Sunday, October 8, 2017

Ho hum

I feel like our life has been pretty dull lately. I have thought about throwing some pictures on here and rambling on like I do but, I just haven't wanted to. Really what I want to do with all of my heart is take a nap. Maybe someday. Anyway, lets see here..... Nope. Nothing. There is a funny joke that I heard. What's brown and squishes through an elephant's toes? Slow natives! I know, it's terrible but so funny! Go ahead, laugh. What else what else?

K get's his fashion sense from me. It was cold one day and by cold I mean like 55. I know that in some parts of the country that's balmy but around these parts that's down right cold! To be fair it had been 102 two days before so 55 really did feel cold. Anyway, he didn't want to wear long pants so he wore his soccer socks and shorts. Genius!

Little B learned how to ride a bike with no training wheels! He had a knock off brand of a Strider bike and that helped so much. The day B took the training wheels off, I thought it would take a little bit to teach little B how to ride a bike. So, I kept making dinner. Little B came running in literally two minutes after the training wheels were removed and he yelled,"I can ride a bike with two wheels!" I went out to watch and sure enough he got on his tiny bike and off he went. His little legs pump so fast and sometimes he yells,"I think I'm going about like 50 miles an hour!" 

She loves gymnastics. She has been working on and has mastered a back flip on the trampoline. That's pretty awesome to watch. 
Yep, still cute, still tiny. That's a 0-3 month outfit. She still has pretty bad eczema on her face. We walk to get M and K from school every day and a little girl came up to me and asked why her cheeks were so red. I told her she has really dry skin. The little girl looked at me and said,"maybe you should put lotion on it."I wanted to say,"duh! what do you think we do? Run along you impossible child." But, I didn't. I told her that was a great idea and thanked her for her great idea. 

Date night at it's finest! The only store around here that's open later than 8 is Wal-Mart. If anyone knows me, they know I hate Wal-Mart. I'm more of a Target kind of a girl. However, walking around Wal-Mart is an experience that's for sure. Not to mention they sell weird giant animal heads that you can put on and die laughing while you take a picture. Oh man, that's funny, or it's late. Maybe next time I'll have something interesting to say. Until then, laugh at the funny elephant joke and wish you could put an animal head on for date night.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Oregon

Ahhhhh, the Oregon coast. We had never been there before but now that I know what I'm missing, I want to move there. It was August and we were in jackets in the morning. It warmed up during the day but cooled down enough in the evening that it felt good to get in the hot tub. Besides the fighting and arguing amongst the children, it was awesome! Can I just vent about fighting and arguing for a minute? Why do they fight and arguing? That's the million dollar question. You know the quote that says if you read the Book of Mormon there will be more love in your home? If this is the more love we are experiencing then we can NEVER stop reading the Book of Mormon. It's not great. I hear that most behaviors are learned. I don't know if I agree with that. I don't fight over who's job it is to put my backpack away or who spilled the crumbs at my spot at the table or any of the other one million things they fight over. President Hinkley said that he and his brother fought so much that their dad gave them boxing gloves and told them to go at it and get it out of their system because he had had enough. I might try it. Anyway, lest you think negative about our almost always angelic, unless they're fighting, children, let's stop talking about it. They really are good kids, usually. Anyway, we went to the Oregon coast and had a great time.

We played at the beach.

Took a quick nap.


Flew kites. The wind in Oregon is perfect for kites! We just bought the cheap from the dollar store. They were perfect!

We stayed in this cute little house. We could walk to the beach and we had our own little space. We cooked our own food and were able to put A to bed, in her own space and we stayed up.

We loved the hot tub and although it said not to use it after ten, B and I may or may not have used our stealth and used it at night. If we had used it, I'm sure we would have just sat there being silent because I was so nervous that there were hidden camera's and we were going to get caught. There was a note on the fridge that says if you use the hot tub after ten, you'll be kicked out. So, in the event that we would have been crazy enough to risk eviction, I would have tried to be brave and relax but with every car that passed I would have been nervous it was them coming to tell us to vacate the premises. B would have told me to relax because we were in the backyard being very quiet. My nervousness would have been a total buzz kill. Of course, I can only say what might have happened if we had tried to be sneaky.

We did have a fire pit in the back and we were excited to use it but, we never got firewood so we just used the stove instead to make s'mores.

We stayed up every night playing games, which I usually lost because winning games is not one of my talents. Truly. Little B and I played a matching game the other day. He got 22 matches and I got 12. I didn't help him or let him cheat. He's just good at it and I'm not. Anyway, games are fun and if one is accustomed to losing, it's not that bad.

