Saturday, April 25, 2009

Today was...

93 degrees...
yeah... you read right... It's only April! :)

We enjoyed spending the day together, LOTS of sun, swings, and slides.
We are now even enjoying being a little sunburned.

We also enjoyed one of these.... a Rita's Gelati... One of the BEST things ever created.
In fact their motto is: ICE, CUSTARD, HAPPINESS.
Layered Italian Ice and vanilla frozen custard... Today I chose Mango and Strawberry Italian Ice to go with my custard. Mmmm... I could eat it all day.
Sorry my Utah friends... Rita's doesn't exist out West.

If I were you, I would consider opening a franchise. :)
And to top it off.... The JAZZ are on....




Pretty close to a Perfect Day...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Great Grandparents really are GREAT!

How often when you were little did you get to have your GREAT grandparents come stay with you for a whole week. Zenock was spoiled all week with just that. JC's grandparents came to stay with us and we had the pleasure of taking them around to see all the sites of D.C.
I think we wore them right out. (And if we didn't... Zenock sure did.) We did almost everything in one week that JC and I have done in the last eight months of living here. It was lots of fun having them here to visit. Zenock was in pure heaven with the attention they gave him and started showing off the minute they walked in the door.

I will warn you now there are a Million pictures... and I didn't even come close to posting them all. :)
The first day they were here, we had a huge storm and they came home from the Holocaust museum soaked. The rest of the week was perfect weather and was a perfect time to visit D.C. Everything was so green, the sky was clear blue, and flowers were everywhere in full bloom. Loved it.



The LIBRARY of CONGRESS...

While the grandparents were on their tour of the Capitol building, JC and I got to tour around the area and see a few things we hadn't visited yet.

I love that all the trees were pink with blossoms... Just the thought that this color belongs to nature is awesome. I think these were made especially for me.



Did I mention that this day just so happened to also be our FIFTH wedding anniversary!?! I can't believe it has gone by so fast... or has it? I am so glad I have the perfect guy to spend another five years with. We had fun spending the day together as a family.


The SUPREME COURT...

UNION STATION...


We wore Zenock right out... Somedays I wish I could be pushed around in a stroller as well with the seat reclined, lazily enjoying the sites.


The CAPITOL BUILDING... backside.


I love the detail on every building... architecture fascinates me. I started school out wanting to do Interior Design (I've said that about a million times on this thing), but I love it. I love all the aspects of Design/architecture. (I am hooked on HGtv.) Maybe one day, I'll go back to it...


We visited the National Botanical Gardens while Zenock was sleeping... Gorgeous. Heavenly Father had fun creating flowers. Each are so amazing in their own way. I need a house so I can enjoy my own flowers and garden. :)

Tulips are some of my favorite flowers. (One of the reason's I picked April to get married.) They were everywhere at the Temple when we got married and I had them all over at my reception.


Us with Great Grandpa and Grandma Brey.
Arlington cemetery was beautiful as well.

Abner Doubleday is buried in Arlington and was a general in the civil war. HE is also credited with inventing the game of BASEBALL.

Thank You General Doubleday... You have made my husband's life complete and brought hours upon hours of joy and entertainment to his life. You have also given me hours upon hours of free time to scrapbook, read, blog, socialize, and play with my little boy while my husband is enjoying your game. I thank you... What would my life be with out the game of Baseball???

The old amphitheater... I loved these Tulips. They were my favorite. :)


They were so pretty... It really was the perfect day.

The view of Washington D.C. from Arlington House... awesome view.

Cherry Blossoms were still in bloom all over Arlington. The National Cherry Blossom festival was last week and they have been everywhere. Awww... Spring!

Zenock also spent lots of time playing with Grandpa Brey and showing him all of his toys. This is how they ended most evenings. Zenock got quite an attachment to "ampa."

One of our last days was spent at Gettysburg. While the grandparents and JC were inside the visitors center watching the movie, Zenock and I stayed outside and of course hunted for and played with sticks.

