Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Greetings

Cal Lutheran had spring break this week, but the kids have next week off, so we treated this week pretty much like any other week until the weekend. Then we celebrated!

Monday was the same old routine without any meetings at CLU. The kids performed their gymnastics as usual in the afternoon. Later in the day, we discovered a restaurant called Freddy’s, a 1950s style diner in Westlake Village. They have a burger called the Double Steakburger California Style whose description suspiciously matches In-N-Out’s Double Double. Hmm. We’ll have to go back and investigate. . . .

During the day Tuesday, Landon and Eliza went with Mom to participate in Lego Club.
Tuesday evening brought the Blue and Gold Dinner for Landon’s Cub Scout pack. The theme of the evening was recycling, so the kids brought materials to repurpose as part of the after-dinner festivities.

Wednesday, we added a little bit back to our routine by walking Roxy again. About two weeks ago, right after the dog escaped from Hallie, the grandma where Roxy lives passed away. Eliza and Hallie were happy to be walking Roxy once again. Walking Roxy has been so beneficial in helping Hallie shed these pesky pounds.

Eliza decided she wanted to do art on Thursday, so that’s what she did. The spot must have felt so natural we caught her up there another day in the week.

Thursday evening was divide and conquer. For the last twelve weeks, Hallie has attended a class called Options through Kaiser Permanente. During the class the goal for all of the students was to lose 10% of the total body weight. Hallie reached that major milestone on the very last night of class. 25 pounds gotten rid of! We are now waiting for Dr. Billy’s office to call for Hallie’s pre-op appointment.

While Mom was out, Dad took the kids to a carnival at Eliza’s school. Every year Eliza’s school has a carnival fundraiser, and this is the first year the family has attended. The kids had a lot of fun, and it was a perfect night to be outside.

Mike let last year’s lettuce go to seed, and those seeds have unexpectedly borne fruit in the gravel area of the yard beneath the potted plants. In addition, we have new green peppers on last year’s pepper plant. Plus the orange trees are in bloom. Must be time to get the garden going in earnest!
Nom nom nom

Mom and Dad ran Landon’s spring break party at school on Friday. We made the same graham cracker bird houses as last year: go with a winner, right?  This may be the last year Hallie does the Room Mom thing for a while. The kids are so cute, but a lot of time goes into these little parties.

After helping clean the church on Saturday, Mike took a scenic drive along the coast to Malibu for work. The kids were supposed to help Mom do some cleaning, but everyone slept in and got a slow start, so cleaning didn’t happen until later, and a planned Easter-themed outing got put off for next year. Hallie has found sleep hard to come by lately when a certain-five-year-old decides to put her feet in her mom’s face or ribs. The evening held meetings for the family. The kids attended missionary meeting with Dad, and Mom went with her visiting teacher to the General Women’s Broadcast at the Camarillo Stake Center.

Sunday brought Easter. It was a nice morning with Mike not having to go to meetings and Hallie heading to choir without having to bring the kids. They launched balloon rockets and shot at each other with Nerf guns instead of hunting for eggs. All righty, then. 

Today we had fast and testimony meeting with the kids Easter song sprinkled in and the ward choir singing the closing number. The day was ended with Hallie teaching Relief Society. If you would like to see the talk then feel free to click on this link.

The Relief Society Sisters are so kind and give a word of encouragement after Hallie teaches. In the evening Grandpa and Grandma O., Haydn, and Alie came over for Easter dinner and festivities. 

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