She got the raw end of the stick and had to take naps in the carrier. She was a champ and was happy when she was awake.

This was our favorite beach. We had planned on only staying for a few minutes, but ended up staying for a few hours. The water is like burn your skin cold but they didn't seem to mind. We didn't put on swimsuits because we hadn't planned on staying. Clothes can double as a swimsuit right?


She loved the water and as soon as she woke up she wanted to play in it. She would stomp her feet and scream at the water. She didn't mind that it was freezing and cried when we would take her out of it.

Seriously, look how cute this is! He wanted to hold her in the carrier. I told him if she got too heavy that I would take her back. He wouldn't have it and carried her back to the car. The walk back included a flight of stairs that looked like it had close to 10 million steps. As we walked up the stairs, people coming down would tell him good job; which made him beam and even more determined to carry her all the way back to the car. One lady stopped him because she thought he was carrying a doll.  When we made it back to the shower by the car, I was taking her out while B was manning the shower. Well, little B was covered in sand and while B and M were washing off their feet, he found an opening in the feet washing escapade and got in the shower, like all the way in the shower, clothes and all. I asked him what he was doing. He told me that there was sand on his shorts and undies and so he washed them off. What a helpful child! 

We saw whales! We were standing on the rocks about 30 feet away and it kept rolling and blowing air out of it's blow hole. There was a park ranger there and she said that the whale was probably a female  grey whale with her pup. They are usually 40-45 feet long and weigh about 50,000 pounds. She said that the whale needs at least 650 feet of water to swim and dive so there must have been a drop off  right by the rocks. It was really cool to watch. We stayed there for a long time because watching her was incredible! 

You can't tell, but she's pointing at a lighthouse that they went in.  It's the tallest lighthouse in Oregon. They loved it and while they were inside, I couldn't go in because they had to climb 114 stairs and they wouldn't let me hold A and climb the stairs. Anyway, while they were inside I looked at whales and seals. It was awesome!

On our way out of town we went to the Tillamook factory. I feel like it was a little overrated but that's only because I don't like ice cream or chunks of cheese. However, the other members of my family loved it, A included. They all loved the ice cream. We loved spending the week as a family and even had long moments of no arguing. I hope that our kids remember the good times we had as a family.







Thursday, August 31, 2017

Priest Lake

Isn't it so beautiful?! Priest Lake. It truly is a beautiful place with awful sand and wind almost every afternoon. It's beautiful nonetheless and we went with B's family. Since we have this one,

And the fact that I'm a snot, staying in a tent was out of the question. Actually renting a trailer was B's idea. He just didn't have to do a whole lot of convincing. I agreed that it was a great idea before he even got the whole word, trailer, out of his mouth. Sleeping in a bed all week and having a bite size shower and a fridge was magical. When I say the shower was bite size, I'm not kidding. The tub was so so tiny that when we put her in it she almost touched the ends with her head and feet and she couldn't extend her arms out to the side without hitting the sides of the tub. But, it had warm, clean, running water so that's all that matters. The kiddos loved having bunk beds and they would shove cousins in the beds with them at night. M usually had two other cousins sleeping with her. You can imagine how cozy that was. But, they loved it and actually slept so that's all that really matters. Aaaaaaanyway, 

Going to the water. Some of us were way more excited about it than others. Little B could hardly wait to get there. Telling him that we needed to put on sunscreen was like telling a fat kid that there's no more ice cream. There were tears and protests but, he survived, barely, and made it to the water before 10 in the morning.

When they weren't on the boat, they loved playing in the water. They are brave humans that's for sure. If water isn't 100 degrees or close to it, like, 99.9, it's too cold for me. I was on baby duty and spent a lot of the week at the trailer reading. What book you ask? A Man Called Ove. It's amazing! The main guy reminded me so much of my dad. I laughed and cried and missed my dad a lot. It's so good. I digress. I had a love hate relationship with staying at the trailer. I loved the book but I didn't love being by myself. I know, A was there. but she was sleeping. I wanted to be at the beach so I could at least see my family. I did go down there one time when she was awake and she just screamed her head off. So I took her back to the trailer.

They got to go on the tube and they loved it. I don't know who took this picture, but I love that they did! I am so happy that they got to ride together.

One morning we went on a short little hike before they went to the water. What a weird sign right? Well, I thought that since there are arrows pointing in opposite directions for the same hike, that it must be a loop. The other folks we were with must have had similar thoughts. We picked, choosing the right, and went to the right. We made it about 5 minutes down the trail before we hit a dead end and had to turn around. Talk about a backfire when you're trying to teach your kids that life's like the sign and they should always choose the right. When we hit the dead end we had to add, and sometimes things don't go your way, so turn around and keep going. That earned us a couple of smirks from our oldest. Thankfully K was in his own little world and just kept whistling and walking. 

