Sunday, October 19, 2014

August

August was another great month! Here's what we were up to:

Cameron's cousin Austin got married to wonderful Andrea in the Draper Temple.  It was so fun to share in their special day!  They're such a beautiful, talented couple.

Andy took swimming lessons and loved it.  He did so well! They moved him up a level the first day, and his teacher always told me how impressed she was with him.  By the end, he was already swimming a few strokes by himself.  (Yes, I know I sound like a proud, bragging mom. :) We're proud of our little fish!
First day and loving it!
Andy and his teacher, Brighton, on their last day.

Our dear friends Jason, Kasee, and Nora were in town for just a couple days, so we met up at Kasee's mom's house for a quick catch-up and we got to meet baby Nora! We couldn't be happier for them.  They're the cutest parents to the cutest baby.  (Why didn't we get a picture?!) 

Fun summer activities, like impromptu running through the sprinklers at my parents' house. :) 

Cameron and I both celebrated our 29th birthdays! I think I talked about Cameron's birthday in another post.  My birthday was great!  My mom took me to lunch at Plates & Palates, I went with the boys to the Farmer's Market in Bountiful, and then Cameron and I went out that night to Cheesecake Factory.  We ate outside, the weather was perfect...everything just seemed so nice.  A great day! A little later in the month, Cameron's parents took us to Cheesecake Factory again (can you tell we love it there?) for another celebration for our birthdays.  Brendan and Cameron's Grandma joined in too.  I also had a fun night out at Pizzeria Limone with my Texas ladies (Lindsey, Andrea, and Kristin) to celebrate a few days after my birthday.  I feel so lucky to have these life-long friends!

The only picture I have from my actual birthday, at the Farmer's Market.
 Cameron and I had a super fun date to see Ben Folds with the Utah Symphony up at Deer Valley.  We loved it and had the best time.  It's so beautiful up there, I think we'd enjoy any kind of concert up there, but it was especially fun to see one of our favorite artists.

We painted.  We try to repress this memory because it was so awful, but ultimately we're glad we did it. It took a couple weeks.  We painted the whole main floor and upstairs hallway, both walls and ceilings.  We love the way it turned out. The walls and ceiling were this yellow-y dark beige color that was clashing with the overall decorating scheme we wanted.  So we painted the walls a "greige" color and the ceiling white.  We had wonderful help from family members--my dad, Cameron's dad, Brendan, Sara, and Jordon.  Thank you!

I ran lots and lots to great ready for the Half Marathon I had coming up in September.  Rachel was training for it too, so she came up from Provo and we did a long run together one Saturday morning.

We had a fun swimming date with my Ryan (my cousin), his wife Kim, their cute kids, my Uncle Dale, and my cousin Sean.  Andy was in heaven, jumping in a million times with the girls and playing with Sean.  We finished up the night with Pizza at Uncle Dale's and had the best time! (Let's do it again, Kim!) 

We celebrated our fifth anniversary!  It was so fun.  We went to Sawadee (our favorite!) and ate outside and chatted about the past five years.  

These cute brothers played and played.

We potty trained this cutie.  To say I was terrified was a gross understatement. But--he really did great! So much better than I expected.  My cute friend Amy sent me a general plan that she'd done, and it worked really well for us.  I think he was really ready, which made it go well.  He was very excited about his new underwear (super heroes and disney characters) and his new potty.  We stayed home for a few days.  He got two jelly beans whenever he went.  And we didn't do any pull-ups.  There have been a few accidents here and there, but nothing crazy.  He was so proud of himself, it was pretty adorable.  He tried to show everyone his new underwear and wanted them to watch him go on the potty.  :)

We had a fun outing to Discovery Gateway.  

We went with our good friends Candace, Olivia, and Cate to the Dinosaur Museum at Thanksgiving Point.  It was crazy busy, but so fun!  Andy was in heaven.

We had some fun date nights! One of Cameron's best friends Jordan was in town with his wife Milan.  We went out for dinner then they introduced us to Gourmandise for dessert.  Clearly we fell in love, because we took some friends there (the Camilos) a couple weeks later when were were out with them!

We went to the zoo with my friend Amy and her boys and had a blast.  Andy and Cayden get along so well.  I guess we were having too much fun to take pictures. :)

We went with Cameron's parents to the Ogden Temple Open House.  It was so fun to teach Andy about the temple and to then take him inside "Jesus' house." He loved it.  I think he felt the spirit and it strengthened his sweet little testimony of the temple and of Jesus.  He kept talking about getting married there afterward.  It was so fun to go with Cameron's parents too!  We had a great time at dinner with them afterward.   (I also got to go with my Young Women earlier in the month.  So fun!)

The funniest moment was when we were in the little visitors tent they'd set up and suddenly we couldn't find Andy.  We spotted him standing by the Christus, posing, waiting to have his picture taken.  Ha! Crazy kid.
Our boys LOVE Grandma and Grandpa!
YW/YM Activity

Splash pad fun with my friend Katie and her cute kids.  Andy and Liza absolutely LOVE each other and get along so well.  We always love getting together with them!
These two are the cutest.

Monday, October 13, 2014

July

As usual, I'm incredibly behind and realized I never did in a summary of July.  And July was pretty packed!  Here are some highlights.

