Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Utah Trip Summer 2016

 We went to Utah! We had an awesome time and saw some amazing things. We finally ate at The Pie in Salt Lake (where this picture was taken) I have heard for a long time that it has the best pizza in Utah and it did not disappoint!
 We drove clear up to the top of the state and even into Idaho to visit Bear Lake. This was our view from our little condo.

 It was beautiful! The skies were very blue while we were there. I was able to enjoy some great morning runs through the town. The altitude almost killed me but I loved the sightseeing part of it. Running in a new place is a great way to see some things you wouldn't get to see.
 We visited the lake. Max discovered a deep love for kayaking.
 Here is Zackary sneaking up on Max like the creature from the black lagoon :)
 On our way back to Payson from Bear Lake we decided to do a little temple hopping. We stopped in logan, but I was not in picture taking mode yet and so....no Logan temple pictures! I started documenting once we got to Brigham City.

 We walked around the temple and visited the old tabernacle.
 It was a seriously beautiful sight!  Another beautiful sight.....
 My love and my minions!
After Brigham City we stopped in Salt Lake. Returning to the temple where Ty and I were married 13 years ago!
I am always amazed by the beauty of this building.
  It was a hot day and the kids were troopers as we dragged them all over temple square!

 We loved the visitor's center! I wanted the kids to see the Christus statue. I just loved being there. It is a special place.

 There were some really neat displays downstairs from the statue and we took our time to enjoy them. There was one all about prophets. Both ancient and modern, and another all about service and the humanitarian efforts of the church. I loved them all!
 Just as we were leaving we found this display featuring Truman O. Angel. He was the architect of the Salt Lake Temple and just happens to be Ty's great great great grandfather! I had to take a side by side to compare. Pretty neat.
The rest of the trip included Father's Day at Ty's parents house. I was able to make the traditional Father's Day breakfast of crepes with berries and nutella for Ty. We enjoyed pie with the rest of the family that evening. We drove home Monday.....so much driving! We were greeted upon arrival by a record heat wave in southern California. Temperatures up to 120! I don't know why we live here.....Oh well! Happy to be home!
Thursday, June 9, 2016


Max and his good friend, Tanner, decided they needed to have a lemonade stand! We have never tried a stand before and I was really not too keen on the whole idea, but the boys were determined, and somehow they talked me into it.
They painted a sign and cleaned the table. I made cookies, lemonade, went to the bank for quarters, donated time, money, etc.....so that they could have an independent lemonade stand and make money all on their own!
Oh well....I am just glad they are having some good clean fun this summer.

(We really need this song playing outside with the boys: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS0uS8Tfyt4 )
Friday, June 3, 2016


 We had some friends over for dinner this week. I made 2 kinds of cookies for dessert. Double chocolate peanut butter cup and oatmeal s'mores! I usually am all about the peanut butter, but the s'mores cookies were pretty awesome!
 I collect brown paper bags from grocery stores to use as painting canvas. They are thick and the paint doesn't leak through to the other side!
 My tweens....headphones and quesadillas make for a happy day.
So school is out....Yesterday was the last day! Zack had his kinder graduation....I can never get good pictures of important moments....I have tried! Mrs. Randall has taught all 3 of the older kids in kindergarten. I hope she ends up with Zoey when she is ready!
Max had his 5th grade promotion at school as well. I wish I had a better attitude about the whole thing. I just wanted it to end so that we could leave and start our summer! It did end....and we kicked off the break with smoothies and swimming. I am tired and so ready for this!
Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

 We had such a fun Memorial Day! Sadly Ty was unable to join in on the fun. He ended up working today! I loaded the van full of kids....all of my own and a few extras.
 We went to Redlands for swimming and sunshine. We enjoyed italian cream sodas and chocolate covered strawberries.
 Zackary needed to be protected from the sun. 
After our swim adventure we came home and some friends delivered a bunch of freshly picked cherries!
I was pretty happy about it.
Ty made it home around 6 and he and I are sneaking away for a dinner date.....so he didn't miss out on ALL of the fun!
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tuesday Things

