Tuesday, May 31, 2011

100 Doubloons

We have recently begun a reward system for Cayden to help him be a better listener and a nicer big brother. He LOVES the show Jake and the Neverland Pirates so Jared thought it would be a fun idea to let Cayden earn doubloons each time he is a good listener and for LOTS of other reasons to promote good behavior. ( He loses them for negative behaviors.) We took him to a party store and bought gold doubloons and a treasure chest. He was VERY excited. Throughout the month he worked diligently to earn his doubloons. When he earned 100 he got to go the ride the roller coasters.

Every time we go to have lunch with Jared we pass Elitch Gardens. When the weather was cold we would tell him that we had to wait until the park opened. He COULDN'T wait. He was excited when he earned his 100 doubloons and could go ride.
He ended up not really enjoying the actual roller coaster. Neither Jared or I could ride with him because you HAVE to be under 54' to ride. SO he bravely went on by himself but only went around once and was screaming to get off. So Jared pulled him off and he pointed to a great big green roller coaster and said, through streams of tears, "I want to ride that one!" We explained that his body wasn't big enough yet for the big green one and stayed in the kiddie area.

Way to go Cayden for earning 100 doubloons!!!!

We had such a fun day!

~Love To All~

Monday, May 2, 2011


I feel as though I have been a bit of a slacker lately when it comes to my blog and catching up on family blogs. I guess I'm just getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and forgetting to stop and write down the special moments. So is our Easter Catch up! ;)

My brother Mikey was in town and boy was Cayden excited. He sure LOVES his uncle Mikey. Mikey got into town on Tuesday and stayed for a week. It was so nice to have him here. On Saturday, the day before Easter, we let the boys dye Easter eggs. They were excited to have Uncle Mikey helping out.

Easter Morning rolled around and Cayden couldn't WAIT to get downstairs to see what the Easter Bunny had brought him. He was excited when he started spotting eggs all over the house. We let him and Jake grab their buckets and start hunting. Jacob didn't really get into the hunting thing. He would just find an egg and throw it. He thought they were balls. We had to show him that there was candy inside. However, once he realized that he would find an egg, sit down, eat the contents, and search for the next one. Cayden proceeded to give me all the pink and purple eggs. Apparently the Easter Bunny hides gender specific eggs and Cayden was aware of this, I was not. I though it was super sweet of him though.After the egg hunt we sat down to a yummy strawberry, banana, and whipped cream waffle breakfast. It was awesome! Then I gave all 3 boys haircuts. We had to hurry so we wouldn't be late for church but it didn't work. we ended up being about 15 min late. But we are never late so I didn't feel too bad about it. After church we came home and tried to get a few Easter pictures. I hate camera timers!
After restful Sunday naps we went to my parents house for dinner. They had an egg hunt for the boys. Then they told us there was going to be an adult egg hunt. We were very excited. However, the weather didn't cooperate so we had to wait until Monday night for our egg hunt.

It was a great Sunday spent with great people. It was a nice opportunity to explain again to Cayden why we celebrate Easter. That its not just about eggs and candy and the Easter Bunny. It is a day to remember our Savior and the sacrifice he made for us. I am so thankful to have the atonement in my life. And I'm thankful that I can share my love for the Savior with my boys in the small teaching moments that come along.

~Love To All~