Wednesday, May 24, 2017

May Fun

May is almost done.  It's flown by SO fast.  And it's finally the end of the school year.  I'm excited for summer this year.  I will be VERY busy with girls camp & the pioneer trek, but I'm excited for my kids to have a break from the stress of school & to let them just be kids for a couple of months.  I forsee a LOT of outside playtime, family visits, camping, & night games.  It's going to be a great summer.

In wrapping up the school year, we had a few just random fun things in May that I took some pictures of.

The girls got some spring pictures taken.  I'm amazed at how grown up they are looking.  They are such beautiful girls.

Craiger & Canyon's favorite after school activity is climbing tree with their friends.  These kids are such climbers.

Bladen is LOVING his cub scout troop.  They meet every Thursday night & have SO MUCH FUN together.  Last week they had an epic nerf gun war with obstacles & everything.  He had a blast.  Tomorrow night, Trek is going to put them through a military boot camp.  We've got a wonderful cub scout pack here.

Mother's Day was lovely.  Trek & the kids got me a DNA Geneaology kit.  I already sent it in & in 8 weeks time I'll get a detailed report on what my DNA shows my actual ancestry being.  I'm DYING to know if there really is Native American DNA in me like I've been told my entire life, or if that's just a tall tale.  It will be really interesting.

The dear sweet lady that I visit teach also surprised me with a beautiful lei for Mother's Day.  She is from Tonga & I just adore her so much.  I always look forward to our visits each month.  She is going to teach me how to make lei's next week.  She is such a wonderful & talented woman.

Canyon is sweet & crazy as can be.  Last week he managed to give me a story to tell for years to come.  I was folding laundry he came into my room with tears in his eyes.  Something was wrong, but he refused to tell me what it was.  Droll was dripping out of the side of his mouth & he was frustrated.  He held up his finger which was covered in a tough white substance.  He kept pointing to his mouth & I realized he had eaten something, most likely poisonous.  (This kid seriously keeps me on my toes.)  I was panicking & trying to get him to tell me what he ate as I was trying to dial poison control.  He took me to his room where he held up an empty bottle of 


(Mom of the year right here!!!)  How on earth did he get SUPER GLUE?  The kid had literally SUPER GLUED HIS MOUTH SHUT!!!!  I was asking him what he was thinking & he held up one of the girls' chapstick containers & sure enough, it was the same shape as the bottle of super glue.  He thought it was chapstick, the poor thing.  

LUCKILY, he didn't swallow any of it.  He just applied it to his lips & then got his lips stuck together.  I had to lay him down on my bed & with a butter knife, as gently as I could, saw his lips apart.  The poor kids' tongue was stuck to them as well.  

I seriously was a mess of emotions:
fear, sadness, anger, hilarity of the situation, & guilt.  

I sometimes feel like the worst mom in the world due to incidents like this.  I'm just SO grateful he was okay & didn't swallow any of it.  Now I just look back on it & laugh.  What in the world little boy?  I can't leave you for 5 minutes without SOMETHING happening.

Canyon & I also had an ice cream making adventure last week.  We're making homemade ice cream for the pioneer trek so I decided to try the recipe out to make sure it worked.  Not only did it work, but it was delicious.

Canyon thought so too.

Craiger lost 2 teeth in May . . . his first 2 teeth.  It's been very exciting.  He pulled both of them out all by himself.  He's a brave little boy.

The 2nd tooth went on an adventure though. . . thanks to Canyon.  I swear that kid is going to put me in the nut house.  But Craiger's note was the highlight of my week.  How adorable is that?

It's been a good month.  It's gone by quickly, but it's been a hoot.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Canyon's 4th Birthday Party - Mario

For Canyon's birthday party he begged for me to do it Mario themed since he's so obsessed with Mario right now.

I made him some cute red & green cupcakes with Mario rings in them.

And I couldn't find a Mario pinata for the life of me so I found a star shaped Toy Story piƱata & redid it to make it look like a Mario Star.

We've been Mario characters for Halloween twice so we brought in the Halloween costume trunk & got dressed up for the party.  Canyon LOVED that.  We also set up a huge Mario obstacle course for all the kids.

Part of the course was a BOO escape where you had to weave your way through the Boo's (white balloons filled with helium with Boo faces drawn on them) to get to Bowser.

Taya made little Goombas for the kids to step on for the obstacle course.

And Miss Taya was Princess Peach.

Oh my goodness.  This little boy is my life.  He is SO hilarious & adorable.

I love the mischief in his eyes.

Bladen dressed up like Luigi.

And Lorien was a good sport & dressed up like the little plants that pop up out of pipes & throw fireballs.

Craiger was the cutest toad you've ever seen.

All together we were definitely a Mario family.

Cadence & Lorien & Taya put together the obstacle course by themselves while Trek & I went to the temple.  They did an amazing job at setting it all up & creating the boxes, characters, etc.

We didn't have a Bowser costume so Trek was Bowser dressed like a cross between a goomba & Wario.

When the guests arrived we started by watching the old 80's Super Mario Brothers TV show & colored Mario pictures.

The guests all got Mario or Luigi hats & mustaches.

Princess Peach & Toad started the welcome of the party, 

But then Bowser came & stole the Princess & trapped her in his castle (aka the trampoline)

Each of the kids had to complete the Mario world (obstacle course) to save the princess.   First they had to jump up & get the mushroom to grow big.

Then they had to travel through the pipe.

Then they hit the question box to get coins & the fireflower.

After that, Luigi gave them some fireballs to throw at the plant in the pipe.

As they smashed all the goombas.

Lorien loved being the plant.

After that they had to jump on Yoshi's back (Cadence . . . I forgot to get a picture of her wearing green as Yoshi) & she took them to the Boo playground where they had to avoid touching Boo.

Once they completed that, they entered Bowser's castle & tried to defeat Bowser so they could rescue the Princess.

Bowser used Bob-ombs to try to defeat you (black balloons with eyes & feet)

But in the end, the kids all defeat Bowser & rescued Princess Peach.

The kids got a kick out of it.

And then jumped around the castle for a bit.

After they were hot & tired, we came inside & played a few games of Mario Memory.  These kids were Memory Masters.

Next we played, pin the star on Mario.

And played a few rounds of Mario Kart (which was the kids' favorite).

Cake & ice cream was delicious & the kids enjoyed laughing & eating together.

And we finished with our star pinata.

Canyon has such good friends from church here.  We are blessed to be around such wonderful people.  He loved all the gifts they brought & all the fun times they had together.

Happy birthday little man.  You are such a goofball & we love you so much.