Sunday, June 25, 2017


It is FINALLY summer!  Carrigan finished up a little over a week ago and Merrick finished on Tuesday.  Carrigan got to have two "graduations" since she attended both classes this year, but technically still has another year before she really graduates onto Kindergarten.  Each class got to do a little performance before being given a certificate and graduation cap.

Merrick didn't have a big graduation since they don't make as big of a deal about moving on from 1st grade, but his class did put on an end of the year play (The Three Billy Goats Gruff), where he played a troll, and they had a cake to celebrate.

It has already been a great start to summer with park trips, splash pads, play dates, and the Children's Museum.  We have a short summer this years so we gotta pack it all in quickly.

P.S. Just in case you were wondering about the lack of post last week, I spent the day in the Emergency Room with my grandma.  She is doing better now, but I didn't get a chance to wish very happy Father's Day to Jeremy.  We sure do love him and appreciate all he does for our family.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Almost Summer

Summer is so close we can almost taste it.  Carrigan and my last day of school is Thursday and Merrick has until next Tuesday.  That being said, with all piano, dance, homework and now baseball (Saturday was the last game) wrapping up it feels like we can already start to enjoy the first bits of summer.

As mentioned Saturday was Merrick's last baseball game.  I won't go into details but Merrick had a really rough game on Thursday.  As a mom, Saturday's game was really stressful for me because I needed the game to go well for Merrick almost as bad a he did.  Luckily, he did great and had some really great hits, including a line drive out to the outfield.  It was a great way to end the season.  After the game we had a team party with cupcakes and trophies to wrap everything up.

The other highlight of the day was picking strawberries.  We went to a new farm this year about 25 minutes away and picked a new variety of berry (Sweet Anne's).  I think that they are the best strawberries I have ever had.  We picked about 11 lbs and I intend to make jam, but we will see if they last long enough for me to do that.

And what better way to end a busy day that included picking strawberries than with homemade strawberry milkshakes.  If this is what summer tastes like, count me in.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Memorial Day

This past Monday was Memorial Day.  On Friday late afternoon the weekend started with the discovery that our brand new air conditioning was not working.  The game plan for the weekend quickly changed to doing whatever necessary to stay cool.

Our mission to stay cool was aided by the fact that our community pool opened the week before.  Saturday we spent the day in the pool and the kids couldn't have been happier about it.  It was the first time I didn't have to rush the kids out of the pool before they were ready.

Monday, our mission to stay cool took us up the gorge.  We started with a hike to Wahclella Falls.  It was a fairly easy one mile hike up to the falls and the pay off was great.  Along the way, Jeremy and I were talking about how spoiled our kids are.  We have access to countless waterfalls and other amazing things within an hour of the house.  They don't even realize how good they have it.

After we finished the hike we went up to the Boneville Dam.  We took a tour, watched the salmon swim up the salmon ladder, and had a picnic overlooking the spillway.

We capped off the day with some dinner and ice cream.  In hindsight, a hot fudge sundae in the car for the kids may not have been the best idea.

We ended up having a great weekend despite the no AC and thankfully our new, brand new AC unit was installed yesterday.  Hopefully we won't have any more hot house days in our future.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Foam Run

I am still playing catch up over here.  Today's topic is last Saturday's Foam Run.  A while back I had seen something about a foam filled, obstacle race.  I tried, in vain, to convince my running partner to do it with me.  Somehow in talking with her, talking with Jeremy, and knowing that I didn't want to run it by myself, it ended up that Jeremy ran it himself instead.

From my point of view it was a fun and messy run.  They started and ended the run with a wall of foam you had to run through.  Over the course of the the 2.5 mile run there were inflatable obstacles, mud pits, water, and more foam.  The kids and I had a good time trying to find Jeremy along the race course and at the end Merrick decided to hop onto the course and cross the finish line with dad.  Merrick was also very pleased that when he crossed the finish line they handed him a medal and commemorative towel too.

It was a fun day.  Next year Merrick will be old enough to actually run and we have already started talking about he, Jeremy, and I all doing it together.

Jeremy here - the foam race was really fun.  My favorite part was the 40 foot inflatable slide.  I was surprised how fast I went on it.  There was a water pit at the end of the slide to stop you.  I went so fast I ended up with my leg hanging over the end of the water pit.  I will definitely do this next year!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Carrigan's birthday

I am so behind in blogging, life has been eventful, but I would be remiss if I didn't take today to write about Carrigan's birthday party that we had last weekend.  It was supposed to be at a park by our house, but the weather was terrible so we moved in into the church building.  Despite the poor weather, everyone we invited showed up and that we had a full house for our princess themed party.

No party would be complete without party games.  We played "Tangled in Tangled's Hair" where partners took turns mummifying each other in yellow crape paper.  We played "Poison Apple Hot Potato" where after falling dead the princesses were awoken with true love's kiss (a Hershey's Kiss).
We played "Fairy Godmother May I?" (think Mother May I) and "Pin the Kiss On the Frog Prince" (think Pin the Tail on the Donkey).

After games we had snacks and a pinata.

We wrapped things up with presents and cupcakes.

It was the perfect princess party for the perfect, pretty princess.