Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Thursday June 19, 2014

Obviously my momentum had already run out in my efforts to make this summer so wonderful every day and having all these fun crafts and activities to do for my kids. Four days later, and the only picture of the day I have is of these two boys snuggling on my bed. I don't even remember what we did that day! :) HA! So much for documenting our month so well! :) 
I do sure love these kiddos though!! These boys love each other, Jax loves his big brother and Tucker loves his baby brother!
And also this one of how Tucker sleeps. It amazes me every morning when I see it. I don't understand how this can be comfortable, but he has been doing it since he was a baby and he is the most flexible person I know!
I do love these lazy summer days mixed in with the busy fun days, though!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Wednesday June 18, 2014

Our activity for Wednesday was to make cookies for our new neighbors. Since the McLaughlins had left, we had been trying to catch glimpses of our new neighbors. I know that she is pregnant with her second baby and I wanted to introduce myself in case she needed help at anytime.
Anyway, we went to work and the kids had a heyday with the sprinkles...
I was excited to finally meet our new neighbors that I had been meaning to introduce myself to for days, and they weren't even home. We left the cookies on the doorstep, and hopefully one day here soon, we'll actually meet them. Tara told me that they were actually really nice. I know that he is a fireman, and that they have a 4 or 5 year old son who is on the same soccer team as one of my good friends son. And that the dad is the coach of their soccer team. How bad could a soccer coaching firefighting dad and a pregnant mom be, right? :)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tuesday June 17, 2014

Tuesday night we invited two of our friends from the branch, The Vazquez and the Reyes to our house to watch the Mexico World cup game against Brazil.
Somehow Juan got both Odalis and Jackson:
Whenever there are a gaggle of kids over, somehow this wig makes it's way out. Tonight was no different! :) Ben with two of his former Young Men, Brian and Adrian:
Then, of course, Ben had to hug it out with Juan while wearing the wig. These two are so funny together. They work together and play together all the time!

Monday June 16, 2014

So, I guess technically, Monday the 16th was the first day of Summer break. I was feeling a little ambitious, and thought to myself that I should do one fun activity with the kids every day during the summer. Most of the days' we would be doing things outside, like swimming or the park, but the weather wasn't the best, so I found this recipe on line for 'Frozen' snow. And I had all the ingredients. So, we went for it. It's actually called 'clean mud' but since Frozen is so huge right now, you can add sparkles of glitter and it becomes Frozen snow!!! :)
All you do is get a tub, or container for each child. Have them unroll a roll of toilet paper in the tub, get out a cheese grater, and grate a bar of soap in the tub with the toilet paper. Then you add water until it's the consistency that you want it. It really does feel more like mud, but it's totally clean and smells good from the soap. :) I added some blue and green glitter, because that's what I had, and we had a grand ol' time!
Taylor, of course, had to make Olaf:
It was fun until they started actually playing with it like snow and had a snow ball fight in our kitchen and got wet toilet paper all over! Then, I decided that it was an outside only toy and put the containers in the back yard. It then rained for the next three days straight. Needless to say, we had a huge white mess in our back yard for awhile. I guess that's what I get for trying to go above and beyond and be super mom, right?! :)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sunday June 15, 2014

Sunday the 15th was Father's day! We sure do love the daddy's in our lives!
My friend had Taylor fill this form out in Preschool before the end of the school year to give to her dad for father's day. I thought it was too cute, I had to share! My favorites are that his name is Uncle Ben, and that he is 84 years old, and that he is smart because he knows when her and Tucker are nasty! :) (and nasty they are sometimes!) :)
Ben, the lucky dog got to sleep all day. Sleep in before church and take a nap after church!!! Kathryn and I planned a nice big taco bar meal. It was so yummy!!! Of course, dilly bars for dessert, they are my dad's favorite.
Since I had made my mom hand made mother's day gifts, I decided to do the same for my dad. I found this cute magnet idea, so I made one of each of his grandchildren. I also made some for Ben of his three children. Look at all these cute kids:
I love my dad so much. He has become one of my best friends over these last few years, and I just don't know where we would be without him. He loves us and helps us and supports us and does whatever he can to make our lives easier, and we are so lucky to have him. My kids are double lucky because they get to have him as Papa, AND Ben as their daddy. He is such a good dad and they love him so much. I couldn't ask for a better baby daddy! :)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Saturday June 14th, 2014

