Saturday, July 31, 2010

Rexburg...

After a week with my parents, Steve flew in and we drove over to Rexburg to meet up with his parents and two siblings.
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What a treat it was to spend a weekend with such a small number of family members. Steve has such a large family that when we get together, it's really hard to feel as though you have time with everyone individually.  With just two families to focus on, I felt that we really got to spend quality time and enjoyed some great conversations.

Sidenote: On our six hour drive I noticed that Hunter's legs were getting a little too much sun. I searched the car as I kept one hand on the wheel trying to find a blanket or shirt or something we could hang in the window to block the sun. That's when my genius idea hit...we got all sorts of fun looks when we drove past people. But the diapers served their purpose, they absorbed all the suns rays!!
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Hunter had never met these cousins so it was so fun to see them all interact. Hallie was in heaven and all of her cousins were so sweet and kind to her and she loved every minute of playing with them.

We went and roasted some dogs and mallows, fed some ducks and played a little soccer.
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We also hit the Whoopee Days (yes, that is really what it is called) Rodeo. This was only the second rodeo I've attended and it was a great time. The kids were enthralled but from a few of Hallie's comments I could tell she was a little concerned. "Is that hurting it?" "Why are they wrapping rope around his legs?" "Why is it trying to hurt him?" I realized, a rodeo is a hard concept to explain to a four year old. But when the questions get hard, just give them a snow cone. They usually lose interest in the animal being chased around the arena!
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Photobucket My sister attends school in Rexburg and was able to join us for our outing!
Hunter loves his cousins. Especially when they are wearing hats. Hunter could not get enough of this hat. He would take the hat, laugh, put it on his own head, laugh, throw the hat, laugh. I'm sure glad that hat went everywhere we did because it provided endless amounts of entertainment!
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Our nephew entered the arena for the pig chase and ended up getting some money! It was the funniest thing to watch.
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I think my favorite event was the bull riding. I would cringe every time I saw that bull getting ready as they opened the gate but then I couldn't take my eyes off the rider as I saw his body contort to all sorts of shapes I didn't think was physically possible. Then as they fell off I always held my breath in fear that he would get stepped on or trampled. Neither of the two happened. Thank heavens. I don't know how I would've explained that to Hallie. Even two snow cones probably wouldn't have stopped the questioning!

Also in Rexburg we hit up a fabulous pool at a friend of Steve's parents. It. Was. Heaven. And Beautiful. I could've stayed there all day. Hunter was exhausted and nearly fell asleep in the water. Hallie was a little fish and couldn't get enough. She clearly takes after her father.
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We really enjoyed our time in Rexburg. We were able to see our old apartments, our old condo, go to the temple (which is so nice to be just a block...a block away!), toured the campus (which is so different just years after we left), see friends, see old teachers/professors, enjoy the beautiful weather and we loved our time with family.

Here is our traditional picture of the kids with their grandparents. It didn't go over too well with Hunter. We said we would take another later when he was in a better mood. But I kept this picture "just in case" we didn't get one later. It's a good thing I kept it. It's the only one we got. So this will forever mark our 2010 trip!
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Next up: Fourth of July in Rexburg

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Happy Happy Birthday...

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Steve is 29!! (as of yesterday!)
He is the best husband/friend/father/brother anybody could ask for. On Sunday I came across a piece of paper that Hallie had filled out with her teacher at church about Steve for Father's day. I just about died laughing and yes, I laughed out loud! Hallie is one smart cookie!!

How tall is dad? Super Big
How much does dad weigh? Really Heavy
What is dady's middle name? I don't know
What is dad's favorite color? Blue
What is dad's job? Kohl's
What does dad like to do for fun? I don't know
What is dad's favorite food? Everything
What is dad's favorite tool? No tools. Just mommy's.
What does dad like to spend his money on? He pays on everything
What is dad's favorite movie? How to train a dragon (The last movie they saw together!)

Who is dad's favorite superhero? He doesn't have any. Mommy has Mr. Incredible.
What is your favorite thing to do with dad? Play games
What do you love most about dad? Play with him

We love you Steve!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Bubbles and horses...

Unfortunately it wasn't a horse named bubbles!

No, his name was BoBo. And Hallie loved him. The horse was probably only three feet tall, so it should be no surprise that Hallie looked so big riding it. But she did, she looked grown up.

