Love’n some Olympics

Olympics

This is how we’ve been spending our evenings this week. If Bailey isn’t sitting with me, she’s sitting with her dad late into the evening cheering on Team U.S.A.  Bailey kid was only three the last time Michel Phelps was in the water and I was falling in love with Gabby Douglas. This year is the first Olympics that she has been old enough to not just show interest but seems to have inherited my obsession. Swimming is her favorite so far.  We are both HUGE fans of Katie Ledecky, and I am still hoping Phelps continues to kick butt this year.  Her other interests include Gymnastics, Diving, Fencing, and Beach Volleyball. I’ve noticed that some of the athletes are close to my age or older (HELLO Oksana Chusovitina) and I think perhaps an Olympic run for me is still in the cards…Archery maybe.  But my dreams are definitely shifting this year and more and more my aspirations shift to looking something like Aly Raisman’s parents.  Bailey is dreaming too, doing gymnastics moves in the living room and swimming with goggles on in the bathtub. At night it is just the three of us on the couch whispering quiet cheers so as not to wake up Mia.  Nate commented last night that this is the sweetest way to finish out the summer and I couldn’t agree more.

 

Stratobowl Adventure

On Sunday we had a myriad of obligations and decided to make it a work day in between.  So Saturday was deemed fun day (if I’m honest most Saturdays are).  What to do?  The start of the Biker Rally put a damper on wanting to go too far but we thought a hike would be fun.  Nate found the Stratobowl on the internet and said it was pretty close.  I remembered the history of the Stratobowl being the place where they launched a somewhat flimsy balloon into the far reaches of the sky and that it was a big deal.  But I had no idea how close the site really was, right past Old McDonald’s Farm to be exact.It was a half mile hike into the bowl and a half mile back, which was perfect for the girls. No one loved being out and about more than Zara.

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I had read more of the history out loud to everyone in the car on the drive up. I had an idea in my head of what I was expecting but it fell short to how massive this bowl really is.

 

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I was more surprised to see that some lucky ducks actually have homes down there.  I assume it is one of them who mows the giant peace sign.

We tried to mark the occasion with a family selfie.  Mia kept complaining she couldn’t look at the camera because the sun hurt her eyes.  I thought she was crazy, it was the perfect overcast day, until I started looking through the pictures and realized I couldn’t get my eyes open.  I guess we need to practice and all wear sunglasses.

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I strongly encourage you to look into this history yourself or stop by the Journey Museum to learn all about this historic place, but I will give you my “nutshell” version. In 1935 (the 30’s) A team of people assembled a balloon that would float up into the very ends of the earth’s atmosphere to perform a series of scientific tests. Air Corps Capt. Albert William Stevens, Capt. Orvil Arson Anderson and Maj. William E. Kepner were selected to man a giant lead ball to perform such tests.  They broke records as their lead ball climbed over 72,000 feet into the air. They were the first men to ever see the curvature of the earth and this accomplishment is considered to be the start of the space program.

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AND if you can read that last paragraph, that is on one of the monuments at the site, they decided helmets might be a good idea and borrowed a couple from the Rapid City football team. I’m just now noticing it says two helmets and I was fairly certain there were three people on board. Perhaps one person thought as I would, at 72,000 feet a helmet isn’t going to help much.

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We brought water and cookies and soaked in the site before heading back down the trail.  Mia made it both ways only needing a little bit  of a lift partway back.  I love this picture because they both have the same facial expression. It was the perfect adventure for a perfect day.

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A trip to Utah wasn’t in the plans this year, but Nate had a work trip he had to go on right around the time my parents were heading out to celebrate my nieces birthdays.  The stars had aligned and at the last minute the girls and I decided to head out to the celebrations.

We hit the ground running with a trip to the Children’s Museum in Salt Lake.  Where Bailey thoroughly enjoyed racing cars with the boys and experiencing the Hurricane winds with Papa.

Mia’s favorite part was riding the Train back to Ogden. She absolutely loved it. And if you ask her how it was she’ll say, “It was like this.” and then start swaying back and forth as if she was rocking back and forth on an old stage coach.  Which is exactly how she predicted it to be when she showed me what it would be like before hand.  Although, I believe train travel has become a bit smoother since the mid 1800’s, this commuter train lived up to her expectations.

The rest of our time there was a little more laid back with trips to parks to play and hike around and running through sprinklers in the back yard.

These two were our early birds.  They would get up and snuggle and play and mess around while we waited for the other two to wake up. They even had matching bed head.

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We decided to tame the hair and get new dos for the birthday party.  Nora and Mia got their first hair cuts and I was able to talk Bails into getting a trim.

 

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Then it was time to celebrate these two sweet peanuts.  Nora turned 4 and Haley 2.

 

We reconnected with the Ewing kids which was also a highlight of the fun.

We decided to stay an extra night partly to see the Pioneer Days Fireworks and partly because I wasn’t packed.  So we got organized and had the best seats in town right in Holly’s front yard. Grandma Sharon declared it to be the best fireworks show she had ever seen. They were spectacular and very close. Too close for Mia and Camden’s comfort and they spent the fireworks in the van watching from Jesse’s lap.

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We spent a perfect amount of time catching up with family and looked forward to reuniting with Nate.  As much fun as we had, we were missing Nate. Things are always more fun when he is around and we were anxious to get back home to see him. He in turn was more than anxious to see us, work trips are not quite as fun.

Sweet Seven

This sweet girl turned 7 back in April and I can’t tell you how much I love this picture.  It captures all that sweetness and excitement and pure joy she had celebrating her birthday.  I’m making a mental note right now, to find a way to emit that much joy at each one of my own birthdays no matter how high the numbers get.

