Friday, September 16, 2011

Apple Orchard Fieldtrip

September 14, 2011

Carter's preschool class went on a field trip to this adorable apple orchard. They did the same thing last year, but because I was watching my nephew I couldn't go. So this year, Carter did not want Hayden and I to go. I think he enjoyed feeling grown up and independent last year doing it all on his own. But finally the night before while he was in the bath, I asked him one last time if he'd allow us to go and he said he would. He knew Hayden would really like to feed the chickens so he supposed we could go. And I am so GRATEFUL that we did, it was just one of those perfect afternoons with my kids. We made some great memories and became closer. It was just one of those times where being a Mommy is the best thing in the world.

We got to feed chickens. They were running all around us and we got to immerse ourselves in them and it was so fun to see the excitement in the kids.

Farmer Hayden.

Isn't this picture just precious!?! We were listening about bees, their community, and how they make honey. How is she growing up so fast? It brings tears to my eyes.

They had so many cool places to take pictures. I just wish I had a better camera and more skill. Hayden just kept putting herself in places that would make the most perfect picture.

Carter still looks so cute even though the picture is blurry. Who would have thought it is just as difficult to get a picture of a 4 yr old as it is a 1 1/2 yr old?

Our beautiful, green Midwest. I miss the mountains from home very much. But there are things that I do love about living in America's heartland.

The giggles.

Hayden is talking all the time now. Whether it is understandable or not, she always has something to say!!

About to start our tractor ride.

The three of us, or should I say the four of us? Oh I am so glad I am feeling better!! It has taken a while to feel totally human, still have some issues, but I am feeling so much more capable these days!

Wow, just look at her! She is so much stinkin fun! She can be sassy as all get out, but she really is a sweetheart. I look at her and think how crazy I was that I didn't think I wanted a little girl. How many wonderful things I would have missed out on! So many people told me that, how I would change and I just wasn't sure. Well, Heavenly Father knew and he gave me one of the greatest blessings I could have ever asked for!! She is so precious and tender and 100% girl and I love it! But she can growl better than most boys I know!

Thanks baby girl for choosing to come to our family and to add so much happiness to our lives!

Carter is such a fantastic big brother. Here is planting a big, fat kiss on his sister. It's so fun to see these two together.

Feeding baby goats.

This was our favorite part I think. We each got to take a turn holding a baby kitten. Hayden and Carter were so soft and gentle with them. I like cats but have never wanted to have one as a pet, despite Matt's pleadings. This got me really, really close. Then we drove away and sense came back to me. :)

I love the tenderness in Carter's face!

And for the reason we all came, to pick apples. This was one area that Carter had strict stipulations on agreeing to allow Hayden and I to come, they were: 1. let him ride the bus all by himself 2. he got to eat lunch by himself with his buddies 3. he wanted to pick the apples all by himself, I was only allowed to take pictures of him, but in no way help him choose or pick the apples!!

Hayden got to pick apples, too.

Hayden and I picking an apple.

Hayden is all about wearing a purse everywhere she goes, so it's no surprise that her apple bag turned into her purse. This is how she wears her purse, with her arm up like that.

All the kids accomplished the reason they came, now it's off to play on the playground then back on the bus to go home. What a fun, fun time!!

I will post some videos I took below.

This is the way Hayden talks to all cats, whether real, in a book or stuffed. I don't know if this cutsie voice is her being cute to them or her version of a meow, but I think it is adorable:

And a quick video of Hayden holding the kitten, so cute!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Texas vs BYU Game

For over a year now, Matt and I have been planning this trip down to Austin, TX for the BYU vs Texas game. We met up with our friends Joe and Lacy. Joe and Matt have been very close friends since Freshman yr at BYU and our families have vacationed together often since.

Wrestling the long horn.

We ate lots of YUMMY local food. My favorite being the Tex Mex. This was the first dish Matt ate and it was incredible!! It was BBQ fried and grilled pork tacos. OH YUM! Sadly, I didn't remember to take pictures of the other great food we had, but I think eating was my favorite part of the trip! :)

We went to a free botanical garden. Sadly, this was the ONLY green part of Austin. They were under a drought advisory and so no one was allowed to water and everything was DEAD and BROWN!!

I know this is not a good picture, but one thing we did that is very popular in Austin is to go to this bridge (S. Congress bridge) and watch the 1.5 million bats swirling around underneath it. We couldn't get a picture of the bats because it was too dark.

We took a tour of the capital which was a very pretty building.

What the inside of the dome looked like.

Other things we did that we didn't get pictures of was tour a museum about TX, walk S. Congress and look at all the cool, eclectic shops they had, work out, and just hang out with our buddies.

That really tall structure in the background, that's the TX stadium. IT WAS HUGE!


We lucked out as we got up close to the stadium, we saw a big crowd of BYU fans gathering so we gathered, too. Next thing we knew, the team pulled up in their buses and we got to see them all get out. It was really fun to be there and helped add to the excitement we had building for the game.

Jake Heaps
Here we are up close.
Here we are way up high in our seats. We were against the very back wall, the highest you can get in the whole stadium. It was a little scary up there, I was scared to lean too far forward.

Our back wall, at least it acted as a back rest. :)

Texas has lots of cool traditions and were really great fans. They were very nice and cordial with us and we had a fun time watching the game surrounded by them.

We were sad to have lost, but had a great time being there. Next years plan is Notre Dame (that is if I can make Matt stick to our original plan of him taking me before the boys enticed him to do a mancation to the Notre Dame game).

And a big THANK YOU to my wonderful in-laws who took the kids for the weekend. They were so sweet to do that and I didn't need to worry about the kids for one second because I knew they were in good hands.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Another Day at the Farm

In August, we decided to venture out to that awesome free farm that is somewhat near to us. Grandma, Aunt Meagan (just days from her due date), and cousin Dade all came with us. We had been going through a horrible heat wave and this day was actually mild and the perfect day to venture out.

These tractors are Carter's favorite part of the farm I think.

My favorite part is feeding the baby goats. They are so cute (and aggressive).

We also went on a hay ride behind some big, beautiful horses.

I tried the impossible to get a cute picture of all the kids at least looking at me at once, I didn't even expect smiles from all of them. Yeah right!!

Grandma with her grandkids. She had just given each of them a sucker after we ate our lunch.

Hayden loves to sit on these rocking animals. It's so cute to see her be so big.

Peek-a-boo (a new game she can play) at the playground.