Friday, July 29, 2011

The Summer of Run Ragged

This summer has been unbelievable.  I think it was still May (i.e. not really even summer yet) when I dubbed it "the summer of run ragged."  Amos and Maggie get up at 7:30 and they go, go, go until 10 p.m.  It makes for some long days.

For the most part, it's been great.  We've been doing so many fun things, we're so busy we don't have time to be tired.  I wanted to make a list all of the things we've been up to, so, here it goes:

art city days . splash pad spanish fork . splash pad riverwoods . 
strawberry days rodeo . grandparents' visit . costco trips . 
father/son campout . youth conference . girls' camp . boating at yuba . 
five guys . oopsie daisy . the sound of music at sundance . 
swim lessons . the purple park . amos and maggie's first bikes . lunch dates . princess shopping trips . massages . digging in the yard . visiting teaching . bbqs . 
fires in the backyard . all things 4th of july . pioneer day celebrations . 
yard work . mg rides . and movies .

Eric is certain to have some things to add, so the list is subject to change.

And the mish-mash of pictures:

There you have it.  I am tired.  Tomorrow night is S'morepalooza, then a visit from the Shavers next week, 2 weeks of swim lessons, and our trip to Idaho is later in August.  Oh, yeah, and Eric got called into the YM's Presidency in our ward. We're all things YM/YW these days =)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Night with Dad

As I was leaving for mutual tonight Eric and the kids were packing a picnic. Looks like they found quite the picnic spot!

Halloween in July

Yeah, some people might be into the whole "Christmas in July" thing.  Not us.  We like our costume based holidays =) 

Actually, it all started because Amos has been kind of into pirates lately.  I still have his 6-12 month sized pirate costume, and it occurred to me that he'd probably be able to get some part of it on.  To my surprise, it pretty much all "fit." 

So, we dressed Amos up as a pirate.  Of course, we couldn't stop there.  Maggie and Audrey had to get in on the action.  Maggie's costume from last year fit perfectly, so I think we've got a winner for this year.  It's perfect since Audrey will get to be the PINK POODLE this year. 

That pink poodle costume has brought me more joy than any other outfit in the history of the world.

The kids tried on all of the costumes in the closet and we had a great little afternoon out of it.  Makes me wish it were October...

Sunday, July 17, 2011

S'more Sleeping

Does anyone else feel like I write about our sleeping a lot?  This is definitely a new one though...

Didn't expect that did ya?

How did I end up asleep in a toddler bed?  Well, let me tell you.  I made a deal with Amos that I would sleep with him, so we laid down together.  I fell asleep.  He didn't.  He was kind enough to cover me with his blankie before he ran off to play elsewhere.  Thankfully Eric came along and photographed it.

And one more:

Sweet little Maggie was being a terrible pill.  I put her in timeout on that chair, and then forgot her.  Completely forgot her.  When I went back to let her out of timeout, she was totally asleep.  She looks like an angel when she's sleeping! She almost had me fooled.

Sick Day

So, as a mom, you NEVER get a sick day.  It's really unfortunate.  I've been strangely sick over the last couple weeks and I had a first-I called Eric and begged him to come home from work to help me.  It took him a little bit to get away from work, and total chaos resulted:

The kids did a fantastic job of leaving me alone to rest, but unfortunately that comes at a cost. 

In case you're wondering:

1. Audrey was taking a nap.  Safe and sound in her crib.
2. I am not pregnant.  It was the regular germy kind of sickness.
3. Eric cleaned up EVERYTHING.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Amos the Fish

This week Amos took swim lessons.  I think it is my most favorite thing I've ever gotten to see him do.  It's adventures like this that make parenting the best.  Nan and Pop were both able to come to class with him, and he loved having fans.

Amos took to the water like a fish.  He was so good at listening to his teachers and trying everything they asked him to without any fear.  They were very clever in their efforts to get all of the kids under the water.  They played the cutest games that kept Amos interested and distracted from everything he was learning.

The first couple days they would have the kids go under the bridge, hoola hoop, etc. while it was still above water.  Then, by today they had the kids swimming under the water to get out.

Amos adored his teacher, Kyle.  Kyle splashed and wrestled with Amos the very first day and he had a buddy for the week.

My favorite exercise they did was a train of the kids while they were wearing their life jackets.  It was so cute.  They'd all let go to wave to their moms and break the train.

Amos' favorite exercise was getting money!  They put a bunch of pennies on the stairs of the pool, tricking the kids into putting their faces in the water to pick them up.  Pretty clever.

Since today was the last day of this session, Amos got a little progress report:
Amos is such a trooper! He has been so great at everything.  All he needs to start doing now is working on the different strokes and he will be swimming in no time!
He checked off a lot of skills, and I can't wait to see him learn more.  He'll go again in August and I am already looking forward to it.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Kick. Kick.

So, Aunt Anna has spent some time in China and Taiwan.  I can't remember which place these pajamas came from, but she brought them back from some place for cousin Morgan.  Maggie inherited them as a hand-me-down, and she loves them.  I don't know how, but somehow she knows they're different.  The first time we put them on her she started doing the weirdest sumo squats.  Now, it's "kick, kick" every time she puts them on (Kung Fu Panda, maybe?). 

Nan and Pop taught her to bow.

And a video of the kicking (sans pajamas, you'll have to use your imagination):

She is a quirky one.

Independence Day Weekend

Girls' Camp ended on Friday, July 1, so Eric and I got to come home to an Independence Day weekend party already in full swing.  The kids were having the time of their lives with Nan and Pop, and Eric and I returning home just added more excitement.

We have great 4th of July traditions with Nan and Pop, and we kept them all again this year.  For future reference (and in no particular order):

1. The parade.

2. The Freedom Festival in downtown Provo.

3. Sparklers and Fireworks in our driveway. (Yes, I am wearing a bathrobe.  I wasn't feeling good, so I'd already gone to bed for the night, but then I couldn't miss the sparklers so I got back up).

4. Watching Stadium of Fire in the cemetery (or attending depending on the performers).

5. A fire with s'mores in the backyard.

6. A BBQ

7. The burning of the Christmas tree.  (We usually have a party for this, but we decided last year there were too many witnesses. We did it much more quietly this year).

8. At least one fishing trip.

I have to say, the best part of the 4th this year was the legalization of aerial fireworks.  Our neighbors went NUTS and we got an amazing show.  If we ever leave Utah, I will really miss our July traditions.