Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Funny Jade

Today after school, Jade was reading her reading books for homework and writing a report on one of them. The one she chose was about space camp. I asked her if space camp sounded like something she'd like to do someday. Surprisingly, her answer was a VERY firm "NO!" When I asked her how come, I was not expecting this answer:
"Because they wear ugly outfits and I don't like wearing ugly clothes."
Hmmm...... good reason.....
After a little pause, she finished with, "I think I'd really enjoy Princess Camp though. You can send me to one of those. Wait, is that a real thing?"
Hahahaha!!! I love you so much, Jaders!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Our Easter Day

Yesterday was both wonderful, and not-so-much. The not-so-much was pretty much due to Paisley getting little sleep the previous couple days, skipping her morning nap, then not having the opportunity to take an afternoon nap. So for her to go from 4-5 nappy hours/day to did a lot of damage to her normally cheerful personality. We dealt with waaaay too many temper tantrums from that little one! Other than that, our day was great! We started the morning with a visit from the Easter Bunny who had not only filled the girls' baskets, but also managed to find our eggs in the fridge and hid those as well! Amber, Jade, and Paisley had fun hunting for them before breakfast.
She thought the jelly beans were funny cause in the movie HOP, jelly beans are Easter Bunny poo.

Sweet Jade was a little upset that Dave and I didn't have any candy, so she offered to give us half of hers. Little does she know - David and I frequently raid the kids' candy bucket! hahaha

Paisley quickly figured out how to peel wrappers off her candies. Unfortunately, she also discovered she doesn't like Crunch candies - but she sure tried every last one in her backet just to be sure! There were a LOT of bitten-into chocolate eggs put back into her basket. Silly thing!

I think this picture is funny cause there's an egg on the dvd rack right in front of her face but she didn't find it! lol

While they were hunting for eggs, our Easter Rolls baked in the oven. And guess what....they came out hollow! I reinforced the lesson taught on Saturday night as they were made and expressed my gratitude for both Heavenly Father's and Christ's sacrifices for us.

Here's the girls in their pretty Easter dresses!

After church we headed to Mesa to have dinner at Jami's. She had another egg hunt for the kids plus baskets full of treats and games. Dinner was DELICIOUS!!!

On our way home, we all tried to keep cranky Pie happy. I struck this pot of gold:

Saturday, April 23, 2011

A Plethera of Easter-Themed Activities

I had to slowly sound out "activities" as I typed it....and again just now. Haha! Just thought you should know....
We have been having fun with lots of Easter activities (and again!) for the past week. Here we goooo.....!!
First up: Easter Egg Decorating!
Normally, I buy the cheapest egg-dye kit I can find - IF I even buy one. There's been a few years in the past - sad years - when eggs have not been dyed at the Cresap house. But this year, I got a cool kit full of fun extras like glitter, beads, paint, and sponge shapes. Amber, Jade, and I had a blast coloring eggs while David and Paisley were out running errands. Can you spot my favorite egg??

Second: The Easter Pageant + Vito's Pizza
We (meaning mostly me) decided to go to the Easter Pageant at the Mesa Temple on Friday. Since it's an hour drive out there and early attendence is absolutely necessary for halfway decent seats, oh - and I needed to deliver Easter dresses to a friend in Mesa as well, we made an afternoon of it. After decorating the eggs and once Paisley woke up from her nap, we loaded up the car with blankets, games, and stroller and headed out. We wanted to eat a super early dinner at Organ Stop Pizza, but found out once we got there that it doesn't open till 5pm. And since we had planned on getting to the temple by then, that obviously wasn't gonna work. Luckily, David remembered a wonderful pizza place in north Mesa his grandpa had taken him a long time ago: Vito's Pizza! And I must say, Dave sure does know his pizza! Sooooo yummy! We then stopped for drinks and candy before getting to the temple and fighting the hordes of people to find seats. While we waited (the 2 1/2 hours!) we enjoyed playing Old Maid, Go Fish, and a combination of the two. lol David then took the antsy children to walk around and take pictures with cast members. Since Paisley is potty-trained now, I was a little worried about her having an accident/s while there, but she did AWESOME! She told David or I every time she needed to go and managed to hold it through the long lines at the port-a-potty's there. Such a big girl! The Pageant was just wonderful and it's especially good timing with our family scripture reading - Thursday night we had started reading about the last supper and Judas' betrayal. So it was nice for the girls to see the scriptures come to life and know what was going on.
Cutting her food like a big girl!


David saw a couple baby goats while I was taking the girls for a "last-call" potty trip

Third: Easter Cookie Time with the Andersons

I totally got distracted decorating the cookies and forgot to take pictures.....but here's the end results!

And Last (for tonight anyways): Easter Breakfast Rolls
My friend told me about these Easter breakfast rolls after decorating the cookies today: using whatever roll recipe, pull a lump of dough, flatten it into a circle, place a large marshmallow in the center (representing Christ's body) then seal the dough around it (like sealing the tomb). Brush with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, then refridgerate overnight. When they're baked in the morning, the marshmallow melts into the dough but leaves a hollow space in the center. When the "tomb" is opened Easter morning, "Christ's body" is not there. What a great object lesson! Since I'm babysitting my nieces and nephew today, I included them as well. The four oldest kiddos had fun helping me with all the dough. I made a pan for us, and a pan for them to take home.
I love how these girls just happened to wear matching dresses today! Jade's wearing Amber's old dress, and Rai has on Jade's! So fun!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

More Bubbles

I'm telling ya, this girl is obsessed with bubbles! She knows where we keep the bubble gun and points to it daily requesting bubbles. Most of the time the answer is "no" and she instantly buries her face in her hands and fake cries. But every once in awhile, she'll ask David when he's in the right sort of mood and he'll oblige. These pics are from two different such times:

She decided to let her babies pop the bubbles. Such a nice mommy!

All good mommies know that babies like to be slammed head-first on the ground to pop bubbles!

Sunday, April 17, 2011


Well....our pool is officially open for the summer! So come on over and enjoy the cool water! I need to enroll the girls in swimming lessons for the summer. I should probably check when online enrollment begins. Don't want to wait till there's no spots left!

Pure heaven - freezing cold water and a piece of a KitKat bar!

The water was really, really C-O-L-D!!!

She came up near tears....hahaha

Jade gave up.

This picture was taken under the water. Pie was apparently thirsty.

Crazy kid LOVES the water!

Warm-up time!