Ethan on the Monkey Bars

Ethan totally surprised me on Friday. We went to the park and he just got up and went across the monkey bars. He has always asked me to hold his legs. I didn’t get his first time on video, but here he is going across something else.......I don’t know if you would call these monkey bars.

Fieldtrip to Timp Lodge

Ethan had a fieldtrip up at Timp. Lodge, so we got to go and enjoy the beautiful mountains again! It sure is a pretty time of year. The older elementary grades put on a carnival for the K-1 grades. They had face painting, marshmallow eating from a string, fishing, treasure hunting, tug-a-war, and more. When we first got there they got to pick things they wanted to eat for lunch and put it in a big brown bag and then we ate outside.

Ethan’s friend, Seth, found a fuzzy caterpillar that he carried around everywhere and was sad to give up later. Ethan stood in line a LONG time to get his face painted and was so excited to look like Spiderman. When he came home he even put a Spiderman costume on. Too bad it wasn’t Halloween, he was all ready! We are excited for his next TWO fieldtrips in October: leaf hunting and then to Corn Bellies.


Fall is Here

Fall is definitely my favorite season, followed closely by Spring. I LOVE all the colors, especially the bright reds. Here are some pictures from our hike up in the canyon Saturday with my parents.


Kids Sing the Darndest Things

Ethan had his picture day at school already. He looked so handsome I decided to take a picture of him and Austin in front of our house. I picked out a new shirt for Ethan for picture day at Target the other day. Ethan was at school, but Austin was with me. Austin was so funny. He wanted to get out of the cart and he went over where I had just picked Ethan’s shirt and picked out a really cute one for himself. I couldn’t resist. :) So now they both have a new shirt.

I also have to post this cute video of Austin singing. He loves singing. He will sit and hum real loudly and also make up his own songs. I think it’s funny, though, that if you try to sing along he gets mad at you. He also gets really upset sometimes when I turn the radio on. He would rather have it quiet --probably so it won’t stifle his creativity and so that he can be the center of attention. On this particular video, Austin has been singing for a long time before I started recording, and finally at the end of this clip, Ethan has had enough and says in an annoyed and silly voice, “Good song......PLEASE STOP!”


Taking it Easy.

On Saturday, September 11, we decided to take it easy after I got my work done in the morning. Bryan had one of his Reality Shoots all day long with Real Soccer Team’s goalie, Nick Rimando, and his family. First I took the boys to Discovery Park in Pleasant Grove. I hadn’t been there for a long time, probably even before Ethan was born. It seems way cooler than I remember it, so maybe they’ve added to it. There are so many things to do there, it’s really fun for kids. 
Little Mozarts playing a huge xylophone
Earthquake effect board

After running around the park, Austin was worn out and fell asleep on the way home. When he got up from his nap, we decided to go feed the ducks, but first we stopped by the old house I lived in with my friend Kim, her sister, and three of her cousins, while we were going to BYU. This house was nicknamed the Lookout House -- I am guessing because of all the windows on each side of the home. I was living at the Lookout House when 9/11 happened. I had just gotten out of the shower and all my roommates were gathered around the t.v. It seemed really odd to me at first, because it looked like they were watching some crazy movie about something you would never imagine really happening, and it was early in the morning. When I found out it was the news and it was really happening, I can’t explain the sick feeling I had, but I probably don’t need to because we all experienced it. I wasn’t sure if I should go to class or what. Being a studious person I went to class just in case, and I believe my first class was cancelled. My next class wasn’t, but we had a moment of silence in our classroom that was pretty emotional. I can’t believe it’s already been nine years.

After a quick drive by picture of the Lookout House, we fed ducks by the pond on 8th North and then we drove through a neighborhood by BYU where every single home had a flag in the yard, (and I may or may not have driven by the home of NieNie, from NieNie’s Dialogue). I’m not a stalker, just wanted to see if her home was where I thought it was. :) Then I got the boys ice cream with M&M’s at the BYU Creamery.

It was a nice day. I am thankful for life and for my boys. Now for some personal thoughts and feelings. Stop now if you don’t want to hear them. :) Sometimes when we read blogs, it’s easy to think that someone’s life is perfect. It’s easy to think that way because most of us don’t blog about negative things. I personally choose to blog about the good things because I feel there is enough negative in the world, and if we want to be more positive we should focus on the positive. (Although, I can’t say ‘never’, because I’m sure once in a while I will probably have one of those posts.) So although life is hard and there’s plenty to complain about, there’s also plenty of things to be thankful for, and I hope those things are expressed in my blog.

Today for church we had Regional Conference. Julie Beck was one of the speakers -- I love her. She speaks so well and just listening to her makes you want to be a better person. I will end this long entry with the theme of her talk. It was this: “You are doing better than you think you are doing, but you can do better than what you are doing.” I love this. I tend to get down on myself for not being the best parent and for all of my weaknesses, which makes me feel worse. Sister Beck knows just how to say things to encourage us to do better. I love listening to her speak and often listen to her talks from conference on my iPhone while I’m on the treadmill. It always makes the day go better and re-energizes me. Click here to read a great talk by her given in April.

Still Feels like Summer!

Over the last week or two the hot weather took a slight break, and it actually has been quite pleasant, but yesterday it was back over 90 degrees, so the boys wanted to play in our little pool. They have a fun time jumping in and throwing the soccer balls in.

"Memory is a child walking along a seashore. You never can tell what small pebble it will pick up and store away among its treasured things." ~Pierce Harris
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