Sunday, August 31, 2014


Random leftovers from August ...
Bodie, asleep and naked on the love sac, this could be dangerous!
Pool with dad.
"Parts" how appropriate since he is picking one.
Summer fruit platter for a friends baptism!
Sometimes things get a little out of control, like the office for example!
Did I really let him have a bowl of popcorn in our bed while watching a movie unsupervised after last months incident?
Better yet, he fell asleep with his hand IN the bowl, he is totally my child!
Pete drooling milk while sleeping in my arms ... it must have been good!
At the pool with Dallin and Becka one afternoon.
Hold on Bodie, it might be a wild ride tonight!!
Pete doing 'tummy time' with dad.

Bodie "reading" to Pete one night
Pete loved it!
It's pie season in my books!
I love making Peach Blackberry pie with our yummy Utah peaches.
My little brother Dallin asked me to teach him how to make them one afternoon.
{thank you Truman for being the photographer}
Read to ride to the pool, googles on and all.
 It has been such a pleasant summer with the perfect temperatures and lots of rain.  We spend as much time as we can outside and at the pool.
 Dallin ran my last "long" run with me the week before my 10K.
The picture above is us stretching our legs on a lamp pole mid run and below is him giving me a ride home on his ruckus after our run.
 This is what cleaning the church on a Saturday morning looks like!
 This kids loves riding his bike to the bus stop every morning and I like walking with him.
 One night while Dallin and I were on a run and Becka was biking with us, the sky's opened up and it started to downpour!  I made them keep going with me to get our milage for the day in.  We were soaked when we finally made it back to my parents house.
It was one busy month!  Now that school has started we will *hopefully* settle into a fall routine!

Truman's talk.

Truman gave his first talk in Primary today, and he did awesome.
What a big week full of first's for this little guy!

 The Primary theme for August is:
"Successful families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work and wholesome recreations activities."
 I asked Truman to draw a pictures of what our family likes to do together that makes us happy ... he drew us playing basketball!
He also cut out pictures from The Friend magazine of other things we do as a family.
 Here is our family portrait!
 {it looks like I am kicking Truman - definitely a picture of a family established on respect, love ...} ha!
I love little kid drawings!
Sometimes I kind of wish I was a child phycologist.
Apparently we don't have arms.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Swiss Days.

 About two months ago my sister called me and asked if I wanted to run the Swiss Days 10K with her.  I knew I would need to train so I figured it was great motivation to get out and run.

My friend Tami and I have been running together at least once a week until about a week ago when she fell one night while we were running ... she hurt her ankle really bad and the worst part was it was completely my fault {because I made us run in the dark}.  Tami was not able to run today with us, it made me race so much harder not having my normal running partner to pace me and talk to :(
I didn't see Tiff or our friend Annika at all once the race started.  With about one mile to go I could hear my sister behind me yelling my name, I could not believe she caught up to me.  All I could think was "I can't let my sister beat me" but she was gaining on my fast!  We ran the last half mile together and then she graciously let me beat her!  

The last half mile or so we kept wondering where all our kids were to cheer us on!  I guess they were waiting on what they thought was the race route but wasn't!  We could have used their cheers :)

We finished in just under an hour which felt great, we are just a bunch of old moms after all!!!
Tiff said this is her last 10K ... but I think it should be the start of a new tradition!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

First Day of Kindergarten.

Today was the day.
Truman's first day of kindergarten.

We woke up to a really thick low layer of fog in the valley.  It didn't deter Truman from the highly anticipated bike ride to the bus stop!
And begin a second child myself, I totally relate to Bodie wanting to be part of the action and get his picture taken too!
This is only three of the TWELVE little boys in our neighborhood going to kindergarten this year!
These three became best buddies this summer.
{Truman, Jake, Luke}
There is a bus just for the two stops in our neighborhood!  Our stop alone had 32 kids in the morning, and I love it that way!
It was social hour out there this morning waiting for the bus with all the parents there.
I love this picture of Truman!  Checking out the "big" kids!!
Actually this little girl Grace was SO sweet to Truman.  I think Truman is the only kid without an older sibling also riding the bus so she said she would sit with him, it totally melted my heart and made me feel a little bit better about sending him on the bus {well that and the fact that there were 32 other kids for our neighborhood getting on with him}!  
Such a cutie!
He looks a little nervous although I don't think he really was, he insisted on riding the bus from day one.
Grace watching out for him :)
This is to document that Gregg and I were not the only parent there, nor the only one with a camera!  I am sure the bus driver thinks we are all nuts!  Can I just say I love where we live!!!

I was completely impressed yesterday when Truman's teacher called and asked it he would be on the bus today.  Her advise was to send him on the bus {even the first day} if that is going to be the way he gets to/from school, so that from the beginning he learns the protocol.  As a first-time parent of a kid in public school I appreciated her call and confirmation that she would be there to greet him when he got off the bus.

Yesterday I also got a call from our bus driver.   He introduced himself and let me know the pick-up and drop-off times and locations.  He gave us his contact information and said he was excited to meet Truman.

I am impressed with both the school and the bus garage for the courtesy calls!
Back home Bodoe had to figure out what to do without Truman.
He asked to have Pete down on the floor with him to watch him play bowling.
Bodie learned really quickly that he can play with Truman's toys while he is gone and Truman never has to know about it :)
The radio in the underwear!  Awesome.
And the badge on the other side.
{I had to take those two pictures without him noticing}
Stick 'em mom!
 We made a huge batch of chocolate chip cookies to take to the kids at the bus stop after school.
Cookies ready to take to the bus stop.
We started a big group text message with all the mom's of kindergarteners at our stop so we can easily communicate.  The school actually contacted us to see if one of the moms could drive down to the bus garage today and ride the bus home with the kids to ensure they were all there and all got off at the correct stop!  One of the mom's who doesn't have any younger kids at home rode with the kids and then we took her to her car after she got off at our stop.  She said the kids were shocked to see her at school on the bus!  There is also a school district employee that will ride the bus on a regular basis with the kids to help.
The bus driver got off before the kids to give us mom's a talk and teach us the rules!!
Cute little Cozi who thinks she is one of the big kids.
Here he comes!
First day done!
And they LOVED the cookies!
On the walk home Truman said, "mom, I loved the cookies, but warm pizza would be good next time."
It is going to be a good year!