Monday, March 17, 2008

a few fun days

We've had a fun couple of days. I've wanted to focus more on enjoying life, and less on schedules and to-do lists. I want to enjoy the kids while they're little and still have no choice but to spend time with me :). We didn't really celebrate St. Patrick's day other than the boys wearing green...Next year I'm planning on doing the whole visit from a leprechaun and a green meal or two - but for this year we didn't get too festive. However, here are some of the fun things we've been up to:

  • Saturday I told Gabe I'd take him on a "date" - just the 2 of us. I want my kids to get to spend time with Cory and I individually - one-on-one time. We talked about it for a few days and he was really excited. We were planning on going to see the new movie "Horton Hears a Who". But then we had things come up and the time we were going to go to the movie didn't work out. Then the next showing was sold out (hence the crying picture - Gabe's calling Cory to tell him that the movie was 'broken' and we couldn't go then.) so we had to get tickets for the evening show. And then we ended up on a little trip to Walmart and he rode the mechanical "Pumba" from Lion King, got some movie treats. Then we ended up going to Wendy's for dinner - and to to eat inside (a big deal - we always get drive-through). Lastly we headed to the movie, got our pop-corn and treats - it was a FULL day! But it was sweet, fun, and I love that kid to pieces!
  • Today the boys and I went to St. George. There was some shopping I wanted to do, and I thought we'd have some fun going down during the week. (We often go on the weekend with Cory - but rarely me and the boys.) So we did some birthday shopping for Cory (his birthday is Saturday). some miscellaneous shopping for us, and then we headed to the St. George temple visitor's center. Gabe wanted to see the temple, and so we walked around, enjoyed the spring weather (it was GORGEOUS!), talked about our Savior and the gospel, and had a beautiful visit. The drive to and from St. George was relaxing, and a nice trip all around. I'm glad I get to enjoy my boys - they are really sweet, and I love them so much.
  • We also caught the Easter Bunny at the mall. I have to say - this Easter Bunny gave me the creeps. He didn't talk, but when Gabe would ask questions he'd nod, or give him a thumbs up (Gabe wanted to know if the Easter Bunny was going to bring him treats). All the while he just had that dumb look on his face. I was anxious to be done....Gabe was not even remotely nervous - he ran right up to the bunny and was ready to hop up on his lap. It scared me a bit that he was so willing to run up to this creepy character - but I guess it will be good for our trip to Disneyland that is coming up - he should be great with the characters.
  • Tonight for Family Home Evening we made sheep with paint, our hand-prints and cotton-balls. It's a super easy, but cute craft - and Gabe really had fun. When we finish up Gabe's sheep (the paint was still wet when he went to bed) - I'll post a picture of our creations in the morning.
I hope you all had a great St. Patty's day. And whether or not you celebrated - I hope you felt at least a little bit LUCKY!


Katie said...

How fun. We take our kids on individual dates too. I love that! Its fun to be together, but it is really awesome to spend one-on-one time with them and get to know them even better. We have found that they really talk to us about things that they don't usually talk to us about. I hope that will continue when they are teenagers...We'll see:) I love to hear about the things you do with your kids. You are the best mom!

The Rhiens said...

What a fun couple of days you have enjoyed. It is good to see you relaxing and enjoying the spring time with them. They grow up so quickly. Enjoy all the little moments while you can.

Brian & Charlotte Carper said...

Sounds like you guys had fun on your date. We had the Elder's over for dinner. We fixed Corned beef and cabbage and Irish soda bread and all the fixings of a real "Irish" dinner. It was fun, we always enjoy the spirit of having the Elder's in our home. Love Brian

Alicia & Justin Clark said...

I love the pictures - it looks so beautiful with the flowers, and Gabe all dressed up for your date and the temple. So cute. I envy the blooming trees and flowers.... it snowed again this morning. Oh well, I guess Spring will be here sooner or later. :) Love you guys. Alicia

Kristi said...

What a fun post. You do fun things with your boys, and they will remember them. :) You got some great pictures too! I envy your Spring blossoms!