Monthly Archives: August 2014

Tumbling Tots

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Jane took a tumbling class this summer at our local rec center and finished out the session shortly after school began.

The first day she seemed tired and uninterested.  I thought maybe she was just being stubborn.  Halfway through the class she came and just laid with me.  On the way home I realized she wasn’t feeling well and she threw up all over my car.  So…not a great start.

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Every class after that was a hit, however! She loved it and so looked forward to her “somersault” class.

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Turns out that one of the children in Jane’s session was the nephew of an old friend from high school. I’ve known Mitra forever but hadn’t seen her in ten plus years. It was great and uplifting to talk with her, and what a random coincidence to meet her there while she was in town visiting from Hong Kong!

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They held an “award ceremony” for the children on the last day and each child got a medal. Jane was so proud. I just love this little girl and I am glad she was able to enjoy a fun activity that was just for her.

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Watch Out 3rd Grade! And 22nd Grade! And Preschool!!

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Hard to believe how fast this summer came and went. Luckily, we all love school around here.

The night before school started we attended the new school year open house. We toured Megan’s new classroom and met Megan’s new teachers. Megan was so excited and was thrilled that her best friend Karen was also in her class.

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Before bed that evening, Megan asked her daddy to give her a back-to-school blessing. We have a feeling this is going to be a big year for Megan. She is transitioning from little girl to little lady. We hope that she will remember to pray often throughout the day and remember that the holy ghost is there for her always.

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The first day of school dawned bright and beautiful. There was anxiety all around, but Megan did great. I sure miss this little lady during the day but I am so proud of her and know she is in the right place. It’s with much anxiety that I send her off each morning and I wait with bated breath to hear how her day went each afternoon.

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Megan wasn’t the only one in the family back to school this August. Here’s to hoping this is the year Adam FINALLY graduates!!

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And let’s not forget Janie Bug! She started a statewide preschool this year called “Waterford.” Three days a week she attends “preschool” in a computer lab with other little preschoolers. She LOVES it and she is doing GREAT! If we stay in Utah then she will qualify for two years of this program before she starts Kindergarten. 358

I’m so proud of my little scholars! Here’s to a great school year!!

Random Summer Activities!

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The library was another hot spot for us this summer. We have a great library. All the children love when we go.

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Of course there were lots of park trips this summer too. We tried to hit several parks we hadn’t been to before.

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Adam’s cousin owns “Animal Riders” at the Provo Towne Center Mall. We hit it up a few times this summer and all the kids (and mom and dad too) loved it.
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We also hit up the Life Science Museum a few times. It’s always a fan favorite.

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I think this finally catches me up on random summer pictures and summer activities (YAY!!!) We had so much fun this summer! Wonderful, lazy, exhausting fun!

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Utah Lake

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A lot of our friends around here in Provo like to go to the “Sandy Beaches” of Utah Lake. We had never gone to the Sandy Beaches or to Utah Lake so as summer was quickly drawing to a close we decided to give it a try. We got conflicting directions on where to go, and we didn’t make it to the sandy beaches, but we did make it to Utah Lake. It was kind of muddy and murky but we threw caution to the wind and EVERYONE had a great time.

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We all got a good scrub down when we got home, and the children had such a good time and were super satisfied with the simplicity of it all. We’ll have to try to find the popular “Sandy Beaches” next year.

Summer in the Yard

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Anytime we had summer rain, you could find my children out right in the thick of it. We had so much fun this summer running through rain and jumping in puddles.

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When the sun was shining and the weather was hot we could also be found out in the yard; this time with the kiddie pool and slip’n slide or searching for creepy crawly things or entertaining friends or picking fruits and veggies from the garden or just enjoying a cold treat. There is nothing like lazy summer days.

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Seven Peaks and Parks and Rec

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Another favorite Summer activity of ours is Seven Peaks water park. We live within walking distance and hit the park several times a week. This year I bought a water proof camera case so I could get a few pictures while we were playing.

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This year we also went to the Provo Rec Center a handful of times. The children love it there as well. I think if we end up in the Provo area after Adam graduates that we will get Rec passes. It’s so fun to take the children swimming there all year round.

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Living in Provo in the Summer is pretty cool. Not crowded and plenty to do. We love it.

Summer at the Splash Pads

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We had so much fun this summer hitting the splash pads as often as we could. We have Seven Peaks passes, which the children love, but the children were never disappointed if we just headed to a local splash pad instead of the water park. I am so glad that Provo FINALLY got a splash pad, and also that there are other close ones in Springville and Spanish Fork.

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The girls with our neighbor

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Ward play-group at the water park. Some of my sweet friends in the ward.

One day Adam took the children to the splash pad by himself (which wasn’t uncommon). I remember worrying that day that something might go wrong.  Adam arrived home not shortly after he left with a crying and bleeding Megan. I guess Jane had to use the restroom so Adam hurried and took Jane and Alec and told Megan he would hurry right back.  As he was coming out of the bathroom just minutes later, he saw Megan crying and bleeding. She had slipped and fallen right on her face. Poor girl! Unfortunately, that was our last trip to the splash pad for the season. I am sure Megan won’t let it faze her for long and next season she will be just as excited for many more trips to the splash pad.

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I wish splash pads were around when I was a kid! What a fun summer activity. Until next year!
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