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This year Bailey had her first “Friend Party”  where she wanted to have her nearest and dearest come to the pool with her. Nate and I chose a hotel with a fun pool that, when we checked it out the weekend before, would provide a quiet, intimate setting for the five friends to connect and have fun.  Unfortunately for us it was State wrestling weekend and every wrestler in the state was staying at our hotel. The girls could have cared less and keeping track of our girls in a sea of kids kept Nate and I on our toes. Bailey has been truly blessed with her friendships and it was no different on her birthday.

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Her sister joined her for breakfast in bed on the 17th and we had our final family party at the house before moving the following week.  Mermaids were this years theme which meant a mermaid tail was in order. You may or may not know this but there is a WHOLE other world out there where you can spend anywhere from $100- upwards of $1000 on mermaid tails. You can also refer to yourself in your mermaid name. Which if I am correct, just means you put mermaid in front of your name.  You can now call me Mermaid Lacey.  I actually found all this research completely fascinating and found myself yearning for a silicone mermaid tail. But my husband pulled me back to reality making note that Bailey is still a beginner swimmer and we don’t know how long this mermaid phase would last (not that I really wanted it for me or anything). So it came to be that I made her tail.  She LOVED it!  So much so that she wore it around her birthday party, which was more of a gift to me that anything.
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Sweet girl,

Hold fast to that JOY.

Hold fast to that WONDER.

Hold fast to that EXCITEMENT.

God continues to fashion you into something more incredible each year.

You are truly worth CELEBRATING!

First Grade Wrap Up

Bailey’s First Grade Wrap Up

Mrs. Brown’s Class (the Other Mrs. Brown)

Bailey had a great year overall. She got a new teacher in November and loved that she shared her last name. One of the highlights of the year was hatching baby chicks!

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(Super Hero Field Day, “Marines are super heroes too”)

My Favorite Subject:

Writing and P.E

My Favorite Book:

The B.F.G.

Something New I Learned:

How to make chapter books when writing

My Favorite Field Trip:

Bear Country

The Hardest Thing I Did:

Getting used to my new friends at school

A Few of My School Chums:

Ella, Ally, Alexis, Brianna and Kara

My Favorite Thing to do at Recess:

Play Tag

To reminisce about the First day of First grade click here

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Super Hero Field Day

BACK IN TIME

The other day after some badgering from a certain 7 year old that demanded we pick just one,  Nate declared “Back in Time”, by Huey Lewis, to be his all time favorite song.  We pulled it up on YouTube for the girls to listen to and they lasted through the first chorus before they became disinterested. Apparently we need to work on our music appreciation around here.  But it does describe my blog as of late.  2016 blog posts have been few and far between and my intentions is to remedy that for the second half of the year.  In actuality I have had a lot to say, but in the midst of the move, computer trouble, and misdiagnosing the computer trouble, I am only now getting back on track. So I will be heading back in time to  properly document such things as Bailey’s birthday, and the last day of school, and some adventures in between.  In the mean time, I will catch us up a bit with what has been happening around here the past months.

I know I’ve mentioned it , but We MOVED…and we are still recovering

Yes, that is all our junk completely filling a large storage unit up to the BRIM. And yes, that is my child wrapped up in a plastic table cloth. Yes, it was that exhausting.  But we are fairly settled in and mostly unpacked and loving  spending time on our new deck.20160517_082341

Bailey had a great time finishing up spring soccer.  We got to know her team mates and their families even better and enjoyed watching all the girls improve.

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We spent Memorial Day in Montana to catch up with family.

Mia has a new idol to look up to in Trav, and we still say things like “Travis brushes his teethe every night. Show me how you brush your teethe like Trav.” on nights when she is particularly overtired.

Bailey was introduced to the game of basketball when she attended the Lady Hardrockers  camp at SDSM&T.  The ladies were so great with the kids and Bailey had a great time.  I had a great time listening to the players talk about everything from pets to classes like chemical engineering with the girls.

Nate and I spent our anniversary in Las Vegas again, which Nate has declared an official tradition.  My parents helped us celebrate with a gift certificate to some high speed Go-Kart racing.  For the record, I won both races.  Nate would tell you his car wasn’t working properly. Believe what you will.  We had fun and felt rejuvenated upon our return.

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The bees are BACK!  My dad has all the hives in his yard since I haven’t checked with my new neighbors to see if anyone is deathly allergic. But they are doing really well, at least by our standards.  We don’t think we have ever had this many bees and on that first box, we have already added a honey super.  We might get honey yet! And if we’re lucky a few more blog posts.

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Moving with Emojis

When Nate mentioned selling the house, I chuckled.  The idea was ridiculous. emoji5

Was it really possible? Did I even want to? That IS a lot of work.

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 Yes, we would go for it. And we started dreaming of new houses.

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Then we sold our house in two days.

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We would be homeless on April 29th.

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We started looking at future homes.

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There were a few duds and we weren’t sure we could find what we want at times.

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There was also the packing.

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But then we found something we really liked in Summerset and Kyle worked the deals to get it to the price we wanted.

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And just like that we were no longer going to be homeless but moving into a beautiful home.

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Nate, in all his wisdom, hired some movers to help get us out of the house.

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We were blessed with an amazing hotel room for the week were displaced.  The kids loved the pool, the parents loved that the kids slept, and we all loved the hot breakfast.

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We were able to get into our new house a little early so we enthusiastically decided to move in as much stuff ourselves as we could.

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On May 9, we signed the papers for our new home!

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Now we are STILL unpacking.

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But settling in beautifully.

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If you can’t tell, we have also ate many a Happy Meal.

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