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!