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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April Showers

May 4, 2016
We got a little bit of everything in April.  Rain, snow, and sunshine.  No complaints from me, I love a little variety.  Which means we also got to do and go on all sorts of adventures.  

After we went to Bryce with my parents, we mostly just hung out around the house, went shopping, and put Pop-Pop to work on little projects.  

It was perfection.  



We stayed home for spring break this year, while most of our friends went out of town.  

Miles had a tearful goodbye with Peter at the park the Friday before break started.  He didn't know if he would survive the entire week without his bff.  

Luckily, he did. :)

We started off the break by taking a day trip out to Antelope Island.  


It has become one of our favorite places.  


One of their favorite things to do is climb around on rocks, so Buffalo Point is pretty much heaven to them.  



And for the first time we actually ventured into the Great Salt Lake.  


It did not disappoint.  Macey, Crew, and Ruby could of stayed for hours.  
Miles, on the other hand, did not like the salt getting in all his cuts and scratches and spent a good amount of time crying and complaining.  

Once he settled down though, he had fun playing in the sand.  Crew informed us that he likes "the beach with houses better". aka texas. :)  


Once everyone dried off, we were all covered in white...there is a lot of salt in that lake!  

The only other place we ventured was City Creek, so I could do a little shopping at Anthropologie and Sephora.  


Why, I did that when I had to have all these kids in tow is beyond me?  But, it turned out to be a success.  And you really can't beat the view at City Creek.  




The rest of the time was spend hanging out at home.

We've been reading "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up", so I did a lot of decluttering and organizing while the kids kept themselves busy.  


It's always nice to have Macey around to help keep them entertained. 


Plus, she is the best train track builder around.  



We released Macey's butterflies.  

Watching these butterflies go through their life cycle was awesome.  The kids were sad to say goodbye to Late Larry (we released him 2 days after the others), Miles Junior, and the other 3 butterflies, whose names I can't remember. :)


Crew was a bit upset one morning, because even though it was spring break, I still wouldn't let him have popsicles for breakfast. 

And what's spring break without hanging out with our favorite neighbors.  

Love these people.  


So, even though it was a bit lonely without some of our bff's in town, I know it was a successful spring break because every night the kids feet were black.  Always the sign of a good day.  
This month the kids started to remember that they actually do like hiking


There's always tears and whining when we load up them up to go, but usually the moment we are in the mountains they are just happy to be free.  


And they actually get along and help each other!


We even took the Everett's up one weekend to make S'mores.  

The kids loved showing them some of their favorite spots. 

Can't beat hiking with your best friend.  

And this rare moment was also captured.  These mountains have been good to us this spring.  


We also took the kids kicking and screaming to the tulip festival. 


Like always, Paul and I were right, and they ended up having a great time.  


In the spring there never seems to be a shortage of kids running around. 


Makes the afternoons pass much more quickly when there's friends to keep you entertained.  

We also got the pleasure of going to the Temple with 2 of our favorite people.  

Holly at the Payson Temple. 



Trina at the Draper Temple.  

And Jenni and I got to throw a very fun filled bridal shower for Trina.  


To end the month Macey had her long awaited Musical, Aladdin: A Tale Told Inside Out.  


She played Magic Carpet.  She had a few lines, acted in many scenes, got to sing at the microphone and danced in 4 or 5 dances.  She LOVED it.  


Although the weight of her costume pulling on her neck got to her by the end of the 2nd performance. Hence the face. :)  



Love this family of mine and all the adventures we get to share.  









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angie
What would you guys do without the mountains? It seems like you spend time there at least once a week, year-round!
nana
So many precious memories. Miles & Crew holding hands is just the best. Miles and Peter hugging is so cute. I wish I had been able to document the 3 of you kids growing up.

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bryce Adventures

Apr 27, 2016
My parents came to visit, so we decided to explore a part of Utah none of us had been before.  

Byrce Canyon.  


Holy Crap.  Might be my new fav. National Park.


It was amazing to hike down into the canyon and see all the changes in the landscape.  




There were tons of places to climb around and play.



Crew liked to make his own Hoodoos every time we took a break. 


The kids were awesome hikers and there was actually very little complaining once we got started.  




And I could not stop taking pictures.  It was just too perfect.  




Even the hike back out wasn't too bad.  


And Raffy joined us for the first time.  He loved it.  And that is Thor's hammer behind my head, a favorite part of the hike for the boys.  



(it wasn't as cold as this picture makes it look.  Ruby would not allow Paul to put his hood down.)


The 2nd day we checked out The Grand Escalante Staircase at Kodachrome State Park.  



I think the kids liked this place even more than Byrce.  



There was barely anyone there and just open space to explore.  


They loved climbing and playing on the slick rock.  

 


One reason I love hiking is the kids can be as loud and crazy as safety allows. They get to be free and I don't have to stress about the glances of other moms wondering why I can't keep my kids under control. :)  


I think Ruby liked it better here too, as she didn't have to be in the hiking backpack quite as much.  



Crew was a little worn out, due to all the hiking the day before. So, on the last hike of the trip Pop-Pop and I had to take turns carrying him.  



