Wednesday, June 19, 2013

byu soccer

it's not officially summer without some byu soccer thrown into the mix!

last friday night we spontaneously drove up just for the game, which turned out to be a pretty good one. the kids had a blast (thanks to the candy we treated them to!!) and danny was glad to see so many of his old team mates/buddies. 

go cougars!!

field trip to the fire station!

for mother's club i set up a field trip to the local fire station and i think it was a huge success! the firemen were so awesome with the kids and it was informative, as well as fun. win win!

showing us the camera with "heat vision"

spraying the fire hose! max & ave were a little too nervous to try it out, but most of the kids loved it.

ps. have i mentioned i went BLONDE?!?!? it's still weird to me (i'm a brunette at heart!) but i'm enjoying the change :)

after the tours, the kids came in and they got to see a fireman in ALL of his gear. the discussion went a little long (for our young group!) but at the end they were treated with coloring books, stickers, and a pencil!

cute kylie and avery

as soon as we walked through the front door, the crayons were out and they were coloring in their books! max has been talking about this visit a lot and can't wait to go again!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

the darndest things // part 2

I keep a little sheet of paper on our computer desk, and whenever the kids say something darling, I try my best to jot it down. (Though Ave is talking much more...I only remembered one of the cute things she's said recently! Next time I'll do better :) It has been such a fun thing for me to do, so here is the latest installment: 


Max spotted some boys across the street who were standing next to their dirt bikes. He was instantly  very intrigued. After a few minutes of them not moving, Max said: "Mom, when are they vrooming??"

"Dad! Ave said she doesn't like dogs."
Turning to Ave: "Yes you do silly mister!"

"Mom, we should buy a bowling ball sometime. I just love them!"

(our local movie theater plays a free movie for the kids every wednesday during the summer. we tried it out two weeks ago for "Wreck-It Ralph" and it was fun...while the popcorn lasted! then, miss. avery had other plans :)

Usually, when the kids play in the tub together, there is lots of squabbling and arguing over whose toys are whose. But the other day, they shared! And Max said, "Ave, I appreciate it. You're such a good sister." It was the sweetest moment!!

Max has started showing a lot of interest in prayers lately and it has been so fun to hear him pray. (He always wants to do it by himself). Without fail, sometime during the prayer, he will say, "Please bless that our blessings can be beautiful."


Other favorite lines from some of his prayers: "Please help me get boots for fourteen years." (where does he think of this stuff?!)

He really really wants a baseball mitt and we've talked about how he can earn it by doing his jobs every day. The other day, while Avery was saying the prayer, he kept whispering (in a very loud whisper) "Bless that Max will get a baseball mitt!"

The kids have been struggling at dinner time to eat enough to fill their tummies. It has been a constant battle!! We've tried talking with Max about how he needs to eat so he can run fast when he plays soccer (and/or baseball, football, golf...he wants to do it all!). Tonight at dinner, this was mentioned in the prayer: "Please help me eat a lot of food so I can grow big and strong like Daddy. But that my helmet and gloves will still fit." (He is obsessed with those things!!)

Whenever we stay over at my parents, Max gets to sleep under the stairs. (He loves it!) The other night, when Danny was tucking him in, he asked him what he was going to dream about. This is the conversation that followed:

Danny: "Are you going to dream about Jesus?"
Max: "No, about Cami" (my little sister)
D: "But Jesus did so much for us. What if you dream of Jesus and Cami?"
M: "Yeah, Jesus made the earth!"
D: "Yeah."
M: "And he made Christmas. And doors. How did he make doors?"
(They talked about the door making process for a bit...)
M: "And he made water, and dogs, and cats, and bunnies, and squirrels, and reindeer, and the sun, and horses." :)

The kids are constantly having races with each other. They'll line up, and say "Ready, set...GO!!!" and take off to their determined finish line. Danny and Max were talking about running one day and how important it is in sports:

Max: "You gotta run a lot when you play baseball."
Danny: "Do you think it helps to be fast?"
M: "Yeah!"
D: "Are you a fast runner or a slow runner?"
M: "I'm a fast runner. I'm a really fast runner!"


The other day, while passing Thanksgiving Point, Max spotted the T-Rex on the dinosaur museum. His new favorite show is Dinosaur Train, so he shouted out: "There is a Tyrannosaurus Rex! T-Rex!" Then Avery chimed in, "T-Rex!!! I love you!"

^^ This is what happens when Miss. Independent gets her hands on the salsa jar!! ^^

^^ She is such a great little helper! Notice how her flip-flops are on the wrong feet with two toes in between?? That's how Ave rolls. ^^

^^ She has a major crush on her daddy and talking on the phone to him is probably the highlight of her day! ^^

Oh how I love my sweet little kiddos!!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

mullet man

is there anything more awesome than a little boy with a mullet?!?

i think not.

p.s. isn't it awesome how our basement totally fits right in with the hair?! haha.
p.p.s. in case you were wondering...shortly after these pictures were taken, a good buzz happened :)

international peace gardens // outtakes

we took family pictures with danny's family last weekend since everyone was in town!! as i'm sure most of you know, family pictures can be a hassle (or is it just our kids that act like crazy people when it's their turn?!?) but if the photographer didn't get any decent ones of our little family, here are a few good ones:

^^ these pictures were taken right after we tried taking our little family pictures. the kids did not cooperate. it took three tries... ^^

^^ love this guy!!! ^^

^^ behind the scenes ^^

the above picture is probably my favorite of them all. after a long day (with no nap!) avery had just about had enough. and she was not shy about her feelings!