The twins had their very first piano recital! There were 3 highlights I want to mention.
First would be when Karson got was doing his first song Kaiden leaned over to Becki and said "he doesn't always get this part right...I hope he does good!" He was so nervous for his brother. When Karson was done Kaiden was so excited for him and gave him a big high 5! I love how special their relationship is. They care for each other, encourage each other and yes sometimes try to kill each other but mostly they love each other.
Second would have to be listening to Karson mutter under his breath. I sat on the front row and as he played he would whisper "shoot" or groan like he was messing up. It was so funny! To my untrained ear I honestly couldn't hear any mistakes but he kept going and I think he was proud of himself for doing it.
Lastly would be that Grandpa Allen was able to come. He is still not feeling 100% and the treatments he's doing are making him even more sick but he surprised us and was able to come watch. The boys were so happy! They love spending time with him and miss him when he's not feeling well. We are so grateful for his good days and continue to pray for a speedy recovery.
|Kaiden, Sister Tarr (their piano teacher) and Karson|
|Kaiden playing Book of Mormon Stories (his favorite) from memory|
|Grandpa and Grandma Allen|
|Grandma and Grandpa Durfey|
Karson and Kaiden also turned 8 years old! It still hasn't sunk in all the way that they are eight years old! Because they are getting baptised and we had a ton of family coming in from out of town we didn't do a Birthday party with friends this year (even years family, odd years friends). They still had plenty of fun celebrating though!
Auntie came over on Wednesday and gave them presents. I'll let the pictures do most of the talking as far as wether or not they enjoyed their gifts haha But I think it's safe to say that a.) they loved their gifts and b.) my children are total hams!
|Karson excited before he even opened it lol|
|Kaiden loving the Ferb Pez|
|He LOVES this hat! He wanted it so bad and auntie got it for him :)|
Notice Brooklynn's cheesy smile haha it must run in the family :) Auntie spoiled them rotten! They got Pez dispensers, Lego stuff, models with model paint, whistling darts (I think as payback for the nailpolish we got Brooklynn heehee) and of course the hat.
Sunday we had a BBQ with Grandma and Grandpa Allen.
We gave the boys their presents and they seemed happy with everything they got. They each got a new suit, scriptures w/their name on it, scripture case, scripture stickers and most impressive (to them) a real tie! Justin showed them how to tie it and they practiced over and over! They love feeling so grown up! Shawn and RaeLene got the boys their Scout shirts and all the badges and things that go with (thank goodness! Suits, scriptures and all the other "8 year old gifts" are not cheap and times that by 2 was not fun! haha).
They were actually more excited about all their gifts than I thought they would be. They wanted to try on and model their suits right then :) After practicing tying ties for a while we finally decided to make them change so we could have dessert.
Karson asked for Peanut Butter spiderman cupcakes w Peanut Butter frosting and Kaiden asked for Vanilla shark cupcakes with Strawberry frosting. I'd never made Strawberry frosting or any part of the peanut butter request but they turned out pretty yummy. Especially the peanut butter ones (delicious!).
|ready to open presents|
|Dad showing Kaid how to tie a tie|
|Dad showing Kar how to tie a tie|
|My handsome boys showing off their new suits and scriptures|
|Peanut Butter Spiderman cupcake|
|Strawberry shark fin poking out of strawberry frosting (thank goodness it dyed blue!)|
OH I almost forgot! We got them pogo sticks too! They count how many hops they get before they tip over and they are both up to ninety-some-odd jumps now. I'll have to get pic.s of them actually using them :)
The other day I saw one of them dragging the pogo stick onto the trampoline! I know exactly what he was thinking..."If I can jump this high on the ground think how high I'll get on the trampoline!" Thank goodness we caught it before he actually jumped and put a hole in the brand new trampoline! They never cease to amaze me with the crazy ideas they come up with!
Okay this post is getting enormous so I'll wrap it up with some Mothers Day love.
I have some awesome kids! I got spoiled with all kinds of cards, books, drawings, food jewelry, hugs and kisses!
My hubby gave me the greatest gift ever...he washed, dried, folded and put away all the dirty laundry! For those of you who know me well and know how much I LOATHE doing laundry you will understand how awesome a gift that is :) He also took me out to dinner, made me breakfast in bed and cleaned the entire house. I'm one spoiled mama and am so grateful for my family!
|Some of my Mothers Day love|
|Justin took his mom to a concert for Mothers Day & I love this pic of the 2 of them & had to share it :)|