"If you know someone who has lost a child or anybody who's important to them, and you're afraid to mention them because you think you might make them sad by reminding them that they died, they didn't forget they died. You're not reminding them. What you're reminding them of is that you remembered that they lived, and that's a great, great gift" - Elizabeth Edwards

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Archive for July, 2016

Meeting up with friends.

I was so happy when one of my favorite friends from Washington messaged me on Facebook and told me that they were going to Utah to see family and she wondered if we could meet up. We decided to go to the Discovery park in Pleasant Grove. We went early in the morning before it got too hot. The kids had a ton of fun seeing their friends again. Savannah and Rylee followed each other around and played really well. It was so nice to see Melanie and Troy. One of the hardest things about moving to Utah was leaving all our friends in WA. Melanie and Troy moved into the same neighborhood as us not very long after we bought our house in WA. Melanie has been a great friend ever since. I love how even though we had not seen each other for like 9 months it was so easy to just talk and catch up and share what has been going on in our lives. I love how I can talk about not just on the surface “happy” stuff with her, but we can easily go into more deep conversations too. I love how we can support each other and be real about life and all its ups and downs. With her I don’t feel worried she will judge me so I don’t feel like I have to hide anything or hold back. I love friends like this. I miss friends like this. I hope some day I will find awesome friends here like the ones I had in WA.

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Foam day!

When we heard that they were going to have a foam day in Lehi to celebrate Pioneer day, we decided to go. We didn’t really know what to expect but it was awesome. The Lehi fire deparment was there and were spraying foam all over the place. They had the field divided in sections by age and it was a good idea because over where the teenagers were, the foam was so deep that a little kid would have disappeared in it. The kids loved it, especially Jordan. The fire department also had a place where they were spraying water so that everyone could wash the foam off. They also had lots of bouncy houses and a stage where they played music. The kids also got some balloon animals. It was super hot while we were there and we were all really tired when we got home, but so glad we went!

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Savannah’s dance recital

Savannah had her second dance recital this evening. At first, I wasn’t going to sign her up for this past summer session but changed my mind after she kept asking when she was going to dance again. She really loves it. She has had an awesome teacher. A lot of family came and watched her and she was so happy!

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Nicci loves to make bracelets for people.

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We found a fun park in Pleasant grove that we like. It’s called Discovery park and reminds me of two parks back in WA.

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The kids love this swing!

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We went to Blackridge reservoir in Herriman last week. It had lots of sand for the kids to play in and also a big playground close by. We will definitely come back here some other time.

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Relaxing on the beach haha.

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Funny Nicci loves oranges.

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We also spent an afternoon at Scera water park.

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Last weekend we tried the Wayne Bartholomew park and beach in Springville. They had a high school reunion there so the beach was very crowded but we had a good time.

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Savannah had her dress rehearsal for her upcoming dance recital. She loves to dance.

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One night Virginia asked me if I wanted to come to a concert at a nearby park. She has to go to three different concerts for a music class and I was happy to come! The park was so close to my house that I just took my bike. It was awesome.

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I love this guy sooooooo much!

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Last baseball game for the kids.

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Happy Savannah!

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My boy!

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The past three weeks the three older kids have attended a fun sport/summer camp at the rec center. It was Mon-Thurs from 10 to 2. They had a great time and got to know a lot of new friends. Today was their last day and they had a barbecue and water fight. My sweet Nicci has always been very sensitive to good byes, and started to cry in the car on the way home because she was going to miss her new friends.

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Savannah fell off a big exercise ball we found at the DI and got hurt.

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Playing outside at night.

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Savannah and her friend Mackenzie always dress up in princess dresses. They have fun together!

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Fights, fights….some days (especially if the kids were up late the night before or had too much sugar) we have a lot of fights between the kids and sometimes I get so tired, haha. This afternoon Tyler wanted Savannah’s Rapunzel doll and Savannah was so mad. I love how she is holding Eric’s camping lantern that she must have taken from the garage without me noticing.

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House!

A lot of things are happening now. They put in the floors, they are getting ready to paint the walls, put up trim and doors to every room.

They are working on the outside.

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This was last week. They had been sanding and everything was sooo dusty. Tyler looked like a white ghost when we left, haha.

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I always get so stressed out when the kids go upstairs because I worry they will trip and fall. Aaaaaaaaaa!!

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These pics are taken from this morning. They are covering the floor with paper so that they can paint.

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Yay! Now I don’t have to worry that the kids will fall down anymore.

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Next time we will go to the house will be on Sunday. I will have more updates then.

House…

They are getting ready to do the outside of the house. Our house is going to be beige and white.

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Last time we went to the house there were workers there so we just took two quick pics and left. This was last Saturday. They were doing texturing on the walls and ceilings.

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Nicci dressed up as Mario one day.

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I got a bike!! It’s been so fun to ride it. We also got a bike trailer that I can have Savannah and Tyler in, so now our whole family can go on bike rides together. Online it said that the bike was going to be light purple but I think it looks more like blue which is fine.

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I love to snuggle with Tyler after he wakes up from a nap.

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We have been outside swimming a lot!! We went to a pond in Highland one day and then to another one in Pleasant Grove. The kids loved to play with their inflatable toys.

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The American Fork rec center had a free swim day one day and so we went. I love Tyler’s hair haha.

 

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One day we went to the Seven peaks water park and all of a sudden a butterfly landed on me!

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We celebrated Narcisse’s 23rd birthday. My mom made delicious Taco pies and a super yummy birthday cake.

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Kids playing at the park.

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Free slurpee’s from Seven Eleven on 7/11.

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Nicci had her last softball game and then a pool party with her team. She has had such a great season. She got this cute trophy.

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10 years!!

 

4th of July!

We had a fun 4th of July! In the morning we went to the parade in Provo. The kids loved to see Nemo!

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After we got back from the parade Eric put some face paint on the kids. They looked awesome!

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In the afternoon we stopped by a festival close to our house. It was called “Colonial festival.” It was interesting to walk around and look at all the different booths they had.

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At night we had a barbecue with family. It was so fun to have everyone over and we ate a lot of yummy food.

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Eric painted LeAnne’s face. 🙂

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So cute!

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My mom looked so cute in this hat!

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Group pic!

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Scout is getting so big!

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When it started to get dark we did some sparklers!

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It was a great day!

House…

They are going to start to do the outside of the house soon. I cant wait to see what the colors will look like. Inside they have put up dry wall. 🙂

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Part of  kitchen and dining room end of last week.

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Part of kitchen and dining room today.

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