Sunday, April 22, 2007

~A Trip To The Park~

The weather is starting to warm up here in Alaska...finally. The days are longer are everyone is impatient to be running around in shorts and heading to the beach. We are no exception.

Cassi and Cori had friends spend the night on Friday so we decided to go spend some time at the park. You all will recognize Wren but this is the first time Cassi's friend Cierra,from school, has spent the night.

We call this park the Halloween park because we park here every year when we go trick-or-treating. We also have several cookouts here each summer as there is an excellent field to play soccer on as well as the park being there to keep the little ones occupied.

While Cali and I chased each other, Cassi practiced her gymnastics skills by doing the helicopter on the rings. Cori and Wren were creating an imaginary store of some sort which is a pretty regular thing with those two. I can only hope as adults they end up being half the entrepreneurs they try to be in their youth.

It was about 7:30 when we got to the park on Friday. Our sunset is happening about 9:30 in the evening so we still had plenty of time to play. Since the two older girls had friends to play with, Cali and I had time to spend together.

She is just learning about slides and things or actually I should say she is just gaining the confidence to do it by herself. She has long know the joy she feels when she is on them. I took the camera like I usually do and started trying to get Cali's picture while she was playing. Some how this became a game of get my picture if you can.

It turned out to be a very fun game however she is so determined to beat me at it that she ends up moving very fast. She took a couple of spills from time to time that scared me but affected her little.

I thought you all might enjoy these photos. They certainly aren't portrait quality pictures however I hoped you might sense the day's story. I was a fun time for me as a mother and it is a memory I will keep with me. I felt her joy in simply running and trying not to get caught and I tried to catch it in film for all of you.

In the end I'd have to say that we all came out winners Friday night.

Love you all!

Monday, April 09, 2007

~Happy Easter~

Happy Easter to all of you. It was another blessed day in Alaska and we hope for all of you as well.

Scott and I were roused from sleep to many cries of glee and grinning eyes pleading to come hunt some Easter eggs
and rummage through Easter prizes. Cori explained that she and Cassi only found 1 or 2 eggs already but were ready to find more. Then she explained that she was sure there were more than the 8 in her basket. Apparently they had been up early and figured out there were easy eggs for Cali, which they did leave in place and harder hidden eggs for them. They got a jump on things before waking us up. They saved finding a few knowing Mom and Dad would want photos.

After a somewhat slow morning, we headed out to Grandpa's house. And it was off again for another hunt. The Easter Bunny hides the Easter baskets at Grandpa's house so the girls had to work for them. Cori found hers in the TRASH can, ewww! Cali really checked hers out and had a great time pouring tea
water) for everyone all day. I think Denali liked the tea the best. Cassi loved the new pants in her Easter basket and quickly
put them on.

AJ wrapped all the silver eggs in preparation for the big hunt later in the afternoon.

Amber surprised everyone by having her hair cut off the other day also so we took the opportunity to take a photo of the lack of hair in the family.

Around 3:00 in the afternoon we headed for Holly's house for the annual easter egg hunt. I don't know exactly how many we hid but considering it took me at least an hour to fill eggs, I am pretty sure I filled nearly 200 hundred, possibly more. Holly did a huge amount of them too. All of the kids had more than they needed and plenty to fill an afternoon with fun.

Like usual, we hid silver eggs. Growing up Grandpa hid 1 silver egg with a large amount of cash in it; we have since changed it to hiding many silver eggs with an assortment of prizes and cash. These are the coveted eggs and trust me when I tell WE fight for them. I never hide the silver eggs. This is mostly because I like to antagonize the kids and find them before they do. I listen for the clues just like they do and then push them down in the snow to get one step ahead.

The day is great fun for me and it takes me back to memories of my youth. I enjoy sharing those memories with my children and making new ones that they will look back on in years to come. As you might notice from the photos, no place is sacred and physical strength can come in handy. In the end the hardest eggs fall into to the hands of the oldest kids simply because the youngest are content to relax and watch the frenzy.

To some of us the fun is in the winning and then to some, well there is the cash!

And then to others, it's all about those beautiful colors and fancy Easter baskets.

Since Scott and Grandpa hide the hardest eggs worth the best prizes, they don't get to hunt for them. However, speaking from experience, they take the least falls and go home with the fewest injuries. And they comfort the fallen.

Once all the eggs have been found, everyone heads inside to see what they've found. Some of us use the opportunity to take more photos and eat...again.

Then we all go home realizing that, of course, it's worth it and gee, I'm glad we decided to do it one more year. And me, I am just wondering how many years I'll be digging out my 39 year old Easter basket to go find some silver eggs.

Happy Easter to All of You from All of Us!