Sunday, July 27, 2014

July 19-25: New Pets and New Cousins

July 19.  Bryce and I started our Saturday with a trip to the Temple.  We went to Jordan River and it was super busy so it took longer than we anticipated, but it was still worth it.  Bryce ran a few errands with the boys and took them to the dollar store because Kimball insisted on buying a bug catching set he had seen there on another occasion.  Stan got some silly string and was disappointed when it ran out after 20 seconds.  After dinner we went out for ice cream at Arctic Circle.  You can see in these picture Kimball's bug catching set.

July 20.  On Sunday we had dinner at John and Jill's.  They grilled some chicken kabobs that were super delicious.  It was a really good meal.  (Nana and Papa were missed.)

July 21.  Monday was a long work day.  After dinner we went to an open house for one of Bryce's old clients who has finally got a product on the market.

July 22.  On Tuesday, the kids and I headed down to the library for a program on the planets.  We invited our neighbors and had a fun time.  Below you will see the kids "space skating" on paper plates.  Then I spent another long afternoon at work.

July 23.  After two really long days of work, I took it easy on Wednesday.  I worked in the morning and then we met our friends, the Chamorros, at the splash pad.  It was a super hot day, well over 100 degrees.  But Stan still didn't want to get in the water.

Here is a video of me trying to get Abby to say "Ah Oh!" because I think it's cute.  But she was more interested in stealing my phone.

After dinner Bryce and I took the kids to the pet store.  The boys talk about getting a pet ALL THE TIME.  They know we can't have a dog or a cat until we move, but they wanted to go see what other pets are available.  We ended up with a pet cricket and a pet beta fish.

July 24.  To celebrate Pioneer Day we made the annual hike up Ensign Peak.  At the top there was a large group that sang "High On A Mountain Top."  They also shared the story of Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball and others who hiked Ensign Peak a few days after they arrived in the valley and the part where they waved Heber's yellow bandana on a stick.  I offered to take a picture of the group so they all could be in it and told them that my husband and kids were descendants of the yellow bandana's owner.  The organizer of the group came to talk to me about our family history and asked which wife we (well, Bryce) come from.  When I told her that we came through Precindia Huntington she squealed that we were related because they come through Zina Huntington who married Brigham Young.  Precindia and Zina were sisters!  I think this means that we are somehow cousins.  I should get one of those cousin calculators to see just how close.

After the hike we took the kids to get some breakfast at Einstein's Bagels and then for Slurpees.  Just for fun we stopped at the park on South Temple and 1300 East.  Because, why not?

We were planning on going to Lagoon for the 24th, but the trip got cancelled for various reasons.  The kids were grumpy all afternoon so we bought a new sprinkler toy at the store and had some neighbors over.  They stayed for dinner too.  We (well, the boys and I.  Bryce stayed with Abby who had gone to bed.) even walked with them down to the elementary school to see some fireworks.  (Note to self, the sprinklers at the school come on at 10pm.)

Abby and Maddie

July 25.  On Friday morning we headed to Nickie Nejat's (Alex's sister) memorial service in Orem.  It was a nice service and I was glad we could be there to offer our support.  We dragged all three kids and they did reasonably well sitting though it.  Afterwards we headed home and I crashed.  I don't know what had made me so tired but I was beat.  Bryce let me nap for a few hours, which was so kind.

After I woke up we packed up all our dirty laundry and headed to Kaysville.  Our washer started leaking on Wednesday, but with the holiday we were unable to get it fixed.  Bryce's parents were kind enough to offer us theirs for the weekend.  The kids were thrilled with a sleepover at Grandma's and Grandpa's.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

July 12-18: I take off for Chicago and the rest of the family survives

July 12.  We had a very productive Saturday cleaning the house and working on the yard.  The boys had a Stake Primary Party that they attended.  The theme was "Do you know the people in your neighborhood?"  They had a dentist come and a police officer who showed them his firearm and taser.  (That was a hit!)  They even had pizza and watermelon for lunch.

Abby practiced her tablet skills with a new game.  

July 13.  On Sunday morning we noticed that the pumpkin plant had bloomed!  Kimball was pretty excited.  Also on Sunday morning we got the news about the car accident that happened with Charlott's sisters in law.  On the way down to Cedar City, Tassha and Nickie were in a car with 5 kids and it rolled four times.  Everyone except Nickie was able to be discharged from the hospital.  She was terribly injured and it looks like she is unlikely to recover.

We left church right after the sacrament so that I could make my flight to Chicago.  I was really nervous leaving my littles for so long, but I made it safe to my hotel.

