Monday, April 25, 2011

Merlin's beard!

Ryan had a beard for a couple of weeks. It's gone now, but I thought I should document it.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Spring Break '11

Last week Ryan took Ben and Alex camping on Monday and Tuesday with the Young Men. They got home Tuesday night. We unpacked, repacked, and left Wednesday morning for our annual camping trip to San Onofre with a bunch of friends from Saugus. It was lots of fun, as usual, and so fun to see everyone. The weather wasn't the greatest for the beach. Thursday it was cold, cloudy, and windy, but Friday we had more sun. Enough for Ryan, Ben, and Alex to all get in the water and surf. Alex got a pretty gnarly scrape on his leg. I asked him if he gets tired of always being the one to get injured on our family trips.
Despite a week full of camping, Alex never got sick of smores. One night he had a triple decker. We tried some with peanut butter cups instead of chocolate. They were good, but I prefer the classic version.
Ryan got to tell lots of stories around the fire, and Ben even got to tell a ghost story. I didn't get to hear it but everyone who did was impressed. He had been practicing.
Charlie was thrilled to see some of his friends who we hadn't seen since we moved.

I have video of the boys surfing that I'll try to put up later.

Ben's shark tooth

Ben has a new tooth coming in before the old one has come out.
The picture also shows one of his two new fillings. So much dental excitement!

March 25th . . .

. . . was Charlie's fourth birthday. To celebrate, we went camping at Pt. Mugu.

I think this was Wesley's first time camping since he has been walking. It was a little cold, and as soon as Ryan got a fire going Wesley instinctively knew to hold out his hands to warm them.

We brought our bikes and went for a ride.

We parked the bikes by a stream to throw rocks in the water, and so I could try to push Wesley in.

In the morning Charlie found a little friend in our campsite. (Scroll down for video).

A couple of days later we had some family over for homemade pizza and the pirate cake Charlie had requested. I had done the same cake before on Ben's fourth birthday. The headband is something he made that day in Primary.

I think Charlie is glad to be getting older. He is anxious to go to a real school like his brothers. He is still what I refer to as our feisty child. But he can be very thoughtful, too. Helpful, grumpy, singing, yelling, giggly, intense, charming. He's a mixed bag. But fun to have around.
A few nights ago we were learning D&C 1:38 when I mistakenly said "prophet" instead of "servant". Charlie laughed and said, "Loser!". I wasn't sure I heard him right and asked him to repeat himself. He said, "Mom's a loser cuz she said 'prophet'!" Turns out he learned that word from the movie The Spy Next Door. I should have know not to let my kids watch a movie that has the acting talents of both George Lopez and Billy Ray Cyrus.