After the hike, they went boating. I love this picture! I think it looks like M's cousin, A, has plans to pull M off by her feet. I wish that she would have, that would have been so funny! Thankfully she didn't and M stayed safely on the tube.

Both M and K tried water skiing. The ski's didn't go small enough so they kept popping off. If we had had the right sized ski's, both of them would have been able to get up without any problem. They were both pretty nervous to try it, but they did awesome and I'm so proud of them for giving it a go!

M even tried wake boarding! B says that if she had been able to get the board out of the water more, she would have been able to stand all the way up. She really liked it. K was feeling pretty traumatized from trying skiing so he opted out of the wake boarding experience.

One of the days we did the waterslide hike. It's a mile long hike to this natural warerslide. One has to wear a garbage bag over your swim suit so your suit doesn't get torn up. That's what people say. I think it's so you can go a lot faster as you're sliding down but, I was on baby duty and couldn't go down so what do I know? M said she liked it but, the water was so cold, like burn your feet because it's so cold, that she only went down a couple times. The boys, on the other hand, loved it!

I wish you could hear him. He is laughing as he's sliding down backwards. K didn't care at all that the water was hurt your skin cold. He loved it!

I was a little worried to have little B go down by himself, but I shouldn't have been. He loved it and when he got to the bottom he would run up to the top to go again. 



 


After we got back from the hike, we went on the boat. I was tired of sitting alone at the trailer,(and I had finished my book) so, we knew that A would fall asleep on the boat. Off we went and she was asleep within minutes. She looks so big in this picture. She's not really. She still wears 0-3 month clothes.


WHOA!!!! M is on the outside edge, her 18 year old cousin, J, is in the middle and B is on the side closest to the water. They somehow landed back on the water dry, and none worse for the wear. When they got back in the boat they all said they thought they were flipping over on this one.

I love him! He loves boating. He loves driving it, skiing behind it or pulling people on the tube. He loves that it's something our entire family can do regardless of age. He has big plans to own a boat someday and when people tell him it's a waste of money, he will tells them they're wrong because of the great time his family had with their boat growing up. He says the best vacations were boating ones. He says a boat is worth every penny. 

Jumping off the dock is a must whilst visiting Priest Lake. The water is freezing, but worth the plunge. I don't know how the boys can jump in without plugging their noses. I keep every opening I have squeezed tight so there's no rushing water.


BAHAHAHA!!!!! I love this one! I love B's face! Right as they were getting to the end of the dock, little B slipped. Thankfully he didn't hit his head. Instead he came out of the water laughing and yelling,"did you see that?!" 

CANNON BALL!!!!!

All of B's siblings were there with their families except for one brother. Can you see how A is FREAKING out? Why oh why are we doing family pictures at 7:00 at night? I know for 98% of the people that were there, 7:00 is a great time. The sun's not beating in your face and it's not too hot. You've had dinner so kids won't be hungry. But by 7:00 babies are melting down. All of B's mom's siblings were there with most of their kids. It was a big group and some of them only saw A at the family picture. Or when we got together at 7:00 on Sunday night to sing hymns. Another, late night for a baby, event. One of them asked me if A was always so colicky because any time she saw her, she was screaming her face off. I told her she's usually a super happy baby, just not when it's bedtime and we're waiting in line to take a picture or trying to sing a song. In three years when we go back, hopefully it'll be someone else's baby freaking out. Of course by then, A will be three and a different kind of rotten for family pictures. The week went by too fast but, we loved Priest Lake. We loved being with family and can't wait for the next reunion!


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Utah!

