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Summer Activities

We have had a really fun summer so far. It has been really BUSY! Up until this year the summers haven’t really felt any different than the rest of the year since our kids aren’t in school or anything yet. Also, the boys weren’t quite big enough to fully enjoy (or, let’s be honest, for ME to fully enjoy) more than a trip to the park or a play date.

This year we have been to the Springville splash pad with our Nevada friends.

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We went to the Tracy Aviary with cousins.

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We ran in the irrigation water at Grandma’s.
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We have been to the Ogden Dinosaur Park.

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(Had to document this rare photo of Uncle Nate with his tongue IN his mouth)

We enjoyed Lagoon. Twice. (Thanks Great-Grandpa Hitchcock AND rain-out day!)

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We have been utilizing our Seven Peaks Pass of all Passes at the water park.2014-07-09 10.27.39

We went to the newly refurbished Bean Museum. (Happy Birthday cousin Otto!) Apparently I don’t have any photos of this event. 😦

We have been camping. Isaac and Derek went for Father and Sons’ Outing.2014-06-27 20.40.462014-06-27 18.57.55

We went to a parade with Grandma and Grandpa Christensen. (It was hot and sunny…)

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We went camping with Great-Grandpa Merrill at Schofield and he took us fishing on the boat.

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We have been to the aquarium.

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We rode the Dinosaur Train and ate at the “train restaurant” in Heber.2014-06-28 15.02.162014-06-28 15.52.13

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We have played in the pool in the yard.

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We still have plans to go to the zoo to see the new African Safari exhibit, a rodeo, a REAL game (Pass of all Passes!) and we’d also like to go camping as a family.

I love summer with my cute family!

 

**When did those boys get so big??

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How to Be a Decent Mom: Forget the What

We mommas focus a lot on the “what” part of parenting. That’s where all of the Mommy Wars come from. Anti or pro vaccines? Co-sleeping or crib sleeping? Home, private or charter school? Breast or bottle feeding?

We should focus on the how. How are you a good momma? Like most of you, I’m pretty proud of what I do with my kids most days. We are all pretty committed and even defensive of our rules, expectations and family culture that we have established.  I’m no different. I love that we go to church, read scriptures and pray as a family. I love that my boys can communicate in two languages. I love teaching them their letters. I love going to the library with them. I love being home together.

What it all boils down to though, is that my kids will remember how they felt when I was with them. They will remember if I was loving or critical; patient or in a hurry; interested or distracted; genuine or annoyed. How do I enforce the rules? How do I teach? How do I interact with them moment to moment?

We all know how we should treat our children. I think we all would like to show them kindness and consideration and love all of the time. I just think we forget when we get caught up in what we need to get done. Sometimes we even forget when we have something really “fun” or “educational” or “special” planned for the kids. We are so focused on the activity (and, let’s be honest, on how awesome of a momma we are for planning said activity) that we tend to be less than patient/kind/loving as we should be.

There’s a chance that I’m alone in this but I have a feeling there are a few more moms out there who can relate to what I’m saying. My goal this summer is to be more patient and genuinely loving with my kids. I hope the feeling in my home can be one of love and joy and fun and safety.

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A Nerdy Thirty Birthday

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If you know Derek, you know how appropriate a nerdy thirty party was. It was even his idea…. kind of. 🙂 He wasn’t a big fan of the bow tie but he was a good sport.

Here’s the Invite I sent out: DerekBdayInvite (2)

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My three smallest nerds:

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I think he had a good time and felt loved. Thanks for coming everyone!

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Airplanes

We got to celebrate our cousin’s 2nd birthday last weekend by visiting the Hill Aerospace Museum. We went there last fall as part of Isaac’s potty reward but the boys were way more excited about it this time. Everything is more fun with cousins! They love the movie Planes and I was impressed at how quickly they recognized all of the different types of planes. We saw a Chupacabra and a Skipper and jets like Echo and Bravo. I don’t think I would have made those connections if they hadn’t pointed them out. It must be a boy thing…

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Happy Birthday Christian!