Monday, October 1, 2012

The last of summer, Sept & Aug

We got a little pool this summer and had a lot of fun in it!

Monkey see monkey do

Every year the city has a picnic for all their employees and opens up the fun land & mini golf for  free.
We always look forward to this day because we always have a lot of fun

They were a little serious riding the Farris wheel by themselves
Lily did really well on the Farris wheel, she closed her eyes on the way down a few times when she thought it was too scary.
One night we went to the park for a picnic dinner with Brad's parents. We had to bring the evening to a quick end when Lily got an upset tummy. We ran out of clean pants/panties and Diane suggested making a pair of pants out of this grocery sack until we got home. It is funny now, but it wasn't funny at all in the moment.
Every year our city has what's called the Snake River Roaring Youth Jam, sponsored by the arts council. They usually set up free crafts for kids all along the river. We go every year, make lots of stuff and have a lot of fun. This year because of the construction they found a place to have it indoors. We still had fun but are looking forward to next year when it is outside again. Eddie was on the news that night making this masquerade mask
This is Lily's mask, she LOVED the pretty feathers
Ethan loves crafts and actually made about 2 of everything they had available. He would have been happy to stay all day but as it was we went over our 2 hr parking time and got a ticket because I couldn't pull him away!
My friend Julie (left) had a connection to get a great deal on tickets to see Wicked in Salt Lake. Brad watched the kids all day so I could go.  We left in the morning, had a packed lunch at temple square and then went to the show. Julie had seen the show before but it was my and Erika's (right) first time. It was amazing!!! The singing, acting, costumes and story were all so awesome! After the show we headed home stopping in Brigham City for some Chinese. It was such a wonderful day with my friends and so nice to take a break and get away for awhile. I am so blessed to have great friends and a hubby who is willing to take care of things when I need him to
My little sister Bethany and her family were passing through ID on their way home to TN and the kids and I were able to meet them and my other sister Jeni from WA in Boise. We stayed at a hotel with a pool (which is where my kids spent most of their time) and we also went to the zoo. It was so good to see them and their cute kids. Below is Eveline, Shyla, Eddie, Lily & Ethan. We love our cousins, and wish all of our cousins could have been there that summer!

We tried to get a pic of all of the kids standing by a different penguin but they were too busy running everywhere. I think they were done and had had enough of the group photo ideas.

Evi & Lil riding a Komodo dragon
All our cute little chick-lets
In this pic it is kind of hard to tell but I took Evi & Ethan into the butterfly house, there were butterflies everywhere! They were so beautiful. Ethan wanted me to take a pic of everyone, I didn't think I was going to get him out of there
Eddie sliding down the giraffe neck, wheee!
I was so glad there was a pool at the hotel, it helped burn off so much energy, thank goodness!
When Lil eats breakfast she usually wears a headband to keep her hair out of her food until I get it fixed. On this day she wanted to put it on her self. Silly girl she is always making us laugh.
Every year in Payson, UT where Brad's grandparents live there is a big labor day celebration. We love to go for a visit this weekend because there are usually so many fun things to do. Brad's grandparents live right across the street from the park they have the carnival set up in. The kids always have so much fun riding the rides.

Lil really wanted to ride the lady bugs. After it started and the ladybugs went up she was a little nervous, but by the end she was smiling and waving.
While in UT we spent some time at temple square. It has been 9 1/2 yrs since Brad and I were married in Salt Lake. Boy how life has changed since then!
We had never taken our kids to temple square before and it was nice to walk around and see the beautiful buildings and go to the visitor center and see the Christus and the beautiful paintings.
During our visit Grandma Della was in the process of waiting for a surgery to help her be able to hear again. The best way to communicate with her is by writing her a message on the dry erase board. Lily thought this was fantastic and didn't want to share the marker with anyone.
Brad's cousin's little boy was having his 1st b-day bash that weekend. There was a carnival set up in the gym of the church, a bouncy house, lots of games and treats
After they were full of sugar I rounded them up for a few fun photos

It was a really fun night. It was so nice to let them run all over and that that was ok. I think we all needed that. I was glad there was no water in the ducky pond.
Ethan ready for 2nd grade, wait what about shoes!
The boys were watching a funny video on the computer and Lily wanted to see too so I let her stand on a chair behind them. She really does love those boys.
Lily has been doing a new funny thing where she decides she wants to wear a dress over her clothes. I usually hear her screaming from her room because she is stuck, like the picture below or she will just come down stairs wearing one upside down, backwards, inside out.
I canned 14 quarts of pickles from our garden this yr. I had never canned pickles but they turned out fine and I was glad to have the mound of cucumbers off my counter!
This year we had the most successful garden we have ever had! We grew potatoes, cabbage and onions for the first time. Lots of cucumbers, zucchini  green beans, tomatoes, peas, carrots and more lettuce than we were able to eat. We have lots of cantaloupe but it seems to get bad before it gets ripe, I don't think it grows well here. We also got strawberries and rhubarb.  I'm hoping next year our blackberries and raspberries will be big enough to produce something too. It was really awesome to have so much fresh produce.
Silly Lily stuck in another dress. She made it down stairs like this in a panic to ask me for help. She stops panicking and smiles when I tell her she looks silly and I want to take a picture and show her.
Lily loves popsicles more than any other food right now. Since our freezer is on the bottom she likes to pull it open and get one out all by herself. The first few times she did this I was really surprised to see her wandering around eating something I hadn't given her. She is our independent girl.