Sunday, August 26, 2012

Little Boy's Tie

While Lori was here she wanted my talented sister Tracy to take some pictures of her boys.  They wanted to take pictures of the boys with no shirts and ties.  Since little boy ties only come as a clip on, this provided a challenge.  Lori found a pattern here for wrap around velcro ties which she quickly whipped up.  Did I mention she is talented too?  The ties she made her boys turned out so cute.  She also surprised me with one she made for Grant!

I love that you can pick whatever fabric you want and I love that you can wrap it around the neck and hide the fact that Grant never wants his top button buttoned.  And did I mention that I love that it velcros?  I think I will be making me some of these when I'm all settled.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Last Week of Summer

I know we are already into a week of the new school year, but I have been busy.  We had a really great last week of summer, mostly because my sister Lori came to visit with her three cute children.  Grant has had a blast playing with William who is just 5 weeks younger then he is.  The girls also love being with Lori's baby Jameson.  While they have been playing, Jess and I have been busy closing on the house and trying to move.  Here are some pictures of some of our play times.

Saturday, August 18, 2012


Our house is finished!  We had the walk through and final inspection this week.  I am so happy with how everything turned out.  We have had a great experience with our build, everything went so smoothly.  The only thing I wasn't sure about is our outside house color.  Let me show you some of our neighbor's houses.
My house....yellow!

I love yellow houses but I almost had them change the color.  I just wasn't sure I wanted to stick out that much in our neighborhood.  I am going to wait and see how it looks with grass and some landscaping and then see I guess.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Happy Birthday Grant!

Four years ago today I was blessed with a boy.  For the last four years I have experienced all the things that come with having snakes and snails and puppy dog tails in the house; toy messes, dirt, boy sounds, cars and trains, potty messes, big smiles, laughs, hits and kicks, hugs and kisses.  He is 100% boy, and he is so sweet and I have loved having a son.

Today he only remembered his birthday when I reminded him in the morning, even though we have been counting down for him all week.  The girls and I went to the store with him to get an idea of what he wanted and they each picked something out for him.  They were really sweet to him today.  Even though they won't let him play My Little Pony with them, they love him a lot.  They decorated this chair and made him a birthday crown for his special day.

Grant was hoping he would get this- the car set that went "swoosh...swish...loopty loop."

Grant was proud that he blew out his four candles in one try.  He got a ding dong cake.  Even though it tasted just like the store version, Grant was much more interested in the toys.  Oh well, more for all of us.

Happy Birthday little man.  We sure love you.

Saturday, August 4, 2012


The perils of having older sisters.....

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Battle Creek Hike

We had a successful family fun day with our last hike so we thought we would try another one this week.  This time we went up to Pleasant Grove and tried out a hike called Battle Creek.  Why is it called Battle Creek?  I wondered myself until I found a nice plaque there explaining the name.  The creek you follow is named Battle Creek because it was the place of the first skirmish between the Mormon pioneers and the American Indian tribes who lived here.  And there is your bit of history for today.

It was a much warmer day and this hike didn't provide a lot of shade.  It's also uphill the whole way.  It's still doable with your kids, but half way we found this nice little pond and decided to take a small break.  Do you see how excited Grant is?  He is just dying to throw in all the rocks he sees into the water.

The kids told me at least once (maybe a hundred times) that they hoped there would be another bridge to walk across.  They loved that about our last hike.  Luckily there was one bridge.  Yea!  I'm sure that saved us from at least one break down.

The girls spotted a little alcove along the way as well.  They said it was a cave and they thought it was awesome that this hike provided something new and different from the last one.  Bonus!

There is a lovely waterfall at the end of the trail and you can actually go to the top of it instead of just the bottom like most places with waterfalls.  When we arrived we were just in time to see some guys repelling the falls.
After the walk down we ate lunch at a small park that is located at the base of the trail.  Everyone was happy and the kids wore themselves out.  And I'd say that is the perfect family outing.