Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Last night was all about journaling and family history at the Relief Society Activity.  My biggest obstacle when it comes to journaling is TIME!  By the time I get to hit the pillow at night, I'm far too exhausted to pull out the journal and write.  My journaling could certainly improve, and I do feel it's very important.  I totally count on this blog to provide at least some small measure of personal journaling.  I also print a family photo book each year.  My kids all have baby books.  I'm trying various things like a gratitude or "spiritual" journal where I record some of my most spiritually significant experiences.  So, I'm honestly trying!  I absolutely could up my game on that, however, and I'm hoping I can do that.
With that said, here's a couple cute little videos of Cael.  He's growing so fast, and I'm growing more and more paranoid about missing all his cute baby days!  So, I'm going to be posting away over the next little while.

Cael training for his future baseball career.
Cael dances the "Shake-Shake."

Friday, July 25, 2014

Foam Day!!!

Despite some chaos and my own lack of preparation, we did have some fun at Lehi City Foam Day. This is the first year we've made it to Foam Day - we've always wanted to try it!  I completely underestimated what exactly was involved in Foam Day and so I was poorly prepared - I even failed to bring a stroller for Cael!  I was kicking myself for that one because it made everything a lot harder, but the girls were able to play in the foam and enjoy what they could.
The foam stings when it reaches the eyes, and the girls really didn't like that.  So, our fun was short lived, but we managed to get a little in there.
I did get some great pictures, so here they are!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Our brief little get-away to Midway

Because Wade is spending the week with the Scouts in Flaming Gorge, my sweet mom offered to let me come a stay for a few days in their Midway condo.  The original plan was to stay for three days and two nights, but circumstances cut our trip short.  We only were able to make it through one night.  Poor Cael was having a rough time. 
I'm not sure exactly what was going on with him, but he was clearly unhappy about something.  Perhaps it's the fact that his little teeth seem to suddenly be coming in all at once, or maybe he just was longing for his beloved crib at home, but whatever the reason - my usually calm and collected baby kept me up all night and was Mr. Fussy the entire time!  Once we gave up on the trip and made it home, he was perfectly fine - back to his calm self.  Maybe he's just a homebody.
Despite cutting the trip a little short, we did manage to squeeze in a bit of fun.  We went on a little hike, but it was pretty hot and I was having trouble carrying Cael in the baby carrier, so we kinda ended up cutting that short too, oh well!  The kids found a special treasure - which turned out to be Beanie Boos!  They were completely delighted!
 Cute Mia!
 My pretty Hannah - love that smile!
 Beautiful Adell - trying out Grandma's binoculars.
 We splurged a bit and decided to try out the Heber Creeper to give the kids an authentic experience.  They were pretty excited to ride on a real train.  For about the first ten minutes or so on the train, they were all smiles and excitement.  After that, the train was pretty hot and boring.  I have to give the girls credit, they really did try to be good sports about the whole thing.  The train ride is pretty long.  The entire ordeal lasts three hours.  My mom and I discussed about a hundred ways they could easily improve the Heber Creeper experience.  Oh well, when we are in charge of the world...
 Getting ready to board the train!
 All aboard, Grandma!
 I love this picture of me with all my cute kids.  Love, love, love them!
 Hannah shows her Beanie Boo "Wishful" the view from the train window.
 Adell - ready for a train ride!
 Mia - can't believe she's on a real train!
 Cael thought the train was also pretty hot and boring.  He did fairly well considering.  His favorite part was laying with his head in Grandma's lap wiping cookies all over her.  He loved that!
 Mia, enjoying the ride.
 Cael and Grandma: "Mom, I'm hot!"
 Hannah is looking for animals.
Adell taking care of her Beanie Boos, "Rocko" and "Waddles."
Maybe everything didn't exactly go according to plan, but that's ok.  The kids actually had a great time and we all talked and talked about our favorite parts of our little get-away.  Cael was VERY happy to see his crib.  We will have work on his endurance as he gets older...for now, I'm happy to let him sleep.
Special thanks to my mom for being so willing to have a little adventure with me.