Monday, May 26, 2014

Animal Update

Last summer, we added a new dog to our animal crew. Meet Maddie!

She is a Golden Retriever, and is about 4 years old. She is sweet and mellow and good company. She loves watching TV, thinks she should be able to lounge on the couch, and lets the kids love on her all they want.

And she and Louie get along great!

       Quincy (age 5)                                                       Louie (Age 6)

Friday, May 16, 2014

Sam's Preschool Graduation

Sam graduated from preschool! Well, for the year anyway. He'll be going to a different pre-school next year since he is still a year away from Kindergarten.

Sam just LOVED preschool. We're so glad he went this year.

To celebrate his graduation, we all went out for milkshakes at Sonic after. Yum!

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Sam Started Preschool

Sam started pre-school! He absolutely loves it too. He got a new backpack for Christmas, and he gets to be in the same class as his cousin Chase. 

Here he is on his first day. Can you tell he feels pretty big?

Friday, February 28, 2014

2014 Soccer Season

Sophie and Sam participated in our neighborhood soccer league this year. They both loved it! 

This was Sam's first time playing any sport, and Sophie's 3rd season of soccer. Sophie even scored a goal!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Sophie's Talent

Sophie decided to participate in the school talent show this year. Ever since her birthday in October, she has been improving her pogo stick skills, so she decided to show that for her talent. (Her current record is now 624 bounces.) She asked the audience to count with her to 100 bounces, and added some tricks into the mix too (one handed, spinning around, etc).

It was definitely a crowd favorite! Here is the video:

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Touring the Gilbert Temple

We went on a tour of the Gilbert Temple on Thursday night. Mary had been looking forward to it all week, but kept referring to it as the "Yogurt Temple", so I was worried that she would be a little disappointed. Luckily she loved it, even though there was no yogurt to be found there.

Since we had time available, I decided to take the 2 younger kids back with me the next morning to visit during the daylight. 

We had a great time. It is a beautiful building and it was a great experience to go inside with my kids.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Our Visit to Butterfly Wonderland

Our family was privileged to attend the grand opening of Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale. Jake has been working with them through his job, and they invited us to attend.


Coincidentally, Mary recently became obsessed with butterflies, and spends most of her book reading time on the last page of The Very Hungry Caterpillar shouting "FLY!" at the page.

She also requests to watch the Butterfly Wonderland YouTube commercial every day. So we jumped at the opportunity to take her there.

Hot air balloon at the opening ceremony

After the opening ceremony, we watched their 3D movie "Flight of the Butterflies", which everyone loved (except Mary, because she couldn't keep her glasses on). Sam kept saying "The butterflies are IN THE ROOM!"

Next, we headed to the emergence gallery, where the butterflies hatch from their cocoons. I got to witness 3 butterflies actually emerging and opening up their wings. It was fantastic.



After the gallery, we went to the star of the show - the butterfly atrium. We obviously didn't know what to expect, and we were all amazed how wonderful it was. 

The atrium is a big enclosed garden that they keep at rain forest temperatures (around 85 degrees and humid). All around us, butterflies were floating - a lot of times in pairs or trios. They were carefree and didn't mind flying right in front of you or landing nearby.

Same Butterfly - wings closed and then opened

 This one perched itself on my leg as I was taking pictures of Mary.

In flight

Right as a mist settled over the atrium, a butterfly decided to pay a visit to Sophie. They chatted for a bit, and then the butterfly flew up to Sophie's hair, adding a nice accessory to her outfit.

We loved our visit! I'm hoping to go back soon!