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.