Friday, January 31, 2014

Elijah's birthday

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!

Big waves

A couple nights last week we drove out to check out the big waves on the North Shore.  The first day it wasn't actually that big, but the kids had fun playing in the sand a bit and we saw a nice sunset.  

Early January

Here are my little chefs in home-sewn chef attire.  Cora has an apron and oven mitts too that I made but wasn't wearing them for this pic.  She is still waiting patiently for me to make her a chef hat too.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas 2013

Getting ready for Christmas

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

Cora's birthday and Halloween

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.

Mom and Dad's visit in September

In September we were happy to receive a visit from my parents for two weeks.

Elijah showing off his "future missionary" tag from Grandma.

End of Summer at home

Here are some everyday things we got up to around the end of summertime - mostly in August. 

Shirtless bike riding.

Beach time with Eric's family

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.

4th of July and Ryan birthday

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)

Ryan's June trip to the mainland

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

Our big kids

Playing around at Costco Optical - such a cute little nerd! 

May 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.

April 2013

Cora helping Daddy's scouts do a beach clean-up.  I made this dress for Cora a few months ago.

March 2013

Ryan and his mini-me after church.