Sunday, July 29, 2012

Josh's Adventure Day

For months I have been planning a fun adventure day for Josh's 30th birthday. It has been a lot of work and planning, especially trying to keep it a secret from Josh. It was one of the funnest days we've had in years. After Josh got home from work on Friday, we dropped off the kids and headed down to Lindon for dinner at the Pizza Factory. It was such a nice dinner to enjoy without the kids. We then made stops at TJMaxx, Ross, and Walmart and loaded up on some new BYU gear. We finally made it to our hotel room in Orem at 10:30. We had a great night watching the Olympics. Saturday morning we woke up and headed up Provo Canyon for our first adventure - ziplining! A bunch of friends and family met us there and we had a blast. All 12 of us loaded in a van and headed to the first zipline. There were 5 ziplines to go down and we all loved it.
 After ziplining we stopped at Marley's for lunch. It was awesome food. 7 of us then headed back up the canyon, rented some tubes and tubed down the river. I didn't take my camera, but managed to snap one shot of us at the end. It was SO much fun!
 After the river, everyone else had to go pick up their kids and head home. Josh and I went to the Provo Beach Resort to do the ropes course. I was surprised that I was a little nervous to begin, but it ended up being a lot of fun.
 Justin and Andrew met up with us to do the Flowrider. It was SO awesome. It took me a while to get the hang of it, but the guys all caught on pretty quick. They even tried standing on the long boards and did pretty good. We all fell a lot and woke up pretty sore the next morning, but it was well worth it.
 After we were done with the Flowrider we headed back to Draper for dinner at Chuck-A-Rama. We met up with more friends and family and had an enjoyable evening.
While Josh and I were down in Provo having a blast, the kids were having just as much fun with at the Ericson's. They had a little blow up pool and spent all afternoon sliding down into the pool and playing in the sandbox. Then Brayden and Brooklyn went to a Superhero birthday party for Boston. They had a TON of fun and couldn't stop talking about it. By the time we all got home after dinner, we were all exhausted and ready for bed. The kids collapsed on their beds, as did Josh and I later that night. Happy Birthday Babe! I hope you had as much fun as I did!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Josh's 30th Birthday

Josh turned 30 this week! He went to lunch with some of his buddies, then we went to the Italian Village for dinner with his family. His actual birthday was pretty low key since everything I planned wasn't until the weekend.
I spent over 2 months collecting memories and thoughts from as many of Josh's friends and family I could get. I created a book for him and got it printed. It was a lot of work, but it was neat to see all the things people have to say about Josh. Happy Birthday Josh! We sure love you!

Kindergarten Open House

We stopped by Brayden's kindergarten class during their open house to meet his teacher. He'll be in afternoon kindergarten with Mrs. Asay. He's really excited and can't wait for it to start!!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

24th of July

We didn't do much on the 24th. It was fun to have Josh around all day and just relax. For the evening we headed over to the Ericson's house for a bbq and fireworks. We took Lexi and it was a great evening.
 We set up the chairs so we could light the fireworks that we had left over from last year. We were about to start when one of the neighbors told us to head up the street for a big firework show. So we quickly packed up and headed over there. They had a bunch of snacks and desserts and lit a bunch of fun fireworks.

Monday, July 23, 2012


Andrew and Julie had extra tickets to the rodeo so we quickly jumped in the car and headed out. It was a lot  of fun and the kids did better than I thought they would. Brynlee got pretty restless towards the end bc it was bed time, but it was still a blast!
 The kids loved looking out the window:

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Family Firework Derby

We had our July family night with my family and Justin and Ali's house. This year we held our first firework derby. We each brought cars from home that we had added fireworks to. Whoever's car goes the farthest by just the firework power wins! It turned out to be a lot of fun. Here we are waiting to begin:
All lined up ready to go: 
 Our cars:
 Justin's turkey car went the farthest. Our little truck took second place! Yay! Thanks Justin and Ali for a fun night!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Our Little Monkey

Brynlee is such a little climber. I end up having to turn all our barstools upside down to keep her from climbing onto the counters. The other day I decided to go looking for Bryn when it was quiet for too long. I found her sitting on the stove with the jar of cinnamon sugar she got from the cupboard above the microwave. Awesome. It's hard to tell from the pictures, but she is covered in cinnamon sugar.

Monday, July 9, 2012


Brayden has always been a very coordinated kid. Unfortunately, we haven't spent much time riding bikes...we are always playing ball when we are outside. So we finally decided we need to teach Brayden to ride his bike without training wheels. He wasn't thrilled that we made him start with his little bike. He always rides his big Spiderman bike. He was doing well, until we realized the tire on the bike had a bulge and was making it impossible to for him to balance correctly. Oh well. We'll try again once we fix his bike. 
 Brooklyn had fun rollerskating:

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

4th of July

We had a fun day on the 4th. Our neighbors invited the kids over to play on the waterslide in the morning. We spent the rest of the morning and part of the afternoon working in the yard.
 After the kids took naps we met up with Kay and Steve at the Sandy parade. The kids LOVED it like always. Here we all are waiting for the parade to start.
 Saluting the flag:
 It didn't take long for Brynlee to figure out that they throw candy. She would wait and wait then start running around screaming when they would throw out the candy.
 This was Brynlee doing "gymnastics" when the gymnastics float went by with a bunch of kids doing flips:
 Looking and waiting for candy:
 After the parade we headed back to our house. We had a fun bbq then watched the neighbors set off their fireworks. After I put the kids to bed, I noticed the Sandy city and Real Stadium fireworks going off out my bedroom window. So I quickly got the kids and let them watch the big fireworks. Fun day!!!