Sunday, July 19, 2015

Earl Girl cousin reunion 2015

I am so lucky that I grew up in a small town with all of my cousins. They are all my people, my best friends. I love that we all love each other enough to take time from our schedules (every other year) to spend time together. And that goes for all the women who married into our family as well. Seriously, how awesome that they love us like we love them. This year we skipped the hotels and timeshares and spent the weekend in Spanish Fork at Kim Wise's HOUSE. It was seriously the best setup we've had. Her husband and daughter went away for the weekend and we spent the whole time lounging together all day and then walking 10 feet away and snoozing on a mattress on the ground. It was the best.

I started the weekend surprisingly in FIRST CLASS! I had no idea (apparently it was the same price or something) so it was a fun little surprise to get a bunch of treats and have a lot of space.  (Also for journaling sake- I was 29 weeks pregnant.)

Cali picked me up at the airport on Thursday afternoon and we started the weekend by meeting at the Provo food truck roundup.  It was so fun to greet everyone as they trickled in.  The weekend schedule including a "How well do you know your cousins" questionnaire/game/discussion that was so fun, morning yoga, a "favorite things" swap/activity, and an intense game of "Hollywood Game Night" that Angie put together that was seriously amazing.  In between these activities were so many great conversations, runs to Sonic, Zupas, great meals, and super late nights.  On our second night we decided to karaoke- Ash and I started out with a throwback from our 8-track karaoke days by singing "Eye of the Tiger," and I even got Britney to get up with me and reenact "Near you Always" from our high school days.  I included a lot of those pictures because we are posing the same way in so many pictures.  It was pretty hilarious.

The weekend was really wonderful.  Also to note-I got to meet a lot of new babies, there was no drama, and I walked away on Sunday feeling so rejuvenated (despite the lack of sleep) and so grateful for the amazing women I have in my life.  I love you cousins!

Also, while gone, Kyle took the kids to Red Robin by himself (he's such a fun dad) and Owen lost his second front tooth!

Monday, July 13, 2015

A trial run

I got to babysit Calvin Speer for 5 days while his parents went on a little trip. The kids had so much fun together and I have decided that if this baby comes out as a pleasant six year old, I've got this whole 5 kids thing down.

Kate and Josi go fishing

For the past few years, Kyle has taken Kate and Owen on a fishing day trip. This year, we thought it was Josi's turn to go! She was excited for her first fishing trip, and when Kyle told her they were going to make her kiss a fish, she decided maybe she didn't want to go. But once she was there, when they didn't make her do it, she insisted! She loved it. (Although this is post dated to the actual day they went fishing, it's been a month and a half, and EVERY DAY, Lucy wakes up and tells me that she wants "to go fishing with daddy.")

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Lucy's first haircut

That's right Lucy. You got your first haircut just shy of 2 and a half years old. This is not your usually smile, but it's still pretty cute. You were excited to get your haircut, but once I started, you sure wouldn't keep still. Luckily, it was a quick job. Before: After:

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Extra California pictures

We really had a wonderful trip to California. It was shorter than usual, as I have to be back in Roseburg for weekly infusions. The kids all played so well together. We went to the beach almost every day, and a lot of the evenings we were able to get babysitters and go out to eat.  We love our family so much and feel really grateful for the time we get to spend with them.