Monday, June 28, 2010

Swimming Pool strategy

 We are in 100% agreement on this.  7:00 pm, or later, is the best time to go to the neighborhood swimming pool.  Why?

1.  It closes at 8 pm and that's it - time to go, the end.

2.  There is rarely anyone else there at this time so I actually feel ok about putting on my swimsuit and getting in the pool!

3.  Everyone comes home content, has a warm shower - into pajamas and then bed.

So far it's working for us!  I wonder how that teenage boy who closes up the pool feels about us coming in just when he's cleaned everything up and seems to be hoping to get off work quickly!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Ahh Summertime

I love summer.  We are really enjoying the easy going mornings and trips to the pool.  One of our favorite outings last week was the train park with some friends.

I remember going to this park as a child for family home evening and loving it just as much then.  It is a huge, beautiful park and the train ride is only $1.50 - this is a price increase over last year yet completely worth it.  This was Clark's first ride and he loved the train.

My kids are so much fun.  Why do I have days where I forget this?  Because life is demanding and busy and real.

 Even on fun outings we sometimes have bad attitudes.  Still, we are having a lot of fun and I am trying to soak it up and enjoy the moments before they are gone.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


This week has been a major project week.  It has been fun spending some time with a friend and getting some things done both at her house and mine.
I really really really wish I would have taken a before photo of this little cabinet.  Imagine gold paint, 1970's strange handles hanging down.  The older couple who I snagged this from for a measly $5 was honestly surprised that I wanted it.  They asked me several times, "are you sure?".
What do you think?  Inspired by a photo my sister sent me I tried the white doors with the blue.  All the holes from that funky hardware gave me a challenge - so that is where the pretty birds came in.

Today, I'm pretty sure this is going to be a great piece.  I'm thinking at the end of a hallway in my new house?


Tuesday, June 22, 2010


I thought I would sneak downstairs early a few minutes before the kids were awake to get some laundry started and check my email.  On my way downstairs I realized that I was not the only one awake  (6am!).

I love finding my children together doing sweet things.  I love it when a 5 year old brother tells his 3 year old sister that she can snuggle in his bed and he will read to her.  Mornings like this are my favorite.


Monday, June 21, 2010

tHe HOkEy PoKeY

I have never seen the Hokey Pokey danced this way before.  
The girls danced to a souped up version of the hokey pokey for their hip hop dance recital.  It was very fun, they were cute and did a fantastic job.  Grandma came to see and Emma made it through the recital by telling us which of the costumes she liked the best.  In my opion, the small and usually clueless ballerinas are by far the cutest.  

I am so proud of the girls for practicing so much, being part of a dance with so many steps and different parts to remember, and for dancing with their whole hearts!  I have many fond memories of dancing as a girl and I love the opportunity it gave me to feel confident in myself and know that I could try new things.  I can only hope this provides the same feelings for my daughters now.  

Chrisitan has some pretty sweet dance moves too.  He deserves credit. 

Thanks Grandma for coming!  We love you. 

Sailing on to more great adventures and summer excursions! 

Friday, June 18, 2010


I love this photo, taken at the family reunion in Aspen Grove.

I love how a boy is playing with his dad.  I love how a boy 18 months old watches and then knows just how to hold the racquet.  I love how happy they both are and that neither of them had any idea I was watching.  I love these boys.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


I have so much to learn.  
I feel like life is often enduring differing levels of pain.  One bridge is crossed, 

then another, another, and just when you think you can take a breather you round the bend and there is another set of steep stairs to climb.  

When will I learn to attack the stairs with gusto like my three year old does?  When will I learn that, as my brother in law said to my sister not long ago,  "Doesn't that make you think that Heavenly Father had us in mind all along? "  

In ten, or fifteen, or twenty years I'm sure I will look back and laugh and how certain disappointments and changes in my life made me so sad.  Or stopped me dead in my tracks.   I'm sure it will all be ok.  I know it will.  Yet still some days its hard to look down the road.  I'm taking lessons from my 3 year old.  And someday, I'll learn.  

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Free Monogramming

Courtesty of Emma. 
Anyone Interested? 

Sunday, June 13, 2010


It's true:  I will never catch up.  I can't even keep up!  It is now wednesday, June 9th and when this whirlwind of events began on thursday, May 27th I thought I was quite prepared and had most everything done.  May 27th, just 13 days ago, seems like 6 months ago.  We have laughed, we have cried, we have slept on the hard ground, we have roasted marshmellows, we have driven 1500 + miles, we have seen aunts, uncles and counsins that we love, we have gasped at the beauty we have driven through.  Fields of blue and yellow flowers, the desert in bloom with its orange and yellows.  We have truly made some lasting memories.  I am quite sure we will never be the same again.
Friday the 28th was a wonderful day:
Savanna turned 8 years old and it was the last day of school for our children (since we were leaving town for the family reunion!)  Field day was hot, windy, exciting and tiring!

Saturday was a beautiful day as Savanna was baptized and we had so many family members make great efforts to be there.  It was such a calming sweet service and I really felt of Savanna's strong spirit.  We came back to our house and had a very fun family lunch celebrating Savanna's birthday and baptism with good food, good conversation, and in the end a girls excursion to do some shopping while the men watched all the children.   We had a great time!  I wish I would have taken a photo of all of us together, but I was too busy shopping!  :)

Monday was memorial day and we all went camping together.  Camping is such an "experience"  The type of experience where the kids are having fun, dirty, eating nothing but cookies and smores and drinking gatorade and the parents are getting zero sleep, are constantly wiping people off with baby wipes, are trying to keep track of who opened which bottle of gatorade, keeping children out of the fire, putting up the tent, pretending to sleep in the tent, taking down the tent.... that type of experience.  Three Elk walked through the campground and it was a beautiful day.  We created some great memories and came home tired with sore backs!

Tuesday morning we all packed up and then began our road trip to Utah!  I vow never again in my life will I be willing to camp out the night before leaving on a road trip.  We had a hard time getting all the laundry done and ready to go!

Wed night we arrived at the Aspen Grove Family camp in Provo, UT.

For the first time in a long time all of Kurt's siblings and families were together with his parents.  We are quite the crowd when we all get together!  We enjoyed fishing, swimming, hiking, playing and a family talent show.  We will forever have memories of being together and of this trip.

Saturday morning we finished up the reunion and met again saturday night for Stan and Julie's wedding in Park City.  It was another fantastic, late and memorable night.

Sunday we were able to catch our breath a bit and stay at my sister's house with her lovely family in American Fork.  Then Monday I saw a dear friend and we drove to Idaho to see more family.  I'm so glad we made the time to go to Idaho.  It will always be a blessing to me.  I'm thrilled that we were able to see so many cousins, Aunts and Uncles.  It was a lifting and happy time.  Tuesday we drove home, stopping along the way more than anyone should ever need to.  We arrived home Wednesday at about 3am and I've been trying to recover ever since yet havent had time to do anything but keep going!

To all of you that we saw, missed, and spent time with - we love you - thank you for making time to be with us!
all pages done with my favorite scrappy software... Memory Mixer!
Summer is sailing on with or without me...  I started this post on wednesday and just now finished it on sunday!  whew!