Sunday, June 18, 2017

Work hard, Play hard

We had a good week of work hard/play hard.

Things go in fits-and-starts finishing up our new house.  We got our lighting basically finished and most of the cabinets in but are still waiting on some minor details like working toilets and a kitchen sink.

With carpets and lighting in place the kids are having a bit more fun and aren't dreading going over there any more.

Any place with a screen is a good place... say the kids.

Abby borrowing the camera to take a picture while Debbie and her Dad put up curtain rods.

Debbie's Dad came down on Monday and was a huge help in moving some things between houses as well as taking on some of the many random tasks that need to happen to be move-in ready.
Caught Papa napping

After a long day, we went for a picnic and play at a park.

After a long week, we went for a couple of adventures on the weekend.  The first adventure was to Upper Falls in Provo.  The trailhead is a little hard to find and the way we went looks kind of sketchy but once we got on the path it was pretty smooth sailing up to a nice waterfall.

Someone didn't want us going through... luckily we all fit through the gap.

Enjoying the view

While Debbie and Greg explored a little further after reaching the waterfall, the kids made shelter with Greg's Dad and ate chips.

Beyond the waterfall there is a trail that gets even more treacherous.  We only went a little ways...

Saturday night we had a nice smores roasting and relaxed.

We didn't get a picture but we also went on a nice summer bike ride on Sunday.  There is a great bike trail not far from our house that can be followed either into the canyon or up through town.  We went town-ways for the first time and had a very nice ride.  We are loving how accessible so many outside activities are here!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Summer Days!

 Things are pretty busy around here.  We'll let the pictures talk this week...

We got to visit some goats near Greg's sister's house.  Alex was bleating at them and he sounded so good that Greg's sister thought it was the goats talking.

The kids enjoyed the library's summer reading program kick-off picnic.

They always do a puppet show for the first day.  Each week there is a different activity.  The kids love it!

We continue to work on the house each day.  Sometimes the kids are willing participants.
Sometimes we've arranged play dates for them. The work is still slower than we'd like.  But we are not worried, we will move in some day.
Alex is still the master train matter the location.

We enjoyed our town's summer carnival this weekend.  The kids each got 10 tickets to spend on rides.  They did some together and some individually. 

Alex did the fun house all by him self.  He was so proud. 

Abby loved the hydraulics of this ride.  She kept it as high as she could the whole time.

The carnival ended with a parade.  We lucked out with a great spot.

Alex learned how to stand a little out in front and wave for candy.  His bag was PACKED when he was ready to go home.
He still hates loud noises though.

Abby loved the parade too.  She got to enjoy it with some friends and also had an impressive candy haul at the end.
We enjoyed a family hike in the Payson Canyon.  It ended with a nice little water fall and some water play.

The kids loved walking around in the water with Papa until their feet were too cold.

A very fun activity.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Memorial Day

Even though some of us are still sick it's been up and down.  Fortunately the holiday weekend was when we were all feeling fairly good. We talked about the earlier part of the weekend in our last post but on Monday we followed the Memorial Day tradition of a BBQ and time outside. We had Greg's sister and brother in law over and had a very nice dinner with s'mores.  While we were making dinner, the kids insisted on getting out the pool and having a splash...even though it wasn't that hot.

With this week being the first week out of school for the kids, we are adjusting to summer life and trying to find what activities will work well for the kids.  One afternoon, Alex set up an amazing track that not only included his toys but also included random items meant for our new house (look closely for the heater vent covers in the picture)

Alex just finished a 3 week swim course that has been very good for him.  It only lasted 10 minutes each day but it took him from being scared of even going into the pool at any depth to being able to put his face under water and jump off a diving board (to someone waiting in the water).  It didn't really teach him to swim but he is definitely more comfortable in the water.  We'll continue with swimming lessons for both kids through June.

Greg's Dad is in town for the summer and he has gotten mauled with attention from Alex and Abby.  We celebrated his birthday and have had lots of fun together.

This past weekend, Greg's Dad put the kids to bed while Greg and Debbie went out for a yummy dinner (best ravioli we've ever tried) and to the symphony.  The symphony wasn't just any ole symphony but was one where they played music from Final Fantasy, one of Greg's favorite video game series.  We both liked it a lot (especially Greg) and it was a nice night (even though it got us back home soooo late)!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Last Week of School

The last week of school is always so busy.  The week started with Debbie and Alex helping on Abby's 'walking' field trip. They walked with Abby's class from the school to a park a mile and a half away.  The kids did great with the walk and we had fun with a picnic and activities at the park.  After a few hours they all walked back to the school, although a little slower.

Excited to start the journey

Picnic full of fresh fruit, and sandwiches.  Alex was sad there were no Doritos
Later in the week Abby participated in her school's dance festival.  Debbie and Alex went to watch and they were also joined by their aunt and cousin.  

Excited for the event

Not excited for the event

Abby's class danced to The Little Mermaid's Under the Sea song.
 The next day Debbie and Alex headed to the school again to help out with Abby's field day.  Alex was excited to be there at first and kind of participated but quickly decided he was hungry and bored.  Debbie ended up holding him most of the time which is getting harder to do the bigger he gets.

Alex is in the middle of an intense water safety class.  He goes 4 days a week but the lessons are only 10 minutes long.  We've been impressed with the progress he's made.  Before he started he didn't really want anything to do with swimming pools.  Now, just 2/3 through the program he is putting his face in the water, learning to float on his back, and even jumping off the diving board.

