We had a very traditional Fourth of July this year. We went up to the Granite Parade in the morning. It was unbelievably hot. I was proud of the kids for sticking with it despite sweating our faces off. When we got home we just hung around. In the evening we went to Grandma Pett’s carnival and BBQ. The kids love it because they come home with 1 million prizes. On our way back we stopped by the Cosby’s where we did our firework show along with everyone in their neighborhood. It was so much fun! There were fireworks going off constantly. And some of the best aerials I’ve ever seen. We had a great holiday!
At the end of June we headed down the Zion’s National Park for 5 days for a family reunion with my Cosby side of the family. We have been planning this for over 2 years now and it was fun that it had finally arrived. All of my siblings and parents stayed in a cabin together which is always a good time. Until on the first night there we discovered a mouse in the house. And then on the first morning there Kara came down with a flu bug that spread through 11 of the 18 (that included every member of the Grossen family…aren’t we lucky!) of us staying there. And on our last night we discovered another mouse in the house. All of that crazy business kind of put a damper on the reunion. I only ended up being able to see my cousins and aunts and uncles a handful of times which made me kind of sad. But what can you do? We still were able to enjoy the pool at the resort quite a few times, go miniature golfing, Dan went on an ATV tour that he loved, watch the rodeo and participate in the barrel race which Sophie, Isaac and Jack won. And we spent a morning in the park which is beautiful and kind of unbelievable. Jack had a bad attitude about the long line for the shuttle which is documented in the pictures. But as soon as he was hiking he was happy. And Luke really struggled this day I think because it was so incredibly hot. So it was kinda a bust. But at least we could all be together and play a few games. I love this Cosby family of mine. Some of my best childhood memories involve these people. It was sure fun to reconnect if only for a small moment.
One morning we decided to go up American Fork Canyon to Tibblefork Reservoir. It recently underwent some renovations and we had heard that it was awesome now with a fun beach. We were hoping to beat the heat by heading into the mountains. Well its true what they said, it does have a fun beach. But it was not any cooler than down in the valley. And about 30 minutes after being there it became so windy that sand was blowing everywhere. Us moms tried to be brave for the kids because they loved it despite the heat and the wind. But after about an hour we were all covered in sand including the lunches we packed for ourselves! So it was fun but kinda a bust because of the wind. But we did get some great pictures because it is so beautiful there.
Every year Adobe invites all the families for a morning of games, experiments and entertainment. It is super fun every year. We had a lot of fun this year making our own bouncy balls, experimenting with dry ice bubbles, building earthquake-proof towers and building bridges from blocks. At the end of the morning they serve us lunch and we watching a fun group from America’s Got Talent that did some amazing acrobatics. We loved it.
We surprised the kids with a trip to California right after school got out. I loaded the car up while Jack finished up his last day of school & when Dan finished work that day we got in the car to run some “errands” and hit the road. The kids were so wrapped up in the movie that they didn’t even notice that we hadn’t stopped for over an hour. Ha! They were really excited when we told them about our journey. Unfortunately we had a bad sickness in our house leading up to the trip & it continued through the first part of our vacation. Sophie and Luke both had days with fevers & overall misery. But we tried to make the most of it. We spent 3 days at my parents house playing games, going to the park, eating smoked meat and watching the new Beauty & the Beast movie. On Monday night we went down to LA for what the kids thought would be a couple days at the beach & staying in a hotel. They were overjoyed. But little did they know that we were surprising them with 3 days at Disneyland. We walked all the way to the gate pretty much before we told them. Luke and Sophie were so happy and excited. Jack was mad that we weren’t going to the beach like we said. It was pretty disappointing that he had attitude about it but not too surprising since he has never really liked surprises. We had a good time at Disney. We surprised my parents by announcing that Luke was going to a big brother come December and that I would be sitting out of all the big rides. Sad! But I had fun spending more time with Lukie riding the kid rides and eating treats while everyone else enjoyed the other rides. It was pretty crowded most days because of HS graduation but we made the most of the early morning hours. Sophie conquered Indiana Jones for the first time and ended up loving it. And both Jack and Sophie rode California Screamin’ which made Jack feel a little yucky just like his mom! I love Disneyland so much. And I think it is just about the funnest thing to share it with my kids. After our 3 days at Disney, we spent a whole day at the beach where Jack really is in his element. Such a fun trip to Southern California. It is just about the best place!
We were pretty worn out by the end of our trip. My dad fell asleep in church which happens almost every Sunday, but still. And on our last night at my parent’s house, Luke fell asleep sitting up while eating dinner. Amazing.
