Saturday, April 23, 2011

Lisbon, Portugal

Warning: Travel log with lots of pictures.

Dan had a conference in Lisbon, so I joined him for the first few days of his trip for our annual anniversary getaway.  We dropped the kids off at the Bunnells, (thank you Bunnells!!!) and flew to Lisbon after our boys went to bed.  On Friday we went to Sintra. 

Dan outside the train station.    In front of Sintra’s Royal Palace


Moorish Castle



Sintra Palace


The middle building is covered in this tile!  It’s BEAUTIFUL!IMG_0775IMG_0769


These lilies were growing like weeds in the garden!

Saturday we started at the Thieves’ Market and found this awesome fireman hat for a euro!


The old trams felt like they were going to fall apart and they went in the narrow streets up and down crazy steep hills.  It was like a roller coaster.  My favorite was when I got on the tram driver said, “I’m not leaving until this lady has a seat!”  Getting some pregnant perks.


Then we went to Belem to see the sights!


We loved the Jeronimos Monastery it was amazingly ornate.IMG_0931IMG_0966IMG_0990

Lisbon was a beautiful city!  It was nice to have the conference to pull us there and awesome friends to watch our kids!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Easter Creations

First, a fun Easter story from Vinson. We were at the park and he was drawing with chalk. Then he told me he was going to play the chicken game. I asked him how it worked. He sat on the ground and drew some eggs under him then jumped up and said, "Let's count how many eggs." It cracked me up! (cracked me up lol!). He kept laying eggs all over the playground, and it was so funny to see him sitting down like he was the chicken. So funny!

An update. I'm insured and registered for a hospital! The stress level has gone down. If you're curious, I got to step 76. I finished the steps here. I finished before at 68.

Last Saturday I invited some friends over to do Czech style Easter Eggs. Dan took the boys to the park while we decorated. Vince's smile is strange because he was trying to eat pistachios shell and all.

It's really easy!
1. Melt 1/2 bees wax 1/2 crayon (crayon for color). I did this by putting the wax in a tea candle container that was attached to the top of a jar. Then I put candles underneath to melt the wax.
2. Stick a glass tipped pin in an eraser so you have a drawing utensil.
3. Dip the pin in the wax and draw lines or dots to make your decoration.

They turned out great! The pictures aren't great since our camera only uses flash half the time.
My latest project is making paper baskets. The family center I volunteer at teaches crafts once a month, so I learned how to make a basket out of a phone book. You can learn how here. It has been perfect to do while listening to General Conference. I love Easter!