MARCH MADNESS ADVENTURES

Apr 5, 2017
We switched up our routine this month and found some new places to have adventures and explore.

UTAH LAKE

While we have of course been to Utah Lake State Park before, we've always gone for some sort of event, so we hadn't actually explored.  



So, exploring we did.  


The highlight was finding some very cool rocks.


Ashley then introduced us to an area of Utah Lake that we had not been to before.  

It was kid heaven.  Mud, water, tall grass to hide in, a plank bridge and rocks.  


And does anyone else's kids play The 3 Billy Goat Gruff every single time they cross a bridge on foot?   Well, mine do.  And I was a billy goat and the troll more times than I can count. 

We loved this new place so much, we took Paul and M&M there the next Saturday. 

I foresee many more explorations taking place here.  




HANGTIME
 
Michelle and I took the little kids to toddler time at Hangtime.


It was awesome.  Michelle and I impressed our children with our skills. I was completely worn out.  And it proved to me why I don't go when it's open to the public. 


YOGA WITH THE SHARKS

A highlight of the month for me was doing Yoga at the aquarium.


It was one of the best girls nights I have ever had.  We got to do yoga outside the shark tank, then explore the entire aquarium kid free, and then dinner afterwards.  


DOUBLE DATE ANIMAL RIDING

Now, we have taken the kids to ride these animals at the mall, but this time it was an adult only double date.



It was amazing.  We got some sweet video.  We got lots of laughing in. And it's always nice to have a reminder to not take yourself too seriously. :)  


SCHOOL PROGRAMS

The 4th grade put on an awesome program about Utah's history.  

Macey sang her little heart out and did a great job memorizing her lines.  Love me a good elementary program.  



We of course also frequented some of our favorite spring locations:

BYU


FARM COUNTRY


THE POND


loved all the snow on the mountains and these kids shocked us by actually playing and swimming in the freezing water. 

Like every March, I also got myself a sweet tan/burn line from the many hours I spent sitting at the park with some of my favorite ladies. 


I have also been sporting this sweet accessory at the park from time to time.  

Fanny Packs are extremely useful.  I've got all my necessities front and center while being hands free and not worrying about my phone falling out of my pocket.   Plus, it's a good exercise for not worrying about what the other very stylish moms think. :)  

SOCCER

Spring soccer has started up again.  Thus far we have not been lucky in the weather department.  But Miles hasn't minded one bit. 


ANTELOPE ISLAND




We ventured out to Antelope Island before the bugs hit, that's 3 years in a row for us without any nightmarish bug stories.  



We brought the O'Neals with us and the kids loved having friends to explore with.  


Buffalo Point is one of my kids absolute favorite places to hike to.  


There are few things they love more than rocks to climb and hide in. 





Crew was quite happy this year that he could climb to all the same places as the big kids. 


It was a bit stressful for me though. :) 



And how cute are these little bffs?!?
Nailed another group selfie. 


Then we ventured down to the Great Salt Lake.  



I'd say it was a very successful month around here.  




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nana
What fun times - I love reading about all of them. I really want to go to the mall and ride the animals. Shark Yoga is so cool but that sunburn is awful. Macey loves to perform and I wish I could hear her. Miles is doing so good at soccer and what a great group of hikers! I have never seen Ashley's husband before.

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Bear Lake

Aug 26, 2016
We had one last hurrah before school started (school started at 8:00am the morning after we got home).  



It was an actual vacation, not just a "family trip".  You get what I'm saying? That means it was actually relaxing and I only yelled and swore at the kids a few times. :)  






We have decided that Holly is coming on all Navasard/Rensink vacation's from here on out.  It was heaven having her there.  






Weather was ideal, all kids but Ruby slept soundly, the lake was perfection, and the company was pretty good too.  




We mostly hung out at the beach and played in the amazingly shallow water, as one should when visiting Bear Lake.



We did make a visit to the Minnetonka Caves, which were awesome.  And well worth the 800+ stairs.  



We also tried Bear Lake's "famous raspberry shakes".  But, take my advice, always stick with chocolate.  

And we of course explored the campground and took note of what spots we want next year. 






We even got to play games once the kids went to bed.  I can't remember a recent camping trip where I have had any energy left to play games at the end of the day.  It was good for my soul.  



The only real stress of the trip was getting the paddle boards from the rental place to our beach spot.  Next year though, we'll have it down.




Back to real life after an amazing camping trip with some of our favorite people.  And yes, we wake up looking this good. 



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Nana
Glad you got to have a relaxing vacation. Looks really fun!

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4th of july

Aug 12, 2016
We started off the month with celebrating the 4th.  







I've been wanting to do a neighborhood bike parade for years and this year I actually decided to go for it.  

the kids and I of course had to paint shirts for the festivities.


The pre parade line up, listening to my extensive directions.  :) 

It was an absolute blast.


Everyone got so into it, which always makes it more fun.  


Paul was an amazing drum major and made sure the kids kept a parade appropriate pace.  


These kids could not of been cuter.  




We of course had to have a post parade drink run.



On the actual 4th we took our water slide to Rensinks to play and eat.  


Then it was back home to get ready for fireworkds with the neighbors.  



It's always hard to pass the last hour before it's dark enough to start the real stuff.  

We entertained them with the lame fountains.


The boys got all the ariels organized according their coolness factor.  


And we did some dancing while waiting for the last of the light to leave. 

I love the 4th of July!!!



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nana
Love the parade and Paul was such an awesome drum major.

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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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