Friday, January 22, 2016

Dragon Training 2015

Each year during the summer my sister and her kids come to visit. In 2011 for Indy's birthday we did a National Treasure party with an elaborate treasure hunt. Everyone had a great time and of course I loved all the crazy detail that went into pulling off such an event. A few years went by and the kids started asking for another treasure hunt. I chose the wonderful world of Harry Potter. Each child was sorted, selected a wand and then followed clues that led them through classes such as Herbology, Rhunes, Care of Magical Creatures. (I am planning on getting the pictures soon for this and posting in more detail)

This past summer we embraced the How to Train Your Dragon craze. All the kids became vikings with the gear, a new viking name, and a dragon. After all this fun they had to complete all the training activities.

Everyone decoded their name using the stones above and then they received an engraved tag with the viking name on one side and the English translation on the back. We had all sorts of names: Echo, Snort, Slurp, Hum, Click, Smooch, Whistle, and Gurgle to name a few.

After getting their viking name they chose their dragon.
In the sandbox we created a nesting ground with dragon eggs.

We tossed sheep to show our viking strength.

We faced our fears by eating Dragon Toenails (bugles dipped in chocolate), Dragon Dung (no bake cookies) and Dragon Spit Fish (gummy fish in slimy jello). I was so proud of the kids for trying all the "gross" foods.

Each kid had a helmet, a shield, a dragon, and a viking name tag. Each time they completed a training/activity they would get a gem to add to their shield.

The kids had to save a nest of eggs that needed to be moved to the hatching ground. Using spoons they carefully transported the eggs to safety. Their were a few other activities such as target practice, a team building game and an art activity.

We ended all the fun with a mock battle using Genuine Imitation Dragon Flame (silly string).
I think the whole event was a success and now I just have to figure out what craziness
I will be creating next summer.

Monday, December 21, 2015

What Have We Been Up To Since May?

Here is the last 6 months in photos, enjoy:

Sunday best, such a sweet girl. I also love the image in the header of the blog right now that is from this same day.

Took a trip to my grandparent's cabin in the Uintahs. Lotte loved to be outside as much as possible.

Bear Lake family reunion. She couldn't get enough of the sand...

or playing at the park.

One of our stops along the way at First Dam up Logan Canyon.
Brought back some good college memories.

Big sister loving to "brush" Lucie's teeth with the banana brush,
Lucie was laughing so hard.

Purchased a $5 scooter for Lotte, you would have thought I bought her the world.

  How could you not love that smile. So blessed to have this happy baby in our lives.

Spent a day at Gardiner Village searching for witches, we also found this little llama.

Another picture of that cute happy baby.

Went to Boo at the Zoo where Lotte met  "Anna" and "Elsa."

This blue eyed sweetheart was all bundled up
against the cold that day but still was happy.

We visited a pumpkin patch this year. The girls had a great time.

Wants some pumpkin guts?

New sensory experience for Lotte.

Lotte drew the face on her pumpkin and Dad carved it exactly, so cute. 

Baking with Mom is a new favorite past time
so we made candy corn cookies for Halloween.

Our little butterfly princess, I don't think she napped that day so she was really camera shy.

Our future ballerina, lots of personality in this one.

We took these photos before Lotte's first movie theater experience.
Needless to say she was excited to go.

Now here are some random photos from everyday life.

Hoping to update the blog right after we have a lovely Christmas this week.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Officially a Family of Four

So much has changed in our little world in the past 3 months. The last month of pregnancy was super rough on everyone. I am so grateful for all the family and friends who helped me get through those days. Luckily we made it through and our little Lucie was worth it.

I don't want to post a long involved version of her birth story on here but here's what happened in a nut shell:

Due to our insurance changing midnight Feb 28 we had been trying desperately to hold off having the baby until March 1. After 2 weeks of slow back labor, on Saturday, Feb 28 my water broke and that was the point of no return. Sam rushed around like a crazy person collecting all the stuff, getting Lotte in the car and calling my mom to meet us at the hospital. We drove between 70-100 mph the whole way to Lone Peak Hospital, flashing our lights and making illegal turns (luckily the hospital was covered by both insurances). When we arrived no one was at the front desk so Sam got a wheelchair then pushed me up to labor and delivery while carrying Lotte. We had actually never been to that hospital before and just made really lucky guesses on where to go. As we got to the doors and buzzed in they asked what we were there for, I may have yelled "We're having a baby!" in a crazy contraction pain voice. From the time I arrived until baby came was only 20 mins, we were just lucky we didn't have her in the parking lot. Lotte was able to hold her within mins of her being born. We call it the drive-thru labor.

Yes I did it natural, yes that was the craziest most painful experience of my life. Thank heavens for amazing nurses and a midwife that I had never met before that day. I was truly blessed.

Lucie is so perfect and so beautiful. We just love her sweet little personality. She is so easy going and happy all the time. Not to mention her amazing ability to sleep for hours at a time. We really lucked out. Lotte is obsessed with her and would smother her with kisses all day if I let her.

These were our attempts at newborn photos, sadly we decided to take them the one time she wasn't tired at all. She wasn't a big fan of the whole process.

Sister love is so fun.

We have been trying to do lots of fun things. This is a selfie at the zoo on the carousel and Lotte trying on new clothes while jumping on the bed.

On May 24th we blessed Lucie at Grandma and Grandpa's home. It was a beautiful day spent with people we love and care about. Grandma Marylou made the gorgeous dress and I made the matching headband.

We sure do love these two pretty girls and all they do to make our life full of joy, frustration, love, patience and just a little bit of crazy.