26 May 2019

Winter According to my Phone

It still amazes me that we can can sit outside and eat ice cream cones during the winter. Crew had an incentive program at preschool that we rewarded with an ice cream date every few months.
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Sometimes Finn got to tagalong too.
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"Wear a winter apparel item day" at preschool made me laugh. It was equally funny to see a winter hat paired with shorts and a t-shirt and also imagine my Michigan friends rolling their eyes at this dress up day.
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We took a preschool field trip to California Pizza Kitchen. It's one of our favorite field trips because the kids get to make their own pizzas.
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Nash and his friend Mikah were chosen to lead the entire school in a flag ceremony. While introducing them, his teacher raved about how they were veracious readers that came to school with stacks of books.
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One of our friends parked his car in front of our driveway during the college football national championship game. It was dark and rainy and I backed up and hit it a few hours later; not expecting there to be a car there. Of course we paid for the damages but it was frustrating and expensive. Blake started a "car accident money donations" jar on my behalf with some spare change.
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Troy and I worked on a major house project and I made a trip to Home Depot almost every day for months with my little sidekick.
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I installed new light fixtures and ceiling fans in almost every room and figured out messes of wires.
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Winter brings the coldest swim meets but it doesn't matter if it's 40 degrees at 7am warm ups. If there's a swim meet, they swim.
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Blake was hovering at just over a minute on his 50m breast stroke and I told him that when he broke a minute, I'd give him five dollars. It took him a few months and several swim meets but he did it!
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Troy and I went to see an incredible Cirque du Soleil show with some friends. 
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Time marched forward as it always does and brought us in to the barber every six weeks for haircuts. They lined them all up and got the job done, just in time for spring break.
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25 May 2019

Easter

Easter coincided with April Fool's Day, General Conference and Spring Break and Troy's parents and sister's family joined us for the occasion. One of these years I need to switch up my Easter tablescape, but fresh flowers added to the pink eggs and napkins I stash away gets the job done.
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It was particularly cold this Easter so it's good thing we had beautiful weather for our neighborhood egg hunt the week before. We set out some eggs for the cousins to find anyway.
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There is no such thing as too many egg hunts. We kept Easter pretty low key because Blake and Nash were packing up to leave the next day on a pretty epic trip that would give them the first stamps on their passports.


24 May 2019

Spontaneous Sunset

One evening during midweek madness, the beach was calling me. It had been a long time since I had seen the ocean. Instead of turning east to go back home after all the boys' activities, I turned west and headed straight to the shore.
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Sometimes you need to soak in a spontaneous sunset to get you through the week.


23 May 2019

Epic Park

A new park opened near us and became a quick favorite. I don't think we know what the actual name of the park is because on our first visit, the boys named it the "Epic Park."

The zipline is a major hit.
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There is a giant hill that all of the kids slide down on cardboard box pieces. We like to call it "California sledding."
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Grandma and Grandpa were in town and they jumped right in to California sledding.
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Even the playground equipment is modern and impressive.
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No day at the park would be complete without Nash fitting in some relaxation.
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