Friday, July 29, 2011

{Great Grandpa Dalley}

Such a treat that we got to introduce Miles to his Great Grandpa Dalley.  This is my Grandpa, my dad's father.  He still lives in SLC so we get to visit with him at least once a year.  As he nears his 96th birthday (next week!), we really treasure the opportunity to visit with him.  He hasn't been doing so well the last 6 months.  His normally tack sharp memory is failing him.  And more recently his short term memory is going.  He'll tell you the same thing 5 times in 15 minute period.  But, he's still there.  Still happy for a hug or a picture.  Happy to have visitors.  Always tells me I am a "lovely lady" and that he wished he could see me more.  He has 20 grandchildren and gosh, I am not sure, but somewhere around 70 great grand-children.  A tremendous posterity filled to the brim with wonderful people doing the best they can to lead good lives and rear good families. 

We gathered at a park with my grandpa, my Dad's sister, and some of my cousins and their kids. My kids made instant friends. And the older ones just followed Ry around ...he loved the attention!

 My little sunburned baby :(

Love my grandpa.  The little glimpse of his life I got to see makes getting old sad.  He has had so many happy years, but this last one has been hard.  This face shows years of work, service, trials, happiness, and love for others.

I can't help but imagine how he was in his youth.  Look how handsome he was with my beautiful grandmother. 

I hope these visits are helping my own kids understand the importance of respecting their heritage, the lives that came before them, and the literal pathway leading to their own life.  It's a big deal.  And I realize how unique it is for my kids to actually know most of their great-grandparents. Only my paternal grandmother has passed away.  They are lucky for sure to know so many of them!  Great Grandpa and Grandma Snow coming soon!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

{Summer Vacation}

I am still decompressing after 16 days of vacation.   We soaked up every minute with family and friends.  Why sleep when you are on vacation to play??!  And now we are all exhausted!  I desperately needed the naps I took the last 2 days during our afternoon quiet time.

And then there is the long list of post-vacation items to catch-up on. So far I have tackled the mail, my desk, bills, the grocery store, and my flower pots.  I am still working my way through laundry, housework, and one more suitcase to unpack.  Carson is gone all day for cub-scout camp, so it is relatively quiet around here.  It's been nice to ease back into real life.  Still can't believe that school starts in a little over a month. 

I don't even know how to sort through the zillions of pictures I took.  I am breaking it up into some smaller sections...

I love Utah summers. I miss them. Desperately.  Seattle, your mild temperatures just don't make up for warm summer nights and hot summer afternoons.  I was glad we spent 2 weeks there so my kids could actually swim or play outside in the sun more than 2 days in a row. 

We had to take in the Davis County pool one day.  We lounged all afternoon in the sun.

 Good thing we completed swim lessons the week before. The kids have turned into fish in the water! 
 Carson is so great with Rylan.  He was big enough this year to take him around the small lazy river...(saving me from the chaos of kids in there).   It is hard to be sans Dad sometimes (he joined us a week later), and Carson really helps out with the little boys.  But I still I had to take Addy and Ry down the big slide because they weren't tall enough.  Go me.  I did it 6 times.

We brought in In-N-Out for lunch.  Yum!  No kids meals there...and Ry loved his big burger!
 Love Miles in his cute swimsuit! This little guy was in the shade the entire time we were at the pool (about 5 hours).  I mean every second.  I was shocked when we got home and his little nose and cheeks were sunburned. Hello?  Worst. Mom. Ever.  I didn't put sunscreen on him because he literally was not in the sun. at. all.  Must have been the reflection off the water or something. He wasn't burned anywhere else and it faded after 2 days. Poor guy though.  I had him lubed up with 50 SPF anytime we were out after that!

Friday, July 08, 2011

{Summer Summer}

After waiting forever for school to get out and then for the weather to finally warm up...summer is here!  We are loving it! I actually got around to some summer clothes shopping this week.  Although it was disappointing that all the 'back to school' sales are in full swing (What??!)...I did manage to score major summer clearance items. 

The kids and I are enjoying the slower pace and lack of schedule.  We spend a ton of time outside in the yard....doing yard work and playing too. We've had a few activities going on.

The older kids just finished up a 2 week round of swim lessons.
Unfortunately with Ry and the baby I couldn't take pictures pool-side...this is from across the room and these are the best shots I got.  The kids did great.

