Monday, July 29, 2013

My moms elementary school

My mom went to elementary school in Queen Creek and they have turned it into a little museum so it was fun one day to go and see it with her and some of the other cousins.
She remembers drinking from this drinking fountain.
My moms class pictures hung on the wall, she is the only girl on the second row.

I decided I wanted all the furniture from this place for our homeschool room.

They all loved playing school.

This is a picture of my moms family that they had up in the museum.

Monday, July 8, 2013

4th of July

Russ worked the 4th of July so me and the kids went to my parents during the day and swam and had yummy BBQ then we went over to Rex and Shaleigh's to spend time with Russ' family. And of course Russ spent most of his time with Face Juggler. 
 Russ and his dad
 Russ and his brother Rex
 Russ and his mom
 and my favorite, Rex and Shaliegh. 
Some of us watched NY's fireworks on TV which was the way to go for me then we went outside and did some fire works.

Grandma even got into it. And right after this Joseph threw up. So that ended the night for us.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Utah trip

On June 26th our family plus Connie and my mom headed up to Utah. I have to remember to always have them join us on road trips. They helped out so much with the kids. Especially when our car sorta wigged out in Beaver Utah and we had to take it in somewhere to get it checked out. We hung around outside in a grassy area and Connie wrestled with the kids because she knew they needed to get rid of some energy and that I was not up to it. 

 This is also when I was really grateful for the power of prayer. The guy at the car place said it could be the cars computer that effects everything major in the car and we would need to have it towed and back track over an hour. By this time Russ had driven it around town and it was working fine with no problems so we prayed about it and decided we should just go on. The car worked fine and has not needed a thing since. 
We dropped my mom off in Orem to stay with her brother Berry and Connie stayed with us at Russ' brother Erik's house. We love it there. I decided while I was there that Sue lives a really lovely life and not by accident but by her choices and hard work. I hope I am more like her some day. It was also great to be able to pick her brain about home school since she has done it quite successfully for many years. 
 Look at her beautiful roses. She was trimming them and shared them with the kids. They loved them.

 Going over to visit her neighbor. 

 That night Russ and I got to go to the Salt Lake temple for the first time and it was really neat. I loved being there. 
 The next day I took the kids to Sugar House park. At least I think that is what it is called. Russ was taking a continuing education coarse so we had to find ways to entertain ourselves. This place has a little creek running through it and we waded down the whole thing. 

 Definitely not something we get to do often in the valley of AZ so we enjoyed it a lot.
 Then Russ got off early one day from the conference so we headed up to park city to ride the alpine slide.
 Gracie was really not sure about the lift when it started going.
 But she warmed up to it. I never did though. It was beautiful but it would periodically stop and every time it did I would have a slight panic attack.

 heading to the slide

 It was usually hard to get them to nap. Everything was too fun but I knew they were so tired so I made them lay down and read a book with me and it wasn't long before they were out.
 Sunday was our nephew Kent's farewell talk and we were so glad we got to be there for it. He did a wonderful job and we know he will be an excellent missionary.
After church we hung around for the pancake lunch and then we were off to Idaho to meet up with Connie and my Mom at my aunt and uncles house.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

June Randoms

I got this print as a gift in the mail from the Lovely Lindsay from the blog run lucas run. I only know her through instagram and blogging so I was very touched that she thought of me when she saw this. It is perfect and is hung in our dinning room where we do home school.

Joseph went through a phase of always taking off his clothes and diaper. Luckily it was just a phase and has now passed.
William at scouts. Obviously he loves it.
One morning Joseph asked me to hold him a few times so I thought he might not be feeling well but my suspicions were confirmed when I walked through the laundry room and saw him laying on the rug wrapped in a blanket. 
Some other people in my family had strep throat so I wanted to take him in but it was Saturday (of course, they always get sick on the weekend) so off to urgent care we went. Turns out it wasn't strep and he was better that night so I was pretty bugged that I hurried and took him in for no reason.
Getting some Tigers Blood at the local Water n'ice
In school we were learning about the heart and William loved it. He loved it so much he built a heart out of legos.
And here is his incredible drawing of the heart.
Gracie loves to jump and cling to Russ and then say, "Koala Best!" We have no idea where she got that but it sure makes us laugh.
Holding and "petting" Scout. We can not get enough of her.
A bunch of goofball cousins at Grandmas
Swimming with Dad is so fun.
Siblings and cousins.
This boy had a rough night.


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