Sunday, October 14, 2012

Blake's Birthday



 Blake turned 4!  YEAH!  It was on a Sunday, so we just had the family come over!  We had cookies instead of cake, since Blake doesn't eat cake.  We made cowboy hats and cowboy boots sugar cookies with Carly's moms' recipe and they were awesome!  Go to her blog for the recipe.  I decided the adults may need a little more than just cookies and Starbursts (Blake's current favorite candy) so I made homemade raspberry ice cream which turned out wonderfully!  Thanks for all the family that came and supported our beautiful daughter.  She is so wonderful in our family and keeps me on my toes!





Goose was loving the cookies, obviously, because she loves all food!  Especially when the main ingredients is sugar!

Hard to tell, but these kids are eating the highlight of the party!   Cake PoPs make with Love by my sister and Blake's aunt Jessi!  Thanks Jess.


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Mutton Busting

Depending on your view of this activity, we are either awesome parents or participating in child abuse. We let Blake watch all these youtube videos of mutton busting and asked if she wanted to do it.  She did... so we did!  I only have videos, so good pictures, and I can't get the videos to upload for some reason.  But I wanted to document how awesome my Blake is.
 This is Blake before the ride, standing in front of her shute. Unfortunately she was placed too far forward on the sheep, so when it took off, her weight pulled the head down.  She didn't let go because she is "Tough as Nails" so the sheep preceded to roll over her body.  It didn't end well... but if you ask her if she will do it next year, it is a definite YES!  We will see.  But great fun to watch!

 Blake getting her elbow pads on... which incidentally are Callie's favorite article of clothing.  Whenever she sees them, she brings me her elbows and screams, her current favorite mode of communication!
Speaking of Goose, this is Goose and Papa at the fair before the Mutton Busting.  Shade did the dock jumping, and jumped almost 15 feet!  They were so impressed a novice did so well.  Little do they know she would jump further than that into the river at St. George!  Miss the condo!

Temple Dedication and Open House

We attended the temple dedication and the open house with our family.  It was a very special experience.  It wasn't the first time we have taken Blake through an open house, as she went through both the Oquirhh and the Draper Temple, but she was too young.  This temple, though small, was beautiful inside and out.  Blake was able to ask some questions and we were able to show her some of the most beautiful rooms in the temple.  Her favorites were the "Pretty room-Celestial Room" and the Baptistry, where the cows were.  For those who aren't familiar, a baptismal font is in the temple and is built on the backs of 12 oxen, representing the 12 tribes of Israel.
But the question that she asked as we were finished was my favorite, and one I never want to forget.   After we went on a walk around the grounds, we stood in line for the bus to ride back to our car.  With all the faith of a child, Blake looked at me and asked, "But where was Jesus?"
You see, as we live directly off the 5th South exit in Bountiful, for years she has commented on the temple on the hill in Bountiful at night, as it glows and stands out so perfectly.  We have always told her that the temple was Jesus's house on earth, and the words we pointed out of the building resolidified that, "The HOUSE of the Lord."  She was concerned that she still hadn't seen Jesus since she was in His House.
Wow... What faith that my cute daughter has and a great reminder to both Luke and I of the importance of finding our Savior, at home, and in the Temple.  We need to do better, be better, and find ourselves more often in the Temple.  I want my daughter to learn as I did from my parents that the temple is of upmost importance in our lives and marriage.
Not the best picture of us, but the place was worth remembering!

PRESCHOOL!

Blake has started preschool! She is going to Marsha Andersons' Preschool in Centerville, a bit of a drive but totally worth it.  I am loving all she is learning, and Blake seems to love it too.  It is in an old church and has so many different rooms that they can spread out and play.  They have a large theater room, dance hall with piano, social studies room (room with a giant floor to ceiling map), a reading room, a coloring and learning room, an indoor playroom, and more I am sure.  It isn't a huge emphasis on academics, which is ironic since I was obsessed about my academics growing up, but that isn't what was right for Blake.  They use movement, music, games to teach life skills which I love!
She has been singing the cutest song this last week.  It is all about being safe around strangers.  She starts by telling me a story about a stranger.  "A man comes up to you and he says, "I lost my puppy, can you help me?"  And you say, "NO WAY!"  and then you say,
STOP 
THINK
Listen to your HEART
Don't BE SILLY
GET STREET SMART!"

(sometimes the stranger says that your mom broke her leg and I am supposed to take you to her)  
It is so cute.  She is also preparing for her Halloween program, so she is constantly singing a song about a black cat.  I  can't remember the words, but it makes me smile everytime!
 Because I am an awesome mom, I scheduled an appointment on Blake's first day of school so she had to get ready and take her first day pictures at her grandmas!  THANKS MOM!
BLAKE LARSEN, 3 years old, FIRST DAY oF PRESCHOOL