The Horse Heads

The Horse Heads

Friday, May 9, 2014

Another installment of funny things kids say

What comes to mind when you hear the words birthday cake? Probably something sweet, and festive. Perhaps chocolatey. Some candles or sprinkles maybe. I think it's different for everyone. When I show Josh Tiny's first piggy tail he says to me, "ha ha mom. She looks like a birthday cake."  Hmmmm, I guess she does have a candle on her super sweet head. 

Needless to say, I didn't leave the piggy tail in. 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Inaugural camping trip 2014

We kicked off the 2014 camping season in style. Well, if you comsider Ben buying a 1998 tent trailer style then we did it. We packed up the van and the tent trailer and headed to Goblin Valley with some of Ben's family. None of us had ever been there so it was exciting. It was a wonderful place to camp. Rocks and hills everywhere for the boys, and us, to climb. A boys wonderland! They got dirty and climbed to there hearts content. Then they shot air soft guns until they wanted to climb again. The camp ground was small so there weren't that many people. It was a great way to start the season. If only we weren't camping. 

Cute sun hat Tiny. 

Uhhhh, not so cute. More just weird. 

I'm looking for some rocks. Does anyone know where we could find some?

Waiting for everyone to catch up after the hike through Goblin Valley. 

Kent brought this really cool folding bike. Everyone loved it and wanted to ride it. It was referred to as THE bike. "Where is THE bike? I wanna ride it." Asked everyone there. The younger kids who couldn't pedal themselves got a ride on the back with Kent. However, Josh's arms weren't quite long enough to avoid a ride like this...

I'm still peeing my pants laughing. He didn't mind it, or see why we thought it was so funny. It was a means to an end...a ride on THE bike. 

There you go. First camping trip was a success!

Let's rewind a little bit

I know that I didn't post anything from Disneyland so I'm going to get some highlights up. We went to Disneyland with the Hardings March 21-30. It started off with a long drive of course because who can afford plane tickets for 7? Tell me, anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Next we spent Sunday evening with The Skoys. They fed us dinner and we had a chance to catch up and see DJ before his mission. 

We got into our hotel after 10. We stayed at a place about 1 1/2 miles away because they had an AWESOME suite. It was like an apartment with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen and dining area with an attached family room. Both bedrooms had a tv, but besides morning cartoons for the kids while we got ready we didn't use them much. When Monday arrived we hit the streets to walk to Disneyland. 

Yes, we made our kids walk that far. There and back the first day. Then we discovered the parking lot and shuttle. We used that from then on. 

Isn't Noah so cute holding Seth's hand, keeping him safe. I love that kid. 

And I digress. 

And the adventure, whirlwind of 4 days goes as follows...

Astro blaster a. Pew pew pew. 

The classic cell-fie. Faith doesn't love it...yet. 

Autopia. Adam drove while I pushed the gas. He was finally tall enough to do so!!

Waiting in line for teacups. Please notice that all the rides that go fast, high, spin, or are worth going on at all you will see Ben Harding and me in line with the kids. Erey time. My Ben and Steph were how you say... Panty wastes. Moving on. 

Adams face says it all for the teacups. 

Seth insisted that he spin us by himself. You go boy?

Love him

After eating only snacks for the first day the boys had had enough. They were NOT going to skip lunch again. Day 2 was going to have some real food. Out of all the food they have of course these boys choose the giant pork leg. They devoured it. It was awesome! 

OMG- Winnie during the princess musical show. She was mesmerized. So adorable. 

What's next you ask? Boyah! Space mountain! Once again. No husband, no Steph. 

Even Seth was so brave, and loved it. 

Red Robin for dinner. I think Noah ate everything. Ugh! Soooo full. 

Cars land rules! It was so amazing. They are riding Luigis tires. 

Red was parked off to the side, but Mater and Lightning would actually drive down the road and park at the cozy cone to take pictures. Then when the line died down they'd drive back home, or behind the fence. It was so fun! 

Oh dang! Josh wasn't tall enough to ride the cars ride. He was devastated. Sorry buddy, next time

Seth and me on the cars ride. Sad the only shot I got was blurry. We must've been going really fast

Tractors is so dumb!

Hi Jo!

Bugs life. Heimlichs Chew chew train. 

 These two were a riot. They both wanted to ride with me. I'm a lucky lady. 

The Muppets show. It's so old, but also a favorite. We wouldn't miss it.

 Isn't that straight out of a commercial?

Front row on the California screamer. Can you believe it! As a mom I didn't know if I liked that, but it was so thrilling for them. 

Thunder mountain railroad. It's my favorite! 

Yup. It had to happen. We locked ourselves out. Just sittin' in the hallway. Waiting for Ben. 

I didn't know it was that kind of a hotel...

Shootin' hoops. Waiting for Ben. 

We even made time to swim while we were there. 


Stopping to pose with Emmett. Yeah we are tight!

They had the entire basement set for the Lego movie there. The boys were in heaven. So much fun!

 The whole trip people kept staring at us because we had 8 kids with us. I thought Disneyland and Legoland would be the one place where I could get away from the staring and visible counting. Well, they had an 8 piece orchestra made out of Legos in this fountain. If you jump on the spot in front of the instrument you can hear its part of the song. However, you cannot tell what song it is. It just sounds like that instrument playing. You have to have someone jump on each spot to hear the complete orchestra. We watched many single people and families of 3 or 4 try and make it work to no avail. We got the whole thing going together. And even had an extra person to sing and one to snap a picture. Ha!! In yo face losers!!

Noah getting his Lego land drivers license. 

Wilson doing the same. 

And Adam. 

Seth too


Really huge playground areas all over the park gave our small ones great places to play. 

And big kids too. 

They had a place where you could sit and build if you wanted to. Isn't Adam so handsome?

Noah built this roadster and proceeded to take pictures of it at 6 different angles. I'll spare you and just show one. 

Winnie and Josh got to play some carnival games because they were too small to ride a couple of the rides the older boys went on. Here they are with their prizes in front of my favorite spider. 

Oh man it was cool!

Mini Lego land had cities all over the world made out of Legos. This is Noah in front of Las Vegas. 

All time favorite for almost all of us was the life size Star Wars guys and scenes from the movies. I don't love Star Wars but was impressed. 

On the way home we stayed in Vegas. We drove down the strip, and visited the temple. It's such a beautiful temple. 

What a way to end a great family trip. We didn't want to come home.