Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A little bit of this and that

Cody is off at scout camp this week. He's kind of a busy guy these days. Between his ward calling, scoutmaster, his job and the latest news - he's the new President of the Back of the Wasatch Dental District - he has a lot on his plate. I was extremely lame this year and didn't take a single picture on Father's Day, but we do appreciate him so much and all he does for our growing family.
We had his parents up for dinner on Sunday to celebrate Father's Day and they offered to take Cole for 2 days for me. So nice! I love the little guy, but he is definitely my high maintenance child. I was able to take Tucker and Aubrey to their first movie in the theater yesterday - Toy Story 3. We went with my dad and saw it in 3D on the IMAX. It was such a great show and they loved the whole thing. It is so fun to watch your children's "1st" moments.
Today I dropped off Tucker and Aubrey at the Calderwoods and I drove to Logan to meet my new nephew. Heather had her baby boy Friday night. They named him Ethan James Pelfrey and isn't he a cutie?!! He's got a stork bite on his forehead and forcep marks on the back of his head, but he is so tiny and precious! It's a little crazy and overwhelming to think I'm going to have my own little bundle in just a few short weeks.

If you are ever bored and don't want to pay to go to the zoo, did you know you can see great wildlife right in Park City? And I'm not just talking about moose and deer. Someone owns a buffalo, zebra, donkey and some crazy goats. You can see them right next to exit 2 on highway 40 - across from the Home Depot.

My kids especially love seeing the zebra. I mean, who owns a zebra? Do you have to have some kind of special permit? It's a little weird, but something we look forward to seeing everytime we drive by.

Once a month we get together with our best friends, the Dyers. This past weekend we drove up Millcreek canyon and had tinfoil dinners and roasted marshmallows. By the way, Millcreek Canyon is the canyon to go to these days if you are in the Salt Lake Valley. We tried going up Big Cottonwood Canyon after Memorial Day and were shocked that they charge you $7 per car just to picnic. That's ridiculous! Millcreek is only $3 a car. Of course, the best place to go is right up here in our mountains where you don't have to pay at all. : )

I love that our kids are such good friends (not that you could tell from Tucker's expression in this picture). Leah and I have been friends since we were 12 and it's fun to see friendships form with our kids.

I've been working on a fun project involving this carseat. It's been through 3 kids and needed an overhaul, so stay tuned on my craft blog Pieces By Lisa for an update soon.

Lastly, we went to the Wasatch State Park pond last Monday night, for Family Night, to feed the ducks and geese. It was such a nice evening and the kids loved throwing our leftover hotdog and hamburger buns at the birds. I love living here in Midway where we have such fun outdoor activities to do with the kids. I mean, who wouldn't love no traffic, the mountains, awesome neighborhoods, friendly people, etc etc.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

35 weeks

The countdown has begun! Well sort of - I guess technically I've been counting down all along with always knowing how many weeks I am. But, now I have an end date in sight. 4 weeks from tomorrow I'll be induced, July 12th! (I've probably mentioned this before, maybe even multiple times, I just can't remember.) Anyway, things are going well. I've got my list of things I want to accomplish before baby comes and hopefully I'll get most if not all of them done. My patience is starting to wear thin with my other kids which I hate. It happens at the end of every pregnancy and I have to tell myself to calm down and remember that they are just kids - little ones at that. I think #4 might be the one that makes the biggest change/impact on us as a family. I know Cody thinks so. It is a little overwhelming to think we will have 4 children 4 and under. Things are going well though and we have lots to keep us busy in the next few weeks. My sister will be having her first baby in the next week, we have extended family birthdays to celebrate, Father's Day, Cody has scout camp, the 4th of July, we'll take advantage of the pool while I can and I'm sure more activities will come up. I love comparison pictures so enjoy!

35 weeks and 30 weeks
20 weeks

Sleepover in Logan

Cody and I wanted to take the kids camping this weekend, but the weather just wasn't cooperating with us. It wouldn't have been bad camping in the rain if the weather were warmer, but since it wasn't, we decided to drive to Logan and have a sleepover with Heather and Dan.
 We arrived right after they got home from work and we ate our dinners and headed up Logan Canyon to have a fire and roast some marshmallows. Cody was counting on finding some red pine needles to help us get a blazing fire going, but no such luck. That canyon is full of green! It took awhile with the rain and wet wood to get a roaring fire, but we all had fun and ate some tasty mallows!

