Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Something funny, something sad, and something awesome

FUNNY: I knew it was going to be an awesome day when I hopped in the shower this morning. I looked out our window (we have the honeycomb blinds- they have a top-down option- so you can just leave the top 8 or so inches of your blinds open). It really works great to let some light in, while still having privacy in the bathroom where you need it.  Except for this time as soon as I got some shampoo in my hands, I looked up out my window  and saw a man - a roofer- straight in front of me- on the house they are building next door. Yikes! I hopped out of the shower so fast, and got those blinds shut as quick as I could!

SAD: Yesterday we saw a turtle crossing the road, so I stopped the van and jumped out and grabbed him. I have to admit I felt a little heroic having saved him from being ran over by a car. The kids were very excited- and I've been on the lookout for one ever since the last we had escaped. I grabbed the recycling bin and through him in. The kids were playing with him all morning- bringing him vegetables- making sure he had water and grass to play in.
We went to the pool for a couple hours- and as I'm putting Avery down for her nap, Jackson comes inside- in tears. The turtle was dead. I went out to check on him- and yep- he baked to death in the sun. So, I'm thinking we need to take a little turtle break.

AWESOME: As I'm driving home, I saw one of those plastic playgrounds out on someone's curb- with a sign on it that said FREE. I pulled over so fast- and stuffed it in the back of the van the best I could, with half of it hanging out, pulled slowly home and wa-la! New playground. I LOVE FREE STUFF. :) The kids were so stoked. I think it almost made up for the turtle death.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sewing Project- Skirt

It's been a long time since I've sewn something just for fun. And the last time I sewed something for ME was probably when I made hawaiian print- pajama bottoms on my mission in Hawaii. Ha ha! 
Anyway, this skirt was really fun to make because I've gotten so much faster at reading/following patterns. It used to take me FOREVER- and I really mean FOREVER!!! But I started this last night and finished it off this morning! I even did my first zipper. I'm not sure if I did it right, but it works and it looks fine to me!

Thanks for coming Bickleys!

Kirtis' cousin Nancy and family came for a quick visit on their East Coast tour. They were so cute and it was fun to get to know their cute boys and friend Jace. Jackson had a ball making jokes with the big boys. There were lots of "poopy-head" comments and they put up with our kids' craziness really well! Nancy is such a dear- she flew out to help with the funeral arrangement when Alex died and we just couldn't have done it without her. We love you guys! You are the best of the best. We're so glad we got to see you!
Here's the stair picture before they took off for New York!
Jackson and Avery were sad to see them go!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Sleep Solution

Avery's been the WORST sleeper lately. Even on days she doesn't nap she won't fall asleep until 11pm. Most nights we give into her crying and she stays up late watching TV with us. Needless to say, it wears us ALL out. 

Tonight Kirtis asked her why she was crying and she said "the window....i scared"-
So he threw her in Jackson's bed (he had already fallen asleep and always sleeps at the bottom... NOT on his pillow. )
She was asleep within 5 minutes!

How sweet is that?
Looks like we might be in the market for some bunkbeds!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Water fun

Most of our summer has revolved around pool time. We love our neighborhood pool and have been there almost daily. We're regulars and Jackson has made a couple new friends at the pool that he'll go to school with in the fall. Both Jackson and Avery have become great swimmers. Jackson is now swimming on his own short distances without floaties, and Avery just wears floaties and swims all over the pool and DOES NOT want you to touch her. I don't have any pool pictures. Who remembers to bring their camera to the pool?
But one night my mom and I were out setting the sprinklers and Jackson had a ball in the sprinklers. He's such a funny kid. It was time for him to go to bed, but he was having so much fun and got us laughing so hard, we let the kids stay up and play. Isn't that what summer is for?
Here's our cute little Avery Jane. She has been potty training. I guess she's now "potty trained"- but still has lots of accidents. She is really trying hard- but doesn't want ANY HELP (part of the 2 year old thing!) taking off underwear, putting it on, flushing, etc, etc. I am just gaining more and more patience with each kid! I thought maybe Avery would be my low-key mellow child, but she's definitely got a personality on her. :)

Fun low-key Fourth of july

Life is so busy- full of lots of good things.

Here's some pictures from our low-key fourth. We ate hamburgers/hot dogs, corn on the cob and watermelon. Kirtis wanted to make his delicious Flan, but I had to tell them him that was just SO un-american. So we made apple pie instead. It was just our family and mom. We did sparklers in the back yard, then did a few small fountains in the front cul-de sac. Our cute neighbors from across the street came out and enjoyed our "show". Lucky for us, lots of neighbors all around shot off BIG stuff, so we were constantly seeing and hearing big booms of fireworks.
This is the "statue of liberty pose"
I love America!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Girls Camp

I went to Girls Camp for the week. I was the level 2 certification leader for the stake. It was such an awesome experience. I used to love Girls Camp when I was young, but to be honest, I wasn't totally looking forward to going as a leader.... being away from my family, not sleeping much, being hot and sweaty...etc. But it turned out to be such a FUN and awesome week. The ladies up there were hilarious and I nearly wet my pants laughing several times. Also the young girls were so much fun. It was so funny to see the skits and cheers they would come up with. So hilarious.
We hiked and ate wildberries, had water fights, ate LOTS of sugar, had a snipe hunt. I got to make snipe sounds in the woods- so hilarious- and I made some awesome new friends.

The last night we were there they did a re-enactment of Lehi's Dream. Each girl was blindfolded, then had their hands placed on a rope that would lead them to a lit-up tree. In front of the tree, they had this adorable couple (The Norths) who were dressed in white and hugged each girl at the end.  It was awesome to see how each of us is on our own journey and we just have to keep holding on to what is right and if we do, we will get to the end, and reach our heavenly home. It strengthened my faith to watch these young girls who have so much faith, go through this experience.

I didn't think I would say this, but I would totally do it again!