Friday, June 15, 2018

Buffalo, Elk and Bears, OH MY!

We're off to a great start to the summer so far! The first week we mostly had a lot of fun playing, reading and enjoying not being in school. The second week of summer we went on our summer vacation! To start the trip off we met up with my parents in Yellowstone and enjoyed the park for 3 days. 

The boys loved exploring and hiking! They insisted on climbing every rock they came to. Even to the point that Dustin started climbing up a rock that was used as the boarder of a waterfall. Little stressful to imagine him falling to his death, but he lived.

It was a wet year for Yellowstone, so the rivers were extremely high and the waterfalls were massively huge!

They were so beautiful to see and impressive!

We saw lots of animals on our trip! Buffalo, Elk, Bears! The kids were extremely impressed and Dave and I were excited too! Neither of us had seen a bear in the wild before, and we were lucky enough to see grizzly and black bears.

We also got to have lunch with 3 elk. They were sitting in the middle of a field in the middle of town so we sat on a blanket close by and enjoyed watching them as we ate. They mostly laid around in the grass, but some times they would eat the grass and dandelions.

Yellowstone went a lot better this time than the last time we went (with just Logan). Last time Logan was scared of all the steam, but this time the boys loved the steam, all the colors and waterfalls!

Dustin said this one was the funniest of all the things we saw because it looked like bubbling mud. As you can tell, he was really impressed.

My favorite part of Yellowstone is always the Grand Prismatic. It's awesome to see the different colors.

The boys favorite part of Yellowstone was hands down Chippy the chipmunk! Yup, they fed him all our trailmix. It totally made the hike worth it.

The boys mostly did great hiking, but some times they needed help! Brooklyn was a little trooper too, although she mostly stayed in the baby backpack.

After Yellowstone we headed to my parent's house for a few days of visiting and spoiling! We had a birthday party for me (woohoo!), painted bird houses, visited the splash pad, a science museum, and did all kinds of fun things. We even got to see my brother Dan for one of our dinners. It was great to catch up with everyone and to just enjoy each other's company.

Soon after arriving home we went to Dave's work Lagoon day. Since he took the whole day off, we got to spend the whole day at Lagoon. We were there from 11am to 9pm. I was absolutely exhausted when we got home, but the kids had a blast riding the rides over and over again. Since we were there so early they got to ride the big rides several times without lines.

I took a picture of Brooklyn in this dress because it was my dress when I was a baby! I meant to look for a picture of me in it when I was at my parents house (I remember them having a picture of me with Grandpa Yoder at the DC Temple) but I forgot. But I thought it was appropriate to take a picture with the Irises that were in bloom since Grandma Yoder gave them to me.

This week has gone by in a flash! We have gone to the park twice this week, the splash pad twice, and done all kinds of picnics and fun activities. The kids won their first prize for getting along for the summer (I'm incentivizing them to get along). Hopefully they'll keep getting along.

Dave has been working on converting our garden to a square foot garden. We're afraid by the time he's done it will be too late in the year to actually start a garden, but I'm good with begging tomatoes off the neighbors this year. It will be a nice setup to have for the future.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Fun times in May


We've had a fun month of May! This month there was a free day at the Utah Museum of Natural History so we decided to skip school and hit it up! The kids had a blast learning about all kinds of different things. Logan was really excited to not be in school (it's been such a rough year). We've been a few times to this museum, but this was the first time we made it to all the rooms in one trip!

They have all kinds of different rooms with different things to learn about. Brooklyn's favorite room was probably the one with a water table that you could "catch" bugs in. They she loved splashing in the water and trying to chew on the bugs (even if Mom wouldn't let her).

Dustin and Brooklyn were fascinated with the scientists excavating dinosaur bones on site! They thought it was great to watch and Dustin decided he definitely wants to be a scientist when he grows up,

Logan loved the big skeletons the best! He liked to tell me which dinosaur it was the bones for and if it was a meat or plant eater.

Dustin's favorite were the indigenous animals of Utah stations. The wheel on the right had a picture of each animal hiding in the display (with the name listed on the top). He would spin the wheel so you could see the picture and play a big eye-spy game.

I went to wake up Brooklyn last week so we could be on time for school and found Logan reading books to her! He's really become a fabulous reader (off the charts) and loves to share his skill with his siblings.

Brooklyn has learned to get into everything in the house lately! Little punk can climb up on the counters, kitchen table, sink, and even tries to get on the boys bunk beds! I can't keep up with her messes most days!

We've been loving the 70 degree weather Utah has had lately! Brooklyn thinks she should be outside all day long and always cries when it's time to come inside. I found a bike attachment that allows me to make my bike a tandem bike with a kids seat on the back! So we've gone on about 3 little bike rides a week.

Speaking of bike rides, Dustin cut open his chin on one of our bike rides last week and had to get three stitches in his chin! He was chasing Logan up a slide and slipped, smacking his chin on the brim of the slide. The cut wasn't too wide, but it was deep! You can see the fat squirting out of his chin here (it was so gross).

