Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Harold Beck Reunion

We had a reunion for Jeremy's Dad's family.  Our kids had so much fun camping.  Too bad we didn't sleep very well...

The first day there, Clara found ways to entertain herself with sticks. She called them her musical sticks and came up with quite a few songs you could sing with them.
Jack also found a dog to keep him entertained while we were camping.  I love how much Jack loves animals and follows them around as much as he can.
The first night there, we had a campfire program.  We learned a lot about the Beck family.  Poor Jackson was so tired though, and refused to sleep....
At the end of the campfire, they annouced the winners for the "guess how much candy is in the jar" games we did.  Joe was so excited that he won one!
The next morning, most of the crew went on a hike.  It was so good to see the campground!
Uncle Dave and Aunt Melissa brought their new Razer to take everyone on a ride.  Joe was so excited when it was his turn. 
It only lasted about 15 min, but both boys were out cold when the ride was over.
Clara also discovered a "house" right by our tent.  She showed it to anyone who would listen.  She had two trees that created the front door, some rocks for furniture, and she even had some flowers in a garden.  Here is Caden and Joe exploring the house.
That night we had another campfire program where we learned more about Beth Cooper.  After the campfire, Joe finally got to play with a Styrofoam plane that he's been waiting his turn for. 
We left early Saturday morning so that we could get home and get caught up on our lack of sleep.  :)  Family reunions are so much fun!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Joe's 4th Birthday

I can't believe my Joe is 4!  His birth story is such a traumatic one for me that every year, I get teary eyed as I think back to that day he was born.
Joe is in love with Ninja Turtles and Avengers.  He has the best sense of humor and is often smiling, laughing, or telling me a joke.  I love the twinkle he gets in his eye when he knows he's being funny.

We had a small party that consisted of inviting my Mom over to have him unwrap his gifts.
He wanted  his Spiderman bike horn put on right away, so we went outside and did that after cake.  While we were outside, his neighbor was outside too.  They all played bikes together for a while and then Joe invited Wyatt over to have some of his birthday cake.
Jeremy decorated the cake this year.  Joe was in love with his Raph cake!
Joseph was so excited to get a TMNT scooter with all the birthday money he got.  He got right out there and rode it ASAP.
Happy birthday little buddy, I'm so glad you are in our family!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

4th of July

We had a wonderful 4th of July weekend.  Saturday we spent the day as a family at Seven Peaks.  The kids always love when Jeremy gets to come with us!  Joe was so excited to show him how brave he's become by going down slides without having any one catch him at the bottom as well as not needing someone to hold onto him in the lazy river.

Monday we got up at 5 am to make it to the East Millcreek parade.  We were there by 7 am and had fun visiting with all the family that joined us.
While we were there, we decided to go visit Jeremy's grandparent's house.  Jeremy's dad grew up in this house and Jeremy visited there every Sunday.

The parade was short, but fun.  The kids loved getting so much candy!
After the parade was over, we headed to John and Sharon's for a BBQ. Grandma Beck had made rocket launchers and Joe had a blast with those.
John kept saying how much he missed Camille because she would always pick raspberries.  So Clara and I picked them for him.  Clara had so much fun helping me and she even discovered that she likes raspberries!
After the BBQ, we headed to our house and watched movies until it was dark enough for fireworks.  We got to light the few be bought, but loved watching our neighbor's fireworks too.
I loved watching my kids interact with all our neighbors who were outside with us.  Here Joe is showing me his glow stick while our next door neighbor, Wyatt watches.
Here is Clara (far right) with the Ansah-Antwi kids (they live across the street) with Jade (who lives on our right) and all of Jade's cousins.
At the end of the night, Joe wanted to leave his glow stick on the garage.
We had a fabulous weekend and didn't want Dad to have to go back to work today.  Joe asked me this morning when Dad was going to be sick again so he didn't have to go to work.  :)

Monday, June 27, 2016

My Birthday

Jackson's birthday present to me was walking.  Jackson took his first steps over a month ago, but has refused to take more than two or three steps at a time.  Then on Tuesday, June 21, he decided to just take off.  By the end of the day, he was walking more than crawling.
We also got to spend time with our wonderful friends, the Johnson's.  We all headed to the Lehi Firestation for a tour.  The Firefighters were soooo nice to our little boys.  And I was relieved that Clara could answer almost all of their safety questions.
For my actual birthday, John and Sharon came down and watched the kids for us so Jeremy and I could go to dinner and a concert.  We ate at Chili's and then headed to a Boston concert where Dennis DeYoung was the opening act. Dennis DeYoung was my favorite part.  I knew almost every single song he played, he is a great entertainer, and still has an amazing voice!  The Boston part was a little boring.  I only knew 3 songs that they played, and their sound was off, so their voices were muffled.  Basically I listened to music only for an hour and half since they just stood up and sang songs.  They didn't really interact with the crowd either.  Oh well, it was sure nice spending so much time with Jeremy on my birthday!
When we got home that night, Sharon let us know that Joe insisted on sleeping in the hallway.  What a silly boy!