Monday, August 5, 2013

Time with Daddy

We have really missed Matt as he's been working in Des Moines all summer.  I know he's been pretty lonely too.  I thought he'd enjoy the quiet bachelor life, but I think there's something pretty comforting about coming home to your family at the end of a hard day.

But he's able to come home for the weekends, so we've been living it up when he's home.

This weekend was blueberry fest at our local orchard.  It was a gorgeous day and we felt like there was no other place we wanted to be than that beautiful orchard together.  We went for a tractor ride, picked apples, played games and ate cider doughnuts, cherry turnovers and blueberry buckle.  Yum....

It was a great weekend and I'm reminded of just how wonderful being together with our little family is. September can't come fast enough!


I am so lucky to have two sisters.  I love them both so much and surprisingly have a lot in common with them despite our large age differences.  My sister, Cassi is the oldest in our family.  There are 14 years between us.  But we have a great relationship.  She flew home with me from Spokane to spend a few days.  I had SO much fun with her.  Besides cooking, cleaning, and taking care of my kids, she made a slipcover for my wingback that I got for $20 at a garage sale, and I took her to Nauvoo for the pageant. We loved having her here and the kids miss her! Thanks, Cass!

A Trip to Spokane

We have had a very fun, busy summer so far.  We got to go to Spokane for the 4th of July and spend time with my family.  It was so great to be with everyone and watch our kids enjoy their cousins.  We spent a lot of time at the lake, which just can't be beat.  The first weekend, the boys had "boys camp" and camped at the lake while the little girls had a tea party at Grandma's house and the teenage girls had a sleepover at Cassi's house. It was a lot of fun.  My mom and I enjoyed planning the little tea party and having the little girls all together.

Matt had to go back to work after the holiday, but the kids and I stuck around for a couple of weeks.  We had so much fun being with family, enjoying my parents' house, seeing great-grandparents and just playing. I was so surprised at how much my kids had grown from the year before.  They were much more social and LOVED being at the lake.  Both of them went on the tube behind the boat many times and Madeline spent most of the time swimming around the lake like a little fish.  

A big thanks to my parents for letting us add some craziness to their house for a few weeks.  With Matt working out of town this summer, I was so grateful for the extra help and a fun way to spend part of our summer.  We miss you all so much!