Monday, April 22, 2013

While the parents are away...

...These kids will play.
 Trent and Amy headed to California to run in the SoCal Ragnar this past weekend. Luke and I got to watch their kids while they were away. It was a crazy crazy weekend, but we all had so much fun.

Thursday night we had soccer games for the boys and Oakley. They each scored a goal for their winning teams and the final score for both teams were 6-2. They wanted me to make sure that I mentioned that.
Thursday night we had some visitors. Jodi, Clay and Hallie stopped by to have dinner with us. It was so fun to visit with them and the kids loved playing with Hallie

Goof balls.

 Friday after school we stopped by Luke's work to visit. Whenever we go to visit, the kids usually make a poster for Grandpas door. Since he was also running at Ragnar we made him a team BONK! poster. I helped them make some runners but they named them. They decided to make Mike the distressed runner.

 Saturday morning was chuck full of soccer games. All six kids had a game and luckily, they were every hour from 9-12 so we were able to go to every ones game.
The boys were first. I love watching them and they are getting so good.
Supporting each other in the rain
 Paige and Morgan were up next. Luke took them and we met up with them after the boys game was over. He said that they got on the field, Paige scored a goal and they called it quits. It was freezing and pouring.

Up next, Oliver 
This was his first soccer game. We were all guessing what color his team would be. None of us thought it would be green.

And it went exactly as we thought a 4 year old soccer game would go. It was funny.
And finally Oakley. She kicked some serious soccer balls. A lady on the opposing team said to me "Wow that girl is so tiny, but she is a such a fierce player". I have to agree.

After soccer, we were all hungry and so we took a little trip to McDonald's. We had such a big group so Luke was a good sport and ate alone at the neighboring table. I think he secretly enjoyed it.
 That night we took the kids to the nickel cade. They each got their own cup of nickels and they got to spend them however they wanted. They finally found a game that was fun and gave them a lot of tickets.
Ticket counting machine 
 Picking out their prizes. This took about half an hour and they mostly ended up picking candy.
They were already talking about going the next time and how they are going to save up all their nickels. 
Saturday night we decided to go rent a movie. 4 of the kids wanted to go with me so we loaded up and headed down the hill. The kids saw that I had my wallet with me and started to ask why we need a drivers license. I told then that you have to have one to drive and that if you get pulled over by a police man, they will check to make sure that you have it. Not even a minute later I spotted a cop. We saw each other as he was passing me and then I saw him flip around and follow me. I told the kids that I thought I was about to get pulled over so I told them to sit flat on their butts and to be good. They were really good. The cop pulled us over for having too dark of tint on the car. I was so scared that he was going to ticket me for not having any of these tiny kids in boosters. Luckily I got off with just a warning and these kids got a first hand experience as to why we have drivers licenses.

And finally on Sunday we all got ready to go to our church because of mine and Luke's callings. The kids were excited to go to primary with me. I had practiced singing time with them and they wanted to do it again. By the third hour, we were all done and keeping them entertained and quiet was hard.
  After church we headed to "Rocket Park" for a picnic and to let the kids burn some energy. It was perfect.
The kids chicken fought and it was so funny.
Luke also played tag with them for about an hour. They loved it and then he bounced them all on the flobby bridge. I loved sitting back and watching them. Bless Luke for entertaining them.

That night, Trent and Amy got home and Luke, Oliver and I headed home. It was so quiet being in our own home and I genuinely missed not having all six kids. I've said it before, but I sure do love those little squirts as if they were my own.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Senior Presentation

Luke had his Senior presentation today. This is kind of a big deal. As engineers, they have to come up with an actual project to present in front of their professors and fellow class mates. They have to dress up, present their power points, they are asked questions about their project and they are given a grade on it by the judges. Luke was also chosen as the session chair for his group (which is pretty much conducting the session). After all the engineers have presented which is done through out the day, there is a banquet that evening. I was so happy to be able to hear him present and to join him at dinner that day. We had a good time at the dinner, but we Luke was so ready to be done after such a long day. In total, he heard 9 presentation. As we were leaving, Luke thanked the professor that was over their project. She informed us that she nominated Luke to receive one of the 5 best project presenters awards. He didn't win, but I think being nominated by your professor is a  pretty big deal.
So proud to be hanging on the arm of this guy. Next up, graduation!!!!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Yesterday, out of the blue, Oliver asked me a question as I was walking away to get him something:
Oliver: "Mom, can only Dad touch your boobs?"
I stopped dead in my tracks.
Me: {silence}
Me: "Uh I think you have to ask Dad..."
Later I asked him where he had heard that or if he heard his cousins talking about that to which he replied "No, just me."

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Spring Break St. George/Vegas Style

This is what our spring break in St. George looked like...
...But let me break it down for you. 
Early Monday morning we loaded up the kids in Emily's van and Amy's behemoth and headed down to sunny St. George.
Oliver and I rode with Emily and it was such a nice drive all the way down. The kids were so great and super quiet.
We stopped in Fillmore to grab a bite to eat. Look at all those kids.
Once we got there and settled in, it was dinner time. The kids had pizza and the adults went to Benjas...minus Amy, she stayed and worked and we brought her back some non sushi food. 

The following morning was so nice. Emily and Holly went on their morning walk while Amy and I watched the masses and when they got back, we traded so that we could go running. It worked out perfectly every morning.
It was hot but it felt fantastic.
 And while we were away, these two got the waffles started.
 Amy lead us in a nice Nike work out and we closed with Emily teaching us how to leap. It was pretty fun.
Later that day wen went to the Crack. A St. George must. Best part was hearing Amy go through the crack for her first time. Oh the squealing and panic. She was terrified to say the least and if I wasn't squeezing through right behind her, she would have gone back. She made it through just fine though and finally concord the crack.
This little poser cracks me up.
For lunch we headed to the new Chick-Fil-A. I love me the chicken salad sandwich.
Following lunch we rounded up the gang and went to "Awesome" park which Sarah perfectly named.
Why awesome?
Just check out these playground toys...
The adults had a good time too.
Later that night this happened...
Holly said she would give us each $100.00 dollars each if we jumped in the pond and grabbed a golf ball. Emily and I darted right out on that golf course. While we were in that disgusting duck poop filled pond, a golfer tee-ed off and the ball landed in the water about 1 foot away from Emily. I didn't have such luck and I had to half way dunk my head in and get a ball in the deeper part of the pond. I think we were both had...we never got paid.
One of the nights, I took all the kids to the golf course to play some night games. They were dying to go out there and play.
Red rover
 Hands up stands up
 Grandmas underpants
The following day we headed to Vegas with everyone to meet Mandi and spend the day with her and her cute kids.
She was nice enough to let us swim in her pool for hours.
This little guy got in the hot tub and didn't realize he couldn't reach. He also didn't have any floaties so he was pretty much flailing under water. I saw him and ran to pull him out but luckily Paige and Morgan were in there and helped him. His first words right out of the water were "Phew, that was close".
Of course when we are in Vegas we have to go to Raising Canes.
We headed back for more swimming before heading back to St. George. All the kids loved visiting Vegas.
The rest of the time the kids played around the house and Emily, Amy and I were even able to break away and go shopping (thanks Holly).
Before we left we had lunch at the park. Let's just say that getting lunch for 13 people is no easy task.

Holly kept them busy though. They played at the park and lucky for them the water was on at the park. her. I mean look at her moves. Who wouldn't love all of that.
And I love all these kids. Such personalities. (I mean just look at Oakley)
I am so glad that I have these three to look up to. Such great women.

Aiden caught me and Amy at our finest.
I loved our spring Break vacation.
Chaos and all.