Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Kerri, Janae, Zoe, Emily, Eleanor, Zach, Sarah, Lilli, Ava, Vivi, Nicolette, Savannah, & I went to see Toy Story 3 this afternoon. 3-D style. I thought it was a good movie. I had heard that some scenes were too scary for young children, so Kate & Noah stayed with Matt. I'm glad they did because there were some scenes that I think Kate would have been freaked out by. As another mom pointed out, it wasn't a painful movie to sit through, it was pretty entertaining.
Kerri, Sarah, Zoe, Lilli, Zach, & I went to Wendy's for lunch after the movie. The kids enjoyed more cousin time, and Kerri & I enjoyed talking with one another. :-)
Zoe & Emily are now watching Sarah play softball.
I am going to go get ready for the Blogger Moms movie night. I am so excited to be included! I'm also excited that we are going to see Eclipse!
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Kate & Savannah
Leif, Eleanor, & Zoe
We went into the Visitor's Center to cool off and to look at this awesome model of the Salt Lake Temple.
Then we went back out into the heat for pictures in front of the real Salt Lake Temple. A nice man offered to take the picture, so Kris could be in the picture, too. :-)
More water to play in. We had planned to go into the Conference Center, but by this time, the kids were hot, thirsty, hungry, and ready to leave Temple Square.
Zach & Finn
They are having fun getting to know each other. They think it is so cool that they are both 5!
There was a loud cheer when we told the kids we were going to hang out at Kris' house for awhile. More cousin time!
We ate dinner with Steve & Janet before Zoe left to sleep over at "Sarah's" house and Emily & Eleanor left to sleep over at "Ava & Vivi's" house. Matt & I took Zach, Kate, & Noah to a park before getting them ready for bed.
Notice Noah's new sandals. I forgot his shoes this morning when we went to Temple Square, so we went to the Gap and lucked out finding these sandals that not only look good and fit, but they were on sale. :-)
Monday, June 28, 2010
Swimming at the hotel pool in Portland on Wednesday.
Kate looking cute and cold at the hotel pool.
Noah looking cute at the hotel pool.
Noah found a new bed in the hotel room.
Noah fell out of the real bed a few times, so we covered him up on the floor. This is how we found him in the morning.
Only a foot was sticking out a little later.
Hanging out in the hotel. Not where we wanted to be, but we made the best of it.
Noah being Noah.
We can't stay in Portland and not eat at Norm's! Eleanor was the one child who was excited to eat at Norm's, but when she wanted to order a grilled cheese sandwich and was told they didn't have that, she had a meltdown. The rest of the kids enjoyed the fries and tolerated being there. Matt and I enjoyed our delicious country ribs!
We went to Freeport to visit L.L. Bean.
They have a fun kids' area!
Back at the airport on Thursday. We missed our friends that we had made on Tuesday!
Will we make it on the plane this time? Uh....
The many hours of tv watching begins.
Friday was a fun swim day at the Trump pool! Grandma, Grandpa, Aunts, and cousins were there. :-)
Notice anything different about Matt?
Zach enjoyed Grandpa time after swimming.
We went to Alpine on Saturday for the Healey reunion. Fun!
This home has been a part of the Healey family for many years and still continues to be.
We went to church Sunday morning and then had our big family picture Sunday evening. Wende took our pictures and she did a great job! She had a lot of patience for our big group, which made a difference. Who knows if we captured a perfect picture, but the experience was pleasant and actually fun. After all the pictures were taken, we ate a yummy meal outside together. We all cherish this time that we can all be together.
We took Emily to see a doctor this morning. She has a very swollen ear canal, so she was prescribed some ear drops and she was told to hold off on more swimming for a few days. This was hard for her this evening when Zoe got to go in the Trump pool again and she couldn't. :-(
We went to Logan after the doctor's appointment. We stopped at Smith & Edwards on the way. Matt told the kids that it was a law here that people have to stop at Smith & Edwards, there is no just going by. They believed him. They ended up really liking the store and they each left with at least one thing.
We stopped at Utah State. We would have enrolled Zoe, but she is only 11 you know. Matt gave Zoe and the rest of us a tour, just in case he is not around when she is old enough to go there.
Before we put the younger 4 kids to bed this evening, we had strawberry marshmallows that we bought at Smith & Edwards. The kids also enjoyed the teepee that Matt used to play in when he was a kid.
We wanted a picture of all 4 kids sticking their heads out of the teepee, but as you can tell on Eleanor's face, it was too painful!
We got this instead.
Time for bed. The younger 4 kids got to bed early this evening. 9pm early!
Friday, June 25, 2010
We are so happy to be visiting with Matt's family. We have a pool day planned for today with the cousins. It's a perfect summer day for my kids when swimming is involved!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Matt arrived home this evening around 8:00. He had a fun time, too.
