Thursday, April 9, 2015


When we first moved into our house we bought some stools for our massive island.
After shopping around, we thought we were getting a really good deal.
Turns out we were just buy some junk.

Nearly 5 years later, I had decided I had to do something about it.
While the legs were okay, the seats were battered and scarred.
I had tried to cover the dings but to no avail.
I needed to take more drastic measures.

When we originally bought the stools, I wanted something that was easy to wash off 
because the kids were small and always making messes.  

Now the kids are bigger and still making messes but hopefully not as many so I went with fabric.
I used outdoor fabric so it is sturdy and easy to wash up.

We'll see.
All I can say is that they look a lot better than they did before.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Baby Animal Days

Another tradition for this time of the year is Baby Animal Days.

We had to ride the train of course:

This time we went around 4 times (normally it is just 2) 
because the conductor couldn't figure out how to stop the train.  

We had to ride the horses of course:

And we had to hold the baby ducks of course:

What we didn't have to do is pet the donkey.
Makayla announced, "I'm not really into animals this year."

She's a girl after my own heart. :)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Dyeing Easter Eggs

Dyeing eggs for Family Home Evening on the Monday before Easter has become a tradition for us.
The kids love it.
Surprisingly, Ryan really gets into it too.

Monday, April 6, 2015

1st day of Spring break

Last week the kids had spring break.  
Because Ryan and I have a different spring break than the kids, 
we were not able to go anywhere this year.  
Instead I took an extra day off and did some fun things with them.  

Top of the list was our little hike:

I stayed on the paved path but the kids liked to off road it.  

They got themselves into some pretty treacherous positions. 

As usual, Corbin was fascinated with the water.

We were lucky enough to have Makayla's friend join us.  

Makayla called this "Resting on the Rocks."

A favorite was the swing we found in the tree.  

Everyone had to have a turn.

It was a fun way to spend the afternoon and it also got me the "overachiever" badge on my fitbit.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Science Fair

The kids participated in the school Science Fair again this year.
They each came up with their own idea, conducted the experiment and designed the poster.
I was proud of them.
On the night of the fair, Makayla's display was next to a static machine that showed sparks.
Similar to this one:
Image result for static machine

She said, "I guess mine isn't as cool as I thought."
While it was pretty neat I had to assure her that it was just equipment.
Her experiment came from her own life.
She was inspired by her recent fascination with Ramen. :)

Turns out a plastic spoon won't burn your mouth when eating ramen.

Corbin found out that light shined in water and milk reflects differently.
He has a whole explanation for it but that is the point I gathered.

So proud of my little scientists.