July...where we did not melt
We spent most of the month in the 90's, which meant we spent lots of days at the pool.
And shockingly, only 1 day at the pond. The pool is just easier for me now I guess and the pond requires so much hauling of stuff, so lots of pool days this summer. Plus, we actually had our own yard this summer. Last summer it was dirt.
And of course water slide play dates in our very own backyard.
Fourth of July weekend we took Fang on his first camping trip to our favorite spot.
Kids said camping was so much better with Fang.
I said it was a lot of work.
Fang did not enjoy playing in the creek with the kids though.
Someone also left behind these stilts, and they provided hours of entertainment.
We made it back home in time to do some fireworks in our driveway. Like always, the sparklers were the scariest part for everyone. :)
We took Crew on his birthday date to Pizza Pie.
Erin and I went hiking one night to escape the heat in the valley and found snow.
It was crazy, but very refreshing.
#momhike's were much less dramatic, but refreshing all the same.
We finally found some time to do outdoor movie nights.
First with the neighborhood.
And then some private showings in the backyard.
I have always refused to take my kids to free slurpee day on 7/11. So, they took advantage of their new found freedom and rode their scooters with a bunch of neighbor kids. It was awesome for me because I had peace and quiet for about an hour and didn't have to go out in the 95 degree heat. And it was awesome for them because they got free slurpees!
Fang continues to live his best life.
Paul started putting our kids and neighbor kids to work doing something useful...washing our cars.
A highlight of the month was getting together with the girls I used to teach with. Time is a weird thing. They all seemed exactly the same to me, but then there were all these kids running around, which made the passing of time seem very obvious.
Pictures of us from 12 years ago!!!
Grateful everyday I got to teach with and learn from these amazing ladies.
They were some of the first people I told when I was pregnant with Macey and the first to come visit me after I had her.
I will love them forever.
A Low-Light of the month was having to say goodbye to some of our favorite people, The Johnsons.
We will miss these friends.
Some of my favorite moments of summer were the afternoons after visiting the library. Heaven.
Ruby's dreams came true, when Macey and I took her with us to get pedicures. She kept asking "Why this chair punching me". :)
I took the boys school shopping, since I knew there'd be no time in August. It was actually quite pleasant. I forget how much they get along with no one else is around.
We also finally let them all sleep in the basement together. It went batter than expected.
Most of the times things aren't so heavenly though, but I am grateful I can now leave my kids at home alone and run to 7-11 to get what I need to survive. Caffeine and Sugar.
Sometimes adulthood isn't so bad.
May: AKA Maycember
april: Part 2
A highlight of April is always getting the Washcloth bunnies that Nana Navasard makes. She makes enough for all the kids to take to school, which is a huge amount. They could not wait to hand them out before Easter.
We finally got to enjoy some sunshine.
And I got to do lots of reading in my new chair.
But, there was of course more snow.
But, it did not stop #momhike. We were wet though, like the wettest we'd been all year. Well worth it.
A highlight of the month for me was getting to see Ben Folds perform with the Utah Symphony. It was amazing, one of the best concerts I've ever been to. It'a always hard to beat live music, good friends, and no kids.
My parents came into town so they could see Macey's performance of Alice in Wonderland where she was the White Lily.
Once again, the Scera did an amazing job and Macey had a blast.
We were quite busy while my parents were here with Macey's rehearsals, Crew's talent show, teaching art at the elementary school, an art show and an orchestra concert. We still found lots of time to play though.
Enjoying Pop-Pop's famous milkshakes.
We taught Nana and Pop-Pop how to play sodapong.
Lots of playing outside.
We got to celebrate Ruby's birthday.
And the kids and Paul played hooky and we took a trip to the zoo.
It was a perfect zoo day.
Sun was shining, there was no whining and I was with my favorite people.
We lucked out and got an invite to the old neighborhood's egg hunt.
Always heaven to be back with some of our favorite people.
Before my parents left, we did something truly crazy. We each got a puppy!!!
We got the Tri-Colored- Fang. My parents got the Ruby Colored- Canyon.
They are Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
It's just been puppy insanity ever since.
I'd been researching for a few months trying to figure out what breed would be best for us. I wanted a semi low energy, easy to train, friendly, little to no barking, and under 20 lbs.
Everyone really wanted a Pug, but I was worried about health issues and the farting and the snoring. So, I started looking at Puggles, but there weren't really any local breeders.
The Cavalier kept coming up in my research and Paul's boss actually had one, so we went to visit him before deciding.
Kids fell in love and I've semi regretted the decision ever since. :)
So, meet Fang, the newest member of our family.
He is the friendliest dog in the world and loves everyone and thinks everyone should love and cuddle him.
He fits right into our family and his trainer at puppy school said he is the craziest Cavalier she's ever met. Sounds about right for our house.
When I am regretting my decision, the only thing that keeps me going is how much these kids love this dog.
The rest of April then flew by in a blur of kids and puppy.
So, yes, we are those crazy dog people now.