august

Sep 8, 2016
And just like that, August is behind us, and we are back in the full swing of craziness.  


We tried to suck out every last ounce of summer before school started and even a little bit more after. :)



It's crazy to think we were able to fit so much in with the Stephen's visit and our camping trip to Bear Lake, but there is just too much summer fun to be had.  

- We got the waterslide out one more time for the big kids. 


it was quite crazy, as usual. 


Then, once they were all back in school, we had a toddler party.  




It was pure heaven.  


We had five 2 year old girls and they just played and played. We dreamed about what life would be like if we didn't have boys...we decided we could handle many afternoons just like this one.  There was no sword fighting, wrestling, hitting, attempts to knock the slide over.  



I can't remember the last time (if ever) I witnessed a play date so serene.  


I think Ruby logged the most slides down the water slide and this was her face everytime she came out. :)  


These boys were there too, but they just entertained themselves and we didn't see much of them. 

It was pretty much a perfect afternoon, sitting in the shade talking with my friends while our children actually played nicely and quietly.  

- Ashley graduated from college, so we had to have a dance party to celebrate.



It was an absolute blast.  We impressed all the kids with our sweet moves.  And we are already looking for an excuse to have another one.  

- We made our last Splash Pad and Pond visits.  


- The boys both learned how to ride their bikes without training wheels, but for some reason I only have a picture of Crew documented.  


- We did an end of summer backyard clean up and the kids picked weeds for the first time. They loved it. 

- Had a much needed girls night with some of my favorites. 


It's always the best when you're laughing so hard you cry.  



-Miles started soccer and is doing amazing!


and by amazing, I don't mean he's scoring tons of goals.  


I mean, he is participating, having fun, trying, and not throwing fits!!!!

He also thinks he belongs to the Everett family, so he can often be found photo bombing their family pictures. 


And he has also convinced Ellie to take him almost every Sunday to Riverwoods to catch Pokemon.  


We have one happy 6 year old around here.  


And I've been keeping busy with these 2 while the big kids are at school all day.  


Next up, back to school pics.  Only a few weeks late. :)  


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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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Always an adventure

Jun 30, 2016
To celebrate summer starting and to see if we were prepared for our Olympic National Park camping trip, we headed up Provo canyon for a few days.

  

These kids are in their element camping.



 

Macey was our pro marshmallow roaster



We took the kids fishing.  We did not catch anything, but it was exciting non the less.  



Miles was dangerous with his pole, not really a surprise there.  



While waiting to use the one vault toilet, I got to teach Macey how to make flower crowns.  



Ruby did not appreciate hers and destroyed it as fast as possible.  



The hammock provided plenty of entertainment and injuries.  



It eventually had to be taken down though, cause the kids were getting too wild with it.  


There was plenty of room to explore behind our camping spot.  


We made a fort.


Explored.



Caught Bugs.


Picked Flowers


I always had a lovely "vase" of flowers on my picnic table.  






And played a lot of hide and go seek (my favorite part of the trip).  

We of course went on a hike.








Ate amazing campfire food.  





played games.



And I loved getting to hang out with these kids without tons of distractions and friends around.  



This pretty much sums up Ruby the entire trip. . . Wild Woman.  


One of the best parts about camping is they are so tired, they sleep amazing.  


Love these people of mine.  




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angie
That's pretty amazing - camping with four little guys and just you and Paul. Todd and I decided last summer it was too much work til the kids are older. He went overnight this summer with just Hazel and Jack and they had fun. Maybe next summer! Anyway, I'm really impressed with you and Paul.
nana
I want to go camping with you it looks so fun! Glad you get to have this time with all of the kids.

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august

Sep 4, 2015
Summer is over, Macey & Miles are in school, and I am currently trying to get used to this more scheduled lifestyle.  But dang, I sure do love summers around here. 

To prepare for school starting we made sure to spend time out front as much as possible.  


Most summer afternoons I can be found sitting in the shade, my favorite place to be, watching whatever is the activity of the day.  Be it snail hunting, bubbles, cops and robbers, baby animals, kick ball, racing, or whatever else these kids can think up.  


Sometimes Ruby even takes a break from her exploring to hang out with me.  
but, usually she's out where all the action is. 

The main reason we spend most of our time outdoors is because I can't keep Ruby from climbing and destroying everything she can reach.  


I just don't know how I'd survive summer (or life in general) without this space and the people I share it with.  

If we aren't out front at our house, we can still usually be found somewhere else outside.  

