Friday, June 29, 2012

What We've Been Up To...

Did you think we all fell off the deck?  While probable, it hasn't happened yet.  And, chances are getting slimmer as we speak:

Today we went to Home Depot to pick out and buy our Trex!  There is a sale on Trex today (15% off), and Eric has been out of town on and off for the last two weeks, so it seemed right to wait until this weekend to get going on the Trex.  The last two weeks haven't been totally wasted though, Eric managed to pour the concrete pad for the stairs' landing and install the twisty slide. Yeah, I know, you're all going to need pictures of that one.  Soon, very soon.

While Eric was traveling for work the kids and I tried oh, so hard to stay busy and not go crazy.  We're all still alive, with all of our limbs, so I am going to say we succeeded. 

We went to Ikea:

Picked up and enjoyed our Bountiful Basket:

When we went to sign in for the basket the lady said, "oh, your husband always comes."  Nice.  I told her we replaced him with a much cuter entourage:

I didn't actually complete any of my Ikea projects, but that doesn't mean they've gone to waste:

Hopefully this weekend I'll get some of my Ikea stuff done, because there are bygels, ribbas, and pjas all over the place.

We also got some free candy at Blickenstaff's:

Not pictured: Amos and Maggie finished out summer camp, Audrey is insisting on potty training (but she's all talk), I did some of Eric's "chores" while he was away: chickens, fish, and the lawn all need to be care for, and the laundry sure doesn't do itself, I tell you.

Can you believe it is going to be July on Sunday???  My poor 4th of July decorations aren't going to make it out of their tupperware this year :( 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Mama Bear

Do not be fooled by a seemingly innocent baby doll lying on a box.

If you touch it without permission, you will feel the wrath of mama bear:

And she's fierce.

I had a super cute video of Auds reading to her baby, but someone walked through the back with his pants down =(

Saturday, June 23, 2012


Going to summer camp together all week has made these two super tight.

And super weird.

Friday, June 22, 2012


Last weekend we had a quick chance to stop in Blickenstaff's, one of our very most favorite stores.  It's located in the Riverwoods, and the kids know if they're good at the "bean" restaurant (i.e. Happy Sumo's edamame is their favorite), we'll stop at Blickenstaff's.

They love it, and so do we.  I've blogged about it before, but now they're running a couple different promotions for free candy, and well, I never turn down free candy.

Plus, I don't think I've given proper credit to the store that introduced us to Hexbugs and Calico Critters. 

If you're at the Riverwoods, or just in Provo for that matter, go check out Blickenstaff's (especially if you're of the grandparent persuasion).

You can check them out on Facebook here too.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Summer Camp!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This morning the kids started summer camp.  Last week, as I was sitting at their last swim lesson, I thought to myself, "WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ALL DAY EVERYDAY NEXT WEEK????"

Thankfully, my question didn't go unanswered for long.  A promotional email from their preschool about summer camp arrived in my inbox that afternoon, and they were enrolled 45 seconds later. 

Maggie will start at this preschool in the fall, but this is her first time there.  She was so excited and Amos was a great help.  I watched him walk her in, holding her hand, and introduce her right to his teacher.  So sweet!

First day pictures:

As for Audrey, she loved it as much as I did.  She said, "bye, bye! BYE!" as they got out of the car, and was happy as can be when I came back without them.  There was a little bit of a readjustment period when they got home this afternoon, but it was worth the morning of quiet.

About that fish...

Remember the fish on the stick from the kids' Father's Day adventure with Eric?  Yeah, it came home to my kitchen looking just like that.  So gross.  Amos was so excited though, and Eric was teaching him a very important lesson. 

I looked up a recipe and had Amos help me mix it up while Eric cleaned the trout.  Then, we let it cook while we ate our real dinner.  Amos' fish was ready just as we were finishing up, and that brings us to this point:

Such a good sport.  I am really curious to see if he decides to throw the next one back.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Swim Lessons, Week 2

We finished swim lessons last week, and things went about the same as they did the first week.  Amos did really well.  Not only did he make it back to level 2, but he's ready for level 3.  Maggie, on the other hand, never quite got the listening thing down.  Things looked ok from where I was watching, but on the last day of class Amos said,

"I don't want sit by the lifeguard."

When I asked what he meant, he pretty much said when you don't listen you have to go sit on the edge of the pool by the lifeguard.  Guess who spent most of her time on the edge of the pool?

Amos' survival float:

And Maggie's:

(I don't think there's supposed to be splashing).

Audrey was amazing during all of this.  She just hung out with me and watched.  I was so surprised she didn't ask to go in the water once.  Or throw any fits about being left out. 

The last day of class they give the kids a Popsicle.  I am pretty sure that was Amos' favorite part, though it might have been a tie with his goggles.

I really think we could use another couple weeks of lessons this summer, but we'll have to see if we can fit them in.  Either way, it was good while it lasted.

Happy Father's Day!

I hope it was a good Father's Day for everyone.  Around here it felt more like Mother's Day 2.0, so I'll take it. 

The kids were so glad to have their Dada back after a couple days away on a scout backpacking trip.  I was amazed that Eric got home from his trip, exhausted, and still turned right back around and took the kids out on their own adventure (since they were jealous of the boy scouts).  That is a good Dada.

Do they look like they're in heaven?  They love these adventures with Eric.

And, a video.  I used this one in my lesson today (well, the part of it that would play), and I thought it was fitting for Father's Day:

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

"Phone on Fire" good news/bad news

Good news: Apple will replace your iphone for free if it randomly starts on fire. 

Bad news: You cannot live in your iphone when your house burns down.

Phone on Fire

Yesterday when I went to unplug my charged up cellphone, as usual, I found this:

Not usual. 

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Carnivore

Saturday night we went to the Art City Days carnival/fair.  The kids did not disappoint with their excitement.  We bought them the "unlimited rides" wristbands and they went wild.  It was so fun watching them run from ride to ride trying them all again and again.

The one that really surprised me was the dragon roller coaster.  They weren't ready for it last year, but this year they were all over it.

Amos' favorite was the super slide.

No wonder when you go down like that.  I think I saw him come down every which way that is humanly possible.

And to no one's surprise, Audrey didn't need a wristband.  All she needed was a giant bag of kettle corn.

Amos takes his ride riding seriously:

We made it all the way to the fireworks.

The kids were in awe.

And, yes, Eric totally bought the kids the overpriced glowing swords.  And, yes, they're already broken.

Finally, the traditional end of night photos:

They slept well that night.

Art City Days 2012

Art City Days have come and gone, and I can hardly believe it.  Scheduling conflicts limited our participation to Saturday only, but, boy did we make a day of it.

We started with the parade in the morning:

The kids loved it.  Amos wanted to know about every thing that went by us (whether it was in the parade or not).

Maggie LOVED all of the "princesses."  I love that for her.  (I am a card carrying member of the princess loving club). 

Auds LOVED the candy.  And the other snacks we brought.  She was a dancing fool too.

We talked the kids into going out onto the empty road for a picture. They were so hesitant.

The only thing that wasn't a hit were the sirens.  Except for maybe with me.  I enjoyed the cuteness.

After the parade we headed home for our naps before our big night out at the "Carnivore" (aka Carnival).