Hikes, Hikes, and more Hikes

November 8th, 2015 in About Me

This year we went on the most hikes we ever have as a couple and as a family. I REALLY want to be a hiking family. I have been painfully pushing it for years. I am almost…oh so close…to being a hiking family. Reagan is getting better but still holding us back. And I need to be in better shape to do more physically demanding hikes on my own.

BUT we did hike our littles hearts out this season. Actually we never did it as a whole family once. But I took the girls on my own a lot and Tyler and I for date early nights/afternoons did lots of long hikes.

Only one made me cry and made it so Tyler had to coach me through it very similar to laboring 10 plus pound babies. Oh that was a hard hike to pull off.

Let me see if I can remember all the places we went.

You guys, by the way, Salt Lake City is the best city to live in.

Date Hikes:

Lake Blanche (this would be the one that made me cry, which is a hard thing to do. I can cry at the drop of the hat for SOMEONE ELSE. But cry because of something I am doing or going through? That doesn’t happen) Tyler loves when the hikes end with a lake.

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Lake Mary, Martha, and Catherine. I tricked Tyler into doing the other two, and we saw a moose at the last one! I had just been up there with the young women one week earlier and the lake was already totally dry. So crazy, Tyler was sad we couldn’t bridge jump in.

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Stewart Falls at Snowbird is a pretty one that you take a lift up to it and walk it back down. It is shaded, gorgeous, and downhill. Nicest hike ever!

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Dog Lake in Millcreek Canyon. Why was this my first time in Millcreek canyon? It was so beautifully gorgeous and different than the other canyons.

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We live in Daybreak and do some date nights where we walk around the whole lake. Sometimes we go sit by the water and watch a movie on the ipad. Finally we made it out on the kayaks on the lake.

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Family Hikes:

Big Cottonwood Canyon wanderings. I don’t remember what hike I was TRYING to take them on but it ended up that I just gave up and let them play.

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Dimple Dell, it is smack in the middle of Sandy. If you don’t have time to go in the canyons, do this one!

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Nature Kids Trail in American Fork Canyon, and it ends in the perfect spot to roast S’Mores.

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Yellow Fork Canyon is another one to go run to when you don’t have time to go up in the canyons. It is very easy and beautiful, lots of people ride horses there too.

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Donut Falls, such an easy but fun hike to do!

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Bridal Veil Falls in Provo is really TOO easy. I don’t know if I would do a drive just to do that hike. Plan some other stuff to do down there too.

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Mirror Lake in Kamas is gorgeous, do the Fairy Forest while you are there too.

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Battlecreek Falls in Pleasant Grove is a perfect one for kids, you will love this one as well.

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If you go above Memory Grove park you can walk around and hike a bit, do some creek walking as well.

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I took the girls to Mill Creek canyon to do some bird calling and leave some peanut butter and bird seed creations for the birds.

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For the first time we got out of the car during the annual Alpine Loop drive and did a hike, I don’t know what trial we were on but it made the trip even better.

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In Sugarhouse there is a beautiful (but in need of a good clean) trial behind Petco near the Sugarhouse library that we love to stroll along on.

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We walk along Daybreak lake quite a few times a year, living in Daybreak is a great place to be. Such beautiful surroundings.

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Lastly (well I hope not lastly I wanted to get some more in but it has gotten cold!) we went into Rose Canyon for a picnic and hike.

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Summer of Festivals

November 8th, 2015 in About Me

How can I get the official job of reviewing festivals all around the country? Garlic ones–Llama ones–Greek food–whatever. Can I get that job?

All the festivals in Utah seem to be jam packed into the same month and sometimes the same weekend. I wish I could go to all of them. And I wisht he ones we did make it to we could spend more time at.

There are always four we go to:

SLC Art Festival: The kids section and free and oh so wonderful. They do not skimp on the free kid’s section, they put good time and effort into it. Museums from around SLC come and host a table with a craft or project at it. They always have films going, snacks, painting projects, and a theme. This year it was an Egyptian theme.

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Timp Storytelling Festival: We always make it to something at this festival but I really want to make it one year that I can go to the entire thing. Some years we can only make it to a nighttime showing and other years we can spend a whole day there. The line up of storytellers is the best you will get in the nation, the venue is beautiful, and everything is organized incredibly well. I’m really glad storytelling is something that we listen to, go out to, and try to create on our own in our home. I will say thought that if you are going to pick one day to go to go on Saturday instead of Friday. Friday they have school groups come in, which is great. BUT they take over the audience and you get pushed to the back or sides and do not get a good view or seat.

