End of Summer festivities
Whenever August hits I start to feel the pressure to squeeze every last ounce of fun and adventure out of summer. But, at the same time I am exhausted of having children around me 24/7 and of sand and wet towels and neighbor kids and kids asking for food ALL the time, but then I remember this fact and we power through. :)
Macey spent the first week of the month at Clear Creek.
She went with one of her bff's Carmen, who ended up getting the stomach flu and had to come home and then thankfully made it back up before the end of the week.
It was an emotional week here for me, as I didn't know how she was doing up there alone. Worried she was sick, worried she wouldn't make any friends.
Luckily, they sent us an email each night with pictures from the day and I would scour them for Macey's smiling face.
It all ended well, Macey had an amazing time, made a bunch of new friends, and it was good practice for me to let her out into the world alone. And you cannot beat a week in the mountains surrounded by this.
An experience I hope she never forgets.
And a friend I hope she keeps forever.
We did our last trips to the pond
this particular day Crew entertained himself with garbage others had left behind. Kids a genius.
This is for sure one of my Utah summer happy places.
Weather finally cooled off enough that we could venture to parks
in the morning.
I tortured these 6 by making them walk the few blocks to the park.
Popsicles waiting at home was the only thing that got them through.
We finally got to check out our new school's playground
. It passed the test and the kids approved.
So many scooter rides
around the neighborhood.
So many board games
Paul hates Chalk the Block
and I love it, so my homeless looking children and I ventured over and left Paul at home.
Paul and I also celebrated our 15th anniversary
?!? Time is a weird thing. We are not old enough to be married for 15 years, but here we are.
We went all out and celebrated at Dave and Busters in SLC. We ate greasy food, played lots of video games and bought the kids prizes with our hard earned tickets. A quite romantic 15 year anniversary. :)
There were a few items left undone on our Summer To-Do List that we needed to check off.
- Late night with Penelope
End of summer outdoor neighborhood movie.
and of course some more trips to the mountains.
kids better appreciate these amazing summers they get to experience. :)
Bear Lake is a lake with no bears but they do have famous raspberry shakes
We took our 2nd annual trip to Bear Lake with the Rensinks and Holly.
This was one of our rougher trips, due to many factors, but luckily not due to the amazing people we got to camp with. :)
The best part about looking back on the pictures though, is I remember more of the fun than I do the stress I was feeling. Time is a great thing sometimes.
It started out a little bit cold and rainy, but it didn't last long and we got to enjoy 2 days on our own private backyard beach.
The girls spent lots of time in the sand.
These 2 bff's spent lots of time on the kayak.
And everyone spent lots of time out in the water.
Everyone provided lots of entertainment trying tricks on the paddle boards we rented.
Julianne and I did some yoga on our turn, it was rather difficult and I think I spent more time in the water than on the board.
We at least both, kind of, nailed a warrior 1.
Crew faceplanted hard the first night. Luckily no stitches were needed, but he had some sweet road rash for a few weeks.
Ruby napped like a champ and gave me a chance to relax for a few moments each day.
The boys had to carry a sleeping Ruby up to camp while we got dinner prepped.
A funny moment...the kids were being annoying, so Brenden taught them how to play Kick the Can.
it was a good effort, but the boys and Ruby were all screaming and crying after 2 minutes. Typical. Good times.
Love these people and love them even more now that they've seen us at our worst and still want to be friends with us.
august part 1
We had a packed 3 weeks of August before school started with our farewell to summer activities. Children's Museum
This was actually our only visit all summer, I try to avoid Thanksgiving Point during the summer. Lemonade Stand
These 2 had been begging all summer to do their lemonade stand/toy sale. The stars finally aligned and I had the energy to assist. I think they used about 10 packages of koolaid and made a nice chunk of change that was immediately spent at Toys R Us.
Then the left over lemonade was passed to the neighbors over the fence. The kids exhibited some pretty good teamwork. Swimming at Gavin and Carmen's pool
They have the best neighborhood pool. Gets deep enough for diving, never too crowded and perfect company. Hiking
Ruby has fallen in love with Macey this summer and it makes my mama heart happy.
