Ammon and Kirsten got to our home on Saturday evening...and it was so fun to be together again!! I was in the kitchen getting dinner ready and I knew they would be there soon....I turned around and saw Ethan playing with Kolby, except it took a few seconds to realize that it was Ethan and not Brayden... The kids didn't miss a beat...they were all instantly best friends, you would have thought that they were always together every day!! Everyone enjoyed meeting Kolby for the first time. Chris came over and got to meet Ammon and Kirsten and Grandma Larsen came over to get hugs on the kids too. We had a ton of fun talking and playing together. We started the week out with a Rip Roaring game of "Ticket to Ride". It was super fun and we played it a lot thru the week.
Kirsten and i ran a few errands with 7 out of 8 of the kids (Brayden was at school) We have been blessed with really good kids, but we were reminded why it is easier to go shopping without 7 little ones running everywhere. I'm glad Kirsten and I could laugh about it...because if we didn't laugh we would probably be crying! It will be fun in the future to go on shopping trips with just the two of us, but I know that time will come, and it will probably be sooner than we really want it!
After we were standing there with about 300 other people for about 10 minutes, we realized that there wasn't any workers running around getting things ready...that nothing was really happening... then we all realized that it was April 1st!! We all fell for it. We thought that it was a Great April Fools joke. Ok, everyone except the kids. They were pretty upset...I still think that whoever thought it up was brilliant.
We took Brayden out of school so he could just play all day with Ethan....We went to the community center in Lehi. It was fun swimming, we just wish LeGrand could have been able to be with us too!! The kids did great, Kolby loved his first time swimming in the pool. We will have to go again soon.
Paul went through the Temple for the first time!! It was an incredible experience to be with him in the temple!! I feel so blessed to be able to attend the temple often, so live so close to many temples, and to be able to be surrounded by my family and friends when I'm there. Paul, we love you so much and I'm grateful that you are one of my younger brothers!! You will be a great missionary!! The people in Brasilia Brasil will be soooo blessed!!
After the temple we went back to Grandma Larsen's house and had refreshments!! It was fun to be with so many family members!! We feel the love!!!
OK, here are the four siblings, the one on the left is when everyone is trying to relax their faces and then shaking their heads back and forth as fast as they could. You should try it sometime, you can have the worst black mail pictures on the plant it you do this..Maybe I'll post some of our favorite "shaking the head" pictures later...I guess I'll have to get permission first...some of them are really bad!! Then of course they took a cute one. I have incredible aunts and uncles..
The kids had so much fun playing together and exploring and hunting the mountian lion they said was in the back yard. These guys are cute and have fun imaginations!!
David and Sheri had us up to their house for the Sunday morning Session. I love this tradition!! Dave and Sheri you are the Best!! We always have an incredible breakfast and have so much fun being with them in their home listening to our Prophet!! Thank you guys for having us all over. Stew and Emily, we really missed you, Every time we go there for confrence it makes me think of you guys, since we did it together while you guys lived here!! We love you guys too and missed you lots this week!!
We had fun playing in the back yard, jumping on the trampoline, playing with OBI, (no the boys weren't killing him, it just looks like it in this picture!! We even had confrence mints... the little pink candies, when I was growing up we used to get these every confrence and have contests to see who could keep it in their mouth the longest... Ammon won this time..Ammon and Whitney were the champions, they bolth had it in their mouths for about an hour. You should try it sometime, it's hard!!! Good job Ammon!!
For the Sunday afternoon session we went back to the Ras's. Here are a few pictures we took after Conference was over.
Ammon, Kirsten, Ethan, Brynlee, Hailey and Karli, we love you guys so much! Thank you for coming and staying with us, we only wish you could have stayed longer!! We couldn't ask for better friends and family!!! You are ALWAYS welcomed at our home!!
MondayWe were sad that it's already time to say goodbye!! We love you guys and are glad that you guys made it home safely!! We have fun memories with you guys and can't wait to create more!!