Thursday, April 16, 2015

Circus Fun

We had a great time visiting the circus.
For a year Tim and I have overheard the kids discussing the fact that they didn't get to ride the Elephant last year but rather they got their face painted and a free pony ride. (shh we got there early and I don't think it was supposed to be free.)
Since we try to be a family who offers choices instead of letting our kids have everything that is what they got to do. This year we didn't offer a choice but rather surprised them with riding the elephant, I was not about to hear abut not riding it for another year. They took their ride very serious but loved it.  
I loved watching the tigers. They always remind me of my mother who lovers the white ones.
They were very fun to watch as they tried to catch the mans stick as he waved it in front of them. They even hopped on two legs.
This man was super talented as he balanced on the boards.
Elsa even made It to the Circus. You could hear all the girls squeal and sing out the song. While the dads and brothers made a slight groaning sound. These ladies even hung from the rafters and spun around. After they were done Dezzi said "mom that wasn't their real hair. " I am glad we got that settled.
This is blurry but she was spinning from her hair. Enough said. 
I loved the elephant. They are so strong and beautiful. From where we were sitting we could even see them getting their bath .
 The show has ended and it was time to clean up. The staff asked for volunteers who would receive free cotton candy when they were done.  
They were excited to receive their cotton candy. And it was a good learning lesson. Sometimes we need to work for things we want. We also learned why it is important to pick up after yourselves instead of tossing your trash or half eaten food on the floor, and why it is important to volunteer to help. They wanted the next kids that were coming to the 7pm show to have a clean place to sit like they did.
Over all a great time was had by all even dad who was able to sneak away for a little fun. 

One last picture this was one of Lucas's favorite things at the circus.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Its a dirty job.

When I was a little girl we used to travel to a little farm just east of Rapid City where my parents would load the old pickup full of manure. I enjoyed these trip because we could look at all the animals and it was time we spent together as a family.

Today we took our kids to a farm and filled our pickup with manure.

There was lots to choose from.
We found a place where it had turned into rich dirt.

Look at that poop fly! Good job honey. Actually Tim and I both worked hard to fill the truck. It took about 30 min. Dezzi tried and got a few shovels full in the back. Lucas on the other hand stood his distance. He doesn't like to get dirty. I told him not to worry he will get a chance tomorrow as we need to get it into the garden so that we can start planting. After all families work together and play together!
Sing Praises to your King!

Friday, April 10, 2015

It was a big day for Dezzi!

Today the training wheels came off of Dezzi's bike I took one of them off last week and thought we would give it a try. She was one determined little girl.
It took some time. It took some falls.
The cat got ran over.
I got ran over.
And even Lucas got ran over.
Dezzie's goal was to be able to ride with her dad. I think she succeeded.
Here are some of her battle wounds from the days adventures.

She never cried but was brave and got right back on her bike.

 I think she is pretty proud of her wounds.
Sing Praises to your King!

Monday, April 06, 2015

Shucking a Coconut

My parents sent us a coconut from Hawaii. This is how it arrived.

Today we decided to open it up.

A big hammer and something pointy with a child to hold it steady seemed just the ticket to break it open.

Ok maybe the child was a bit too much. So Tim just smashed it till it cracked ten pried it open.

And pried

and pried.

Finally it came apart am was very hairy.

Tim is peeling of more of the hair. There was lots of dust.

Shake, shake, shake your coconut.

and sake it some more. The kids thought they heard the milk.

So Tim drilled a hole...

only to discover there was no milk.

So back out side we went to crack it open.

It had a grey film covering the white meat and it was very stinky so we decided no to eat it. But what a great experience.
Thanks Mom and Dad.
Sing Praises to your King!

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Jesus Christ is Risen Today!

From our house to yours we wish you a very Blessed Easter.

Here are the kids Easter goodies. They love it when we surprise them with sweet and fun things, 

Dezzi and her Easter hat. We decided it was a little distracting so we saved it to wear while we are at home.
What are these? Mystery peeps?
They are super tasty.
Usually we get the chocolate crosses but I couldn't find them this yearly; instead they had tense lovely and tasty chocolate fish.
Sing Praises to your King!

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Tilling and eggs!

It was a beautiful day so we decided to tackle some yard work.
Tim got the tractor running and even got the garden tilled.
While the kids and I cleaned up the yard.
I think this is the earliest we have been able to get it done.

After all the work was done we died our eggs. We decided to shake them in a bag of rice with food coloring in it.

I had a few more eggs but they broke so they had to be eaten.
Lucas was excited to use his favorite color.

Dezzi enjoyed every minute of this process. She even mixed some of the colors to make marbled eggs.

Shake, Shake, Shake

and shake some more.

Look how pretty they turned out.

I just love all the beautiful colors that come along with spring!!!
The kids are eagerly awaiting tomorrow morning when they can hear pastor say "He is Risen" and they can respond with "He is Risen Indeed Hallelujah!"
Sing Praises to your King!