This year the girls were brave enough to ask our favorite Carmen Agra Deedy to sign one of their books of hers.

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Sheepdog Festival: We are a dog family and love to watch working dogs. Before you go make sure to look at the schedule. If you line it up right you can catch these things to do in a 2 hours block: dog diving competition, exotic animals show, rescue dogs doing tricks/runs, lunch, and a protection or service dog demo. You need to time it right and then throw in watching some sheepdogs work in there. They have great food vendors and on your way out you can grab some of those famous fresh berry shakes in town.

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Tumbleweeds–Kids Film Festival: WHY DON’T MORE OF YOU GO TO THIS? WHY DON’T MORE OF YOU GO TO THIS? WHY DON’T MORE OF YOU GO TO THIS? This year I took all the girls to half the day and then had Tyler meet us for lunch and take the younger girls home so the older girls and I could watch more films. If you want your kids exposed to different cultures, languages, thoughts, ways of thinking, important issues, and stories…WHY AREN’T YOU GOING TO THIS? You guys, try it out. They provide free lunch and downstairs have tons of free activities for kids.

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Lastly, I know this isn’t a festival but…I sure do love Farmer’s Markets. I can’t believe that this year we only made it to one Farmer’s Market. That makes me so sad, we are such regulars at these things but life has gotten busier. So one day we treated ourselves to new foods, lots of local cheese, and beautiful produce.

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We do also usually go to the Tulip Festival but I’m about to break that tradition. I cannot find a time to go where it is not crazy. I don’t mind crazy until it makes it near impossible to enjoy anything. They allow golf carts and also segways on the same roads as people walking. No one can pass each other and one of our foots got ran over this year. I don’t love how they let things get out of hand there so we will see if we make it back ever.

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Amazing Race Girls Camp

November 8th, 2015 in About Me

We had the most amazing girls camp this summer. My new leaders along with old leaders created and pulled off such a unique and wonderful girls camp. Really, everyone worked so hard and sacrificed so much to pull this off for our Young Women.

I have had some people ask me for the run down and schedule so they can try to do the same thing in their wards. I will do my best to recap what we did. But I am a huge advocate for creating something yourself that is unique to the needs of your girls. I don’t have downloads or specific information to hand over. Because I think that it is good for everyone to fit ideas to what is right for their group. 

Amazing Race Girls Camp

Spiritual Theme: 

Be strong and of good courage Joshua 1:9, Being a strong WOMAN of God. Every devotional we highlighted a new woman from the scriptures (from Abish to Esther to the mothers of the Stripling Warriors to our Heavenly Mother) Our guest speakers spoke on how to be a strong woman of God in the church.


Amazing Race Theme:

We tried to focus on service, and three of the activities were service projects. One was with “nature” gardening at the Salt Lake City offices. One was with “God’s creations” helping out at Animal Services. The last one fell through last minute but was going to be with “Serving Others” and helping out at the Ronald McDonald house.

The last day we had an intense physical and fun day planned as an amazing race that was an actual hurry hurry hurry race. Everything from rowing down a river to jumping off a high dive to sitting at the temple. A full schedule is below and it was a blast.

Clue Packets: 

We divided up the girls into 5 teams of 4-6 (really depended on the seats in cars). Every day the teams changed as well as the YCL over them and the adult leader over them. Every day the adult leader of the team was given a packet. The girls were not allowed to look at the packet because the answers, addresses, and directions were on a sheet in the packet. But in the packet were clues that the YCL in each car had to open to figure out where to go. The leader/driver could not start driving until they figured out the clue. Some clues were silly, some religious, some had to do with songs or church history. Sometimes in the clues were things to do together in the car during the drive. For example singing a certain song, or reading certain scriptures, etc.


Amazing Race Girls Schedule

Day 1

Morning Meet Up:

We had the girls drop off their luggage to their first team leader’s house the day before which was so helpful. In the morning the YCLs came 30 minutes early where we just reviewed how to be a Christlike leader and I had extra treats for them. Then the rest of the girls came and we had a devotional, gave the run down on how the day would go, and took some group pictures. I had asked all the girls to send me their favorite song and had burned a CD for every car with all the songs on it to listen to. We also had a cooler in each car with snacks and water in them to keep us fed on our busy day.

