Thursday, July 31, 2014

July Flew By

Our July was packed full of events and trips, and yet we still managed to fit in some fun at home. We were slowly working our way through our summer fun list by:

Making our own ice cream

Sandbox games and castle building contest

Scavenger hunt through Cal Ranch, Walmart, and Dollar Store

The girls went to a 4-H bread camp

Making creations out of clay

Libby had a piano recital

Maddy went to Brighton Girls Camp

A Disney Movie marathon

Backyard Campout

And gourmet s'mores... All delicious by the way. I think my favorites were the ghiradelli caramel chocolates and the Reese's peanut butter cup s'mores. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A girls gotta do, what a girls gotta do

I always plan to ride my horse a lot during the summer but somehow life gets in the way. I hadn't gone on a long ride yet, so I cleared a day and was determined to go. I woke up at 5 am to get a head start and noticed one of my stirrups was broken. Instead of crying, I got out some tools and fixed it myself. I was quite happy with how it turned out. 

I went about 5 hours and it was so refreshing and invigorating. I was in heaven. 

The views were gorgeous of course. Everywhere I looked, it was breathtaking. 

There's nothing better than a long ride with just me and my horse. 

My view from the top of the mountain. Sometimes, you just have to make time for the little things. When I'm on my horse, it's easier to solve all the problems and stresses of every day life. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Cherry Hill and Grandma's

All through July we kept up our Cherry Hill Mondays. We have the perfect set up. We enjoy Cherry Hill for a few hours and then head to grandma's. It rained on a few of the Mondays and grandma had snails all over the place. 

Since the snails are pests, we had to get rid of them. The kids tried the salt trick, and it was fascinating to them. 

Briya has become grandma's shadow. She loves following grandma around. 

Even on a rainy day, we still had so much fun at Cherry Hill. 

We played mini golf in the rain and most of the holes were flooded. The kids loved it. 

They have become quite the little golfers. However, I'm still terrible at it. 

The King of the Hill pass was awesome to have this year. My kids loved doing all the fun things that Cherry Hill has to offer, and just couldn't get enough of Cherry Hill. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Girl's Day and Wicked

The Lyman girls got tickets for Wicked, so we decided to make it into a Girl's Day. We started out with lunch at The Cheesecake Factory!! So delicious. Maddy and Crystal are officially old enough to be included now. It was fun to have Maddy there. 

We shopped around at City Creek and Maddy and I found our castle at the Disney Store. 

Maddy's first time at Sephora. 

We walked around temple square. 

And then finally WICKED!!!! 

I was so excited to finally be going to Wicked!!! I have been waiting for 10 years to go. That is not even a joke. I literally have been waiting that long. The anticipation was killer!

It was amazing just as I knew it would be. What an absolutely perfect day!! I'm so grateful that my mother in law put it all together. She is the best at knowing just when we all are in desperate need of a girl's day out. And this girl's day was one to go in the books. It really was fantastic. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pioneer Day

I always try to plan a fun pioneer craft for the 24th of July. This year we made pioneer wagons. The kids loved it. 

Maddy was really frustrated because her wagon kept falling apart, but she finally got it to stay and was insistent that I take a picture. 

Maverik loved picking out which animals from the animal crackers were going to pull his cart. 

They all turned out cute and unique. 

Then it was time to go to the party. Eddie has a friend at work and every 24th of July he has a HUGE party with a different theme each year. This year the theme was Australia. There were water slides and bounce houses for the kids. 

Briya loved the Australian "animals".

The best part for my kids was when the exotic and pet animals showed up. They kept bringing out all these different animals for the kids to pet or hold. 

My kids are animal lovers so they were in heaven!

The food was amazing and the firework show was phenomenal. Everyone was exhausted by the end. It's such a great way to celebrate the 24th. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A day in town

Grandma and Grandpa invited us to go to a Bee's Baseball game so I decided to make a day of it. The kids and I went into Salt lake city in the morning. On our summer fun list was "discover a new park". I took them to a park that Eddie and I used to go to to roller blade and and hang out when we were dating. The park had changed so much, but it brought back a ton of memories. 

My kids loved discovering all the fun places. We fed ducks and despite the scorching weather played some games. 

We brought our scooters and Libby brought her rollerblades and we went on a little adventure. 

I thought this was so cute. Maverik was selling Ryder Ice Cream. Their conversation was hilarious. 

Briya loved crawling under the picnic tables on the gross cement. Her white leggings were a dark gray when we left, but she sure had fun. 

After the park, we went to a few stores, and then I took them to the Dollar Theatre. This was the same dollar theatre that Eddie and I used to go to almost every night. It was so much fun. We watched Sherman and Mr. Peabody which we all loved. 

Then we finally headed to the Bee's game. There is nothing like a baseball game in the hot summer. It's always so much fun. 

Most of the Lyman's were there, and we had a great time. Eddie didn't get to come, but it was still fun. 

This would have been a perfect picture if only my phone wasn't so horrible. The boys were so happy to meet the Bee. 

The little kids got restless and Maddy was such an awesome big sister and took them to ride on the train. I love this selfie that she took. So perfect. 

They had to stand in line for over an hour, but they finally made it on the train, and Mav and Briya loved it!

What a perfect summer day and a perfect ending to the day. We love going to baseball games.