Thursday, July 13, 2017

April 2017

 April was a really fun month. We were still finishing settling in to our new house, job, school, routines, etc. That didn't stop us from taking some time to explore our new surroundings and enjoy some family time.

 Erik started to make some new friends and settle in to his new class. He went from a school where the entire school had 8 students, to one where there were 25+ just in his class. It was a bit of a shock. He handled it all really well though.

While Erik was at school the girls and I found ways to fill our days. Playing in water is always a favorite with this bunch. 
 Locking herself in the bathroom alone was sure NOT one of Maren's favorite ways to spend her morning. I liked all the snuggles I got after I'd managed to rescue her (with the help of the neighbor across the street).
 One of the older kids' favorite things to do is play Moana. They steal my broom and mop to make a ship's mast and an oar and voyage all over the ocean without ever leaving the recliner.
 We made sure to spend some time together when Ethan was home exploring all the fun new things around us. One of the biggest hits this month was when we took the kids to Dillon's BBQ. They weren't too impressed with the food (it wasn't bad, but not good enough to be worth the price), but they loved that one entire wall of the dining room was a massive shark/sting ray aquarium. They just ate that part of it all up!
 We had to do our usual thing and misuse the statues. Too bad my phone camera just didn't handle the poor lighting real well.
 Another fun adventure we went on was to go to White Tank Mountain Regional Park and do some hiking around. It was a pretty easy hike, and it was fun to get out of the city for a few hours. We knew we were running out of nice weather and wanted to get outside before it was too late.
The big kids were pretty good about keeping up, as long as stopped at every spot of shade for a rest and a drink. Maren was just happy to be along for the ride.
 You can see that Sharli made sure she was approriately attired for desert hiking. Every desert explorer needs a pink tutu. It was fun to watch the reactions of the other hikers on the trail when they'd pass her.
 The trail we chose is supposed to have a waterfall at the end, although we were there at the wrong time of year to actually see the water falling. There was just a small pool of water left at the bottom. We'll have to go back when it's actually running.
 There may not have been water, but there were plenty of rocks to climb. The kids had a blast!

 While we go to go do lots of fun things, our plans didn't always work out. We had to miss a fun sidewalk art festival due to a nasty tummy bug, so we stayed home and made our own art work instead.
This month marked a big milestone for us. We had our first lost tooth this month. Erik handled it like a pro and couldn't wait to get to the dollar store to spend his dollar the tooth fairy left him.

Also this month we got to celebrate Easter! Erik was the first one to wake up, and it was all he could do to keep his fingers out of the Easter baskets until his sisters woke up.
 After church that afternoon we headed over to Gilbert to have dinner and an egg hunt with Nate and Kate and their crew. It was a ton of fun! It's nice to be near enough to cousins to get to see them regularly.

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