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Clue #1 To drive to the house (we rented a house off vrbo in Cottonwood Heights)

Clue #2 gardening at Salt Lake County Building


Clue #3 Lunch & Devotional at Liberty Park


Clue #4 Service Project at Salt Lake County Animal Services


Clue #5 Return to house

Guest Speaker: We had artist Annie Henrie come and speak to us on how to be a strong woman of God. My girls loved looking at her artwork and hearing about her experience of deciding to serve a mission.

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Skits: I really liked how we decided to do skits. We wrote the skits and passed out the lines and filmed them on a Tuesday night before camp. Then two of the leaders edited the films, uploaded them to vimeo, and played them off our ROKU at camp. It was really different and fun to watch the skits on TV together.

Day 2

Clue #6 Hike to Lake Mary, Martha, and Catherine

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Clue #7 Return to House

Clue #8 Friendshipping Lesson & Activities

Clue #9 Prepare for Amazing Race Next Day. We had the girls decorate the cars with window markers with their team name. We also had them decorate a plunger that they had to carry around with them the next day and take pictures with.

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Guest Speaker: We had Lindsey Redfern come and speak to us on being a strong daughter of God. My girls related with her so well and she is a special woman.

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Day 3

Clue #10 Local Park for Relay Race

We rented balls you can get in and roll around, had the girls eat a chocolate covered cricket, memorize a scripture, pass a ball with their backs, travel on a long board by pushing plungers. This was SO much fun, loved this part.

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Clue #11 Provo River Rafting

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Clue #12 Scavenger Hunt at BYU Campus

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Clue #13 Provo Rec Center

The girls had to climb a rock wall, jump off the cliff high dive, and go down a water slide. If a girl really couldn’t do it another girl was allowed to go a second time in her place.

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Clue #14 Payson Temple Grounds

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Here we read the dedicatory prayer and had some quiet time.

Clue #15 Tent Set Up

The last thing the girls had to do was set up their team tent at our campsite.

Testimony Meeting

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Day 4

Boated, played games indoors, cleaned up, etc.


I could give you so many other details and insight. But I can’t type it all up. It really was such an amazing camp with such wonderful women who helped us pull it off. 

Summer of Visitors

October 18th, 2015 in About Me

We had quite a few visitors during the summer! Now I’m trying to remember who came out to see us. Aunt Cindy spent some time with us, Tyler’s parents, and my sister & nephews. Tyler’s grandparents also made a stop to see us which we both loved. I wish we lived closer to everyone. My sweet nieces from Idaho stopped by to say hello, I sure do love those sweet girls. I just wish I could see everyone more, we love them all so much.

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For the 4th of July we spent it with my sister’s family. We went on hikes, watched fireworks, and let the kids play. One day my sisters and mom planned a really fun “cousin day” with crafts & a water slide bounce house. That sure was a fun day.

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For Pioneer Day we had Grandma and Grandpa Brown visiting. We watched fireworks from the ridge in front of our house and ate homemade Smores. My mother in law recreated a meal from New Orleans for us all to eat that was so yummy. We even celebrated my father in law’s half birthday. My sister in law has the cutest tradition of celebrating half birthdays by sending money to buy a donut to everyone.

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We had our sweet Aunt Cindy, Grandparents Middleton, and Grandma Brown visit us another time as well. We loved seeing everyone during the summer!

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Mama Nessa Summer Camp

October 5th, 2015 in About Me, Parties

Shae calls me Mama Nessa because I guess she has a few mothers and I am one of them?? Who knows. We had one, just one small & cheap summer vacation planned as a family and it fell through. Tyler had the chance to go to Oman for work and he took it. And I did not want to take a bunch of little kids camping alone. We even bought a tent as a family, spend good time looking and them and good money buying one. One day we will have time to go camping! I knew my girls were going to be pretty bummed so I decided to soften the blow with setting up the house inside and preparing a “Mama Nessa Camp!”

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It ended up being SO fun that I am going to do this every single year. I taught them camp songs every year and they thought it was the coolest thing ever. I sent up the tent with a projector inside for movies and fake stars on the outside.

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Screen Shot 2015-10-04 at 10.12.23 PMMaking campfires in the backyard and teaching them how to make “camping food” was another favorite thing. I picked crafts to do that they have never done before, tie dye and also soap making.

We had so much fun:

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We had just one casualty….I tried to make a dutch oven dessert for the first time. I burned the heck out of it!