Be it the park.

Ruby is ALMOST at a good park age, next spring I should be back to sitting on my blanket chatting with my friends, instead of chasing this girl around.  

In the mountains




Or even cruising around BYU.

It was insane, we didn't realize it was Education Week and it took us 30 minutes to find a parking spot. But it was all worth it just to watch these boys cruise around campus on their scooters.  

I love BYU and these boys.  

Every once in awhile, we do hide from in the heat in the AC of The Dinosaur Museum or Library.   




And if I'm feeling very brave, the mall.  



I did something slightly out of character and sent off pictures of Crew and Ruby to see if they would get chosen to be photographed for a Baby Lit catalog.  



I texted Holly Monday morning, she ran over and took some quick pics for me, emailed them to me 20 min later, and a few hours after that I got an email from Baby Lit saying they were both adorable (obviously) and to bring them up to SLC for the photo shoot the next day.  

It's not something I would want to do often, but I sure do love all the free books we got, plus it's always nice to hear someone thinks your kids are almost as cute as you do. :)  






To end the summer I let everyone pick one last thing they wanted to do. 

Macey picked Menchies and The Pond.






Miles picked Krispy Kreme and ChuckeCheese with The Rensink's.


We were having so much fun, I actually forgot to take pictures.  

Crew picked Splash Pad. 





Ruby picked the Children's Museum.  

It was the first time I actually let her be free and she was in heaven.  

And then there was the Koi pond, those fish were dang crazy.  

Paul picked hiking in the Uintas. 


We'd never been there before and these mountains did not disappoint.  





I picked an end of summer party with the little kids once the big kids went back to school.  



It was pretty perfect, I got to sit in the shade and talk to 6 of my favorite people while all our kids actually played pretty well together.  


Yes, summer is the best.  





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holly
nightmares about those fish.

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Pearrygin Novel part 2

Aug 27, 2015
Besides the people, the highlight of Pearrygin is the boating activities (with said people).

 

The Gopro has kind of been the best when it comes to behind boat activities, because it allows us to get pictures we normally couldn't.  

And capture these kinds of faces.  


Pure Joy.  


Macey started taking the Gopro on the kid GTX rides and she felt like a big deal.  We found lots of awesome selfies like this on the roll.  

Kneeboarding was a very popular activity this year and I believe all the kids 5 and older gave it a try.  


Miles wanted to go on the back of Paul's kneeboard, like he did 2 years ago.    

But, it proved not to be as thrilling as he remembered, so he decided to try going on his own kneeboard.


He didn't make it too far on any of his attempts, but I was so proud of him for trying!!  


Macey and Owen were the daredevils of this trip.  Trading places on the GTX or double kneeboarding without an adult were just a few of the new things they tried.  



I think Macey will be ready to try 360's on our next Pearrygin trip.  


The GTX once again proved to be the favorite mode of behind boat transportation.  


We of course had to get in our family ride. Ruby actually didn't seem to mind too much and actually smiled and laughed a few times.  


The Rensink's even stopped by for an hour, so we made sure to get the kids on a GTX ride together.  


I think it was enough to convince them to come to Pearrygin for more than an hour next time.  

We were able to squeeze in a few adult only rides and I haven't laughed like that in a LONG time.   


It was good for my soul.  

People did more than just ride the GTX and kneeboard, but I don't really have many pictures of that.  But, here's a pic to prove my kids have the coolest grandparents around.  


Towards the end of the week, when we'd made sure to get enough use of the blowup animals, I let Paul and Christopher take them behind the boat.  



It was extremely entertaining and we became the talk of the campground.  


Never a dull moment.  And only the Turtle didn't survive, not too bad.  

We also stuck Crew in the boat, ALOT, to keep him out of trouble.  Usually he got a little nap in and was contained for a few moments.  

One of Macey's favorite things this year was when Dave would drive the boat, he would stop in the middle of the lake, if it wasn't busy, and let all the kids jump in to cool off.  They thought they were pretty awesome swimming in the middle of the lake.  



There was of course some sleep deprivation and the late afternoon whineyness from all ages (me included). But, I loved watching my kids making the same memories at Pearrygin that I did.  Pearrygin was the highlight of my year as a kid, and I'm glad it's turning out to be the same for these kids.  






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JB
We're so glad you could come. This has always been the best times. A lot of good memories for everyone. We will always talk about our Pearrigin trips.
angie
That's pretty cool.

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