Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Helping in the kitchen

Ryan and I decided the kids needed to get more involved in some work around the house.
Because the kids were most excited about this chore, 
we decided they will start helping with dinner two nights each a week.

It has turned out better than I hoped.
It is more work for me but I think it is teaching them some good skills and so far I have been pretty patient with them so we are all learning new things. ;)

The other day Makayla made this salad all by herself.
I taught her how to slice peaches off the pit.
For some reason I never learned this skill until I was out of graduate school, 
living on my own and was invited to a friends dinner party.
That's probably something I shouldn't admit. :)
Well, now at 8, Makayla is ahead of the game.

She also wanted to take a picture of it since it was so pretty.
Spinach salad with peaches, raspberries and almonds.
A food blogger would have got a better angle but this is Makayla's viewpoint.

Still looks pretty good.

Monday, July 28, 2014

24th of July

We had a fun time celebrating the 24th of July.
However, we all noticed a lack of guests this year.
This was the first time in 6 years we didn't have any visitors for the 24th.
My sister Abby always used to come and visit but then she moved to Virginia 
and I guess it was too long of a drive to come.
Then last year when my sister couldn't come Ryan's brother Jonathan brought his has nothing to do with the fact that his wife had a family reunion in the we had visitors again.
This year?  No one and we were a little lonely.
Still, we enjoyed a good pancake breakfast:

and some time at the park:
I think just maybe they are getting to big for this ride. :)

Of course we had to see the parade (though I somehow missed getting pictures of that.)

That night we went to the neighborhood party where we watched a TON of fireworks.

It was a good day (despite having no guests).
So who is coming next year?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Best Babysitter Ever!

We lucked out this summer and got the best babysitter ever.
For the kids everyday is like going to summer camp.

They have done all sorts of activities.
They have made volcanoes, lava lamps, and an outdoor fort.

They have read lots of books, made friendship bracelets and had a water balloon fight.

They even "heart attacked" our bedroom door.
We could not ask for a better babysitter.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Happy 4th!

The Hodges' came to visit us for the 4th of July weekend.
We had plenty of fun together.
The annual Scout breakfast:
The Parade:
Hawaiian Shaved ice:

And fireworks:

Apparently the back of the van provides the best seats!

The next day we went to a production of "Who Shot Juanito Bandito".

We finished off our adventures with an Old Ephraim Pizza.

The kids were determined to finish it off:
With only a few crusts left on their plates, we all rolled out of the restaurant.  
It was a valiant effort. :)

It was so fun to have visitors...come again anytime!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Thunderbird's Airshow

At the end of June, we went to the Hill Airforce Base -- Warriors of the Wasatch Airshow.
It was kind of a last minute decision so I'm not sure we were as prepared as we could have been.

While thousands of people had been there all day, we got there just in time to see the last flight: 
The Thunderbirds 

Ryan wanted to get us as close as possible but the kids didn't like it because it was so loud.  
A few earplugs later and they were happy.
It was also very hot and Makayla had not worn the appropriate clothes so she kept pulling things up.
I wore the wrong shoes so I kept hobbling around.
We were a sight.
Ryan was so happy though...this is his thing.
He walked around with a grin from ear to ear...naming all of his favorite airplanes.

His enthusiasm may have rubbed off a little on the kids too!