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Summer of Go Go Go

October 4th, 2015 in About Me, Love of Local in Utah

Summer is full of so many experiences for my girls. Experiences that I care a lot about because they are homeschooled. I have found that at a summer camp the learning on a certain subject is much more intense and detailed than when they would focus on a subject in school. These museums have top notch educators, supplies, data, displays, etc. And they have MONEY to put towards things! When my girls come away from a week’s worth of physics I am in awe of what they have learned and the information they retain. I wish that classes and camps like this were held all year long. So in the summer, we sign up for a lot of these intense weeks of learning. So our summers are busy, but very fun and enriching.

This is what the girls got to attend this past summer…

#1 Theater Camp at Utah’s Children Theatre

As I’m typing this I am remembering that we need to go to one of their productions soon! It is a theatre that sits about 100 and puts on the best plays that the kids can have a blast at. For summer camp Abby, Cameron, and Shae were in a superhero & villan camp. Then Abby & Cameron did a musical camp later on in the day.

Can you tell which superheros or villans my girls were? We have an abominable snow monster, a wonder woman, and a super girl. It was fun to watch their little play at the end of the week. When the older girls gave their musical presentation it was too fun to hear them sing Yellow submarine and a few other classic songs. Video for grandparents here.

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#2 Natural History Museum of Utah & Bad Dog Arts Camp

The Natural History Museum I can honestly say is our favorite place to go in Utah. We have a family pass here and visit it quite a bit. When I drive up the hill and park our car it has a homey feel to us. A little bit like when you drive up to your Grandma’s house after being away for awhile. My girls have been going to camps here for a long time, when they were in their old building even! I am indebted to this museum because it has helped my girls grow such a strong love of science. As the girls grow older the camp options are more partnered camps with other local places. The one that worked for our summer was partnered with Bad Dog Arts which I had never taken the girls to. I was a little worried they would do the same art projects that they have younger kids do that they have done so many times. I was so impressed after each day and I asked them what they were working on. So many different techniques, supplies, paper, etc. We will definitely go there again and again.

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#3 Peterson Farm Camp & Puddle Jumpers

Peterson Farm is a farm about 5 minutes from us that is a favorite place that I wish we could spend more time at! They hold fun family nights, have a great shop to pick up fresh produce, and have food trucks every week there. Abby & Cameron did a fun camp that included farming, weeding, cooking, taking care of animals, and cleaning. It is HARD work but fun, I don’t get complaints at all but they sure are tired at the end of the day.

Puddle Jumpers is a place where my girls have only spent probably a total of 10 hours in their life but they talk about it nonstop. When you feel loved, have a blast, and are in a safe & warm environment, you remember! They had such a fun time at their summer camp there this year.

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#4 University of Utah Preschool Cooking Camp & Club U Space Camp

Ok check out these pictures of Shae, she was in heaven was she not? She is my daughter who asks for baking things for presents and talks about baking non stop. How perfect was it that this lined up for her to go to? They made so many things every day and at the end of the week had the cutest little cookbook. Boy just wait till this girl gets older, I will be signing her up for the coolest cooking classes. This is just the beginning!

These Club U camps are very team summer camp style. You get on buses, go to new locations, have to work as a team, and one of my girls has a hard time. When she goes to these camps they can be hard for her but I know they help her grow. I know that she has to overcome some of her hang ups to participate which is why I send her back every year. This year they got to swim, go the Clark planetarium, AND dissect A COW’S EYE!


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#5 Leonardo Science in the Kitchen

This is another place in Utah that feels like home to us. Boy do I love this place, so much learning and creativity going on in here. My girls did a science in the kitchen week that I need to give them more money for. I need to give them more money because they got my daughter who won’t eat anything to eat salsa, guacamole, and mashed potatoes. Once she understood the science behind them, cooked them, and worked hard on the items she LOVED to eat them. It was cracking me up, I owe them more money.

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#6 JoAnns Craft Classes

I have always wanted to try the JoAnns classes for my girls. Let me say signing up for these was painful for myself and the poor woman who had to do it. They really need to streamline their process. My girls signed up for a crochet class, a cupcake decorating class, and a friendship bracelet class. I’m not sure if I will do these again. The supply list for the classes is quite long and cost a lot to buy all the things. I would rather them up the class fee to cover supplies. It was fun to watch them practice the new things they had learned at home. Cameron got really into the hand crocheting and the younger ones were taught how to do friendship bracelets as well.

