Wednesday, July 12, 2017

the 4th of july!

the 4th of july! one of my favorite holidays! one i look forward to all year with much anticipation... almost as much as christmas!

the festivities for the 4th start the day before for us as of the last couple of years. we go to a bbq at my friend's parents' home and then we trek up to the golf course for fireworks. it's become one of my favorite traditions! my girls were excited about it this, but loved it even more because my friend's mom (who is an excellent painter!) did face painting. you better believe they stood in line for that first thing!

they usually have bounce houses and slides and this year, this is the only picture we got of that. but the girls love that too! right along with the snow cones and endless cotton candy.

only a couple of us were able to make it this year which was a little sad, but we had a great time being able to visit with just 3 of us! i love these girls and we hope this tradition continues forever!!!

no picture of the fireworks but it should be noted that literally five minutes before the fireworks started kendall had to go to the bathroom. not just number one either... so i picked her up and literally ran down hill of the golf course (in 100 degree weather) and we barely made it to the porta potties by the time the fireworks started going off. she went quickly and then i carried her and ran back up the hill. i was exhausted by the time we got back to the group. adi was sad and tired so i tried comforting her until the fireworks were over. kendall then let us know she needed to go potty again! holy cow. what?! we told her she had to hold it, which she's very good at doing. well, apparently all the fresca she drank right before the fireworks was catching up to her very quickly and she wet her pants in the stroller. poor girl! she was so sad about it, but turned immediately happy as soon as i let her know we had a fresh pair of undies back at the van for her. she was thrilled! i was just flat out tired. next year, we'll be better prepared for that!

we had the kids in pjs and in their beds by 11pm and we were getting them up at 7am the next morning to head down to our neighborhood flag raising and breakfast. a new tradition to us and one that we fell hard for and plan on doing again and again! the girls loved it! the getting up early didn't phase them one bit. james and i loved starting the 4th out in such a patriotic way.

the home where the breakfast takes place is in the heart of bountiful and is like the perfect backdrop for something patriotic like this as well. the playlist in the background was a world war two station and it seriously felt like something straight out of a movie. charmingly quaint and beautiful! the pancakes and other food was delicious and we left full and ready for the next event on the docket.

brunch/swimming at our house mid day on the 4th has also become a tradition. it's so nice to be able to let the kids cool off and play in the water, eat some more good food, visit, and do it all without the crowds! we love it and definitely plan on sticking to this tradition. this year i did blueberry muffins and a stove top mac and cheese (from martha stewart, look it up! so good!). we had watermelon, drinks, licorice, and the like. the other plus to this activity is it wears the kids out early for a good nap, allows us adults to nap, and then everyone's ready and refreshed to stay up for fireworks.

so we parted ways, napped, showered, got all ready, chels and i made a swig run, and then we all met up at my in laws for a delicious bbq. 

we ended up with so much food we literally did a repeat meal the next meal. so yummy!

i bought my girls' coordinating dresses clear back in february and i was so excited to finally get them all dressed up in them! adalyn's is my personal favorite!

after dinner was cleaned up we caravan-ed up to kaysville for what we think are the best fireworks of the summer. the kids get to go play in bounce houses with their daddies, while us mommies watch the babies and eat all the treats we bring.

as it starts to get dark, we pull out all the glow in the dark stuff and snuggle up for the fireworks. this year, brooklyn and kendall couldn't help but get up and dance for the first little bit. james has cute video of this but i can't get it to load. by the end, everyone was snuggled up together and it was seriously just the best! it's all so magical for me, and i'm the mom, and also 31 years old. i hope i'm creating magical memories for my girls too. these summer nights spent together watching fireworks, sweating to death, and then tiredly making our way back to the van are really some of my most treasured memories. i think about them all winter long and get teary eyed! not even kidding.

we had the best 4th and i'm so glad we did. it's such a great day to celebrate and remember how great this country is that we live. i know i'm proud to be an american and i want my girls to feel the same. i say it every year, and i'll say it again, i don't know if next year's 4th can top this one. but i'd love to see it try!

Friday, June 30, 2017

it is full blown summer!

we are full blown into summer over here and loving it!...mostly! this mama is already exhausted and hoping to slow things down a bit and find a nice steady pace or we will never finish this race of summer!

we celebrated father's day with breakfast at my in laws, church, dinner [steak, fries, and brussel sprouts], and then brownies and ice cream to wrap it up nicely! james does so much for our little family and he always ALWAYS puts us first. we're so lucky!

the girls just finished their two week session of swim lessons and once again, i was so impressed! this was our second summer with this family and it won't be our last! both brooklyn and kendall surprised me by being a lot braver than i thought they would be. by the end of the two weeks, kendall could put her face in the water and swim with help. brooklyn could jump off the diving board and swim with her face in the water over to the side. they loved going every day and were so sad to have it end!

one of our favorite summer bucket list items was crossed off last weekend when we went to talorsville dayzz. we love this tradition! and i loved that brooklyn was over the top excited for it this year! my in-laws came down and went with us and we had such a great time! dinner at red robin before and fireworks & music to finish it all off!

the saturday before father's day, we went to a little water activity at a business right by our house. it was a 'kiddie wash' and had lots of other water activities. my girls were in heaven! as soon as we got home from the activity, brooklyn made a 'kiddie wash' of her own. this girls is always creating something!

almost every single day last week, the girls were outside having a 'sister skinny dipping' sesh.

(i told her to cover herself and this is what i got!) 

brooklyn had a fun pioneer primary activity last saturday. she was so excited about it! they were told to dress in pioneer clothes, and this is all we could come up with.

that night we did s'mores at my in laws house. s'mores and summer are an obvious pair! we love them! well, my girls love to the roast and eat the mallows, not so much the whole s'more.

brooklyn lost her first tooth of the summer and she's been working on loosening up others ever since. this girl is all about the tooth fairy!

like i said, this first month of summer has already been pretty crazy busy and hopefully we'll find a good medium here in the next week or so. schedules are my love language and i know my girls thrive so much better when they're in place. but really, we're enjoying all things summer and have so much we're still looking forward to in the next several weeks!