We were able to travel with our best ward friends down the Fremont to visit our other best ward friends who moved there this summer. It was such a fun getaway. We love it there. Our kids absolutely love hiking in Capitol Reef. This trip we hiked along a little river bed to a waterfall that had a fun slide the kids could down. The rest of the trip we hiked around Fish Lake and rode on the ATVs. The fall colors were amazing up there. We have such a fun time every time we go. I wish we could go every weekend! We love our awesome friends!
I love this sweet Sophie girl! She is kind, smart, helpful, responsible, talented and ambitious. She is the best there is. Sometimes I get sad because I think she gets a little overlooked in our family of 4 kids because she is so easy, so content and so self-motivated. But I hope she knows how loved she is! And I can’t believe that she is 8! For her party she wanted a Beanie Boo Adoption Party. So we invited friends and cousins over and did just that. It was fun to see the kids decorate their houses and animal collars. She had a long list of things she wanted for her birthday. But we surprised her with a new bike and she loves it. In fact, almost every afternoon since we have gone out so that she can ride around the neighborhood. She requested Texas Roadhouse for dinner which was fun for everyone. Annie loved eating a whole roll. Sophie at 8 is loving school, learning so fast at the piano, loves to dance and play soccer. She is a busy girl with many activities. I don’t know how to limit them because she is good at all of them! She is a great big sister and best friends with Jack and Luke. She helps with Annie (when Annie will let her without throwing fits for mom!). She loves to draw and color. She is becoming an expert reader and get into a good book pretty deep. She often sits down at the piano to play and practice all on her own. She is super excited to get baptized in a couple of weeks. And we are so proud of all that she does and the sweet person she is. 8 year old stats: 57.8 lbs (50%), 51.5 inches (75%)
We’ve made it a tradition to go to visit Deeds, Kimmy and Lynlea over Labor Day weekend. So we headed up there on Friday. Annie was a dream in the car. We rolled in at about 10 pm that night. And we woke up early on Saturday morning to head to Yellowstone. I had never been to the Mammoth Hot Springs so that was the only thing on the agenda. It was a long beautiful drive. It was a chilly 33 degrees outside. But the hot springs were amazing. It was totally worth it. After that we let Deeds lead us on an adventure. I was a little disappointed in the amount of animals we saw this time around. But it is still such an amazing place. The rest of the weekend we just chilled. Deeds smoked us a brisket. On Monday we went to the Eastern Idaho State Fair again which is was fun. We sure love all that fried food! It was a great week. We love those Idaho Cosbys!
This baby! She is growing up so much. She had her first ear infection in August which was sad. While she was so stuffy she started sticking out her tongue in the funniest way. We tried to capture it but weren’t super successful. She is done with naps at church. The last time I tried she grabbed the car seat cover and pulled it down to peak out. She is besties with Cora. Although Cora is way more mobile than her and loves to come and steal her binkie out of her mouth. Ha! She still is not crawling. She reaches so far from a sitting position and rocks back and forth but still won’t get on her knees. She’s such a funny girl.
This boy is so excited to be Spiderman for Halloween. Thank you Costco for putting out your costumes in August. Also one day he came into my room fully dressed in snow gear. I am personally not ready for that yet!
My mom was in town for a week in August. We went to the gardens at Thanksgiving Point and enjoyed a nice stroll. Cute cousins!
All Sophie has wanted since Annie was born was to match her. I finally found matching dresses and she was SO excited. Such cute sisters!
Matching chalk drawings. Love these little artists.
Another round of soccer is in the books. Jack’s team was undefeated this season. They were so fun to watch! And Sophie scored in nearly every game.
This little buddy had his first cavity filled. And he was awesome. He never even flinched and just sat there calmly. He really is the best kid ever. I had one filled on the same day so we were numb faces together.
These 4 kids! I love them so, so much.
Back to school! Hooray! We had such a fun summer that this day really came too fast. Jack and Sophie were both kind of bummed. But they came around after the first day when they saw their friends again. Sophie is in second grade with Mrs. Schwanke and Jack is in fourth grade with Mrs. Andes.
Luke started school the first week of September. He is going to preschool 3 days/week with Miss Barb. He is in class with 2 of his friends from our neighborhood. The first day he clinged to my leg and started to cry. But since then he has been perfect and is loving it! I cannot believe that he is one year from Kindergarten!
I was able to go to 2 concerts this summer. It was like going back to my college days when I went to concerts all the time. I sure do love live music. Kerri and I went to the Soul 2 Soul tour with Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. It was amazing! Then later in the month Dan and I went up to Park City and saw Gavin DeGraw. It has been on my concert bucket list for a long time to see him live and it did not disappoint! He was awesome. We both had the best time!
The first week of August we spent a week in Park City with Dan’s family. The kids LOVE it. We spend countless hours in the pool and down in the Kid’s Club. The kids also love just being together, watching movies and playing games. We enjoyed a full day on the Alpine Slides and Coaster. The kids favorite part was the ropes course. They could have done that over and over again. We also got to celebrate Alyson’s 60th birthday with a delicious dinner at Baja Cantina. It was a fun week away.
The week after we got back from the East Coast our best Draper friends flew in from Virginia. We spent all week with them doing fun things…going to Cowabunga Bay, the splash pad, watching movies, shopping at the Outlets and an awesome girls night with all of us moms. It is so fun to reunite with everyone when Alicia comes to town. Our kids seem to never skip a beat which is awesome. Plus we enjoyed a fun date night when Mark was in town. I just love this family and feel so happy any time we get to be together.
