Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Back to School


 Summer is over! In theory....it is still very hot, but the kids are back in school! Zoey, Mia, and Zack started on Monday!
 I can't believe our little Miss Zoey is in school! She started T-K! So far she is loving it. I love picking her up after school and I still carry her like she is tiny, even though she is getting so big now.

 Big sister Mia started 4th grade! She has 2 teachers this year and she loves them.
 I think it is going to be a great year for her. She is such a great helper with Zoey. She walks her to class every morning!
 Zackary! Zackary started first grade. I think he was ready to get back to school and see his friends, get back to learning, and eat lots of hot lunch. Zackary is my only child that gets hot lunch. He loves it so much!
 Max started junior high at the local charter school on Tuesday. I took no pictures, because....I forgot...Maybe I will take one tomorrow! He had a wonderful first day! As he walked onto campus everyone was cheering for the new 6th graders and passing out donuts. His STEM class has a 3-D printer and the student store sells Jamba Juice! He is a happy camper.
 All this schooling is a bit tiring! The kids are ready for bed by 8! I am too really.....I kind of miss my no - alarm summer sleep schedule.
 While the kids are at school I have been busy....cookies have been involved! Yesterday I made snickerdoodles for Zack. They are his favorite. We passed them out to all of the friends after school.
 Today I made a healthier cookie. Full of peanut butter and chocolate, my favorite! I think they will make a great after school snack.
 In other news....I bought a pack of canvas and all of the kids got to paint a piece for their rooms. Zack painted a Pikachu! He is kind of into Pokemon right now.
We have been loving catching bits and pieces of the olympic games in Rio! The kids have really enjoyed it too. We made Brigadeiro truffles last night! We talked about Brazil and the olympics. The kids helped. Everyone got to eat a truffle and then we went to bed...because it was after 8 and we were all exhausted!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Boys

 The girls are off with my mom today, so the boys and I are having a day! Not as many pictures as with the girls...the boys aren't as into it...We took  trip to Game Stop and the boys traded in an older game for a new one. We came home to mini chicken sandwiches for lunch and then some gaming time....because it is hot outside and it makes them happy.
 School starts next week for these two. Zackary will be in first grade! He is excited and ready to go. Max will be starting 6th grade and junior high! He is thrilled to be starting at a new school and happy that his two best friends will be attending the same school.
I hope we can continue to find happy moments as the days get busier!


Monday, August 1, 2016

Girls

The boys are away with friends today! They are swimming and bowling and having a good time so the girls and I aren't feeling bad about having fun without them while they are gone!
 Zoey found a furry friend at the bike shop.....we spend a lot of time there now that Ty is an ultimate trail rider.
 We found out this morning that Zoey will be in early bird T-K starting next Monday! To celebrate we picked out some new shoes and a new shirt to wear on the first day. (she is wearing the shirt now, but that's ok!) I was super excited about the tiny pair of TOMs shoes we found for her!
 We picked up some canvas while we were out and the girls worked on artwork for their bedrooms. We always listen to Disney music while we paint. 
This picture does not at all represent the happiness we were  all feeling about enjoying berries and nutella for lunch. 
I do so love my little girls. These happy days are so precious! 
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

Summer

 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 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!