Thursday, September 18, 2014

7/7-7/12 - Creatures, Tennis Lessons, KROC Center

When we got home from vacation we found this frog living in our water valve box. We didn't mind this creature so much!

Miley decided the kids' bathroom floor needed a good mopping so she emptied an entire kleenex box into the toilet and then attempted to flush it. That was a fun mess to clean up!

Maisey started tennis lessons! This may just be her sport. She had so much fun and improved a ton over the lesson session.

While Maisey was at lessons I ran around the track at the high school. Gage rode his bike around for a while and when he got tired he hopped in the stroller and pushed his bike to the side. I didn't get a lot of running done after that!

Creature #2 of the week: We discovered a family of raccoons moved in under the play house while we were on vacation. The gray blob moving under the porch is the raccoon. iPhones aren't meant to take pictures in the dark, or of things in motion!

I was really craving a Swig Dirty Dr. Pepper, so I thought a sonic drink with some blue coconut could help fill the void. Unfortunately the worker but in blue raspberry instead of blue coconut and it was DISGUSTING!!!

This poser things she is hot stuff on Maisey's top bunk!

Baby snuggles!

I found a mom who would play tennis with me during lessons. So Maisey and I showed up looking like twins!

She rocked her tennis lessons this week!

We found raccoon poop all over our yard. It smelled terrible and was hard to clean up, so we decided it was time for them to go!

We visited the library for a story teller.

This kid kept faking that he was asleep.

I asked him to sit up and he yelled, "But Mom, this lady is sooooo boring!" Yeah, he just said what everybody was thinking, but it was still awkward.

I did some research online on non-lethal ways to get rid of raccoons. Ammonia soaked tennis balls were supposed to do the trick. Unfortunately, that didn't work.

I had my first official Parent Board meeting. Do you think anyone will take me seriously with a pink sparkly notebook?

Every so often this kid totally crashes! 

We needed something to burn our energy on Friday night so we rode bikes to our community's Relay for Life event. Our bike trailer was in storage so Shaun hooked the wagon up to his bike. Totally ghetto! But I loved my view!

They had belly dancers there, which my kids were captivated by. And then Gage yells, "Mom why does that lady have hills on her back?" Gage for the win again!

The Disney Store had a booth set up with drawing demonstrations. Maisey drew Olaf.

Saturday was super hot so we got in swimsuits and cleaned blinds all day! Fun way to spend a Saturday? No! But our blinds looked a million times better afterward, so I was happy!

Our garden grew out of control while we were on vacation. We had lettuce and zucchini growing everywhere, so I picked one of each to start with.

After working hard on blinds all morning, we decided to have some fun in the afternoon. We drove down to the KROC Center, but Maisey was too exhausted to make it! I love how her glasses fell down her face.

Miley became quite the little fish this summer, and is super independent with her Puddle Jumper!

The KROC Center had this Wipeout type course to play on. The big kids and Dad LOVED it!!! 

I made some zucchini brownies for my primary class and for a BBQ the next day! They were delicious and I didn't mind eating 4 or 5 because they had veggies in it!

Since the tennis balls didn't work we had to try to get the raccoons out so we could block off all of the entrances so they couldn't come back. I used Shaun's pellet gun to fire off some warning shots, but what ultimately ended up working was flooding them out with the hose. Bye-Bye raccoons and raccoon poop!!!

Summer Vaca 2014 - Rexburg & 4th of July

Day 1:

We made it to Rexburg and the first thing I did when we got there was make an appointment with a chiropractor. My back and neck were in so much pain it was making it hard to enjoy our vacation. Once I got that taken care of we were able to have a lot of fun!

Miley chased that dog around all weekend! 

We went to dinner at Wingers and Papa happily gave Maisey his pickle. 

And Miley decided to give us a show with our dinner!

If you spent over a certain amount of money you got free deep fried Twinkies. That was a fun adventure for all of us!

Day 2:

We went up to campus to visit Papa at his office. Gage loved playing with all of his robots.

Maisey wrote this on his white board. Guess what movie they watched 10 times on the trip, The Lego Movie!! And in case you were wondering, there is no smoking allowed in Papa's office. Thanks Maisey!

Papa let the kids pick a snack from the vending machine. That was a first for them. They were awe as they watched their treats fall. AND Papa also let them keep the change that was given. We could have done nothing else that day and the kids would have been happy!

We walked around one of the buildings (the one with the big auditorium for devotionals) and admired the art work and talked about Bible stories.

Gage needed to get his energy out so I timed him while he ran around the indoor track! That boy has some speed. 

Papa and Gage were trying to imitate the artwork.

BFFs one minute, screaming, fighting, and fit throwing the next!

This was my favorite thing from the day. I think it was in the library. It is the whole Book of Mormon in really tiny text and you can use the magnifying glass to read the words. I thought that was really neat.

All of those vacation days full of fun (and no naps) finally caught up to her! It's not very often I get to hold a sleeping child anymore!

When Papa and Dad got home from golfing they took the kids on motorcycle rides.

Miley screamed and cried when it wasn't her turn. She's not really great about the whole sharing thing. 


That night we attempted some fireworks at home. It was soooo windy that these three boy scouts were having a hard time lighting them!

We eventually got them going, but you can see how windy it was.

Gage was very adamant about sleeping in the fort under the slide. It's a pretty small space, but he seemed to enjoy it.

Day 3: 4th of July

We headed to downtown Rexburg to watch the 4th of July Parade. Dad and Papa were party poopers and sat on a back bench and watched the world cup on Dad's phone.

Gage and I enjoyed the parade together!

The parade was really hot so we left a few minutes early. 

That evening we went to Idaho Falls to watch the big fireworks show there. We met up with our friends, the Jewkes.

Grandma Grimmett and the kids!

The firework show was pretty amazing!

Day 4:

We woke up early to go play on the sand dunes! These big kids loved riding on the dune buggy that we rented!

Miley was a little unsure of it at first

but by the end she was signing "more" over and over again!

Gage, Papa, and Grandma Grimmett

That afternoon we headed to Rexburg Rapids for some swimming. The kiddie area of the pool was closed when we got there because some kid pooped in it. They opened it back up after about 45 minutes, only to close it back down 5 minutes later because another kid pooped! It was seriously so annoying. Miley was so upset that she couldn't swim in there and just cried and cried. It was also very windy out so we ended up calling it quits.

Miley was clearly upset over the whole swimming experience. AND she earned herself a new nickname on the trip, Pouty Pants! She definitely perfected her pouty face!

For our last dinner in Rexburg, we hit up the Pizza Pie Cafe. That is one of the only buffet places I don't mind. Each of the kids found something they liked, and it was a nice night out.

Day 5:

We hit the road early to make the looooong drive back home all in one day.

We stopped in Boise to see Great Grandpa and Grandma Grimmett!

This is what 13 hour road trip hair looks like!

Summer Vaca 2014 -- That's a wrap!