Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Brian, Darlene & Cade's Visit

I am way behind on what has been going on in our lives, so you will just have to be patient while I get caught up on the month of July!!:) The week after I got back from Casper, Brian, Darlene, and Cade came for a visit. It was so much fun!! They were here on the 15th and the next day we headed to the lake with all of my family. We had a blast!! David and Traci brought their boat and Bri & Becca rented a jet ski, so we had lots of fun stuff to keep us entertained!! Plus, we had the cottage on the lake to nap the babies and eat meals. It was perfect!! We had so much fun that we took the Websters back to the lake on Thursday to do some more jet skiing. The kids loved the shallow water, especially Cade!! We couldn't keep him out of the water. The kids and adults alike had a great time, and boy did we have tired kids!!

On Friday, Darlene and I took Mylee and headed to Layton to do some shopping!! Darlene doesn't get to Utah very much, so we decided to have a girls' day out without all of the kids!! We had a lot of fun! We even got back in time for Brian and Martin to go to The Dark Knight. The next day was the Pioneer Celebration. It was Brian's VERY FIRST PARADE EVER!! Can you believe it? He'd never been to a parade!! Anyway, the kids loved it, and it didn't take Mireya long to figure out how to chase the candy down. She wouldn't put it in the bag--she just wanted to hold on to it so she wouldn't lose it.:)

We had such a great time while they were here!! Martin and I ended up with the flu on Saturday night and threw up all night, but other than that, it was so much fun. Thanks again for coming, guys!!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Our Quick Trip to Casper

A couple weeks ago I got really brave and decided to drive me and the kids to Casper for Parade Day. We used to always go when we lived there and I knew how much the kids would love it, so I decided to take them. I was actually extremely nervous about traveling that far without Martin (he was working), but we did it and the kids were amazing!! To make it even better, Sahara was there (Martin's niece), who we haven't seen for a couple of years. Mylee and Kaybree just loved having her there to play with.

The first day there, we just hung out at Darlene's for a while and let the kids splash in the pool. They loved it!! They each had a treat and the older girls hid their treats in the teepee. It didn't take Mireya long to figure that out!!:)

That afternoon we took the kids to Edness Kimball Wilkins Park, which is a park that has a pond. The kids thought it was so much fun. They were especially fascinated by the fish in it. They totally freaked me out when they would brush against my legs, but the kids thought they were so cool. Pretty soon everyone was trying to catch the fish. Lamduan (my mother-in-law) caught a whole bunch of them with her hands. It was pretty entertaining!!

The kids were so excited for Parade Day!! Lamduan went early and saved us some sidewalk and shade and then we came shortly before the parade started. The parade was a couple hours long, so by the end of it, the kids weren't too excited, but they hung in there. Mireya got her first taste of cotton candy and was hooked!! The girls loved everything but all of the clowns. They especially loved all of the snacks and drinks we packed to enjoy during the parade!!

We took the babies home for naps after the parade and then we headed to the fairgrounds. My kids had never been on a ride before, so they had a blast!! They went on one ride after another and Darlene and I even snuck a few in. In fact, we went on one that was a little wild for us and we were screaming the whole time. Some little girls that were on the ride with us told us we were wimps. It was pretty funny. (Now that I've got kids, I'm not as brave as I used to be.) I had to ride with Kaybree quite a bit, since there were 3 girls, and a lot of the rides only had 2 to a seat. They had a play place set up for the babies, so Cade and Mireya stayed with Grandma and had a great time with all of the cool stuff they had there for babies. Everyone had so much fun.

That night the kids played in the pool at Grandma's and had lots of fun. We had to do something to keep them awake for a couple of hours before bedtime. They had all fallen asleep on the way home from fair, so we drug out the pool and let them play for a bit before bed. I thought this was such a cute picture of Cade, so I had to post it. He came over all ready for bed, but it didn't last long. He went over to the pool and was all wet in seconds!!

We had such a great time in Casper. I'm so glad that we went. I got to spend a lot of time with Martin's parents, especially his mom, and it was really fun. And then, of course, Darlene and I were together almost the entire time. We had an absolute blast!! I might just have to skip on over to Casper by myself some more!!:)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

4th of July

So I know I'm a little late posting about this, but we had a great 4th of July!! Martin had to work, so I just hung out with my family for a lot of the day. Then Martin came home and all of the fun and excitement began!!:) We went up to the park because there was a potluck dinner there (which was so good). Then they had a little parade around the park for the kids. This is our wagon we decorated. (I know Spiderman doesn't really go with the 4th of July, but it was the right colors and Martin is a Spiderman fan, so we went with it anyway.) The kids were so excited for the parade and loved it!!

After the parade, there were lots of family games that everyone played until it was dark enough to light the fireworks!! They had so many games. We didn't actually participate in any of them because our kids seem to have the shy syndrome that I had growing up. They decided to just swing and watch everyone else instead. It was still really enjoyable just to visit with people and enjoy the beautiful weather. My grandpa Perkins even ventured out for the evening. I thought he and Kaybree looked so cute sitting together on this bench. After the fun in the park, we headed to the elementary school for fireworks. The kids loved it--Kaybree covered her eyes and ears for some of them, but they enjoyed them for the most part. It was an enjoyable day and we're just so thankful to live where we do so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have.