Capitol Reef

Mid-October we went down to Fremont where our friends have a house to enjoy some time away and enjoy the outdoors.  Fremont is about 30 minutes from Capitol Reef which is so beautiful.  We had the best time hiking to Hickman Bridge, eating good food, going to Fish Lake to see the salmon run, riding ATVs (thanks Kari for going slow that I could tag along), watching a brand new calf be born on their cattle ranch, being stuck in a herd of cows returning home from grazing for months in the mountains, and laughing so much together.  It was the best time!  Love the Denisons and the friendship we have.

 

 

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October Adventures

We ventured with some of our neighbor friends and Porter to see the witches at Gardner Village.  It was the perfect fall day.  The kids loved throwing the leaves.  And I was pretty confident that I would lose either Luke or Porter in the duck pond.  Why does it not have a small fence or rock wall?  Almost put me into labor.

Kerri and I took the kids to drive the Alpine Loop and it was unbelievable.  I have never seen the fall colors more beautiful.  The only thing that made it terrible was the complaining my kids did.  “When will this be over?  This is taking forever, etc.”  Next time I’m leaving them at home!

Sophie asked if she could rake the leaves one afternoon because there were “so many”!  It made me smile so much to see the teeny pile she collected.  But it didn’t stop her and Luke from having the best time jumping in them.  Cute buddies.

We went with our friends to the zoo one morning too.  It was so fun to see the lions enjoying their breakfast.  Luke insists now that he eat a meatball for lunch just like the lions.  We love our sweet friends in the neighborhood.  Olivia is in love with Luke and we are trying to convince Luke to stop playing hard to get!

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September wrap up

One of the best parts of having a little lady is going on regular pedicure dates!

Soaking up the last weeks of popsicle weather,

Obligatory Thanksgiving Point picture.

Luke art from the month.  Picture of Mom with baby belly, BYU perler bead dinosaur, and a Halloween picture that always included a BYU with a green check mark & red U with a red X.  Can’t make this stuff up!

27 weeks pregnant.  Its a real life challenge to take pregnancy selfies.

You’re looking at the 2nd place winner from this years Pinewood Derby.  Thanks Grandpa for helping with car.

Why was the 3 year old the most reverent and best behaved during General Conference?  He sat there almost the entire first session.  He’s a dream.

Best buddies.

 

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Jack is 9!

I can’t even believe that I almost have a child in the double digits.  I still remember those slow, simple days when it was just me and him.  Life is cruel to go by so quickly.  Jack is still just as fun-loving as he was from the very beginning.  He is great at making other people laugh (although now it involves a few more potty words than it should).  He has matured  a lot in the last year.  He is starting to really enjoy watching football, basketball and baseball games with us.  He was super into the Dodgers this post season which was fun.  He is still the smartest kid around, moving through the multiplication tables with ease and understanding concepts that I barely remember.  He loves to wrestle and tackle Luke at all times.  He says they’re playing but it almost always leads to tears.  He is enjoying having his own room and usually spends the early mornings reading books in bed.  He still loves video games.  But most of all he loves playing with his friends.  On any given day we have up to 5 boys here which can be a tad crazy.  He loves to play outside, ride his bike or scooter and hike around wherever he can.

For Jack’s birthday he wanted to go to Tucanos (expensive taste with this one…last year was sushi!).  And then we came home for presents and apple pie.  He is a great kid.  He tries hard to do what is right and to be a good example for his friends.  I love my big kid!  9 year old stats: 68.2 lbs. (70%), 55 inches tall (90%).

 

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Sophie is 7!

My sweet lady turned 7 this year.  She is so mature for her age that it seems that she could be much older.  She is my biggest helper around here.  She cares for Luke with whatever he needs…getting him breakfast in the morning, helping him pick out his clothes, reminding him to wash his hands, etc.  She also knows how to push his buttons but for the most part they are best friends.  She is creative.  Almost everyday she creates a new book on her own complete with illustrations and a story.  We go through a lot of paper around here!  She is super health conscience only allowing herself 2 pieces of candy a day, only drinking water, packing a fruit and a vegetable in her lunch.  She is very responsible too.  She always remembers to bring home her paperwork each day, has never forgotten her coat or lunch box at school, and somehow remembers every Wednesday afternoon to put her library book in her backpack for the next day.  I love her and appreciate her so much in our house.

This year we had a small family party for each of the kids.  Sophie’s birthday fell on a Sunday this year and Grandpa organized a family dinner that day so she got to be with cousins too that day.  She planned her own game and made it herself, Pin the Tail on the Pony.  On Monday night we went to Texas Roadhouse for dinner, her choice.  7 year old stats: 52.4 lbs (75%), 49.25 inches tall (90%).

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Labor Day in Idaho

We spent Labor Day in Idaho with Deeds, Kimmy and Lynlea.  And we had the best time.  It is so beautiful there.  So many hidden gems.  We loved it.  We went to 2 different waterfalls (Mesa and Falls Creek), spent some time at BYU-I and eating milkshakes at the Burg, ate some delicious BBQ, smoked some delicious BBQ of our own, watched BYU get smoked by LSU (the beginning of the end of the BYU football season) and enjoyed the Eastern Idaho State Fair.  My kids are obsessed with those head cutout cardboard things so sorry for the overload of those pictures.  Sophie grew so fond of Lynlea and had the best time playing with her and holding her.  She is going to be the best big sister to our new baby.  Jack just loves to explore and there is a lot of room to do that Rigby, ID.  We loved our trip and hope to go back soon!

