Silly Girl

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Family, Friends and Vacation

After our fun-filled weekend with Aunt Shaela and Daddy, we made the super fun drive to Utah. The beginning is always ok, but that drive through Nevada is definitely the worst (Sorry Nevada!)

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But soon the call of the horses proved too much and we had to go out and ride. Kaia thinks she’s a cowgirl. Britton was proud of himself for riding by himself.2014-06-20 14.28.54 2014-06-20 14.25.45 2014-06-20 14.25.13 2014-06-20 13.53.48

Though this is the only picture I got, we had a great time with my friend Angie’s family. We did dinner, then headed to my aunt’s house to play in the back yard for a while. The kids got along great, and we had a nice time visiting for a bit too. I’m really glad they moved up here, or I have no idea when I’d have seen them again. We haven’t been down to Southern Utah since we moved from Colorado.

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The next day we got to visit with Gigi and Grand Papa. They’re such good sports, because we were there ALL day! Even cousin Morgan came to see us. She’s such a sweetheart, and I wish we were closer so she could baby sit!

Cambry was still a little nervous about new people though.

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I realized Grandma and I don’t have many pictures together, especially since I’ve gotten older, so we had to take a selfie–even if the only sharing is here. The kids LOVE it at their house. They have all the fun toys to play with, and the outside too.

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Cambry took right to Grandpa, just playing and sitting on his lap. They were super cute.2014-06-19 13.25.12

Cam is actually wearing the outfit Grandma got her for her birthday!

They had fun discussing pressing matters…like which game to play next.IMG_20140619_122102292

And Miss Kaia was always ready with a snuggle.IMG_20140619_122508266

Grandpa even played soccer outside with them. They thought it was awesome. IMG_20140619_131544918_HDR

 

Later Aunt Dee Ann came to visit for a little bit. The kids had no idea who she was. I need to do better at showing them photos of family. One of the things I really hate about living so far away is them not getting to know family the way I did growing up. There were a lot of us, but we were close and did things together often. They miss out on so much this way, and it really makes me sad.

The next day we went to the Mt. Timpanogos Temple grounds to visit.

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This little girl is a heart stealer!

I love the beautiful grounds there, and the the peaceful feeling I get.

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Afterward we headed to Thanksgiving Point for lunch. It’s changed so much since my days there, but in some ways is the same. The Soda Fountain still makes the yummiest Oreo shakes around!

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Yes, more puppy time. Luckily Kaia is older and less likely to kill them these days. 2014-06-17 18.13.42 2014-06-17 18.13.34

One of the other highlights of our trip was visiting with some of our besties–the Kesslers! They were in the middle of a move to Texas, and we caught them on a Utah visit. 2014-06-17 13.07.54

Britton and Mav picked up where they left off and played together right away. It makes me sooooo sad that they’re so far apart now. These two were just the cutest little friends. I miss Paige’s creativity and inspiration on making my house as beautiful as I could. And I miss having the friend to just go visit on a whim because scheduling playdates was just silly. 2014-06-17 13.07.16 2014-06-17 11.04.49

The “real” reason for our trip was my high school reunion, that included a lunch portion for families. This is Utah after all. Miss Cam had lots of fun as you can see getting everything she needed.

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Sadly, I didn’t get any other pictures with anyone. What was I thinking!? But, it was a fun afternoon catching up with people and meeting spouses and children. I didn’t come to the last one, so it was a first for me.

It’s interesting, going back and seeing what’s happened in the lives of people you used to know. Some are exactly how you’d expect, and others not at all! I like to think that now that we’re adults all the fears and insecurities have gone away, but I found myself back where I was then, wanting to be liked.  Feeling intimidated by some, definitely not by others, and realizing that in the end, it doesn’t matter. I am who I am. A wife to a pretty awesome husband who takes great care of me and our family. A mother to arguably the 3 cutest kids on the planet, and a woman who singlehandedly runs a pretty awesome company that’s out to save the world (ok, maybe not, but it’s pretty cool anyway.) And that’s ok.

Anyway–our trip was awesome. I didn’t get to see everyone I wanted to. It was way too fast of a week. I wish we could visit more often, see more people, but for now, we’ll stick with phone calls and photos. Farewell Utah, until next time =)

 

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Happy Father’s Day!

There’s lots of Daddy love in our house. He’s a special, fun guy. Cambry couldn’t wait for him to read her all of his presents. She thought they were for her.

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Britton could hardly wait for him to open the present he made at school.   2014-06-15 08.04.29 2014-06-15 08.04.44

A portrait of him!

 

 

We’re so lucky to have him in our lives! He’s so much fun, loving and we couldn’t ask for anyone better.

 

 

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A Visit From A Special Aunt

Aunty Shaela came to visit for the weekend and we couldn’t have been more excited! She’d never been to the city before, so we took her to some fun sites. We started at Fisherman’s Wharf and a snack at Boudin Bakery for some yummy bread.2014-06-14 11.12.35 

We ate strawberries as big as Cam’s head on the Pier.