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#8 Utah Dance Artists Tap Classes

Utah Dance Artists is where my girls have done dance for…well a long time! All four of my girls take dance here and there is a reason why I invest so much time and money into them and this studio. The studio is very organized, out of probably having 12-18 teachers we have never had a sub par one, they are kind to the girls, but make the girls work hard. The end of year recital is gorgeous and my girls have a blast and learn and grow.

I’ve never done a summer class though because we do need time off from dance in the summer! But for Abby to get into a higher level of tap she needed to do a summer class. When Abby & Cameron did a classroom routine for the parents at the end of the week I became a fan of summer classes. I don’t know how they learned so many types of tap in one month! Actually just about 3 weeks. The teacher had them practice at home and we did it wherever we were to get it in. They really grew a lot in tap. Video for grandmas here.

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#10 Zaniac Computer Programing and Physics Camp is where my older girls went while I was away one week. This is where they also go for their math and part of their science learning during the year. If you want to raise girls that enjoy computers, enginering, science, and math this is the place for you. I’m always so impressed by what they come away learning after spending time here.

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We also went on a few field trips, had a lot of visitors, AND I threw a “Mom Camp” for them that I decided will be an annual tradition. I’ll post about all of that in our next post. It was such a fun and fulfilling summer. My girls are so lucky to have all of these opportunities to meet new people and learn new things.

Seattle Trip Part 3

October 1st, 2015 in About Me, Our Travels Worldwide

The rest of our Seattle trip was us walking around to get food. Really, that is the only other thing we did. I had a long list of places I wanted to try and we did it! We also did a lot of wandering around the city, which is just so fun to me.

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Food List:

#1 Lola’s for Breakfast. The donuts made in a bag is something I saw featured on Food Network before I had kids and I’ve been wanting to try those for awhile. All their other items are…wow…this is a must go to place.

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#2 Le Panier for pastries. My girls are really into macaroons, which is funny because they aren’t something that Tyler or I love. I thought I had had good macaroons before but after trying these. I now know I hadn’t had the real thing. Wow were these beyond wonderful.

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#3 Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice cream, dangit why does ice cream have to be so good? This ice cream was…man why don’t we have good ice cream in Utah.


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#4 Cupcake Royale is the place to go when you are really sick of cupcakes. These are CREATIONS that are well cooked, well balanced, and fabulous. This little cakes, these cupcakes, are marvelous.

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#5 If your kids love a certain series of books you must take them to get some Turkish Delight. They will be very thrilled and so will their mom who loves the books just as much.



We went to an AWFUL place for fish & chips and clam chowder which was so disappointing. We also ordered probably the worst pizza I’ve ever had one night. But then made up for it by going to Serious Pie for wonderful pizza.

The only other thing we had on our list that we wanted to do was see the glass art museum. I also tricked them into going to the stop of the Space Needle and we played at some pretty amazing parks.

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Figuring out public transportation was hard. We spent one part of a day lost but I really wanted the girls to know it is ok to be lost in a big city. Just keep trying, and asking friendly people for help, and you will finally find your way! I snapped this picture because I was so proud we finally found our way to this tram spot.

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You know the thing I enjoyed the most was all of our talks. Stopping to talk about important things. Just being able to hear them when the spoke and really listening to them. Their little sisters are very demanding and it is frustrating that I can’t give them more attention. Their little sisters are so worth it but it sure is wonderful to spend time with just them.

Seattle Trip Part 2

October 1st, 2015 in About Me, Our Travels Worldwide

Tyler and I have never done anything like Disneyland or Legoland. My girls love American Girl Dolls, everything about them. Actually in my house if you pick up all the dog’s doodies for a full season (all of Fall, all of Spring, etc) you can pick something out for under $50 in the catalog as payment. Every Christmas morning is centered around what they got for their American Girl Dolls. I really wanted to celebrate their love of this and also celebrate them still being little. So I thought I’d better hurry up before Abby grew up any more.

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So the second big reason for going to Seattle was to go to the store! I thought it might be a let down because how cool can a store at a mall be? We hit it on the right day where there was a movie premiere for Just Grace. For $10 a ticket you got into the movie, to walk the red carpet, and a goodie bag.


The store is in a beautiful outside mall and okay the store was pretty cool. They have the cutest displays of current dolls and the dolls from when I was little. Their doll’s had a spa appointment as soon as we got there. I was so surprised that everything was such a big deal to them. Picking out the color of ribbons & the hairstyle for their dolls was a big deal. They watched their dolls being fixed up and the sweet ladies talked to them all about their dolls.


