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4th of July

July 5, 2017


We spent the 4th of July weekend at the Cabin!

Wynn and Heidi came up and played (YAY!).

We had a yummy barbecue.

We played at the lake.

Wynn and Everett got a billion fish!

We went to the Rodeo.

We went to a movie (Despicable Me 3).

We had so much fun!

The next week (the 4th was on a Tuesday this year) –

We went to another movie (Smurfs).

We had a barbecue at the Enghs.

We blew up fireworks with the Enghs.

So fun!

(And I forgot my camera!)

The Start of Summer

June 25, 2017

One big problem that I haven’t figured out the solution to yet is busyness.

How do I not run every day from one activity to the other while still providing opportunities for my children to grow, memories to bind us together as a family, and keep our household and lives running smoothly?

If you know, please tell me.

In the mean time – we’re roughly 3 weeks into summer. Here are a few memories so far:


With our 9 passenger suburban we can take friends with us to the cabin. On this day we took up a couple extra kid-o’s to catch frogs and have fun with us! PS- Notice Maverick in the upper left picture 🙁


Calvin finished up baseball with a batting derby. It was fun, and Cal got some really good hits!


I got to spend a day up at scout camp with the boys. It was so much fun!


We discovered another park in Draper. It’s a lot of fun.


Everett started baseball for the summer, and Roo drew him this wonderful picture in excitement for him.

We got a pool pass to the Draper pool for the summer. Draper pool is beautiful – on one side you can see the mountains, on the other side you can see the valley. They play great music over the loudspeakers (life needs background music!) And there are lots of shade awnings for sitting under. But . . . the pool is kinda lame – there’s no slides or play equipment for the little kids, no, waterslides – nothing but water. I guess the kids will get really good at just swimming.

Olivia and Nate got matching tattoos and took selfies to preserve the evidence.


Everett got braces. Whaaaaaa? Seriously!

A Very Sad Day

June 18, 2017

The kids saying goodbye to their puppy. There were lots of tears.

Our sweet puppy, Maverick, got very sick. We figured he ate something (he was always eating socks and other things on the floor) and was having trouble passing it. We waited for a few days to see if he would get better. Finally we took him into the vet.  He was really so sick.

At that point they x-rayed him and found that he had eaten a screw. They wanted to watch him for 24 hours, get him hydrated, and see if he could pass it on his own.

The next day he still hadn’t passed it, and now his internal organs were beginning to swell. They needed to do surgery. But the vet also thought that Maverick would likely do it (eat something he shouldn’t that could cause problems) again and again.

We decided to give him the surgery and then adopt him to a new family (a single woman who is also a vet, and friend of the vet who took care of Maverick) so that he would be in a home where there just wouldn’t be anything on the ground.


It was such a hard couple days for our family. And now that it’s been a few months, I’m still so sad when I think about him. I know he’s in a great home where he can be watched over, but we sure loved our little Mavi!

Women’s General Meeting

May 21, 2017

This year for the Women’s General Meeting I decided to take Olivia downtown to the conference center. We went to dinner first at Mimi’s and then went down to be with our sisters and listen to the words of our dear leaders. It was really neat, and I think a new tradition has been born!

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Photos of the Past Few Months

May 21, 2017

There’s been so much chaos these past several months. A few bigger things will receive their own posts. But these are pictures of more day-to-day life these past few months. Let’s recap:

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Everett’s Baptism Preview

May 21, 2017

This year Everett will be baptized. In the old neighborhood every child had their own baptism (part of having very few children and two fonts in the stake). Here we have stake baptisms where all the children are baptized once a month. As part of that they have the baptism preview where they tell the…

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New Beginnings

May 21, 2017

With the new year came New Beginnings. But the mind boggling thing was that this year Olivia was invited to it! I cannot tell you how shocking it is to me that my Sunshine is turning 12 this year! Where has the time gone? For New Beginnings Olivia was introduced to the Young Women by…

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April 25, 2017

One spring-ish day at the end of January Wyatt had a brilliant idea that our family needed a puppy. Actually, he started cruising the KSL adds for one almost the day we moved in. I was apprehensive of a puppy, but finally relented. That is how Maverick came to be the newest member of the…

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April 1, 2017

Here are some great things that have come from Calvin in the past week: The other night we were cleaning up the house before bed. All the other kids had gone upstairs to get ready, while Calvin finished sweeping the kitchen floor and I finished loading the dishwasher. Calvin said to me: “Mom, I just…

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Tang Wei Min

March 6, 2017

Note to self – I like this artist.

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Army Guys

March 4, 2017

One of my kids very favorite toys is Army Guys. I know. In this world of ipad, iphone, computers, etc. my  kids dream toy is the ultra low-tech plastic green army guys you get at the dollar store. I mean, these guys don’t even have bendable body parts! They’ve been on the gift request list for…

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Sledding at the Cabin

March 4, 2017

  My favorite day of the winter – the day we all pack up in our warmest snow gear and head up to the cabin. We load up our sleds with food and supplies and a small child or two, and pull it all in from the parking lot up the hill to the cabin.…

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