Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Swimming party!

Tonight was our ward swimming party! Our ward joins with two other wards, after pool hours, to swim our hearts out. Why is there a rule that only one person can go down the slide when one of the riders is only three?? At least at Kearns Rec Center, we can stand at the bottom and catch Gideon. At this West Valley one, we cannot. We were not aware of the rule and Brian went down with Gideon. The life guard at the top let them go down no problem. The life guard at the bottom FLIPPED OUT! So no more slide for us!

The boys enjoyed the shallower end. Gideon thinks he knows how to do everything because he's been in swim lessons. He joined a cute family that had a pile of rings to throw in the water. They had a few extra and that kid played with it for hours. Gideon and I headed home for an already late bedtime, and Brian stayed back to get some diving in. Not even one minute on the road, the sky lit up with lightening. Back at the pool, everyone was kicked out due to the lightening. Hahaha!! I don't know why that makes me laugh so hard.

Monday, June 29, 2015

We got a POND!

I really suck at picking out swimming pools. Every year the pool dies. Like last year, that sucker, filled with water, had all the sides melt in. Like literally folded, squished together, melted. Grr. So this year I picked a pool other friends had and one even liked so much, she went and bought a second one. Let's hope I got a good one that will last a few years. Grandpa Gwynn helped us blow it up.

Gideon enjoyed it and played happily. He didn't like the slide because it's hard to go down. Last year, he called the pool a "wimming cool." This year, he calls it a "pond." My only thought is this pool just doesn't have enough room to play.

Then we went inside to cook some dinner. Gideon loves to watch things melt. He gives me a play by play and is thrilled by the changes. Who knew cooking dinner was really a science experiment?

Sunday, June 28, 2015


Gideon and I were pursuing around Target today and found a three pack of water guns. We just HAD to have them! Gideon learned how to use them real quick. Thank goodness I had a door for protection. We hid behind my car while Brian arrived home from work. We then attacked!!

Gideon continued to get Daddy while he barbequed dinner.

To say this boy loved his watergun, would not be strong enough a statement. Brian taught him how to refill it so the fun kept going and going. He took the time to water down everything.

He told me he was going to wash my car! And on a side note, those two scabs on Gideon's face are mosquito bites. I think he is allergic to them. Every time he is bit, they swell up HUGE, and take weeks to go away. No matter what medicine we use. They don't itch, but look awful!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Taylorsville Days

Today I attempted to get Gideon to do the dishes again. He did a pretty good job but was finished after one dish. Boo!

Today is Taylorsville Days!! This year we went early to ride some rides and eat carnie food. We tried out the merry-go-round. And lots more. Sometimes I wonder why we take so many pictures and then I don't care because he's so cute I'm going to keep them all in anyways. See proof below.

Gideon also got to try out a mini-firetruck. He could even try on child-size uniform and hat, and play with the fire hose.

I've been dreaming of this funnel cake for about a year now. I was so excited for this completely unhealthy but delicious dinner. Well, I've really been working on eating much healthier. Which has changed my taste buds. Which means I did not like it. At all.

Then we joined up with the Fowler's to wait for the fireworks. Cayson and Gideon play together so well. It's quite adorable.

The majority of the time we cannot get this kid to eat. He just isn't interested. Today, he ate dinner. Twice. Guess he's a fan of carnie food!

And we brought lots of packages of glow sticks to add to the firework waiting fun. It's awesome how long they entertain children for. Thanks, Taylorsville Days, for all the fun. See you next year!

Friday, June 26, 2015

We love our zoo pass!

We renewed our Zoo membership today and still LOVE going there! Especially with our cousins. Today lots of workers were out with different animals. I had to visit with this little owl!! Is it legal to have an owl for a pet? I should look into that.

Giraffes are my favorite. So I made Gideon pose here. Last time we came, they were about to open this awesome new area for giraffes and lions. Then we took a break from coming because there were too many people! Much better now that the crazy crowds have leveled out.

