Thursday, August 17, 2017

Summer nights at the playground

Riding bikes to Colbert Elementary playground was one of my favorite things to do as a kid. I love that I get to do it now with my own children! 
We invited Meredith and Lily to join us too.
Late Summer evenings are so great. I'm gonna miss this! The mourning of the end of summer has started.  We still have a couple weeks left, we gotta live it up!

Just another Thursday

Walking and reading takes skill

I'm so glad Brianna has found a book she's really into! It's the Descendants series. I was OBSESSED with reading when I was her age. It was the Babysitters Club series, Babysitters Little Sister, Indian in the Cupboard, most of the Newberry Award winner stuff...and a few others. I've tried those on her without luck. But she loves this series - like, LOVES it - so I'm excited! 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

New gym(nastics)

We weren't huge fans of Dynamic Gymnastics where we went last year. They didn't exactly live up to their name, ha!
So we're trying out the other gyms around here. We went to Evergreen, which i hoped so much would be awesome, since it's the closest. But it was awful. Overpriced,  no air conditioning,  rude unprofessional coach and office manager. Dang it. Moving on...trying Northwest, and hoping it's better!
Gymnastics is definitely definitely not my first choice of sport for my kids. But Brianna looooveees it. And she's pretty good. So I'm supporting!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Brian's working hard...

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Evidence of a good time!

Stevie and I had an awesome trail run around the Pend Orielle county park forest!  Looks like nasty gorilla legs, but that's 100% dirt.
And trail running is 100% awesome!

Friday, August 11, 2017


 These two just collapsed at the end of a long day of fun.  So sweet.

Bowlin with my hommies

 Steve, Linds, Meredith and I hit Lilac Lanes last night after the ward taco party. It was really fun! I am a very inconsistent bowler. I had four strikes during the 2 games but lots of really awful turns between those. 93 and 177 final scores.  Super fun to hang out with my sibs!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

My new Beehive

Trying to be a good YW Leader, visiting my birthday girls! 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Outings with Nonny

During the week of Drama camp at the Civic Theater, mom picked up the kids and hung out with them for a bit before they went in to camp. Luckylucky grandkids!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Lap transfer complete 👊👐👏

Charity woke up too early Sunday morning - 6am, when i got up for my meetings - and didn't go back to sleep.
So she zonked out during church on my lap. 
I was trapped and needed to move - prepping for important YW lesson - so mom saved the day!
She got next to me and slid right into my spot, getting Charity on her lap and giving me blessed freedom 💛

Neighbor house fire

Friday evening as we were in the backyard cleaning up after the BC Twins Birthday Luau, we noticed smoke coming from the house across the park from us. We went over - I told Brian to RUN - and good thing....they had just gotten home a minute before and discovered a fire in their attic! We helped them frantically get as much valuables out of the house before the fire department arrived.  Meredith and I were loading up pictures,  electronics, wall hangings, etc and throwing them out onto the lawn. Other neighbors started to come out to help. Over the next couple hours we watched their home burn and the fire fighters do their jobs....including chainsaw into the roof, smash all the windows, use their massive powerful was horrifying.  And tragic for the Jensen family. I can't imagine how distraught I'd be watching my home burn.
I had Lincoln and McKay with me and they were pretty fascinated.  
It's a good reminder for me to have my house in order! Photos backed up online, 72 hr kit ready, etc. And I'm buying 2 more big fire extinguishers.
I guess I can check "run into a burning building" off my list! 

Breaking a leg!

Brianna and her cousins were treated to an awesome week of learning theater skills!
Mom picked them up every morning and took them to the civic theater.  They got to learn set design, creation, memorization techniques, blocking...and more theatery stuff I'm sure I don't know about :)
We all went to their final play performance Friday afternoon,  and Brian even got the girls bouquets of flowers.

Brianna did great and had so much fun!

I'm so grateful she gets enriching opportunities like this. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Summer picnic!

My kids + 2 Lilys = crazy fun  

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Cherries with Children

Summer is definitely not Summer without trips to Greenbluff to pick fruit!
Our friends the Stewarts own Bountiful Orchards, and gave us a screaming good deal on these gorgeous super ripe bing cherries.
74 pounds!!!
Now we get to start the fun process of washing, freezing, and distributing excess to neighbors! 
I'm so glad my kids get to make summer memories like this. So beautiful. 
They were excellent tree climbers and cherry eaters!

Awesome Ortho

Courtney had her first evaluation today.
I asked Dr. Williams (our orthodontist, plus ward friend, plus parent of our kids friends) to just check her mouth out.
Even though she's barely 7, they said we might be able to start phase 1 within a year!
That would make Courtney super happy, since she'd start getting all the perks Brianna does - namely,  points on their point system to earn prizes.
Plus the waiting room is crazy fun - photo dress up both, movies, video games on ipads inserted in the walls....and an icecream machine!
It's nice that I don't have to drag them kicking and screaming to dentist and orthodontist appts.
Especially since all this tooth fun comes with a bill:)