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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Random Photos From This Summer


We were gone from our own home so much this past summer. We visited with lots of family, went to a wedding, birthday parties, and welcomed new cousins into the world! And those were the events that were sandwiched between other events such as holiday gatherings and family reunions. The summertime is always very packed for our family and we are very blessed to be able to spend so much time together because of Steve being a teacher!

This blog post showcases some of my favorite random pictures from this past summer. It kind of gives an overview of the fun that we had.















  

Thursday, August 24, 2017

California Pizza Kitchen Thank You Dinner


As a thank you, Dad and Debby took us and everyone else who helped take care of Grandma out to eat at the California Pizza Kitchen. There was one long table with all the adults and one crazy chaotic table with all the kids! They assigned us two waiters and they got their exercise in taking care of our two tables. I'm pretty sure that we increased the decibel level in their restaurant tenfold.  It was the first time that I had been to the California Pizza Kitchen and I would have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. The food was superb and the company was beyond that!

The prices were not exactly budget friendly, but Debby let us know that we could order anything we wanted off the menu within reason. So although I wanted to try 5 different things, I settled on a salad and an entree.  Both were fantazz!


Steve ordered fried macaroni and cheese bites, split pea soup, and oriental type of salad.

This was a really special dinner and I'm thankful we got to do it with our loved ones. 

The Good And The Beautiful


At the end of June was a homeschooling conference for The Good and the Beautiful company. It was my first homeschooling conference and theirs too, and it was fabulous. I love their products and so do my kids, and it's definitely a company I feel good about supporting because they "teach advanced academics while connecting children to the good and the beautiful in life and in learning: God, high moral character, and the wonders and beauty of nature and human life."

It's also incredibly affordable and time efficient and open & go. It's so me. I love it!

So, this year we are going to use their language arts curriculum, history, handwriting, and some science. My kids told me that they can't wait to get started with it. 

Anyway, I took a few photos of some of the "favorite finds" exhibits. 

We've loved the Billy and Blaze books. 

I plan to implement a thank you box

We love librivox!

This conference was so inspiring and encouraging.  I feel like it helped me gain concrete knowledge about education today and about homeschooling. I'm so thankful that I get to have this opportunity and that my kids are able to get an education I can be proud of.  Our educational journey together is a blessing.

P.S. Maybe we will do music appreciation some year. These Zeezok books look great. 

June: Our Time With Cousins & Great-Grandma

This post is pretty random. It's a conglomerate of our June days and it may be a little scattered, so be forewarned. Hope you can follow. 

Our summer has flown by because everyday has been filled with something fun.  The month of June was super special because we got to have Joe's family come all the way from Hawaii to visit us here for a month or so.  Joe worked most weekdays, we arranged to stay at my dad's house with them while my dad and Deb were gone and we would also be there to care for grandma.

In early June, we went to the Orem Summerfest with Joe & kids, April & kids, and Mandy & kids. I remember that the rides we're all those nauseating spinny kind and made a few of the kids feel really sick.  We did have a good time together though. 











I took Grandma to get her hair done since it had been awhile. It wasn't easy for her to get out and going, but she was a good sport and looked wonderful. 

Here is before:
Here is during:
And here's after:
Grandma was exhausted and was glad to get home.

We visited several parks with our cousins. 






 For Father's day, we took Steve and his parents to the Cheesecake Factory on Saturday. 
We got Steve some real bow ties! And beef jerky. 

We spent time with Bev's family and Steve was teaching her how to use the camera talked her into buying. 
I took photos of my sister for her pregnancy. 




I loved spending time with my grandma. I would fix her some healthy meals, help her shower and use the restroom, keep her sheets clean, bring her her medications, and sit with her and watch Food Network or try to have a conversation. 
Lily got to have a her 7th grade shots and physical. 

She did so much better than her kindergarten shots. 
I took Steve to see the squaw peak lookout. He's never seen it before. 
Sleepovers in Grandma's living room with cousins were fun too!