July 14.  The first day of the conference was long.  I was there from 7:30am to 5:00pm and my butt hurt from sitting so long in uncomfortable chairs.  However, it was really interesting and I learned a lot.  I went to dinner by myself and had sushi.  Since Bryce doesn't like sushi much and I love it, it's a bit of a treat to eat it when I am on my own.  I also had some pretty amazing egg rolls with Italian sausage, peanut sauce, caramelized onions and cabbage.  They were served with wasabi mayo and sweet and sour sauce.

I called home about bedtime only to find Stan had been stung by a wasp.  Fortunately he is not allergic so I merely had to explain to Bryce how to find some ibuprofen and give Stan and an appropriate dosage.  It was agonizing not being there to help out.  After things settled down we were able to Skype and have a family prayer together.  I loved hearing Stan laugh when I made faces in the camera.  Abby laughed too.  Did my heart good.

July 15.  After another long day of conference sitting, I decided to go try and find the mall so I could buy some souvenirs for the kids.  The walk to the mall turned out to be 3.5 miles round trip!

There weren't a lot of toy stores at the mall, but there was a LEGO store.  Right before I went in I read another email about Nickie and how she wasn't improving.  I felt so sad for everyone involved and sentimental that my kids were okay that I bought them nice big LEGO toys.  Stan got a Jake and the Neverland Pirates set and Kimball got Anakin's starfighter.  There was a kiosk of Sesame Street toys and so I picked out some Elmo books for Abby and an Elmo ball that laughs when you hit it.  I am so grateful that my little ones are safe without me.

In fact, there were in really good hands.  Here are some of pictures from London of things they did while I was gone.

July 16.  I was pretty done with conferencing by Wednesday.  There were only two sessions and I skipped the first.  After the second, which ended at 11:00am I decided I had no desire to wander around the city by myself and set off to figure out how to take the train to the airport and find an earlier flight home.  I totally lucked out.  I was the second person on the standby list with only one seat available.  That means it would take one person failing to show up who had checked in.  Guess what?  It happened and I was the last person on the plane.  I made it home three hours early.  Bryce picked me up and we went home to surprise the kids.  They loved their gifts and I loved being home!

July 17.  Back to the grind with work, piano lessons and swim lessons.  Abby and I got an Icee while waiting for the boys to finish swimming.

July 18.  Friday morning we met Kirstin, Rigby and Emme at the Aquarium.  After we went to Burger King for lunch.  It was so fun to have a cousins day out.  We haven't had one in forever.

I did a little work in the afternoon and then we had a pizza with the sister missionaries and our good friends the Chamorros--Pedro, Maria, Gabriel, Victoria, and Sebastian.  I should have taken pictures, but we were too busy having fun.  

Sunday, July 13, 2014

July 5-11: A Chainsaw and Padawan Braids

July 5.  Saturday evening was an Open House for my mission companion Kristin and her new husband Jeremy.  When we arrived we discovered that it was hosted by members from their deaf ward and most of the people in attendance only spoke ASL.  It was interesting to meet them and celebrate with Kristin. We stopped for Slurpees on the way home.

July 6.  We had a nice relaxing Sunday.  The only picture I have from that day is one of Kimball's growing pumpkin plant.

July 7.  On Monday Bryce rented the chainsaw again and got to work on the last of the Juniper bush.  The boys were pretty excited to watch him work.


There is still some of the bush left for Bryce's giant Bonsi tree, but most is gone.  It really opens up the yard and looks nice.  We also trimmed up the trees.  We still have a big pile of branches in the front yard because we can never get enough stuffed into our garbage can.

Kimball insisted that I take a picture of him eating dinner:

July 8.  Abby really loves playing with her brothers and sitting next to them.  Sometimes they are a little bothered by her enthusiasm, like when she hits them on the head because she wants to play.

Tuesday was a big day for haircuts at the house.  I took the kids to the dollar store earlier in the day and let them pick out a toy prize for getting their hair cut.  Usually Stan hates getting his hair cut which is why I let it go so long, but he really wanted his new Jake and the Neverland Pirates toy so he went first.  Here are his before, after and padawan braid shots.  The boys are excited to grow their braids for Star Wars 7 in December 2015.  But not as excited as Bryce.

Kimball almost didn't get a braid because he didn't like how tight the elastic was in his hair.  I think he has a bit of a sensitive scalp, but we finally got it to work so it didn't bother him.

July 9.  Wednesday was a long work day for me but that was because Bryce and I went to a lunch for the Women's Tech Council.  The speakers were from 4 companies that work in the genomics area.  It was super interesting.  I didn't realize that you could get a kit from to have your DNA tested and they can use it to find your cousins!  While Bryce and I were off having fun.  The kids made lion manes with London.

July 10.  Thursday was work, piano lessons and swimming.  With pizza for dinner.  We don't have any pictures of the fun, but then I wasn't feeling too well that day.  A two hour nap did help.

July 11.  Friday we were able to hang out with some of our favorite people and get free Slurpees because it was 7-11.  It was the perfect way to end the week.


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