Wednesday, July 31, 2013

At the top

 While we were in Utah we took a drive up Provo Canyon to the Sundance resort.
They rent bikes in the summer time and Mia loved this orange cruiser. (I did too!)
 We walked around the resort for a while. It was a beautiful day in the Utah mountains!
 Zackary and Mia were happy to pose for me.
 Max had to be bribed.
 Zoey eventually looked at the camera.
 Then I joined the rest of the fam!
Next we headed for the lift!
 This was an exciting experience for us. Ty's mom came along with us and she rode up with Max and Mia. It was fun to watch them. They both sat perfectly still the entire time! Ty and I had Zack and Zoey. While Zack was happy and well behaved, Zoey threw a major fit and tried to throw herself off of the lift. I held her tight in a football hold until she calmed down. It was delightful.
 We did get to enjoy some beautiful views of Mt. Timpanogas.
Eventually Zoey was able to enjoy herself and we were able to stop fearing for her life.
 I love Zackary's slightly nervous face in this picture!
 At the top we took some time to enjoy our surroundings.
 Max is our little maverick :)
 Zoey with her borrowed blue binky. We were really trying to keep her happy!
This is Ty being bad.
The sign says no hiking beyond this point and as you can see he is obviously beyond that point!
 It was absolutely gorgeous.
The ride down was great. At the bottom all of the kids wanted to ride again.
We decided it would be safer to take everyone out for some frozen yogurt.

Newman Reunion 2013

We just got back from our annual July trip to Utah.
While we were there we had a little family reunion with all of Ty's brothers and sisters (minus a few who have recently relocated to the east coast or joined the marines!)

Lets start with the Jessicas.....
Here we have (from left to right) Jessica, Jessica, and Jessica (this Jessica actually goes by J) I married Ty, and then a few years later one of his brothers married a Jessica, and then a few years after that another brother married another Jessica, and there you have it.
 Onto the men....
Ty's dad, Rod, is on the left, followed by 3 of his brothers Con (with baby Hayden), and Cole, and that's Ty on the right!
 Zoey was being cute all day. Just had to say it!
 This is Cole with his oldest son Law.
 This is Cole's wife Jessica/J with their youngest, Ashtyn.
 This is Ashtyn smiling an adorable squinty smile. I love the squinty smiles.
 This is Grey, Cole and J's middle child.
 And Zoey was still being cute.
 Ty's older sister, Lindsay, was there. She is married to Eric who I did not end up with a picture of. I tried to get pictures of everyone, but obviously did not succeed!
Lindsay is holding Aspen, her youngest. Aspen has 3 older brothers!
 This is Max with one of Aspen's brothers, Graham.
Max and Graham are in the same grade at school. Obviously ;)
Max was cute all day too.
He got tricky on the swings.
 Ty's younger sister, Natalie.
She just had a new baby boy, Cruz.
Cruz has 2 older sisters and an older brother and a dad....all of whom I did not get pictures of, but we love them all :)
 We rented a big waterslide for the kids. The weather was perfect for us. Mia was on the slide all day long. We tried to get Zackary on it, but he insisted it was too scary.
We had a big fiesta style lunch with enchiladas, rice and beans, chips and guacamole, and dessert. 
It was a happy day!

Monday, July 22, 2013

This Week

1. We are having our good friends over for dinner tonight. They are moving to Colorado on Friday! We are going to miss them so much!

2. We are leaving for Utah first thing Thursday morning. Ty is home today, but then he won't be home again until late Wednesday night. It's going to be a busy few days.

3. I had Zack and Max help me clean the floors in the dining room this morning. They moved all of the chairs away from the table and cleaned the tile underneath with no complaints! I was very impressed.

4. I always struggle when it comes to packing for a trip. I end up filling my bag with workout clothes and then have to squeeze in a few descent outfits. I could live in my yoga pants....
It's a problem.

5. It is going to be hot today! It really cooled down over the weekend, but when I stepped outside at 8:00 this morning the cool was gone.
I am very thankful for air conditioning.

Have a great week!
Friday, July 19, 2013


It's Friday and I am looking forward to date night with my man :)
We are going to see Pacific Rim!

 In celebration of Friday and date night, I am wearing my awesome California Republic t-shirt.

I found THIS little strip very interesting.
 I know for sure that I have at least 3 of these personalities living in my house.
I don't have Zoey figured out for sure yet!

I made THESE today.
They are amazing!

Have a fabulous Friday!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

This and That

Summer is lovely.

This morning we took our breakfast to the park. We were the only ones there. It wasn't hot yet. It was perfect.

Yesterday we spent the day swimming at my parent's house. Max was in the pool for a full 2 1/2 hours. 

