I'm very behind on updating. I've been trying to keep up on picture taking, but it's been hard, and updating this is even harder because I haven't been able to sit on the computer for long periods of time to mess with pictures or upload them. But last weekend was the Princess Festival at Thanksgiving Point. I guess they have been having it for a couple of years now up in Lindon, but this was the first year we caught wind of it to take Kadence. I really wanted to go to see her excitement and get pictures, and Ryan came in case I needed to break they could go on without me. Phelan went to his Grandmar's and Grandpa's for the day, he had fun and got a new squirt gun. (and being a good brother, asked them to get one for his sister, Kadence, too!) So unfortunately I don't have any pictures of him for the day. By the time we got home I was pretty exhausted, but Kadence LOVED it. They had all the different princesses there (and some new ones) for her to meet and get their autographs:
Beauties and the Beast
Princess and the Pea princess took a break, so Kadence decided to try out her bed.
Arts and Crafts Tables (She really liked these and spent quite a bit of time at them)
Ryan asleep with Kadence's new merchandise during craft time (yes, he's sleeping) She got a new dress up dress while we where there and changed into it immediately. (The original she wore there is in the Princess & the Pea picture)
Face cutouts to try out
And they had several short plays to watch. This is of course is Cinderella and trying to get the slipper on the step sister's foot. Kadence didn't really care for the plays, she watched a few but mostly just loved running around to all the different princesses and doing the crafts. The Cinderella play was very good though. The step sisters were hilarious and before the play chatted Kadence up for a long time about her new dress and practiced curtseying with her. (Every princess she met she politely curtseyed to upon greeting and leaving.)
She said her favorite part was meeting Rapunzel. The other princesses would ask who her favorite princess was, and Kadence told them "All of them." I asked her when we were walking if she had a favorite, and she told me "Rapunzel, but I don't want to hurt the other princesses feelings." Such a sweet girl. When it was over and we were leaving I asked her if she thought the Princess Festival was as good as going to Disneyland and she said "Probably better! Because it's nothing but Princesses!" She's very excited to go again next year.
Saturday morning started out with the Draper Easter Egg Hunt. Although, with the number of kids to eggs ratio, it was more like an Easter Egg Dive.
Kadence got 2 eggs, but was just happy she got the pink jump rope she wanted. I'm pretty impressed she got it given her deceptively frail stature and that there was a scuffle of 5 kids going for it. I don't have any pictures of Phelan at it because it was packed so I stayed with Kadence the whole time and Ryan was safeguarding Phin. He got 3 eggs. Which Ryan said also was good because some of the kids in Phelan's age group didn't get any. Kinda ticks me off that Draper held it on the border of Draper and Riverton, instead of at the park in Draper like they did last year, because I think the majority of the participants were from Riverton not Draper. Which would be fine, except they had even less eggs/candy than last years but probably triple the amount of people there. Happily, my kids are easy to please and just were excited to go to it even though there buckets were far from overflowing.
Then we came home and Ryan helped the kids decotrate Easter Eggs:
Today's pictures are not great, but I got them done. I try not to get up too much, and neither of the kids were in the mood for having their pictures taken, so this is the best I got. I can't blame them, they WERE in the middle of eating rice krispy treats and watching Star Wars...
Phelan's big thing today was counting the syllables of words. (I have no idea.) He figured out what they were and asked me what it was called and then he spent the day counting all the syllables in EVERYTHING. He loved it. What kid loves counting syllables?? My kid apparently. And now I know Perry the Platypus is 3 words, 6 syllables. Sometimes I forget he's only 3. I had a serious moment of panic today thinking he was turning 5 this summer and would be starting school. Not that he couldn't be ready, but I would miss my little man who covers me sweetly with his special Spider-Man blanket and runs up to give me kisses and cuddles through out the day.
This is the only one I got of her in focus. But I love her pretty eyes. So we will just focus on those, and not the Rice Krispy Treat hanging out of her mouth. lol. Kadence told me today she is starting gymnastic lessons. Her friend Mia at school is giving lessons during recess, ¢25 a month, first month free.
Mio: Liquid Water Enhancer
I love this stuff. The doctor told me one of the reason's for my complications could be dehydration, so I have been very careful with tracking my water intake daily. (I'm not seeing any correlation between water consumption and how I feel, but I figure it can't hurt.) My goal is 10 8-ounce glasses a day. I only count water and I haven't been letting myself drink anything else until I meet my quota,which is normally at night, so you can imagine I'm getting pretty sick of guzzling plain boring water all day. Enter Mio. We saw a commercial for it a few days ago so Ryan was gracious enough to go hunt it down at the grocery store for me. It totally hits the spot. One little squirt in my 16oz cup gives it just enough flavor to keep the rootbeer in the fridge. My hero.
Today was a little lonely. Kadence was in school then came home, took off her apron, ate and left for Activity Day Girls with her friend. They've been doing art in school so she's been bringing her apron to school to wear. She really likes accessories. Phelan went over to a friend's house by himself for the first time. A lady in my ward offered to take him out for the day to get him out of the house. He's been going a little stir crazy since I've been on full bedrest the last three weeks. She has a son named Max about his age so she took them to a McDonalds play place and to Target to look at toys. Then they went back to her house and watched Batman cartoons. He came home and said "IT WAS SOOOOOO FUN!!!!" I'm so blessed with the incredible women in my ward. They have been so sweet and wonderful to me while we've been going through this.