Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Fun-filled weekend

This weekend was a busy one, as usual. When we got home from the Renaissance Fair on Friday, we loaded Sierra and Cheyenne up for their camping trip with Grandpa and Grandma. They headed out for a weekend of playing in the sand dunes at Little Sahara State Park.
It was awfully quiet in our house with only 1/2 the kids at home!
Friday evening, Dakota and I went into town for her Tae Kwon Do class and to pick up some calizone for dinner. Yum!
Saturday morning, we had to get up early (for us) for Landon's 8:45 Tae Kwon Do class. As soon as class was over, we hurried downtown to get a good spot for the Armed Forces Day parade. Grandma Debbie and Dakota met us there. It was fun! There were lots of airplane and helicopter fly-overs, several bands, military vehicles, fire trucks, and more. Landon's favorite part was the candy. He got a ton! 
When the parade was over, our group split up again. Grandma Debbie and Landon ventured out to the airport to check out the planes, helicopters, and kids' activities there, while Dakota and I went back to Tae Kwon Do (sometimes I feel like I should just bring my sleeping bag on Friday night and save a trip home. Ha!) Landon got to climb the rock wall for his first time ever. 
We met up again for lunch, then Landon and I set out for home. It was Dakota's turn to spend the night with Grandma Debbie, so we were on our own for the rest of the afternoon.
I had already been warned by Landon that he didn't want to do any "lame stuff" while the girls were gone. My allergies were going crazy after two days of being outside in the wind, so we were limited to indoor activities. We decided to bake a cake.
Landon had so much fun! Usually, he has to take turns putting in ingredients or stirring. Without any sisters here to share with him, he got to do EVERYTHING himself. 
 Cracking the eggs is a big deal at our house. Usually the cake mix calls for 3 eggs, which is really hard to split between four kids-someone always gets left out. It was a great moment when he realized he got to crack all three eggs! It's all about the little things.

 His reward for being such a great baker!
It came out great!
He even insisted on frosting it all by himself.
Since we were already in the cooking mode, I also let him help me peel potatoes. My kids LOVE to peel potatoes and I don't take the time to let them do it often enough. It took twice as long and there were peels everywhere when we were finished, but it was worth it. 

While I was finishing up dinner, Landon went out to play and ride the buggy with Daniel. 

Sunday morning, Landon and I went out for breakfast together at McDonald's before church. We had a little extra time, so he played on the playground for a few minutes. There were a couple of little boys around his age to play with and they had so much fun! He doesn't get a chance to play with little boys very often! 

It was a special day at church on Sunday-the new indoor playground was finally open. Landon and I spent about 10 minutes in there after church. It is so cool! 

After church, there was more Tae Kwon Do and then we picked up a couple of tired, dirty little girls from Grandpa and Grandma's house. The kids played outside for a while until it was time for dinner. The camping girls had showers, and then we hung out in the living room eating popcorn and watching The Blind Side until bedtime. Sierra couldn't make it through the movie after so much fun. She fell asleep on the couch.

I love busy, fun weekends! For the past 4 weekends, one or more of the girls have spent at least one night away from home. I'm looking forward to having everyone together under one roof this weekend!

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