What have we been up to?
Lots of house projects
Swimming, swimming and more swimming. We swim almost every day except for Sunday
Diving class at the city pool for Isabelle. She decided that it’s a lot harder than it looks. I think its good for her to have to work at something that doesn’t come easily.
Camping x2. Church campout as a family and the Father/Son campout
Girls Weekend- While the boys were camping we had some friends over on Friday night and then rode over with the bike and trailer to get a cupcake and also did some crafts.
Parties- birthday parties and a baby blessing.
Lots of nights we forget to turn Belle’s light off and she reads and reads til she falls asleep. She is a very good reader and really likes to finish a book in one sitting.
There is no way this ended well.
Chloe was sick with a fever for about 5 days. It was a sad scene. The kids though a pile of stuffed animals would help her feel better.
Poor baby. And there is Sam with a lid to a cereal container. Oh the things they find to play with.
Belle was playing with some pipe cleaners on the floor with Chloe and Chloe just climbed right into her lap. They were having a good time despite how this picture looks.
I went out to tell them it was bedtime and they showed me the bulldozer full of flowers they pick for me. The sure know how to squeeze a few more minutes of play time out of me.
Before we went swimming we were eating an early dinner and two ducks flew into our pool! Then they hopped out and walked around quacking loudly for awhile. When we finally went out to swim they were still there and Sterling gave them a little scare and they took off. It was pretty funny but Belle was completely beside herself thinking of all the diseases they could have. When that girl gets tired there is no stopping that wild mind. Eventually she decided it would be okay to come out swim.
Cute guys swinging together at the post blessing brunch at Seth and Mandi’s. These two have become the best of buddies.
Zoo day with Mandi, Penny and Jack.
Sam really liked looking at this baby orangutan.
Belle really wanted to save some money up to take me out to dinner to celebrate my birthday. She even did some work in the backyard for Sterling. She was so cut and we had a great time. I picked Genghis Grill because I had a free bowl there and all she had to do was pay for her kids bowl and the tip. She was so excited to hear that she had enough money already. (plus she loves Genghis Grill) The funny thing was that she really wanted to make sure it was a place I wanted to go and that I wasn’t just picking it for her.
The diving class was lots of fun to watch. Its one that you can keep repeating as the ages are 6-16 until you get good enough for advanced diving. They worked on the steps leading up to entries and some head first dives towards the end. Belle has a bit of work to do on her form but she is one tough cookie out there and one of the smallest kids in the class. I think that was a little scary for her at first. On her report card at the end that we got today the teacher wrote “ you are a very sweet and tough girl and I loved having you in my class” Its true, no matter how many belly flops she did she just kept on going. One day she even slipped on the board and scraped up her leg pretty bad and it was bleeding but she finished the class without even a tear.
Night of the arts at Belle’s school. We had just come from swimming lessons so I had them change in the car and grabbed some McDonalds for them to eat. Sterling was out of town and the school was packed full. Luckily the kindergarteners performed first and Belle got to play a xylophone. It was really cute and only two numbers. Then we look around for a bit and headed home. Sam was a little under the weather and when we got home he just laid on the carpet and said he wanted to go to bed. So sad and unlike him. I just tucked him right in my bed and he went right to sleep. It worked out well because I had a church meeting here at 7. It is strange to me now how the older two take care of themselves so well. They just played in their rooms until they got tired and got into bed during the meeting.
The next day as soon as Belle was out of school we headed to them mountains for our ward campout. There are very few activities so we were excited for this. They had little Adirondacks with bunks for us to sleep in but it got REALLY cold at night. We hardly slept at all but it was so much fun and we had a good time laughing about things even in the middle of the night.
Sam had a fever the whole time but he still enjoyed himself.
This picture taken about 30 seconds before Sam fell asleep.
We brought Chloe’s push toy so she could walk around and she likes that, except for when one little girl kept coming and pushing her over. I can’t stand it when people won’t watch their own kids. Huge pet peeve of mine.
Sleeping in the beloved tent. I packed TONS of blankets for them after our chilly family campout two weeks prior.
We let the boys play Princess Monopoly with us. This DID NOT end well.
Playing at Alan and Lindsay’s house.
Chloe only likes to eat if she can be in charge of the fork.
This is getting out of control. I had better get it posted. More to come.