31 May 2013

Memorial Day Weekend 2013

For Memorial Day this year, we went to St. George for the Crump Family Reunion.  We had a blast!

We drove down on Friday night and spent Saturday morning/ afternoon at Sandhollow Reservoir outside of Hurricane, UT.  None of us had been there before, and while the campground wasn't very nice, and it was a long walk to the water, the lake was lots of fun! The girls thought that the red sand was SO COOL! We rode on Jen and Brian's boat, we built sandcastles, and visited with family and cousins.

Sabrina (white), and Fiona (red):

After we left the lake on Saturday, we went up Snow Canyon to camp there.  The girls were SO excited to sleep in a tent, and they did great! They were so exhausted from the lake and exploring the campground that they fell asleep in about ONE minute that night.

On Sunday, after sacrament meeting, we took the girls over to the St. George temple.  We had a picnic in the shade of a tree, walked around the visitors' center, and walked up the steps so that the girls could TOUCH the temple. They were so excited! They really really love all temples and they were so excited to be so close to one.  It was really tender to see how happy the temple made them.

After we got back to the campground that day, some of the cousins set up a zip line for everyone to use.  Fiona was a little nervous to go, but the slope wasn't very inclined, so she didn't go very fast.  She really loved it! We made a big deal about how proud of her we were, and so when it was Sabrina's turn, she hopped in the harness with no hesitation and she loved it as well.  It was a proud mama moment for me to see how big and brave my girls are getting!

Each morning looked like this:

Unfortunately, the girls and I spent most of the trip with really awful colds (which Dallin caught as soon as we got home) and so it was hard to sleep.  But we kept the girls so busy that they were too exhausted to stay awake.  Despite the colds, we had a really great time!

On the way home, we stopped to explore Cove Fort.  It was a fun detour and it was nice to get out of the car for a bit.

P.S. The air conditioner in our van had been acting up prior to our trip.  The fuse for the a/c compressor kept blowing.  But, we put a new fuse in when we got to St. George and it worked the whole time.  It was such a blessing, because it was SO hot! Every time we turned on the car and the A/C worked, we said a little pray of thanksgiving.  Tender, tender mercy!

10 May 2013

Deep Conversations- Vol. Uno

Sabrina and Fiona are quite the talkers!
They are always saying things that amaze me, either because of the words they are using, or the amount of thought put into it. 

The other night during bedtime prayers, Fiona prayed that we would be patient (she probably mostly meant me)!
Or the other day, Sabrina asked if she could wear garments when she went to the temple when she was bigger. 

We have funny conversations too!

Sabrina: Who tooted? It smells!.... It was me. 

Fiona, sharing chocolate ice cream with Dad: It's not poop, it's ice cream!

Or Sabrina explaining to Dad that they sleep in big girl beds now because their cribs are disassembled in the closet, due to broken batteries (Who knew cribs had batteries? I sure didn't!).

But as much as the conversations we have amaze me, there are some things that just need translation to anyone outside the family. Some words and phrases just aren't understandable to someone who isn't here every day. 

For instance:
"Baby apples": Pouches of applesauce
"Fruit kines": Fruit snacks (Includes fruit snacks, fruit ropes, fruit leather, etc.)
"Slip slops": Flip flops
"Sweep me": Sleep by me (What Fiona says every nap time, and every bed time.)
"Shur-lurr": Cereal ("Blue frosting shur-lurr"- Frosted Shredded Wheat- is their current favorite)
"Paga": Grandpa
"Maga": Grandma
"Paga and Maga White Car": Dallin's parents
"Paga and Maga Truck": My parents (Why they associate the grandparents with vehicles? I have no idea! But it works for them, so we go with it.)

I sure love these little ladies, and I can't decide what I love more: the big words coming out of these teeny girls' mouths, or the funny little phrases that we just can't seem to correct. I guess it can just be a tie for now! And I will probably be sad when they get bigger and Paga becomes Grandpa.