Heather is due a week from today and we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our new nephew/cousin!
We've never slept over at Heather and Dan's before and it turned out great. There was space on the floor for everyone and Heather and I didn't bump into each other during our nightly potty runs. (Gotta love pregnant bladders!)
Saturday the guys watched World Cup while the kids played, and Heather and I ran to a couple craft stores. We had a great time and love that they live close enough to do day/overnight trips to see them.

Friday, June 11, 2010

The little things in life

Call me a dork, but I have been waiting for one of these for a very long time! No more PO Box for us - the mail lady can finally come to our house! Our neighbor works for a timber frame company called Euclid, and he made a nice fancy mailbox for his family last year. Luckily we are such great neighbors and we talked him into making one for us as well. : ) I love getting the mail and am excited that I no longer have to run to the post office everyday.
And Cody is loving his new lawn mower. Our free grass is doing quite well and is lush, green and beautiful. The lines where we laid the grass are slowly disappearing. I'm sure the novelty of a lawn will wear off someday, but when you have never had your own yard, it sure is fun to enjoy!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Keeping me on my toes

This kid sure does keep me busy. I bathed the kids last night and we'd just finished brushing Tucker and Aubrey's teeth when my phone rang. I ran downstairs to answer it and when I got off I heard water running. Running back upstairs this is what I found. Little boy sitting in sink with water on, brushing his teeth. Why do I have a feeling Cole is NOT going to grow up enough in 5/1/2 weeks? Good thing new babies come out not being able to move around. Gotta love him though!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The cousins are in town!

Last Friday Cody and I drove down to Sandy to drop our kids off at his Mom's so that we could go to the temple. To our surprise, Cody's brothers family was there! We thought they were driving in on Sunday, but they decided to leave the night before and drove throughout the night all the way from Seattle! We left the kids with the cousins and ran to the temple and then spent the day with them. Sunday night Carson's family came up and the kids had a big sleepover in the living room.
Memorial Day morning we all went to Midway's town breakfast. I thought it was free for some reason, but it wasn't. It was $5 a person. The breakfast was good though, and my kids shared a plate so it wasn't as expensive as I thought it would be.
The kids played outside and we played games during the day. Cole loves Mickey (Cody's dad) and Mickey loves Cole and so he followed him around all day and pushed him on a bike. Cole was in heaven!

Yesterday we spent some time with the cousins as well and this morning Carson and Marisa picked up our sandbox sand and I watched the kids while they ran some errands. The sandbox is a huge hit! I know it will be a dirty summer, but I love having something in the yard that the kids play with. Maybe next year we'll get a swing set, but for now, living in an awesome circle and having a sandbox is great!

May Birthdays

Cody bought our first lawn mower on Saturday. He came right home and mowed our front yard and isn't it beautiful?! We put up our flag and we think our house looks so patriotic and awesome. It's alright to think your house is the bomb, right?!
I love having flowers and a garden. Little sprouts are shooting up in our garden and I can't wait until they are producing. One section of our garden is dedicated to salsa. We have cilantro, onions, jalapenos of different temperatures, tomatillos, and tomatoes, plus lots of other veggies. It's great!

May 24th is a very busy day for our family. It's Cody's Dad's b-day plus my Mom and sister's. We had Cody's family up for dinner and cake/ice cream.

Then the next Saturday we had my entire family up for the same thing. We all had a great time and enjoyed lots of yummy food and dessert.
Aubrey, Halle, Tucker and Mckenna playing in the back of uncle Dan's truck.

When I was trying to take a picture of the house Cole came outside and said cheese for me. What a cutie!
Heather and I are pretty much slackers in the picture area and this is our first and probably last pregnant picture together. She is due on Father's Day (June 20th) and I'm due July 17th. It's fun to see how differently we carry our babies. Soon enough we'll each be toting around little boys!