Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Bears......and a fun day!

 Zackary was invited to spend yesterday on the lake with a friend. He had a blast! While he was gone Ty and I took the other kids up to Oak Glen. We just happened to stumble upon a big momma bear with her two cubs! We climbed into the van and watched them from inside.
 I don't mind bears so much as long as we are inside of our getaway vehicle.
 Then we played and picnicked at the park. It was hot, but not as hot as it was at home!
 Max and Mia play so well together sometimes! 
 After Zack came home Ty and I went to the temple. The kids swam at my parent's pool while we were gone. We finished our evening at Eureka Burger with friends. Truffle fries forever.

Monday, July 18, 2016


 Strawberries were on sale! We made a pie. I used shortbread cookies in the crust instead of the usual graham crackers and we decided the shortbread was far superior!
 Zoey made it through swim lessons and is pretty water safe at this point....she has decided to become a surfer.
 At least while she is in the pool and her daddy is nearby!
 Temperatures are on the rise again....triple digits! If we aren't at the pool we are going to be hanging inside. Today we pulled out the crafts.
 There was lots of painting and clay and such...
 We are still loving our summer break! 

Friday, July 8, 2016

Life Lately

Summertime is lovely. The heat has been ridiculous but we are loving the extra time together. Max has been one with his little group of friends. They move around from house to house and play lots of video games.
 We have been spending lots of time at the pool. Zoey always falls asleep on the drive home!
 The city offers free lunch for kids on weekdays. We made sure we were there on Wednesday this week for Dominos pizza.

 We made it to the park while the sprinklers were on!
 You can't really tell from the pictures, but they are very wet and very happy about it.
 I took the kids to Oak Glen. Such  quick drive to such a beautiful place!
 We played at the park and posed in a tree! Cute boys!
 And darling girls!
 I love them all.....We picked up some apple cider, apple pie, and candy from the candy store before heading home. 
 I know these moments are special. I hope we can build a legacy together!

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 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 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, 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: )
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 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.