Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Driving to Utah and Holmes Family Reunion

We left for Utah on a Thursday afternoon and got there Sunday evening. On the first day as the sun was setting Truman was squinting his eyes towards it and said, "I making fire in my eyes."

We were lucky to have cousin Lauren with us for the trip, who was the recorder for the license plate game. Adriel called out "Indiana!" for a license plate and Dallyn said, "Indiana Jones! That's a guy from the Lego movie!"

We found that an apple a day kept everyone busy eating for a good 15 minutes. Part of the fun was that Tyler would throw the cores out the window. After throwing six cores out the window Truman thought his blanket should be next.

We stopped at Liberty Jail and marveled at the small room that Joseph Smith and others spent some cold months. It was fun to see a Truman hotel, a Truman rd, the Harry S Truman library, etc. in Independence. I had been reading his biography and wanted to see his home but since I was the only one who cared we didn't take the time. As Tyler was filling the tank to hit the road the gas suddenly started flowing onto the ground! Tyler's first thought was that someone cut the fuel lines but we had smelled gas a couple times during the drive and always thought it was surrounding semis. I started going around the grocery store parking lot asking people if they had recommendations for an auto mechanic but before I had the chance to totally break down in tears Tyler figured out that the hose that goes into the gas tank had come loose. We carefully drove the two minutes to Home Depot and bought a wrench. He fixed it while the kids and I ran suicides on the sidewalk. He is the best. Fascinated by all the bugs!! We stopped for Sacrament Meeting in Parachute, CO. For the first time the kids got to experience church in a rented place since they didn't have a church building. It was a great experience but Truman was pretty disappointed that instead of nursery he had to get back in the car! He loved the hay bales but used the words "cow" and "horse" interchangeably. We saw buffalo and zebras, neither of which were wild. After a great cousins bash at Dana's the Holmes family reunion started. We saw the Payson Temple sight and Truman impressed everyone with his knowledge of construction equipment. Adriel surprised me by asking a question about how the concrete panels would be able to secure to the side of the temple. We loved one afternoon at Payson lakes and another at the Provo City Rec center. Brooklee and Dallyn went down the slides many times but Adriel didn't have the courage. These kids NEVER fall asleep in the car. Even during the cross-country drive. We would usually just drive from 8am-8pm because if we went any later than that everyone would get cranky and uncomfortable while trying to fall asleep. I couldn't believe it when Dallyn and Truman fell asleep in the 30 minute drive down the canyon. Even after we stopped and everyone else went inside for dinner they were snoozin' away. Another day took us to Bridal Veil falls to wade in the freezing cold water. It was fun to see all the Utah County has to offer that we didn't always do during the two years we lived there. We loved the meals together and the chance to see so many of Tyler's family. The girls keep asking when we'll go to Utah again and I wish I had an answer for them! Truman keeps talking about his friend Andrew, probably because he loved playing with all his fun toys.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Take Your Child to Work Day (April)

One of the most anticipated days of the year! This is how Truman felt about the whole thing. Sorry, buddy, you have to be 5. Just a couple more years.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Fourth of July

We love the annual breakfast at the church! The kids got to decorate their bikes and ride around in a parade.I had wanted to try to make this cake for over a year and finally did it. For not liking cake it was actually really good! Not Fourth of July related, but here is classic Adriel.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Spartan Sprint & Super

The fever is spreading! We had some friends who wanted to do a Spartan but wanted to do the Sprint distance first. In June we headed up to Tuxedo, NY to spend 4 1/2 miles on the mountain. I was eight weeks pregnant then and was really glad that it wasn't a Super. Then in August we went to Wintergreen so Tyler could tackle the Super. The report is that the course had less elevation change than last year, was a mile shorter, but the obstacles were harder. I consoled myself by volunteering and will definitely use my free race next summer--hopefully!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

End of School

Remember when we went to school until June 25? Here are some things we did to pass the time:

Brooklee and Dallyn were supposed to have a field trip to the zoo but the weather was yucky so it got diverted to the Natural History Museum. Lucky for them it was on a Tuesday (the only day the Butterfly Garden is free!) so Truman and I got there early to snag 55 tickets! The kindergarten teachers were thrilled--and so was I since we had never gone. DallynTrumanBrooklee Adriel's class went to the American Indian Museum so Truman and I got to tag along to a different museum. He's a trooper. In May I got to join four of Tyler's sisters at the Quilt Market in Pittsburg. The talent was amazing but really I was just there for the company. We had our first experience with organized sports by joining the swim team at our pool. Since it was the girls' first time swimming I signed up thinking that they would be on the guppy team--practices 3x/week. I figured I could handle that time commitment. Well the calendar filled up quickly when the coaches wanted them on the real team, and Adriel even had times good enough for the first "A" meet. So then all of our Saturdays in June and July were dedicated to swim meets. Dallyn was able to swim a couple "A" meets as well and all three girls swam the "B" meets on Monday nights. After waiting all year Brooklee finally had her turn to be Star of the Week. And she wanted to pretend to sleep when I took a picture of her with her poster. And then, finally, it was the last day of school!

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Baptism

We were so lucky to have lots of family with us! Adriel had both sets of grandparents come to her baptism. Grandma Holmes gave a beautiful talk on the Holy Ghost and Grandmama Dickson led the singing--including "I am a Child of God" by all the siblings of the three children who got baptized. Tyler's sister (Aunt Danna) was able to come, my sister Mackenzie and her husband Beau as well as my aunt Mel, Shawney, Max, and Marci and my uncle Mark. She was also supported by Bro & Sis Bayouth and many ward members who took time out of a busy day to attend the baptism. Adriel and her second grade teacher, Miss Navarrete. Adriel and her friend, Allison Adriel and Lauren & Olivia--their mom made this amazing cake. Apparently you can learn anything by watching youtube videos, like doing a cool braid! Sharon (Tyler's mom) flew in town just in time to get all the food ready for the luncheon after the baptism. She spent most of Friday in the kitchen! So proud of this big girl!!