Wednesday, August 7, 2013


We started off July with a Fourth celebration and a couple birthdays at Ryan and Rebecca’s house…106107an attempt at a family shot.
(please excuse my grainy pictures…my camera was having a rough night)
We did sparklers…114119Ty is still pretty leery of them.121Ace, on the other hand, thoroughly enjoys all things fire.124Ellie was just shocked and amazed.
The next night we headed to our spot on the mountain to watch the big fireworks…130136Then we had Carson’s Birthday party.258All the kids loved playing in this toy boat, especially Ellie, she played in there the whole time. 260
We took the family to Peter Pan.  It was fantastic!002
Then we celebrated Pioneer Day with some neighbors and more fireworks.  My kids were much more excited about all of this than they seem in this picture though.006
And last, but not least, even though we now have to work on getting rid of more weeds, we have all been thoroughly enjoying our lovely grass

That’s it!  I am officially all caught up! Woot!
--patting myself on the back--

Thursday, August 1, 2013


June was the start of Easton’s soccer.  Oh how he loves soccer.  In fact there’s not much else he talks about.  He loves it.  I keep asking him if he wants to try another sport, and he says, “All I want to do is play soccer forever.”  Okay then, soccer it
At Easton’s games, when I am taking pictures, I can’t really see the pictures I am taking because of the sunlight…but once I looked through them at home, I found that Easton does a whole lot of face-making…
The faces of a soccer player…023024025026
And my personal favorite…022And all of the family enjoys watching from the sidelines…014015088017045Easton had a great season, and still says he only wants to play soccer.

The boys also started swimming lessons... there's nothing like little kids in goggles.114120250They both had a blast and did really well.  Easton can swim the entire length of the pool.  Easton’s favorite thing was learning to flip underwater and jumping on the diving board.  Ty, even though he slightly resembles a jellyfish, can swim about half the length of the pool.  His favorite thing was “ducking in the deep” (diving for diving sticks).

We had some of our cousins over for a big sleepover. 
And everyday, we were out in the yard weeding, grading, raking…EVERYDAY.  And then at the end of the month, for my birthday, in the timespan of 2 hours (thanks to INCREDIBLE family and neighbors) the yard went from046this050to this052to this054TO THIS!!!!
Amazing! BEST DAY EVER!! Hooray! WooHoo! Hallelujah!
(I am pretty happy)
Side note: That area of dirt will someday be a deck.  And I am looking forward to getting some trees...But for now I will stay grateful for the grass…
A pretty great end to the month if I do say so myself.