Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Summer Pics

Just a few pictures that are too cute not to post.

Kallie has been choosing her own clothes a lot lately which usually results in outfits like this one.

Being silly.

Brandon putting our flat top griddle to good use.

We still have lots of this happening. We had home teachers come over on Sunday for the first time in a long time and Kallie ran off on her own, changed her clothes, and fell asleep in her closet. Ha ha ha.

We had the most amazing weather on Monday so I went to the park in the morning with my friends and then we went again for FHE that night. We are soaking up every minute of summer and just loving it!


Sunday July 3rd I was sick in bed all day with a weird stomach bug so Brandon took the kids to church alone and then later took them to his parents for another family dinner. It actually felt pretty nice to just sleep the day away. And the girls got festive nails painted while they were gone!

Monday morning we got up and headed to the parade as early as we could. I am so grateful that Ross saves such great seats for us every year and provides drinks and snacks. It really makes the parade fun! We sat in a different spot this year and were shaded by a building the entire time and it was so nice.

We went to Burger King afterwards for lunch. The kids were being so silly and Kallie was trying to kiss Tyler over and over.

Then we headed to Sonic to get the kids' free ice cream cones from the library reading program.

We got together again with family that night for pizza and just hung out and played games outside and then did fireworks. It was such a perfect summer night!

Balloon Festival

I love that the 4th of July was on a Monday this year and we got to celebrate it over the entire weekend. Friday, July 1st we woke up bright and early to go see the hot air balloons. I'm pretty sure we haven't missed this once over the last 10 years. It is probably my very favorite tradition.

We got there so early that the kids were cold at first. And I forgot poor Kallie's shoes and we had to wait till Shannon could bring them to us. So nice that we didn't have to drive back home though!

Tyler was a little scared of the noise and the fire but I think they all loved it for the most part.

Mckinley took this picture.

After the balloons we went home for a bit and then headed out to Mckinley's last day of swim lessons. She had so much fun and learned so much and most importantly gained so much confidence in the pool. It was so worth it! Here she is with her class and her teacher.

About to do a knee dive. She also did a couple standing dives off the side of the pool.

If this picture doesn't scream confidence, I don't know what does! She jumped off the diving board and then just swam the full length of the pool, just for fun when her teacher wasn't even near her. She did such a great job! And now all she wants is to go swimming somewhere where she can practice diving and swimming. We took the kids to the Provo Rec Center but there wasn't a single spot she could practice a dive or swimming in general so it was really disappointing.

I can't remember exactly what we did on Saturday but that evening we went to Brandon's parents' house for dinner and then randomly Brandon's dad got us last minute free tickets to the Stadium of Fire, and offered to watch the kids! Awesome! We got there about half way through, right when Tim McGraw was about to start. It was so good and just so fun to be there.

Ross and Karen (luckily with the help of Chris, Linda, Zach, and Chelsea) watched 12 kids while a bunch of us were at the Stadium of Fire. They took all the kids over to Westridge park to watch the fireworks.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Summer Love

We are enjoying summer so much!

We went and got yummy {free} shave ice right by our house. Mmmm...

Fun day at the splash pad with friends! 

We love some of our fun summer traditions. The Carillon bell concert this year was a blast.

 Fun party day at Grandpa and Marmee's with a bounce house and water balloons and lots of cousins!

Every member of Brandon's family was together for the first time in 2.5 years so we ran to the park to take pictures. I still need to get a picture of the big family group shot but here are some I had on my phone.

Ross and Karen with all 20 of their grand kids.

Concert in the park fun.

Ross treated us all to a night at Chuck E Cheese. The kids were having a blast before they even knew the rides could move. Now that they know that putting coins in makes things happen, we might be ruined. Ha ha.

The kids seriously had the time of their lives.

They were all so excited to get pictures taken with Chuck E Cheese.

Mckinley has been going to swim lessons this week and is doing absolutely amazing. She gained so much confidence from her cousins in Park City and has just totally excelled. I'm so proud of her!

Tara hosted a fun tea party for all the girls in the family. It was so adorable to watch all the little girls and see how excited they were.

We had a pretty awesome spread of food. This wasn't even all of it.

And now we have the 4th of July festivities to look forward to. Such a great time of year!!!