Before we saw the real lions, we climbed all over the lion statues. You can see the all fixed up version of the lion water fountain in the background. Very popular that water fountain.

We learned that there is a huge area for the lions and a smaller area. The lady lions enjoy the big space for 24 hours and then switch places with the males. 24 hours later, another switch. They cannot keep them together currently because the ladies are too young to have cubs. Once they are old enough, all four lions will be kept together. The zoo worker said they are hoping for cubs next year!

It's also dinosaur time at the zoo. There are dinosaurs are everywhere. Some are for climbing on and taking pictures. Most are protected from zoo visitors but they roar and move and seem really realistic. A mom and baby even spit poison at you (aka water.) The kids LOVE those dinosaurs!

We though the kids would make great dinosaur treats.

And of course we had to ride the new train ride. I thought I was only taking this picture of Kale and Gideon. Too funny that's not how it turned out! LOL!

Here's the rest of us!! We love the zoo and we'll be back soon!

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Gideon saw Daddy shaving yesterday and now it's all he wants to do. Did you know legos make perfect shavers for three-year-old's with no facial hair? Well, they sure made this boy happy. There is not a single hair left on his cute face. But then it suddenly grows back and he needs to shave again.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Girl's Camp!

This is the first time I've gone to Girl's Camp since I was in Young Women's!! I couldn't go the year before because I was still teaching year round school and had no time off left. I was so nervous to go. It was the first time, EVER, I left Gideon over night. I was worried I'd be too boring or bossy or plain old not fun. Anyways, we packed up our whole 11 girls, 3 leaders and headed to camp. Here we are at the first meeting.

I love all the traditions of Young Women's. Here are the value flags displayed and always in view. For those who may not know, in Young Women's we work toward developing different values in our lives through projects, reading, writing in a journal, trying new and hard things, and developing new talents. The flags and colors each represent a value we want to learn and grow. From left to right: Faith, Divine Nature, Individual Worth, Knowledge, Choice and Accountability, Good Works, Integrity, and Virtue.

Our ward was assigned the color red (even though the shirts look pink) and we were artists while there. Sometimes we were all together, sometimes separated, but always busy doing something.

The view in Mantua, Utah was beautiful!! And so peaceful.

Only one problem, it was NOT high in the mountains so it was HOT. It was in the 90's all day long. While there we had cooks (deluxe, I know) but we did have set up and clean up duties, we did service projects, went hiking, learned about first aid and safety, learned new skills, had an awesome afternoon on a gigantic water slide, and had a lot of fun!

Back at our campsite, we had lots for the girls to do. Multiple crafties, snacks, games, and good old visiting.

We literally had to kick them off the crafts every day and hide the stuff away. We made the mistake of leaving the craft stuff out the first night. They got out of their tents and crafted by flashlight!!

Friday night the Bishopric always comes to hang out with us and bring us dinner. This year I suggested Cafe Rio to the Bishop and he didn't even have to think about it. He immediately said yes! It was delicious and the company was even better.

Before coming back to our own camp, all the wards met together for a testimony meeting. They had the camp directors and some other key camp planners share their testimonies and just when the feeling of the Spirit was perfect, and I thought it was time to head back to camp, I got called to come up. Nervous!! Back at camp, I did a few "lessons" on temptation and sin. I gave all the girl two small cups and they got to pick out five jelly beans. I talked about how sin can sometimes have no consequence at first, it can seem fun and exciting. But it doesn't stay that way. Other times, sin has instant consequences. Then they all ate one jelly bean. Some enjoyed their delicious flavor of strawberry, root beer, etc. Others were spitting out and dying from flavors such as baby wipe, grass, and booger. I cried from laughing so hard.

