Saturday, April 17, 2010

The rest of Spring Break

It is so time for me to finish up this spring break stuff. We took the kids to a little farm museum/place and paid for them to ride a horse. They were SO excited, until they realized that the "horse" was really a pony, and the ride consisted of a circle. So strange to me that I have to pay for my kids to have a ride on a horse. My growing up years, I lived on horses all summer long. They were my neighbor's, but they let us ride whenever we wanted. My kids sure will have different childhood memories than mine.



After the "pony-go-round" we decided to get some ice cream. There's just something about sitting at the soda fountain isn't there? Makes everyone happy.

Then just to be sure everyone had enough sugar for the day, we decided to visit Hatch Family Chocolates in Salt Lake and see TLC's famous Little Chocolatiers. They were there alright, working away. I highly recommend the peanut butter truffle chocolate. Yummy....

And after all that fun, it was time for the long drive back home. Dinner was served in route (Taco Time Drive Thru) and resulted in Alyssa and Halle fighting because they had to share a fork. Jarom got fed up with it and said, "Why are you fighting? You're both Manwarings and have the same germs, so just get over it and knock it off." The next day, Kate was eating an apple and Johnny (the dog) tried to get it out of her hands. She came crying to me and said, "Mom, Johnny licked my apple, and he doesn't have Manwaring lips." LOLL!!

We also took the kids swimming over spring break where MUCH to my surprise, I learned that Halle can swim. She has never so much as done the back float across a pool, but this day, decided to jump in the deep end (13 ft) and swim across the pool to pass the diving board test. She did it alright, while her mother all but had a coronary across the room. Who knew???! She sure surprised me, and then spent the rest of the time jumping off the diving board. Go Halle! (This is the way Halle does things, all or nothing. I should have learned that when she started to walk. Never having shown signs that she was ready (no furniture cruising, or solo standing), just one day walked all the way across the room. She potty trained the same way. Decided she was ready, took her own diaper off, hopped on the potty and was good to go.)

The funny thing is, is that I had just signed all the kids up for swim lessons. I had put Halle in the same class as Carter. She obviously doesn't need to be in that class now, but she's being a good sport and staying there as Carter NEEDS her with him for moral support. I mean, this is the kid that will plug his ears with his middle fingers and his nose with his thumbs (at the same time) when he jumps in water. (Really hilarious!) His first day of lessons ended with him in tears. It's still a little scary for him, but he gets better every time.

And this, I think officially ends our spring break report. Whew....I got it all in. Now we've got soccer, swim lessons, piano, and dance going on. The rat race begins.

5 comments:

Cherie said...

Glad you had a fun Spring Break!

I hear it is finally starting to warm up over there! You may see spring soon - Yahoo!!!

Lee Ann said...

Now I think I have a sugar high! :) Love Halle. Anna does some similar things - but not quite THAT all or nothing. Funny girl. You gotta get a picture of Carter plugging his ears and nose!

Tim and Stacey Cardon said...

I feel really privileged to have taught 2 of your kids in Primary! (Carter and Halle) That story about Carter just about killed me, and Halle is quite the little girl! One Sunday she is too shy to pray in class, and the next Sunday she is up bearing her testimony in front of the whole ward! P.S. your comment on my blog was probably the sweetest thing I've heard! It totally made my YEAR!!

Dimick's said...

I love the bold paint throughout your house, it looks awesome. Way to go out on a limb and go for it!

betty said...

I LOVE SEEING KIDS SO HAPPY WHEN ON A HORSE. TOO BAD I DON'T LIVE CLOSER, AUNT BETTY WOULD LOVE TO INTRODUCE YOUR KIDS TO HORSES AND RIDING! JUST SOLD MY RELIABLE 13 YR OLD GELDING TO A 10 YR OLD GIRL. I WILL MISS HIM BUT HE WILL BE LOVED, LOVED, LOVED AND HAVE THE HAIR RODE OFF OF HIM! THEY MAKE A FANCY PAIR. CARTER HAS A DEFINITE "HARDING" SMILE, ALL THE TIME! TOO CUTE. LOVE READING YOUR BLOG, YOU ARE SO DEDICATED TO UPDATING IT AND SHARING ALL THOSE MEMORIES OF YOUR FAMILY LIFE. YOU GO GIRL!