Utah kills me sometimes, can't believe this is in our backyard. We could even see our house from the peak.
More mom hikes. These might be the best girls nights I've ever had.
Hiked a few miles up the timp trail.
good for the soul. Especially the grouchy, stressed out, overwhelmed, mom soul. Eclipse Watching
It was actually cooler than I thought and so glad it happened before they went back to school, so i got to experience it with these guys. Soaking up our lazy neighborhood days and nights
Sometimes it gets so CRAZY out front. There's screaming, whining, fighting, lots of weapons...but then other times it's like this.
all ages playing legos together nicely for hours. Love these kids.
Last potluck and movie night to celebrate the closing of an awesome summer.
And sometimes, when I'm feeling really nice I let neighborhood kids inside and actually give them food. Date Nights
I love summer dates because we get to spend them outside!
Paul found this awesome biking ghost tour and we convinced Trina and TJ to do it with us.
The stories were kind of scary, but the scariest part was riding through the streets of provo without a light and on the very skinny tires of a road bike. Trina and I didn't know if we were going to survive, but it was all worth it in the end.
We celebrated our anniversary with brunch, since Paul had to work until about 10:30 that night.
Julianne and I took the girls to dinner and school shopping. These drinks were the highlight of the night.
they are getting old. We don't always play:
I took my last trip to Costco with 4 kids. We ate lunch there to celebrate.
They've spent a lot of chore time cleaning out our always trashed car.
And then Michelle invited us to go to St. George
with her and the kids.
It was nice to actually have some time to hang out with Michelle.
There was lots of swimming, game playing, eating and watching movies.
We went to an amazing park and enjoyed it until it got WAY too hot, which was about 10:45.
Our group shot of the trip:
The kids had an absolute blast, since they were all with some of their best friends, just like me. :)
We ended the trip with a visit to the St. George Temple and a melt down by Ruby.
I'm sure you've noticed Miles is missing from these pictures. I left Miles behind with Paul, he's been rough this summer for me and he doesn't have a friend that matches up like the other kids, so it worked out to leave him behind.
don't feel too bad for him. Paul took him to the waterslides, arcade, and lots of wii and movie time.
It was nice to have a break and he was thrilled to get to hang out with just Paul.
That's not even our entire month, that's just the first 3 weeks of August. Next post, Bear Lake and back to school!
life with 2 year old ruby
Ruby has been so crazy and fun this month, she deserves her own post.
The moment my back is turned, this girl gets into something.
Whether it is stealing a watermelon rind out of the garbage can.
Or causing some sort of mischief in the bathroom.
Here she is telling me "Go Outside. Outside!" It's hard to keep anything stocked in our freezer. waffles, toaster strudels, chocolate chips, popsicles, icecream...you name it, she will eat it. yes, we have tried to lock our freezer, she just keeps breaking it. Luckily, the lock on our pantry has worked, so i haven't had to worry about her climbing up those shelves and getting cereal everywhere ALL the time.
She loves to cook us things in her kitchen.
Left over items from her lunch and dinner can often be found in her fridge, sink, oven or microwave.
Ruby loves to play with her friends and baby dolls.
I love when her and Ella see each other across the grass and run in for a hug.
She also locked us out of the house and terrorized it while I had to run around to hop the backfence to get in.
She keeps me on my toes and is the reason I never get anything done.
She also has become a neighborhood bully of sorts and tends to push, hit and tackle whenever she feels so inclined. I do not think I have ever put a child in timeout as much as I have had to with her.
While she most definitely has a wild and rebellious side, there is a sweet side to her too. Anytime she meets anyone new she instantly calls them her friend. She loves to greet the neighborhood moms and thinks they all want to hug and hold her. She is constantly asking me for a huggle and wraps her arms tight around my neck and says "I love you, mama". She is very polite and never forgets to say "please" and "thank you". The most exciting thing that she has accomplished this month though is, she is actually keeping her clothes and diaper on during naps and bedtime, so no more taping her diaper on!!!!!
We love this 2 year old Ruby.