We went to Thanksgiving Point's Farmland in March. They rode to ponies and fed some ducks and Kairi got so see her peacocks. She likes to think that the colorful ones are the boys and the white ones are the girls. I showed her the girl peacock which was in the little house, but she is sticking to her idea, ha ha.
For Kairi's 4th birthday I had an "Adopt a Kitty" party. Kairi was so excited for this, I had most of the supplies ready a few weeks before and she would always sneak into them and start choosing out what she wanted when she adopted her kitty. She even started naming them things like "meowsy" and "snowball" and "cuters".
The adoption went by in stages. The first stage was to pick out your kitty, name it, and fill out an adoption certificate. Then you took it to the "vet" for a check up. You had to weigh your kitty, check all it's vitals and give it a vaccination. You filled out the report and took home some "vitamins"(swedish fish).
Then you took your kitty to the groomers where you washed your kitty in the tub (which also served as it's bed). And then you picked out supplies at the pet store. They got to pick out a collar with a charm, bedding with a blanket, a mouse toy, food bowl, and some kitty kibble (fish crackers) and milk (white jello).
Then they picked out a pet carrier box and got to color it and decorate it with stickers. I know she had a lot of fun, but probably not as much fun as I had putting this together ha ha.
Jared got us the pass of all passes this year which includes free admition to Tracy Aviary during certain times, and this was our second visit. It was pretty freezing and I had a hard time thinking about all the birds that just lived out in the cold the whole time. I guess they get used to it. There were about a hundred ducks and these two huge swans that kept snaping at the ducks. And we spotted a peacock down in the ampatheater area and walked down there to get a closer look. Kairi has a huge fascintation with peacocks and was trying to pet his tail feathers when she tripped and landed on them. I felt so bad, but he seemed to be fine.
We rang in the new year at Jamie's house where we had treats and sparkling cider and played games. I was pretty surprised at how long the kids lasted. Kairi was up until 11:30, and Kaden made it the whole way to midnight.
Gingerbread houses are one of Kaden's favorite holiday traditions. No matter how busy the season gets I always find time to do this. Kaden wouldn't let me forget anyway with his constant reminders. And since the kids don't care if it's made with real gingerbread we just use graham grackers, it doesn't have to take a lot of time and preparation.
You can tell they are so focused and really enjoy every moment of it.
We put up our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving every year. This year Kaden and Kairi wanted to help out. Well...they always want to help, but this year Kaden was actually old enough to BE helping. He was very good at making sure the branches went in the right spot and made sure they looked nice.
Kairi loved helping too, though we had to re-do all of hers. She was putting them in upside down and didn't bother to un-smoosh them. It was pretty cute to watch, she was just so proud of her work.
When the tree was up and finished they decided it made a nice home for all the little birdie toys.
We spent most of Thanksgiving at Grandma and Papa Triptow's. Kaden always loves playing on the huge car mat and Kairi had fun coloring a turkey. We played BINGO and had fun just hanging out.
I love these pictures of Kairi eating a mini cupcake. She takes a tiny bite and then decides to shove the whole thing in her mouth, then finishes it off by picking up all the crumbs on the plate. So funny!
Since having Kaden's Mario birthday party, he of course wanted to be Mario for Halloween. Kairi was a witch. I found an old black wig I wore one Halloween and she was excited to wear it. It was way too big for her but she didn't care. When we got back we sorted through the can't and put them into bags for the kids. They were having such a fun time being silly.
Our long awaited trip to the Temple finally came. This was a day I had been dreaming of for the last 8 years and even more so after each child. What an emotional day this was. We would drive past the temple nearly every day weeks before and I'd tell Kaden and Kairi we were finally going to go inside and how special is was going to be. They would ask questions like what it was like inside and what they were going to do there and if they were going to see Jesus. Then Kairi would ask to sing the Temple song and I'd get teary.
There is a certain feeling afterward that I can only describe as finally being whole. Knowing that we will be a family forever is the most secure feeling i've ever felt. No matter what happens in this life, we'll always be together.
Oh Allie!! That made me so happy! I am so happy I was able to be there. Your kids were glowing like angels when they came in the room. I am so happy for your little family. you guys are so cute and i love you all so much!!!
Posted By: Allie Feb 1st, 2013
Kaden's field trip to Pumpkinland was so fun. They had some really huge pumpkins. And a variety of animals, kind of like a petting zoo.
We travelled along this pathway through the store front, past green houses, through a field where they had been growing tomatoes and gourds and pumpkins, into a playground area.
The playground had an Alice in wonderland theme. They also provided us with a scavenger hunt worksheet which was fun to try and find the different things on the list. At the end of the trip they got to pick out a pumpkin to take home.
It looks like we have some catching up to do. Here is Kaden's on his first day of preschool, and Kairi in her dress-up playing kitty. Kaden was so excited to learn new things and meet new people. Kairi wanted to go too and constantly asks when it will be her turn to go to school.