We had a wonderful 4th of July weekend! The pictures are a bit out of order, but we started off the 4th of July at my parents' house for breakfast, then we went to the Bountiful Parade and got soooo much candy.  We had dinner in Park City with Greg and Kathy later and then headed up to the Oakley Rodeo with April and Kevin and their family.  We spent the night in their beautiful cabin.  Andy was in heaven spending time with Truman and Olive.  The poor kid needs some cousins in the area...he's usually surrounded by boring adults.  :)

Andy and Truman on a "hike." 
Cute Nicole making homemade ice cream with the kids.
Sweet Max and G.G.
Breakfast at my parents'
Andy loved the parade.  Max thought it was really hot. :)

Waiting for dinner.
 We had a fun neighborhood party, where Andy got to chill with his fellow towhead, Dori.  Aren't they just the cutest?

Cameron's sweet Grandma brought over an insane amount of groceries, cooked us dinner/gave us a cooking lesson, and seriously left us with 10+ meals for leftovers.  We sure love living close to her!

We had a fun outing to the zoo with one of my best friends, Marsha, and her cute kids.  Andy and Ben love each other.   I wish we lived closer so they could play more often.  Completely unprompted, they held hands almost the entire time.


Sam (and my sister Christine) came in town! We had so much fun hanging with them around town.  Discovery Gateway was Sam's favorite, so we went there twice.

Cameron had a company party at Snowbird.  We were late and didn't have time to do much, but Andy and Cam rode the alpine slide, and Max and I rode the chairlift.  (A good warmup for Park City the following week!)

We had some wonderful Texas friends come in town.  We miss Cami and Jen! We had a fun playdate at Andrea's. And we had Cami, Juan, and their kids over for dessert one night and has soooo much fun catching up. There may have been "I miss you too much" tears shed.  Sniff, sniff.

Rachel and I did the Deseret News 10K on July 24th.  We had a blast and were happy with our times! I did it in 52:42, averaging 8:29/mile.  I don't have pictures of the rest of the holiday, but it was a good one. (Other than the fact that Cameron had to work.)  We had a splash pad outing and then had dinner at the cabin with my mom's side of the family.

Sara and Jordon got engaged!  Fun wedding planning shortly followed.  Here are Andy and Sam when we were dress shopping.  Let's just say I don't think my kids will be invited back to any dress shops any time soon.

I'm too lazy to add this pic to the post it belongs to, so here it is.  This is Cameron and Andy on our camping trip.  It might be my favorite picture ever.  There's about twenty more pictures of them making funny faces. 

I had a fun dinner with some of my Winterton girl cousins at Sawadee.  We decided this needs to be a tradition! Don't I have a beautiful family?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Camping at Redman

Back in July, we took a camping trip with my family up Big Cottonwood Canyon to Redman, a long-time favorite campground.  It's been a long time since we've all camped together, and it was so much fun! (Even though I had to leave to take Max to sleep at home and come back in the morning. The woes of a nursing mother. ;)  Christine and Sam were in town from Ohio, so we had almost everyone all together.  (we missed you Ben!)  We had lots of fun eating yummy food, playing kick the can, chatting, roasting marshmallows, and all that other good camping stuff.  We decided we definitely need to pick back up the tradition and make this an annual thing! 
These two cousins sure love each other! They held hands the whole car ride up.

Max & Sara.  These two have a special bond. :)
Andy was filthy within five minutes of getting there. 

Grandpa serenading Max with the harmonica.


We loved having Christine and Sam in town!

Breakfast!

June

As usual, I'm doing some back tracking.  We had a wonderful month of June!  Here's a little review:

We  Cameron spent lots of time working in the yard. You should see these planter boxes look now: FULL of delicious veggies!  Turns out Cameron has quite the green thumb.  We grew lots of tomatoes, squash, zucchini, green beans, basil, cilantro, strawberries, and cucumbers.  He also planted two apple trees, a peach tree, a few raspberry bushes, and a blackberry bush.

We had a great little overnight camping trip up Big Cottonwood Canyon with the Craguns and the Reicherts.  So much fun!  All the ladies and our babies came home early and didn't spend the night, and all the guys stayed and slept over with the toddlers.  It was Andy's first time camping and he loved every minute of it.  He loved spending time with the other munchkins.    




Visits with great-grandparents.  Here's Andy with "Grandma Great."  

Lots of swimming in our kiddie pool and lots of brotherly bonding.  As Andy says about Max, "He loves me!" 


We have the best splash pad in our neighborhood! We went a couple times in June and Andy was so nervous about it all.  He just wanted to hold my hand or sit on the towel.  Now, he loves it and runs around like a crazy person. 

The dinosaur park at City Creek on a rainy day:

We had a wonderful Father's Day around here.  We went out to dinner at Market Street the day before to celebrate Greg. We had dinner on actual Father's Day with my family to celebrate my dad.   The boys and I got Cameron some new shoes and hopefully made him feel special that day with a yummy breakfast.  

My boys and their dad on Father's Day. They sure love him!
We went to Seven Peaks a lot with my mom and Abby.  (We've tried to go just about every week all summer!) The boys have loved it.  Max is quite the water baby.  And Andy is fearless.  He loves that wave pool and is a newfound lover of the kiddy slides.  

We celebrated my mom's birthday up Mueller Park Canyon with a barbecue. Don't I have a beautiful mother?!