Friday, February 26, 2010

Popcorn Popping on the ... tree

Spring occassionally will show up here in Roseville. Some days it's really rainy and overcast and some days it's a beautiful 68 degrees. There doesn't seem to be much in between right now.. so yes, spring is coming. In fact the trees on our street islands are in full bloom. I don't know what kind of trees they are but they only in bloom for 3 or 4 weeks. They come in 2 varities- white blooms or pink blooms. They are my favorite trees in the world! But I have no clue what they are. We're lucky to have a bunch out our kitchen window. They're the white ones and it relaly looks like popcorn popping! Honestly this picture is not edited at all-it was taken with my little point and shoot. It surely doesn't give the trees justice but it's a good idea what it looks like.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Birthdays and Baptisms

January and February are very busy months around these parts. We have Ashley's birthday on Jan 13 (and she was baptized a few days later), Spencer's on Jan 15, Cory's on Feb 9, and Ainslee's on Feb 17. It's a little hard to keep up and believe me sometimes the birthdays don't happen on the exact birthday day. But we still have fun anyway...

Here is a homemade cake a la Walmart- remember the broken mixer? She got to pick out a bike for her birthday. Everyone needed new bikes this year and since Santa brought Spencer and Andi one, the bigger girls had to wait a little longer.

The kids get birthday parties with friends every other year- on their even birthdays starting at age 6 (I'm so against the entitlement attitude). She picked her 4 closest friends and I took them all out for ice cream Sundaes. Pretty much the cheapest and easiest birthday party I've ever done. They had a great time.

Ashley was baptized on Jan. 16. It was so nice. I was a little nervous about how to 'do' one. Our stake does individual baptisms which is nice because it's just our little celebration but then again I have to plan it all. I had Ashley pick out the songs, who would say the prayers, and who would give the talks. Ashley, Ainslee, and Andi sang "I'm trying to be like Jesus" and it was just wonderful. The whole day was. We had family come in to support us. We know what a sacrifice it is since we live so far away and we don't have anything fun near us to visit. I mean why would anyone want to come here? No beach, city, mountains... just the Rice Family Circus. Here's a sweet story about Ashley. When she was getting comfirmed, she teared up quite a bit. I could feel her strong spirit and she felt for the first time the Holy Ghost. I hope and pray that she remembers that feeling to help her through her decisions. I'm so proud of her and her decision to be baptized.
Next was Mr. Spencer's birthday. It was actually the day before Ashley's baptism so we still had family in town. Again, cupcakes a la Walmart. He got some really great boy toys for his birthday which of course are so needed in this house!
Then it was Cory's birthday but since he's the old man of the house he got his own posting (see below).
Then Ainslee turned 7 just the other day. We have a tradition of taking each birthday kid to a restaraunt of their choice- with just mom and dad. Ainslee had decided months and months ago that she wanted to go to Islands for their mini burgers. She's so funny about food. She has a definite taste for certain foods. She even described her birthday cake to me in perfect detail (I did get a cheap hand mixer for the occassion). So when no one can decide what we want to eat for dinner she'll be the one to ask.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Today is a great day for Cory

Happy Birthday to you...

Happy Birthday to you...

Happy 33rd Birthday, my dear hubby...

Happy Birthday to you!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

I need some Vitamin D... NOW!!!!

Rain, Rain, Go Away!
Come again another day...
If you don't go...
someone's gonna get hurt!

Aaahh! Too many gray and rainy/misty days makes me very grumpy. Anyone else? We've all got the itch to go to the park and play and do some yard work. I'm ready to play and have my skin kissed by the sun -no, I didn't grow up in LA or anything :)