And just a few random shots of the kids. Annie’s first time in the jumper. She liked it. But since has decided it is the worst. Jack got himself stuck in a baby swing when we were with our friends. He was really stuck for awhile and I can’t imagine how funny it looked when I was pulling him out! He is almost as big as I am. We also had to stop and take a picture by this cool car so that we could send the picture to Tommy. Jack and Tommy were constantly talking about cars when they were together.
Even though it breaks our hearts to not have the Herways closer to us, it is kinda fun to have this East Coast connection. We love traveling to see them whenever we can. Our trip this summer was awesome. The kids could not get enough of their time with the cousins. And the adults went on 3 dates & left all the kids behind. It was glorious. This is going to be a long post. But enjoy
We made it! Stupid Delta split us up and the best they could do was put Dan and Luke 2 rows in front of the rest of us. So Dan wasn’t able to help with Annie at all. But she did pretty good, took about an hour long nap and Sophie was able to hold her a little bit to give my arms a break.
First item of business…catching fireflies. To me, there is nothing more magical than fireflies and I loved sharing it with my kids. Luke was in heaven and I loved hearing him run back saying “I got one.” It was so fun. They were out every night of our trip and it never got old. I loved it.
Saturday and Sunday we spent hanging out around the house and playing. It was good to give Annie some days of good naps to rejuvenate her for our longer days. We went to Doylestown which is a charming little town in PA where we enjoyed a BBQ dinner and some Belgian waffles. Yum.
Monday we made the 2 hour drive to Hershey. Annie was not too happy about the long drive right in the middle of her naptime. She got over that fast on this trip! We met up with our best Draper friends, the Megehees, who now live in Virginia. It was so fun to be reunited! We loved exploring chocolate world. We were able to watch a fun 3D movie, ride a little train ride to see how chocolate is made and the highlight was making our own candy bar. We were able to pick out our own chocolate, toppings and wrapping for our chocolate. And then we watched it all through the production line. How cute are those baby hairnets!?
After Hershey we drove a little further in Amish Country. It was so beautiful there. So many trees and green fields. We saw a few horse and buggies, lots of laundry drying on the line, and the cutest pair of Amish kids working in their yard. We stopped in Lititz and made pretzels at one of the oldest pretzel factories in the US. Then we drove to Intercourse, PA to sample Amish jams an jellies, salsas and sauces. It was yummy and fun. And I loved seeing my friend Alicia so much!
Tuesday we went to a local farm and picked blueberries. It was hot! But we still got 6 pounds or more which was awesome. After our hard work we enjoyed apple cider slushes and donuts. I think Annie drank a whole cup of cider herself. We went to see some of the animals. I had never seen an albino peacock before. Pretty cool.
On Wednesday we took it easy. We did venture into Princeton, NJ for ice cream at the Bent Spoon. They have some of the most delicious sorbets. Annie got more treats on this trip than ever before. That night the boys headed to Baltimore to an Orioles game at Camden Yards. Before the game they visited Babe Ruth’s childhood home. Tommy and Jack made it on the Jumbotron at the game with their awesome dance moves!
Thursday was our New York day! We drove into the city which was crazy! I was so sure that we were going to be a car accident at any second. People drive like maniacs there! Our first stop was Rockefeller center where we went to the top of the building. It was such an awesome view. Luke was terrified cause he thought we would fall off the building. Ha! He was relieved to see that it was all enclosed. I love looking at this amazing city from 80 stories up! After that we walked around into the Lego store and the Nintendo store. Luke said it was the best day of his life! He ran around with all the different Mario stuffed toys and pretended like he was in the game. It was just about the best thing ever. After looking through some shops we walked up Fifth Avenue and into Central Park. We went straight to all the play equipment. The kids spent forever playing at the splash park. It was such a beautiful day in the city. On our way out, the GPS took us straight down the middle of Times Square at about 9 pm. It was crazy and pretty fun at the same time! I love NY!
On Friday we went to the Jersey Shore. It was fun but a little stressful for me. My older kids were braver than ever and sometimes got a little further out in the ocean than I liked! The lifeguards went after Jack one time. He said he was completely fine but still! But they really did have the time of their lives jumping over the waves and playing in the sand. That night the adults went out to the Black Bass Hotel for dinner. It was yummy and right on the Delaware River. So so pretty. It was a fun way to celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary.
Saturday and Sunday we did more relaxing at home. Annie took her first sink bath. She loved it. We went back into Princeton on Saturday night for more Bent Spoon ice cream. Yum. On Sunday night we did smores and told stories around the campfire. And we definitely had to catch more fireflies!
On Monday we went into Downtown Philadelphia to the Franklin Institute. It was such a neat science museum for the kids. They had the best time. We spent a ton of time at the video game exhibit of course. I thought it was awesome that there was a view of the Philadelphia Temple from the museum. And then on our way home we drove right by it. It is so beautiful and right on the heart of the city!
Tuesday morning we hired another babysitter and all the adults travelled back into the city so that we could go to Reading Terminal Market. It was fun to walk through the city and enjoy a cheesesteak. I loved the City Hall building. It as so beautiful and so big. About 2 pm a huge storm came through which delayed our 5 pm flight by 3 hours. It made for a long flight home. Annie fought sleeping until the brink of disaster almost. She finally knocked out for about 2 hours which was a lifesaver. Sophie and Jack both slept for about 45 minutes on the flight and Luke never closed his eyes!! What!? After all was said and done I climbed into my bed at home at 1240 am mountain time so 240 am out East. So sleepy! But it was worth every second. It was the most magical trip. When we entered the airport right after Melanie dropped us off, Luke started sobbing. And then we all started crying. There is something so special about spending time with family. I will be forever thankful that we are fortunate enough to be able to make these trips every so often. They mean so much to all of us. We love the Herways!