Our sweet little Elijah turned 3 on the 29th. He requested to have "old McDonald's" for dinner. Then we had a fun, low key family party with an elephant theme, Elijah's favorite animal. I made a yummy homemade 3 layer chocolate cake with blue buttercream frosting, per Elijah's request. Cora and Elijah decorated it with skittles and we put an elephant on top for good measure. That's my new favorite way to decorate birthday cakes - candy border, plastic toy topper, maybe sprinkles and a name or age piped on (but not this time). Cute and easy and the kids can help!
Friday, January 31, 2014
Friday, December 27, 2013
Getting ready for Christmas is really such a big part of the season, and so much more fun and magical with kids. The first thing we do is decorate our tree. The kids love this and I love to make a night out of it just like we did growing up. Complete with mini lessons on the symbolism of the different Christmas icons, which Cora remembers surprisingly well.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Here is our beautiful 5 year old girl on her birthday, October 6th, wearing her special birthday dress that I made for her. The fabric is a little obnoxious for my taste but she loves it - it has castles and unicorns and rainbows, everything our girly-girl loves. She has worn it almost every Sunday since then, although I was luckily able to remove the bow without her noticing after it didn't fare well in the wash.
We went to Shark's Cove with Eric's family while there were here. It was super fun, even though there is not a ton of sand to camp on, there are so many fun shallow little pools where you can stand and see fish and other wildlife. The adults got to take turns snorkeling while we all watched kids and played in the shallows.
We started off the morning of the 4th with a cute little kids bike parade at the little circle at BYUH. Our kids may not have had the best decorated bikes, but they sure looked cute in their little matching 4th of July outfits that I made for them. (Cora's skirt and Elijah's shirt)
This past June Ryan was able to go to the mainland for a quick trip to attend the APTA convention in Salt Lake, meet with some people from his parent company at work, and of course, catch up with family and friends that we haven't seen since moving to Hawaii. He got to fly into Vegas and see lots of family in St. George, including Grandma and Grandpa Nielson (no pic). Here he is spending a little time at the lake hanging out with Aunt Janice's family.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Heading up the mountain for a camping trip! Cora and Elijah were little troopers, they carried their own packs all the way to the campsite! Cora's had most of her supplies in it, and was fairly heavy, for a 4 year old. Elijah's backpack is actually a little bigger than Cora's but was filled with pillows, so it was light. Still, it was hard for him to carry.