Thursday, October 22, 2015

Park City Fun Weekend!

Back in January, we attended this event and while there, we were able to score us a killer deal for a hotel for Labor Day weekend!  This hotel had a very ornate entrance with a killer chandelier!
They had three separate pools!  Indoor/outdoor, adults only pool, and an outdoor pool.  It turned out to be a wonderful weekend spent with some of my favorite people!!
We went to a show at the Utah Olympic Park where professional skiiers dove in full on gear into the pool!  It was an incredible show!! 

 The bubbles break the fall for them.

Watch this!

 This guy was climbing the wall.

Oh, and there was a jetted tub in our bedroom. This was the kids fav!

 The free tram ride.  We took a tram ride to a 7/11.  Because it was free.  I wish that I had had my camera out when this gondola came rushing in to the drop off area.  It goes considerable faster once you hit the end of the tram thing there in the background so it's a bit unnevering coming into the drop off area as you are going pretty darn fast.  It slows down to let you off but you should have seen all their faces coming in.  They were pretty freaked out.  We all had a good laugh.

 Labor Day parade.  We got a lot less sway since it wasn't an election year. Figures.
 Some of my very favorite memories are made on these mini vacations with family!  We are super blessed with a fantastic extended family who likes us enough to hang out with us and invite us along on all these adventures!  So many thanks be to the Wood's for all their incredible efforts in spending quality time with their family! Love it!

First day of school 2015!

The best day of mom's summer! Can you even believe that my it our baby's last year in elementary?
Me neither!

Cute Friends.
 Not sure of the girl on the left, Anna B, Hannah R., Ellyse, 
 Allston, Allie, Mylie 
 Why yes, that is a piano in her classroom!  This teacher plays the kids songs to learn concepts!  Super excited for her this year!!
 The sixth grader passed me as quickly as humanly possible!  I managed to snap a pic once she settled.

Yay for school!

14th Anniversary

 We found a killer deal and were able to stay in the same room we stayed in the day we got married! On our actual anniversary!  It has a balcony, a waterfall shower, king size comfy bed, comes with breakfast, cheesecake, and sparkling cider and the room was super posh.  Way fun and nice to get away for a hot second.  This was our view from the balcony.

Wouldn't it have been cool if we actually got a picture of us on our anniversary?  Sure would have!

 The next morning we went for a a cemetery.  It was across the street from the University of Utah and some of the head stones were pretty impressive!  We came across a few deer.  

 We caught this guy in a semi provocative pose.  He would NOT move!  He just stood there showing us his perfectly white tail end.  We even kind of wondered if it was statue for a second.

 Remember the impressive headstones?  Yah, they were nothing compared to the mausoleums! 

 Pretty cool school with a pretty cool Olympic torch.
Smart man didn't forget the flowers. ;) Did I mention how cool my man is?

Here's to many many more years!!

What we did last summer (2015)

Let me preface this incredibly long and full of photos post with this.  I went into summer 2014 thinking my kids would have an 'old fashioned' summer.  You know the one with playing with friends till dark all day every day.  Apparently, we live in a completely different world where there's only so many friends that hang around for the summer and don't have much else to do but play.  Thus, my kids got bored very easily, and were not in fact easily amused by cleaning the house, doing laundry and running errands with me.  My anxiety levels increased dramatically trying to come up with cheap and easy plans to keep them entertained.  I figured out that what we needed next summer was a plan.

The plan for 2015:
Have a family council meeting to plan a weekly list of things that are free or cheap.  Keep in mind, my off work days were limited so a lot of the days of the week were already planned for me.
This weekly list should include 1 act of service, 1 fun activity, and 1 educational activity.
We started out pretty strong.  Educational?  Coke and Mento's activity. Check!  Service? Taking a cake to an elderly lady for her birthday.  Check.  Fun?  See pictures below.  We have A LOT of pictures. 
The summer concluded with me redecorating the toy room and the kids watching/helping, with no service nor educational activities ever involved. 

Hey, we tried.

 Hey look, playing with friends!  Learning how to draw fun characters.  Wahoo!
 A traveling lemonade stand.  We picked up a few kids along the way.  The kids all agreed to set some money aside from their earnings to donate to a random act of kindness day. (Which has yet to happen.)
 Playing at Classic Fun Center.  Grandma D bought us some dollar day passes!

Using our free passes to the rec center.
 Stake Conference at the tabernacle.

 My friend had some buddy passes she so generously let us use.  It was a fun day at The Treehouse.

 Swim day at Pineview.  All free!  Yay!

 This right here picture does not do this tree justice!  It's my favorite favorite tree!  It happens to live right along the path I walk/jog on at the park.  I love this tree!  It makes me happy.  We played at the park a few times as well.

 Hiking Waterfall Canyon. Free!
 Father's Day Fun.  Man, am I ever grateful for the father's in my life!

 Sleepover at grandmas and birthday shopping!  Mom's favorite activity for the kids.  ;)
 Carson's Farewell.  These two found something very productive to do whilst in Sacrament meeting. Selfies!
Carson's endowment was a bit surreal! 
 Raptor's game.  Allie won the dance contest!!  

 It was pretty cool that an old neighbor moved into an apartment complex with a pool and shared her resources!  These girls are all so stinkin cute together!
 First ever Build a Bear for her birthday!! 

 24th of July parade.
Cherry Hill.  Many thanks be to my brother and sister-in-law that allow us to use some of their passes every year!  The kids LOVE this place!
 She's like a little spider woman climbing up this thing.  Gets up to the top like it's nothing.

 The little Mermaid Musical at the Hale Center!  Minus the fact that it was a musical, it was fantastic!  Grandma D and all the Beaut's bought tickets (holy cow that's amazing right?!) for all the girls in their lives and we all got to go together!  Fun day out!  We almost took up an entire row in that small theater. I particularly LOVED the costumes!  
 Allie was invited by a friend.  She got to go twice! 
 Halloween decorations in July?  Yep!  We had to send this photo to daddy as he was left out of the fun.
The Toy Room Makeover.  And oh boy did it ever need a makeover!  See those walls, all wood paneling painted.

 The broken closet and my kids creative way of making a dressing room in the toy room.
 I got all Tim Allen on the walls and ripped it all out!  By myself!  I was so proud.
 Until I realized, I'm was going to have to mud and tape the ENTIRE room because of the remnants of the crystallized glue.
I mud and taped the entire room!!  It was no joke.  When I found out I had to do it all over again in order to get a smooth finish, I decided on a textured wall instead.  Thus, the tissue paper effect with a glaze over the top happened.
 And finally, about a month later, Ta Da!!

Finished!!  Mostly. I did most of it myself but Jason helped with the heavy stuff.  He did the crown molding on the top and bottom of the walls.  But wait!?!  That's not all!! Did you see that he constructed a stage in the corner for the girls??  It's freaking sweet to have a husband that knows his way around a saw and is super nice to help a damsel in distress.  The girls love it!

Conclusion: Friends and family that are super generous with their resources and time saved our rear ends this summer!  Many many thanks to everyone who allowed us to hang out with them and were super duper nice in inviting us along for the ride!  We had a fantastic summer!