Friday, April 21, 2017

Easter 2017

We tried to take Easter pictures in a few locations around our house. Obviously the lighting was terrible here, but I like our faces!

Official Easter 2017 Call Family Picture

Video of him looking for his Easter basket


Long video of the Easter egg hunt (for all you die-hard Axel fans)


Short video of the Easter Egg hunt




Binoculars!





Yummy Easter dinner!

Trip to the City

We were all able to go together to the Manhattan Temple because our ward had arranged babysitting. 

After the temple, we walked around Central Park. (Slightly out of the frame of this picture is a muscly shirtless man taking sexy pictures. Gotta love New York)


We found a cool playground! For some reason the only entrances to the park were either from climbing up this rock, or from walking all the way around to a building. So the boys climbed the rock, and I jumped the fence. (Don't worry, it was a free park, we weren't fee skipping)


Then we found the waffle truck. Yum!


While we were eating, we could hear bagpipes playing, so we went to investigate. This is where Axel decided to watch him.

Haha, such a Manhattan scene. Tall buildings with a man playing the bagpipes. I love where we live!

A few warm days



Axel gave another talk, and this time the microphone worked so you can actually hear him.


Axel's cousins got him "pant tattoos," so he was so excited to put them all on some old pants.

"Look mom, I'm a pine tree!"

I guess going to the park is tiring?

Jeff took Axel to lunch one day while I was at meetings, and there was a cool kids ropes course. He started out timid, then warmed up and got really good at it!


Watching General Conference in a fort with friends.

Doing Conference bingo.

We went to our friends' little play of the Wizard of Oz. Contrary to this picture, Axel loved it. He said the "singing was too loud."


A nice scooter ride on the trail to a fun park.

This day was actually POURING! Our basement flooded. Sigh. While we were waiting for a friend to do his music lessons (we gave him a ride) we decided to get some gelato. Smurf mustache!

Guarding his bedroom door.

I bought him some beach toys. Since our garden isn't planted yet, I let him play in the dirt. He got FILTHY!

Watching Uncle Alex open his mission call! Baltimore, Maryland!


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Snow day in March


We had a snow day in March!

The snow was super icy, so none of his usual plastic toys would work. So I gave him a wooden spoon and a mixing bowl. He was happy! I stayed warm inside. It was soooooo cold! It is so icy that he is kneeling on 6 inches of ice/snow without making a dent.




Axel and Jeff have a routine for Jeff leaving the house. It never gets old for Axel.








Monday, April 17, 2017

Update on Jeff

The blog is mostly about Axel, but sometimes Jeff does cool stuff too.

Jeff was asked by the missionaries to baptize his friend Rey. It was a cool experience!

Axel and I finally looked for Jeff in the Peanuts DVD extra features. Here are some screenshots from that.


Jeff fell asleep at work. His coworkers took advantage of it.

Some of Jeff's recent art. He's been experimenting with using ink.

Axel has been really into the Beatles lately, so Jeff drew this for him.


We love our family's provider! We are so thankful for him, even when we make him so tired!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Gramma's Visit

Gramma came out for a visit! She flew overnight, so we whisked her away to the Circus practically when she stepped out of the plane!

The motorcycle and aerialist went right above us. It was awesome!

Axel got to ride a camel during the half break.






I didn't take pictures of it, but they had a tiger show. There were 14 tigers, and they were grumpy from the start. They wouldn't listen to the trainer, growling like crazy. So they only did a couple of tricks. Then one of the tigers found a stray cord that was holding up the fences, and thought it was a toy so was pulling on it with all its might, making the fence sway like crazy. All the people seated near there started to scatter, so the ringmaster said, "Moving from your seats only exacerbates the situation going on inside of the ring." Comforting, right? There are about 10 workers now trying to keep the fence up, and trying to get the tiger to let go of the cord. So the tiger trainer starts telling the other tigers to go back into their cages, but they are all distracted by the other one... Eventually the workers are able to cut the cord and the offending tiger happily walked into its cage (holding the cord in its mouth), and the rest followed. It was seriously so terrifying. I knew we were safe because we were on the balcony, but 14 loose tigers would really be bad, no matter where we were seated.

The rest of the circus went great! Axel's favorite part was Grandma the Clown.


We took Gramma to the zoo. We were so excited that the tiger came right by the glass to say hi, but then it turned and sprayed right at Gramma's face level! Haha! Trying to tell us who is boss!

A friend of mine had an emergency, so I had to go watch her kids. Luckily we have a non-manual car now so Gramma was able to take Axel to the Lego Batman movie and the Lego store. They had a great one-on-one date!

Playing arcade games at the theater.

Gramma likes to visit Revolutionary War sites, so this time it was Fort Montgomery, only a 45 minute drive away. It was a BEAUTIFUL day. We didn't even needs jackets!







On the way back, of course we had to stop for frozen yogurt.

And played at the park.



Axel and Gramma built the new Lego set (plus a new toy "Drip" from "Planes: Fire and Rescue")

On another beautiful day, we went down into the City. Here we are eating lunch at Bryant Park.

Outside Madison Square Garden

We went for Sesame Street Live!

It was seriously so insane (loud kids and parents, balloons everywhere, general craziness) but Axel had a great time.


Waiting in line at "Do," a new cookie dough place. Hour and a half wait! We also missed Usher by about 5 minutes. He knows the owner, so he didn't have to wait.

Luckily they had a playground near the line, so Axel was able to play for an hour of the wait.

Someone was less than enthusiastic after we got our dough.


Eating it in Washington Square Park


Gramma and Axel under the Washington Square Arch

It was perfect weather for Gramma's visit! We are so glad that she was able to come!