Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cabin with the Coles

Man I'm getting good at spontaneity! I've done 3 things in the last little bit after thinking them through for 5 seconds instead of 5 days. Candace and Shelley (cousins) called one Thursday and said they were going to the cabin and wanted me to join them. I did it. I packed up that night and we left the next morning. 

Oh the kids had such a great time. It's been a while since we've been there with our Cole cousins and it was nice for me because the kids were just off playing the whole time. That way I could do a whole lot of noth'n.

Jack's nose got it good when jumped off the swing

and dad planted his first shrub

There she is in all her glory. 
Sadly, tonight we are all praying for her survival as a wild fire spreads viciously around Panguitch Lake. It is roaring just over the hill to the North of the cabin. Everyone at the Lake has been told to evacuate. Pray that all my dads hard work makes it through!

Our neighbor emailed a bunch of the boys in the neighborhood to see if we wanted to form a baseball team and participate in this "Orem Night Lights" league. So we did. Lots of cute boys, unfortunately this was the WRONG league for our team! The first game was painful. The other team more than whooped our butts. I think we ended 30 to 0 and that was with the mercy rule of limited runs per inning.  Every game after was about the same. The kids loved it though. We'd get a good whooping, but at the end the kids were all happy and would run out on the field and practice sliding to home plate. 

Ivan moved up from a wolf to a bear

Emery had another great dance season with Mrs Aunt Jamie
Ivan's soccer team took 1st in their devision. They took 1st in two diff tournaments this past year and now in their regular soccer season. It's been fun while it's lasted, but they'll move up a seat and wins won't come as easy. Lets hope for a couple at least

and little Jackeroo is looking good on the soccer field. We are kinda sad cuz all the kids are splitting up and playing different ways next year.
and he got himself a couple home runs this season in coach pitch. He's really improving in both soccer and baseball. 

The boys have the cutest fans

Monday, June 19, 2017

Schools in and then its right back out again!

The boys have both had a great year with great teachers. Jack had Mrs Sroufe and Ivan had Mr. Mortenson 

Baby shower for Mrs Sroufe

Last day

Preschool graduation with friend and neighbor Mrs Kristi

School let out right before memorial. We couldn't quite muster up the strength to pack and go to the cabin. The boys both had games so we stayed home. Hilary (niece) called and said they were having a staycation in my mother in laws back yard so we joined them Sunday night.

Then Memorial day we drove down to Payson and Nephi for Sharon to put flowers on her parents and Lynn's parents graves.

Mom and I visited grandma and grandpa in Heber. Actually I can't even remember if this was before or after memorial day. 

I really don't have anything funny or entertaining to say about it all. I get boringer and boringer in my blogging. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


It's a rainy, rainy day today. Seems perfect to document our Oregon trip.

Mike's nephew has two little kids who our kiddo's love to play with. They moved to Oregon about a year ago (is that right Malori?) to do his residency. We got to go out and visit them in March.

We stopped 1/2 way (Idaho) and stayed a night with Steve and Jen. 
(Mikes brother)

Then we drove a very long 8 hrs the next day. I hope we don't get turned in from this picture. There was a stretch of very little traffic and open road so kids got to spread out for a bit. And made a fort.

When they were living in Utah the kids got really into a show called PJ Masks. So when we got there we gave them all PJ Mask pajamas. I didn't even get a picture of them all? 
(if you did malori will you send it to me) But here's Jack and Dawson in theirs.

and it happened to be Emery's bday while we were there so they gave her the owlette doll. Thank you.

We stayed one night on the coast. 
These tide pools were pretty cool. We saw some big star fish and other little things. 

and walked up to the light house

We walked through the little touristy town and ate at a yummy Mexican place 
(Mal, if you have a picture of that send it too)

Then we went back to our room which was a pretty cool place. The kids enjoyed this little office room.

The view was awesome

It was FREEZING on the beach so we only stayed a little bit. 
Kristian and Ivan sword fighting

I wanted to get some beach picture of my kids doin their thang. My niece Malori took them and did awesome. My poor kids, it was stinking cold!

Too cold for baby Kate, but I'm happy she snapped this dang cute picture just before we left

Other than that, we just sort of played around and did things for the kids, like yogurt, bounce houses, swimming and just being together.

Ate an artichoke in honor of grandpa Balle.
Here's Kristian amazing the kids as he cuts into the artichoke heart

We stayed up and played cards and monopoly and visited and just had a grand ol time. Thank you for hosting us. We want to come again.

All the kids just before we said our goodbye's.

 We stayed another night at Steve and Jens on the way home and then when we got home we went to Brad and Jan's to hear where Brett is going on his mission. 
Texas Baby!