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Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Ute Stampede

Most of my dad's extended family are from Nephi, so growing up, we spent a lot of time there visiting relatives.  The Ute Stampede Rodeo and city celebration have been going on as long as I can remember and feels full of tradition.  Three parades each year- the grand parade, the livestock parade and the bathing beauties parade - and of course, the rodeo.  We haven't been to the parades for years but we try to make it to the rodeo every year.  This year Tim asked me why we drive 50 miles to this rodeo when there are several rodeos much closer if that is all we want to see.  I tried to explain to him why the tradition of The Ute Stampede feels like such a big deal, but I'm not sure that it really made sense.  Somehow, for me, it seems to bring together a lot of good memories, both recent, and very old, and I love being a part of it.  

This year we were a little smaller group than normal, but had plenty of young ones to keep us entertained.  Cory, Jarin and Jami were all out of town, but my parents said that for sure they still wanted to go and take all the kids.  Seriously, the best grandparents ever to keep making these kinds of memories.  The kids loved it and were pretty fascinated by everything going on.

This year there was one little detail that made the night not quite perfect - the weather.  Most years it is really hot and we try to get seats that are covered to keep from being in the sun.  When we got out of the car this year and saw the dark clouds....we should have known that heat was not going to be our problem. It was windy and cold for most of the night and we probably should have all dressed a little more warmly, but we still had a great time.

My favorite part of the entire rodeo is the beginning.  They have representative from each branch of the military come out, and then the flag is brought in by a parachuter.  I was worried that he would not be able to jump this year because of the wind, so I was even more excited when we saw him headed down.  I'm not sure how he kept the flag on track and landed in the arena, but it was really quite breathtaking to see.

Doesn't matter what is happening in the arena, sometimes the best entertainment is in the stands.

I only got a few shots from the actual rodeo, to catch the action, it really requires a better camera - or maybe a better photographer.  We don't know enough of the rules and specifics to give a great critique of the quality of the rodeo from a cowboy's perspective, but as far as entertainment quality, it was fantastic.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Ruby 21 months

As Ruby gets older, it gets much tougher to really describe her and her cute little personality because she's a pretty great mixture of so many different traits.  She can be so sweet and often lets me rock her and tells me that she is my Ruby baby (usually when I say I'm sad because Luke is a big boy and won't let me call him a baby).  When she is in an unfamiliar location, she gets quite shy and turns into a mama's girl which is a nice change since she usually wants Tim and cries if he leaves.  Just last week at the Fourth of July parade she got overwhelmed by the people and noise and would not leave my lap or sit with even Tim or my parents.  So, she has a mild side, but most of this girl is pretty much wild.  Sometimes as I sit and watch Miss Ruby, I can hardly believe that this blue eyed, red headed baby is mine.  Then I get a little glimpse of her personality and I'm pretty sure it is like watching me when I was young.  Tim says all of the time that she is a blond mini version of me.  She keeps inspiring new nick names and all of them give a pretty accurate description:  The Tornado, The Spitfire, The Wild One.  You get the picture, the girl has energy and personality to spare.  Even though it can be exhausting some times, I wouldn't have it any other way.

In the past few months, Ruby's language skills have increased dramatically.  She speaks in two and three word combinations and is constantly surprising me at some of the words she says - ouch, exercise, mine, hamburger.  She  is quick to say "Ruby do it', and has learned from Luke the art of the "no thanks".  And of course, she learned one of her most important phrases from her dad, "more chocolate".  She wants to communicate and tries to mimic almost everything.  On of my favorite moments is when someone says a prayer - she closes her eyes, folds her arms, and talks the entire time.  Most of her words are not very clear, but we definitely hear the "amen".  She has started "singing" and melts me when she does Twinkle Twinkle, ABCs or the Luke and Ruby song.

Ruby continues to eat and drink better than Luke.  Not surprisingly they weigh almost the same.  ost of the time she insists on feeding herself which often means a big mess - it doesn't seem to bother her, the dirtier the better.  She has learned from her mama and loves ice in her drink.  Whenever I have a cup of ice, she begs for all that I am willing to share.

Ruby is so jealous of Luke being able to go potty.  If I were willing to have a lot of accidents, she could probably be potty trained now, but I'm not anxious to have her grow up so quickly.  For now, she will have to be content wearing Luke's panties.

Tim and I have talking about how lucky Ruby is to have Luke - they play, they fight, they invent trouble, but the most important thing is that they adore each other.  They never like to be separated, as soon a Ruby gets up she wants to go find Luke.  I hope they remain best friends for the rest of their lives.

Speaking of best friends, Ruby is pretty lucky to have her cousins.  She and Juniper are young enough that they haven't quite figured out how to play together.  But she definitely knows how to get what she wants from the big kids. 

This may be where she learned to say "more chocolate".  The girl continues to love her treats.

She is definitely ready for her moment as Captain of the Ship

Taylor was so sweet and patient and let Ruby help with his homework.

Ruby absolutely loves books, she constantly demands "more story", especially when she is supposed to be asleep.  Most days she goes to bed and wakes up wanting a story and definitely has her favorite books.

There may be a lot of years between these two sisters,
But they couldn't be cuter together. 

Grandma tried putting curlers in her hair.  Poor thing, her hair is so fine that within a few minutes of the curlers being taken out, all of the curl was gone.

Plenty of selfies, 
It is about the only way to get her to look at the camera.  

We discovered that Ruby loves to dress up.  When she goes to daycare at the gym, she finds all sorts of costumes to wear so we have started buying some outfits for home.  It makes me laugh to see some of the style combinations she comes up with

Ruby is definitely a water baby, she loves to swim in it, splash in it, drink it.  She is insistent on having a bath every night.  If she thinks she isn't going to get a bath, she pulls off her clothes and climbs in the tub to wait. As soon as the water turns on, she gets so happy.

There is no caption that would do this picture justice,
One of my favorites ever.

This is pretty typical of nap time lately.  She laughs and yells, throws out all of her toys and blankets, and then collapses and sleeps for hours.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

June 2015

June is summer, real summer.  It came and went so fast, but I feel like we soaked up plenty of the summer magic.

We have spent a lot of time at the various new splash pads in the area.  They are really perfect for toddlers, plenty of water to have fun, but not enough to be dangerous.  The babies love it because they can run around with a little independence.

Tim and Erika hiked the Indian Falls trail in Ogden Canyon.  With all of the rain we have had they said it was super green and beautiful.  

It's always best to end an adventure with sushi.

Jarin took pity on, Luke's long hair, 
Nothing better than a backyard haircut.

Spiderman Selfies

It was so great to have everyone together on Father's Day - I know that Tim especially loved it.  The babies were really excited to have a day for their dad.  Luke helped pick out a card on Saturday - super hero of course.  It's a good thing that he didn't know too much about our plans because as soon as he saw Tim he started telling him about his surprise.  The big kids came down Sunday afternoon and they all headed up the canyon for a jeep ride.  

Sunday night was spent in the backyard playing on the lawn.  I really was grateful to have time with the two most important men in my life - Tim, the daddy to my babies, we well as my own dad.

Feeding the Costco addiction!

Plenty of time outside on the trampoline

It has been unusually hot for most of the month.  Saturday night we went to dinner then headed up to Bridal Veil Falls to beat the heat.  I used to spend so much time running on that part of the trail, it felt nice to be back and of course, the kids loved it.