We spent forever walking around that store and creating the biggest wish lists in our heads. Then we had an appointment for a tea party at the attached bistro. Surprisingly, the food was very cute and tasty. The service was fantastic and the girls & their dolls were the spotlight. They had cute games for you at the table while you waited, and places for the dolls to sit.




It really was a special day where I could watch my girls just freeze and still be little girls. I am so glad we went. Even if the taxi ride back to the hotel took forever and was in the smokiest taxi I have ever experienced and we all almost threw up. Still worth it.




Seattle Trip Part 1

September 24th, 2015 in About Me, Our Travels Worldwide

I booked our trip to Seattle for a few reasons. I wanted to see my cousin Christopher. I wanted my girls to see a place that was my favorite place to visit growing up. To walk through my grandparent’s house and to visit the places I did on our trips. Seattle is city that jives really well with me. And lastly, I wanted to take them to the American Girl Doll store.

It was a quick trip and just with my older two girls. Boy is it different to just do a trip with them. I can stop and talk to them about important things when the time is right. Most of the time I am just trying to keep the younger two from getting hit by traffic. The plane ride was enjoyable, walking through the airport was not stressful. Boy is life going to be different when Reagan and Shae grow up a little bit more.

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We stayed with my extended family that lives there and they took us out on the ocean. My uncle took them in his canoe and they saw a seal. A cute little seal popping his head in and out of the water. How cute is that?!

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We know the family that bought my grandparents old home so we could still walk through it and go in the backyard and the tool shed. The garden is all ripped out, the carpet is all different, and the old truck isn’t sitting in the back. It is different but still the same. Boy do I love that place. The big cherry tree is still there and the woodshop that now is a garage still smells like wood. The back porch is still there where my grandma would sit and talk. That house is a special house.

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Spending time with my Aunt & Uncle was wonderful. They have a son with cerebral palsy that I have missed so much. Spending time with him was what made me cry that trip.

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My sweet cousin was so sweet to drive me everywhere and my girls adore her.

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They dropped us off at Pike Street Market and introduced me to Wildfire Honey (wow). Then we were on our own…




Dance Stars

September 21st, 2015 in About Me

It is funny to be writing about the end of the dance year season when we are already into the second week of the new dance year’s season. But lets see what I can remember. This year because of how everyone’s ages landed we attended 3 out of the 4 dance recitals that our studio does. That also means 3 out of the 4 dance rehearsals. It was quite the intense weekend! But I would do none of this if I didn’t see my girls self esteem growing and them having a blast. I wouldn’t do any of it. I’m just so proud of them.

The theme this year at UDA was Broadway Bound so each song came from a Broadway show. Throughout the year every Sunday we sat down and watched a new old time movie based on a Broadway show or vice versa. Reminded me so much of spending time with my grandparents and watching these movies with them.

Abby did 8.5 hours of dance classes a week last year. This year she does 10 hours and also assistant teaches an additional two hours a week. She is such a strong and hard working girl. One dance in particular stressed her out big time and she was so worried about pulling it off. It was so fun to see her pull it off at the performance. She danced to Hairspray, Footloose, Finiana’s Rainbow, and Meet Me In St. Louis. It was fun to have them watch all those movies so they understood what they were dancing about. She really loves being a part of a team, her dance teachers, and learning.

Abby’s dance recital clips are here 



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Cameron did 5 hours of dance classes a week last year and this year is doing 6.5. It was just about the cutest thing when I asked her the other night how she was doing in dance and what she liked about it. She had such a long list and in a matter of fact voice listed them all off! She adores performing, she has the best stage smile and does the moves the sassiest. She loves to make everyone smile and laugh.

During the year between being measured for costumes and actually getting them she grew! I think she only grew in length though so they were all a bit tight on her. Being on a dance team was also a lot of fun for her. They perform about 6-8 additional times throughout the year which is her favorite part of dance.

Cameron’s dance clips are here


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Shae had her first year of dance! I wondered how she would do and she struggled a bit keeping up in class. We did dance during the wrong time of day and I think she was just tired. This year it is at a much better time. I wondered how she would do in such a big recital but she had A BLAST. She adored it, I was so proud of her. Shae’s dances were from Oklahoma & Annie.

Shae’s dance clips are here


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Reagan was mad that she was not in a recital. And during some of the recitals she copied their moves and danced along. This year she is in dance and it is beyond cute how happy she is there.

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And we survived and the girls were rewarded with LEGOS. Because flowers or LEGOS. LEGOS I think always win.

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