Sadly we are still sick, even Abby this week.  We think it's something new this week because we've also shared it will Greg's sister and family (or maybe they shared with us).  We're hoping that we can get over this quickly so we can focus on the fun activities of the summer.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Crazy Week!

Despite us all (except Abby) still not over our colds, we had a pretty busy week this week.

After late Monday and Tuesday nights at work this week, Greg was ready to take it a bit easier on Wednesday.  He was getting ready to leave when surprise, he was offered tickets to the Real Salt Lake soccer game in a suite that night.  Of all the fun work-perks that Greg gets the soccer one is one of his favorites because not only are the seats great they come with a room filled with food to enjoy as well.  Alex had never been to one of these events (and any event but this would require too much calmness from him) so Greg was excited to get the chance to take the whole family.

The night was a really weird one for spring in Utah with wind and rain and even some snow.  The upside of all that was that it kept lots of people at home including whoever we were going to share the suite with so we got the whole space all to ourselves.  The kids had fun stuffing their faces with food and occasionally watching the game.

Alex had his last day of preschool this week which was celebrated with a class program (Alex was very shy but did manage to handle standing on the stage... after some convincing) as well as an end-of-year party at The Bounce House.

Greg and Debbie got to trade date-nights with Gen to go to a Kristin Chenoweth performance at BYU. It was a fun and engaging evening even though Greg didn't know who she was.  Debbie was disappointed that she couldn't join in the sing along parts because of her cold.

As part of our prep for our new house Debbie want on a shopping spree to Ikea. Greg wouldn't have the stamina for a trip like that so Debbie took Greg's sister and they picked lots and lots and lots of boxes out. The boxes will all get delivered next week cause there is no way we are hauling this all back in our cars!

That left Greg to watch the kids which meant ANOTHER trip to the bounce house and a quick grocery trip.  In this picture, Greg forgot to get a cookie for his nephew who then insistently reminded him with squeaks that although he is the pickiest eater on earth, he does consider cookies to be one of the 5 foods he will eat,  They had a fun time together.

With sickness and house preparations and extra Alex sensitivity it's been another tough week but lots of fun/interesting moments as well.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Still Sick

 This week has had it's fair share of downs.  Alex being sick has made him even more sensitive and unreasonable than usual.  The worst part of the week though was that Alex shared his germs with Greg and Debbie and they have spent the last four days being miserable which also makes things kind of miserable for the kids.  But despite the yuckiness there have been a few highs.

having his blanket makes him feel better

Debbie went as a chaperone for Abby's school fieldtrip to BYU.  They saw a dance performance and explored the Beam Museum. Debbie was pretty wiped out after the trip and completely lost her voice the day after.

While Debbie and Abby were at a BYU field trip, Alex got to play with his cousin.  Hopefully he didn't share his germs.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Ups and Downs

This week has had a lot of ups and downs!

The week started off with Abby not feeling well so we kept her from school.  She was only really out of it for about half a day which Alex considered to be a success since "that means we had the whole day to play!"

Alex got to go to a preschool activity with his cousin at the mall where they learned about sharing and donuts.  Alex might not remember the sharing part but he definitely enjoyed the donuts.  He also enjoyed being silly with his cousin.

It was dentist time for the kids... something that Abby loves but makes Alex very nervous.  Alex did like watching the train though.  In the end, they both did quite well, no cavities.  Alex didn't even cry... much.

After the dentist the kids and Debbie shared a treat as a prize for doing so well during their check up.

Last week Alex called Debbie's dad and arranged a sleep over for him and Abby this weekend.  We were impressed with his initiative.  We were also looking forward to checking a lot of things off the to-do list while the kids were at their grandparents. Unfortunately Alex seemed kind of out of it on Friday.  We thought it was just heat exhaustion (he is not understanding season/temperature changes and insisted on wearing his sweatshirt all day Friday in the 80' heat).  He still wanted to go visit Papa and Mema though so we drove the kids half way where Debbie's mom met us and she took the kids the rest of the way.  

Abby had a blast playing in mud (as usual), going for a walk, and going out for dinner.  Alex was up and down the whole time.  Turns out it was not just heat exhaustion but he was actually sick.  His energy levels went up and down with a fever and by Saturday night he was just not feeling well.  That's when we decided that instead of meeting them half way on Sunday afternoon we'd drive up and get the kids on Sunday morning.  It was a good thing we did because Alex is one sick kid and he just wanted his dad.

While the kids were at their grandparents we did get some work done.  On Saturday morning we helped grandparents transport their flower pots to the local hardware store which was having their annual free potting event.  You take in your empty flower pot, buy some flowers, and they would put it together for free.  Grandparents look thrilled with the results.

We also did some planting.  At our new house we've cleared a space for a vegetable garden and raspberry patch.  We also moved some of our garden boxes and got them set up for strawberries and tomatoes.  We are excited to see what is successful.  Hopefully we'll be eating the fruits of our labor this fall.

We also had time to relax with a massage and dinner date. The massage was way past due and the dinner was delicious. 

While Alex has been sick and tied to Greg's side Debbie and Abby found themselves with some extra time on Sunday evening.  The weather was beautiful so they decided to bike to the park.  It was nice to get outside for some fun.

Hopefully this next week has more highs than lows and