Reality always hits me in the face once July rolls around. Our no schedule, constant playing days start to take their toll. Then those 100 degree days hit and I start to get slightly overwhelmed, so we slow down our summer pace a bit.
We had a perfect, lazy 4th weekend. And it helped that Paul had a 4 day weekend to go along with it.
We took the kids to Nickel City
BYU for bowling and the book store.
The only 2 pictures I got from our firework show.
And the kids were old enough to make their own 4th of July cake this year! It turned out pretty good and was covered with lots more sprinkles than were on it when I was in charge, which made for 4 happy kids.
I start actually putting this girl down for a nap a few times a week.
There's a little more video games.
More time spent hanging around the neighborhood
Some of my favorite July Neighborhood moments:
Ruby's reunion with Izella after not seeing each other for 2 weeks.
Crew and Madden running across the grass to each other, also after not seeing each other for a few weeks. :)
Adults vs Kids Sunday night kickball game.
And Crew discovering the awesomeness that is tank tops.
July also means we spend more time in our Air Conditioned house.
Miles came into the bathroom while I was getting ready to show me this burnt toast he made and told me I should take a picture and send it to my friends.
So, there you go. You are welcome.
I still present bad decision making skills, like when I let Macey and Tajen make a Lemon Merigune Pie from her Harry Potter cookbook.
I've never even attempted a recipe that complicated.
Luckily it turned out better than I expected.
It's not like we stop playing, I just actually make sure chores get done, water is being drunk, and vegetables are being consumed.
Still lots of pool days.
And some pond days, but not as many cause it's just too dang hot.
The heat also means the kids get to stay up late so we can actually enjoy the outdoors without melting.
And we started having Mom Hikes at night. Best. Idea. Ever.
I took my first solo hiking trip with the kids.
It wasn't as bad as I had anticipated.
Other exciting July Happenings:
Macey got her braces off
it was perfect timing, the day before we left for Washington. She had big dreams of eating any candy her heart desired.
Miles gave his first talk ever in primary (not first talk attempted, just first one completed in full).
Not pictured, Miles hiding behind the podium with Paul holding the microphone while he actually gave his talk. Then he hopped up, put the microphone back in the holder and walked back to his seat. :)
the rest of June
June is always perfection around here and crazy, lots of crazy.
School is out, temperature's are perfect, and we hit the ground running!
I decided this year no camps, no classes, no nothing. I got tempted so many times by STEM camps, drama class, robotics, lego camps, swim team...but I held strong and committed us to nothing (other than our normal 1 session of swim lessons).
Let me tell you it's been heaven!!
Everyday is our own to do with whatever we want. And it's been fun watching these kids just be so content to play with each other and not even needing friends around.
And it won't be long until they aren't perfectly content in the little bubble that we've created for them. So, I figure I get to be selfish for a little bit longer.
We started off summer like we do most years, with swim lessons
Ruby decided just to participate the first few days, and she was adorable. And then I don't know what happened and she refused. So, that was fun.
When we are in town you can find us at our favorite spots.The Pond. PoolSplash Pads.
Of course hanging out in the neighborhood.
Miles can often be found hosting story time. He walks out the front door with a pile of bug books and yells "If you want to learn about bugs come over here" :)
Can't forget the daily trips to Barbara's for candy.
And it's always a good day for Crew when Madden is in neighborhood. Summer Movies
at the Scera with The Brown's and Tajen.BYU
We made it through almost all of BYU's planetarium show. What we saw was great, but not geared toward the 3 and under crowd.
Can't forget our favorite weekend in Orem, Summerfest.
It was actually the least stressful carnival visit we've had. We are making progress.
I took M&M to the parade, which I always swear I will never go to again.
I'm sure I'll be back next year.
Macey ran the mud run
with the Emmie's.
As you can see, she stayed the cleanest. She loved it though and we are thinking we'll all do the 5k next year. We will see though, I hate committing to things. :)
We got to celebrate the awesome dad that Paul is.
And the kids nailed another group photo.
Ruby still keeps us on our toes, if you were wondering.
She's just been running wild and loving having all the kids home to play with her.
Saddest part of the month for me was when Ruby slammed a door on my toe and I ended up loosing my entire toe nail.
It was quite painful, but I am happy to be able to wear shoes again and workout and hike without my toe hurting too much.
