Thursday, May 21, 2015

Going to the Airport

We have been friends with Kayla and Andrew for almost two years now.  Kayla teaches at my school, and they also live very close to us.  We because fast friends because we work across the hall from each other, and Andrew was deployed for about 6 months.  This past December, Andrew came home and will be home (hopefully) for a good chunk of time.  Kayla has been saying this whole time, "I'm glad I'm getting a head start on bonding with your children because once Andrew is here, they'll only want him."  Haha.  And she's kind of right.  Cooper loves Mr. Andrew (and even dressed up like him at Halloween!).  Over Spring Break, Andrew asked us if we would come visit him at work, and he would show the kids around his plane.  

Cooper has always been obsessed with vehicles (including airplanes) and always tells us that things are "going to the airport".  Sad/funny story: for Valentine's Day, Grammy and Pop bought Cooper this huge bear balloon (Pop calls Cooper "Bear"), and as we were taking it out the car, Cooper let go of it, and obviously it was gone for good.  Cooper cried his little heart out and kept saying that his balloon was "going to the airport".  As a replacement for his balloon (he was so upset), Grammy and Pop bought him a stuffed bear that is now named "Airport".  

When Andrew asked us to come to the base, I told Cooper that we were going to the airport, and he was beside himself he was so excited.  He wore his halloween costume when we went so that he could match Mr. Andrew.

Before going to look around the plane.  Coop was pumped.

This gang of boys are buds!

He had absolutely no hesitation to get in and look around!

The inside is HUGE!

This is Andrew's seat in the plane - right next to the window and the potty (the very right of the picture).

We also got to climb to the tip top and look at the cockpit!

I mean- can you even??  This is one of my all time favorite pictures of him ever.

The kids seriously had a blast and loved looking all around!

We are so blessed with Kayla and Andrew as friends.  I have never seen people love kids (that aren't related to them) as much as they love my kids.  It is so genuine and so sweet.  We hit the friend jackpot, for sure!

This is the kids standing under the tail of the plane.  This giant door in the back can lower down to load/unload bit important things.  This scale is just amazing.  This plane is a beast!

Family picture with Mr. Andrew's plane in the background.

Twin flight suits.  So adorable.

After we left, we went by the static displays that they have on base and let the kids look around.  They liked this part, too!

It was such a fun day for all of us!  I know that the kids had a blast, and it gives you such an appreciation for what so many people do to keep us safe ever day.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Easter 2015

I was really excited for Easter this year.  LL really remembers things from one year to another, and Cooper is getting to the age where he is starting to understand things that we're talking about.  We talked up Easter to him, and he kept saying "Easter Bunny is coming and hiding eggs!" - haha.  

To prepare for Easter, we did our Resurrection Rolls again.  This is one of my favorite Easter traditions.  Cooper was hard to keep his focus during the whole activity, but LL was super in to it and understood it all.  We also dyed Easter eggs, but I didn't take any pictures of that.

LL got a new Easter basket this year, and the Easter bunny came and filled them up while they slept.

They both got a book, some candy, and a small toy.  We do not go overboard with Easter presents.  We want it to be fun and cute, but it is not our focus.  We really try to focus on the fact that our Savior is alive!

For church, we decided to go to church with Matt's parents.  It's more of a traditional service, and that's really where Matt wanted to go for the day.  We took a few pictures while we waited for Grammy and Pop.  How adorable is this??

After church, we went to Grammy and Pop's for our big Easter dinner.  Before the kids changed out of their clothes, we wanted to get pictures of them all dressed up.

This girl fills up my heart!

Cooper is a booger to get to 1-hold still 2- look at the camera 3 - smile.  But we managed to get a few.

My three favorite people in the entire world.

Me and my babies.  These kids are my world!

While I was taking pictures, I ended up with these two gems.  Oh, Cooper.  They seriously made me laugh.

I am so blessed to call this family mine!

Gentry took these next few pictures for me and they are perfect!

I love Pop and Cooper in their matching bow ties!

After lunch, we changed clothes and headed outside to hunt eggs.  Cooper was totally involved and on the hunt this year!

Both of my kids adore Gray and were so happy that he was here for Easter.

Here is a look at our last 5 years celebrating Easter.

Both kids have changed a lot in the last 3 years!

You can take a look at our past Easters here: