Monday, July 27, 2015

The Cousins Visit

Last week both of my brothers and their families visited. It was basically a week of pure chaos, but it's like that most of the time at our house anyway! They only overlapped by 1 night so we didn't get to spend a ton of time together, but we got to enjoy that one night - the kids played outside, swam, and we celebrated Archer's birthday. 

It's so nice for the kids to have cousins within a (somewhat) reasonable driving distance. It's not a FUN drive, but it can be done in one day at least! 

We went to Silverwood, toured a gold mine, panned for gold, kayaked, and went on a bike ride. We packed a lot of fun into the week! And the kids managed to spend plenty of time in the pool of course. It's so fun to see them reconnect with each other. They usually only get to see each other a few times a year, and rarely are they ALL together at the same time, so this was a big deal!

Now, if they would just all move to North Idaho...!

I got to double up in a kayak with my big kid since we didn't have enough for everyone

Archer's birthday celebration

Panning for gold

Inside the gold mine

Another kayak trip

Archer fishing from the paddleboard

Proof that I'm not ALWAYS too lazy for the paddleboard

6 of us on the corkscrew

And all 8 of us on Tremors!

They didn't let Archer go on the bumper cars. I was so irritated. The sign outside the ride said 48" okay to ride...which he is...but her measuring stick inside was 52". Seriously?! Way to disappoint a kid!

My brother & niece got to try out the Yuba! She LOVED it!

Archer & Anni relaxing in the hammock after a long day

Friday, July 24, 2015


My baby turned 6 today. 

We have been crazy busy with family visiting, but I can't resist a quick post about this! 

Archer, at 6:
Still loves police stuff - pretends to be a police officer often and loves driving his police car.

Is basically fearless when it comes to physical stuff. Bike jumps, riding dirt bikes, flipping on the trampoline, jumping off the diving board, etc. we went to Silverwood today and he went on every ride he was tall enough for. And loved them all!

LOVES his puppy, of course. 

LOVES his mommy, of course. :) He is still a major mommy's boy and will cuddle any chance he gets. He is very generous with hugs and kisses (to me anyway!).

Loves to swim.

Is such a kind-hearted boy - he is very sensitive to how other people feel and is very empathetic. 

Still our little spitfire for sure! This kid keeps us hoppin'! There is never a dull moment with Archer around!

Happy birthday Archer! (More pics to come of his bday celebration.)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Father's Day

Last weekend we celebrated Father's Day with John's choice of activities. We ended up doing an outdoor movie night (we got him a projector for his gift) and then taking a hike to a little mountain lake that we hadn't been to before. 

It was the perfect day for a hike. Not too hot, not too cold. The length of the hime was perfect too...about 4 miles round-trip. We have a tendency to pick hikes that are too difficult for the kids and it ends up being torturous, but this time it was just right! 

The lake was COLD, and it definitely wasn't HOT outside, but Archer insisted on going in the lake anyway, and John was able to be talked into it by these 2 went up to their knees (and then Archer fell and got himself and John wet!).

On our hike back we took a little side trail to a waterfall which the boys thought was pretty cool, even if we had to do a little bit of "off-reading" to get there!

All in all, I think it was a pretty good weekend! The boys love any and all holidays, so any excuse to celebrate is good enough for them...but even better when they get to celebrate their DAD who is pretty amazing! 

Now we get to spend this coming weekend in 100+ degree temperatures, which I'm excited about but I don't think anyone else is!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Beach & Pool Day

It has been HOT! We've been in the high 80's-90's since school got out! The boys have been spending their days in the water...hopefully our little easy set pool will last through another summer, but I'm doubtful with as rough as they are. 

We spent the morning at the beach today, and then (since we realized that all of our buckets and shovels had disappeared) we hit the dollar store for some summer toys. We are now stocked on pool noodles, squirt guns, water balloons, sand buckets, etc. Hopefully these boys will keep busy because they are already driving me just a little bit crazy! 

We came home and they hit the pool. They go in the pool, then jump out and dry off...and repeat...and repeat...and repeat...

We also have been picking strawberries like crazy! I love summer! I can go weeks without grocery shopping...and let me say, anything that keeps me from grocery shopping with all 3 boys is AMAZING!
The second pic gives better perspective to just how many berries we got that day! I love our little berry patch. 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Mountain Biking Adventure

Preston and John got new mountain bikes, so of course they were itching to try them out on some real trails! We took the boys up to Farragut State Park because John claimed there were "easy trails" there. Yeah, not so easy. We ended up walking our bikes quite a bit, but we ended the adventure with some time in the lake so I guess that made up for it with the kids! Not me though. I'm holding a bit of a grudge!

1, 2, & 4

Their grades next year. I can't believe it. I'm not sure that I'm ready for 3 kids in school full time, but it's going to be here before I know it.

So excited to have an amazing summer with these crazy boys!! The pool is currently being filled, and I hear the basketball bouncing outside. I love it!

Last day of school!

And a before and after of my only cooperative photo subject this morning, wearing the same shirt even! Love this kid.

Fun Day at school. The kids LOVE this day...and who wouldn't? (Except those of us who don't particularly enjoy being around mobs of children running rampant, amped up on Popsicles.) But the fire truck is pretty cool!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Skipping School

The weather was SO beautiful today (80 and sunny!!) that we pulled the boys out of school at noon to go kayaking on Hayden Lake. We had so much fun! I can't believe how well the boys did. They shocked me! Even Archer took a turn on one of the kid kayaks, and the whole outing was surprisingly low stress.