Nothing beats 83 degree weather... :)

We had to go inside the visitors' center to get a slushie to cool down...


It was pretty good...


It was really, REALLY good and cold...


It was also LOADED with sugar.
Wonderful to fill up on right before you strap your child in a carseat to tour a very solemn battlefield scene.
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Our sweet visitors left early Tuesday morning... We were so sad to see them go.

It was so much fun having Grandpa and Grandma visit and getting to know them better. We are so sad that we can't just hop in the car and drive 5 hours to stay with them in sunny St. George. Those were such fun vacations. :) We wish we lived just a little bit closer.

I love Zenock's sweet innocent smile.... haha.

Thanks for coming to visit!!! We had a great time!

Who wants to be next....

Monday, April 13, 2009

- - Easter 2009 - -

Our Easter Weekend was great!!! I love spending time with my family. Our weekend started out early when JC got home from work on Friday and told Zenock and I he was taking us out on a date night... We went out to dinner at On the Border, got a treat, and came home, changed into our pj's, and watched "Bedtime Stories." It was such a cute movie and Zenock was obsessed with the Hampster/Guinea Pig "BUGSY" who had huge eyes! Everytime Bugsy came onto the screen, Zenock would look at JC or I and say,
"Ohhh... He's so cute!"
Zenock decided to have a pre-dinner snack before going out and dumped the entire bag of chips all over the floor. Oh... How I love my vaccuum. :) I clean up a mess like this at least once a day. I am sure my downstairs neighbor thinks I am nuts!
***


Saturday night we kept with tradition and dyed some Easter Eggs. My husband thinks I am absolutely crazy to do all of this with a two year old and honestly a part of me thinks so too. BUT, I love holidays, love traditions, and I feel like if I don't start now then Zenock is missing out and it might not happen the next year. Besides... I enjoy a little egg dyeing as well. It is so much fun for me to dye eggs, fill plastic eggs with candy, hide and prepare an egg hunt, find the perfect little easter gifts, lay it all out, and watch my child's eyes filled with excitement as he runs into the room to find his gifts and experience the moment of opening his egg to find candy. I get the biggest thrill!
Pure Enjoyment.

I have to also add that I treasure the reason behind the Easter Holiday.
The truth. The gospel. The meaning. The knowledge. His Sacrifice.
My Savior.
Who could forget?

Egg Dyeing WAS quite the experience. Zenock loved it. After showing him how to use the dipper, he really tried to use it, but then would just stir the dye with the dipper and then proceed to dump the egg and his entire hand in the dye. :)

Add Image...Testing out the dye...


He was so excited... How could you not give this kid anything he wants. He is tough to say no to.



His BLUE hand...
Note to self: Three different kinds of soap and a lot of soaking and scrubbing in the tub DOES remove Easter Egg dye from little hands. It also produces fun blue colored tub water. :)

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--- EASTER MORNING ---

The Easter Bunny found us.... All of us!!!



Seriously... Pure enjoyment.

Easter Egg Hunt! As soon as he figured out there was candy in the Eggs he was running around, finding eggs, cracking them open, and shoving candy in his mouth. JC and I were just sitting back laughing at our crazy little boy.

I think this might have been a sugar high expression... :)
Another note to self: Too much sugar before church equals lots of time out in the hall during church.

I loved Easter when I was little... So many memories! It also always meant a new Easter Dress. Since, I don't have a girl... Zenock gets to deal with new Easter Sunday clothes.
And... since I cannot get Zenock to ever look at the camera or smile anymore for it, you get to have a picture of him with me.
Hope you all had a great weekend! We have another busy week ahead of us with lots of adventures. JC's grandparents are coming to stay and we are so excited to show them ALL that we have seen. :)


Friday, April 10, 2009

... Busy...

Here is a week worth of updates... :) Life gets pretty busy around here.

