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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

You've Had a Birthday Shout Hooray!

This weekend we celebrated Tim's 45th birthday.  We are all so lucky to have him, it is always great to have a reason to focus on how lucky we are all to have.  This year we spread the celebration over two days which is always the best.

Saturday afternoon the big kids came down to get the party started.  While the babies and I slept, they hit up some the local thrift stores for a little shopping.  I'm always surprised  at how many great things they find. After they finished shopping, they went jeeping for the afternoon, one of Tim's favorite activities.

Saturday night we went to the park for a party with some of Tim's family.  The poor guy, he had to plan and prepare his own party since I'm pretty much out of commission.  It made me sad not be able to do more, but Tim threw such a great party, it may become his permanent job.

Sunday morning I put my one armed skills to the test and made waffles with strawberries and cream. Luke wasn't so interested in breakfast but he definitely loved opening the presents.

Sunday night we headed to Santaquin for one last party.  Tim and Ada share a birthday so it is always fun to celebrate together.  Usually I make a special dessert for each but this year they were lucky to get something to share.   They may have to take a rain check until I'm back on my A game.

Welcome to mid-life Tim, it certainly looks good on you,

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Antelope Island

For a few years Brycen has been interested in Antelope Island and has wanted to go spend some time exploring.  So, he and Tim packed up their gear and headed out for a little camping.  The pictures they took are amazing, the scenery so different than what we ever see.  They had a great time wandering among the buffalo and checking out the salty shoreline.  They were amazed at all the foreign tourists they saw.  Next time I think we better take the entire family out for an adventure.

They found a few extra friends,
These guys were pretty tame.

Quite the little camp site.

They spent some  time at the visitor's center.

The sunsets were pretty amazing,
Tim said they were just as pretty as sunsets in Mexico

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

August First

August has started out great, we already packed a lot of fun into the first day of the month.  We were a little divided this weekend, Tim and Brycen went camping at The Great Salt Lake, and me and the babies were home looking for adventures.  On Saturday morning, because Tim was gone, I got up early and had to do my 14 miler on the treadmill - Thanks to a lot of Downtown Abbey, I survived being on the treadmill for that long. The kids woke up just in time to get dressed and head out to the parade for Cherry Days in Santaquin. They would really do so much better if parades were in the afternoon - they struggle in the mornings after just waking up.  Despite being a little shy and cranky, they loosened up when they saw all the candy being thrown and ended up loving the parade.  Luke's favorite was the dinosaur float with a volcano that spewed smoke.  He is still talking about it. t amazes me how much Santaquin has changed from when I was young, but I really just love being home, back in my town with my people.

After the parade we considered going to the park where they have games and other activities.  But it sounded hot and chaotic so instead me and the babies hung out for a few hours with my dad.  They had the best time with grandpa - fourwheeler rides, baths for the dogs, and plenty of running around. 

Saturday night Tim and I got to have a worry free date night, thanks to his parents.  They came and stayed/played with the kids so we could go to Sundance with my work.  We had dinner then went to the outdoor theater to see The Wizard of Oz.  I loved being outside in the mountains and it was a full moon which made it all even better.  The play was really great.  I was actually surprised how similar it was to the movie - I had expected more musical numbers.  Sundance summer theater has grown into one of my favorite traditions.  

Friday, July 31, 2015

July 2015

How about we start with my favorite pictures of the month!

I'm pretty sure that it is legal to do sparklers all year long.  We decided to let the kids practice a little early.  I don't think they burned long enough to cause any concern.  The babies were not quite sure if they liked the idea of holding a burning stick.  I guess when you put it that way, it is a little terrifying. I think we will just stick to watching fireworks for now.

My parents bought new picnic tables and Sunday dinners have officially moved outdoors.  Dinners are pretty casual now and I don't think Luke eats more than a bite or two.  It is perfect for summer nights and just means that the backyard relaxing starts a little earlier.  

We had a little "family night" and met Erika and Clark at Chipolte for dinner one night.  The kids loved having a chance to play with big sister.  

Tim and the big kids took the jeeps and drove from Ogden up through the canyons and around to Porcupine Reservoir.  Erika got super sunburned, but other than that, they had a great adventure.

Tim's dad's birthday fell on a Saturday and we had big plans to meet up with the entire family at Cherry Hill.  Unfortunately, I discovered that morning that Ruby had been infected with hand foot and mouth disease.  She got quite sick and it is super contagious so me and the babies were quarantined and missed out on all of the fun.  Tim and the big kids had a great time with all of the extended family.  We were definitely sad not to have the chance to swim and play with cousins.  

Man these babies love their daddy.

Tim and the kids spent the morning at the nature conservatory in Ogden.  They spent a lot of time hiking around and were able to interact with several different types of birds

While the big kids were off exploring live animals, me and the babies went to the Bean Museum.  We have been there a few times and I think each time we go they have more fun.  They were fascinated by the attack scenes, for the past two weeks they have been talking about the bears and the lions and the scary animals.  

On the 24th of July we found our traditional place to watch the Spanish Fork parade.  It was a little rough going in the beginning - the kids don't like to get up so early but once they woke up a little, they loved the floats, the animals and anything that Luke could call a "robot".  

After the parade we completed the full holiday tradition - Chuckarama and a movie.  We saw The Minion Movie  I may have spied some napping adults, but the kids loved it. 

One of our favorite traditions of July is to go see the fireworks for Mona Days.  We arrived when it was dusk and had fun at the dance, then settled in for the main event.  As always, the fireworks did not disappoint - seriously they were amazing.  A little loud for the kids, but really awe inspiring. 

I have loved watching the kids play outside...trampoline, splash pad, sprinklers, bikes and scooters. The best part of summer!

I've started going to a bootcamp class early on Tuesdays and Thursdays which means that I have been running even earlier.  I'm still not converted to being a morning person, but I have been seeing some awesome sunrises that makes it almost all worth it.