Wednesday, July 22, 2015

another long summer update.

our summer has been full. busy full. we are exhausted every night when we go to bed and luckily have enough energy for the next fun things the next day. but maybe just barely. i find that i'm mostly tired all the time. we're going going going!!!

but it's definitely been a good fun summer. i feel like we're squeezing every drop out of it that we can. i really don't think we'll have any regrets at the end of it. 

for fhe one night, my sister in law tori taught chelsea and i how to make pupusas. she served her mission in texas/spanish speaking and has made this dish for us before and i've craved it ever since! i had to learn how to make it. it's kind of like a scone, kind of, packed with meat/veggies/cheese, and topped with a slaw of cabbage, carrots, and red onion all mixed with some vinegar and spices. so good!

we decided at the end of the night that our rule for pupusas is you never have to divulge how many you ate. i seriously can't stop myself when i get going. they hit the spot every time!

this summer i've also discovered (and am late to the game) acai bowls. so yummy and so good for you. i definitely think of it as a breakfast food, but in the summer, i could definitely go for one after a day at the pool or lake.

we've had lots of popsicles outside and lots of cousin time. brooklyn and kendall may not remember this summer, but i think if they did, they would say it was an awesome one!

we had a fun evening just our little family at thanksgiving point on our way down to be with judd and kayla at the hospital before judson was born. it was such a beautiful evening. we had a picnic and then walked around and checked the animals and the gardens. nice and relaxing.

 it was a long night at the hospital before judson decided it could be his birthday. oh he's such a sweet little baby. kayla is a natural mother and judson is so lucky to have such great (goofy) parents.

we've had nana (my MIL) in town and that means we get to hit up a few restaurants for dinner. red robin being one of them. brooklyn made a new record for herself and finished her entire order of macaroni and cheese and her side of broccoli. she was pretty proud of herself. 

the boys, the daddies, james and jeremy, whatever ya wanna call them... started playing flag football on saturdays again, so chels and i decided that we should take the girls out for a fun morning since the guys were having fun. we hit up station park and just let the girls run wild on the playground and dance the morning away by the fountains. we also did a little shopping. just a great girls' day out.

that night we went to the outdoor movie at the bountiful pool. it was a cool evening that required jackets and snuggling. sadly, we only saw about fifteen minutes of the movie before it was keni kate's bedtime. brookie was bummed. luckily, she'd seen the movie before.

sunday was mostly a good day. we were early to church, had a delicious roast dinner afterward, but then had to go say bye to my brother and sister-in-law because they were moving the next morning.

they are in for a great adventure in arizona and i know they'll end up loving it down there for the next several years. we'll just miss them so dang much. it just won't be the same without them. but thank goodness for skype and snap chat. we'll stay close and always look forward to seeing them.

for family home evening this past monday, we drove up the canyon and had tinfoil dinners and s'mores. i can't believe we waited this long into the summer to do it. i love tinfoil dinners and s'mores. we'll be doing it again at least one more time before summer is over. brooklyn and kendall loved playing in the dirt and gathering up old bullets/shells. they were filthy by the time we got home. but they were happy.

brooklyn has been getting in bed with us when james leaves for work and the other morning i came back into my room to see this. it tugged at my mama heart strings and i could barely hold back the tears. they really do love each other so much. my brown skinned blonde babies.

today we got to see a bunch of family at the airport for my cousin's return from his mission. i love any chance i have to see my family. we get to see them all again this weekend too and i can't wait! my sisters, mom, and my girls and i hit up city creek for a little shopping. we were able to take a break to hold baby judson. we just love him!!! brooklyn is already asking when she can babysit. ha! but really, we need more judson in our lives. i can't get enough of him!

not pictured is our weekly trips to seven peaks, i always forget to take pictures there. story time is also a weekly venture. we fill up our little pool and swim in the backyard, evening walks, ya know, all those fun summer things. i really am wanting it slow down a little. brooklyn turns four (FOUR!!!!) on sunday and after her birthday, the summer seems to just fly by. it's kind of sad. and i say that almost every year, but then i'm so happy to welcome fall and i always end up ok. i'm hoping to keep this more up to date for the rest of the summer because it's so much better that way. 

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