 

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School Kids

There has never been a kid more ready for all day school than Sophie girl.  She was so, so excited to start 1st grade.  Sophie was born for school.  She loves learning, doing worksheets, following directions and accomplishing tasks.  I was so proud of her bravery because she knew no one in her class this year.  None of her Kindergarten friends were in her class.  But she jumped right in and has of course made new friends.  Love this one.

Jack was super excited to start school this year.  I was happy after the rough start he had last year.  He has the same teacher he had for Kindergarten.  He was so excited to hear that.  Mrs. Webb loves Jack and his crazy, fun personality so they get along great.  He is doing awesome but says that learning cursive is hard!

Luke could hardly wait to start school this year.  We are doing a little neighborhood co-op and it is super fun.  I was the first teacher of the year and all these kids were overjoyed that first day.  They have formed a fun little bond and friendship.  Fun buddies!

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August in Review

We met our baby on August 1st in the ultrasound.  We are grateful that everything looked healthy.  We are super excited to meet this babe around Christmas time this year!

Bees game with Dan’s work.  The kids thought it was such a good time.  And they always love the snacks!

Kerri and I took the kids on the Grotto hike up Payson Canyon one morning.  It was the place to be!  It was full of people.  Jack was the only one brave enough to get in the water.  It was freezing.  These kids are good hikers.  They really enjoy being out in nature.  It makes me wish we did it more often.  And since Payson is so close to Santaquin, we made a stop at the Red Barn for ice cream and apple slushes afterwards.  Mmmmm!

Jack and Sophie each played a round of “fall” soccer the month of August.  It was hot!  But they managed to survive.  They are both very good at soccer.  Jack moved to the big fields this year with bigger goals.  He had an awesome team and coach.  It was fun to see them trying to learn positions.  Sophie is the most aggressive little lady on the field!  Love it!

We took a trip down to Provo to tour the new MTC.  I have never really been in the old part of the MTC but the new part is so beautiful.  It was fun to be with all the missionaries.  Our church is awesome!

We really loved the eclipse on the 21st.  We only had one pair of glasses so we rotated them around between us.  It is crazy that with the sun about 91% covered in our area how bright it still was outside.  On the inside of our house it was definitely darker but outside it was really not too noticeable.  But the temperature sure dropped which was cool.  I loved the shadows that the trees made.

Shortly after school was back in, Luke and I went to Discovery Gateway with our besties, the Denisons.  It was almost completely empty which was awesome.  The boys could have spent forever building and racing their cars.  Such a fun place!

A couple of random shots.  The kids enjoying the porch swing and their books.  Sophie read a few chapter books this summer.  I am proud of how much her reading has progressed!  We made room changes.  Luke and Sophie now share the bunk beds and Jack is in his own room.  Luke is quite the artist for his age.  His Mickey Mouse chalk drawing was really amazing for a 3.75 year old!

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Cousin time

We had the best time ever with the Herways in town this summer.  They came for 2 weeks and it made my kids so happy.  I don’t think I saw Jack and Sophie ever while we were together.  They just played and played and played.  It made my heart so happy.  Not too long ago Jack said “Mom, you know what is sad?  That my best friend lives all the way across the country and I only get to see him about once a year.”  That is heartbreaking.  Luke developed a special bond with Rachel this trip.  And she was so kind to entertain his admiration.  We did many fun things.  But I think my kids favorite were the days we stayed at home and they got to explore together.

We spent a morning and afternoon in Park City riding the Alpine Slide and Coaster.  And of course we had to eat lunch at Baja Cantina.  It was super fun and a great way to get out of the heat.

We went to BYU and got some ice cream.  I found the perfect hat for Luke and he spent most of the next two weeks wearing it.  Super cute!  We then went to Grandma Pett’s and enjoyed a carnival and pizza dinner.  My kids really lucked out with 2 carnivals from Grandma this summer.

Lagoon!  It is a summer favorite of ours.  And my kids were so excited to share it with their cousins.  All of my pictures are with Luke since me and him hung out a lot while the older kids ventured off to do the bigger rides with those nice enough to take them.  It really is so fun there!

The rest of that first week we spent time at Grandma’s and played lots.  She even offered to have a whole cousins sleepover one night so that us adults could go on a date.  We loved going to an escape room and Bruges for dessert.  Such fun times…painting rocks, slip and sliding, snake hunting, shucking corn and being silly.

One morning we all got together to hike Timpanogos Cave.  I love it!  My kids did awesome.  They never complained and really enjoyed the cave tour.  It is pretty amazing that a cave exists just 10 miles from our house.

That same day we went to the gardens at Thanksgiving Point.  They are so beautiful always.  I love the picture of Luke imitating Joseph Smith.  What a funny boy!

We rode the tram to the top of Snowbird so that we could do some hiking.  I did properly dress my children’s feet for the rocky terrain.  But somehow we survived in flip flops and sandals.  I love that picture of Rachel and Luke.  Perfectly shows their bond from the 2 weeks together.

We went to Temple Square and enjoyed a tour of the Church Office Building from Jake’s aunt.

And just a few random shots from our week spent hanging out at Grandpa’s.  On the last night we stayed there until 11 pm.  The kids and some of the grown ups played a game of baseball in the backyard until the sun went down.  And if you ask my kids what one of their favorite things was from the Herways visit they will always mention that baseball game.  Oh summer!  It is the best.  We love this family and feel so happy any time we get to be together.

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