Saturday we were invited to attend a "book reading" and VIP reception for Tina Louise... aka Ginger from Gilligan's Island. She just finished writing a children's book and Zenock was invited to be one of the children she read her new book too.
Don't you love having friends with connections? :) We sure do... note the $125.00 price per ticket for the VIP reception. (Our price: $0.) This included a meet and greet and wine and cheese table (we enjoyed the cheese, shrimp, and miniature cupcakes meant for the children).

When we walked in each of the kids were given a copy of Tina's new book, "When I grow Up." We then were able to have her personally autograph and sign each book. I have to admit for age 75... she doesn't look to shabby. In fact... she looked pretty great!

They then took all of the kids upstairs so they could get ready for Tina to read her book. Tina happens to only like her picture taken from "left to right." We quickly snapped this picture as she was telling a gentleman on the front row that if he was going to take pictures he needed to go on the other side of the room. Seriously... and JC thinks I am demanding. :)


The event was held at an old prison that they have turned into an Art Museum. The prison was where they kept the women's suffrage prisoners.

My cute family after Tina read her book. Zenock did really well sitting still for the first 10-15 minutes... completely unheard of for our little boy. It was a fun activity to attend! (Thanks for the connection/invite Rebecca!)

This is Tina's new book... It is pretty cute and part of the proceeds go towards Children's Literacy programs.

Zenock's first "famous" autograph.

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We thoroughly enjoyed conference weekend listening and being uplifted. I love how conference inspires me to be better. I feel like these men are so inspired by what they say. I needed to hear so many of their words and there were times when I thought how perfectly fitting they were to others close to me. I need to do more to inspire myself and to uplift myself throughout the year.

Sunday we had GREAT weather and after conference we got outside to play around for awhile.

Of course, Zenock would find the only dirt hole in the grass and sit himself right down in it...
Oh Boy!

Showing Daddy his dirt hole.

Playing ball... Zenock is at the age where he loves to be chased. He is always taunting us to chase him.

One of the advantages of our neighborhood is there are plenty of dogs or puppies around, which Zenock absolutely loves. He runs right over to them and gives them lots of loves. He is such a friendly little boy and is always telling strangers BIG stories. This guy couldn't keep from laughing as Zenock was telling him stories and would only pause for a second to get a reaction from him.
It was such a great day to be outside and to feel the Spring weather. We have been surrounded by a sea of pink everywhere we go. The cherry blossom's are in full bloom everywhere and it is just gorgeous. Hopefully, I can get a picture or two before they all go away.

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Yesterday, (I told you it was a weeks worth of posts:) I told Zenock to get ready for lunch. As i was making his pb&j sandwich, he was in the fridge... (like usual) and then proceeded to set the table.

Apparently, all you need for lunch is sour cream, cottage cheese, two spoons...


and some leftover pizza... He is so self- efficient. :)

***
During conference, I always like to have something to do... sitting on my comfy couch watching and listening to soothing voices somehow puts me to sleep. So, I try to keep my hands busy while listening. My creative, craftiness ended up lasting ALL week. I got lots of projects done, finished projects I have been working on, and even decorated for Spring... (yeah, I probably should've done it a month ago. I think I better start on Summer now.) Here are a few of my Spring Projects:


Left-Right:
*The boxes I made to go above my cabinets.
*The tablerunner was inspired by my very creative friend Erin. Thanks Erin!!!
*Spring stitching and painted an old frame to put it in.
*Spring decorations... It's amazing what a little colored ribbon can do for a room!
*Last, JC gave me a new bedspread for Christmas and I needed an accent pillow to go with it. I found perfect fabric to match and made a huge pillow. It turned out bigger than I thought it would, but I ended up really liking it.
*I also scrapbooked a couple of pages and framed them for JC to take to work and hang up.

I love being crafty.... It is so relaxing for me. I have also been working on two other pillows that I might have done soon. I have pretty much taken the week off from all of my other "household cleaning" duties, so I had better get with it!
I am so excited for Easter this weekend and to give Zennie his Easter basket.
Happy Easter everyone!