Labor Day 2017 BBQ

 We had spent the whole day on our art project, and we were ready to have some BBQ.  Betsy and Nick were so generous to host the BBQ.
 The kids were as happy as always to play together.
It was a really chill evening. We played on the grass out back. Karl was the best. He wrestled around with tall the kids.




Especially his buddy Lucas.


 Fare thee well summer!

Art Project on Labor Day Weekend

We were out again! We have worked a lot of the day on Saturday and were determined to finish up as soon as possible. So Monday, Labor day, we got back to work. Some of us were more excited than others:

Mirah was ready to get back to staining.

We did orange and yellow next.

And it was pretty clear we had about enough blocks cute. So Karl joined us staining.


Lucas played in the yard, and ate at the table, and was just happy to be outside.

My fingers.

I just love the way list looks.

Deep into the afternoon we lined up the blocks we had, and were starting to question our color choices.

It was starting to look a little…kindergarten / pediatrician’s waiting room.

So, after LOTS of discussions and experiemnting with blocks we decided to not use the orange and red blocks. THEN we would finish a few blocks with no stain.

RIP red and Orange blocks.

It was really starting to come together.


The last of the blocks we needed.

We did some math of blocks we had left, colors we wanted to incorporate, and got to work.

More greens and blues and yellows.

Unstained blocks.

Once everything was dried, we put them into a bug bucket.

We started cleaning up.

It felt like my nails would never be the same.

We prepped the board we were going to use for the blocks.

We tired a few different types of adhesive. The first one was a water activated one. So Karl got the board wet.

And we got to work attaching blocks.



An hour later…

We liked the configuration, but the adhesive wasn’t working well enough.

So off to Ace we went.

Lucas was so helpful

Ready to finish. But done for now.

Another Art Project

Back in July – we had our little staycation.
One of the things that we had planned on doing was an art project.I follow Josh Gad on my Instagram and he posted this:
He just had this installed in his home.

So I looked up the artists page.
Loving this.
Oh my goodness looking at this made me want to make it myself SO badly.
 So, over Labor Day weekend, we did it.

Well we started it.

 First stop:

The Lumbar Store!

The blocks in the piece we were inspired by we 2X2 or 3X3 blocks.

Our Lumbar store only had 1×1 or 4×4

We went with the 1×1 for a couple of reasons:

1. Cost

2. Weight

It is always so exciting to through yourself in to a new project and we super did.  In addition to the lumber we bought clear stain and some hardware. Then off to hobby lobby for pigments (we just used latex paints)
Step one,  measurements and math. Figuring our
Time to chop chop chop!

 Next, after making some cuts we wanted to make sure it would work. It was looking so good.

SO my sweet Karl got to work cutting up some wood!

You can really see all the saw dust on he dark shirt and in his hair.

Oh Karl.

Meanwhile, Mirah and I started staining.

Mom’s helper.

We chose to do a stain rather than just straight paint, because we wanted to be able to see the wood under the paint.

We wanted to have different shades from the same color

After our first day of cutting and staining, we had our red and blue blocks done.

There is something really satisfying about looking at all of them together.

 Excited to keep going.

Waving Goodbye

The Reddoch’s had been over. We had dinner and played in the yard. It was still warm, and so the kids got wet in the hose.
BUT when it was time to get dry, they just stripped off their clothing. We said we would bathe them, so I was getting them into the tub, but they wanted to say goodbye to their cousins. So while I was distracted, they made their way out to the front window.
 This is how I found them:

No shame, shrouded in shadow.

Oh my goodness I LOVE these kids.

They keep me on my toes.

Piano Lessons Begin

I started piano lessons when I was 8, but I remember wanting to start before then. So, when Mirah was excited about starting, and someone in our ward was giving lessons, I was so excited to get her started.

He first lesson went super well. She has a hard time focusing often, but she loved it, and her teacher said she will keep working with her. 

He first weeks assignment was to learn the names of the keys. We spent all week learning their names and labeling the keyboard! 

She was doing great. We are both really excited about it.

We will see how it goes. 

Package Surprise

Sweet Aunt Maryn. 
She thought it would be great to send Mirah a package for he first week in school. 
Mirah was STOKED. 
Mirah got a new dolly! Frida! 
He LOVES her. 

But the gifts didn’t end there. 
Mirah got a new coloring book. 
A new banner for her room. 
A box of coloring pencils, and another radical book about a little girl who wanted to be a Luchadore. 
Thank you sweet Maryn, so all of your love thoughtfulness. Mirah was so happy, and we both feel you love. We are so lucky to have to have such a wonderful sister and aunt. 

Lucas Lately

With Mirah in school I am doing my best to get back to some good one on one time with Lucas.
We went to the library this week and found some books just for him:
Pretty cool.

Lucas is becoming a star eater. 
He is doing great at eating burgers, sandwiches and tacos. Big bites, with all the toppings, like a grown up. 

He is starting to like to dress up. 
And wear hats. 

We got crowns at burger king the other night. 

He LOVES to sit and do things with Mirah. Like he loves it. He will sit and do almost anything if Mirah is doing it too. He loves her SO much. 
Shoot, can you blame him?

He LOVES to read. I loves bed time. He will sit and read with you for as long as you are willing. 

My boy in boots. He has two pair of boots that he loves to wear and put on himself. He loves to run around the yard, through the mud, and in puddles as often as he is able. 

He is snuggling more these days. 
Some afternoons he will climb into bed with me and watch our new favorite shoe together:
Good Eats. 

A final little update:
I am attempting to do more floor time with Lucas. SO while Mirah is at school, I try to make sure to carve out some time to be on the floor just him and me and play.
This day, we played with some car stickers. 
He seems more settled these days. I think that Mirah going back to school has been really good for him. Love this boy. 

Back to School Night

Can you believe it?
My first PTA meeting, at my first Back to school night. 

Woah. That is a pretty big budget.

I was pretty impressed with their organization and attempt at transparency.

After all of that, our Principal came up and explained about the new school houses.

All the houses and their mascots.

It makes me happy to know she is at a school who is invested in organization, and cool organizations.

Then we found out about this…

More information to come. But is sounds like we will have a new school building in a few years.

After the presentation we went to meet with Mrs. Sumsion in her room and see Mirah’s classroom.

We looked at the new classroom math books.

Check out the cool playhouse!

Cubby trays for the kids papers.


Karl is standing on Mirah’s spot on the rug. She is in the light green row.

So exciting! 

First Soccer Practice

Soccer is starting!!
It was the night of our first team practice and both Mirah and I were so excited. 

A serious one.

Printing that one. 

First order of buisness when we got to the park:

Fit like…baggy glove.

PLUS, she got her very own soccer ball!

Once that was all figured out, it was time for some drills!

Coach Thomas Richards coming over to give Mirah some instructions.

And they were off!!

We were all there, cheering here on!


These guys.

I think she had a pretty great time.

Play Dates with Buddies

This week I got to have a lady date!
I went to help and clean the temple with these lovely ladies.
Me, Kristin, and Sydney all got to do it together. It was so wonderful. 

Lucas also had a play date with Matthew.

They are both very cute.



Lucas knew how to be cute too.
He took off his pants and diaper and started to run around.

Good thing Mary was there to snap a picture for me.