With summer comes a trip to Utah. Not that we wait until summer to go to Utah. We just feel no guilt because we don't have to pull our kids out of school to go. Now, we all know that my mom is nuts in every sense of the word. My grandma Jepson, my mom's mom, is 100 this year. When I tell people that they usually say something like,"wow! That's cool." They are in fact, correct. However, grandma died. In 2004. She would have been 100 in October. Two questions, why did we have a birthday party for her and why did we do it in June? Two very good questions. I am convinced that grandma does not care at all about her mortal birthday. I think she's busy. People would say my mom was just using it as an excuse to have people get together. I don't think so. I think my mom just wanted to celebrate her mom. With good reason, grandma was awesome! She was pretty short, probably like 5'0 and when she would sit on a chair, when she would laugh really hard, her feet would pop out in front of her. She loved to read and as a little kid when we would go stay at her house, she would read us the book, Twig. It's a really cute story about a little girl named, Twig. Twig turns into a fairy and lives in the back yard of her apartment building. I love the book and I love that grandma read it to us every time we were there. Grandma made amazing homemade white bread. She NEVER made wheat bread. I truly think she probably thought wheat bread was against the word of wisdom. She used Downy fabric softener and Bounce dryer sheets and her house always smelled so good. She always had ice cream in her freezer and would make us chocolate cookies. Fact, they're brownies. If you made the mistake of calling them brownies she would get feisty and tell you that they aren't brownies, they are chocolate cookies. She always had those oatmeal cookies with white frosting from the store. They would sit in her cookie jar for so long they would be crunchy. I went my whole life thinking those cookies were made crunchy. After she died I tried one right out of the package and two things happened. First I was able to bite into it instead of using my back teeth to break a piece off. Then I spit the nasty soft cookie out of my mouth. I was truly disgusted that it was soft. I haven't eaten one since because they aren't crunchy like grandma's. She had a pet bird named, Chirp. She would bring Chirp to our house when she came to visit. He was green and yellow and so cute. I loved listening to Chirp as he sat on the nightstand where we kept our shoes. Grandma always kissed on the lips and when I was a teenager  I would try to turn my head so she would kiss my cheek but she wouldn't have it. She loved cheese and candy. She was stubborn and very set in her ways and I miss her a lot. Annnnyway, we made the 12 hour drive down and A did so amazing until the last 45 minutes. Then she was done and just wanted to be out of the car. We stayed in Heber for the night because that's where grandma was born. There was a campfire where people shared memories of grandma. I heard it was great but I was trying to get a little baby to calm down. She finally gave into sleep and that made the entire family happy. We were staying in cabin's at a girls camp that the church owns. It was a pretty sweet set up. All the cousins wanted to be in one cabin. We thought that was genius because they could stay up doing whatever shenanigans children do at all hours of the night and the adults could go to sleep at a decent hour. That way we would have the stamina to deal with the cranky kids that were up being wild and crazy people until all hours of the night. Our plan went off without a hitch and the next day we played blindfolded tag.

  It was so funny! Everyone playing had to be blindfolded and they stood inside a circle. Each player had a guide that told them where to move. The person that was it had a bopper and their guide tried to guide them into people. It was so funny! Some people would guide their players right into the bopper. Truly, it was pee your pants funny!

There was a very small zip line that they got to try. Well, the actual zip part was short, but they had to climb up a 30 foot pole to get there. The littles were pretty nervous about it. I was so proud of them for shimmying up to the top.

That afternoon, T was awesome and taught K had to long board. He told him that he would be a pro by the end of the week. K feels like he is in fact a pro and wants a long board of his own, even though the picture above was the last time that he's used a long board. 

Playing a family softball game was a must on my list. I loved playing it but it did make me miss my dad a whole lot. He loved playing softball with us and could be heard in the outfield chanting,"swing batter, batter, batter, batter, swing!" I missed seeing him sit on a chair next to my mom. Nonetheless, the game was awesome!

Little B didn't like understand the concept of taking a turn in the outfield. He batted after almost every other batter. He loves it because he can usually hit the ball. He's so dang cute standing up there in his little hitting stance that no one insisted on him waiting his turn in the line up. 

I think M lasted one time before she was off playing with the other cousins that didn't want to play.

Little B up to bat.

K running home. He almost passed his little cousin, C, who was running the bases in front of him.

I know this looks like the same picture as the other one. It's not. Little B just batted so often that the other people in the pictures don't move much.

This is the only time little B was out there. He stood there for a few minutes and then he ran back in so that he could hit. Again.

We borrowed B's mom's boat and went boating one day. Oh the fun that was had! There was tubing and skiing and wake boarding. 

I did go tubing with four of my sisters and a niece. I didn't want to get wet because Deer Creek is         fa-reezing and there was a breeze which made a wet body feel even colder. I agreed to go tubing in the hopes that I wouldn't get too wet. I had no intention of falling off. I was so confident that I didn't even take my $2.50 specials off my face. Welp, I didn't fall off but I got a lot more wet than I wanted to. The stupid rope kept splashing me in the face. G was on the tube with me and she kept laughing at me. I should have pushed her in. Rats! I wish I would have thought of that then. Next time G, next time.

Little B wanted to kayak and G's husband, J was so nice and jimmy rigged a tow so that he could pull little B around. What a guy huh? So nice and kind and helpful. Unlike his wife who laughs at people in their time of need.😉 We loved our time in Utah. B was able to go to a couple movies and I was able to have some much needed sister time. Our kids got to play with cousins and friends and when it was time to go home, we cried. We love our family and it's always hard to say goodbye.






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