To me it seemed like a mix of Bryce, Zion, and Arches.


Perfection.


 We already are making plans to check out some different areas of Grand Escalante.  

I really do love Utah. 




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Holly
Take me with you next time, I won't wine I promise ;)
Nana
I loved it! So beautiful & fun. The kids did great. I am ready to check out more areas.
angie
Heaven! If you're going to hike, that's a pretty awesome spot to do it at. Super cool that your parents went with you.

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Christmas

Jan 12, 2016
We stayed home again this year.  

It's a bit different than what we are used to, but fun all the same.  

Christmas Eve day we went sledding.  



It was a great way to use up all that energy! 



We have found a perfect hill for us.  I think we went sledding here 3 times over the break.  



Navasard's Perfect Hill =  not too busy, all the kids can walk up the hill unassisted, the hill is long and not too steep, we have yet to see anyone else there, and close to home.  



We then decorated sugar cookies and had our, now traditional, ham and cheese soup for dinner.  Once kids were in pjs, we drove around and looked at Christmas lights.  



Thanks to sledding for hours, the kids didn't go to bed too horribly.  But, they of course couldn't find it in their hearts to give me a decent Christmas Eve picture.  


Notice the lack of ornaments and presents under the tree? That would be due to Ruby.  I have never had a child as destructive and curious as this one.  

Paul and I were pretty excited when it started snowing late that night as we were getting Christmas ready.  We've lucked out and got perfect Christmas Snow 2 years in a row now.  






The kids obeyed orders and didn't come up until 7:30.  



Things were pretty typical after that.  



Everyone got exactly what they asked for from Santa.
 
Macey: Giant Beanie Boo Giraffe
Miles: Robot Spider
Crew: Chewbacca Mask with Button
Ruby: pink scooter



Lucky for Santa they were easy requests to meet.



Usually we open presents at a leisurely pace, taking time to eat and play in between.  



This year though, we had Ruby.  The moment she sees a present she must unwrap it. There is no stopping her.  It doesn't matter if someone else is already unwrapping it, she will rip it out of your hands to finish the job.  



Needless to say, we had to open presents pretty fast.  





We did take a break to refuel.  


And then when Ruby crashed, the five of us went to play in the Christmas snow.  Which is obviously the best kind of snow.  



Don't worry, we let Ruby outside to play when she woke up.  





The Everett's invited all of us over for "Orphan Christmas" later in the afternoon.   


We ate good food, chatted, played games, made a mess, and by the end of the night the kids were spread out in between all of our houses. I love these neighbors of mine. 


It was a great day.  


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The Rest of September

Oct 11, 2015
I always think I'm going to be devastated when school starts and summer comes to an end, but Utah's fall always has a way of reminding me that I love it too.  

We said our final goodbyes to the pool. 


and enjoyed our last outdoor movie.  




and we haven't looked back since. 



I didn't think I'd love afternoon kindergarten like I do, but we've got our schedule down and I am loving it.



 We play all morning and run our errands.  Then Ruby naps while Miles is at school and I get my introverted extrovert time.  Meaning, I lock myself in my house and am lazy, in order to recover from my busy and usually social mornings.  

Miles is doing better than I expected just a month into school.  




Which meant I no longer had an excuse to put off potty training Crew. 

It clicked after 2 long days and we've been pretty good ever since.  


And this is his typical look anymore.  Always some type of injury.  


Ruby is pretty much the reason I still get nothing done around the house and is my entertainment for most of the day.  


She can never resist a good tackling opportunity.
She is constantly on the table and is always trying to steal the boys' lunch.  



She wore her first baby pony tail this month.  


And she loves to run around with her neighbor BFF, Ella.  




The kids are pretty much outside from when they get home from the bus until dinnertime.  
Love all these kids and the moms I never get pictures of. 



Lucky for us, Peter has afternoon school too, so the scooter bandits have plenty of time to explore together.  



The weather has been perfect for park hopping.  

Playing outside at the Children's Museum.  



September always brings with it Chalk the Block.


The School Carnival.


And plenty of hiking.  


We made M&M skip school to go exploring in Big Cottonwood Canyon.  


We attempted to hike to Donut Falls in the spring, but there was too much snow on the trail for us to make it and it was pretty much a disaster. 


Glad we tried again.  


Can't wait till I can do it when the kids are bigger and we can actually climb up and see the "donut hole".  

Utah Mountains never disappoint, though.  



For labor day, I wanted to have a picnic in a secluded meadow, as I was sick of most people.

Brenden came through, finding us the perfect spot.  It was our kids biggest hike to date and there was quite a bit of elevation gain, but it was so worth not seeing a single person on the trail and getting to have an entire mountain meadow to ourselves.  

Seriously, these views.  Makes the whining much more bearable.  


Julianne and I made sure to recover and have a little nap while the boys took the kids off to explore, once we reached the meadow.  





Love where we live.  














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Nana and opa
Great pics! Glad y'all have outdoor kids! Paul and his brother and sister were also outdoor kids.
angie
So pretty! Nothing beats Utah in the fall. I can't wait to see your October pictures! Does Paul have a selfie stick, or is his arm really long enough to capture that group shot? I'm impressed.

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