Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Rusty has a blog!

Update by Rusty:
I wasn't quite ready to launch this yet but apparently Tara couldn't stand to see my brilliant insights going unread ;) Anyway, check it out and be sure to link your own blog to http://blog.rustinbanks.com and then click "Become a VIP Reader" so I can fill up that community widget. Thanks!!!
So FINALLY TheBlogFrog man decided to get a blog. Go check it out, then join his "VIP" community! http://blog.rustinbanks.com/

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Tiny Dancer

Halle's very first dance recital was on Friday and she did great! I stuck her in dance only about 6 weeks ago, and she just LOVES it. I think her favorite part is the shoes. She does Ballet and Jazz and especially loves that she is in the same class as her good little friend Jenna. I am going to try and post video so if you only watch one, watch the Jazz dance--it's my favorite. There were 30 (no,that is not a typo) dances in her recital, but I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and got more than one good chuckle out of the evening. Halle got an Outstanding Dancer trophy (everyone did) and flowers from her dad, so her night was complete. We are proud of you Halle girl!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Tongue Tied??

We have been having a hard time coming up with a name for this baby! Our front runner at the moment is Blake. But then I was at dinner with some friends last night, and Kari kept getting tongue tied when she tried to say "Blake Banks." So everyone take a moment and say it with me, "Blake Banks." And now go answer my anonymous poll as to whether you think this name is a tongue twister. He will, of course, have a middle name, but obviously most people won't call him by all three names. AND--if you have any other suggestions for cute boy names, please post them here! Oh yea--I know if you say it 10 times fast it's for sure a twister, but we're just looking for saying it once (which would be the most common, right?)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Easter Festivities

Easter weekend was just one fun thing after another! On Friday Sara and the kids came over and we made and decorated Easter Sugar Cookies. Bree was the only one who stuck around for the whole process, but they all sure did have fun eating them!

Then on Saturday, a family in our ward, the Clarks, hosted a GIANT Easter Egg hunt. Seriously--it rivaled the Ellison annual hunt. (Without the Golden Egg of course). Each kid got almost 30 eggs! And then we had a very yummy potluck lunch. Both of the kids came home with their baskets stuffed and their mom wondering why in the world she had bothered to buy any Easter candy at all!

Later that day Uncle Cole, Aunt Carlie and Uncle Danny arrived from Utah. Cole is going to be living with us for a little while, and Carlie and Danny drove out with him for a quick one day visit. The kids were in Heaven with all the attention--they miss their Utah family so much. When we dropped Carlie and Danny at the airport on Sunday Halle said, "Make sure you tell Chloe (their dog) hi from me and give her a kiss!" Not Grandma, not Grandpa, but the dog. Typical Halle. While they were here we ate pizza, decorated Easter Eggs, and played games on the Wii and Rusty's iPhone.

Easter morning was a whirl wind because we have 9am church. We opted to do Easter baskets after church so that we could all enjoy it a little more. In Primary they asked the kids who got Easter baskets that morning, and all the kids were jumping up and down raising their hands. Poor little Halle looked around at everyone else, and not wanting to be left out, tentatively put her hand in the air, and then put it right back down again. But the Easter bunny was more than generous and we still have enough candy to last through the summer!
One more special thing--the Bishop challenged our ward in January to read the Book of Mormon by May. As a family we decided to read The Book of Mormon Stories (you know--the picture book you can get at the distribution center) together. Halle is always so excited to read and learn the stories. Well, on Easter night we finished! It was so neat to teach her about Moroni's Promise and hear her little prayer. We are so thankful for our Savior and the chance to celebrate his resurrection that we all might live with him someday!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Snowy Spring Break

Just a few cute pics of our very cold, very snowy spring break.