Tuesday, April 2, 2013


The week before Easter our stake puts on an amazing life of Christ exhibit in the stake center.  They make it look like Jerusalem in Jesus' time and have live actors that talk about the time when they were with Jesus (Joseph, blind woman, Roman soldier).   I could really feel the spirit there.  We didn't take any pictures in the main room, but we did in the children's rooms.  The people who did it did an amazing job.  The kids didn't want to leave.

Acting out the manger scene.
 Sanding wooden animals (being carpenters).
 Painting coffee filter fish.
We did a fun Easter Egg hunt on Saturday.  Talia was in the 0-3 age group, so she was at the top of her game!  Although she didn't care after a little while.
 Sarah and Naomi.
 Austin and Manti.

 Big kids...

 Baskets before kids.

 Kids in their Easter best.

 Easter hunt at Sarah's family's house.

Isabelle's 8th Birthday

 So, my little girl turned 8.  We are putting off her baptism until May, so we can do it with family in Utah.  I feel so lucky to have Isabelle as my daughter.  She is one of the most thoughtful people I have ever met.  She is always willing to give whatever she has to other people and put others before herself.  She is the only one in the family willing to hold Talia's hand all night long.  She buys presents for all of the kids, even if they don't give her anything.  She loves the gospel.  She always says her prayers, and often sings songs to her Heavenly Father at night as well.  Could I ask for anything sweeter than this girl?  I am blessed.

The picture above is the sweet dress my mother gave her for her birthday.  The picture below is the baptism dress that Mema made for her.  We took some pics of her by the Portland temple in her baptism dress.

For Isabelle's birthday, she wanted to have a baking party.
This was the invite we used.  We actually had her info on here, but I couldn't get it onto the blog.

 I made a baker hat for each of the girls and they got to decorate it for the party.
 My friend and I made aprons for each of the girls with their initial embroidered on each one.

 Decorating hats.
 Making pizza.
 Making fruit kabobs.
 We also made fruit tarts and decorated cupcakes.
 Present time.

On the day of her actual birthday I made her fruit pizza and roast for dinner.

 I wish we had taken a picture, but we gave her a receipt for one of her presents.  She always tries to give me receipts and say that it is a present to be silly, so she got one back.

March Homeschool

Here are some fun things we did for homeschool this month.

We studied the French Revolution, so we made "citizen caps" and watched the Scarlet Pimpernell.  I also had Robert read an easier version of Tale of Two cities.
 After we studied Eli Whitney, Robert and Isabelle made their own cotton gins!  Did you know that Eli Whitney was the first person to introduce interchangeable parts?  I think that is way cooler than the cotton gin!
 Robert- always a cheeseball.

 Isabelle wanted to show her elephant working the cotton gin.
 Since we were studying the industrial revolution, I wanted to take them to a factory and show them how it worked.  We have a Pendelton factory not far from us, so I took them there.  The kids got to see raw wool, straight from the sheep, died, turned into yarn, and then string, see the weaving machines, and then into fabrics and blankets.  It was awesome!!
 A worker there gave these things made out of wool to the kids.  I think that's what they liked best about the tour.

St. Patrick's Day

Early in the month Isabelle was very motivated to make a leprechaun trap, even though she didn't have to for school.  She put double sided tape on the bottom so when the leprechauns went in to get the money they would get stuck.She made this one for Talia so that she could try to catch a leprechaun too.
 Austin made this one and tried to make it really soft and comfy inside for the leprechauns.
 The kids got chocolate coins and footprints from the leprechauns St. Patrick's morning.

 I made these for the kids for Sunday morning.

 The dinner table.
The Swangers joined us for some festive Irish fun.  Here is cute Naomi. WE played musical chairs to some Irish music.

A few days earlier we celebrated Pi day (3.14) by having pie for dinner and dessert.