Sunday, June 18, 2017

It's Summer Time!

This summer has already been so much fun. It is by far my favorite time of the year. Our big first adventure was chaperoning a Youth Temple Trip to the Valley. We woke up bright and early, loaded up at the church, and we arrived at the Phoenix Temple around 11:00 am to do baptisms for the dead. Afterward, we ate lunch in the parking lot and then headed over to the Gilbert Temple to do some more baptisms. We spent some time around the Temple grounds and then went over to Bass ProShop to look around. A family that used to live in Holbrook has a house in Lehi and offered up their house to crash at. They made us an amazing BBQ for dinner and it had probably the best hamburgers I've ever had, brauts, corn, and all the fixins and then we went scorpion hunting. The kids found like 1t scorpions around his place- they were so gross! The next day we hit the Mesa Temple at around 7:00 am. 

We've enjoyed so much all the perks of a small town so far this summer. The school district started the free breakfast and lunch program so the kids have enjoyed a picnic in the park almost every day, which has been so nice to not have to cook lunch! Every Wednesday the kids get a stamp to get into the pool free and on Thursdays, they get a free summer movie stamp. The Library has had a pretty good lineup of summer activities. They had a summer kick-off party that the kids really enjoyed. I'm so grateful for things to keep us busy!

A new tradition we started this year is Smore's Thursday! We've invited friends over and build a fire and roast some marshmallows. The first Thursday was Steven and Meghan and our neighbors the Jensens, then the next Thursday was just the Jensens. The kids had loved having friends over and it's nice to watch all the kids play and have fun.

Since we bought our house, I've had a "Sewing" room. It really wasn't make sense anymore since I don't really craft or sew and the room really started turning into a junk room. I decided we had the space and we needed to start using it more productively. I took a day and went through everything in the room, donated a TON of stuff, and boxed up the stuff that has just been sitting in there that we couldn't get rid of. Then we shortened the legs off of the table that was in there and made a kids room. Right now it has all the kids legos, all their art stuff, a kid table and chairs, and some bean bags for the kids to sit on to read. They love their room and use it a lot more than I thought they actually would.  

Fresh Start!

Let's be real. 4 kids is hard. Hard if you want to get everything done that you used to do when you only had 3. I have *finally* gotten Ella to take naps in her crib (it was a LONG 7 months of holding her every time she slept) and I'm getting the hang of 4 kids. Ella is almost a year so I'm taking that as a win, it's the little things right? One of the things that has gotten push to the back burner since Little Ella has joined our family is obviously our blog. Which makes me so sad, because our blog is really what as turned into our Family History and journaling for me. With Kyle off for the summer and Bentley going into Kindergarten- (I KNOW, CRAZY!!) I'm going to do a fresh start and try to get back into blogging on a regular basis. I'm going to do one long post to catch up on the highlights of the past 5 months and then join right into what's going on in our lives right now.

February was filled with quiet family time, Bentley killin' it at Legos, the Jr. High musical "Peter Pan", taking the big kids to Matilda, Ice Skating, and just livin' life. It was a good one.

In March we had our Choir Tour. The kiddos went to Buckeye to hang out with my parents and Kyle and I took 70 people to Universal Studios (Harry Potter World!!), Disneyland, California Adventure, and Finding Neverland the Musical. Disneyland was packed, the food was fabulous, and the kids did great for my mom. I also got called to be our Ward Primary President.

May was nice and jammed pack with a dance recital (Bentley and London is so good! Macy decided she wanted to do dance again next year. She took this year off and started piano lessons.), choir concerts, Kindergarten transition day (I'm still in denial), London promoting to 1st grade, Father and Sons camping trip (Bentley's highlight of the year), the last day of school and the start of one fun-filled summer!