The first day of our summer vacation was spent making tamales. Our branch had a tamale fund raiser to raise money for girls camp and scout camps this summer. Since I am going as an adult leader to girls camp, the only leader from our branch, I decided I should help. (Even though, funny thing, the fundraising didn't help the leaders at all--these kids better be grateful!!!)
This was actually Friday night, we had to do the prep work, so we all crammed into the Vazquez house and cooked and shredded chicken and pork. I was there with the kids until 9, took them home, left them with Ben, and went back and shredded chicken with Maria and Sonia until 11. And these crazy kids:
Maria & Sonia were the masterminds of the whole thing, and worked harder than I have ever seen women work in my entire life!!!
The next morning, we met at the church at 6am to start the tamale process. They initially told us to come from about 8-4 to help. All the people who ordered tamales were told to pick them up at 4 at the Evergreen building. Well, it wasn't until we got there that we realized we had sold 212 dozen orders of tamales. Chicken and pork. That is over 2000 tamales. It was insane. We ended up starting early to make sure we had enough time to finish, and then with all of the orders, we ended up calling the people to see if they could come at 6 to pick them up.
Jackson with his friend Starling:
Our two young women who are going to camp along with some other helpers:
The men making the maseca for the tamales. Yes, they used a drill to mix the dough:
Sonia & Maria; I love these two women!!!
Our assembly line. We scooped up a scoop of the maseca, pasted it into the cleaned and dried corn husks, put some meat into the middle of it, and folded them over, and folded up the bottom. It was actually pretty simple. (once the meat was cooked, salsa was made, and maseca was made, of course)
My little helper. She was such a good little helper and willing to do whatever was asked.

Once the tamales were made, we had to cook them. It was kind of hard, because the tamales had to be cooked for an hour or two. And we just had all these gas burners that members had brought. So we had about 8 or 10 pots full of tamales cooking. And it was hard because then we never jsut knew exactly how many we had, or were cooking. We definitely learned a lot and what to do different next year.
It was a fun day though with most of the members of our branch, though. It was LONG and tiring, but great. We ended up being there until 8pm waiting for people to show up to get their tamales. I had several people tell me that they were the best tamales they had ever had. And they were. I ordered a few dozen.
My friend Melissa and I were there the whole day and learned a TON! We now know how to make it more organized for next year. We had people telling us that next year they want to order more, but I'm not sure we could handle making more. It was a TON of work.
I love our branch so much! And we raised enough money to send our youth to camp for like the next 10 years! :) woo-hoo!!!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

June 13, 2014

Friday the 13th! Last day of school! Woo-Hoo! I snuck into his class that morning to say good bye to Mrs. Larsen and spend some time with him on his last day. They were playing don't eat Pete when I walked in. I love his little smile. :)
 There was just a buzz in the classroom, it was so fun. Everyone was just so excited to be done with the school year. And I totally remember that feeling when I was that age. After some games and t-shirt signing in the morning, they head out to form a tunnel for the 5th graders to run through and give every one a high five on their last day at Sunrise.
Also, since my friend Emily's mom, Mrs. Tyson was retiring as a teacher at Sunrise, she also ran through the fifth grade line... I love Jan!
And my friend, Danna's son, Tate running through his last fifth grade high-five tunnel:
My sweet boy and his wonderful first grade teacher, Mrs. Larsen:
All these boys loved Mrs. Larsen so much!
Tucker, Spencer, Brayden, Caden, Carson & Mrs. Larsen:
It's been a great first grade for Tucker. I'm so grateful for Mrs. Larsen for loving him and knowing him well enough to know how to teach him and love him. And I'm grateful for the cute little friends he's made and I'm so excited for the years to come for this sweet little boy of mine.