Sunday, April 26, 2009

garden boxes and more

This week Melanie kept Dale more than busy building garden boxes and cages. With the numerous critters that frequent our backyard (deer, ground hogs, rabbits, etc), past gardens have provided more food for the wildlife than for our dinner table. Hopefully, these new boxes will save the plants. Now we'll see if Melanie can really grow anything:-) Luke and Eli have both enjoyed being outside during the building process. Eli, unlike our other kids, is fearless. He doesn't seem to mind the grass, rock, gravel or sticks that he crawls over. He loves the dirt! Luke loves playing outside and thought he was really a big kid when our neighbor Amy invited him over to play Saturday afternoon.

Katelyn had a great day at "Take your child to work day" at J&J. Most of her classmates that went to work with their parents thought that it was pretty boring. J&J was anything but boring. The IT department let them take apart and reassemble a computer. They also surgically removed a penny from a banana and got to staple it back up -- this was done while wearing full surgical garb and mask. They did experiments trying to determine the best bubble making solution. They also made a bracelet to sell and all proceeds went to help the fight against breast cancer (they were excellent salesmen -- the parents were told to bring $5). Then, they each got a bag full of J&J products and marketing paraphernalia. They took a tour of an ambulance. The Liberty Science Center did a presentation. Then of course, there was a pizza party at lunch and an ice cream social at the end of the day. So, overall not a bad day at work for Katelyn.

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

What a wonderful Easter we had!!! Grandpa David and Grandma Paula came for a visit from Utah. Plus, Jim, Patty, Derek and Jade came up for Sunday dinner. Each of the kids successfully found their Easter baskets. (Although Eli seemed a little disappointed that he did not get to sample the candy in his basket) Our church service was magnificent with a powerful Easter message and many beautiful musical numbers. It's amazing how music carries the spirit of the message so well. We are so grateful that because of Christ we will all be resurrected and that we all have the opportunity to be forgiven.
While Grandma and Grandpa were here we went to Bushkill falls. Even though it was cool and overcast with some drizzle, it was a spectacular view. Its hard to tell from the pictures (see link below), but the whole valley is covered with rhododendron bushes. We were told that they usually don't bloom until late May or early June. I think we will have to go back!
Katelyn and Luke had fun going to Space Farms (a small zoo) with Grandma and Grandpa. They also saw a movie and went to a park. Lots of fun memories.
This weekend we finished taking down the fence in the backyard and did some spring clean-up. We also prepped for the next steps in our bathroom.
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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Time flies when you're having fun. This past week Dale (with his unofficial calling) had pack meeting. He and the kids had a great time eating and playing games during the Blue and Gold Dinner.

The youth had a pancake breakfast/ car wash/ garage sale fundraiser on Saturday morning which Melanie was involved with. Eli even got to eat his first pancake! Luke enjoyed playing with friends and Katelyn was a great help as she came early with Melanie and then watched the boys when Dale left early.

Katelyn started soccer this week. So, weather permitting, we should be staying busy with that.

Eli continues to progress. He loves copying his older brother. He's been taking small cars and going "Vrooooooom, vrooooom" If you want to see a picture of this or other pictures from this week, see our picture site:

We loved watching (when we could hear it over the racing cars from Luke and Eli) General Conference in our own home. What a blessing it is to hear the words of the prophets, apostles and other leaders! We came away spiritually fed and with hope to be better in so many ways. Good thing we have eternity to work on some of these things:)

In between sessions we were able to take a walk in Hedden Park which is right behind our house. (see above link for more pics). Its so much fun to see the beginning signs of spring -- the occasional green leaves and plants. We've also enjoyed the colorful crocus blooming in our own yard and it looks like the daffodils should pop open in the next week or two!!

We're excited for this next week as Grandma Paula and Grandpa David are coming.

Hope everyone enjoys this most holy of weeks & Easter Sunday.