Friday, July 31, 2009

Kangaroo Zoo

While we were in Utah, we went to the Kangaroo Zoo...twice!! We had so much fun that we had to go a second time so grandma could see the kids squeal with delight. Once again, we were lucky that we had Aunt Millie to help us out.
At first, Ben was a little nervous, but after awhile he held nothing back. Emmy was a little animal and loved Kangaroo Zoo! She loved going down the slides backwards.Hyrum was able to play with some friends that Camille was babysitting for the week while we were at Kangaroo Zoo and had a great time. He also enjoyed the baseball game they had set up there.He loved doing the races. The kids would each see how fast they could climb-up the blow-up slide and slide down. Hyrum went pretty fast.Hyrum also enjoyed going to cooking classes and going to the movies with these fun friends. He also thought it was awesome when he was able to go and play over at their house with Millie.
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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Scoot Coupe

One of the days we were visiting Utah, our neighbor Jordan brought home the Scoot Coupe during his lunch hour. The boys were in HEAVEN! Hyrum and Ben couldn't get enough rides in before Jordan had to go back to work. I love Hyrum's face in the picture below. You can tell he is loving it! Every time Hyrum and Ben saw Jordan after that day they would ask him if he brought the Scoot Coupe home.Emmy wanted to try riding in the coupe, but only lasted a few feet before she started to cry and wanted to come back to me. She did try riding it again with me in the coupe with her and she did much better. For most of the time she was content just to play in the yard and watch everyone else have their turn.Thanks again Jordan!

Swimming Lessons

While we were in Utah, the kids were able to participate in swimming lessons. Hyrum did a beginner class and the twins did a mom and tot class. The picture below is on the first day of class. Look how cold they look and the dark clouds in the background.During the time we had swimming lessons, it was too cold to go swimming. Our classes were early(9:15), and most of the days we had swimming lessons it rained. In other words, the water was cold. Too cold for Emmy and Ben's liking.

Hyrum loved his class and couldn't wait to go each day. He was always so excited. Every time I saw him during swimming lessons he always had a such a big smile on his face. He loved going around the lazy river as a train with his class. Hyrum also loved getting in the shower(they have one outside) to warm up after class.

Hyrum loved going down the slide and couldn't get enough of it on the last day of class. The picture below was taken right after going down the slide.The twins on the other hand didn't like their classes so much. To be perfectly honest, the main teacher wasn't that great at focusing on the class, he was focused on flirting with his teaching assistant though. Also, Ben and Emmy were the only two in the class; it was a little awkward.

However, the twins loved it when they got to use their "ice cream scoops" and motor boats to chase ducks. They loved putting their ducks on the slide and racing to go and get them. We would put the ducks on the slide, take a few steps back and then they would take turn saying "On your mark, get set, GO!" They loved singing songs during the swimming lessons; especially Wheels on the Bus. The pictures of the twins below are of them practicing their "motor boat" kicks to the song Motor boat.Doing "motor boat" kicks to get grandma wet.They also liked using the kick boards. Looking back on the pictures that were taken, I noticed that more often then not, they did have smiles on their faces. I think they liked the classes more then I thought. I am grateful for my sister and my brother who helped me do the mom and tot class with the twins.

During the last few minutes of swimming lessons, the twins were able to play in the baby pool. It took them the full two weeks to warm up to that pool. First, it was so cold. Second, Emmy slipped while walking on the first or second day and went under twice in seriously about five seconds. That experience didn't go over very well. However, when we went and played in the pool on a day we didn't have swimming lessons they loved the baby pool. I think the reason why they didn't like the pool earlier had to do with the fact that the water was so much colder during swimming lessons.
They thought it was so cool that on the last day of swimming lessons they also got to make a train and go around the lazy river. They were also excited to go down the slide. They had been eying the slide since day one of swimming lessons. Emmy hated the slide. Ben thought it was fun but a little unsure.Emmy loved wearing her "Missy Mouse" swimsuit. The kids really enjoyed their swimming lessons and hopefully will be able to do swimming lessons again next year.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Natalie's Birthday Party

While in Utah we were able to celebrate cousin Natalie's birthday. The kids were so excited to go to her party. Her mom planned the party date just so we could make it. However, there was an accident and construction on the freeway the day of her birthday and normally a drive that would have taken us 20 minutes (we started the drive 40 minutes before the party) took us 2 1/2 hours to reach our destination. As a result, we missed most of the party games. We did make it in time for cupcakes and other treats. We also made it in time to see Natalie open her presents. We gave her my very first sewing creation with my new machine (a cape) and gum. I honestly think the gum was her favorite present.Also, the kids were able to color a bag to use as they went and hunted animals in the backyard. The kids also got some fun animal hats to match the jungle themed birthday party.Can you tell Ben is saying Roar. Hyrum is making an alligator mouth with his arms.We stayed long after the other guest left to visit and play with Lorri and her kids. We love going to the house with a flock of Birds.BubbleShare: Share photos - Find great Clip Art Images.