We spent the last week of school super busy with fun activities. Every year the school does a 5K race. Unfortunately because of a late snowstorm, the morning Kindergarten kids were not able to participate. Sophie was pretty disappointed when it got rescheduled and messed up her plans to win the race! But we had fun cheering on Jack and his friends. And who would have thought that one week later on the new date and time, it would be the hottest day of the year so far. These poor kids were melting!
Sophie had a Kindergarten Graduation that we were able to go to. She had the best year in Kindergarten. She loved everyday and really excelled. Her teacher, Mrs. Topham, only had the best things to say about our Sophie girl. We are super proud of her!
Jack had a great year in 2nd grade. His teacher, Miss Jones, was wonderful for Jack. I was able to help in Jack’s class once a week and it was fun to see him in his environment. Jack’s class performed plays during the last week of school. He did awesome in his performance. He is still a bit of the class clown and loves to make people laugh. After a rocky start this year, he really turned it around and we found him in tears after we got home on the last day of school because he said he was going to miss his friends so much. His best buds were Deacon, Riley and Thiago. Sweet little buddy.
And just a few random shots from May. Luke is obsessed with rolly pollies and collected hundreds this Spring. He tried to create environments where they would survive like putting grass & dirt in the trunk of his tricycle one day. But sadly, we always found them belly up the next day!
Sophie and Jack played another round of soccer. They both had awesome seasons. Jack had the best coach who really taught the kids about positions and spreading out on the field to look for a pass. It was fun to watch! Sophie scored the winning goal at the last second in the last game of the season. We went crazy!
Sophie’s best friend is Harvey. Harvey has probably been at our house 275 days of the year for the last 3 years. We love him. He is the sweetest boy and him and Sophie play so well together. He is moving in a few weeks and our hearts are broken. I don’t know if Sophie will know what to do without him!
A picture of the above mentioned May 18th snowstorm.
Sophie was working on her church words one day. I was proud of her. I absolutely love watching her spell. Because Jack is super human, he never did this so its a first for me and I love it so much.
I was able to escape for 2 days and attend BYU Women’s Conference this year with Kerri, Kara, and Kara’s mom. It was such a wonderful experience–one that every woman should have I think! It is so uplifting and really reminds me of all the best parts of college–learning, going to classes and eating good BYU treats! I loved it and hope to make it a semi-regular thing!
Kerri and I thought we were both so hungry on Thursday night that we ordered 24 inches of sandwich at Sensuous! Hahaha…it is still funny to this day. Well we only ate 12 inches and had plenty of leftovers to send home to James.
We finally bit the bullet and had the floor redone in our house. It has been on our to-do list since we moved in. So 3 years later, we finally made it happen. Before they started the floor we repainted the office to a light grey. We really love how it has brightened things up. We also wanted to take out the archway from the kitchen to family room. That demo was pretty fast and we are excited to finish it off someday soon. The floor took a whole week to do. It was a long week with our house in disarray but we survived by making lots of outings. It reminded us that we never want to move again. Just taking the few things out of the house that we did was too much for us! We are loving it and are busy rug shopping now! And also contemplating how we are going to redo the banister.
Here are some Jack shots. We died the day he put on Luke’s size 3 hoodie and zipped it up. It is obviously short and tight but he could still get it around himself. Little skinny mini. Sometimes after we have put Jack and Sophie to bed we hear them laughing and talking. One night we stumbled upon them in Sophie’s bed together reading books. They are best buds. He sure is a fun kid. I have loved volunteering in his class this year and eating lunch with him a handful of times. He makes our life good!
Sophie has loved school. And it is truly amazing to see how much she has grown. I love reading all the work she brings home and the notes I find almost daily from her. She is such a sweet lady. This year she did an animal report on the Snowy Owl. We then were able to go into her class one morning and learn from all her friends about their reports too. She has loved being in Kindergarten with her two best buddies, Hannah and Peyton.
Wild Bubbies! He is my side kick and I have loved this year with just me and him in the mornings. He is so full of personality and fun and a little attitude. He is trying to give up his nap these days which is always a long transition which leads to many naps in the car in the afternoon. Sigh.
We have been loving our smoker. One of the best things we have made is this salsa. Doesn’t it look amazing!? We were pretty proud!
I thought it was pretty awesome when I looked down during Conference to find Dan doing some the papers from the kids’ packets I had printed off! We all need a little help focusing sometimes! In his defense, this particular page was a little too hard for the kids to do on their own!