I'm glad we had a few days at home after our trip. It was good to get back into appropriate bedtimes, healthy food, have all the laundry done and to get to go to the park a few more times!
Sunday we went to our favorite Vista Park (aka the zipline park) and played until bedtime. The boys had so much fun swinging, sliding and generally reaping havoc.
Brooklyn had fun with Dave too!
Logan is working up to climbing all the way to the top of this. He was pretty proud of himself for getting up so high.
Monday was the first day of school! I didn't want to let Logan go. Last year the first day of school was a few weeks after Brooklyn was born and life was so overwhelming for me that it was a relief to have one less kid to worry about. But this year I am still pretty sad that I don't get to be with Logan for most of the day.
But he had a great first day of school! He was nervous about eating lunch at school, but realized he could sit with his friends (even the ones not in my class Mom!) so he now he enjoys eating lunch at school.
He was also excited to find out he got to go to art class on Mondays. The day was great for him! His whole school were given eclipse glasses and got to go outside to watch the eclipse. They got TWO recesses and he really liked his new teacher.
Dustin and I got to watch the eclipse from our front yard. It was pretty awesome to see! Dustin was so impressed that he insisted everyone that walk by borrow his glasses so they could see the eclipse too. He even ran next door to make sure our neighbor Joe got to see what was going on.
Brooklyn slept through the eclipse. She didn't care that she missed it. As long as she doesn't miss a meal she is happy.
These are some pictures my Uncle James took with his telescope from my parent's house. We wish we could have joined them, but with the first day of school being the same day, we didn't want Logan to miss.
After we picked Logan up from school we walked over to McDonalds for an ice cream cone! The kids cones were HUGE! Even Brooklyn got a big one. It was a fun way to end the school day and we might just make a tradition out of it.
Tuesday Logan asked if he could walk home from school by himself. I stood out in the front yard (from which I can see the door he leaves the school) and watched him walk home. But Wednesday I picked him up from school. He really missed us on Wednesday. He wished he didn't have to go to school ALL day.
Friday he asked if he could bring a rose to school on Monday to give to his friend Evelyn. He was so glad she is in his class! Usually when he asks to pick flowers it's for me. I've been usurped!
Dustin really missed his brother too! Well, it's more of a love hate relation between Logan being gone. Sometimes he loves being the big kid in the house and all the extra attention from Mom, but sometimes he really misses building legos or tinker toys with his brother. Brooklyn tries to play with him, but she's just not as fun yet.
My friend Tenille came down from Idaho to visit me this week too! She wanted to collect some quilting patterns before the Row by Row ended, pin a quilt, and get some delicious Mexican Baked goods. We were able to accomplish all of the above in the 24 hours she was here. It was great to see her, catch up and do some quilting. I haven't really done much fun sewing in a long time!
The weekend went by in a blur. Saturday we finally got around to painting the upstairs bathtub. It's been chipping a little here and there for years. We suspect the previous owner refinished the tub and his painting was wearing off. While we started doing construction on the basement bathroom, the upstairs tub really started to chip bad. But since the basement bathroom was SO much work, especially with 3 young kids, we decided to sand down the upstairs tub and repaint it yet again. I just can't handle another remodel in the next 4 years or so. The pain is supposed to last 4 to 10 years, so we figure we're good for a little while longer.
Anyway, the tub needed 3 coats, all of which got done Saturday. It really stinks, and we can't use it until Wednesday. I guess we need calk and replace the drain before we can use it, but those will be easy. I'll probably also remove the calk from around the toilet too. Might as well do it all at once.
Sunday was a bit crazy too! Dave got a new calling last week to be the Ward Clerk. He has been Ward Clerk before in our Singles Ward, but a family ward is a LOT more work, so he still feels like he has a lot to learn. Anyway, Sunday morning he was gone by 7:30. He got back from church at 2:00. I think in the future we'll make lunches for he and I so he can bring it to church with him and I have something easy to eat while prepping the kid's food.
Dave's friend Darren invited us to go up to his Mom's cabin for the day, so after Dave got home we headed up past Park City. It was nice to be up in the mountains and enjoy nature. We saw two moose, deer, squirrels, and the boys say they saw a raccoon. Dave and Darren took the boys on two for-wheeler rides. I didn't think Brooklyn was quite old enough for a ride, so we hung out at the cabin with Darren's mom Suzanne (who is also in our ward).
It was very relaxing and when it was time to head home the boys begged to spend the night because "We love it here! Whenever we go to a cabin it's for many days! They have lots of beds for sleeping! This room even has two little beds and a big one which would be perfect for our family. Well except Brooklyn... Maybe you can share a bed with her." They fell asleep on the ride home, and easily transferred into their beds when we arrived.
Today Dustin and I are just playing catchup. He has been helping me clean the living room, wash clothes, and get things prepped for dinner. I'm hoping next weekend will be a more relaxing weekend, and since it's a long one it might be possible!