Saturday, July 30, 2011

Swimming Lesson

I was able to get my 3 kids in to "semi-private" lessons - meaning just them. I had a bad experience a couple of years ago with my kids in "normal" lessons - bad, meaning Jonas under the water without the teacher knowing, me shouting for them to get Jonas out, Jonas coming out and barfing up pink barf. Nice, eh? Anyways, my kids are no fishes when it comes to swimming. They love being in the water - but not their heads in the water. So we did lessons and saw some definite improvements - especially with Miles. He goes under the water all the time now. He loves it. The other 2 kids will dunk their noses and mouths in the water a little. Still, an improvement. :) Here are some fun pictures of their last day:

All 3 lovin' it!

Thar he goes. . .



Love it!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ward Camp-Out

We attended our ward's camp-out for the very first time. We had a good time - the kids just loved it! There were boys for our boys to latch on to, as well as girls for my Emmy to follow after. So the kids were in heaven. Poor Lucy slept poorly again - so by 2am Ben took her in the car to sleep with her there. She actually fell right asleep in her car-seat (Ben had put her there to arrange his seating, etc. and she fell asleep so he left her there) for a few hours. It was nice and cool where we went and so that was great. Our batteries died within an hour of us getting there, so we hardly got any pictures. But we did get a few:

Cutie, cutie. Good thing, too, with her poor camp-sleeping trait. :)

The boys in nature indeed.

I just had to show this picture because it is a rarity: a man multi-tasking. Whoa.

Jonas adores this tight-rope walker of a kid. He's pretty great.

Emmy in girl-heaven.

Pretty random pictures. But fun camping adventure.

Thursday, July 21, 2011


So when we moved to Montrose I think we thought we'd go to Grand Junction a lot more than we do. Today I went there and I think it was the first time in the whole year that we've gone to Grand Junction (as opposed to through, which we do when we go to my parent's home). I had a friend call me (we met b/c our husbands were best-friends in HS) because she was visiting her in-laws (while allowing her husband some quiet time to work on his dissertation. . .). So we decided to meet on Main Street and let the kids frolic in the splash-pad (or whatever those things are called). Frolic they did - for over 2 hours! It was great fun to be there (their Main Street rocks compared to Montrose's) and even a bonus to chat with friends. I really loved it and the kids were pretty much besides themselves with having too much fun:
Cute, wet, and cold Jonas (luckily it warmed up. . . )

Oh boy, too much fun!

This is Lucy and my friend's baby Maren. (Marin? I'm not really sure.) Lucy was really interested in her!

It was impossible to get a great picture of their cuteness, but this is close. :)

Lunch time! Yum.

The fountains were super great and cool. I loved just watching them.

Jonas just did this on his own right after I took the above picture. . . so sweet and cute.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Stairmaster

Lucy is 11-months today!

Lucy is our very own Stairmaster. She started crawling a couple of weeks ago - taking a few crawls at a time. When we got back from our trip to my parent's home she really took off with crawling. Then the next day (it seems) she started up with her fascination of stair-climbing. And oh boy does she love it. She goes all the way to the very tippy top. She's quite good, but of course I have to (get to) stand behind her the whole time. We have yet to get gates because I'm not super excited about using them (won't it be a challenge for the other kids?). Plus we have three (3!) sets of stairs in our house. Plus back steps in the backyard. So when we're outside, too, of course all she wants to do is climb those little stairs. Wow. I really thought I'd have a few months until all this. I thought with her being so late in crawling that she would just be later with everything. Tricked ya! says Lucy.

She's just in to everything. Pulling up on everything. Pulling everything out of drawers, boxes, etc. Ripping up papers. It's rather delightful in a totally non-delightful sort of way. Make sense?

Friday, July 08, 2011

J4W, Part: Monday (the actual 4th!)


Yea, Happy 4th of July! We left early and headed back to Provo for the Grand Parade.

Front-row seats thanks to the generous people behind us.

An interesting parade entry.

The Utah Provo Mission missionaries and President (in car).

Cool Cosmo.

After the parade we found a spot to eat our picnic lunch. It was the perfect spot - on a chapel's quaint, shady lawn. Lovely.
Man did she look adorable. Too bad she just can't quite get the "smile normal" part. But sweet nonetheless!

Whaddup Jay-dog?

The kids loved playing on the trees and just running around having a fun time.

After the picnic the next quest was to find a shaved-ice place. We found this one - the one where Ben had his very first shaved-ice (with me, nonetheless). It's an awesome "store." Soooo good. We weren't the only ones wanting shaved-ice on this hot, festive day.


Of course Lucy loved it, too! :)

Then it was back to my parent's home. We had a little bit of "down-time" (which, of course, meant my kids playing in the garage). Then we got out the slip-n-slide!

Oh this picture is my kids checking out the snakes that the next-door kids (19 visiting kids!) had found near the marshy area by my parent's home. I loved it when one boy came to me, while we were sliding away, "Uh, just so you know, some of our snakes got loose." Nice. Picked up Lucy. But I think they found them all pretty quickly. . . Jonas, after his big incident of riding over one on his bike, was way-less squeamish and even held one. The neighbor kids even offered us a free snake! I declined.

