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Well, our celebrations have been well underway! It’s hard to have this much fun. Thursday afternoon, we were invited to an Easter ‘cookie decorating party’… my friend Liz invited me, realizing that I needed to start getting reacquainted with everyone around here (no nice). A bunch of mom’s got together and brought everything you need to decorate cookies to the park after school. there were sooo many kids, it was the cutest thing- they just went crazy! We are talking 1” deep sprinkles! LOL. They were in heaven. Thanks to Heather for putting it together, and making easter just that much more FUN and memorable! I did love seeing everyone and reconnecting. It’s funny how ‘out of it’ I feel… there is definitely more than just a time-change adjustment that is going on! Chuckle.
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Capri LOVED the sprinkle fest… below: another Heidi, Becky, Heather (party planner extraordinaire) Liz Eaton (cute preg belly! can you even see it??) and DAX who is SOO cute, and a perfect little buddy for Conn

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i contributed choc. chip cookies.. because what is a cookie party w/o choc. chip cookies!!

below: connor "eenie meenie minie mo".. and DAX loving the lip sprinkles!

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Thursday night we went to the Easter Pagent at the Mesa AZ (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) Temple. It this HUGE, amazing production that they do on the gounds of the Temple every night the 2 weeks or so before Easter. I have actually never been before, just feeling like my kids were still too little (we only took the older 3)…you have to get there EARLY to get seats, it’s hard to see cause there are SO many people, and I thought that for sure we’d end up clear in the back. it starts at 8:00pm, goes to 9:15pm. Anyway, when Eric suggested we go, we called some friends, and went! I was sooo glad we did, it was awesome! I have no idea how many people are there each night, but it was a lot- tons of chairs set up, and you can also just pull up some grass(free for all). Everyone brings dinner from wherever, and just talks and eats until it starts. Really fun. 
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The pageant depicts the life of Christ. And starts even with Adam and Eve, and the first promise of the Savior of the world. It was such a well done, beautifully lit and great sound system- we had great seats, and we really enjoyed the production. It was a huge cast, and really powerful message- beautiful portrayal of Christ death and resurrection. 
It was the perfect way to remind our children what Easter is about, and why it’s so special. I took lame photos. Not even a group photo of us. seriously!
Friday kids were out of school for ‘good Friday’, and my SIL Kiley invited us to go to Pecos Park.. it’s just a city park, but holy cow- it’s an amazing park! 5 gold stars! We had the best time! ok, so I have been a park kind of mom since we got back. Every single day we have gone to a different park, sometimes 2!! It’s just beautiful weather, and it’s been critical to get the little ones out and playing. But this Pecos Park was the best by far.  There is a big skate park that was perfect for the boys… not too hard, not too many kids skating… just right. We did have a minor injury or 2, but that is to be expected. Wink.
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Then there is an AWESOME park that has really fun parts and pieces that can be enjoyed by a variety of age kids. Totally the best park toys I have seen yet.  And then the best part: a SPLASH park. this is where little fountains and sprinklers shoot out of the ground and sides etc. the kids had a blast, and it was just the perfect amount of cold water, for a pretty warm day. the only downside is that it’s clear out in Chandler (Chandler blvd and 48th St).  so we packed a lunch and stayed awhile. I thought it was worth the drive.
So I celebrated by staying up all night to scrapbook!! Smirk… I made a really cute interactive book for my little ones with a kit from ‘concroption.com’. here is just a little sneak peek! (i will be giving one of these away soon!! so stay tuned!)


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 i will say, that I SO needed some creative time, even with painfully limited supplies. I brought hardly anything, so it was perfect to get a kit! I am so dumb, I totally brought all my distress inks and didn’t pack ANY applicator tools. UGH.
Last night, all the kids, everyone slept through the night!! I think that we have made the transition! YAY!!!

  • Yvonne

    11 April, 2009 at 12:14 pm Reply

    The book looks adorable, must go check out this kit-thanks for sharing. Congrats on everyone sleeping through the night, that has to be such a hard transition.
    Hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter.

  • Marije

    11 April, 2009 at 12:34 pm Reply

    That looks so nice. What a great idea to decorate cookies in the park. And the little girls with the cute dresses en girlie swimsuits … so SWEET 😀 Great scrapbooking material 😉 !!

  • Terri

    11 April, 2009 at 2:20 pm Reply

    I’m so pleased you’re all back in the AZ “groove” you sure have hit the ground running with all you’ve been doing (gaSp!) sounds like you’ve had a blast. It’s so important to reconnect with people, it takes a little while because SO much has happened while you’ve been away & as a family you’ve all done things that friends at home have no idea about, the experience has changed you it’s bound to.
    Hope you all have a great Easter

  • liz hagage

    11 April, 2009 at 3:15 pm Reply

    thats great. still a little cold here in edmonton to take the kids to a water activity. im glad u all are adjusting to AZ time. have a great easter!

  • Danielle

    11 April, 2009 at 6:18 pm Reply

    Love the cookie decorating party – so glad you are getting re-adjusted! HAPPY EASTER!

  • Leea

    11 April, 2009 at 9:02 pm Reply

    Looks the kids had a great time, now for the distress inks, I just use my fingers..then for clean up the bleach pen for laundry…Happy Easter

  • cindy barriga

    11 April, 2009 at 9:59 pm Reply

    Thanks for the sneak. Can not wait for the entire reveal. 😀

  • hannah

    11 April, 2009 at 10:43 pm Reply

    Wow looks like you had lots of fun, great pics! Love the look of your book! HAPPY EASTER!

  • johanna (from sweden)

    11 April, 2009 at 11:04 pm Reply

    looks like you and the kids and everybody had a nice time the last days.
    And your book, i will see more, it looks very nice.
    happy easter to you and your family and everybody around you.

  • Carol G

    12 April, 2009 at 10:55 am Reply

    Oh, Heidi! I MUST have one of the kits. Are those BIRDS? I am a collector of anything “BIRD” in scrapbooking. I have a little parrot and just love birds in a different way now. I can’t wait until I can access this kit! Or, win it! Carol in CA

  • Kim Loewen

    12 April, 2009 at 8:03 pm Reply

    We actually just got back from Phoenix this past week…we had a little family holiday. We went to the Easter pageant at the Temple while we were there and it was amazing. It’s just nice to remember what Easter is really about. Can’t wait to see more of your birdie project…super cute 🙂

  • Evana

    13 April, 2009 at 4:29 am Reply

    Oh that transition….I know it well! It is like a cloud following you for the duration of infantcy…lol
    Glad you are getting a little creative time and some sleep….a great combination!
    Huge hugs

  • LenaS

    13 April, 2009 at 6:25 am Reply

    How i miss the “Park Mom” days. So glad you are all back safe and enjoying so many things. I can help you pick weeds or move boxes if you need me…i’m volunteering.
    Happy Easter.

  • jamie

    13 April, 2009 at 12:06 pm Reply

    that book is to die for…love it! hope you do a how to of sorts so we can oogle it a bit more.
    wish you the best getting settled back in. i think you ARE every woman.

  • Angela#5876

    13 April, 2009 at 5:23 pm Reply

    I love this kit! I have seen the theme of birds all around but I have never tried to use them. This kit would be a great start to hed in that direction. I love it! And the book is nothing but spectacular.

  • Marie Ledoux

    15 April, 2009 at 10:32 pm Reply

    Tout simplement adorable !

  • cindy

    23 April, 2009 at 3:25 pm Reply

    Hey Heidi! Next time you guys go to Pecos you should let us know! That’s about the closest park in town to us! Love ya, Cindy and Christian and Cooper

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