Sunday, February 01, 2015

Another Week in Paradise

Maybe it’s the fact that we have become homebodies since moving to California and the kids just spend a lot of time outside playing, or maybe they’re spending more time in school and on routines, or maybe we’re just not doing as good a job of documenting the little moments, but whatever it is, we don’t have many pics of the kiddos and their antics again this week. We’ll have to work on that. Anyway, we did have fun.

We spent a fair amount of time in the front yard with the kids riding around with the neighbors while the adults read or chatted. One of our neighbors, who takes daily walks around the block, commented to Mike that Camarillo is one of only five places on earth with a climate like we have. Lucky us! 
(Don't let the masks fool you. They're playing "Let's clean the house.")

Grandma next door gave us a fondue set, so Monday night we had chocolate covered bananas and strawberries after family home evening. We have also started a new approach to family scripture reading with BofM365, which Mike started doing last year and Hallie championed as a way for us to all do a little devotional each day.

Maybe the most exciting part of the week was when Mike and Hallie went out to the dentist Aunt Emily works with to get fitted with our spring aligners. What are spring aligners, you ask? They’re something in between braces and retainers:

Mike found it a little disconcerting when the dentist shaved some of the sides of his teeth so they could shift, but we’re looking forward to the final results.

Eliza enjoyed getting to try a Krispy Kreme donut and getting a hat of her very own.

Landon showed his opinion of having to go to bed. Good thing he got Friday and Monday off of school this and next week.

Fergus went on walkabout again last Sunday. Apparently he didn’t go too far. Right after Mike left for work on Friday, a neighbor came by the house to tell us that Fergus was stuck on his roof and had been there for a couple of days. Apparently there's a Facebook page devoted to finding missing pets in Camarillo. 

Somehow he injured a paw between Saturday and Sunday. We'll have to get it looked at, because we can't see anything wrong with it.

We had the missionaries for dinner and made tortilla soup and Mexican Caesar salad. The kids got into the act and were a big help.

Grandma and Grandpa had us over for dinner and some TV time after church on Sunday (something about a big football game and commercials ). Hillary kept Eliza (and Landon) entertained for a while. 

Mike eventually had to go put Eliza to bed, which meant missing the end of the game. Apparently, though, so did everyone else, because they had it on DVR delay. With about two minutes remaining, suddenly the game shifted from one team trying to make a comeback drive to the post-game celebration (if you haven't watched the game, we won't spoil it for you). Such is life. At least the food was good. 

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