Saturday, June 6, 2020

June so far

Man, this has been a great summer so far and it's only just begun! Summer is the best. But so is the school year. I really feel like we are living our best life right now. Quarantine life was my favorite. I'm sad it's over. I really loved how low key everything was and it just seemed like there was no pressure for anything. Brandon is still working from home but I know it won't last long. I have enjoyed every second of it. Having him in the other room has been extremely comforting for me while taking care of all these littles. But really, I feel like we are in such a good stage of life. All of our kids are still little enough that they are easy to entertain and they still like doing things as a family. Jackson is getting older and easier and I think soon in  the next couple of years we will be able to travel more and hopefully take full advantage of these precious years while our kids are all still at home. I feel so blessed that we were able to have 5 kids in 9 years and we will have lots of great years before Mckinley grows up and leaves us.

Anyway, back to this post. Back at Heritage park again one last time before Kristen had her baby. She was supposed to get induced on Friday so we planned a park day on Monday. Well after the park she went to the doctor and her fluid levels were too high so she had to go to the hospital that day to have her baby. Good thing we made it to the park!


I was so happy to learn that they were allowing visitors at the hospital! Danika is such a cute tiny baby.

Jackson has been getting woken up from his naps over and over with all these kids home and playing with friends constantly. Only a few more years and we will be done with the napping stage too.

I got brave and made homemade bread sticks. Still in the process of perfecting them, but the kids absolutely love them and can't get enough.

Ava went to a cute mermaid party for Auri at the splash pad this week.


Then another splash pad day with cousins a few days later. We actually went back today for a third time for a picnic with some of Brandon's cousins but it was so windy and cold we had to leave and I didn't take any pictures.

We just found out that Dallin and Shellee are moving back to Utah and they bought a house that literally backs on to this park. They have a gate out their back yard that leads to the park. I'm so excited for them! I know we will spend lots of time here this summer.


Our sweet neighbor and previous bishop let us take his RAZR for a ride around the neighborhood the other day.

Ava holding her new cousin.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

The Rest of May

I am always catching up on blogging so I kind of run through things quick but it's better than nothing.

Ava is so adorable, but kind of a sassy 3 year old. :)

Fun Salmon Family picnic, first time getting together since the quarantine began. At Nielsen's Grove of course.

Mckinley has been playing with her friend Kiara a lot.

Kiara invited us all over to swim in her pool.

Flying the drone outside.


We discovered a new park by my parents' house that is just heavenly. Lots of shade and a beautiful shallow stream that runs through it that the kids love to play in. We've been there 3 times now.





Ava has a new little friend Zoli who is here for a few months. He's just two doors down and they have a blast playing together.

My mom's neighbor opened up her pool for anyone to go so my mom signed up for a slot and we had a great time enjoying their amazing backyard.

Sunday picnic up by Provo Temple.

I got to meet Amy's little baby Ally for the first time.

We visited my grandparent's graves for Memorial Day. This is the first time I have done this since my grandmas passed away. Grandma and Grandpa Bishop in the Lindon Cemetery.

Grandma and Grandpa Stum at the Provo Cemetery.

We spent Memorial Day with my family at that park I was talking about. Mckinley was so excited to take a family picture. It's absolutely beautiful there.

Marmee made masks for us and kids sized ones for the kids. This is such a crazy time we are living in!!

A fun dinner picnic at Brandon's parents house.

Grandpa taught the kids how to play hopscotch.



 Sidewalk chalk art.



Swimming at my mom's neighbor's house again.





Jackson still isn't too interested in walking.

Brandon created a quick fire pit in our backyard and the kids thought it was the coolest thing ever. We made delicious s'mores.



Brandon has been biking with his dad and brothers. They are doing the Salt to Saint race again this year.


Ava crashes all over the place because she insists on staying up till 10:00 most nights with the other kids. Lots of movies and TV watching around here during Corona (and always).