Utah Trip 2012:
After church on the Sunday we were there, everyone (minus Grams and Gramps since they are on a mission) got together to party and have dinner. Cousins make me happy. Our kids are so happy when they are with their cousins, and it's one of the only times where when I lose sight of my kids I know they are still okay because they have cousins that are playing with them and making sure they are alright.
Here we have Grace and Paige:
Here are some quick videos Jake took with his phone:
The first would be Cole when he was finally alone on the trampoline so he could work on his form. We think he was trying to work out how to bounce on your rear and jump back up.
Okay, to give a background to this (which had me laughing for days), Grandma and Grandpa M sent a candy and sticker package to Kelly's so that when we all got together for this we could enjoy a treat from them. The stickers were foam glitter stars. The three little girls (Simone, Tessa, and Grace) enjoyed making "fashions" for everyone else by putting the stickers together and giving them to people to wear. Eventually most of the stickers found their way back to the little girls' clothes and faces, wherein they decided they looked like rockstars. So I'm guessing band practice must have started in the backyard after that. All the adults were in the living room/kitchen chatting away when Tessa came in a couple of times to tell us to be ready for the Rock Star Girls show that was going to happen soon.
A little later the girls came in to give us a show. Tessa lined her two cousins up. Simone and Grace looked like deer in headlights when it got quiet and all eyes were on them. I think they were shocked Tessa was going to make them really go through with it. That, or Tessa had a plan in her head and never really explained it to anyone else. She introduced the band and started the performance.
"Rock star! Rock star girls. Rock star! Rock star girls." --complete with spinning and jazz hands. Simone slowly started to back away while Grace just stood planted and stared. Tessa then spun around, flung her hand out toward Grace and yelled, "Take it!" Grace stood planted and stared.
When the show she'd envisioned fell apart, Tessa started to as well. "This is not how we practiced!!!" We couldn't help but laugh ...really hard... and encourage them to go out, practice some more, and then come back for another show. As they were going outside, we heard Tessa ask her rock star band mates, "Why didn't you guys say anything!?"
A little later, Tessa came in to tell us that the Rock Star Girls show would be happening at one o'clock (Tessa standard time, I guess) and told us to go outside to see it. So we did. The show took place on the trampoline. It consisted of jumping around and singing "Rock Star Girls!"I believe this was the tail end of it. Cole was not happy....but refused to get off.
After they were finished, Tessa launched into how now that we had taken pictures and videos that they would be on the news. We needed to send it into the news so they could be on the back. We could now tell everyone that they were going to be on the news. I didn't know what to tell her, so I nodded. She told just about everyone we saw on our trip that she was on the news.
Also after the "show", Cole said it was HIS turn. Okay. Go for it, pal! He jumped back and forth repeatedly singing, "Rock Star! If you figure it out!"We burst out laughing again. Jake tried to get him to do it again, but this was as much as we could get on a second go round: