Saturday, July 9, 2011

Life is Great...

...Because I get to be with these two lovely faces all day
And because in about ten minutes we'll load up the car to fly to Washington for two weeks.

I think Ammon doesn't really want to go based on the full body rash he developed yesterday. Oh the ways that boy tries to stop me.

Lydia's been ready to go for awhile now...
An emergency trip to the doctor cleared us for take off. So vacation here we come; see you all in a couple of weeks :)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

24 Years Awesome

July 4th is the best day of the year. Seriously, with the fireworks and the barbeques and the parties, it is awesome! It's doubly awesome because it's my birthday!

And this year was no exception in the awesomeness department. I was spoiled rotten.

First, my husband let me scamper off and abandon him with the kids while I was able to run the Freedom 5k Run with my brother and his fiance. My brothers also paid for the race as my birthday present. Nice!

Before we began the race.
Although I had to wake up at 5:30am to be able to make in time for the 7:00am start, and I didn't get the time that I wanted, I loved it.

After the race I had some shopping successes (doesn't that always just make a day better?) and then came home to get these two munchkins ready for the evening's festivities.

She's my real-life sparkler. 
We arrived at my cousin's clubhouse in Saratoga Springs and did some delicious grilling, hearty eating, and then, despite the dreary weather, we splashed around in the pool.

Which allowed me to finally show off Lydia in her adorable new swim suit. 
After participating in the homemade ice-cream contest, my brother called. He was supposed to be working until late, but, luckily, he got off early and so we headed over to join him.

How I loved sitting with my siblings on my aunt's front porch watching fireworks, talking, and singing songs with Lydia.

Also, one of the best surprises of the night was when Brigham gave me my birthday present. He really wasn't supposed to get me anything because I already got a new purse for my birthday, and we didn't have the budget for anything else.

Well, Brigham craftily called on a friend for some money he owed from a previously sold textbook, and used it buy me this:

Squeal!! My new favorite movie :)
I knew he was trying to get it for me, but I had no idea how he was going to do it without the money. How spoiled was I to have him watch the kids half the day so I could have some fun, and then surprise me with this? He's awesome.

So to wrap it up, my mom spoiled me with gifts, my husband spoiled me with gifts, my brothers remembered my birthday AND bought me a gift, and I had lots of friends/family send birthday wishes my way. 

Yeah it was a birthday loaded with awesomeness.

So thanks everyone for the awesomeness and I hope everyone had a great Independence Day!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Taylorsville Dayzz

Why are so many things that are supposed to end with "s" made to end in double "z" in Utah? Weird.

Anyways, this past weekend it was one of my favorite times of the year...Taylorsville Dayzz! This is when the city puts on a four day festival with carnival rides, booths selling goods and food, concerts, fireworks, parades, a 5k, and more.

Since we live right behind the park where it all takes place, we frequented most of the events and had some friends come along. In fact, they did most of the picture taking because I can't seem to take pictures of anything besides my two children.

Day 1:
We had the Roe's, Basset's, and Sam & Caitin join us. We shopped, chatted, and watched fireworks. 
(Note: I snatched the following pictures from others, so thank you Marie and Caitlin)

This is what my children were like before the fireworks started -giddy with happiness.

This is what my children were like after the fireworks started -both screaming bloody murder.
Oh what fun children bring.

(Note: I didn't steal any of the following pictures, they are solely my work)

Day 2:
Well I woke up this this:
Btw, it's really hard to take a decent picture of the back of your leg.
That, my friends, is a mosquito bite gone bad. Every once in a while I have a bad reaction to a bite, especially if I scratch them. This one tops them all. I believe the mosquito injected the poison straight into my vein. Not only did it itch INSANELY, but it also made my whole calf ache for four days. And I didn't scratch it once!

Moving on. We went to the parade that morning. It was pretty uneventful except for when the dancers came by and Lydia asked if she could dance too. Assuming she meant right there next to me, I said yes and she took off for the dance with the dancers. I had to chase her down and drag her back. She was devastated.

Until they threw the candy, and the stickers, and the necklaces.

Then she realized being on the sideline is pretty great.

Well...for about a half-hour until she was bored.
Lydia with her parade loot. Amazingly, the necklaces thrown to her matched her outfit :)
That evening we had a BBQ with our awesome upstairs neighbors. My best friend, Brittany, and her husband, Scott, joined us with their babies (three kids under the age of two, I swear Britt and Scott are champions) and we stuffed our faces.

And relaxed for a bit before the fireworks.
I had to take a picture of Ammon falling asleep before finishing his bottle. He rarely passes up food.
Saturday night is the best night for fireworks. The show is at least a half hour long and it is spectacular.
And since I am horrible at taking pictures, you don't get to see the following:

Just before the firework show began, my brother, Kyle, and his fiance, Katrina, joined us.

Everyone laid out in the backyard enjoying the fireworks. It's really nice living so close to Taylorsville Dayzz.

The fireworks really were spectacular.

Despite me working her up to it all day, Lydia still screamed when the fireworks started. She kept complaining they hurt her head, so I put a blanket over her head and then she watched them just fine. I really wish I took a picture of that.

But, you do get to see that somehow, throughout the day, Lydia's necklaces multiplied from two to about five.

Like I said, I'm pretty much only good at taking pictures of my kidzz.

Anyways, those are the highlights of Taylorsville Dayzz and I'm sad it's now over. However, I'm already anticipating it rolling around again next year, and I'm pumped up for all the summer action that is yet to come!