Sunday, August 10, 2014

Friday June 27, 2014

Friday was a big day at our house! This little man FINALLY, after months and months of physical therapy, started crawling!!!!! woo-hoo!!!!! He is so cute and sweet, and he is so happy and proud of himself for being mobile now. I love it!

We were all just playing in the play room/Tuckers room and he went for it! He had been doing these pivot moves for a few days, where he could move to where he wanted to go, but it was all over the place! :) And now he is an official crawler! woo-hoo!!!
So happy with himself:
We got Gomer out to join in the fun:
Then the kids went down for lunch and I brought lunch up to Gomer. He sat right on it and went to town...
Speaking of animals, we had this guy for a week again. My kids love him so much! And yes, I was sitting on the toilet going to the bathroom when I took this picture, because this is seriously how he would follow me in and sit in the bathroom waiting for me!
That afternoon we went to daddy's warehouse to pick him up and played on the forklift with him for a while.

Since it was the last Friday night before the kids and I would be leaving for Alabama for 3 weeks, I went on a hot date with my hubby! The sky was so amazing as we were driving out of our neighborhood:
I had asked my good friend, Katrina's oldest daughter, Riley to babysit. She is like 12.5 and so sweet. She brought games for them to play and had my house cleaned when we got home, and the sweetest, is that she left this little note for them when they woke up the next morning. So awesome!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Thursday June 26, 2014

Unfortunately, Taylor woke up like this on Thursday. Threw up a few times between 7-10 am. Slept in my bed while she did it. (of course) I was supposed to take my van in to new tires. So I waited to see how she was in the afternoon, and by noon she had perked right up. She was starving, so I started her on a few easy things. She was fine. So, we went to get new tires.
And this is how she dressed herself. I had to get a picture of it. Dress. T-shirt over dress. Leggings under dress. She didn't want to get cold! :)
We hung out at papa's while the tires were being changed. Went home after and just had a chill day at home. Luckily baby girl didn't get any more sick!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Wednesday June 25, 2014

Wednesday is pool day at the Lopez's house.
Awesome branch + fun friends + yummy food + beautiful views + swimming pool = perfection!
Thank you Lopez's for always being so generous with your pool in the summer! :)
After swimming Taylor had gymnastics, and this week happened to be bring a friend to class week. Taylor's friend Amber came with her, and they had a fun time!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Tuesday June 24, 2014

Tuesday was quite the eventful day. I had told Tucker that he could invite his friend, Caden to come to Mobuis with us, and of course, he also wanted to invite Owen. I love Owen and he is already like part of the family. So, we headed down.
These boys are so silly! I love watching my kids have fun and enjoying their friends. I'm a firm believer that kids should enjoy their childhood!!!


Caden is such a cutie! I'm hoping that they get in the same class again next year at Sunrise...
Then they discovered that they were being videoed and had to shake their booties...


I love the way this dude just chills in his stroller:
I also love that little smile and the big ol' cheeks!!!
This girl is obsessed with gymnastics, always wanting to wear her gymnastics clothes and  practice practice practice!

I had to meet a guy to sell him an old camera bag that I had on craigslist and he was running a few minutes late, so we played out in front throwing paper airplanes for a while.
This is where the exciting part comes in. On the freeway, on the way home, these kids kept on pulling up next to me on the passenger side in a little truck yelling at me. I was ignoring them thinking that they were just being stupid because I knew I wasn't doing anything wrong. They kept on coming and coming. Finally, the slowed down, got behind me and then next to me on my side, and finally I looked over at them. And they yelled, 'Your tire is flat!' So, I pulled over in the Fred Meyer parking lot on the Freya exit. Sure enough the tire was flat! I called Ben who came and saved us. He put the spare on and told us to go straight to the mechanic shop. The weird thing is, is that I never heard a pop or anything. The can wasn't doing anything strange, or feeling wobbly or anything.
My hero:
So glad I married such a handy man!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Monday June 23, 2014

Finally warm enough to take advantage of the pool membership I bought. I love Chester Hills pool. Even better that some of our best friends also have memberships. It's clean, there's a life guard and it's never packed. It's absolutely perfect. Can't wait for more swimming days here this summer. (After Alabama, of course)
My kids love to swim, that's for sure!
We love the McLuskie girls!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sunday June 22, 2014

Besides being the day that my most favorite little sister was born, the 22nd was a good day! I love Sunday's. I love resting (kind of) and getting caught up on things at home (kind of) of course, going to church and enjoying the spirit there. (in between whisper yelling in sacrament meeting for the kids to stop fighting and pay attention) :)
This Sunday was the day. Tucker HAD to learn how to ride a two wheeler without training wheels. I felt bad that he is like the last 7 year old on the planet who rode with training wheels. I would take him out every now and then and we would practice with one training wheel off, and he really just had no desire. Plus, I think his bike is a little too small for him. Last year was just so busy with a newborn, and we leave every summer for a whole month almost, it just kind of gets pushed aside. 
Not today, today was the day!!!
A little wobbly at first:
But he picked it up pretty fast and did pretty well!!! Still needs to practice some, but that will come. I'm sure by the end of the summer he'll be a pro!!
He did have a fan club!
The neighbors were cheering him on:
Papa was cheering him on:
Kathryn was cheering him on:
Taylor was definitely cheering him on. And busting out some awesome dance moves while at it:
After an hour or so, he finally started feeling confident and comfortable and made a few independent runs down the street to the end of the block.
It was the perfect, most beautiful northwest summer evening:
Taylor was trying to inspire him by performing 'let it go'...

This guy, on the other hand, wasn't so impressed...
But he sure is cute! On his new little tractor that our neighbors just GAVE him! It was the nicest thing ever! He loves it!



I love these lazy summer Sunday afternoons with my family!
Then Ben had to go and show off and make Tucker feel bad about his mad skills!~

Monday, July 28, 2014

Saturday June 21, 2014

Saturday we headed to the lake. I love where we live. I love that we have so many fun and beautiful lakes and rivers so close to play in.
Taylor wanted to help me make my salad for lunch, and wanted to help cut the onions. I warned her. She didn't listen.
Her first experience crying while cutting an onion.
I've heard so many things throughout the years. Like, run the faucet while cutting them, burn a candle. I have worn goggles before and that did help, but I couldn't find goggles close by. So I gave her my glasses hoping that they would help a little. Not so much! :)
We went to Hauser lake. I didn't think I had ever been. But as soon as we pulled up, I knew it was the lake I went to all the time with my friend, Emily Stephenson growing up, and her family. I recognized it immediately. I hadn't been here in years!!!
Ben had the Christensen's jet ski while they were in Africa for the month of June, so we took that baby out. I was hoping to get a ride in, but that is hard with a one year old. Ben took the kids on plenty of rides while I held down the fort with Jacks-o.
It was a fun family day in the sun. The kids loved playing in the sand and riding the jet ski, and there was a park right there. 
This little man was so white trash. (is that his fault or his mom's?) Double beef jerkying it up, naked with food all over his entire body!
Here's a close up of what he looked like before I stripped him down:
Tucker is such a good big brother:
He got him going SO high on the swing, it was making me nervous. But Jackson loved every minute of it!!!

I'm excited for when Jackson is a bit bigger so they can really play together, I think they'll have fun! Love me some family days together!