Halloween 2014

For Halloween the kids and I went to their old school Westridge to watch the Halloween parade.  The boys had fun seeing a few of their school friends.  One of Austin's friends, Alex, was so excited to see him he kept yelling his name.  It made them kind of miss school, since we are homeschooling, but just their friends and nothing else. ;)  We also went to the trunk or treat at our church parking lot.  It was funny to see Aubrey's reaction to trick-or-treating.  I helped her hold out her bucket as someone dropped in candy, and the look of pure excitement as she started to realize it was for her, and that if she continued to hold out her bucket to each car we visited she would get more candy.  She was holding out her bucket to everyone!  Then Bryan and Thomas took around Ethan, Austin, Thomas, and Alana to do some more trick-or-treating in the neighborhood.  Bryan was riding his penny farthing and somehow tweaked his back and they had to come home.  He pulled something pretty bad and couldn't move very well for a few days!  

Fourth of July 2014

This year's 4th was a blast!  

But first here's a picture of Aubrey reading a book in the car. :)

First we headed over to see the balloons.  We walked of course because it's nice and close! One of the nice things about living in Provo.

We got an even better show of the balloons at our house.  A couple landed at the park just down the street, and one landed right in front of the church where our ward Scouts do a 4th of July breakfast every year.

Here's Aubrey's pouty face where she tries to keep it in.  She's jealous Brady has the bubbles. ;)

Our friends/neighbors rented this huge blow up bounce house/slide, and we ended up putting it by our house since they don't have a yard right now, and there's a lot of room for everyone to run around and play.  We had a huge neighbor/block party - so much fun!

One of the many times Bryan's hackey sack has gone on the roof.  It's been a summer routine now playing hackey sack in the evening with all the neighbor dads that will play with him ;)

My friend Jessica brought water balloons and we played some water tossing games.  This was also lots of fun, almost more for the adults than kids, ha!

Jessica's husband Greg is always trying to get Aubrey to look at him, because she gets shy and will avoid eye contact.  It took awhile for her to warm up, but when she sat on this bike, he pulled her around and then she liked him.  His son Brady was trying to help push-he's so cute!  They are just 6 days apart!

Water slide fun!

We had three BBQ's set up behind the slide where there was a little shade since it was SO HOT, and everyone brought their own meat and a dish to share.  We are going to have to make this a tradition it was so fun!  We also did our own fireworks and could pretty much see the ones from the stadium of fire as well.  We (Bryan, all his siblings, and spouses), all got Bryan's parents tickets to go to the Stadium of Fire for their birthday.  They had Carrie Underwood this year, and Studio C (BYU comedy show).  We had a slight scare with one of the fireworks that was defective and instead of going up went out.  It actually lit some bushes on fire next to our house, but thank goodness we have a power hose and all the men got it out quickly!  It scared some of the little kids, especially Austin and our friend's daughter Alana.  They were saying how much they hate fireworks and they never want to see them again! ;)  We have such an awesome neighborhood full of great families!

Ethan's First Job

My friend asked Ethan if he'd take care of their garden while they were out of town for a few weeks.  He brought in their mail and watered their garden and plants.  He did a great job.  He's very smart with his money and just saves and saves.  In fact, he tries to get his younger brother to buy him stuff so he doesn't have to use his money. ;)

Aubrey wanted to help too! :)

June Fun

Bryan was so busy finishing up the images for Hale Center Theater that he wasn't able to go to the play with me, so I took Austin.  He needed some Mommy time so it worked out great, especially because he LOVES Peter Pan.  He was nervous at first when we got there and didn't know what to expect with Hook, but he soon was laughing and loving it and wanted to be just like Peter Pan.  They did a wonderful job.  

Splash pad fun at the park on Center Street, Provo.

Aubrey trying to decide if she likes the splash pad. :)

Scout Fun Day.  They did things like the three-legged race, tug of war, and a huge twister.  It was fun, but Ethan doesn't really like these kind of activities.  He liked tug of war, but nothing else.  

One of our nice neighbors held a fun chemistry science camp class for two weeks, twice a week for free!  The boys learned about atoms, the periodic table and the chemical elements.  She taught them a concept and then they would do an activity.  They did rockets, magic tricks, made atoms, and learned about the rainbow and about colors.  So fun!  Here's a cool song by They Might Be Giants about the elements.  Meet the Elements

Aubrey enjoying the pool and then the park.

Aubrey dressed up for Flag day.

Bryan went to Colorado for a photo shoot, so we went up to Alpine to visit my grandparents, the kids' Great Grandpa and Grandma Newman.

Love this mountain view

Ethan's been trying out my old roller blades.  We went down the Junior High's track and he held onto Aubrey's trailer while I rode us around.  He can go without holding on, but it was more for fun.

Brady's older brother, Adam, who loves to make Aubrey laugh.  They are playing ring around the roses.

Went to the park with some neighbor friends.

We had a surprise BBQ party for Barbara's 60th.  

Hanging out with Grandpa

Chasing Aubrey

Aubrey slow dancing to some music.

Another trip to the duck pond, this time with the boys and their friend Nash.

Aubrey was in heaven with the BYU stairs.  She absolutely loves climbing stairs.

This is our weekly routine of walking to church.  Can't help but take a picture each time. :)

Up at my Dad's for Sunday dinner.  My mom was out of town to Tara's.

Finally got Ethan's tire fixed so we went on a bike ride on the Provo trail and stopped at the skate park on the way.

And by the tree swing and river.

Had the sweet sister missionaries over for breakfast, Sister Jensen and Sister Lani.  Aubrey loved them.  Sister Lani sat next to Aubrey for breakfast and kept helping her while I was getting things ready.

The BYU Bean Museum was closed for about two years, I think, while they did some reconstruction, so we all went as a family to check it out.  It was pretty cool.  Things were pretty crowded in there before, so they had more room to spread it out.

I know these are all practically the same picture, but she's making different faces in each one and they are all so cute!

I love this hair piece and I tried to snap a picture before Aubrey yanked it off!  It's so cute, I wish she would keep it on.

Aubrey and her cute pigtails.  

Bryan and another neighbor dad, Thomas, have been building a dam over at the river.  They left a little area open so they could ride the kayak down it.  We went back just one week later and the rise in temperature made the water level go down so much in just one week!

Here's a few videos of the fun-

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