We have just returned from our weekly ward play group, Leilani zonked out, I ate a quick lunch, and now hopefully have a little bit of time to pop out a blog post. One of my New Year Resolutions is to blog more about our routine and the habitual activities that we do on a daily basis. Typically, I tend to write more about our big events and outings, since obviously they are fun memories, yet I want my children to know about the small details of our family's life too.
A few weekends ago Mike had the opportunity of attending a Wizard's basketball game in Washington D.C. with some of the young men in our ward. I was incredibly jealous! (Why can't the young women ever do fun things like this?) They were able to present the colors before the game, go on the court and meet some of the players. I'm sure that Mike was in basketball heaven. It looked like it was a blast!
This past winter has been bleak and rough with an abnormal amount of snow days. However, I'm always greatly amused when school is canceled because it's "too cold" outside. Seriously? There's no snow on the ground. I grew up in Alaska where we went to school in -15 degree weather. Side note: Virginians are pansies.
Fortunately, this past week has been overcast but warm which gives me hope that spring is on the way. Oh please!!! Leilani and I love to get outside and stroll around the beautiful neighbors that encompass the Virginian suburbs. Spring is one of my favorite seasons and I just can't wait for all of the fun outdoor activities that are brewing around in my mind. Strawberry picking, bike rides on the Mt. Vernon trail, outdoor movies, camping, hiking, the gorgeous cherry blossoms, and oh so much more!
So happy to be outside. My cheerful babe.
Last Thursday, my friend, Lydia, and I brought our babies to a soft gym in the Alexandria area. It was a blast! These polynesian babies are too cute together!
Way to spread those germs babe! Leilani was content to sit in the balls and watch Manu.
Manu was plowing through the balls like it was no joke! A little athlete in the making.
Thanks for playing with us Manu!
I assembled these little tubes from materials that I collected from the dollar store. Leilani LOVES them! It was a great idea from my friend JoAnna. Seriously, so affordable and provides hours of fun. We enjoy singing the "Shake" song as she rattles it around.
On a particular snow day, I assembled this Ikea bookcase for Leilani. I wanted something in the Montessori fashion that could be assessable for her to touch and play with. She really loves pulling out her books and sensory bottles. Glad to see someone appreciates my work.
Lately, our week nights and weekends have been filled with youth activities since Mike is a leader in Young Men's and I'm in Young Women's. Secretly, I've always wanted a calling in the Young Women program so this is a dream come true for us. We LOVE working with the youth and for the first time in four years we are finally in a ward that has a strong youth program. Our last ward only had one or two teenagers.
This last Saturday we also hosted four missionaries in our home for dinner. One of them is from American Samoa so currently that makes for three Samoans in our ward. Yay! We made pork ribs, homemade mac and cheese, salad, etc. for the meal. When the Elders saw the huge stack of ribs they all started whooping and laughing. One of them said that it was the best dinner that he has had on his mission so far. (Really not due to my cooking.) Apparently, the Elders are generally not fed a great deal of meat so the pork ribs were a real treat for them. I just wanted to jot that down as a tip that missionaries want meals with a lot of meat. One of the Elders said that he would love a steak, which we all laughed at, but these guys deserve it. I was glad to hear that they enjoyed the meal and of course we loved having their spirit in our home. I want to make an effort to start hosting the missionaries in our home more and doing more for them on a monthly basis. They sacrifice so much and work so hard every day. Making a dinner is the least that we can do for them. I always hope and pray that my relatives that are currently serving missions are taken care of so that sentiment motivated me to start hosting the missionaries more. (I'll get off of my soapbox now.)
Now that our little munchkin is mobile she's getting herself into a ton of baby scrapes! One day she stood up using a chair under the table and then couldn't sit down and get herself out. She started to cry and I just thought that it was too cute and funny. Poor thing!
Her funny expressions are constantly cracking us up. She's ultra expressive.
Meals are now a pretty entertaining experience for the entire family. (Par-tay!) Leilani loves scrambled eggs, water from her sippy cup and fruit smoothies. I just love this little girl to pieces!
Lately, we have been teaching her how to kiss. She loves to open her mouth and give us a slobbery smooch. Sometimes she will push us away with her hands too. Haha! A girl that knows her own mind.
My days and nights are filled with this little darling and when I hold her my heart often just wants to burst at the seams. My love for her is tremendous.
I have the best job in the world.