Thursday, March 27, 2008
This Easter snuck right up on us but we had a great time anyway. Friday night we began the celebrations by dyeing hard boiled eggs. We ended up with some real works of art. I think my favorite was the green monster hands which Emmeline created by placing her whole hand into the dye cup when she was trying to get out an egg. She decided that was a much quicker method of gathering the eggs then trying to balance them on a little spoon. Truth be told. . .it is easier that way. What a smart little girl. :) We also had an egg spinner which we purchased at Wal Mart last year for 75% off. We've been waiting a whole year to try the sucker out and we were not disappointed. It was a lot of fun banging the top down and watching the egg spin around. It definitely created more action (or at least more noise) then the usual drop and wait method of my youth.
The Easter Bunny came to our house and on Saturday morning the girls found baskets full of goodies. It was so funny to see how differently they went through their baskets. I know that age has something to do with it but perhaps it is also indicative of their differing personalities as well. Emmeline went through hers slowly. As she found a new item, she would forget about the rest of the basket and want only to play with the toy she found. Brett and I sort of had to coax her into looking at all of her new little gadgets. Mabel on the other hand, just liked to pull stuff out. It seemed as though her objective was to empty out her basket as quickly as possible, occasionally sucking on something that looked especially tasty (plastic eggs, sunglasses. . . .you know the really good stuff) then discarding those items to get back on task and finish unloading all the goods. Basically, it was just hilarious!
On Sunday we had a nice meeting at church. Of course, Easter is always a special occasion to remember the atonement and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I love how joyful the Easter hymns are. "He is risen, He is risen. . .Tell it out with joyful voice! He has burst His three days' prison; Let the whole wide earth rejoice! Death is conquered, man is free. Christ has won the victory." What a wonderful truth and what a glorious gift.
We finished up the holiday with one more easter egg hunt here at our house, a delicious traditional easter feast of ham, funeral potatoes and of course deviled eggs, and a special family devotional which consisted of telling Emmeline the story (the two year old version) of Christ's Atonement, death and resurrection and watching the Living Scriptures movie "He is Risen."
All in all, it was a truly wonderful holiday!!
This summer the Zoo is offering camel rides. Emmeline really wanted to try it out so we let her (how often do you get to ride a camel. . .) I remember when I was young and got to ride an elephant at Wildlife Safari in Roseberg Oregon. I dont remember much else about the wildlife safari. . .just riding the elephant. Anyhow, Emmeline loved every second of our camel ride on 'Big Joe' and as we got off she exclaimed, "more more." I told her we couldnt ride it again right away. I thought we might be in for a little tantrum but she took a second to compose herself and said "okay mommy." I was very proud of her. Unfortunately they wouldn't allow riders under 2 years old so Mabel is going to have to wait a while before she gets to ride a camel. I think she was just happy to get out of her stroller and play with daddy while Em and I waited in the line. We are very excited for another fun filled year at the zoo!!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
On Friday March 21 our ward play group had a super fun activity. We met at the park and had an Easter egg hunt. Each mom brought 10 candy filled plastic eggs for each child who was participating in the hunt. Then, while the kids were busy sliding down the slides and swinging on the swings, a couple of moms and a couple of the oldest children went out and hid all the eggs. When the hiding was finished the kids all lined up and ran to collect 10 eggs. It was so much fun. We had children there between the ages of 6 months old (Mabel) and 11 years old. I think it was fun for everyone and it was a great way to have a big easter egg hunt that wasnt a lot of work or to expensive for anyone. Emmeline loved finding the eggs and putting them in her basket!!!
back into the siding. I couldnt believe it. Brett went outside and there was the squirrel, just sitting there watching him. It didnt even run away. We decided that if we had a bb gun that squirrel would be a great target so this morning we went and bought a bb/pellet gun. If we hear the squirrel tomorrow morning. . .we are going to settle this the true southern way.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
There is just about nothing that Emmeline likes more then venturing outside during a rainstorm or going outside right after it rains and splashing in the puddles. I happen to also love splashing in the rain, so it works out pretty well. I was happy to find this adorable Winnie the Pooh rain slicker for a dollar fifty at a local consignment sale. Hurray for rain! Hurray for sales!
Monday, March 3, 2008
Now the story gets really exciting. Yesterday, despite the dead mice in the traps, the scratching was back. Now, I may not be a pest control expert, but I knew that the sound was not being made by a mouse. It was to loud, to big. Then it was back again this morning. I asked Brett if he would bring the ladder upstairs. I was going to be brave and try and get a look at our new resident for myself. Brett, being the brave and gentlemanly man that he is, offered himself to go up into the attic instead. Since Brett is the protector of the family. .. . I readily let him prove his bravery. He poked his head up in the attic and didnt see anything. Drat. We continued on with our morning. Just as Brett was about to walk out the door and head to work, we heard the busy little bugger back to work in the attic. This time I told Brett to go all the way in and just try to scare it a bit whilst I stood guard outside. I watched the hole where the pest was entering and exiting. I dont know why, but I was obsessed with seeing it and knowing for sure, once and for all, what was up there. After a couple of minutes. . .I saw the little head poke out. Our "friend" pulled its little body and tail up onto the roof. It was most certainly a little grey squirrel. I wished that I had thought to bring my camera out. But there stood the little critter for a couple of seconds before vanishing away into the forest behind our house. I have since recalled the animal control guy and explained that we did most certainly have a squirrel. He is going to come back and start the trapping process again on wednesday. I wish him luck, it seems as though we have an extraordinarily intelligent squirrel residing with us. If only it would refrain from scratching in the morning, I might even consider letting it stay and guard the house while we are away. I can envision it now, any intruder who attempts to enter the house will be met with a squirrel flying, yes, flying towards his face, claws outstretched, ready to scratch out some eyes.