He was really brave! First they squirted a clear jelly on his chin to numb it, then they cleaned it out and stitched his shut. He cried more for the stitch removal than for the actual stitches. He was also pretty upset he couldn't take a bath for 3 days! So we promised him we would go to the Murray Pool this weekend to celebrate his stitches out and the end of School!!! He's really excited.

We went on a family date this week to Pizza Studio! They have artisan pizzas and a delicious gluten free crust. Usually we just pick up pizzas, grab the boys a Little Caesars and eat at home, but this time they had a deal where kids eat free, so we took our pizzas outside and let the kids run around the courtyard and play in the fountain while they should be eating. They were so hungry they ate the whole two kids sized pizzas on site. It was fun!

Brooklyn is getting so big! I can't believe it. We still call her the baby, but she really isn't anymore.

 Wednesday was field day at school! I helped run the Snow Cone station and they kids had a blast! Brooklyn ended up with red syrup in her hair, and we all left the day sticky.

Someone brought doughnuts for the volunteers and Brooklyn and Dustin had a blast eating all the frosting and sprinkles off theirs.

 Logan said Field Day was the funnest day of the week. He loved being outside and getting to play games all day.

I've been cleaning out the pantry and finishing the basement storage closet this week. The basement took FOREVER to clean out! We have something ridiculous like 12 big storage crates full of kids clothes. I downsized everything to 14 of each gender per size per season. I donated 2 trash bags full of clothes to DI and have two more trash bags I need to sell or find a new home for. I decided to get all the baby clothes out of the shed too, so I now have gone through ALL the baby clothes we own. Hopefully we can get the rest of the shed re-organized this weekend and have that job done for the year.

I also hit up the library for more books. I know, I didn't NEED more books, but they did the kids books last week, so I spent $9 getting something insane like 30 books. I plan to let each kid pick a new book every week of the summer out of the pile to read. I have also been collecting chapter books for Logan (Captain Underpants, Bad Guys, etc) so when he's "bored" he can have some fun new reading options.

Other than that we're just ramping up for summer! Grocery shopping! Trip planning! Gathering activities to keep it fun! I feel like this summer is going to be a mess, so I'm trying to do everything I can to prep.

Monday, April 30, 2018

An April of Snuggles and Fun

Brooklyn is Dave's little snuggle bug! She has been transitioning to one nap and it's just so hard for her to be awake that long. But two is just too much now (we will hear her up singing to herself until 10 at night if she gets two naps). Dave doesn't mind at all the extra love.

This girl is getting so big! She has such an opinion and is learning words like crazy. She went to Nursery yesterday without crying at all (this is a big deal for us) and stayed the whole time. She even said she had fun after.

I can't believe all the things she can do. She can swing on the big swings alone now and is so proud of herself for doing it! Her favorite word right now is "this". She will point to what she wants and you better give it to her.

A few Saturdays ago the ladies in Dave's family all got together for a girls Saturday. We went out to lunch at Zupas and worked on a craft. Before the event I cut and glued these boards together and white washed them. The night before I had Dave create a cut file so I could paint this easily the day of. It's great having a Graphic Designer for a husband. I love how it turned out and even though it's no longer Easter, it's still hanging up.

A few weekends ago we had some friends over for a crazy night of playing! Their parents had a temple date scheduled and their babysitter canceled last minute. So we made homemade pizza, built zoos, and played outside until bedtime. It was a fun night for the kids.

We also got to go to the Zoo with Grandma Linda and Papa Bill! We went just as it opened and were able to beat most of the crowd. The kids had a blast seeing all the animals, riding the train and carousel. When Brooklyn would see a little animal she would say "hello!" and the big animals got an "OH WOW!" I think everyone's favorite were the water animals. There were some active sea lions and a polar bear that kept swimming right into the wall where the kids were.

We saw a few peacocks wondering around the Zoo. The kids loved following them around.

As always, it was more fun to take pictures with/on the statues than with the real animals. I think Brooklyn thought the rabbit was real. She kept petting and playing with it.

It was a fun trip! The boys had a blast and asked if they can go again. I'm sure we will.

We've been cat sitting for the past week and a half. Every morning we go let the cats outside and each night we bring them in and feed them dinner. Brooklyn is in love with the cats! The cats are not in love with her. She gets so excited to see them, screeches, and says "hello" and "meow" to them. They grumble at her. When we leave she always cries and dramatically throws herself at the door. I fear we might need a little cat in our future.

We've been working hard outside this week! I probably filled 8 buckets full of weeds. The boys have gotten pretty good at helping and logan even discovered a grub and all kinds of bugs he is so proud of! The boys put the bugs in their bug boxes and Brooklyn lets them out and carries the box around like a purse. I guess I need to get her a real purse soon.

Apart from weeding we've been spring cleaning. Last week I went through all the books in our house, rearranged, got rid of a few, gave a few to friends and family and put them all back. I had purchased a huge bag of books at our branch library sale a few weeks ago and they needed to be able to fit on the shelves so this was very necessary. 

I've also gone through all our freezers this week and cataloged and organized everything frozen. Next up is the storage closet and shed. I'm hoping to get the closet done this week and maybe the shed this weekend. We'll see how it all goes.