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Friday, April 21, 2017

Day in the life 2: First day of preschool

Here is another day in the life video. It was done on September 6, the Little Guy's first day of preschool! It was a really busy day. Enjoy

Reunion/St. George Vacation

The reunion was VERY different this year. Spencer had his last day of work at Young Living the day before we left and we decided that we would come home on Tuesday hopefully in time for the Little Guy to make it to preschool (he didn't. Really the only thing that made us come home was preschool. We were having so much fun in St. George)

We drove down late on Friday and got to St. George around midnight. Because the Children's Museum is only opened for members on Monday, we knew we had to go on Saturday before we went to the reunion. It meant that we missed the horseshoe tournament and swimming but it was worth it, the kids had so much fun! Not to mentioned it is not as busy mid September as everyone is just getting back to school.

Are you sick of seeing pictures of videos of the kids at the Children's Museum yet? I know that I do post a lot, but I mean... look at them... they are so cute! and they love the museum so much! This was the first time Katelyn was able to walk around the museum by herself. Last time we were here she was crawling and could walk a little with the grocery carts; this was a different experience for her.
We went straight from the museum to Hurracain for the reunion and got there just in time for the start of the raffle. It stinks that we didn't get to put in our raffle item of buy any tickets to use ourselves but it was okay. (Side note: I still have our raffle items put away for next year, so bonus!)
This year, they also had a corn hole game
Even thought we missed the tournament, the boys were able to recruit Nate to play horseshoe with them
Katelyn was obsessed with the goats and horses. At one point she grabbed a big clump of dirt and put it straight in her mouth. We all freaked out thinking it was horse poop and (ask anyone that was there) we now all remember it in slow motion.... it is hilarious to write about now but that was not the case in the moment.
The Little Guy played with the older kids the entire time. We would just make sure we always had him in eyesight but he was not with us once. Not even at dinner. We actually ended up leaving right after dinner and didn't stay for the program. It was already 7:30 at that point and we had had a really long day... translation... the kids were D.O.N.E

The rest of the Keeles spent the night on Saturday and then went home early Sunday so we had the house to our ourselves the rest of our trip.
We took Sunday nice and relaxed. Just playing games and watching movies. Oh, and playing with blocks. Yeah, my Megablocks skills are just fantastic.... a table and two chairs... that's it. Hey, the kids were really impressed
Katelyn obsessed with Baba like always, took her on the trip and was feeding her dinner
We had originally planned to go home on Monday afternoon so the Little Guy could go to school on Tuesday but quickly decided we still had things we wanted to do.,, and the Little Guy would be okay to miss one day; so after a late brunch, we went to the splash pad for HOURS
Don't worry, everyone was forced into applying a ridiculous amount of sunscreen
I'm pretty sure this was Katelyn's first time being able to actually play in the splash pad... oh the joys of walking
Why that hat fits him perfectly don't you think?
Blowing bubbles!
Our favorite thing about going down to St. George is being able to do what we want, when we want. Do the kids need a bath in the middle of the day because they smell like sunscreen and sweat?... well they can play in the big tub while they are at it.
We were starving when we got done playing so we hit up Chuck-A-Rama
air high fives!
After dinner we hit up the zoo... okay Petco... same thing right?
This trip was so needed for our family. We actually only ended up spending about 3 hours at the actually reunion but it was just what we needed to re-charge and spend time together.

PS Look the neighbors have ONIONS growing next door! (If you got that joke... you get me)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

First day of Preschool!

Can you believe I have a child in preschool? I still can't. The Little Guy has been ready for preschool for a while, not just because of he was ready for the social interaction but intellectually. He is so freaking smart and I just din't know what things to focus on teaching or where even to begin for that matter. So the hunt for a preschool stared back in January. I looked high and low for something that would be good but wouldn't leave us in poverty (because if you don't know, preschool is ridiculously EXPENSIVE). We even applied for Mountainlands Head start but didn't qualify. All in all, it had been months (it was already June) and we were running out of options. I stared to get used to the idea of the Little Guy going to preschool next year. He was only three after all, he'll just go when he's four... it fine. That's when Grandpa Mark came in and asked if we had looked into Little Owl's Preschool. The preschool teacher had lived in their ward for a long time and was good friends of theirs. In fact, she had actually been Julianna's preschool teacher. I told him I had looked into it but it was out of our budget. He said that he really liked it and thought she was a terrific teacher so if we wanted to go with her he would pay for half. That settled it. I emailed her immediately and got the last spot left in the afternoon. The Little Guy stared preschool on September 7, 2016.
I thought it would be fun to ask him some questions before the school year stared and then see how he changed at the end of the year. 

