Monday, July 28, 2008

Memory Tag

I got this from the Watson's blog and thought it might be fun:

his is a fun tag. Anyone who wants to do it is welcome and it would be fun to both read your comments and comment on your blog or by e-mail. Have fun!!
Here are the rules.
1. As a comment on my blog, leave a memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you know me a little or a lot, anything you remember! If we're only blogging friends, write about a post that is most memorable. If you don't have a blog and don't know how to sign in, please comment as anonymous.
2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll be sure to write one about you... either on your blog, in my comment box, or I will email you back!
3. If you can't say something nice, don't say nothin' at all.
☺Okay, let's see what you've got!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Organizing again!

I've been continuing my organizing kick this week. I've had the boys do some type of organizing each day. One day Brady and Jordan were reorganizing the cupboard that has the kids dishes and the tupperware type containers. They stacked all the kids cups up and called me to come take a picture for the blog! We also went through all the school papers (there were mounds of them) and pulled out the few special pieces we wanted to save. I found these bins at Target last night for $5.88 so I got one for each of them including Tucker and Eden and told them that this has to hold all that we will ever save so if they get too much, they will have to sort it. I figure that once or twice a year we will clean out their school piles and figure out what to put in there. Eden didn't really have anything yet so she tried to claim some of Brady's pictures but luckily we were able to substitute it with something else and she didn't care as long as she had something for her box



These pictures also highlight Tucker's new skills. He started crawling right after he turned 6 months a few weeks ago and is starting to pull himself up. I really do feel like I missed out on the happy sit and play stage and he seems much too little to me, to be moving around so much!!



Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sunday morning

This was Tucker's first bath in the sink because we usually just take him in the shower with us on Sunday mornings. He loved it!


I had fun with Eden's hair this morning. All but the first picture were taken after church so it's a little bit messier but I think it is still decent enough to see what it looked like. Eden was even excited to show people at church.

Slowing down

This last week was the first week that I felt like we got to slow down for the summer. We really didn't have a lot in particular going on and it was sort of nice and if you know me at all, I like to be busy, but I actually enjoyed the little break. We spent each day on some type of organizing project, one day we went through all the clothes to see how we are doing for school clothes, another day we cleaned out the downstairs "catch-all" closet, so we did keep busy at home. One night we made it to the park for a friend's birthday party and we got in a game of bocce ball, it was nice to be able to get our set out and it was our first time playing on an actual course or whatever you call it. We had our stake Pioneer day activity on Saturday and Eden rode the horse. I was impressed that she rode it all by herself. She looked a little bit scared but later, she asked to do it again. Most of the time Eden is braver than any of her brothers ever were, I wonder if she will always be like that?!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

the Jet Ski

The Lake


Monday, July 14, 2008

Fishing



Food time

At the campsite








Sunday, July 13, 2008

Shaver Lake

Last week we went camping with two other families that are close friends at Shaver Lake. We had such a great time, I've been bugging Sam to go camping for years so I was so happy to finally go, plus it was great to have such great friends to go with and our kids all got a long so well. We went for 4 days, 3 nights so we each took on one breakfast and one dinner. Sam is never one to go simple so he made a great chicken stew type thing in the dutch oven on our night and then eggs and bacon and sausage and monkey bread for our breakfast. He also made a yummy dutch oven peach cobbler one night and really everyone made great food. We spent two days at the lake, one day with a boat and both days with a jet ski. I tried tubing for the first time and it was pretty fun but I wouldn't let them go really fast or do any turns so I probably didn't get the full experience. Sam and the boys all did some fishing. No one caught anything, but the boys really got into casting and can't wait to go again sometime. The three little girls had the best time, I think, they had their friends there all the time, could get as dirty as they wanted, played all day and had fun foods. They were the only ones that weren't ready to go home on the last day. One time Eden and S- got into S-'s parents baby powder and got it all over themselves and the tent. All the kids had fun together, even when they had to do the dishes in a tub after every meal but they worked out their own little system. They also had fun with the "mountain" or large rocks at the back of our campsite and the little cave we had too and of course they loved the lake. They played all day in the water. We had a way too much food so we had constant snacks even at the lake, but nobody thought to bring a knife down to the lake so April had to improvise by using Tucker's toy car keys. Anyway, I have a ton of pictures and of course I like to post most of them so I'll just do that in the coming posts, but not tonight, my computer is having problems with the pictures right now but you can see more on April Bean's blog listed in my previous post and in the side column and I'll get some up here soon.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Swimming lessons

I can't forget to mention that Jordan and Kolby finished up a session of swimming lessons and Eden spent most of her time playing with L-. Brady didn't have lessons because he had cub scout day camp the first week. He loved it, he and his friend chattered nonstop on the way home about all the fun things they did and he especially liked the BB guns and archery. Now Jordan can't wait for next year when he can go too!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

First Food

We haven't started feeding Tucker baby food or anything yet, but today I was eating a nectarine and he seemed to be eyeing it so I let him suck on it and he could hardly contain himself, so I called Sam who happened to be at the grocery store and asked him to pick up some Zwieback toast so this is Tucker's picture of his first food! He loved it and of course made a huge mess!

Fireworks






Of course we had fun the whole weekend with Sam's family. We actually went to visit and swim with a bunch of Sam's relatives the next day but for Friday night we went over to the high school for a nice, relaxing, family friendly evening. We sat out on the grass and ate and they had music playing and we just hung out until it got dark and then they had a pretty good fireworks display. A few other families from the ward joined us as the evening went on and it was fun to hang out with everyone and all the kids had a great time playing ball and frisbee and running around.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The 4th of July Parade and Picnic.




Once again, I didn't get a lot of pictures but you can go to April's blog to access more pictures but I was too busy in the morning to take many pictures. It was nice that Sam's parents were able to come down and take care of the kids while we helped with the parade. Our friend was in charge of the parade and she basically agreed to take it on or it wouldn't happen and she had about a month to plan it, but it still turned out to be a great success and a lot of fun. Sam was in charge of security and he had a lot of fun with that, he had to find 10 volunteers to set-up and guard barricades and it was a lot of work but I think he liked driving around the golf cart and he found it easy to get volunteers, many of the volunteers were from our ward. I didn't do as much ahead of time unless you count helping my friend talk through some of her decisions but I did try and help a lot the morning of. Along with another friend, we got there early and did registration for the floats and people in the parade and I had Brady, Jordan and Eli set-up to carry a sign in the parade which they were very excited about. Meanwhile, Kolby, Eden and Tucker watched with Grandma and Granpa and Daya and then collected massive amounts of candy when it was done. Eden did get scared of the corvettes that were revving their engines, we ended up with a corvette club that included 18 cars and I think it was the hit of the parade. After the parade, there was a picnic in the park with lots of fun activities going on and Sam and his mom got to be judges in the pie bake-off. We are really enjoying being a part of such a fun and involved community.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Decorated Bike Parade

Thursday night before the 4th there was a decorated bike parade in the park. The winners would get to ride in the parade the next day. The kids had fun getting the bikes ready, at first it was only going to be Eden and Jordan but then Brady rode instead of Jordan and we ended up decorating the stroller and entering Tucker too, although the last picture shows how Tucker spent his time in the parade. I was a little bit stressed dealing with all the kids and Sam was the pace person in front so all I got were a few pictures before it started but my friend April who was also one of the ones in charge got some other good pictures of the bike parade and the other things from the weekend including a really cute picture of Eden with her two friends when they got ladybugs painted on their arms at the picnic. You can check them out on her blog at:

http://beansincali.blogspot.com/