Slip-n-slide was followed by late naps and dinner.

Then pop-rocks. I don't really know what you call them. Is pop-rocks candy? Anyhow, these are the extent of fireworks I got. But, really, my kids love them! Maybe next year I'll buy them 2 boxes each. :)
Jonas went for a twirly send-off!

Miles went for an up, up, and away send-off!

Then that evening my 3 boys went with my parents to their annual Oakley rodeo tradition. It was another late evening for them - getting home at 11pm. But they really, really liked it! Miles especially loved the clowns, I think. The last few days at home the kids have dressed up as cowboys and the such. Even making Emmy wear her cowgirl stuff. :) Cute.

I like this picture.

The girls stayed home with me. I put Lucy down and then Emmy and I watched Tangled. We also watched some of the neighbors' fireworks. BOOM! She had a hard time falling asleep in the big room by herself and so I brought her back up at 10pm for the town's fireworks. She lasted about 3 minutes - then told me she was cold and tired and wanted to go to bed. I patted her and told her goodnight and that was that. :)

Fun Fourth!

Thursday, July 07, 2011

J4W, Part: Sunday

Sunday started out with us all going to church. At different times, though. Ben took the 3 oldest kids and went at 9am with my parents. Lucy was sleep deprived from everything going on the past few days (plus the awakening in the night on Saturday when fireworks started going off right next to her window! poor gal woke up and was probably quite surprised to be held by someone she'd never seen before. she took a little while to fall back asleep that night - like not until 12:30ish. ugh.) Anyways, so I let her take her morning nap and then went to Sacrament with Lucy at 11. After church and lunch we went to SLC to Temple Square, mainly to the Church History Museum. They have a section for kids and so we thought we'd check it out.

They have all these little sections with stories and an accompanying activity. It was pretty cute and the kids enjoyed themselves:
Fishing on "Nephi's boat."

Oh! Look what Jonas caught!

I'm not sure what Lucy is holding - a tarantula? Scary, but it entertained her for quite a bit.

They had a cute video of some Latino lady doing dances and you are suppose to try and do what she did. It was pretty adorable.

This girl never gets enough of spinning in skirts!

They had a bunch of other activities that were fun, too. It was hot, though, that afternoon and so we didn't spend much time walking around the Temple.

We got home and practically had dinner waiting for us. How nice is that!? The kids of course spent some time in the garage - again.
Curlers don't get in the way of this little gal. :)

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

J4W, Part: Saturday

Saturday, up and at 'em! We woke up and headed down to Provo to hike the Y. We did this last year and it was one of the boys' merit badge requirements for "hiking." My mom came with us and so that was extra special.
We were not the only ones with the brilliant idea to hike the Y. The parking lot (and then some) was packed full. But we found a good and close spot and were still glad we got there in the morning before the full blast of the sun was out.

Miles was such a good sport! Not even one complaint from him. Even though, according to him, his "legs hurt." He had tons of questions and just kept a going. He was great.

I don't think I see a love of hiking in Emmy's future. But she did okay - with a lot of help from Ben. Help as in carrying her up for a lot of it.

Adorable little Lucy. Last year she was 8 months old gestationally when we hiked the Y. I much prefer carrying her on the outside. I mean, look what I get to look at!

There we are! Success! Jonas complained a little, but not too much. But he did it! Wahoo. As we were going down (which is so much worse, really!) I asked Jonas, "But wasn't it sort of fun?" He said "no." Then I explained that some things really aren't fun, but they are still worth doing in order to accomplish hard tasks, etc. I'm sure he had tuned me out by then.

Cute kids with their cute grandma.

Lucy finally fell asleep on the hike down. Awwww.

After the hike we headed to the BYU campus. I had to get a few items from the bookstore. We wandered through a bit of the campus and such and then ate lunch at the CougarEat. My dad had joined us by this time.
Just a picture of the kids at some statue on campus. Proof that we were there I guess. (Poor Ben is hardly in any photos. He enjoyed "getting to know" our new camera and delighted in using it. A lot.)

After BYU we went to Cabelas. It's a fun place. But perhaps more fun when you don't have 4 kids with you? Anyways. . . we had a bunch of "Cabela money," via our credit card usage, and so we were able to get 3 sleeping bags. Now we've got a total of 6 pretty good sleeping bags. Sweet.

After that we drove home and the afternoon was spent in more swimming (this time in shifts: me and emmy, then ben and the boys), garage play, and naps for all the kids.

We made the kids take a late nap because that evening, at 8:15, we were going to an outdoor theater production of The Sound of Music (one of my favorites!) So I left Lucy with a stranger at my parent's house (but boy was she a cute darling of a stranger. a 14-year old girl from my parent's ward.) and we headed a few miles to the "theater."
I loved it. I loved watching my kids watching it just as much, too! It was a fun and great production, I thought. The kids really did like it, too. They stayed up for it all - it wasn't over until close to 11pm! Nuts. It got a little cool and so luckily at intermission we all got some hot chocolates to share. We did bring jackets and blankets, too. It was just a fun evening watching a wonderful play.

And so that was our Saturday.