Friday, July 31, 2015

Family to visit!

Adam and Michelle's family came to visit for a few days last week.  It was so much fun to get to be together.  I especially liked time with my nieces and nephew, since I really haven't spent a lot of time with them since I came into the family.

Anna read a lot of books to our girls.

We had a tutorial on making ganache - and its surprising how good graham crackers are with a bunch of rich chocolate in the middle.  (We didn't get a picture of it, but Ashely and I also played a lot of card games together.  We both love the fast-paced ones and we're pretty equally matched.  It got a little intense).

For the full day they were here, we went down to do an Amish tour which was really fun (and hot).

I just had to include some pictures of the quilts - they are made with a pedal machine, like the one above, but they're entirely hand quilted.  That means that someone made tiny little stitches over almost the entire quilt.  It was really incredible to see.


They also had a little farm tour where the kids could feed and pet the animals.  David was not going for it - but the girls did...with a little help from Uncle Adam.

Lily was not in the mood for pictures, but Suzy obliged.

David just did the slide - almost the entire time.

And Spencer took a lot of pictures on his own - I'm so impressed with his skills as a photographer.

Sunday, July 19, 2015


Can you spot the little frogs in this picture?  I work out in the basement and noticed one clinging to the screen.  I thought, "How fun, there are frogs in our window well."  The next day I saw them there again, and realized that they couldn't get out and were trying to climb the screen.  I wanted to save them, but the window well is in a hard spot with a pokey holly bush right up against it.  Also, its deep enough that it'd be really hard to get down there.  Ok, and I was kinda scared to try to catch jumpy little frogs, especially while trying to keep the kids from falling in the window well.

I had the idea to put a stick down into the window well so they could climb out.  As I was doing it, I thought about the Atonement and how we all get ourselves into pits.  Sometimes, its because of our weaknesses, sometimes there is a pit we just didn't see and couldn't anticipate.  However we got in, we can't get out ourselves and yet, no one can force us out.  

The next day, I was so sad to see a frog still clinging to the screen.  I wanted to plead with it to climb the stick.  I was surprised to feel how sad I would be if he didn't climb out.  I told Jon and he did his best to console me.  Later that night, Jon went into the basement and told me that the frog was halfway up the stick - it figured it out!  Now we have a frog-free window well, but I'm going to leave the stick there just in case.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Its been a fun birthday over here.  I decided to give David his train set right after breakfast so he'd have all day to play with it, and he loves it.  

This evening we had pizza and cupcakes.  I'm not sure why he's making this face, but I know its cute.

Suzy helping him blow out his candles...

A friend in my ward who I visit teach had these fun animals that my kids always loved playing on.  She offered to let us borrow them.  Needless to say, they're a hit.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

July 4th 2015

Our festivities started on July 3rd, when we invited all the young families in our ward over for a BBQ and Slip 'n Slide.  It was so much fun and perfect weather.  Suzy was tired though, and towards the end she asked, "Mom, can we please turn off the party?"  Haha, you know she was exhausted to say that.

This morning we went to a ward breakfast - it was raining hard.  That didn't stop the kids from playing though, and David played the most.  He was soaked by the end.

After some much needed naps (for Mom and Dad) we finished off the day by walking to the duck pond and doing sparklers.

Jon is giving the kids instructions and a demo - I love the look of marvel on Suzy's face.

Lily was a little anxious.

And David was so excited about the fire...until his went out, and he scraped his hand against the hot end.  Then, he was the cheering section, yelling, "fire! fire!" from the sides, but not wanting to touch them anymore.

On the walk home, the girls kept picking up leaves and giving them to me as a mothers day present.  We read a book from the library about some forest animals doing that on mothers day, and I have gotten a lot of leaves and ferns since then.  So sweet.

Happy 4th of July!