June. My favorite month in Utah.swim lessons:
Like the first 2 weeks of every summer, Julianne and I signed the kids up for 9:00 swim lessons.
The boys' teacher wasn't the most engaging, so they spent a lot of time hitting each other with the kick boards. They at least loved it. :)Pond Days:
Lots of Pool Days
I am entering a very nice pool phase. I've actually gotten to sit in my lounge chair for almost half of the time on each pool trip!
Ruby fell asleep as we were gathering all the kids from all corners of the pool.
We also lucked out to have friends with a neighborhood pool and we jump at every opportunity to hang out there. This is what summer is all about. Playdates:
We aren't used to having lots of people over to our house and then actually play inside. it's been fun. One week we had 10 kids for lunch everyday but one. It's amazing having all this space and not feeling claustrophobic or like they are completely trashing the place.
I will be happy when this dirt is finally gone though!
Couldn't find Miles and Gavin one afternoon...they were taking turns reading DogMan outloud to each other. :)
Tajen is always a very popular guest.
All 4 kids are always fighting over him and he is a very good sport and makes sure to play with each one.
best playdate(s) of the month though was getting to have Crew's best friend Madden over. He moved to Alabama, so we were so happy he came to Utah to visit.
Crew and Madden together are just my favorite. They just have such similar temperaments and are both just the sweetest 5 year olds ever. We miss Madden so much!
And then other friends take pity on us and our treeless dirt yard and invite us over to play in their backyards where we don't melt because it's shady. Summerfest:
We've got our routine down and it's barely stressful anymore.
Miles knows how to work the parade too and came away with the most stuff. Shirts, fidget spinner, frisbee, icecream, coupons, magnets...that kid knew what he was doing. Father's Day:
The kids made Paul a cute poster about all the awesome dad things he does and we all made him Oreo cookies.
It's barely stressful cooking in my new kitchen with this bunch. Nature:
One of the best things about summer is our girls nights shift from dessert places only, to hiking, followed by dessert. Townhouses:
We still frequent the townhouses to see our friends and bask in their shade.
We were ecstatic to still get an invite to potluck and movie night.
I am shedding tears less frequently about moving. But, oh my goodness do I miss these people! I do enjoy the over the top greetings we receive when we come back though and Roman running down the sidewalk yelling "Kelsey, you're home". :)
I think this place will ALWAYS feel like home and the moment I smell those trees I am instantly relaxed. Birthdays
Crew and I had birthdays.
Crew will get his very own birthday post, because he's pretty much the best.
Macey and I got pedicures.
Ashley and I took Miles and Penelope to their beloved 2nd grade teachers wedding reception.
And then Paul made me a quadruple layer chocolate cake. Ruby
In case you were wondering, Ruby is still crazy, wild and a pain.
I really don't know what to do with her most days. She did get into the preschool I wanted in the fall, so hopefully they can get her in line for me. :)
She loves to stand on the counter and throw things. Here I caught her making her barbies fly.
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!
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.
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!