Tuesday, September 13, 2016

1st Day of 1st Grade

And thus begins the all day school. Break my heart. And this little girl is just so cute I have a feeling she will be breaking more than just mine and Wes' hearts while she's at it.

We had a great date the day before school started shopping for her 1st day of school outfit, just me and her. I was initially going to take both Peyton and Jovie, but Peyton asked for a special one on one date and how could I resist?! And, we had the best time! She was a great shopping buddy, and loved getting a Juice it Up together after.

That night we did a fun dinner of Peyton's favorite things. Spaghetti (long noodles as she calls them) and Orange Julius. Wes gave her a Priesthood Blessing (Father's Blessing). We set her new alarm and bed early.
Peyt woke up super excited and did so good getting herself all ready in the morning.
We got a little lost finding her classroom, but made it in time to find her name tag and desk. She was so excited to have her own desk!
She got a little nervous sitting there and I could see some angst and trepidation, but when the teacher said to blow the mom's and dad's a kiss good-bye, she did it and I knew she would be just fine.
I picked her up and she was happy and bubbly. We started a tradition last year to get frozen yogurt after the first day of school and did so again so we could hear all about her first day. She didn't have much to tell, only that it was a loooong day and she was super tired;but I could tell she enjoyed herself and that school was definitely harder on me than her.

She loves school. Is happy to have some friends in her class. Plays tether ball, or tag most of the time at recess (which is her favorite part of school). And is having a great time so far and is going to be a very successful 1st grader I'm sure.
I had to throw in this picture of the 2nd day of school since she just had to have this panda shirt. She just had to.

Monday, September 12, 2016

And Just Like That.....

Summer was done. If I could put a million sad faces here I would. I was so not ready for school to start. Our summer seemed like it had just started and I didn't even do a fraction of the things I wanted to. I miss my little Peyton when she is at school, and I am not going to lie, her school schedule sure is a bummer on our life style. But, alas, here we are. We've been back for about a month now. However, with that said, we had a great 2 months together and in a way (a very small way) being back in school is good to keep us on track and productive.

I wanted to post a few fun random photos from our summer that didn't make their own post.

Jovie is hilarious. With or without people watching, she is always performing, singing or playing make-believe. I wish I could always record her, because it is a joy to watch.

I try really hard to capture our "real" moments. They are usually my blurry pictures because once the kids see me taking a photo they pose. This is a pretty realistic view of my life. My kids never have clothes on at home, and are always huddled around Griffin (with a mess all around them). And usually with some sort of junk food in their hand.
Sweethearts sharing an entire pie?
One of my favs from the summer. 
Wes and Peyton helped out at the Ronald McDonald house in L.A. (where William stayed while he was so sick) with Danny and Sarah and both her family and mine. On the way home they found an awesome park and Wes pulled over to let Peyton play. The rest of us were going to go by Jovie started puking as we were preparing to leave.
 We swam more and played with friends.
 It was so hot, my kids lived in undies to keep cool.
 We spent a beautiful, warm night golfing together after Peyton did her golf camp. I should say we attempted to golf. Peyton said "it was too tired" after about 5 holes. I could only golf the first few holes because a baby fell asleep on me. And Jovie is Jovie, so...... let's just say she peed in the trees and cleaned everyone's balls multiple times.
 Here's another "real" moment. The girls were both ready to Griffin, and he fell fast asleep in between the two of them.
 More free food this summer thanks to the library's reading program.
 Pretty walks around our lake.
My kids live most of their life as either puppies, or babies or sometimes one of both. Here's what they set up for themselves one day.
 And more fun at pools.
And that about sums up our summertime fun.

Sunday, September 11, 2016


On our way home we stopped at both sets of Grandpa's houses.

First, 87 year old Grandpa Gubler who we spent the night with. When we woke up in the morning he had made us a great big breakfast. I can honestly say there are few people in this world I love as much as that man.
 I know the rest of my family feel the same. They constantly talk about "my Grandpa". They call my dad Boppie, and Wes' dad Papa, so he is Grandpa.

Then, as we drove through Mesquite we stopped to see my 87 year old Grandpa Bob (mom's dad). Wes has only ever met this Grandpa once when I was pregnant with Peyton, and he has yet to meet my children. I don't really know him that well as he has a "colorful" past and wasn't around  much. My mom's half brother, Walter, now lives with him and he really went all out to make us comfortable and welcome. I think he opened every package of food in the house for my kids. It was so sweet (be it a little unnecessary, but sweet). My Grandpa seems like he doesn't move much, and Walter who has had a tough life takes care of him. I think they are good for one another honestly. The whole visit pulled at my heart strings and made me grateful for the life I have. I have great loving parents, a wonderful loving husband, and smart, beautiful, kind children. I am blessed!!!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

"I Swallowed a Bug!"

If you can't tell we spent a good majority of our time in Utah out and about. It was just so much easier with all the kids to be busy, rather than listen to them (mostly the 2 year olds) fight when we were at home (it's just the age, as our sweet neighbor babysitter said).

So after a fun day being out and about on Friday, we spent Saturday morning doing more fun-filled activities. We planned on hiking to the Timpanogos Caves, but worried that the majority of our party might poop out, we opted for an easier hike not too far from Ashleigh's house.  It was a wise idea. The hike was beautiful and better yet pretty short. Which I am glad about because my lazy little Jovie was complaining 3 1/2 minutes into it. She made it and was pretty good once she heard the waterfall. She is impressive in her ability to get dirty I will tell you that much. That girl has a real talent for that. Peyton does well as long as she is with friends/cousins and they do well. I rarely hear from her when friends are around to be honest.

The only bummer was while we were there a lady we briefly spoke to had a rock fall from the top of the fall right onto her head. It looked gnarly and she had to be brought down by the fire department/paramedics. Super sad. I am just glad it wasn't from our kids who are known to throw rocks over the edge of cliffs often.

But, we had a great hike and enjoyed the cold water on a hot day.
Little puppy dog Jovie.
The boys also commented on how strong the water was hitting them and that between the cold and force it kinda hurt. Makes me respect Delanie and Brinley a bit more for doing it.

 After the hike we went and dropped Ashleigh off at home while her kids napped and pick up Sandie who had been watching them. Then we headed near the Provo temple to do some ice-blocking. You know you are near a bunch of college aged Mormons when the parks have signs up that warn you to be careful while ice-blocking or doing other water games. This activity was a real highlight for my kids who still ask to do this. And often refer to the time Aunt Jaime ate a bug... because yes, that happened. It was a perfect afternoon. The weather was fabulous sitting under the trees, and the ice-blocking was a blast! Besides the fact I nearly burst my bladder.
listen closely to Jaime at the end of this video
And even Griffin enjoyed the day

After all the fun, we headed back, showered, ate at Costa Vida (not as good as Cafe Rio) and started our journey home.

But man alive Utah, you sure were good to us.