Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Have you ever seen that Office Depot commercial where the mom is skipping down the aisles throwing school supplies into the shopping cart singing "It's the most wonderful time of the year!"? Well that's how I feel! :)  School started!!!!

Not that I don't love my kids.....I do.  But don't they say absence makes the heart grow fonder?  Plus I haven't had a break from all of my kids for almost 9 years!  Now that they are all in school, I have 2 mornings a week all to myself for the next 2 months!  I am going to enjoy it!

Hannah started 3rd grade. She also shares my sentiment about it being a wonderful thing! She loves school! Her teacher Mrs. Hilton seems really nice. Hannah is excited to learn cursive and multiplication this year! She is also excited to have some fun friends in her class again this year!

Nick started 1st grade!  He is getting so tall and grown up!  We were thrilled that he got Mrs. Erickson (Hannah's 1st grade teacher) and I know he is going to learn so much this year!

(I'm keeping my fingers crossed that these 2 stay in touch, she is such a cute girl!)

Happy Back to School!

Monday, August 20, 2012

East Canyon & Jack's 1st day of preschool!

So we snuck one last little va-cay in before summer is officially over. We spent a long weekend up at grandma's condo in East Canyon. We love this place! It's like stepping back in time. The kids get to sleep in bunk beds and there is soooo much to do. We played at the park, mini-golfed, swam, played tennis, shuffleboard, ping pong, air hockey, rode our bikes, played at the lake and in the river and bought lots of treats from the little country store. Here are some highlights of our trip...

Jack also had his first day of preschool!  I can't believe we made it this far! He loved it and was all smiles when I picked him up!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The past 3 months...(in a nutshell)!

I've been such a blog slacker lately! Partly because I recently got a new camera and didn't know how to upload my photos to the computer.  Well I just figured it out and uploaded 577 pictures and needless to say I am a little overwhelmed! :)  But here goes.....the last 3 months....in a nutshell!  Then I vow not to get behind again!

Jack turned 3 at the end of May!  He celebrated his big day by having a party with family and friends at Gymboree!
 His favorite part is easily the parachute!
 Happy 3rd big guy!
Our family hiked up to Timpanogus Cave.  It was very cool!
 Hannah had her Spring recital for cheer!  She did an amazing job!
 I celebrated my 34th birthday!  Hannah bought me a necklace with her own money! What a sweetheart!
 Many days were spent chilling at home.  Playing in the backyard or with neighbors.
 Of course there's nothing wrong with just chilling with your siblings too!

We bought a pass of all passes this summer and the kids have loved going to Tracy Aviary!  Hannah and Nick both got picked for the bird show and got to hold and feed some very cute birds!

 Jack loved terrorizing the ducks!

We went on vacation to Island Park, Idaho.  The kids and I went to Yellowstone for the first time!  The Griffy's joined us for the day!  It was awesome!

 Of course the hot tub at the cabin was a hit too!
 Jack also potty trained this summer!  What a big boy! Watch out preschool, here he comes!
We went to visit the Banks in Huntsville and played at Pineview Reservoir!
 Hannah and I took a little girls trip to St. George with our friends Veeen and Sara and saw Aladdin at the Tuacahn!
 We had swimming lessons!  Hannah wants to do swim team next year!
 She's a great swimmer (just like her Dad) and learned to dive off the platform!
 Nick is also a little fish and gave up his life jacket this summer!
 Tricky! A knee dive!
 They don't offer lessons until you are 4 so Jack was a good sport and played in the kiddie pool!

We celebrated the 4th of July by doing fireworks in our driveway and then watching the fireworks in Sandy from the back of the van!
 We celebrated the 24th by going to a Bee's game and watching the fireworks there! We were so close, ash was falling on our heads!
 Nick turned 6!  We rented a big inflatable water slide and snow cone machine for the party and then it rained!  (The only day it rained in July!) He was a good sport though and we did the party at home instead. 
 Later that evening the sun did come out and we had a BBQ with the whole family in Grandma's backyard!
 We hiked to donut falls!  There were no donuts at the top! :)
We helped Papa a little in his garden.  Nick is growing his very own pumpkin!
 We bought a family pass to Hogle Zoo and rode the train and carousel!

 We went to the cabin with the whole family!  Nick caught his first fish!
 Hannah was joined at the hip with all her girl cousins!
 Jack was a stinker, as usual! :)
And probably one of my favorite pics of the summer... Nick played in the river in his undies! And was proud of it! :)

Keith turned 37! What an old man!
Oh my goodness!  We have 2 1/2 weeks left!  What else do you think we can pack in?  Hopefully more blogging!  Happy summer everyone!