We had our first little party at our home. It was a beautiful evening to have a few friends over.  I took pictures of our treats, and left my camera on the counter the rest of the night without taking a single photo!  I'm a total picture snob (as if you didn't already know) I was so disappointed!

We had a very relaxing 4th of July.
Flag waffles for breakfast.

A little slip and slide in the afternoon (actually the kids get this out almost every sunny afternoon).

Out to lunch as a family, shopping for fireworks, bbq for dinner, and an amazing firework show from our own front and back yard!  Wow...we have some neighbors who love themselves some fireworks!! No need to go anywhere!

 Carson was the designated firework lighter again.  He did a great (and safe) job.

The kids have been to a couple pick-up track meets with the local parks and rec. 

This was the winning long jump in her age group!

Carson placed 3rd in the 100m.

And Ry ran in his first 50m race.  He was in the 6 and under division, and the youngest runner by about a year or so!  Is this not the cutest picture you have ever seen? He just makes me smile!!  He was SO excited and stayed in his lane the entire way with this huge smile on his face. That's Trev cheering him on from the start line.  Hard to believe this happy kid drives me crazy sometimes...with that face, how could he really be any trouble?
They competed in the softball throw, long jumps, 100m, and 50m.  Carson also tried out the high jump.  Trev is in heaven watching these kids on the track.


We've enjoyed plenty of late nights watching movies and tv (my kids love Cake Boss and 19 Kids and Counting right now), ice cream runs, and playing in the yard.  Here they are in a sled (in their PJs). Carson was giving rides around the grass before bed time. 

We love our new's a ton of work, but we spend so much time out there!  It sure is a blessing (especially the fenced in portion where I don't need to worry much about Ry!) The kids have plenty of room to explore and play, catch and sell tadpoles out of the pond (yes, really. They are 14 cents each in case you are wondering), find bugs, collect rocks, and just be kids on their own without mom nearby.  I only have to regulate some of the time!

I am trying to make sure they get some reading time in each day and other 'homework' assigned by mom. Not to mention their 'summer job' chart which works about 25% of the time, but we're trying. I try not to be too scheduled, after all, it is summer break for all of us, right?

Ok, officially all caught up on blogging so we can leave on some fun vacations over the next month! So excited to get away.  Wish me luck with 4 kids by myself on the airplane.  Yah, I'm really doing that. 

Thursday, July 07, 2011

{2 months old already}

Seriously?  2 months? 
It just goes by so quickly. 

How sweet is this face?  We can't help but smother it with kisses!

All 4 of my kids have worn this baby gown.  It is Baby Gap and has held up so well through the infant stage of all 4 kiddos.  I love that it is simple, white, and so sweet for a newborn.  I love baby gowns!!  I am so sad he is growing out it already!

Because he kicks around so much...

 And the gown ends up around his tummy in about 2 minutes.

Cutest darn feet and leggies though. 

Stats for the record:
Weight 12 pounds 3.5 ounces - 50%
Length 23.25 inches - 50%
Head 15.25 inches - 20%

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

{Mossyrock Camp}

Camping trip #2 of the summer took us to Mossyrock, WA.  Another close-by campground with great amenities.  We were solo this trip and the pace was slow and relaxed.  We had a relaxing time just being together as a family.  Miles and Ry are so unpredictable, so it is nice to be flexible and just go with the flow in whatever their behavior brings. 

The loop we were in was in the middle of a grassy area.  Not great for that 'great outdoors' feel but perfect for playing.  There was a playground just one site over, so we could see the kids from the trailer and it was much easier keeping track of everyone. 

Tons of room for bocci ball.

My boys doing the dishes.

We played down at the 'beach' for a few hours.  Not a huge fan of this beach (aka mud pit)...but the kids thought it was great!

Trying to keep the baby out of the sun.  And the rest of us so happy to actually BE in the sun. Fantastic camping weather again!

Gorgeous surroundings.

Carson learned how to throw a pretty good spiral!  Many years of playing catch ahead for these two.

I have taught my kids well on mastering the perfect smore. (Don't worry, no one got burned!)

Not pictured was Trev, Addy, and Carson on their fishing outing.  They "almost" caught 2 fish.  Late night movies with all 6 of us cuddled up on our bed in the trailer. And me finishing up Rylan's (yes, Ry's) baby book. I am determined to get his up to date before starting Miles' book.

We left around 11 on Sunday and had the trailer unloaded and parked in storage by 3pm.  With enough time to enjoy dinner on the deck on Sunday evening.  Ah, summer. We love you. 

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