Thursday, September 4, 2014

August goodness!

Summer is over, fall is beginning, here's what we did in August!

My kids have been wanting to go to Lagoon for a while now. We told them they had to help earn the money, so we took them weeding at Grandpa's house a few times, before I found a really great deal at a local dentist. They were offering one Lagoon season pass voucher with a new patient exam. I took the girls for exams, got our one-per-household season pass voucher, and then promptly sold it for enough to pay for two day passes. Then we decided to go on a Saturday evening when tickets were BOGO, and then we went back a few days later to use our $12 bounce back tickets! So yeah, our first family Lagoon trip(s) = success.

Gilgal Sculpture Gardens and International Peace Gardens
The International Peace Gardens are an old favorite for us, but the Gilgal Sculpture Gardens were a new place for us to visit this summer!

Psychedelic playroom
Yes, I replaced our playroom lightbulb with a blacklight and it. is. awesome. What do we do in there? Color with highlighters, put neon stickers on the wall, play with a glow in the dark/neon rice bin, play with the LiteBrite, play dominoes (they are white so they glow under the light!), and look at objects we've collected from around the house to see what glows best! Also listen to the Thursday Night Psych-Out on KRCL.

Ellison Park
If your kids constantly ask to go to Cherry Hill, or Seven Peaks, or the cool pirate ship splash pad at the Rec Center, but you are too cheap to take them, I have a great alternative for you! Ellison Park in Layton is the coolest FREE splash pad around. The secret is to get there early (water turns on at 9) because it starts getting really crowded after lunch. We went twice in August and stayed for three hours both times!

Summer of reading
Every season is the season of reading at our house. This summer we did three reading programs: Barns and Noble, our local library, and a reading bingo chart I printed up. We also read most of Fablehaven together (didn't quite finish it!!)

Pony rides at the county fair
We usually go to the county fair as a family, but this year we spent a fun afternoon there with the cousins. Tempe had fun talking to this very friendly boy working at the pony rides ;)

Cabin getaway
We love having a family cabin that we can go to when we need a little getaway!! 

Science projects
We didn't do as many science projects this summer, but this was a favorite (especially of Helena and Juno!) Vinegar, baking powder, glitter, food coloring, medicine droppers, and a funnel.

Lemonade stand
Something else on our summer bucket list: a lemonade stand! I "advertised" on Facebook and texted all my friends and our wonderful neighborhood really stepped up. We made $25 and sold out in an hour!!

End of summer family Disney dinner extravaganza!
This year our end of summer/back to school family dinner was DISNEY themed! I made Monte Cristo sandwiches, bacon wrapped asparagus, mint juleps, and PB graham cracker chocolate sandwiches. Jason and I gave each of the girls a "ticket" book with one-on-one dates with Mom and Dad and cute little buttons that we got at the SLC library store (Tempe's says "To read or not to read, that is never a question!" and Helena's says "I read banned books")

This year's theme is "The Happiest Place on Earth", meaning our home!

First day of school!
My cute girls on their first day of second and first grade!

We always have a giant cookie that says "Happy first day of school" to celebrate the new school year. This year, I had three extra kids with me for the first week! It was a fun, busy, kid-filled week at our house!

Big girl Pearl!

 Cute kid Helena!

Fix it Juno (and Braxton)
Juno had fun playing with her friend Braxton last week--here they are "fixing" their scooters with Juno's tool set.

Last weekend my awesome brother got married, yay! I spent down to Provo the night before the wedding to get my nails done with my sister and my new sister-in-law and then we went out to the trendiest place in Provo!

Mint lemonade....

... and chicken and waffles. Soooooo good. Really, so delicious.

And here we are at my brother's wedding!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

July goodness!

Get ready for a super long post about July!!
Now that I'm on Instagram it seems kind of redundant to do a catch up post every month. What do you think?

Idaho Falls
Jason's family went to Idaho Falls every year for the 4th of July because his grandpa, step grandma, and uncles and aunt lived there. It's still the Anderson family tradition to go every year, but this year was the first since 2010 that we've made it! We had a blast at the parade, doing fireworks, swimming in the hotel pool, and walking along the falls of Idaho Falls. It's a beautiful town!

Also, when your van is 14+ years old and has well over 200,000 miles on it, you learn how to make due with the failing amenities. We do have a built in DVD player, but Monsters Inc has been stuck in it for close to four years now, so that's all the girls can watch. Also, the sound doesn't work anymore, so we keep an old set of computer speakers in the van for them to listen to it, but they aren't very loud, so they have to hold them up to their ears the whole time. If this van can just make it one more year......!!!!!

Best buds and built-in best friends
Juno's best buddy Abby had the same dress one day at church, so we just had to take a picture!

I always tell my girls they are so, so lucky to have so many built-in best friends--each other, plus their 6 cousins who all live within a few miles of us! We had a fun cousin zoo trip this month.

Water blob failure... and then success!
One of the things on our bucket list this summer was to make a water blob. I spent several nights ironing the edges of the plastic together, but when we were ready to set it up, we realized that there is no perfectly flat place in our yard for it to go!! We tried it in several different places, but it kept rolling over on  itself. Finally, I dragged it onto the city owned property next door and set it up there and it really worked! So, so much fun and so worth the hassle.

New favorite picture ever.

Cow appreciation day
I just printed out the "costumes" that Chick Fi La had on their website and thought it would be good enough for everyone to get free nuggets or something--nope! They gave us each a free full meal!!

More cousin fun at Fiiz
We had another fun cousin date at Fiiz (a soda shop, like Sodalicious, Swig, etc). Juno and Dina are best friends!

So are Pearl and Cutler!

Time with Juno
Tempe and Helena went to TN to visit my mom for a week, so I got to spend a lot of one-on-one time with Juno. I missed my big girls, but it was nice to spend so much time with my cute little Junebug!

This girl is my mechanically minded, fix it girl. I made her a magnetic sensory bin and she had so much fun figuring out which things were magnetic and which weren't.

Juno went to "biddy ball camp" this summer!

And this was a project of her own design. She cut a bunch of slits in the egg carton and stuck big googly eyes in them.

Pearl Diana overload!!!!

Sleeping Autumn

Welcome home!
Jason's sister Morgan came home from her 18 month mission to Chile!

Only two babies were born while she was gone, and only one sibling got engaged. While Jason's brother Sean was gone, both his older brothers got married and had babies and there was another baby on the way.

Yay for being 3 months old!

Seven Canyons Fountain
In my opinion, this is one of the coolest places in the Salt Lake area! We had fun playing and exploring all the different canyons.

Tempe doesn't want to ever switch beds with Helena, so she made her sign a contract. I reserve veto power.

Smores solar oven
One of the things on our summer bucket list was to make smores in a solar oven. So fun and easy!

Pioneer Day
For Pioneer Day, all my siblings came over (minus Kelsey, who is currently in England) for a grilling party and a slip and slide made out of our water blob (I just cut it back open after it had to many holes to be a water blob anymore).

Sunset by the temple
Another thing on our summer bucket list was to watch the sunset. We drove up by the temple one night to watch, then went to Jason's parent's house to do illegal fireworks.

Summer science
We did the cloud in a jar thing with shaving cream and medicine droppers. Juno especially loooooves playing with colored water and medicine droppers. I mean, for real, who needs expensive toys or cable?? 

That time I became a foodie
One night we had a fried egg and asparagus pizza....

And for an afternoon snack, I served french bread slices with blue cheese and fig preserves, toasted under the broiler.

And then I bought my kids processed donut holes with icing for a breakfast food. JOKE. That's awful.