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Keeping up with the Littles!

We have six little ones at our house. Their ages are 12, 10, 8, 4, 2, and 4 months. It is crazy to think how the older ones are not so little any more, but I digress.

One of my goals that I have always had as a mother was that I could be healthy (read: not fat) enough so that I could play with my Littles. Actually I have been fairly successful at playing with them, even when I am not at my goal weight. (I have recommitted to that.)

I have found that playing with my Littles helps me to keep the goal to be able to play with my Littles. Like the chicken and the egg.

So while I am not as strong as I used to be (I love lifting weights!), I am getting back into shape by playing with them at the park! In the early morning, before it gets too hot, they bike and I walk to a park in the neighborhood. I do not have a fancy runny stroller, just an old double stroller. Pushing it gives me quite a workout. It is heavy and it pulls to the left, so my arms are constantly working simply to keep it straight! Once I get momentum going, I don’t like to be stopped, so the Littles all know not to stop in front of me – they might get run over! The best part of the stroller? The passengers…

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They love playing on the playground. They go across it like it is an obstacle course. They challenged me to do it. Wow! That was hard. I felt awkward, but I did it. Good thing no one was there to witness it. The kids cheered me on, then told me I was slow. 😉

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I taught them how to play Freeze Tag. It is lots of fun, but I seem to always get frozen, because I cannot outrun any of them! They know I am an easy target. I guess I need to work on running…

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This was the first time I had ran since before Baby! I was tired and sore. But it was fun!

 

What game should I teach them next?

 

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Our Favorite Easter Tradition

My older sister is amazing and she has an amazing daughter. Five years ago we invited her over to dye Easter eggs with us. She spent the night and we had so much fun, we wanted to do it again the next year. And so a tradition began. Each year, we know that Easter weekend is our special time with our favorite Arizona cousin!

Here are my two oldest and cousin in 2010!

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This year was no different. She came over Friday after school. The kids played. We ate pizza. Once the little boys were in bed, the older kids watched “Free Birds” (Funny, right? Watching a Thanksgiving movie on Easter!) They served themselves bowls of ice cream.

In the morning I made Easter egg waffles. (Nothing Pinterest worthy. I just had three bowls of batter colored yellow, pink, and green and then layered them in the waffle iron.) The kids sure loved them!

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Then after the kitchen was cleaned, and the kids were dressed, we started coloring eggs!

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I boiled FIVE DOZEN eggs! Luckily only three cracked while boiling. The kids loved to see the color tablets fizz and dissolve in the vinegar.

I like to slow the process down, so I give everyone ONE egg. That way they can take their time and really make it look good. Then I give them each another egg. We had fewer dropped eggs and only one bowl of dye get knocked over. Success!

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Another Easter filled with fun memories for cousins!

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P.S. After spending a full day with their favorite Arizona cousin, the kids get sad when she leaves. This year when she left, Enzo was taking his nap. When he woke up, he wandered around the house and in the backyard calling out for his cousin. When I told him that she left, he just sat there. Then Arianna started to cry. She talked about how she wished she could buy a street full of great houses and invite all of her aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents to move in. I LOVE the idea! We had better start saving. But until then, we KNOW we will have her NEXT Easter!

Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt

I LOVE EASTER!!!! It is such a fun holiday without all the stress of Christmas. Think of all the wonderful things about Easter time:

-chocolate candy

-Spring weather

-Easter egg hunting

-chocolate bunnies

-green grass

-The Easter Pageant

-focusing in the importance of the Savior

-time with family

-and more chocolate!

Seriously, what could be better?

We enjoyed a neighborhood Easter egg hunt this morning. It was so much fun! The sky was overcast, so it wasn’t sunny and hot, and the chocolate candy in the eggs did not melt. There were so many families enjoying the park together. There were so many eggs to be hid, that the good hiding places were taken so the rest of the eggs had to be strewn across the lawn.

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The way they organized the hunt, the littlest children went first and then waited until releasing the next age group. It was smart, because it slowed it down and no one was trampled!

Here are some pictures of our Littles and the eggs they found today…

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After the hunt, there were other activities organized! There was a cake walk, jump ropes and other outdoor toys to play with, a parachute, even stilts! The kids really had a fantastic time!

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Here are a few pictures of the Littles opening their eggs…

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He is so excited!!!!

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She is so disappointed when the egg was empty!

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The best part was on the walk home, we saw the “Easter Bunny” running through the desert bushes in the neighborhood. It is hard to see in this picture. Can you see him???? He was so fast!

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Now we know where he lives…

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Happy Easter!! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter weekend!

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