Capitol Reef

Over Memorial Day weekend we were able to go with a couple of families in our ward to Capitol Reef.  Kari’s parents have a house nearby that we were all able to stay in which was so nice.  We enjoyed exploring around their home and also going to Capitol Reef on Saturday and doing a few hikes.  The kids were such troopers and really did awesome.  They had 4 ATVs that we could use and I think that was the best part for the kids.  Luke called them “hiking rides”  It was nice to getaway from normal life for a bit and see some beautiful scenery.  Plus being with our friends was an added bonus!  Can’t wait until our next trip!

We caught this lizard within 30 minutes of being at the house.  The kids thought it was just about the coolest thing ever.  They named him “Toadie” and preceded to find him all over the place the whole weekend as we hiked about.  Such city kids!

All these photos are from our explorations around Fremont, UT.  It is pretty amazing there.  It is truly a rural life.  And although I couldn’t live there full time (I need a Costco!), I thought it was the best place to vacation.  The great outdoors does everyone good!  Plus the Albrecht’s home was so accommodating for us and we think it is pretty generous that they let us invade for 3 days!

Capitol Reef was beyond lovely.  The kids wanted to climb in every little cubby hole and take a picture.  The loved crawling in the little slot canyon we found.  It was about 20 degrees cooler in there so that was also a big plus!  We also stopped to look at some hieroglyphs which was cool.  It’s amazing to see things like that and imagine people being in the same place so many years ago.  Loved every second of this trip!

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May Days

We made it to the Tulip Festival 3 times this year.  It is my favorite!

Just some random May shots.  Shopping for sombreros, riding the ponies at Thanksgiving Point, and Luke’s injury after falling down the 2 cement stairs on our front porch.  He is so injury/accident prone.  Scares me for my future!  I have been nursing a hamstring injury for a while now and some mornings I just need to walk instead of run.  So Luke joins me in the stroller and we venture around.  He loves it.  We saw this license plate one day and had to take a picture.  The last several months Jack has been obsessed with Bigfoot, Loch Ness monster, chupacabra, etc.  It was too perfect that we just happened to see it!  Dan’s mom hosted a Kentucky Derby party and had balloon horses for the kids to race on.  Luke named his horse Johnson which we thought was hysterical and random.   Johnson was lost to the trees and it caused many tears!

 

Daddy daughter fiesta!

We went to Jungle Jims with Kara on $2 Tuesday.  The kids thought it was just about the funnest place they had ever been.  I rode one ride and it nearly killed me.  I was so sick afterwards for about 30 minutes but somehow managed to not barf.

We went to support Jack at his 5k race for school.  But I failed as a parent and missed him coming in somehow even though we were out there waiting at the finish line the whole time.  I have no idea how I missed him but I felt so sad about it!

Sophie had her dance recital and did such a great job.  She danced to “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” from the Lion King.  She has improved a lot this year with her technique.  I am always impressed with her ability to remember the routine.  But she always reminds me that they practice it “at least 100 times!”  Love this talented little lady.

Jack had his last soccer game of the season.  It was pouring rain.  Of the 8 games this season, I think 2 had decent weather.  Brrrr…  His team was not the best this season which made it tough.  But Jack had a positive attitude throughout the season and really does have a talent for the game.

 

Jack is turning into quite the reader.  We showed the kids the first Harry Potter movie and then immediately Jack wanted to read the book.  He is  about 100 pages in.  The first part of April he just decided he wanted to read the Book of Mormon all on his own.  Every night before bed, he turns on his reading light and reads until he is tired.  I am so proud of him.  In 2 months he has already made it to Jacob.  In the car the other day he explained to Sophie that he likes non-fiction books.  He said “Like the Book of Mormon Sophie.  It is a non-fiction book because it’s true and it has a great story.”  He is the raddest kid.

Kara and Ryan blessed Hudson on May 22.  It was fun to all be together.  And taking this picture really made me realize that Sophie is so outnumbered!

Sophie graduated from preschool.  She is so ready for Kindergarten.  We have loved her class this year with Miss Liz.  She has grown so much and I can’t wait to see her in elementary school.

We went to Jack’s last day of school to help with their pancake breakfast.  It was fun to see him in his element.  It made appreciate even more his sweet teacher Mrs. Christensen.  She has loved Jack despite him being silly and talkative most days.  I have loved her and am sad this year is over because you never know what the teacher will be like next year!

 

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