We had thought about and planned on going to Oregon to visit Jon's mom for Spring Break/Easter. Rewind exactly 4 years ago - I was due with Hailey. She was due in the middle of May and we went to Union at the beginning of April. (I remember being there for April Fool's Day because Jon's sister Anne was there too and made the cutest, funnest foods that were actually other things - like French fries that were actually apples).
We drove home on a Sunday and I remember thinking that the baby didn't really move a whole lot even though we were sitting most of the day. The next morning, we went to L&D for a NST. It ended up being normal, but they asked us to come back on Tuesday. Tuesday I went back and they ended up keeping me overnight and delivering Hailey early on Wednesday morning - 7 weeks early.
I really, really didn't want to have a baby in Eastern Oregon. I knew we were a high-risk and didn't want to be too far from our doctor and our hospital. (Samuel ended up being born about 10 days after spring break).
So, we decided to stay home and we had a great time.
One day, my cute mom came over and we made sugar eggs. I remember making sugar eggs with our cousins in Worland and my mom still has them. It's a large egg made out of sugar with a cute scene inside. My mom, Lindsey & Kate took a class on how to make them and then my mom made it possible for each of my kids to make a big egg and a small egg. It was something we'll always remember!
Kate is decorating the outside of her small egg. I need to take a picture of them all (when I get them out again next Easter :) )
On Wednesday, we had an unexpected, wonderful, memorable surprise! Our besties - the Rasmussen family - came to Utah for spring break. We were secretly grateful that there was no rooms available in Southern Utah and they had to come north to visit family. We were so excited to have the majority of the day with them.
They drove from Springville to our house. The kids played for just a little bit and the grownups visited. Jon worked overnight the night before, but skipped sleeping so that he could play too. We drove up to Ensign Peak and everyone but me (too risky with my pregnancy) hiked Ensign Peak. It worked perfect because I went to my mom's house for a little bit and then met them at the bottom as they finished.
After the hike, the Rasmussen's (those stinkers!) bought us lunch at Hire's. We let some of the bigger kids sit at a table by themselves and pretty soon, the waitress started bringing out huge root beer floats. Apparently the kids just felt like them and ordered them with lunch :)
We then drove to Wheeler Farm. The kids (and Ammon) played on the playground and then we walked around the farm to see the animals.
Friendly Ethan trying to become friends with an unfriendly goose
Awesome kids - Karli, Hailey, Kate, Lindsey, Paisley Hailey, Brynlee, Jack, Hannah & Ethan
Pregnant sheep & pregnant lady
What a fun treat to spend the day laughing and visiting with this amazing friend!
Thank you so much Rasmussen's for coming to SLC and for letting us enjoy you for the day!
During the week, we also saw "Cinderella" and "Macfarland, USA" at the movie theater. We went to dinner at Red Robin. Went to Emily's soccer game. Attended my mission reunion (it's been almost 20 years since I started my mission).
One morning, Peter & my mom came over to make bead necklaces. The girls had a great time and we laughed at how much Hailey concentrated and did it. So fun!
On Saturday, we decorated Easter Eggs. We covered the table in old towels (rather than newspaper) and it worked so much better!