Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Summer is Officially Over

And just like that, summer is over. I had absolutely zero expectations for this summer with having a new baby, but I am completely surprised by how much fun we were able to have and how many things we were able to do. Starting off the summer with summer school was amazing and made our summer not so long. We swam more this summer than any other before, which is crazy considering we have a new baby. We did so many fun things and I wasn't dying for summer to end. We were all of course excited for school to start, but really, I just couldn't have asked for a better summer.

These kids sure love their brother!


Cutest little shark ever!

These guys made their own umbrellas to put in their smoothies.

We had a really fun day at the Bean Museum with Mckinley's friend Ellie and her family.

Mckinley got to go swimming one last time at Alice's birthday party. She had a blast.

Sleepover in Mom and Dad's room that included Ava!!

Jackson looking so big in his bumbo.


Ava "cleaned up" which meant she dragged every possible thing she could find and arranged it on the mattress.

Back to school night was last Friday. Mrs. Heaps was so excited to have Tyler and Kallie come to her class. They are going to love this year, I just know it!


We got to go bowling with the Salmon's on Saturday for Ross's birthday. The kids had a great time with their cousins.





Brynlee gave all her turns to Ava and all the cousins would gather around to watch Ava bowl. She is everyone's favorite!


On Sunday, August 18, Jackson was finally blessed at 3 months old! I was so stressed about his blessing day, well just about the food. I was having serious anxiety attacks, had a constant stomach ache for 2 days prior, and got a cold sore from all the stressing. And then of course the day of the blessing everything worked out perfectly and I completely enjoyed it. I need to figure out how to stop stressing about these events!

Jackson was wide awake for his blessing and didn't make a peep. He was so perfect. It really was a wonderful day.



Ken and his family made a surprise visit and it was so fun to see them for the first time in 5 years and to be able to meet each other's kids!






We started off the summer with a trip to Maverik for slurpees, and ended it the same way. I love how much fun these kids have in the simplest of activities. I am so lucky to be their mom and seriously just enjoyed this summer so much! Even amidst all my crazy postpartum hormones.


Tyler's friend Alex comes over to play with him nearly every day. They were in the same kindergarten class and they are together again this year. I love the Sevilla family!

Brandon moved the chairs so I could mop and the kids turned it into a pretend car. They love having fun and play so well together! With some fighting mixed in of course.

Mckinley reads stories to the others at bedtime. She is the best big sister ever!

Brandon has tried over and over and over to get Tyler's loose tooth out and they surprised me last night, the night before school started, with pulling out his tooth! Hooray!

And here we are today, August 20th, the first day of school. It may as well be Christmas for how excited the kids were! I love everything about our school and feel so grateful it is so close. I love that my kids love school.






I snuck over to the school at lunch time to see the kids and they were all so happy and having a great time! It will be so nice to have 6 hours a day at home with Ava and Jackson to get things done and have some peace and quiet, but man, I really do love all of my kids so much and just feel so grateful right now.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

So much swimming

Okay so the first week of August was the week of swimming! We ended up swimming three times that week. My brother Todd stopped by for a day on his way from Iowa to Seattle so we went swimming at the Lindon pool on Friday that week to hang out with him. Then had pizza at my parents' house afterward. It was a really fun day. I was very proud of myself for going swimming twice with all the kids without Brandon. Of course we were with cousins and grandparents who helped me with Jackson. I still haven't tried taking him swimming.

This is the cutest smile ever!

Kallie finally lost her other top tooth! It was a snaggle tooth for sure. Brandon is such a pro at getting all our kids teeth out. I actually ended up pulling this one out because he couldn't get a grip on it, but he was the one who did all the wiggling work to get it ready.

Playing out on our neighbor's playground in the nice evening weather. I love summertime!


Kallie planned a spa day for her and Sophie.


Lunch out on the deck!

Swimming at the Lindon pool.

Mckinley climbed the rock wall over and over the whole time we were there.

Tyler climbing the rock wall.



Ava always floats on her back with her floaties. She is so cute and loves swimming!

Proof that Jackson was there.

Look at me being a big girl and taking my 5 kids swimming!

Playing in Grandma's basement with Todd's kids.

Todd was loving on Jackson.

The next day, Saturday, we took the kids to the Provo Rec and went swimming again while Karen and Ross babysat Jackson.  It was nice to have Brandon come swimming with us!



We have spent a lot of time at Cold Stone this summer using up the gift card we won at a pool party.

My nephew Josh gave an incredible farewell talk and is in the MTC headed to the Stockholm Sweden mission.