We found out today that Zach's Kindergarten teacher will be Mrs. Pelletier. Yay! Zoe, Emily, and Eleanor had Mrs. Pelletier, so we are excited!
Friday, June 18, 2010
Zoe got her hair cut this afternoon. It is now a little above her shoulders and she loves it!
Our family is scattered this evening. Matt is at MAN vs. RIVER, Zoe and Emily are staying with Caitlin & Cassidy, Zach, Kate, and Noah are staying with my mom, and Eleanor and I are home. Eleanor has been asking for a one on one time, since she had birthday money to spend, so tonight her wish came true. She spent her money at Walmart, we ate dinner at McDonald's and then she played in the outdoor play area there, then we came home to watch "G-Force" on Netflix. We have had a fun evening!
Whatever creature is around here broke my hummingbird feeder last night, so I bought a new one today. I guess I should start bringing the feeder in at night or find a new spot for the feeder. A new spot will be the answer for when we are in Utah.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Matt went to help clean the chapel this evening. Now that Jerry & Judy Booth have moved away, we realize all they did to keep our building looking spotless and so nice. They were the custodians for our building, but they will not be replaced, so now the members of our branch are taking on the job. Matt is also loading canoes and gear this evening for MAN vs. RIVER, which starts tomorrow morning at 6am. I think there are 8 brethren, including Matt going to conquer the St. Croix River. They'll be back sometime Saturday evening. Hopefully. :-)
When I looked out the kitchen window this morning to check on our hummingbird feeder, I saw that not only was the hummingbird feeder gone, but the entire branch it was on was gone! Luckily, Matt found my feeder before he left for work. I suspect a bear, Matt suspects a raccoon. Whatever it is, I really wish it would leave my hummingbird food alone!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
During Family Council on Sunday, we talked about what was expected of the children during summer vacation. They have a morning routine of watching a movie, eating breakfast, getting dressed, brushing their hair, brushing their teeth, putting away their pajamas, putting away their beds, saying their prayers, cleaning up their areas, and doing a brief school review before free time. They will take turns putting away dishes and washing dishes after lunch. The afternoons will be spent doing something fun, hopefully away from home. When we get back from Utah, we'll spend most afternoons at the pool. Rainy days will be harder to get out, but we'll plan special things to do inside at home those days. We stuck to our morning routine today, dishes were done by Emily & Eleanor, and we went to the park this afternoon. A great start!
Zoe watched the kids for me before we went to the park while I got my hair cut and stopped at the grocery store. My hair looks basically the same, one length and about shoulder length, but I wanted my hair trimmed before our family picture (which will include all of Matt's family) that will be taken in Utah. I toyed with the idea of changing my hairstyle with a chin length summer cut, but I chickened out. Since Zoe watched the kids for me today, I told her she could stay up as late as she wants tonight. We played a game of Phase 10 after the kids went to bed and then she got on the computer until I kicked her off to blog. Now she is reading.
We went to the park across from Matt's work, so Matt came over to visit us. That was nice since he worked late this evening.
Noah was so funny at the park today. His shorts kept falling down when he would run and he learned how to hike them back up by himself. He only did it himself a few times, though before he would just waddle over to me so I would pull them back up. He needs to grow a waist or a butt! It was also cute to hear him say "That hurt" when he would bump his head or something.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
My mom and I went visiting teaching this morning to see Tasha. Tasha lives on Deer Isle, which is about 45 minutes away from where we live. It is rare that we go see her due to finances or scheduling, so my mom and I feel good when we do get out to see her. My mom and I enjoy the time we have to talk to each other on the way there and back and we always have fun talking with Tasha. She was put on my visiting teaching list I think because she is around my age and she has 3 young children and we always enjoy visiting together, but the distance makes it hard to visit regularly. We keep trying though!
I finished weeding behind the trailer today! I took before and after pictures from 2 different angles this time.
Noah put shoes on himself this morning to go outside.
Zach wanted to pose for a picture with Kate, but Kate was upset, so Zach settled for Noah.
Zach got his hair cut this afternoon.
It is tick central around here this year! We find a tick on someone, whether it is just crawling on them or stuck in them, about every other day. Matt found a tick in Noah's shoulder this evening. I found a tick on Kate's head the other day that was all blown up and disgusting. In the hair is a great place for a tick to hide.
Zoe, Emily, and Eleanor are spending the night at my parents' house tonight. I dropped Emily off after our time together. I borrowed my mom's car to get around tonight because the Yukon has been in the shop today. It had about 4 different belts that needed to be replaced. I'm glad the squeaky noise is gone now. I was getting tired of people looking at me to see who was driving the noisy car. The Yukon is fixed and back home again. :-)