It’s true, time does fly when you are having fun. And lots and lots of fun was had this summer. Our “little” babe Luke turned TWO. Seriously, where did the time go??? Charlie turned 4 a few days later, so in between we squeezed a fun little neighborhood birthday party for the boys. They were spoiled with toys and gifts and cake and candy. Good times! Mid summer Jeff ran the Epic Relay. He was on an Ultra team, which meant the same milage as last year (205 to be exact) but half the team members (only 6!) The team did a relay from Logan, UT to Jackson Hole, WY. We turned this into a mini vacation by renting a cabin inside the Grand Tetons National Park and exploring the area for a weekend. It was breathtakingly beautiful. We look forward to returning to the park when the boys are older so we can kayak, hike and bike ride. The hot air balloon festival returned to Antelope Island this year, so we went to see the balloons launch early this morning. We made it a date by inviting our neighbors, our good friends The Shaww family. Their kiddos, Boomer, Hannah & Cameron, have become family to us. They are all my boys talk about, and Charlie is just convinced they are moving to Kansas with us in December. That is going to be a tough move for all of us, but we are grateful for this “bonus” time we have here in Utah with them this fall. After the launch, we decided to finally take a drive up Francis Peak to a weather station that we can see from the highway near our home. We attempted this drive two summers ago when we first moved here, but the road was shut down due to a landslide in the spring. Now that it is finally opened, we decided to take the drive before the snow hit. Enjoy the pics!
We had a great spring, and yes, we are aware it is almost FALL. What can we say? Life is busy when you love to travel & explore new places & things! We were very lucky to celebrate Jeff’s grandfather’s 90th birthday in Kansas City with his family. “Pa Andy” as we call him, had a wonderful birthday surprise. Family from all over the country came to wish him a happy birthday. Since we will be moving to Kansas this winter, we took the opportunity to explore Ft. Leavenworth and the surrounding area. We are excited for our next adventure.
Our sweet Reagan was having a rough spring and finally passed away in April. She was the best dog a family could ever ask for. We got her one lucky spring morning in 2006, and later that day Jeff proposed to me on Navarre Beach in Florida. She was the beginning of our family. Reagan turned 14 years old this past December. She had a good, long life and we will always cherish our memories of her.
My parents traveled out from Boston for a week long visit in May. We had a quite the time traveling down to Zion National Park together and also exploring Bryce Canyon for the first time. Charlie is eagerly planning a trip to travel on a plane and go see Grammie & Supa in Massachusetts…
Other fun things we did this spring included a visit to the Salt Lake Zoo, dinosaur park, a local fair, neighborhood block parties (yes plural), hiking, swimming at Pineview Reservoir, and my first triathlon. Definitely a good start to the summer!
Finally the snow has melted and we are enjoying the great outdoors again. We are all happy to be outside playing with neighbors, going on walks/ runs and bike & scooter rides. Jeff & I have really appreciated our little cul de sac, and now as a parent we truly understand why people long for a home on a dead end street. Luke & I visited Charlie’s class for a small Easter party. As you can see, Luke was really enjoying hanging with the big kids. Our neighborhood organized an Easter egg hunt for the children. And as the pictures show, our small street is not lacking in the kid department!!! The boys had fun exploring their baskets on Easter morning, especially their egg shaped cake pops. After Easter, Jeff & I got to splurge on a kid-free getaway for a night to Park City. We met Jeff’s Uncle Mark & Aunt Mauri for a day of skiing, shopping and eating (lots of yummy eating!) while the kids hung out with our favorite babysitter. We all had a great time and are looking forward to our next vacation as a family coming up soon!
We have had a great holiday season. Jeff had a well deserved two and a half week vacation in mid December. It was fun to lay low and relax as a family. On Christmas morning we were all spoiled by friends, family and good ol’ Saint Nick. As you can see the big hits of the day were Charlie’s digital camera, new busytown cars & trucks, pretend phones, dream lites & a four story police station/ fire house. After the holidays passed, the snow began. I would say we have had about 35 inches of snow since Christmas! Charlie has been asking lately why the snow is not melting, and when he does see the faint glimmer of the sun he starts talking about going to the splash pad and park. Poor guy! We have a long winter ahead of us; what a change from last year! Jeff finally decided on a new truck and the boys are loving driving around with him every chance they get.
Charlie had his first trip to the ER after the now famous “bowling ball incident.” The little guy had his finger in a splint for almost 2 weeks and to anyone that asked what happened, he would respond with this exact word for word statement, as loud and fast as he could: “Thebowlingballsmashedmyfingeropenandbrokeit!!!!” He is a trooper, after dropping a bowling ball on his index finger, he received 4 stitches and broke the tip of the bone. He is slowly healing, though if you ask him it is not any better because “it isn’t white like my other fingers.” Included below are some family portraits we had taken just before the snow hit, thank goodness! Hope you are all staying warm!
It is almost Christmas and we have a lot of fun pictures to post before we overload this page with our holiday activities. In this set of pictures we have our own garbage truck and garbage man to show off. Charlie was very insistent that he wanted to be a garbage truck for Halloween, so Jeff & I did our best to create a realistic truck for him. We were pretty proud of the final product and Charlie even won first place in the base costume contest! Luke was sporting quite the mullet for his costume, and we finally decided it was time for his first haircut. As you can see in the photos, things started well, but took a turn for the worst rather quickly. His cut turned out really well though and we will probably try to trim it at home next time. We have had a few snowfalls and the boys have enjoyed building snowmen, sledding and playing outside with the neighbors on our dead end street no matter the weather. Enjoy the rest of the pics, and we hope everyone is having a good holiday season!
It is hard to believe, but Charlie had his first day of “school.” We enrolled him in a two day per week preschool program at a nearby Christian school. He loves his teacher, “Miss Lexy” and is enjoying being one of three boys in class room full of 15 kiddos. He is learning letters, numbers, a little writing and also memorizing bible verses. His independence is blossoming, though at home he is still my little shadow. We have been enjoying the fall colors by taking quick trips on weekend mornings through the mountains. It’s amazing that this beautiful landscape is 15 minutes from our home! Enjoy the pictures which include a school field trip to a local farm where we picked our own pumpkins, went on a hayride and enjoyed the hay bail slides over & over & over & over…
It is hard to believe summer is over. We had a great time exploring and taking advantage of all Utah has to offer since this was most likely our last full summer here. Enjoy our pictures of from August and September. We explored a few new lakes in the area (Trail Lake & Pineview Reservoir), the Ogden farmer’s market, a hot air balloon launch, a nature center, and The Museum of Ancient Life.
It was 9:15 am one morning and I decided I should probably check in on Luke since the last time I heard from him was at 7:30 pm the night before. He was so knocked out, I had time to get the camera and my cell phone to snap some adorable photos.
Charlie is THREE! The lucky birthday boy got to celebrate with both sets of grandparents and then had a big ol’ bash with his friends at the splash pad. It was a great party- 13 kiddos running through the water, eating cake, playing with water balloons, squirt guns and trying to break the train pinata. Charlie choose to have a Thomas the Tank Engine theme, though we had several conversations about a dump truck or Mickey party. He is already planning next year’s party- as of now it is a “tractor birthday party.” I am sure it will change 20 more times before then!
My mom and dad came our for my promotion to Major a couple of weeks ago. It was a great visit, I had my dad read the oath at the promotion and my mom and Elizabeth pin on my new rank. It was a great little event! We took a fast trip to Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake as well as a walk around the Mormon Temple in downtown Salt Lake City. My parents brought B-day gifts for both boys and we had a great time opening them up and playing with all the goodies.