Some summer days are long and so very hot, but in the end you can't beat lazy summer days hanging out with these 4.
Now onto July
where I get the kids on a schedule and actually make them clean and read and I get the house back in order.
Paul asked if I wanted to go to San Francisco for my 35th birthday and tears immediately welled up in my eyes. A birthday trip with just Paul is seriously all I've ever wanted.
My only request was that I be free of any decision making responsibility. It was pure heaven.
We flew first class, it was my first time and it was awesome. We only took Uber Black. And he got us a hotel right in the heart of Union Square. Not to be overly dramatic, but it was possibly the best weekend of my life thus far.
We ate lots of brunch.
Stood in lots of lines.
And I was not mentally prepared for how cold it actually was, especially at night.
Walked miles upon miles each day.
And those hills are just crazy. I could not get over them.
We walked through China Town, Russian Hill, Nob Hill, fisherman's wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Mission District and everywhere in between.
Amazing views everywhere.
We went to the top of Coit Tower excited that the day was so clear and we'd be able to see Golden Gate Bridge
Nope. Completely covered in fog with clear skies everywhere else. :) Our To-Do List included:ride a cable car.
We beat the insane lines by riding back to our hotel from Fisherman's Wharf at 11:00.
It was slightly more scary than I thought it would be going up and down those hills.
It was cold too, so everyone wanted to ride inside
There was no way i was riding anywhere but hanging off the side. China Town.
Shop in Union Square.
We lucked out and it was pride weekend. So much fun. Lombard Street.
We walked down it during the day and it was so crazy busy! Our friend Alex drove us down it on the night of my birthday and there wasn't a sole there.
lots of good food.
Alex introduced us to Off the Grid, San Francisco's food trucks. it was amazing.
It also happened to be on my birthday and they had party hats!!
I really wanted donuts, but the line at the donut food truck was super long, so Alex took us to his favorite donut shop, Bob's. So good. Then he took us to this amazing park, with awesome toys and no kids in our way. So we got to slide and swing our hearts out.
My top 2 things we did were rocket boat and a night segway tour through the city.
Rocket Boat Tour:
Paul and I bought our tickets and walked right on before the boat left the dock.
This meant we got seats toward the back.
AKA The Splash Zone.
People of front were dry as could be and we were all just back there screaming and getting smacked with salt water at every turn.
It was so fun. There's just something about screaming and laughing that is good for you.
The boat did stop and let us soak in the amazing views and snap a few pictures without fear of losing our phones overboard.
We saw these super nerdy looking people cruising through the city on their segways and it just called to us.
We knew we had to do it.
We choose the night tour that started in Fisherman's Wharf.
After 10 min of training they stuck us out on the mean streets of San Francisco, but after 5 min we were all pros, well at least Paul and I. The old people in our group were another story. :)
We all had ear pieces in where we could hear our guide and it was super cool to learn so much history about the city.
And the drunk people obviously loved us. Nothing like blending in with the locals.
Then it was time to throw our backpacks on (my first time packing light, I pretty much killed it) and head home.
Much needed trip away. Can't wait for more like this.
Nana and Pop-pop finally come to play in the summer!
Nana and Pop-Pop came out to visit right when the kids got out of school.
So, they got to enjoy our first week of summer festivities with us.
We took them to get Shave Ice.
We took them swimming at the pool.
And this was M&M's first time to do the drop slide. I was very impressed. There was no way you'd catch me doing this at 7 and 10 years old!
It was great having 3 adults and 4 kids. We spent a lot of time at the waterslides.
We did a neighborhood trip to the pond, where Nana & Pop-Pop tried their best to hide in the shade.
Got out our waterslide.
Found a new hike to do.
It was beautiful and not crowded, which was crazy since it was Memorial Day.
And then we enjoyed a little mountain picnic.
Debz and I did a little modeling session wearing LuLaRoe Clothes for her new business.
We celebrated the June Birthday's.
Crew loved his new fishing pole from nana and pop-pop.
There was also lots of time spent playing games and hanging around the house (board games, basketball, kickball, book reading, playing monster...)
And of course put Pop-Pop to work around the house.
It was a fun filled week and it was the first time they've been able to come in the summer time. It was heaven not having to be doing the normal schedule of school and after school activities. Plus, the weather was perfection!
Best first week of summer ever!