I am so enjoying being so very lazy.
(I am going to enjoy it while I can!)

Looking forward to:
Ree Drummond's new holiday cookbook coming out in October.


this group of short people

This office space

In Need of:
A descent pair of skinny jeans
and maybe new boots
and also.....everything.

Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sunday Randomness

1. Last week Ty got a new calling in our ward. He is now the executive secretary. Today was his first Sunday on active duty and he had his first set of early morning meetings. I am pretty used to Ty being gone for call on Sundays so it wasn't too difficult for me at home with the kids. I did end up forgetting to eat breakfast. I sent Ty home after sacrament meeting to grab a granola bar for me. I was playing chorister in the primary during the second hour and then teaching relief society during the third. I was happy to come home and enjoy the rest of our Sunday!

2. After church I made a batch of THESE cookies.
I used quinoa flour in place of all purpose. I think it is a great substitute for the real deal.

3. Some of our friends are moving away next week. Their son is Max's best friend and we have been dreading the end of their time here! Last night there was a big going away party for them. It was very fun to get together with everyone. We will miss them so much!

4. THIS is how I have been keeping Mia's hair out of her face during the hot summer days.

5. Ty started playing minecraft.
The boys are thrilled, but I may never get to talk to any of them again!
(Zackary is not naked, BTW)

6. Ty asked me today if I had lost weight! I love that question :) I celebrated by eating cookies.

Tomorrow is another week!
Friday, July 12, 2013

Ice Cream!

Zoey got her very own ice cream cone today.
 I made her eat it over the kitchen sink.
She didn't seem to mind the placement.
Ice cream is a very happy part of summer!

Friday Things

It's Friday!

This week has flown by.
I think it was a combination of stress, fun, and relief that made the time go by so quickly. I am looking forward to the weekend. 

A few things.....

1. This song: "Royals" by LORDE.....Just call me Queen B :)

 2. I think this looks like a fun twist of traditional muddy buddies/puppy chow.
A "DIRT" version. Complete with gummy worms.

3. At the store this morning, the kids and I checked out all of the newly displayed school supplies. We came home with notebooks and new crayons. Everyone has been busy coloring and writing, even Zoey. She loves to color. If she is without paper she improvises with walls and furniture. I try to keep paper around at all times!

4. I haven't had my usual energy during workouts this week. I feel like a major slacker. I would love to get my groove back soon.

5. Cardboard Box Fort taken to a new level of cool.
I wonder if mine would come out looking anything like this.

Have an awesome weekend!
Wednesday, July 10, 2013


 Costumes happen daily at our house.
Today Zackary was Mr. Incredible.
 Check out those muscles!
Mia was Super Girl.
 A little blonde Super Girl :)
and Zoey was Zoey.
She's just happy to be here!

Zackary News

1. Just about a month ago I took Zackary in for a physical. He needed a routine doctor visit so that we could get him ready for preschool. During the visit, one of the tests revealed something that raised alarm. The doctor was concerned that Zackary might have diabetes. We scheduled another appointment to do a few tests.
At the next appointment we ran the tests and the numbers were high. High enough that we moved on to formal blood testing for diabetes.
I was in complete panic mode. 
The tests came back this morning and the results were NORMAL!
The doctor has no idea why his numbers were randomly so high. He will be going back in 6 months to make sure everything continues to go well.
We feel so blessed and thrilled!

2. I love normal :)

3. Ty is still concerned, because of Zackary's "numbers" and thinks we should change his diet anyway. I spent all afternoon yesterday researching the glycemic index. I learned about low, medium, and high glycemic index foods. I was happy to learn that nutella is considered low! Low glycemic index foods have a GI number less than 55 and nutella is a 33. Yay!

4.We adore this little boy :)

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Home Depot Kid's Workshop

 I signed the kids up for the free workshops at Home Depot.
Ty took the 3 older kids this morning. They came home having each built their own wooden cars!
I loved the little orange aprons they were wearing :)
As usual, Max was making darling faces for the camera.
I love my little carpenters.

Pictures From the Park

 These are pictures from the 4th of July breakfast in the park.
I think this may be the last playground merry-go-round anywhere. I know they are considered safety hazards, but the kids love them!
 Max and Mia were climbing to higher ground so that they could be on the lookout for their friends.
 No one had a flag shirt this year. Max was in blue and I put a patriotic headband on Mia.
 Zoey was in blue as well.
She loves the playground!
When I was pregnant with Mia (oh so very long ago!) and Max was my only child, I used to take him to the park every morning. It was part of our routine and a great way to start the day. Ty worked nights back then and I always tried to get out of the house so he could sleep. I wish we could spend more mornings just playing!
Summer is wonderful!