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Friday, July 28, 2017

More July Adventures!

The last Sunday my sister was in town we had all the family that lives nearby over to my grandparents to meet her son Peter and have ice cream.These were the littles there.

Top center clockwise: Panda, Liam & Kinley (siblings), James, and Peter. The three babies are 12 weeks apart - Peter, then 6 weeks later Liam, then 6 weeks later James. We joke that Liam should have been named John.

The Zoo!

My friend Megan, and Plexus mentor, has a pass to the zoo. We've been friends for over 2 years but have never actually met in person. So we met up with our little ones and had so much fun at the zoo. 
 I think that drinking fountain has been there fore 50 years. 
We were at the right spot before the Elephant show and we got to see and play with some African instruments. Panda loved it. 

Then we got a special treat. We got to feed the Giraffes. It was pretty fun. 
Panda loved it.  That is definitely something we will do again. 

Then, of course, the train. His favorite. 
We'll have to ride the Heber Creeper sometime soon. I'm sure he'll love it. 

 We decided to go out to dinner and he loved the fried pickles. But he loves pickles anyway, so that was a given. Then dip them in ranch? He was in heaven.
Last Friday I decided we needed a treat. I asked him what kind of cookie he wanted and he said "A Big one." So he got a big one. 

We are now working on potty training! Eek! Wish us luck! 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Busy busy!

I am trying to make summer for us. Especially little Panda. Here's a little bit of what we've been up do lately.


Someone wanted cupcakes and Mom and Dad were not fast enough in meeting his demands.


While my sister was in town we made it up to Bear Lake for a few days
 This boy wanted to spend nearly the whole time on the swings. He loves swings and slides. Hopefully next summer we have our own swings and slide.
 If he wasn't swinging or sliding, he was running. So much energy! He just goes, goes, goes!
 And then crashes.
 And crashes.

It was a great getaway with family, We sure love being up at the lake. We have no schedule and just laze around all day.

A few other family pics:
 We clean up nicely.

 But we still have our goofy side!

The girls and the grandsons. We're slow to grow, but we're gens when we do!

 We went to the aquarium again (we got an annual pass) and there was a mermaid. I could not get Panda to look away. He was smitten. His favorite movie is The Little Mermaid. And her top was pretty blingy.
Playing under the water. This is such a fun little aquarium. I'm glad we got a pass. It's 5 minutes from home and a great way to spend an hour or two with my little guy.

I'll post more soon!

I love keeping busy!!

What do you do to keep busy in the summer?

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Maybe I'll set a goal to post once a month!

Apparently I'm not super great at this regular posting thing. Here are a few of the things we've been up to over the last month.

 Helping with dishes. Panda is all about helping these days. Whether or not is actually helpful is a different matter!

Last month our home teacher came by with a mini-ex and tore out the stumps to some trees we had cut down last fall. Panda loved helping and riding. 


We have enjoyed the space this frees up, but we still have lots of work to do to get it to where we want it. 

Mother's Day was great. Nursery did these little hand prints for the moms. I love it. Such a sweet thing for the memory box.
And Daniel won with this print. I have loved and followed this artist for a while and he ordered me a large print of the Cinderella and Alice was thrown in as a bonus! I can't wait to frame it for my craft room. 

My library looks like something exploded, so I decided to re-organize and de-clutter. It was quite the project. I am mostly done now and just have the children's books to go through. 

 At the graduation party of one our Sunset neighbors. 

Then we went for a really big adventure and did Yellowstone for 3 days with Daniel's Sister April and her family. Panda did pretty well in the car and watched "The Little Mermaid" about 20 times.

 He was obsessed with taking pictures.But he dropped the camera, so he only got about 10. He dropped it again and now it works again. Lovely. 
 Old Faithful
 Riding in the pack with Dad while snuggling his new Buffalo, Frank.
 Looking out the window.
 We finally decided to let him walk a bit on his own. You just can't trust runners at Yellowstone!
Trying to keep the little boy out of the fire. 

 We went up to the Mantua poppies with Grandma Nedra and Papa Brent.
 He sure loves his grandparents.
 Another adventure day down in Salt Lake. We rode Trax and this boy was so excited to ride a real train!
 The boys running around Temple Square. I'm so glad they are buddies.

For Father's Day. 
I gave in. 
Daniel got a puppy.
 Her name is Maggie. She is a Lab/Llewellyn Setter mix.
 We are in love and are enjoying the puppy energy.
 Family play date. He and cousin Kinley had a blast and did really well together.
 My sister and two cousins all have baby boys this spring. James born May 17, Liam born April 8, and Peter (my sister's boy) born February 26.
 Playing in the buckets!

Our most recent adventure with Ryan was the aquarium.
 Looking at the Jellyfish. 

Feeding the sharks! We got a one year membership to this aquarium, so we can go lots!

Then we have to keep up with distant family. We try to skype Great Grandma Arave in Virginia once a month. He sure has lots to say to her when we do. I love technology. 

We are headed up to Bear Lake with my family next week, so we'll have stuff to post when we get home. Summer is so fun with a toddler!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Zoo!

Yesterday we went to the zoo with friends. It was fun, except for that time that Panda decided to run away and we lost him for a minute. Some other very nice mom brought him back, I put the leash on him and the rest of the day went fine.

Here are some pictures from our adventure!
 The Amur Leopard was pacing next to the glass and the boy loved it!

 Riding the Carousel!
 An attempt to get a selfie with the boys while riding the train - their favorite part!

All three boys at the end of the adventure. It was the perfect day. Sunny, but not hot, not too crowded, and the boys loved running around and seeing the animals!

Here are some other things we've been doing the last week or so.

 I started our kitchen re-do! I painted the walls a light blue, instead of yellow. NExt up, I will paint the cabinets white. It's going to be an epic project. But I'm so excited to have a light kitchen!

I think Panda's favorite food is ketchup. It's the only way he will eat half of his food. But that's okay,  because we are sauce lovers!

A few funny video clips!

He loves our dogs. This is him playing and hugging Winston, our little Cairn terrier. 
He loves to run. This is his new funny little thing he does. 
He winds up. And loves to be "fast." I love it. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A few of our recent adventures

April gets so busy! I was going to try and post more regularly, but time got away from me. So here is an update:

This poor kid started an ear infection right after my last post.
He was pretty miserable, but  we got him on meds and he's good as new!

 Panda's Easter basket. I try to do candy free, because the kid loves SUGAR! Toys are much better!
He sure loved the two Easter egg hunts we did. He quickly figured out there was candy and toys in those eggs. He sold his candy to Grandma for money to put in his piggy bank. He got 4 hotwheels!

 Discovering a treat in the egg. 

The silly bunny glasses Great-Grandma Arave sent him for Easter. 

 I made cookies the other day and he loves to lick the beater.
I love this face! Why not eat cookie dough!?! 
He is Mr. Personality. I sure do love him. 

We have been enjoying home time the last couple weeks, but we have more adventures planned. 
Story time at the library, a trip to the zoo, and evening walks are on the schedule. 
Life is good. 

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