I have started to help our Caseys sister a couple times a week with her girls so that she can get a little bit more of her work done. It has really been a pleasure. Karina and Catherine are so sweet and they behave so well for me. They play so well. So far, I have had Ali here with Chloe each time I have been caring for them, and Chloe can’t get enough of Karina. I don’t mind…I know it’s so great for them to have friends. These girls have been so sweet, and it’s nice to have Karina’s smile in my life. She seriously has one of those smiles that just warms your heart. I feel blessed to be able to spend some time with them.
|Two little cuties sleeping at the same time!!!|
We are about to leave for our long trip—once in a lifetime kind of trip—to Argentina! We have been wanting to go for a while, but things come up and we just can’t swing it. This year…we made it a pretty big priority. We want to be able to go to Argentina while Casey’s nona is still around. For us, that is the biggest reason of going. We want to be able to experience it with her and we adore her. It was also timing we could swing because I am not expecting, we don’t have an infant, and our kids aren’t in school yet so they can be cared for in Utah by my sister and parents. We really feel blessed to be able to do this trip. I am super scared because we have never left our kids for that long, but I am also super excited for the time that Casey and I will get to have together. I will post all about it when we get home! We will make sure to take a lot of pictures.
Canyon is 4!!!
We got to spend a few days giving some attention to Canyon's birthday. We celebrated with the family and a couple friends on Sunday with birthday cake!
I had Canyon look through a couple of pictures of different ideas for Birthday cakes, and he chose the fish. I liked it because it meant the kids could eat the cupcakes and be completely happy. These things always look easier than they actually are…and it wasn’t that it was hard…it was just that I didn’t know what I was doing. So, long story short…I did by best, it took me longer than it would have taken Ali, and it was far from perfect. BUT, Canyon was happy with it, and that’s what matters most…right?! I also made an Éclair cake. That was the cake me and my siblings all chose for our birthday’s growing up. My mom always made it, and it’s ridiculous how easy it is, but how Awesome it tastes. So, we had quite the little party for Canyon. We also had to feed the missionaries that day so I don’t know what I would have done without Susy. She helped me out so much.. Well she pretty much did all of the work. She allowed us to use her home too. What an incredible mother Casey has. We celebrated Canyon’s birthday with all his favorite people Next year, I hope I can be on the ball and actually put together a real party with friends and everything. This year, it was just who mommy invited. Ali, Cooper, Chloe, Vicky, David, Josette, Jon, Cherie, Natalie, Karina, Catherine, Werner, Sharon, Grandma Susy, and Grandpa Rick were all there. Canyon got some cool new things and it was a good day. We celebrated with the family early (3 days) because Rick and Susy were leaving the day before his birthday to go to Argentina, so they would miss his actual birthday.
I made sure to make his actual birthday a day that was special and that he knew that was HIS day. We started the day off with a yummy breakfast that Daddy made him. He got one of his favorites, eggs with Green beans. Sounds gross…but I promise it’s not. Then, I took Canyon and Alena to Goodies where they got to share some ice cream and then go next door to a toy shop where Canyon got to pick out which toy he wanted to have. He chose a car that has pieces and is held together by magnet. Canyon loved it and when I took him to Chick-fil-a afterwards to have lunch and play in the playroom…he wouldn’t even go in to play because he didn’t want to leave his car. He was pretty protective of it the entire day. He took it to school. I got to drop him off at school and I think he had a pretty great day because he came home with a birthday crown and a smile on his face. What a big boy we have!