Tuesday, April 12, 2011

We love the Hooglands!

Kendall and I made a little Spring Break trip to the beautiful state of Utah (almost as warm and tropical as Hawaii...almost), to visit my best friend Leah. It seems like we get together almost every year and it's become a special tradition that we spend some time crafting. This trip was no exception! In fact, we did some crazy crafting --- our backs were aching from hunching over sewing machines, ribbons, beads, and hot glue guns! I think next year we need to include a spa day or massage on the last day.

Right off the bat we were warmly greeted by 3 adorable Hoogland kids on Friday afternoon. Leah and I  immediately began scheming what projects needed to happen. Rylan wanted in on our project/craft extravaganza and was really excited to help (he wanted to make his mom and teacher something special---very cute!). On Saturday, Leah took us to the Women's Expo where we squeezed our two strollers through ridiculous crowds, spent too much money, and were inspired to add in about 238 new ideas! Next stop: JoAnn Fabrics. Sunday afternoon (er...night) through Monday, brought the real crafting. Bows, flowers, skirts, tutus, watch bands, bow ties, and a pirate ship. The babies spent a good amount of time entertaining themselves (or being entertained by Maddy & Rylan). Scott was a trooper, too. Our only regret from the weekend was we never had a dance party! And I hear that Rylan has some sweet new break dancing moves.

It was a successful weekend all around! I love spending quality time reconnecting with Leah. It always feels like we just pick up where we left off; talking and laughing and sharing stories and reminicsing the good ol' days. Getting together is refreshing and good for my soul. Thanks Leah, for taking care of us, I am SO blessed by your friendship! 

Kendall was the "big kid" for once!
Baby Ian has way more hair than Kendall---she and I are both a little jealous and really wanted to put bows in it!

Flat Stanley came with us

Kendall got stuck under various pieces of furniture.

A fraction of the crafts!

The kids!


Maddy is a fast and feisty 2 year old, and Kendall couldn't take her eyes off of her!  Everything Maddy did or said sent Kendall into giggles. And Maddy was heard saying "she likes this" about everything she gave to, or did for,  Kendall.  I was just as entertained by Maddy and loved that she calls food "bood," has an imaginary "goggy," and carries around her "coinies." She is a riot!

I couldn't get enough of this handsome little guy! He is cooing and smiling and smells so great!  Snuggling with Ian made me miss this stage with Kendall---it feels like that was a million years ago.

We always forget to get a picture of US! So here we are on our way to the airport this morning.

Spending a few hours in the Boise airport.


Emilie said...

Looks like you two had a fabulous time! Also, I'm pretty sure Kendall was the CUTEST passenger on the plane!

Darcy said...

what a fun friendship. . love those flowers lucia and emery need one for their hair!!!

Keith and Meghan said...

Darcy, what color are the girls Easter dresses?

The Hoogland Family said...

In the words of Maddy "what the heck?" it was our pleasure to have you here, in my opinion it wasn't long enough. I loved watching you be a mom, you are a great one, and are oh so beautiful inside and out like always! I love you, and miss you! When is our next get together!?!