This is Alyssa, my good friend April's daughter! They get to play together everyday at the Y while we work out. April and I have been friends since for freshman year, lost touch a bit after high school, but recently reconnected (having the same gym helps a lot!)
Thursday, July 28, 2016
This photo doesn't show it very well because of the shadows, but Courtney is standing right next to a giant zucchini! It's half her height! I didn't think we'd get any this year, because I didn't see any bees out there doing their pollinating job. But they must have been busy anyway, because we came home from our trip to find about 6 big zucchini! So fun. And especially fun to see how excited the kids are about it. Are tomato plants are also doing really well. We've picked a bunch today and brought some to Bishop stumm and we'll bring some to other neighbors. This makes me want to invest more time in gardening!
Monday, July 25, 2016
I'm not personally a big fan... I feel like all that CO produced by the cars driving slowly is pretty gross. And throwing candy to kids obviously does nothing positive for them. And all the effort put into planning and executing events like this could do so much good for the world if directed towards alleviating global hunger or something along those lines. Party pooper I am? Okay :) Anyway, I actually had to miss it because little Courtney slept in until 11am (ELEVEN) !!! Crazy! She's never done that before. Her poor body must have been exhausted from staying up too late every night on this trip, and eating way too much junk food. I'm glad she got some sleep, and will be glad to get back to normal healthy life.
While she slept in, I got cleaned up after a BEAUUUUTIFUL long morning run through the countryside of Spanish Fork and the golf course. It was fantastic. Felt amazing. Also got our stuff all packed up, car ready, rooms and bathrooms all cleaned up.... it was quite the effort! But felt great to leave on time having everything organized.
In the passenger seat of that red car (Camero?) is Grandpa McKell...almost 98 years young! It was awesome spending time with him. He's a great example of a positive, loving attitude towards everyone. Brianna sat on the back of the car with her two cousins Kandalyn and Allison. With them being so close in age, it will be sweet to see how their cousin-relationship plays out as they get older!
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Forreals tho, when I look at this picture and think about these four humans I brought into the world... I just feel an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. Like - there's nothing greater I, as a person, could contribute to the world than these amazing spirits. I'm so grateful I get to be their mommy!!
Saturday, July 23, 2016
(I know... Party Pooper I am, again).
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
These pics were taken by Jenny on the sidelines as the hired photographer, Elizabeth Humble (a lucky find from Craigslist!!) was working with the various groups/families.
I haven't seen the official pics from the photographer yet, so I'm crossing my fingers she got a decent one of the whole group. It was tough because Bethany was having a tantrum, and some other little ones were fidgety. I didn't envy that photographer's task!
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Monday, July 18, 2016
Saturday, July 16, 2016
We really like this little gym. My membership expired today (actually, a few days ago, but they let me finish the week). Brian's expires in August. So maybe we'll renew.... it's just kinda expensive, esp considering we also pay for a membership at the Y....
But maybe worth it for that buff dude in the background (Rob!) to keep helping Brian get good form while strength training! He really likes the format - it's totally up his alley.
She's turning 15 and it's up to Aunt Chelsea to commemorate it in the usual fashion... a slideshow presentation of her life thus far!
She's a sweet girl with some funny quirks. She's going to love watching this! Goal: make everyone cry.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Saturday, July 9, 2016
I got there early so I could play around for awhile with the girls. There's a gorgeous river bordering the camp with fun trails around it. I love this camp. So many good memories from my own years there.
We played Reverse Charades, some get-to-know-you games, had dinner (mom SAVED me by getting it all ready for me - lasagna, salad, bread, all in the wonder ovens!), then we had a great devotional message and activity, helping the girls learn the importance of kindness and unity.
Just another adventure in the life of an LDS Young Women's leader!
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Moving forward with a renewed determination to do better!
Even if it means personally flossing and brushing all 80 of their teeth twice every flippin day.
This trip to the pediatric dentist was awful for Bennett- he cried for an hour after asking me to "take it out" (thinking the feeling of numbness was a big chunk of something). Even a froyo trip didn't help. Poor guy. My fault, ugh.