 This past weekend was so busy and fun. Max left first thing Saturday morning to spend the day at scout camp. He climbed rock walls, roasted marshmallows, and came home covered in dirt! Zackary spent the day with his friend Quinn. I dropped him off and a little while later got a text message with this picture from one of my friends...not Quinn's mom...they had wandered down the street and stopped in for a visit! Such cute boys....
 I made S'mores granola bars for my Laurels! We are so so close to our Summer break and I am pretty S'mores obsessed right now. Summer = s'mores, just like Fall = pumpkin.
We spent Sunday evening at my parent's house and Zack made himself comfortable. We ate dinner followed by a s'mores themed dessert, and Max somehow found his way into the pool. The weekends are over so quickly! We are very much looking forward to the 3 day weekend coming up. 
Tuesday, May 17, 2016


 This past weekend was our ward's annual Fathers and Son's Campout. Ty took the boys for a night under the stars and I got to stay and play with the girls! I was getting over being sick, so we kept it low key on Friday night. We made a fort upstairs and made mini s'mores. 
 In the morning we headed to the library. They were having a big book sale and we were able to fill this box with books and pay just $2 for the lot. The girls were super excited to pick out whatever they wanted! The boys were home by noon and it was back to life as usual.....just with a little more laundry and dirt to attend to! 
Zoey and I went to Redlands to visit my mom. We came home with a big bag of oranges. Juicing oranges is a perfect job for kids. Zoey was happy to do it! She juiced all of the oranges and we had enough juice to make orange julius for everyone in the family. She is so awesome!
Wednesday, May 11, 2016


 We are well into spring and summer will be here any moment! I took Zoey to the park yesterday to celebrate the weather. She picked flowers and made a furry friend!

Monday, May 9, 2016

All The Things

 Zackary is such a picky eater, but he does love to eat!
He especially loves to eat apple pie! I bought the apples on Saturday and made the pie on Sunday. I can't help myself. He gets so excited over a good buttery crust filled with apples.
 Because...this is obviously the correct choice of what to wear when strawberry picking.
 She dressed herself.
 Oh well....They were successful in the strawberry picking anyway!
 Mother's Day is always a treat. I love the little gifts the kids put together at school. Zackary brought him this one....
 I love it and I shall keep it forever and ever!

I decided it was about time for Zoey to learn how to brown butter. She learned much faster than I did.
 Brown butter rice krispie treats for the win! Also....I am just loving our new grocery store in town...Aldi. I can buy everything we need to make a big pan of krispie treats for less than $2.
 Last week I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies that came out completely flat! The cookies were still tasty, but I really couldn't serve them to anyone. I stuck them in the freezer and we pulled them out to make a batch of chocolate chip cookie granola! I chopped up the cookies and added them to an oatmeal cookie granola mix. I baked everything up and it turned out pretty awesome. 
We are closing in on the end of the school year. I am really looking forward to summer vacation this year. I hope we can make it a great one!
Saturday, May 7, 2016


 Tomorrow is Mother's Day!
Ty is on call all weekend. He was gone all day today, but he managed to make a quick trip to the flower store and bring these home to me in between a few of his cases. He is pretty amazing.

Cookie Monster

 Earlier this week we met up with a bunch of friends at our neighborhood park. Mia's primary teacher was there. During Christmas last year, she discovered these cookies that were immensely popular with Mia's class. She found them after Christmas on extreme discount and bought massive amounts of cookies! She had just one bag left of the holiday treats in her car. Mia was talking about how hungry she was and her teacher went and got her the bag of cookies. Mia got the whole bag! We took the pictures so that her class will know who to blame when the cookies are all gone on Sunday!
We have some awesome friends, primary teachers, etc....