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And Cambry loved the Seals.

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We waited in a ridiculously long line to ride the trolley. It was maybe worth the wait. The kids sure liked it.

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Everyone had to have a turn looking through telescopes at Alcatraz Island. Especially with Aunt Shaela holding them up.

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We love it when people come visit us.

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Fun and silliness

Cambry is a silly girl who likes to play take things out and put them back again.

These don’t go back very well though.

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Kaia started going to a nursery school the beginning of May on a trial basis to see if she liked it before we decided on it for the fall. I’d been having a hard time deciding where we should send her for school. I thought about the Co-op where Britton went when we moved here, but it is a lot of work, and after looking into it, things just didn’t work out. I thought about sending her where Britton went his last year,  but it wasn’t decided. Then I learned about a place in a woman’s home that a lot of people from church sent their children. The price was amazing and 4 days a week too. It sounded too good to be true–and it ended up being so. I didn’t like the woman or her ways very much, and Kaia pretty much hated it. She seemed to like it at first, but after a couple of weeks she started saying she didn’t want to go, and that no one liked her. She still talks about how glad she is that she doesn’t have to go to Teacher Jean’s. Even last week, after going to her new school, she whispered in my ear, “Mommy, thank you that I don’t have to go to Teacher Jean’s anymore.”  I’m really glad we did the trial month so we had someplace for her to go right now.

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This little doll got this down off her wall one day before I picked her up after her nap. She quite likes having her picture taken and was only too happy to give me her super cute smile.

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She loves the water and to swim, so she gets very sad when the kids are at their lessons. It’s kind of sad, but I do take her earlier in the day, so she does get pool time too!

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Getting our box of diapers is a highlight around our house. They love the colorful packages, and the big box!

 

 

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School’s Out!

Britton had a lot of fun the last days of school. For Garden Class they had a “tomato throwing party” like they do in Spain. Only this time we used water balloons instead.

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We were sad to say goodbye to Maestra Rocha. She was such a great teacher for Britton this year. She understands him and was really good at channeling his energy–and brain power into something productive.

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After school we had a picnic in the park with friends. It was the perfect way to end the year.

 

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Thoughts on Britton’s Kindergarten year:

I am so glad he got into the Spanish Immersion program. Without it, he would’ve been so bored! His Spanish has come so far already. He doesn’t speak much at home, but his teacher says he fully speaks Spanish in the classroom, and if he doesn’t know a word, asks about it. He loves to be creative and play with friends. Everyone seems to like him and he likes to be friends with everyone. He’s grown so much and is such a fun, sweet boy.

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Monterey and Carmel

Our friends invited us down to visit for the weekend in Carmel–and who could turn that down?

We went to the little lagoon near the beach in Carmel that’s more like a lake–no waves–perfect for little ones.

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Britton loved playing in the sand. Cam, not so much. Kaia liked the water, until she hit a drop off and nearly went under. Then she just wanted to hold Daddy’s hand.

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It was so fun. They all loved it! That night they were excited to have a sleep over with their friends.

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At the end of the day, they were wiped out!

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The weekend went way too fast. Monterey and Carmel are so pretty and fun. We all had a great time with the Wetzels.

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Water Fun

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Cambry loved playing at the splash pad at the local park. She liked standing on the spout.

 

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We went to a local festival with friends. The kids love Shayne. Though, while we were there we lost Kaia. We were all in one spot looking at something, and when we moved on, she stayed behind. We didn’t realize it for a few minutes because we were with other people and thought she was with them. When we didn’t see her with us, we figured she wandered to a nearby booth to look at something, but after a few minutes, I realized she really was missing. So, I went out and found security people who radioed her missing status. Luckily she’d been “left” right by the Will Call booth that was staffed by some nice women who saw her dancing alone and took her into the booth and played with her.

I’m somewhat hesitant to admit this, but I wasn’t seriously worried until I talked to the security officer. Maybe it’s where we live. Maybe I’m too trusting, But I really didn’t think anything bad had happened to her, and that she’d be fine. But, as time went on, I was starting to get a little panicked. Just glad she was safe, even if a little scared and sad.

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Oh, little Cam sleeping. She’s such an angel. Love her!

 

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Cambry

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Mother’s Day

I am very blessed with the sweetest children.

In Britton’s class, they had a Mother’s Day celebration. He made me a paper flower, a note pad with a picture he drew, and a paper picture of me.

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Then they sang songs, it was so cute!

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Then on Monther’s Day, we had a nice time at church and I got some pictures with these cute things. 2014-05-11 21.50.57 2014-05-11 14.24.27 2014-05-11 14.24.01 2014-05-11 14.22.47

 

Mark made a delicious dinner and I had a nice relaxing day.

Sometimes during all of the busyness and craziness of the day I can lose sight of how truly remarkable they are and all of the wonderful, special qualities they have. They’re smart, and thoughtful and curious and fun and loving and special little spirits. And even when I’m definitely not at my best, they still want hugs and loves and are forever forgiving. I am so lucky to be their mother.

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