Friday, April 29, 2011


I have a new nephew! Owen Tiner Sproul was born April 28th at 1:42 am(or around there). He was 8lbs 6oz and 21 inches long. Amanda was induced Wednesday mid morning. So it was a rough ride, but they are all doing great. And he is super cute! I'm dying to see him again. We were all at the hospital until 10:30 that night, but decided it was getting late and she hadn't progressed very far. A little after we got home I got a text telling me it was really close, so Teresa and I hopped back over to the hospital to wait it out. We got home at 3am, but I'm so glad we could be there. Nathan was very sad he didn't get to see Baby Owen, so I took him over Thursday before gym class. Nathan said he was so cute, we didn't want to leave :)
I haven't had a chance to really get any pictures of him. I'm hoping I'll have the chance tomorrow. But here is a picture of the little family taken about 2:30am. Congratulations!

Monday, April 25, 2011


Some of the Easter fun:

Coloring Eggs 

These are some of Teresa's
Decorating Cookies


Saturday afternoon we went to Tehachapi for lunch and an Easter Egg hunt with cousins.

Sunday morning we had a little Easter here at the house

Sunday evening we went to my parents house for another egg hunt and dinner.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


This week is Spring Break for Teresa. We're keeping it pretty low key this year, a few little things here and there. We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of a nephew/cousin, so we didn't want to be gone for too long. Yesterday we took the kids to  Exposition Park in LA, that is where the Natural History Museum is and the California Science Center, along with quite a few other things, but these were the two things that interested us. The Science Center was interesting, but not really worth a trip by itself, we spent less than 2 hours there and were pretty satisfied. You could probably spend a lot longer there with older kids. The NHM, however was quite fascinating. There was a lot to see, we spent a little over 4 hours there, we could have spent the whole day. But we wanted to check on the science center before it all closed. The NHM will open up a Dinosaur section this summer, we'll definitely have to go back. They had some dino stuff, but this new section is supposed to be quite a collection.
I took a ton of pictures, but here are a few highlights. I realize this is a lot of pictures, but it really is just a small selection
Nathan really wanted a picture on the frog

Teresa is about to be devoured by a T-Rex

NHM Main Lobby

Old car

There were so many interesting gems and rocks, we spent a lot of time in here


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I loved how they had the animals displayed. There were so many

I loved this one, the beautiful painting in the background, with the fake flowers in the front, there's even a butterfly. Nathan thought that was amazing
A very small selection of the birds they had on display

Nathan in the discovery zone

This is also in the discovery zone, they had a lot of fun things to touch and look at in here

This is just outside the California Science Center (free admission)

infrared kids

Monday, April 4, 2011

Fantastic Spring Weekend!

Saturday we took a picnic lunch to the park and played. That evening we grilled burgers over charcoal  - yum! And then roasted marshmallows. The weather was so nice, we just couldn't get enough of it. We hung out in the back playing with the cat and in the sandbox while the burgers cooked.

Jonathan and I had already planned a day trip for Sunday, just the two of us. We were hoping to hit Sequoia, but there was too much snow to go too far into the park. So after much searching we found two little spots in Santa Clarita we could try. The William S Hart Park was so nice, and the weather was perfect. We toured his house and walked about a bit. After lunch we headed to a canyon to do some hiking. There was a little nature center with some live animals and some stuffed ones to show you what you might find in the area. There were several different trails, some easier than others. We chose the trail that followed the creek. With the wind rustling through the trees and the sound of the creek, it was such a fun relaxing day. We didn't do anything too tough(although, I am a little sore today). We ended our wonderful day with a delicious meal at Claim Jumper. It turned out to be a perfect day!

Part of William S Hart's house. He was an actor in silent western films. The house was full of interesting things

This was outside the house on our way back down to the park area. Which was also very nice

This is part of the trail in the canyon
This picture doesn't do it justice, it was so pretty up there

A little part of the creek. I believe if we had hiked more we would have seen water falls. But it was getting late, so we turned back
Thanks to my parents who were so willing to watch the kids all day. We might have to do this more often. Everyone had a good time.