Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mountain Dell Scout Camp

Last night we went on a little weekend getaway that was two years in the making. Brandon's dad got a night stay at the Tifie Scout Camp at Mountain Dell in Mt. Pleasant. We were supposed to go two years ago but it rained so bad we cancelled it. And then I think he cancelled it again last year and so this year we were finally able to go.

Here are the kids in the back of the car waiting to leave.

We weren't sure what to expect but we were so impressed with the facilities. They had this huge main building that was gorgeous with a huge industrial kitchen and an amazing view out back. We had such a great time!!!

There was a swimming pool there and the water was warm!! Mckinley and Brandon went swimming late at night on Friday and then we all went swimming Saturday.

Brynlee ended up sleeping in Mckinley's sleeping bag with her all night. So cute!

Enjoying the fresh mountain air and beautiful changing leaves in the morning.

All the kids had fun pretending to serve food.

Mckinley with a handful of leaves and two pockets full of rocks. This girl loves her "collections."

Kallie has no problem wandering off on her own in the forest.

Tyler and Kallie were both in heaven with all the rocks there were to play with.

Such a gorgeous place! We saw lots of deer and wild turkey.

We sure are hoping this isn't the last time we can go there!


More pics from August.

Ice cream at Macey's is always a huge hit.

The playground by Kristen's house got flooded in all these crazy summer storms we've had. We took advantage of it and the kids had a blast!

Tyler taking Robin's dog Remi for a run. So cute!!!!

My kids and the lady they wish was their mom, our neighbor Robin.

Kallie has been sick this week. She caught the cold sore virus and has the same red, swollen gums Mckinley had two years ago when this happened to her. Kallie hasn't been as bad as Mckinley was but she is still pretty miserable and has a hard time eating a lot of things. She was laying on the floor eating french toast here. So sad but so cute.


Brandon's friend hooked us up with some aquarium tickets so we finally went to check it out.

The kids had a blast at first but only ended up lasting an hour and twenty minutes.


Love this picture! Kinley in her high heels and the twins looking at bugs. 

Concentrating hard on cutting her pancake all by herself.

Third pair of glasses in three months. Not to mention a few super glue jobs inbetween.

Checking out the animals in Springville.

How Kallie stays entertained while I shower.

Best way to get her to smile is to tell her not to smile.

Second Bees game we've been to. Rain both times. We must be bad luck. Still enjoyed good food and good company though.

Got family pics taken. Time to get them printed!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Cabin Trip

We went up to the cabin Friday night. It was Brandon's first time there with us. I hope there are lots more cabin trips to come!!

I am in love with this picture of them walking. Ahhh.... sisters.

Ella is such a great helper!

The lake was sooooo low. It's so much prettier earlier in the summer.

We went for a walk to catch some frogs. The kids didn't want to touch them. Hello, they will touch snakes but not frogs?? Maybe next year.

Mckinley and Bryce.

Family picture.

Playing tether ball.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

August so far

Lots of pictures! We have had an incredibly fun summer.

Playing under the bed at my mom's house.

I took the kids out for ice cream one day and let them get whatever they want. I really should have just skipped the ice cream and let them fill up their bowls with toppings.

Tyler is just such a handsome boy! 

Tyler has taken over one of Brandon's hats. He is very specific about which one he wants and he wants it pretty much all the time. It's hilarious.

Love love love sweet sleeping pictures of my kids!

We have had some pretty incredible summer rain storms this month and we love sitting out on the front porch watching and listening to the rain.

Sorting through boxes of boy hand me down clothes we have been given. We have been so blessed! We haven't had to buy hardly anything for Tyler.

Kallie wearing the Mr. Potato Head glasses at my moms. I searched through my pictures to find the one of Mckinley doing the exact same thing but I couldn't find it.

Family sleep over in the family room. We really would have let Tyler and Kallie sleep with us but they couldn't settle down so we ended up putting them in their cribs.

Kallie "hiding" so I won't put her down for a nap. Ha ha. She actually goes down perfectly for naps but struggles at bed time. She is happy if Mckinley is in there with her or if I let her lay in Mckinley's bed. But she screams and screams in her crib.

We went to Chili's for dinner with all five of us. It wouldn't have been bad if they didn't take FOREVER to bring us our food. But the kids sure loved the dessert!

These guys think they own everything in our neighbor's backyard. We love love love our neighbor Robin and hang out with her pretty much every day. She is the best neighbor ever! I need to get a picture of the kids with her. They just adore her.

We got rained out of family pictures earlier this week so we are going to gear up and try again.

Kallie fell asleep in Mckinley's bed one night and it just melted my heart. My kids are growing up!

This girl. Oh Mckinley. She is the best child anyone could ever ask for and my little angel sent straight from heaven to help me survive my life. Don't know what I would do without her. I have no idea what I did to deserve her. Must have been something Brandon did. But she seriously is a dream. And we finally figured out how to get a perfect smile out of her. Instead of saying "say cheese", we say "don't smile". And we get this!

Tyler and Kallie taking a shower under Robin's plant that she just watered. These guys crack us up!

I let the girls go to bed together tonight and they were so excited about it.

I told them I'd be back in ten minutes to put Kallie in her crib but then I got carried away cleaning the kitchen and this is how I found them when I finally went in. Aw.....

Love these kids even though they drive me crazy most of the time and I can barely handle them! At least we get a good 11 hours at night to gear up for the next day!