Friday, July 14, 2017

Yikes! 2 Teenagers!

I'm not sure how I feel about having 2 teenagers in the house.  Brigham got his first pimple the other day and he informed me that he was ok with skipping the whole teenage thing.  I guess he's going straight to being a man.  He does have that slight mustache thing going on...
 On the way to Get Air, we stopped by Swig to get us all a pop and the birthday boy got a free cookie.
 We have been to a few different trampoline arenas but this one was definitely the best.  We went to the one in the Salt Lake (Murray) area.  Brigham likes Salt Lake and every once in a while asks when we will go to Salt Lake City again.  So when we heard from a friend that the Salt Lake one was larger than the other ones I knew we had to make this happen for Brigham.
 There really was a lot of different things for the boys to do and enjoy.
 They were so sweaty by the time that we had to go!

 Ruger was exhausting to keep up with.  None of my pictures really turned out great but Ruger's pictures were the blurriest.  At the beginning it was comical to watch.  He is so short and little compared to every other child in the arena but it was like he didn't even notice.  His little legs were just going so fast, trying to keep up with all that he was seeing and wanting to experience.  But when more and more people showed up, we had to start obeying the rules and he had to stick to the little people area.  He was NOT happy about this.  

And he soon became a typical 2 year old in throwing a fit!  It was exhausting trying to keep him away from the big stuff.  While chasing him, a Grandma was passing by.  She casually said while passing, "You are doing great, Momma!"  She was out of my sight in a second but I sure appreciated her encouragement! 
More and more things are changing with Brigham.  He's finally starting to fix his hair.  He tries to go everywhere with his jacket on (Yes, even in this 100 degree weather...but in his defense, I am always freezing everyone out in our house) and it drives me crazy that I still have to tell him (No, not remind him.  TELL him because he tries to convince me each time that its not too hot out.) every time to take his jacket off before he heads outside.  He still loves gaming very much.  His favorite superhero is The Flash (I'm not huge into superheros but I have to admit that Superman and The Flash are my favorites).  I love watching him pass the sacrament.   Every once in a while, I catch him looking at someone who has made eye contact with him and he'll smile at them.  I don't know; its just something about the way that he smiles at them.  Like its really genuine.  But that is Brigham for you.  Usually what you see with Brigham is what you get!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

July 4th 2017

We invited our neighbors, friends, and ward family to join us for the 4th of July fireworks festivities at our house.
 Sister Warren and Lamar (Brother Doman) sat on the side, away from us crazies.  But I wanted to get a picture of Hyrum and Sister Warren together.  She loves Hyrum very much.  She tells us a lot of cute stories of what she sees Ruger and Daddy doing in the back yard but she gets sentimental when it comes to Hyrum.  How he checks up on her and helps when ever he can.

 Sadly, this was the only picture that I got of Daddy and Ruger.  We have been blessed to not have any of our kids freak out about fireworks like some kids and animals do.  But it doesn't mean that if it is really loud that they don't whine to be in Daddy's arms!

I love that people celebrate the 4th but I have to admit that the nights leading up to the 4th and the nights after bug me.  People light up fireworks at all hours of the night and it scares little kids and animals.  I wish people were more considerate of that.  Then we get to deal with this all over again before, on and after the the 24th (Mormon Pioneer holiday).  Ruger only whines when he can see the fireworks but when he is in his dark bedroom and can only hear loud pops he starts crying like he's being attacked!  Needless to say, for almost a week now, he has been chillin with us in bed until the "pow pows" (as he calls it) stops.
 I didn't get any pictures of our aerials but all in all it was great!

Monday, June 12, 2017

We can't seem to get enough of that trampoline!

I don't know how old this trampoline is or how often the family before us used it but make no doubt, we are getting our $30.00 out of it!
 Last night Brigham had the idea to have our nightly family scripture reading out on the trampoline.
 It started out so peaceful...
 ...and then Ruger went into full, well, typical Ruger effect!

 It has been pretty hot lately.  And I avoid outside when its hot as much as possible.  So when it became super windy and almost chilly outside this morning, I was rushing to get Ruger outside before it started raining.
 Before we knew it, the Peer boys were over here.

These are Maddie's brothers and just like she is, they are so good to him.  They want to be doing their big boy jumps and stuff but they just run around in circles on the trampoline so that Ruger doesn't get thrown off.  And best of all, I didn't even have to ask them to be gentle.  They just know!

Now its after noon.  Ruger has had his nap, the boys are back on the trampoline, and he is at the window yelling at the boys to be out there with him.  It's hard for a 2 year old to understand, when Mommy pushes the shoes away that he has shoved in her face, that sometimes the big kids need some alone time on the trampoline.  These are times that his cute little whines are well, cute!  

Thursday, June 8, 2017


David, Levi, and sometimes Hyrum go find garage sales almost every Saturday morning in the summer.  I have a love/hate relationship with it.  I love that David gets to spend this time with the 2 boys but I struggle with the stuff that they come home with.

I don't know if it is all our moves and over the years learning that the less you have, the less you have to move with you but I really don't like a lot of stuff in our house.  A lot of times David comes home with things that he can fix up and sell (like wood furniture) but a lot of times the boys are coming home with things that just clutter up the place.  Though I realize that what I consider "clutter" is not to them so I try to just smile and praise them on the good deals that they got.

But every once in a while David will find something that is fun for just about everyone!
 The boys have wanted a large trampoline for years but the safety issue always made me nervous.  And a part of me still had it when David said it didn't have a net around it but I let it go.
 2 days later, Hyrum had 4 of his friends come over.  We put the sprinkler under it and lots of giggles and showing off "moves" insued.
It wasn't before long before the older 2 boys couldn't handle it and were joining the younger ones!
 A few days later, Levi and Brigham invited their friends over.
 They were a little more rough with each other and didn't last as long as the little ones but they had fun.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Rainbow Trail

We went on a new trail this Saturday called Rainbow Trail.  It was 90 degrees out and I was really hoping it was more shaded but we made it!  
 Here Levi is going on a shortcut.  I don't do steep shortcuts.  I'll go the long way, thank you very much!
 On these hikes, you can often see little off shoots of trails people have made themselves.  David and I are pretty picky about sticking to the old trail just because its new to us.  We don't want to get lost; especially with children.  But sometimes these man made trails lead to something really cool.  So we will stay on the trail while David only goes as far as he can still hear us.   This gem was found!

 We told the boys that we would go as far as the Bonneville Shoreline and turn around but then we saw this waterfall in the distance.
 A few of them didn't really care to keep going but we got to see a better view of the waterfall and it really wasn't that much farther...and they have to stay with us so...
 (Part of the waterfall is by David's shoulder, in the background.)

 We saw this towards the top and David told the boys that he thought it was where some deer had been sleeping the night before.  Yeah....let's go with that.  

We usually take a lunch/dinner with us but I had just watched something on the news, while at the gym, about bears being out.  So I didn't feel it was safe to bring food anymore.  Just our water packs.  So we come across this patch of grass that had clearly been laid in by something and I couldn't help but think of bears!  I was about ready to say, "It's time to turn around!"  But when David said that it made since because it wasn't large enough to be a bear.  I'm so glad I didn't say anything because Hyrum would have freaked out.  (And Grandma, if you are reading this, no worries!  I've thought this through.  These boys are waaaaaay too loud for anything to come near us.  Which is actually something they say is a good thing when out on hikes.  Noise!)
 I wanted to take a selfie of Hyrum and I at these cool trees when he stuck a flower under my nose!