Here is all of us, top row left to right: Lillian, Natalie, Kenzy, Megan, me, Kim and Lyn. Middle row: Allison, Tresa, Taylor, Tangi. Front row: Charity, Brooklyn, Emily, Kate, and Caren. In our group are three non-members, and five girls who come to church and activities on their own because their family does not attend church! We are pretty much the best group ever!

P.S. I LOVED Girl's camp. Like really, really loved it. These amazing girls had some incredible experiences and I loved every moment I saw their testimonies and self-esteem grow. Some of them accomplished really hard things they didn't think they could do! And, even though I missed my boys, I didn't worry or stress, and loved my time away. And I'm already excited for next year!

P.S.S. This year learned and sang the song Glorious by Stephanie Mabey and sung by David Archuletta. Here are the words:

There are times when you might feel aimless. Can't see the places where you belong. But you will find that there is a purpose. It's been there within you all along. And when you're near it, you can almost hear it.

It's like a symphony, just keep listening. And pretty soon you'll start to figure out your part. Every one plays a piece and there are melodies in each of us. Oh, it's glorious. You will know how to let it ring out. As you discover who you are. Others around you will start to wake up to the sounds that are in their hearts. It's so amazing what we're all creating.

And as you feel the notes build. Ah, you will see. It's like a symphony, just keep listening and pretty soon you'll start to figure out your part. Everyone plays a pieces and there are melodies. In each one of us, oh, it's glorious.

That song was perfect for girl's camp. They ring so true because no matter what stage of life we are in, we are trying to discover ourselves and our part. Let's just say I cried every time we sang it. And even though our own part might be beautiful, others have a part too and together we make a beautiful melody. Such a perfect reference to life.

Monday, June 15, 2015


Tonight we all left the church at the same time after Young Womens/Young Mens. Gideon wanted to go with Daddy. I always park in front so Brian doesn't have to move cars to go to work. They were driving REALLY slow down the road so I passed them. This is what I saw!!

The next day, Gideon and I were driving when I yawned. He told me to pull over. He could drive while I took a nap!! Hahaha!! Love this kid.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Lego Lover!

Gideon LOVES legos and I love that he loves legos!! When he starts to slow down playing with them, I totally buy a new set (after looking for a great deal) and he jumps right back into hours of play!

Everyday he dumps out the entire bin and gets right to work creating and recreating. I love that he'll do it for hours and not ask for the Ipad one single time. That's totally worth buying more lego sets, right??

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A little beach time

I learned about this fun beach not too far from us this year. We HAD to go check it out! It's right in the middle of a neighborhood in Herriman. It was crammed full of people. Mostly moms with kids. Then all the sudden, they all started packing up and leaving. What we didn't know was that once the teenagers wake up, they come in hoards. Anyways, we stayed and played in the sand. Gideon put his life jacket on and ventured out several times. But his favorite was to play right where the sand and water met.

He never asked me to come play with him (in fact, when I asked, he said "no thanks") but he asked several of the teenagers around us. They all loved it and jumped right in playing with him. It was sweet! They build and destroyed castles, buried their feet, made a fun moat to sit in, and listened while he chatted away. We would have gone another day, but the news kept talking about how much worse the crowded was and how residents were complaining. And then someone messed with the pumps and the whole lake turned green with slime. Too bad, it was fun to have a little beach time in the middle of the desert.

Monday, June 8, 2015

New House!

You have no idea how much I want a new house!! And when I say new house, I don't mean building a brand new house. But wouldn't that be dreamy?? I think Gideon has figured out my yearning and longing for one. There are a million reasons why but currently I'm working on being happy with what I have. Brian shows me houses every single day online. Torture. We can't afford to move. Be happy...enjoy what you have...and I told Brian to stop showing me pictures and taking me to model homes. Meanwhile, Gideon and I went to Home Depot today and he was so excited because there were NEW houses there for us!! This is the one he picked out. He even knew where to put all the beds but then decided this house was only for him. Daddy and I could sleep next door! Someday, buddy. Someday!