Monday, March 29, 2010

Spring Break

Ready for the Perry Spring Break Slide Show? You can hardly contain yourself, I'm sure.

Luckily it warmed up quite a bit, especially on the day I watched my friend's boys. Nothing entertains four kids (three and under) like a big bucket of suds. Steve really appreciated the help when he washed the car.

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If part 1 happens, you know part 2 will inevitably follow. . . (we love Asher :))

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We took Sophie to the Jelly Belly factory again and met up with Hailey and Landon (and they're little Behr in utero, just days from arrival). Hailey and I have known each other since we were awkward pre-teens, but we hadn't seen each other in over 10 years. Our parents are close friends and we went on family vacations all the time together. Best ones? Lake Powell -- three years in a row.

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Sophie was just a baby for her last trip here, and I don't think she appreciated all of the work that goes into making a gourmet jelly bean. I still don't think she does. But she sure appreciated the treat at the end of the tour. (Speaking from experience, if you want a tolerable toddler, don't feed them lots of jelly beans. I'm just sayin'.)

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We also got to go to the zoo for the first time this year, and Steve got to be the photographer that day. (the reason why there are suddenly a ton of pictures of me. . .) I think he knows more about my camera than I do. Maybe a photography class had something to do with it . . .

I love that Ivy's old enough to really enjoy the zoo now. She loves animals. She always plays with her animal toys and looks at books with animals in them. It's funny to see her reaction when she sees them in real life. . .

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(Yep, that's a tiger, sweetie. He's a lot longer than 2 inches.)

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In the bottom left photo she's doing "what a giraffe does". Since they don't make noise, we stick our tongue out like we're grabbing leaves off a tree. They have long tongues -- have you noticed? In the bottom right I'm doing an elephant noise, not spitting on her.

Speaking of giraffes, have you ever seen them fight? There were a couple "teenage" giraffes that went at it for a few minutes. They'd swing their heads around and hit each other in the torso with their nubby horns. I guess adolescence is rough for giraffes, too.

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I think the zebras are Sophie's favorite. She asks for them first.

During the week we also saw a lot of Steve's family. Steve's brother and his wife came to hang out with us (and visit Steve in the clinic). We had a little family home evening in the park, which was way colder than it looked.

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Putting sand on Dad is way fun.

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Psst, grandma, those aqua pants fit her now!

This is a picture of our niece, Layla. She's the happiest, wide-eyed little girl I've ever seen.

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To wrap up the week, we went to Sacramento over the weekend so Steve could practice a health talk on his family. I mentioned before about the wellness certification he's working on. . . he's got his first presentation put together.

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He did such a great job, and everyone loved it. He knows his stuff inside and out, and my favorite part is that you can tell he's passionate about what he's talking about. I was so proud of him. :)

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Steve put them to work right at the beginning. . .

We got home from Sac on Saturday evening, and the girls had a little time to unwind from the trip. . . and the week.

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In the big photo, they're doing "what a crab does". Oh, that scratch on Ivy's forehead? Just a kiss from the pavement. She's so clumsy, it kills me.

7 comments:

Sarah Junsay said...

What a fun break. Love the shot of you spitting on Ivy!

Gray had to have a noise for all animals so we made the giraffes make a chewing sound. And the zebras were like horses even though I think they sound like birds, right?

Chelsea said...

Ooh! I want to go see the tigers!

Also, I was about to type the same response about the jelly belly factory.

Aleisha Z. Coleman said...

how do you ever decide which pictures to frame? every picture you ever take is just AWESOME. What kind of canon do you have again? i am putting it on my wish list, with a photography class....of course i won't have the cute kids to go with it but i have to start somewhere:)

Natalie said...

Oh, Aleisha, that's easy. None of them. I'm horrible at printing out pictures. The only ones I have framed are ones we had professionally done last fall. And the only ones that get printed get sent to grandma's house. :) Thanks, though... you're sweet. I think It takes about 15-20 pictures to get one or two that turn out really well. I have a Canon 30D with a fixed 50mm 1.8 lens. The newest version of this model is the 50D... i got mine on Craigslist.

Cynthia said...

It looks like a lot of fun! The girls eyes are so striking. One of the best parts of being a parent is the opportunity to introduce your child to all the wonders of the world.

Cassia said...

I love the pictures showing them acting out what animals do. I hadn't thought of that but it's so cute! :)

Heather said...

What a fun sprink break! Your girls are growing up so much! Miss you guys! Enjoys those breaks, I already miss 'um.