august part 1

Oct 9, 2017
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. 


14 years?!?
  
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! 

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angie
I love that you left Miles with Paul. Better for everyone. I'm keeping an eye on how you parent Macey - Hazel's coming up on those tween years and I think you're doing a great job. She's looking lots older with those braces off! What a smile! I'm really insanely jealous of your hiking group. I'd copy you, except it's just not the same without those mountains. We'd just be strolling in the hills. I really miss the mountains, especially in the fall. Keep the pictures coming - I love them!

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Nana and Pop-pop finally come to play in the summer!

Jul 4, 2017
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.  



Obviously naturals.  


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!

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June

Jul 27, 2016
I love June in Utah.  No more school, temps are in the 80's and 90's, and the kids aren't annoying me yet.  

And seriously, look at where we get to spend our afternoons.  

We've spent lots of time just hanging out with our neighborhood friends, you know while everyone is still getting along.  




Ashley organized a water balloon fight between a few families and it was highly entertaining.  







Lots of time has also been spent with the Rensinks. 




And it wouldn't be summer without a few visits to our desert beaches. 

And hanging out at the pool.  


And hiding out in the AC when needed. 






We try to spend as much time out of the house as possible, because there tends to be lots of messes when these crazies are stuck inside for more than 15 min.  


And meals are consumed as quickly as possible so kids can get back outside to play.  




For my birthday Miles let me play Mario with him. :)  


And we went to the splash pad and ate lots of treats to celebrate me getting older. 


And they let me get a little shopping in. I figured I have now earned the right to wear a mumu whenever I want.  




First month of summer, also means I attempt to do things like take them to the library.  




One of the best parts of summer though, is having Macey home.  She makes things, like taking all 4 kids to the doctors office, manageable.  


yay, for summer!


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angie
Adorable mumu! I hear ya on the getting along only lasting the first half of summer - we've hit our peak and my kids are definitely tired of being around the same people day after day after day. It's time to switch things up! Ug. Four more weeks til school starts... Gotta fill it up with all the fun stuff I'll regret not doing when the schedules mandate our lives again.
nana
I don't know that I would call that a mumu, far to cute. What an enjoyable summer.

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