the water.

Turtles are SO COOL!
(Oh! I forgot to tell you that Mom and I found 2 turtles earlier that day, when we were snorkeling at Shark's Cove).
Turtle and Jessica

Turtle, Mom, and Jessica

Dinner at Kahuku Grill. It was delicious!
The fries were THE BEST! Yummy, I'm hungry for them NOW!
Jessica, Paula, Jamie, and Luke

Enjoying the early Hawaiian morning, on our little private beach...
We read our books while sunbathing. It was fantastic!

Visiting another beach.
Paula, Jamie, Luke, and Mom

The sand was white and the ocean blue. It was a gorgeous beach...
Jamie and Luke enjoying the beach day.

A visit to the LDS Laie Hawaii Temple.
Jamie, Jessica, and Mom

Pearl Harbor:
Luke, Jamie, Mom, Paula, and Jessica

Riding the ferry out to the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial.
Luke, Jamie, Mom, and Jessica

Jamie and Luke
In the background is the Arizona's Gun Turret

Jessica and Mom,
In the background are the names of the soldiers lost on December 7, 1941.

Mom, Jamie, and Jessica
At the entrance of the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial

Thank you Mom for the fun and fabulous trip to Hawaii!