Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pinewood Derby

So, it's that time of year again. The Pinewood Derby. This year Jordan decided to make his car look like spongebob. Here's a pic:

Jordan painted all of the main colors and I just helped do a little of the detailing (eyes and tie). He did a great job. Masking tape helped him paint straight. Doug helped sand the wheels, drill the holes, and all of the stuff behind making the car go fast (hopefully!). We still have to put the weights in, but tomorrow night is the race. Wish him luck!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Bedtime Stories

We recently rented Bedtime Stories from Redbox. We really liked it and laughed all the way through. (If you don't like Adam Sandler, you might not like this movie) One of the things that we laughed at was Adam Sandler's ring tone on his cell phone. Mason noticed that we were laughing and for the past few days he has imitated the ring tone. I decided to catch it on video. If you haven't seen the movie, you might want to watch this short clip from Bedtime Stories first.




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Zion's National Park

During Spring Break we decided to go to Zion's National Park for a few days. One of my work clients called and asked that I clean their account another day due to a function. This allowed us to have an extra free night in our schedules.....yeah! We had 2 free nights at a Holiday Inn hotel...so we packed up some food and headed out. We had a great time. We definitely could've stayed another day and it makes me antsy to go on another fun adventure since we had such a good time. Summer is just around the corner.

During our time at Zions the kids picked up the Junior Ranger program for $1 each. They completed their books and were able to earn a Ranger Badge. The books taught them how to keep the Park Clean and to look for wildlife. They learned a lot and we were glad that we bought them.

Things I learned on this trip:
  • The water jug leaks when it tips over. (After a trip to Wal-mart for a pitcher and towels to bail out the water from the trunk...we were good)
  • It would be a great investment to buy each of the kids their own hiking backpacks to carry their own water and granola bars.
  • Mason does NOT sleep in hotel rollaway cribs. Lucky Mom and Dad!
  • Roasting hot dogs and smores with the family was sooo fun!
  • A free hotel with swimming and a continental breakfast...need I say more?
  • Leaving the toiletry bag packed at the house does not do us any good on the road. We now all have a travel size deoderant, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes.
  • Being surrounded by these beautiful huge mountains can be such a humbling experience.
  • I like family vacations more than material things. But I have to take pictures so I can remember the experience. Here are some pictures we took:

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Highlights

We had a great Easter weekend. On Saturday, the kids decorated Easter eggs:

Mason ate an egg while we decorated:On Sunday, we dressed up fancy for church: After church we were all very excited to get a visit from my brother Scott and his family of 6. They went to California for the week and stopped in on their way home for a short visit and to spend the night. We had a yummy Easter Dinner and played games. They left this morning. It was very fun to see them. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures.

Another note. Kaylee and I had this conversation on Saturday:

Me: We are going to have a special family meeting to remind us all about the real meaning of Easter. You know...Jesus being resurrected...NOT about the Easter Bunny.
Kaylee: Well, Jesus made the Easter Bunny. And he made him to give us candy.

Overall, we had a great Easter!

Spring Concerts!

Concerts! Concerts! Concerts! Concerts! Last week Jordan, Kaylee, Lexi, and Doug all had spring concerts. It was fun to see all of the kids sing and it made for an extremely eventful week. I was glad that my parents were in town to see them perform and help out with the kids during their performances. I owe a big THANK YOU to them! I recorded all of their concerts, but to save you from having to watch all of my kids perform their entire concert, I am only posting one song for
each child. For those who are interested, enjoy: (Don't forget to scroll down and pause the music player)

Lexi's Kindergarten Spring Concert from Kristi Farr on Vimeo.
Kaylee's 2nd Grade Spring Concert from Kristi Farr on Vimeo.
Jordan's 4th Grade Spring Concert from Kristi Farr on Vimeo.

Doug's students had their choir and band concerts and Doug sang in the Community Choir as well. I was only able to make it to the band concert due to our busy schedules, but it was very enjoyable.

Doug even jumped on the drums for one song that the Jazz band played. The Jazz Band received an Encore from the audience and I could tell that the students were really enjoying themselves. Very entertaining!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Mason's Birthday

Yesterday was Mason's birthday. He turned 2 years old. My parents have been in town and it was fun to have them here to join in on the celebration. It's amazing how much he has changed in the last few months. He talks and understands so much now. It's fun to see him learn and grow. Here is a video of Mason blowing out his candles. He actually blew the candles out himself.

Package from Grandma and Grandpa Farr:
Mason's favorites: Books, Cars, Trucks, Trains, Elmo, Blues Clues, The Wiggles, playing outside, and eating.
Favorite Sayings:
"Mom, watch" (And then he does something silly)
"Mom, Car. Mom, truck. Mom, car. Mom truck." (He says this while we are driving in the car because he is tall enough to see the passing cars and trucks. It does get a little repititious.)

Mason loves his siblings and gets very excited when they walk in from school every day. He calls Jordan "Jo Jo", Kaylee "Kaywee", and Lexi "Kaywee" (It sounds slightly different, but I'm sure it sounds like Lexi in his head).

Happy Birthday Mason!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Dance

This year Kaylee has been taking Ballet and Lexi has been taking Tap. Their performances are coming up at the beginning of May, but they recently had pictures taken so I snapped a shot outside of the Dance Studio since they were all dolled up. (Kaylee is performing Cinderella, and Lexi is performing a western show)

I'll post the professional picture once they come in...and the recital in May.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Crystal Reservoir

My parents have been in town this past week. We've had a great time. Last Wednesday we decided to go to Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge and throw rocks into Crystal Reservoir. Doug and the older 2 kids were in school and were unfortunately unable to join in on the fun. It was really windy so we didn't stay for very long, but we all had a great time. The Refuge also has a boardwalk that was about a mile and a half away from the reservoir, so we walked along that too. Pictured below: Lexi, Alexa (Lexi's friend), my Mom, Mason, and my Dad. My Dad....he looks like he was going to jump right in. (They do allow swimming, but it was waaaay too cold)





Crystal Reservoir from Kristi Farr on Vimeo.