Favorite color: blue
Favorite food: mac and cheese
Favorite animal: horses
Favorite TV show: Blaze and the Monster Machines
Favorite book: 1, 2, 3
Favorite song: Praise to the Man
Favorite drink: chocolate milk
Favorite toy; Kitty
Favorite game: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Super Nintendo
Favorite treat: fruit snacks
Favorite sport: running around in circles

Monday, April 17, 2017

Hotel photoshoot

We had some time to kill at the hotel after our Lagoon weekend so we decided to take some quick pictures. I love how they turned out!

Did someone say Lagoon?

We had one goal for this year's annual Lagoon trip, it was to have as much fun as possible; and boy, did we ever.
The kids were great everywhere except the hotel, where they were actually pretty horrible. Let's face it, hotel rooms are really no fun for kids. We brought along toys and games but it wasn't enough. Our biggest mistake was not bringing our laptop so that they could watch their shows on Netflix and Youtube. It was nice that the hotel had a lending library full of children's books, that helped for a while. Thankfully for us, they both love swimming so we got to spend a lot of time doing that
The Little Guy is swimming by himself for the first time!
Both of our kids in the pool by themselves... yeah, this is one of the great parenting moments
Katelyn loved climbing the stairs by herself, so it was a challenge every time we went up the stairs because she would get mad if we didn't let her do it
Look at how Katelyn is holding her "Baba"!
Breakfast at the hotel was it usual deliciousness
Making lunch for the day. There are so many older kids now that help with making lunch that all I get to do is....um..."supervise"... how lucky is that?
Ready for Lagoon!
While Mom and Dad are at Rattlesnake Rapids

There was no room in the above boat, Spencer and I were by ourselves
that meant that we got ridiculously wet in just two rides. We'll usually go on the ride 10+ times but we were wetter than we had ever been. The good news is that we were our swimsuits so, it was a simple matter of changing afterwards
Tio Ariel gave me tickets to Lagoon for Mother's Day, so Spencer and I spent the whole day taking the kids on rides not even worried about ourselves since we knew we were going to go back for a day of "us" fun.
Of course, everything Katelyn could go on... she did
Lunch time. Did you know that there is now a Swig inside the park! Since I have the best mother-in-law ever, she randomly showed at lunch with a missionary for me. Everyone was pretty jealous.
Watching the show. We had a feeling the kids would love it and they did, in a BIG way. Spencer walked out in the middle of it and when we found him after and asked him about it he made me laugh so hard by saying "It was just too loud and too bad" (I am seriously laughing out loud remembering it)
On our way out of the park for nap time we let the kids get soaking wet in the splash pad... and I do mean SOAKING wet. 
We made it back to the campground just in time for dinner which, thanks to all the new development in Farmington, was Costco Pizza
We ended up staying in the park until about 9 when all of the kids rides closed (and everyone was exhausted)
If you follow have been following my blog for a while, you may have noticed that I tend to rant about things that annoy me every time they came up even if I have complained about it on the blog before... the fact that they regularly move "Music and the Spoken Word" from the Conference Center (where they have it during summer) to the Tabernacle before Labor Day is right on top of that rant-list. If you would rather not read the rant (again), please skip to the next paragraph... It is so ridiculous that they move it early. It is SO HOT in the Tabernacle. Seriously, I can't even describe how hot. I guess I should point out that it is actually a privilege to be hot inside the Tabernacle, that means you got in; because it is also so PACKED with people. For the last couple of times, everyone has had to go to the overflow. I just don't see how whoever is in charged of scheduling the show does not understand that he (or she, I don't know) needs to keep it in the Conference Center until AFTER Labor Day.

As the kids are not even allowed in at "Music and the Spoken Word" (you have to be at least eight since it's live and they want everyone to keep quite) and because all of the reasons mentioned above, we decided to just sleep in, have a late breakfast and hang out in the hotel. As it turns out, the Keeles decided to stay with us. (The above rant is shared by Julie as well)
After we checked out of our hotel (which has a late check out of noon by the way) we headed to Temple Square to meet up with the Hardings and McEntires for lunch at our favorite spot behind the Church History Museum.
We had planned to go inside the museum as our activity but as it turns out, with the new renovations, it is now closed on Sundays. Instead we walked around Temple Square for a while and got home around two. It was actually really nice to get home a little earlier. We were able to get everything unpacked and put away and played games after dinner.

I have made the resolution (now as I write this) that this upcoming year for Lagoon is going to be a little different. The Little Guy could have gone on so may rides and he didn't because he was just scared and didn't want to. I'm not going to put up with that this year. We will still go on all the kid rides, but if he is tall enough for a ride, he will go on it. I know that may sound kind of harsh but I don't want to set the precedent that we will spend money to go to amusement park and let him not go on any of the rides. I'm writing it on here so that when the time comes, I will not be able to go back on it.

That being said, we did have a super fun time and can't wait to go back this year!

Below is a accumulation of all of my Snaps throughout the weekend.