Wednesday, August 19, 2015

August 1-6: In Which Stan Earns a Big Prize

August 1-2.  Kimball found a catepiller and named it Cuddly because it was fuzzy and liked to cuddle.  Abby had taken to asking me to snap pics of her.  I am always happy to comply.   

August 3.  On Monday we went to the birthday party of our good friend Emerson.  He had it at the train store which had a ride in the back of the store and some model trains you can watch.

August 4.   On Wednesday my Mom offered to come help me.  She brought Miles and Luke to come play.  She made banana bread and did my dishes.  Then she watched the kids while I ran to the dollar store for party supplies for Stan's birthday.  I really appreciated her help and the expression of love that it is.

August 5.  Abby cuddling at the bottom of the stairs.

August 6.  This time Abby asked for a picture of her kissing a bunny.  Stan has been working all summer to complete a workbook I bough him.  It had 140 pages and it did it!!  He got to open a Paw Patrol prize he had picked out.  Abby got to open her prize too.  Kimball is still working on his.  He really likes "doing his show."  He has been doing shows since he was about three or four.  He imagines stories in his head while walking in circles, twirling his "chompers" (a set of canning jar lifters) and making sound effects.  We took lunch to Daddy's office and ate there.  It was so fun.  THe kids like to write on his white board.  At bedtime they decided to sleep on the floor in a pile of pillows.  It didn't last long because they couldn't settle down.

August 7.  On Friday I had a long day at the courthouse.  In the evening we took the scooters to the park.  I had been promising Stan that we would do that.  He has seen other families out scootering and has been dying to do it together.  Simple pleasures.

July 25-31: More Summer Fun. But this time with Mom and Dad home.

July 26.  On Sunday it was my turn to host the Norman family Sunday dinner.  We had Cafe Rio pork salads and it was so fun to have Mom and Dad there.

July 27.  On Monday evening we went to Paul and Liz Belnap's for a BBQ.  The kids had fun jumping on their tramp and riding their horse.

July 28.  After the Belnap's we took the boys to Grandma and Grandpa Hansen's to have a sleep over and spend some time with Brayden.  They got to go to the Ogden dinosaur park.

July 29.  On Wednesday we squeezed in a beach day at Pineview Reservoir with my sisters since Ginny stayed in town another week.  Brayden went with us and we had so much fun.  That night the kids were so silly going to bed.  Stan said the cutest prayer: "Thank you for Pokemon.  It's the best.  Thank you for Ponies.  It's not the best but I like it.  Thank you for Jesus.  He's the leader of the whole earth . . . I mean space."  Ha!  He gets more than you might think.

July 30.  On Thursday I took Stan to pick out his birthday cake.  He chose Iron Man.  We checked out the bees when Dad got home.

July 31.  On Friday we made a trek to Silver Lake.  We took lunch and hadn't been their long when Evan fell and punctured his leg.  Charlotte had to run him to instacare, but the rest of us stayed and enjoyed the outdoors.  That night we went to the food trucks in Bountiful.  We missed daddy who couldn't join us due to work.


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