Monday, January 26, 2015

Pirates and a Princess

This Halloween we had a pirate, a princess, and a pirate pumpkin. We went to the ward Halloween party one night and then we spent Halloween itself across the street at the Baptist Church.  They put on a big shindig complete with trunk-or-treating, bounce houses, games, a train ride (barrels pulled behind a quad), and lots and lots of candy.  Our kids had a blast.  I think it was Lindi's first bounce house experience and she was in heaven.  Happy Halloween (three months ago...I know.  I'm a terrible blogger)! 






Saturday, January 24, 2015

Blastball

Hyrum thoroughly enjoyed participating in sports at the community center this fall.  Blastball was second on the list and we had a lot of fun watching.  It's a very basic form of t-ball that teaches kids the principles and skills of the sport.


There is only one base and when the kids hit the base it squeaks!  It was so fun, especially at the end of practice when they would jump on it over and over and over again. ;)



Lindi was banished to the hiking pack.  We learned during soccer that she just wants to be in the middle of everything, so walking around the outskirts with Dad was a good solution.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pumpkins

We bought a $3 pumpkin from Walmart this year, but Grandma Brown still thought it would be fun to check out the pumpkin patch at the Dallas Arboretum.  It sure was!  Aside from the pumpkin village, we also just walked around the different gardens and had a thoroughly enjoyable time.  I think the Arboretum may be one of my favorite places to visit in Dallas.








Tuesday, January 20, 2015

December Little Things

Maybe if I get caught up on blogging I'll be more motivated to blog about the real life, day-to-day, happenings.  Those are always more fun to write about and read about. 

December was full of lots of big things, but here are a few little things that shouldn't be forgotten.



Our kids are just cute and awesome...and really good at taking selfies.



 My brother came home from his mission and had a cute blonde waiting for him...


My best buddy Lindsay, who probably thinks I'm not her friend anymore because we hardly ever talk, gave us some of her lemons for Christmas!  That was one of my very favorite gifts because I love making fresh lemonade with her lemons...

Lake Ray Roberts

Grandma and Grandpa Brown have a camping trailer that they used to use for out-of-town construction trips.  They don't do those much anymore, so the trailer has been lonesome and we decided we needed to take it out.  So, we planned a trip to Lake Ray Roberts, north of Dallas.  Boy did we have fun.

My favorite part was the cooking.  I made up a meal plan and did a lot of meal prep before we left.  We cooked everything over an open fire.  Pancakes and bacon was a bit of an adventure, but they turned out so good!!  We had taco salad one night and hot dogs another.  We also made peach cobbler in the dutch oven.  Mmmm....

Hyrum and Lindi had a blast playing in the dirt, riding bikes, playing on the beach, and, of course, fishing!  There by the lake they have a kid's fishing pond that they keep stocked.  We went to try it out and Hyrum caught a fish on his very first cast.  It was a proud moment...Just look at his face!







The beach was right down below our campsite and it was the best beach I've ever been to.  The sand was clean and soft and a dream to walk barefoot in.  The water was clear and cool.  I couldn't believe it was a lake!  The kids played and played and played there and would have played more if we let them.

Husband and I enjoyed a kayak ride and Grandma and Grandpa took the bikes out for a crash.  We went for a family hike.  It was just plain fun.  No work for Dad and Grandpa!  We're planning our next trip now!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

State Fair of Texas

In all of Husband's years in Texas, he had never been to the State Fair.  Can you believe that?  So, we took the kids and had a blast.


The kids loved "Little Hands on the Farm."  The each got a basket and some corn kernels.  They feed the sheep and gathered some wool, planted a seed and gathered some vegetables, fed the cows and gathered some milk, and then loaded up their harvest and rode the tractors to the market.  They sold their harvest and got a "dollar" to spend on cookies at the store.  It was such a fun and clever way to show how the things we use and eat every day start and how they become what we use.



They had one of the best model train exhibits I've ever seen,  Hyrum was a fan of that one, for sure.



Sculptures made of butter, fried food, dog shows, and lots of other fun exhibits.  We had a lot of fun.  I love days where we get to be together as a family!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Little Moments in October

I'm not very good at catching the day to day excitement (or lack thereof) at the Brown house, but here are a few highlights from the month of October.

Hyrum has a love for selfies.

 Grams and Papa sent Hyrum Ring Pops in the mail.  Talk about love.

Hanging with all THREE of my kids! (Baby #3 arriving May 1, 2015) 


 Using the Baptist Church parking lot for bike riding practice every morning.  Thanks!


 Awesome Mohawks


"Quiet Times" that end like this...



Loving my kids, even when they try my patience.  Trying to find ways to stay busy and happy as the temperatures go down...and down...and down.  Loving Texas, even if we miss friends and family in Arizona.  We are definitely in the right place.  Having a husband who loves his job makes all the difference.