Five Cute Kids

Five Cute Kids

Monday, April 3, 2017


We were all happy to see the month of March and warmer weather.  Our month was full of lots of different activities.

Benjamin did a president's report on Andrew Jackson.  Mom and dad got to go and we think he did really great!

Spencer stayed very busy with basketball.  He had two or three games a week and practices the other days.  He really improved this season and enjoyed his team.

Benjamin used his hard earned money from last summer and bought himself a pretty styling scooter.

One evening, it was just Levi and mom at home, so we decided to go to the Merc for ice cream.  Fun times!

Andrew did a lot of driving in this car to get his hours in for driver's training.

This was his final for driver's training....

...and he passed!  He's very excited to have his permit!!!

We had a fun surprise one afternoon.  One of our favorite sisters, Sister Starkey came to visit.  She was on exchanges with one of our sisters, so it was all okay!

Our ward had our annual YW/YM Auction where we give services that are auctioned off to raise money for the year.  It's always a fun evening to get together with our fun ward members and try to get the very best services.  Spencer made this colorful and delicious Rice Krispie cake to be sold and it went for a very high price.  Nice job, Spencer!

Levi created signs and set up a shop in our family room.  He wanted to make some money so he decided to sell some of his awesome things to his family members.  Levi is quite clever and never ceases to amaze us with his ideas.  

Levi was bound and determined to catch a leprechaun this year.  He did a lot of research on the computer and found the perfect trap to make.

He and dad set up the trap after he finished making it and was convinced he would catch a leprechaun so he'd have to give Levi all his gold.

That darn leprechaun was too tricky and he wasn't caught but he sure did make a big mess in our house, he made our milk green and left chocolate gold coins everywhere.  Silly leprechaun...we'll be sure to get you next year!!

Nathan drove this bunch of cute kids to Sun Valley so Sarah could make a travel video.  They had a great it here.

We had a fabulous Spring Break in San Francisco.  You can read all about it here.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring Break - San Francisco

San Francisco was the perfect place for us to go for Spring Break!  We loved exploring a new city and seeing some very impressive places!  We flew in Monday afternoon and left Friday morning but the three full days we did have there - were jam packed full! On our first evening we walked down from our hotel, Pier 2620, to Pier 39, Fisherman's Warf and ate clam chowder in bread bowls at Boudin's.  Yum!!  We loved being able to watch them make their famous sour dough bread and Nathan bought clam chowder to bring home to his co-workers.  After dinner, we walked along the warf waiting for Sophie (our cousin) to fly in to meet us.

The next morning, we boarded The Big Bus and began our journey to see the city!  First on our list was to see the Golden Gate Bridge.  It's not surprising why it's so famous.  It truly is a sight!  At first we were just going to walk a little on the bridge, but then I thought, we should walk to the whole way across.  The kids weren't too happy about it, but when they got done, I know they were proud to say they walked the whole Golden Gate Bridge!

After walking all that way, we ended up in Sausalito and ate a very delicious lunch at Napa Valley Burger Company.  We did a little shopping before getting back on The Big Bus and heading back to SF.

Looking at blogs before we left, we all wanted to find the fortune cookie factory.  It took some wandering and more wandering until we finally found it.  This is a picture of us wandering.  (You can see more of the factory in Sarah's video which will be at the end of this post.)  We walked around China Town and Union Square and spent most of this day getting off and on The Big Bus to see the sights.

The next day, we ate a hearty breakfast in the hotel and then began our journey to see the windiest street, Lombard Street.   We had to hike some serious hills before making it to the bottom of it and then, I made our kids walk up it and then back down.  They sure did a lot of grumbling but I know they are all glad they did it!

At this point, we split up and the older kids went to Madame Tussauds wax museum and I took the younger kids to Ripley's Believe It or Not museum.  We were all impressed with what we saw.

We couldn't go to SF and not go to Alcatraz.  We all enjoyed the boat ride over and back and being able to see the city from a different perspective.  We all learned a lot from listening to the tour but I'm pretty sure, Levi enjoyed it the most.  He loved it so much he asked for us to buy him some comics that tell about the escapes that were made from Alcatraz and he has read and reread them many times since.  Hope he's not learning too much!

The Baked Bear was just down the block from our hotel and so we had to stop and try it out.  They make custom ice cream sandwiches which includes choosing cookies, donuts or brownies for the outside, different flavors of ice cream for the inside and different toppings to complete the ensemble. They were definitely one of my favorite things I ate while there!!!

A trip to San Francisco wouldn't have been complete without a trolley ride.  We had heard that they are the most beautiful at night and we couldn't have agreed more.  We loved our ride!

On our last day, we got back on The Big Bus and spent the morning at the Academy of Sciences.  It is known for it's white alligator, Claude, who is pretty cool looking but it has an amazing rain forest, aquarium and natural history museum.  We were all impressed and enjoyed our time there!

In the afternoon, we got back on The Big Bus and stopped at a corner grocery store to get Bi-rite ice cream and then walk to Alamo Square.  This ended up being my favorite thing we did all week.  It was just so relaxing and we sat and talked about all of the fun things we had done.  All of the kids have watched Full House on Netflix so to see the iconic "Painted Ladies" was a highlight for everyone.

Later, we went back to Fisherman's warf for more shopping, dinner and enjoying all there is to do there.

It was fun to think about my grandma Eileen living in this beautiful city and taking advantage of the many things to see and do here more than 70 years ago.  Perhaps she even rode in this street car.

PLEASE watch Sarah's video about our trip.  It really does a fabulous job of showing our amazing time in San Francisco!!

On our last night, we accidently ran into Angie's best friend, Teresa and her kids in a park where Sarah was flying her drone. They were driving Sophie back to Bend the next day so we knew they were in town but it was pretty cool to see them in the great city of SF!!

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