Tuesday, August 26, 2014

bits & pieces of July

We have been spending a lot of time at the park this last month! The weather has finally started to cool down and the boys have been bored out of there minds without a grassy backyard that they can explore! I think Luke enjoyed it more than Cruz did - he climbed the stairs played with the activity centers and attempted to slide down the slide unattended! 

 This is Luke & this is what he looks like 97% of the time - screaming. Mostly happy screams but screaming non the less. Cruz always laughs hysterically which makes Luke do it more. Ugh. My ears have been aching the past couple weeks.
 We took Cruz to see the Blue Angels while they were in town - we showed up around 9:00am thinking we would walk around the stationary helicopters and airplanes, find a place to sit and watch the show! We were wrong. It was SO hot on the black asphalt without a piece of shade anywhere! We were all dripping sweat within the first 30 minutes and they boys were getting cranky.

 Cruz and I found a slice of shade heaven next to a model car - a police officer came by to see if we were okay and admitted to us that the show wasn't actually starting until 3:00pm. THREE O' CLOCK! It was a little past 10:00am so we made the decision and called it a day.

 Around 2:00pm we headed out behind the airport in the Samuri with Eric & Annie and had the best show of all! The Blue Angels flew right over our heads - the wind was amazing and Cruz had some cousins to play with!
 Exploring Hurricane - Cruz found a hiking stick that motivates him to go out and hike with us without much complaining!

 Another spontaneous Hurricane adventure we went on was this month was down to the Virgin River in the Samurai! We didn't intend to swim but some how both boys were naked within minutes and were throwing mud at each other.

Salt Lake City in July

Cruz and I had some one on one time while we were up in Salt Lake for Guard! I took him to the Children's Museum at the Gateway Mall! He was in Heaven for the 2 hours that we were there - he loved everything from the colorful stairs, arm band, kids and activity centers! 
The first stop was the construction site where he could dress up, build with soft rocks and bricks, use a crane to move the rocks around and play with the dump trucks! This was his favorite spot of all.
The next stop was the kitchen, living room and reading area - he found a train book which I finally had to take away from him and he vacuumed the entire living space.
He drove the fire truck in this cute fireman suit
This was his second favorite activity area - we spend the majority of our time playing with the water!

He went shopping and guess what the first thing was that he put into the cart? Vegetables. I heard him telling the other kids that Vegetables give you energy and make you healthy. He moved onto the fruit, bread and milk next. 

On the roof they had a life size helicopter that he was able to explore and pretend fly.
Karen graciously watched both boys while David and I went up to Salt Lake for the night! We walked around Gateway mall and came across a big candy store! I promised Cruz a sucker so we went on hunt for a tasty SMALL sucker and came across Irn Bru which I was told you could only get in Scotland! We bought a few bottles and brought them back for Trenton and my mom.
 Later that night we went to go visit our dear friend George at Primary Children's Hospital. They just found that he has a Wilms Tumor that is taking up 80% of his torso. He's a strong, brave little boy that deserved some Legos & a big soft shark!
 On our way back down to Grandma Clay's house I check KSL one more time for a good deal on a camp trailer and found one 20 miles back up north! We flipped around and bought it for a whopping $1,000! It is in very good condition and has only been used a handful of times by a single older gentleman - he obviously didn't do his research when posting his ad :)

 The next day we took the boys up the Springville Canyon for a hike! It was very green, perfect weather and the boys loved running around and exploring!

 The next afternoon Karen watched the two munchincs once again while David took me to 7 peaks water park (which was my first time to a watermark)! We ate a quick bite at the concessions stand (which was awful) and took off to find our water tubes! See the yellow slide in the background? That's the first one we went on - bad idea! I didn't realize how steep it was until I was free falling with my swimsuit squished up my bum and screaming! It was scary to say the least. We then found a few calmer slides that we could go down together which was a lot of fun! The orange slide behind our heads was also very scary - I guess I wouldn't really know sense David conceded it alone :) The pink slide was the worst slide of all - David didn't tell me that I needed to keep my bum up out of the water when we hit the water at the bottom .... needless to say I ran to the bathroom in pain. It was an interesting day but I'm so thankful I was able to experience it with my handsome husband!
 After the water park we headed to the Annule Salmon Festival - they fly the fresh caught salmon from Alaska that very day and have a police escort to the park where the fireman cook them up and serve them to thousands of people! We go every single year and wouldn't miss it for anything! It's $15 per plate but you get a HUGE slab of salmon, roll, coleslaw, baked potato, cookie or cupcake and a drink!
 Later that night David, Cruz and I drove back up to Salt Lake to spend the night at Mary's house. We took Cruz to a Open house party for plural sight - they had motorcycles doing tricks all night and we even caught Cruz dancing to the music for the crowd! He is such an adorable little boy ..

Washington County Fair + Oak Grove

David had a booth out at the county fair selling Starving Student Cards again this year! We had some help with manning the table so David and I were able to take C on a few rides at the carnival! We had been driving past the park and C kept begging for us to take him so we was beyond excited! 

 We took the boys to the petting zoo and they both loved it! Luke kept pointing at every animal while clapping and grunting! Cruz wanted to touch, pet, sit on and stare at every. single. animal! We put L on the donkey and had to pull him off because he wanted to pull the poor ponies mane.

 Cruz got to choose 3 rides and this was the first one that he wanted to do! He literally thought it was driving the jeep and turned the wheel like a pro!
 The second ride was the caterpillar kiddy roller coaster which turned out to be a horrible idea! The worker that was taking the tickets didn't speak much english and told us C was to little for this ride - I took C over to the height chart and he was above the line so the guy rolled his eyes and let C on the ride. The roller coaster was a lot faster than I thought and he slammed his head on the bar in front of him and began screaming and balling. The non-speaking worker gave us the "look" stopped the ride and got him off. I felt stupid. ha!
 The third ride was one he went on last year and loved! He wanted to ride the turtle instead of the dragon this year - he giggled and waved happily the whole time.
 I could tell L was jealous, watching his brother having fun on all the big boy rides! He seemed to enjoy himself though, watching the rides go in circles, seeing the lights turn on as the sun went down and eating yummy carnival nachos!

That same weekend we all went up to Oak Grove to have a Sunday picnic instead of the usual dinner at my moms house! The kids loved getting out and burning off lots of energy! We hiked down to the stream where the kids took off there shoes, rolled up there jeans and played in the freezing water! 

We had all gotten done eating when Wyatt starts yelling snakkkkeee! He was standing 1-2 feet away from a big rattle snake - all the adults started freaking out while the kids ran around scared not knowing where to go. We sat them all down on the picnic table while they watched Kyle, David and Trenton play and move the snake away from our site.