Lagoon Day

I have such good memories spending time with cousins at Lagoon. However, when we took a trip there recently, I was surprised by how much it has changed since my youth. The kid area has doubled in size (no more old pool or place behind the bathrooms for teens to smoke). The roller coaster options have tripled! And the Terror Ride was celebrating its 50th year. What has also changed is my ability to go on every ride. I was looking forward to going on the Colussus with Jess since it was the first time he'd visited, but after going on a mid level (maybe even an entry level) coaster, the motion sickness was starting and we skipped it. Instead, we went on the sky ride. And now, after typing that, I am officially a 35 year old mom. Haha! Some photos below of the day spent at the amusement park. 

One of the new kiddie rides enjoyed by the boys. I love Ollie's wave to us here. 

Entering the revamped Terror Ride with grandpa (who remembers when the original ride opened! Cool!).

Ian was a good observer of it all. 

Prepping for the Tidal Wave to begin with Grandma. 

Ansel says his favorite ride was, well, every single one of them.  

A good time had by all. And we were sure not to skip the Log Flume. A classic that took me back :)


Tour of Utah

I love when I learn or do something new because of another person's interests. I guess I've been doing that my whole life! I've been lucky to know lots of neat people with different hobbies and this time was no exception. 

This past weekend, due to Jess' love of road biking (or cycling), we went to watch the final leg of the multistage cycling race in Utah. We headed downtown and walked to the course. It was a lot of fun. More fun than our kids initially thought. We cheered as the peloton passed us and watched with anticipation to see who would win. We could not believe the shape these guys were in (if you want to be a good hill climber, body fat should be around 3-4%, so your very light but with enough muscle to rock up those hills) and the endurance they had. We even snagged a water bottle an athlete threw to the side of the road while climbing up State Street. Picture someone catching a ball at a baseball game. Everyone wanted a piece of the action!

Afterward Ian wanted to swim in the fountain at the Capitol building but had to settle for just getting his feet wet. You'll notice that Ansel plunged his feet in too, shoes and socks included. He told us he didn't remember he had shoes and socks on when he did it. Ahhh, to be four. 

Now Jess wants a new bike and we've all done something we'd never done before. Cool!


Swim lessons

Last year my sister asked if Ollie would like to take swim lessons from a college girl in her neighborhood. I jumped on the suggestion with an emphatic YES! I'd been on the lookout for something better than what I'd tried in the past. Turns out, this girl is magic. She has the skill of swimming and she's great with the kids. I put Ansel in this year too.  Every time the two of them finish their lesson they want to stay and keep swimming (Why wouldn't you when the pool looks like that?).

Today we had our last swim lesson and both of them jumped off the diving board. A goal we had set at the beginning of summer. Woot! 

Now if only this girl could stay in college forever and continue teaching. Ian is already looking forward to it :)


School lunch

Making school lunches is coming soon. Too soon! I registered Oliver for school this week and I realized we are only 3 Saturdays away from a new school year. Summer always goes so fast. 

To prep, Oliver had some good info for me. He was reading through some coupons we got in the mail (are my kids the only ones who find coupons in the mail so very interesting?).  One coupon had some "Moola Saving Mom tips" from which Ollie thought I could benefit. 

"Mom, you could take this advice," and then he read the tip, "Think outside of the box - [school home lunch] doesn't always need to be a sandwich and chips! What about cereal or a toasted waffle with fruit or even leftovers!"

Noted Ollie, noted. But first, more summer goodness. 


Beach babies!

We recently visited the beach in CA and spent some time with our extended family for my family reunion. It was such a great time. We were so excited to go that we made the 10 hour drive in one day with only one 30 minute stop. Everyone was like, "let's get there!" except for poor Ian. He's just loves to move and all he wanted to do was get out and crawl. But he's a champ and we all endured and made it in record time. When we finally got there, the beach and ocean were a site to see!

We enjoyed many days with the sand between our toes and the water rushing through our fingers. 

All tired out from a full day. 

Ansel runs from an older cousin!

Ian loved the sun and sand. I never got a pic of Oliver on the beach because he spent most of his time out in the water boogie boarding and wave jumping. 

We enjoyed riding the "one wheel."  It took a bit of skill and concentration, but this thing is awesome. 
These guys were worn out by bedtime and would quickly fall asleep as Jess read them Prince Caspian. 

Hilarious cups my sister brought to the barbecue. 

We visited Legoland and Ansel was so excited because he was tall enough to ride the rides. He'd been talking about this visit for a year and all of his amusement park dreams came true. 

We had a chance to visit Uncle Clark and eat lunch with a beautiful view. In this pic, Oliver is capturing Ansel with his meal and many sauces.

And here's our family shot from the night we took photos. 3/5 smiling, okay, I'll take it. 

What a great time. We are ready to go again!


The 4th

July 4th was quite the day. I am starting to think that it just may be my favorite holiday. Who doesn't love watermelon, fireworks, water fights, conversation, barbecue and babies crawling around on the grass? My kids were pumped the minute they woke up. Here are some pics from the day. 

Jess helps Ansel hold a 27 lb. watermelon

Ian's first 4th of July

Ollie plays a old bugle to celebrate freedom at Grandpa & Grandma's house

Water blob that our aunt made for the festivities

Jess hands out sparklers

And my favorite photo of the day, my dad holding Ian and watching fireworks. Their faces are exactly the same! Too dang cute. 

Aerial fireworks were legal this year, so we had quite a show. We got a kick out of the names of the fireworks: Road Trip, Look at This!, R U ready?, Monster Crusher and the like. At one point, Jess was lighting the firework pack we brought. It was a $29.99 special and the fireworks were more of the variety we lit when I was a kid. He was coming up with his own names and how they related to the aerial ones my bro-in-law was lighting. After Road Trip, Jess lit a small fountain of fireworks and called it the Staycation. Hilarious. 

On the way home we spotted a fire. Turns out it was very near my dad's house. We rushed to the scene. I couldn't believe it! I got close and took pics while my family was in the car. When I got home I smelled like fire. It was all a little intense. In the end, one house was partially burned but the fire was quickly put out. After hearing there were over 8 fires in our area on the fourth, Utah may not be having aerial fireworks next year folks. 

Getting older!

This guy is crawling like a champ. His first tooth is just barely coming in. He's so smiley and seems to say hi, dada, no-no and he sings. I can't believe he's approaching 1 year. Such a cutie.  

Say what part ii

These are too good not to share. 

From Ansel:
He called yellow jacket wasps, "life jackets."
When driving home from California he said, "are we in Brazil now?"
And he calls Elmer Fudd from Looney Tunes, Alma Fudd. 


Say what

My kids have got some awesome sayings these days. 

Oliver when responding to the fact that we were going to the store. A task which he does not like. "Why don't you just plant a garden so we don't have to go shopping?"

Ansel in response to my declaration that I wanted to make sourdough bread, "does it have lemon or lime juice in it?

And Ian's first word, "dadada."
Our little summer group at Wheeler Farm. The boys thought it'd be funny to pose next to fake cows. Good stuff!


As we speak

Ansel just said to me, "Mom you are going to be 36 in March. You are so old!" We're keepin' it real over here. 
This guy is so into age right now. He wants to be 8 so he can have a sleepover with his cousins down south for a week. 

You see that's what Oliver's been up to this week and we miss him. I'm pretty sure he does not miss us. He's having such a good time.
Love that water slide face!