Thursday, April 24, 2014

Our Easter festivities 2014

Leading up to Easter we went to Katelyn and Wes'
house to dye eggs and bbq.
My little bunnies all ready to dip those eggs.
Everyone got festive.
The actual dying always gets competitive. 
And we always wish we hard boiled more.
Annual Glow In The Dark Hunt!
Our favorite part of Easter.
The glow sticks and flashing items are always a hit.
Fun for the kids and adults.
Too bad it is hard to take pics of all the glowing eggs.
The Easter bunny visited us on Saturday morning.
{funny how he know when Daddy is leaving on a trip
so that he can see the kids' excitement}
The egg trail lead right to their baskets.
Saturday morning we had the huge Easter egg hunt at GG's house.
There are eggs EVERYWHERE!
Honestly every inch is covered.
It is pure excitement of running, yelling and egg grabbing.
Aspyn getting so big!
The girls filled their baskets in like 15 seconds.
We had to get plastic sacks for the overflow.
Who is more excited?
Jeremy or the kids?
The egg hiding wraps around the house too.
Katelyn and I holding Aspyn.
Ryah looking so grown up.
The kids looking for eggs, and the adults
looking for the one golden egg hid just for the "big kids"
everyone was out for blood.
Now the good part!
We had so much candy it was not even funny.
"GG"
Grandma Ruth with all but 4 of her great grandkids.

Easter weekend was full of bunny festivities,
it kept us hopping from one place to another.
The glow-in-the-dark hunt is a fun tradition that the kids
totally get into.  Then the hunt at GG's is always a hit.
It is ridiculous how many eggs are put out to find.
Daddy was even here until early afternoon and got to
experience it all with us.
We even invaded my parents' weekend in Park City
and went up to swim and shop.
I don't think there was a dull minute,
and we loved every second of it.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Princess Prom

Elliette's very first corsage
(thank goodness it was from Daddy, my heart can't handle
her growing up so fast)
 Ellie had a Princess Prom at her school this week.
I decided very last minute to run to the florist right by my office
 for a small corsage Jeremy could give her.
She was so excited!
I am sure she felt like a real life princess. 
And I am sure your first flowers should come from Daddy.
 She walked down the stairs and her handsome date
was waiting, just like real Prom.
 Prince Charming and Princess Elliette.
I swear her hair was perfectly curled, then by the time
we walked downstairs it had fallen a bit.
Her hair is SO thick it is ridiculous. 
Not fair. 
 Off to the dance they go.
 
 Every girl should be taught at a young age how to be treated by boys.
Emery was so excited for Ellie.
She wanted to get dressed up too really bad, so she and I went 
on a date to Costco instead, just as good right? :)
(this is me actually holding them too tight so they don't grow
up too fast and stay little by my side forever)

I am sure there was so much dancing going on including
The Robot from those two.
We found at just on Monday that there was a Daddy/Daughter
dance on Thursday called the Princess Prom.
Jeremy actually was home, so Ellie was so excited she could take her.
I was actually a little emotional getting her ready, I know I'll blink
and she'll be going to real Prom.
She looked like the perfect Princess, and Jeremy said there was
actually a Dad dressed as a knight at the dance, that is awesome.
Eme and I enjoyed spending some time alone, and she got a
churro at Costco, so I'm sure that healed her hurt feelings for
not going to the dance.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Yosemite for Jeremy's birthday

Happy Birthday Daddy!

We tagged along with Jeremy's trip to Fresno.
We took the late flight out which was Jeremy's flight.
He did not have to fly anywhere on Friday which 
was his actual birthday so we decided to go to Yosemite.
 Getting to see Daddy at work.
It's so fun being on his flight, knowing he is actually flying us.
And getting to hear his voice on the announcements is always fun.
 The girls took over Jeremy's seat and were ready to
fly us all the way to California.
 Yosemite was a little over an hour's drive from Fresno.
Right after the toll both you turn right to the Mariposa Grove. 
 Luckily for us the road was open this early in the season. 
 Sometimes there is too much snow still and you  can't drive.
 You pull up to the parking lot and immediately start seeing the huge sequoias. 
 I mean massively huge. 
 Pictures do not do them justice.
They are so thick and tall.  The other trees look like
tiny pencils in comparison. 
 There was quite a bit of snow still at the Mariposa Grove.
We trudged through it on the pass around the Grove.
It was pretty slick and icy in some parts.
 The girls loved playing in the snow off the paths.
 Sequoias. 
 Fallen Tree.
The roots of this giant are unfathomable.
Stunning.
 I wanted to see this giant so bad.
It was one of the first things you come to along the trail.
Standing next to it is unbelievable.
Even bigger next to it.
  
Not even the full length of Fallen Tree.
 Jeremy next to a few along our trail to 
The Grizzly Giant on the right. 
 Grizzly Giant.
True statement.  This guy was massive.
 Hollowed tree. 
 Catching snowflakes on her tongue.
It started to snow while we were at the hollowed tree. 
Tree huggers.
Mariposa Grove,
Yosemite National Park
2014
We drove towards Yosemite Valley, about an hour from Mariposa Grove.
You pass through a cool tunnel, immediately out of the tunnel you see this!
It's amazing to be the first site after coming through the dark tunnel.
 Half dome and Bridalveil Fall.
 Eme was too cold to get out of the car,
but Elliette explored with us.
 Half dome in the fog.
We hit a little snow at this point.
We explored Yosemite Village.
Got hot chocolate and saw the visitors center.
It is a fun little area, like a small community.
 Thumbs up for a fun Birthday spent exploring.
 Our favorite little spot.
Along the trail to Bridalveil Fall was this cute little stream.
It was so perfect it almost looked fake. 
Happy Birthday Babe!
 
 Our good little hikers.
They loved running around, seeing the
trees, picking up sticks and being in nature.
 Seriously though doesn't this place look fake?
It's too perfect, perfect lined path and too pretty.
America the Beautiful! 
We loved the moss on everything.
Ellie said this looked like the rock people on Frozen,
it kinda did. 
 As we were leaving the park the clouds parted and the sun
started shining.  It was absolutely perfect, of course as we were leaving,
but still perfect.  
A view a little less foggy.
 The perfect day celebrating Jeremy turning 35!
Love you babe!
Thanks for letting us tag along.

Every once in awhile Jeremy gets a trip where he flies out one day,
doesn't go anywhere the 2nd day at all. This was one of those trips.
We flew out late Thursday night, spent the day Friday at Yosemite
and flew back home Saturday morning.  
The nice thing about Fresno is how close the hotel is to the airport,
and rental car was right there too. Sometimes the smaller airports
are so much more convenient.
{we got a nice rental car upgrade, birthday bonus!}
Yosemite was a little over an hour away, and is a real pretty drive.
We stopped in the little town and got sandwiches for later 
and headed into the park.
Mariposa Grove is the closest to the entrance and was my favorite part
seeing the giant sequoia trees was breathtaking.
We love all of Yosemite and would like to spend more time.
It was cold at first, it would be nice to go back later in the year.
I was surprised how much snow they still had.
The hikes we did were fun and easy and so pretty.
So glad we could celebrate Jeremy's birthday all together.