Hunter liked the horse from afar, but once he actually got on it, he wasn't so sure, and he went into bobble head mode. With every step of the horse his head would carelessly flop around. Quite funny.
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There were bubbles. Until they were all dumped out. Isn't that always the case with bubbles.
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Hunter was in heaven with my mom's bucket of cars. He ran them up and down the couch, the chair, the stairs and even the piano. He loves cars.
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We were able to go to a lake where we went for a canoe ride. A short canoe ride. I do have a young children who didn't last very long. They were more interested in being in the water than rowing through water. And that was okay.
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(Just a little Dew dude!)
We witnesse some beautiful sunsets, and some great storms.
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I was able to spend some time with a few dear friends who I miss greatly. We've been friends since grade school and I adore them both.
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And one of them has the cutest little bundle of joy.
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We introduced Hunter to some sprinkler fun and I'm not sure he liked it. He cried every time the water hit him. He's probably traumatized from Hallie holding him in the water!!
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I was able to watch almost every world cup game which was so enjoyable but probably not something I'd do if I was at home.

Hunter learned how to crawl out of the crib while we were there, which was not fun. He climbed out 5-6 times every time I put him in there. He missed out on a lot of sleep as he was playing Houdini!

My brother's dog had puppies the last day that we were there and the kids thought that was so cool. Hunter would just stand and point at the dogs saying "doggie, doggie". We've always told the kids they're allergic to dogs. (most know my disdain for all animals) I'm hoping that buys us many years of a pet free house. Who am I kidding. I will never have a dog. Really. I know a lot of people say that and then give in years later. I really won't. I don't even like the zoo. Truly.
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It was a fun trip. I love spending time with my parents and getting to know them better and allowing them to know our children. We love you!
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Next up: Traveling to Rexburg with Daddy!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Idaho...

We just returned from our annual pilgrimage to Idaho.

Steve promised my parents over 4 years ago when he was moving their sweet little granddaughter halfway across the country that he would make sure we came back for a visit 3 times a  year. Steve now admits that was very foolish on his part, because if he thought my mom would forget that he was sorely mistaken. However, 3 times a year just doesn't fit in the budget.

But once a year for three weeks does fit!

And in true Kara fashion, I've got pictures up the wazoo documenting our stay with my family, then Steve's family, and my family reunion.

We had some difficulties with flights to Idaho, missed our connection, showed up in Boise a few hours late and our luggage and car seats were no where to be found. I left the airport that afternoon tired, frustrated with my children from flying all day, and angry that our luggage wasn't going to joining us for a while.

It was a good start to the trip! What's funny is the fact that every time I fly I swear I'll never do it again by myself.  And then when we analyze how much time Steve can take off to join us I realize it's never long enough and I'll have to fly alone. So I send my apologetic looks to every person I can make eye contact with as Hunter throws yet another fit and screams at the top of his lungs. Classy.

Our luggage arrived just 24 hours after we landed and was delivered to our doorstep. Once we had our luggage I was able to relax (take a shower and put on clean clothes!!) and start what would become an awesome trip.

Our first stop was a science museum in Boise that our reciprocal pass was good for. I had been there many times as a child for field trips. However, with all the school groups attending, my mom had never been there. She was more fun to watch than Hallie at times.

The kids did a great job and loved that they could touch anything their little heart desired unlike most stores we go into! I'm half tempted to get one of these fun light tables, the kids really enjoyed it.

But Steve would kill me.
After I was dead, he'd probably throw the table out the window.
Then the kids would see that their dad had a temper.
It would ruin their relationship.
They wouldn't run to the door and greet him anymore.
It would be sad.

On second thought I don't think I will ever consider getting this super duper,  uber cool table.
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Next up: Bubbles, Horses, Sprinklers, Old Friends, Lakes, Family, Fourth of July, More Family, Sports, Fireworks and so much more. Stay tuned...

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Chicago...

Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry is a must see. We were reluctant to take our kids because we weren't sure if it was kid friendly, plus with the drive down to Chicago it would make for a long day. Neither Steve, nor myself does well with whiney, tired children. But we had a reciprocal membership pass that we wanted to take advantage of.

It was perfect for Hallie. She was able to participate in most all of the interactive displays and really had a good time. She particularly liked a dance exhibit that would outline your body as you danced. she would've probably stayed there all afternoon if she could!
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Hunter on the other hand was a little young, but still was able to participate in some things. We wore him out pretty well! (Please notice the nice drool he has going for him!)
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