Tuesday, September 23, 2014

While the Cats Away the Mice will Play

After leaving the reunion in Park City we headed down to Salt Lake to leave our kids behind for a full week. 
Glen and I were asked to be Ma and Pas on our stake trek.  
The kids were going to be watched by my two sisters while we went back to prepare and head out on trek.

It was so sweet of my sisters to take the kids and it was even more fun for them to get to hang out with their friends that they don't get to see very often.
I loved getting these pictures sent to my phone from their friends!  Oh how we miss our Utah friends!

Bess went boating one day with Adrie....these girls can be CRAZY!

Carter got lucky and hit up the water park with his buddies!

It was hard for me to leave them behind but it made me so happy to see them totally happy and back at "home."

Park City Utah Family Reunion

The third weekend in June we headed up to Utah for a family reunion with Glen's family.  
Our first stop was Joni and Paul's great new house!  We've been there before but they are always adding and doing something fun and different to it, it's fun to watch!

While the guys were off golfing the kids heard the ice cream truck and it was over!  They were so excited and Aunt Joni let them each pick out whatever they wanted.  The girls were pretty girly and stuck with Hello Kitty!

Not sure who really won but they all came back with grins and funny stories!

Paul and Joni cooked us hamburgers and we started a fire to roast marshmallows while we waited for Joel and Erin to arrive.  (SIDE NOTE: Paul may or may not have almost killed us and burned down his house trying to start that said fire!)

The next morning we woke up bright and early to head up to Park City for more fun!

We all met up at a strip mall right by our hotel/condo for lunch.  Bess and I were SO happy when we saw Zupas, we thought we were going to miss it on this trip! YEAH!!

First stop: POOL!

We spent most of the day swimming in our hotel pool.  We LOVE Newpark Resort.  It's one of our all time favorite places.  We were happy that others agreed on our recommendation! 

We enjoyed a little time on the Alpine Slide!  Here's my company catching the ski lift up to the slide.

Ellie was so excited to go on the Alpine Slide.....until she got up there, then she wanted to back out but she was brave and DID IT!  I even caught this smile before she went down.

Afterwards we hit up our favorite Mexican place for lunch.  We are glad that others were willing to indulge us in the things we miss about living so close to Park City!  Everyone left full and happy!

Back for more pool time!

And relaxation! & good conversation.  Lots and lots of that!

The kids loved this idea of just soaking your feet in the hot tub off the condo.  They would tell stories and laugh and just enjoy each other.  Isn't that what reunions are all about?!

The very last night we all gathered in the hotel common area to play games.  We were able to put the little kids to sleep and feel close enough to listen for them in our rooms with monitors and phones.  It was perfect!  
Games with this large group of people can get funny and crazy!

Maggie was in heaven for 3 full days with these girls.  She loved being with Sophie and Ellie.  They were always together!  It was sad to say goodbye!  She still talks about when she can see them both again. 

We missed not having all the family together, it's hard with us all living all over the place.  We really hold these memories and times dear.  Family just is the best!

Friday, September 05, 2014

Dentist Downers

Carter has the problem of his teeth not wanting to leave the comfort of his mouth!  They like it in there. But he has permanent teeth that need to come down and they are starting to come in all funky cause the baby teeth just won't leave!
Hence a trip to the dentist for his assistance.  
We really tried to do it without the gas as assistance BUT Carter needed it to calm his fears of the shot.  

It was kind of funny to hear him afterwards talk about what the laughing gas made him feel like.  He said he felt like he was at a disco!  I guess whatever works!

Free Fishing Day

Carter can't pass up fishing and when his dad tells him that it's free fishing day in all of Idaho he for sure can't pass it up!

This little pond, in the middle of Meridian,  is stocked with fish so your chances of catching something are a bit higher.  I think we walked away with 2 fish.  I'd call that a success!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Crouch, Idaho

We kicked the summer off with a fun afternoon up in Crouch, Idaho.  It was about a hour drive up through Garden Valley.  
We picked out a little day camp spot with a fire pit so we could roast hot dogs and marshmallows.  
Just on the other side of the road was the best secret!

There was the freezing cold river........

And then right next to it the natural hot springs!

The kids would get cold in the river and then run up this little hill and hop in the hot springs to warm up.

Maggie even made her own little hot pool!

It was such a fun day.  I promised the kids we would go back soon!


We love our bike rides over to visit the neighbors horses.  Shorty happens to be our favorite.  He likes our visits too.  

She learned it from her DAD

Isn't this how we all surf the net?

A First of the Many Last Times

I caught this moment on the last day of school as it occurred to me that this is the last day these 2 will be in elementary school together.  The last day that they will ride the bus home from school and walk together (mostly) home.  

As much as they DO fight I know they really DO love each other and have each others back.  I loved that I could hear about their bus riding experiences together.  That one was there to tell me what was going on with the other on the bus and how it either made them happy or sad for their sibling.  

It's just the beginning of the lasts.....and that scares me!

Friday, August 29, 2014

3rd Grade Party

I volunteered to help with Bess's class party.  They combined with the other 2 classes and made it a big party of A Minute To Win It.  I think they all enjoyed it. 
I ended up arriving a little later and so they didn't really need my help.  BONUS!  I got to walk around with her group and watch her be awesome at each station. 

Bess and her bud Sara!  Love these girls!

The Life of a Cat

Midnight sure does have it hard! 
Cats lead the most mysterious life.  At least ours does.  
He will be gone sometimes for almost 48 hours. Then come home and eat and sleep and sleep and sleep some more. 
We aren't quite sure what he does when he's gone for all those hours but it sure must be exhausting!

5th Grade Graduation

Carter had is big 5th grade graduation and music concert about a week before school was out.  
Their theme was the 50's. They all dressed up and sang all songs that were around in the 50's.  It was fun to listen to the music!  They did an awesome job!

After the music program they had all 3 5th grade teachers give each kid an award.  Each teacher had something to say about each and every kid.  

We REALLY love Mrs. Bunn!  You can just feel her love for these kids too.  She teaches because she truly enjoys it and the kids feel that!  We really are going to miss her but only hope that Bess will have the opportunity to get her also!

Carter was awarded the Presidential Outstanding Academic Excellence Award.  We couldn't be more proud of him!  

Sadly, now we are on to middle school.  BLAH!!!
How lucky for us though, we have an IN with the middle school.  Grandma Berger use to teach 6th grade there.  
She was SOOO thoughtful and took a rode trip down just to visit and walk through the school with Carter.  He really was looking forward to her do this and it really put his mind at ease!

It was a fun time to have Grandma Berger come.  She brought Aunt Rae and anytime those two are together you always know a good time will be had!
She treated the kids to an end of school dinner at Texas Roadhouse!  
We sure do love her lots!

Summers a Comin'

Bess made her summer bucket list at school.  It was pretty fun to read what exciting things she had on her agenda!

She's been begging me to take sewing classes.  I really need to either send her to Grandma's for a quick week summer crash course or find someone that teaches sewing classes. 

And the visit Hawaii with her family....well that would be fun!

My picky little eater!  At least she's willing to give some new things a chance.