Pretty Momma

>> Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Jared went out to trim our catclaw vine out front and he found this sweet Momma and her babies had made it their Summer home!

The vine was in dire need of some TLC so he had to move their nest down lower on the pillar. We thought for sure she would abandon the nest. To our pleasant surprise she didn't! 

Everyday we go out there and check on her and her babies. It's been so fun watching them! :)

I've seen the daddy flutter in and out periodically bringing food. Today he came when I was out there taking this picture and he wasn't too pleased to see me. He was chirping and squawking at me to get lost! LOL!

I tried really hard to snap a pic of him too but it's really hard to get a clear pic of a humming bird. They flitter around so fast!

I might try a again tomorrow. :P


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Walker's 14th Bday Party

>> Saturday, July 19, 2014

It's been a few weeks since Walker turned 14. July has been so busy with summer schedules we finally were able to get all of his buddies together to celebrate! :)

The guys got here around 1pm and they played video games, made alterations to their characters for D&D, and ate everything in sight!!!! I need to learn how to cook for an army now. These boys have insane appetites! :P

 Jared got home around 3:30pm and the nerdom began! :)

  



They played, they ate, and ate and ate....and then we decided it was time for some cake!


 I LOVE this pic! 1st of all that shirt is hilarious! We found that at Goodwill the other day and he HAD to have it! :P And that smile is infectious!!!!!


I also love that these big guys were so patient and kind towards one little girl who wanted to help out so badly! They are a great bunch of friends! 



I made the traditional Oreo Ice Cream Cake...they devoured that in 2.2 seconds! ;) Then it was time to go out and burn some of that energy off in the pool!





Jared and I were laughing so hard watching them play these made up games. It was a riot! Those guys cheat so bad!!!! LOL!!



They all obliged and let me take an action shot...it's blurry but it's funny to see all of their different expressions. :D

The party went until midnight...and I confess I went to bed around 10pm. Jared continued to DM for them and they gamed all night long. It was a fun party!!!!

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Sugar Bugs

>> Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Alayna had to go back to the dentist. It appears those Sugar Bugs love her teeth! She needed 2 fillings.


She's such a GREAT patient. We decided to skip the nitrous oxide (laughing gas) this time and she didn't seem to mind one bit! In fact, the dentist couldn't believe how well she did! That's my girl! :)

She did think it was really weird how she couldn't smile right. She also said she couldn't feel her eye blink. We were giggling so hard watching her try! :P

Now...let's remember to floss shall we???? ;)

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They're Baaack!!!

>> Saturday, July 12, 2014

After 4 days they're back!!! 

They are also dirty, tired, and happy to be home! :P 




We are so happy he's home safe and sound he had a wonderful time!

Scout Camp is such an amazing experience and I'm so thankful for all of the tremendous Leaders that put in so much time and effort into making it a memorable and spiritual experience for our boys. 

After he took the longest shower of his life, (and once he got out said he might take another one later..lol!!!) we sat down with him and got all the details of the past few days. 

He got to do some pretty awesome stuff! 

The boys hiked about 16 miles between all of the "camps", made boats on a lake that had to pass the test to be sea worthy, they did archery, they made quivers, and bows. They got to shoot potato guns, made bottle rockets, and built a bridge. 

They had a really neat "character walk" where they got to meet different characters from the Book of Mormon and learn about them. It also rained pretty hard on them on Thursday and Friday. He sure was grateful for the poncho he packed! :P 

On the last night they had a Fireside followed by a testimony meeting which he said was really great! He told us some of what he shared in his testimony and I teared up. His testimony is really blossoming and he's developing a close relationship with his Father in Heaven. It is beautiful to witness! 

It warms my cockles!!! :P I'm so happy he got to go and have him back!


UPDATE: As we were unpacking Walker's hiking pack I found these babies. Apparently, even though we went out the week before camp to get him a slew of new hiking socks, were the ONLY pair worn ALL WEEK!!! Holy Hannah!!! If only you could smell the horrificness!!! They stand on their own from the foot crust/fungus that is surely colonizing in them! I had to throw them in the wash with several scoops of detergent and put it on the heavy duty wash/rinse cycle. The entire laundry room was filled with the offensive odor...my eyes were starting to water!!! Boys!!!!! LOL!

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Pina Colada Baby!!!

>> Friday, July 11, 2014

Today is 7-11 and that means one thing.....
FREE Slurpees!! :)


We ran out bright and early and got ours before they ran out of cups! :) Pina Colada is our fave!!! :)

Happy 7-11!!!

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Camp Lehi

>> Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Walker left bright and early this morning for Scout Camp! Much to his chagrin I was able to get a few pics before they left. :P



These two have been buddies since we moved into the Ward when they were a year old. They both even have July birthdays. Chase has dubbed their friendship as "West Friends" instead of Best Friends. The "W" standing for womb. They have been friends since they were so little they are more than best friends. LOL!!! What a crack up!! :P

I know these guys are going to have a great time. But boy I sure do miss him when he's gone! :) 

They will get there by lunch time today and they return Saturday late afternoon. I can't wait to hear all about it!

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4th of July!

>> Saturday, July 5, 2014

We had a low key but wonderful 4th of July this year. :) We had the family over for a good 'ol fashion BBQ and swam all day! :)






Eli had gotten a giant ball a couple of years ago for his bday and it has suffered some injuries. The kids were using it in the pool and the next thing you know it was in pieces! LOL!


 Alayna decided to use her portion as a clam shell. We told her she looked like Ariel from the Little Mermaid. :P


All the kids wanted to learn how to surf! :P










Pic courtesy of Jen's cell phone. :)

Even the big kid! :P


It was nice having mom and dad over too. Robin and Dylan came later. They had another BBQ to go to so they only stopped by for a minute. 



The weather was absolutely perfect and the company was great! We laughed and played and ate all day!

Later after everyone else went home we watched "Willow" with the kids. They hadn't ever seen it before. I'm not sure how that's possible but apparently we have failed as parents teaching our kids about all the awesome 80's movies..LOL! Around 9pm we went outside and lit fireworks as the neighbors gathered around to watch. 

 It was a blessed 4th of July! God is good! :) 


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