It's finally spring and with spring come busy and happy times. Sports are going, school, gardening, outside fun, trips...you name it and we've been doing it. Well, kind of.
Our big event was Maggie's eye surgery. She had what is called intermittent exotropia where her left eye would turn outward a little some of the time. Her doctor recommended surgery so we went ahead and removed Maggie's eyeball. Just kidding. A little surgery to fix the problem. Here she is ready to go in! She was nervous but she was so brave. I was really proud of her. We made sure to write YES on the eye to be worked on--no mistakes here!
Jacob got a special award from school--the Terrific Kid award. Each 6th grade teacher in the district picks one boy and one girl in their class for the award and Jacob's teacher picked him! We were really proud of him. He is a terrific kid!
For spring break this year Hillary and her family were in town so we decided to do something fun. We went down to Moab and stayed in a cabin in the La Salle mountains. The cabin itself was quite the adventure. It was very "rustic" -- it was really out in the middle of nowhere, and there was no dishwasher, the mattresses were dirty and gross, it was run off of solar power and in the morning we would run out of power! It was definitely an experience! But the only that mattered is that we had a ton of fun. The kids loved playing with cousins and chopping wood outside.
Jacob moved on in his science fair again! He went to show at BYU and he won a really cool prize--a trip for 4 to a fossil quarry in Wyoming to dig for fossils! We even get to keep all the fossils we find. It doesn't open for another month but we are so excited to go! It's going to be really cool, and of course Jake thought it was the coolest prize ever. Future geologist.
Life on a "farm" (okay, a mini-farm) is definitely different from how I grew up. Eric got a tractor and has been teaching the kids to use it (gulp). But it has come in handy a lot even in just a couple weeks. And Ziggy is always bringing me treasures. Here she is with a cow leg, and then the other day she brought me a dead mouse. Put it right outside my garage door for me. I guess better dead and outside than alive and inside?
When Hillary was here we went up to Salt Lake to walk around temple square and have lunch. I just had to capture this quintessential shot of Joey. This is basically his uniform lately. T-shirt, sport shorts and tall socks pulled up all the way. Lol. This kid may be a handful, but he can make us laugh. I love it.