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Monday, June 23, 2014

The perfect Memorial Day weekend

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We decided to get out of town and head to Utah for Memorial Day weekend.  The kids did fabulously in the car, even when our DVD player stopped working about an hour in.  

Our first stop was a visit with Jennie and Forrest.  We hung out for a few hours and ate yummy dinner.  These cousins look more like siblings in their matching glasses and blonde hair.  And they get along perfectly.

Cute Cole and Brenna

Our next visit was with Josh and girls.  Marcie and Liam were out of town, we missed them!  These little dolls are only 2 weeks apart.  And look like mini Suzette and Marcie.

Layla and Brenna had so much fun, along with Kempton in the mix.  

Averie and I spent the entire day shopping for  everyone's summer clothes.  We don't have shopping where we live, so it was a ton of fun.  We shopped til we dropped!

We stayed with Shawn and Chelsea and had a blast with them.  We went up to the mountains and roasted hot dogs and s'mores.  Chelsea also took our family pictures (thank you! thank you!).  

I am so lucky that my brother and husband love each other.  I am chop liver when they are around each other, but it's fine by me!  We just laugh constantly. 

Kinlee and Kobi love.

I love Kobi's face, so adorable!

The kids found this snail and it took much of their focus while in the mountains.
A big thanks to hotel Shawn and Chelsea for letting us crash at their place the entire time!

Our final stop out of town was with Nichole and Clay.  We spent time with them going out to eat and in their pool.  

We loved watching Nichole run laps around the pool chasing after this little busy-body-cutie-patootie!  And Averie enjoyed having noodle spray wars with uncle Clay.    

Our trip to Utah was just what the doctor ordered!  We spent time with lots of family and made memories with cousins.  

Monday, June 9, 2014

End of the School Year Mania

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May was a blur for two reasons:

#1  I was still in my morning sickness fog


#2 with three kids in school plus all of their activities, there was never a dull moment.

On Mother's Day we got a huge spring storm.  So we brought the snow inside for hours of fun.

Averie was on the "runner girl" team.  At the end of the session, they competed in the Happiness 5k.  She ran her little heart out and won 1st place for her age group among about 400 total runners.  I was sooooo proud of her!  You should have seen her face when they announced her name as 1st place, it was priceless!  She ran a 5k in 32:08.  Not too shabby for a 9 year old!  

This was her right after finishing, I didn't get a picture of her with her medal.  boo hoo

We lucked out with perfect weather again for field day at school.  And Averie was on a team with friend Jenna.  

Brenna was on a team with Jenna's sister Brynn, her BFF.  

Kinlee loves going to the school and getting all the attention for her sibling's friends.

They had a yoga station, which was hilarious.

This was the only picture I got of Kempton because he was running everywhere and wouldn't stop. 

We have another four eyes in the family.  Kempton looks so handsome in his new glasses.

On another day, we attended Averie's 3rd grade poetry reading.  
Cale had to miss it so he had her read them to him at dinner. Once she was finished, Cale told us all that he had a special poem that he had been preparing. Then in all seriousness and poetically, he recited the entire "Fresh Prince" theme song: "This is the story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down... " I was dying.

 Brenna had her dance recital

I waited til the last minute (the last day of school) to give a little thank you present to the kids' teachers.  It has taken me years to figure out this recipe with the high altitude.  It is not healthy nor is it sugar free.  Sorry 'bout that.

I only got video of Averie's piano recital.  Averie and Kempton have different piano teachers, so Kempton doesn't have his until later in the year.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Our Other Home

Pin It Or in other words, our finished basement. :)  It's like a whole 'nother house down there!  And about 1900 square feet of more space to clean.  But let me tell you, it is everything I dreamed of and more.  We were constantly in each other's space, toys and messes spread everywhere, and every morning before school I had to listen to three kids fighting over one sink in the bathroom, and then a mad mama because they woke up the baby!

Since the finished basement, I don't hear a peep from the kids in the morning until they come up for breakfast, Kinlee is finally sleeping through the night because she isn't sharing a room with her big brother, and all the toys went downstairs.  Half the time, I have no idea what the basement even looks like, I just shut the door and don't have to worry about it.  There is less competing for space and less arguing over who made what mess.  We now even have an extra room for guests and all of my unfinished projects.  It is wonderful!

I am so impressed with my hubby, he finished the basement almost entirely on his own, while also in the Executive MBA program at UW and while getting promoted to Vice President at Wyotech.  He was the framer, plumber, electrician, painter, drywall hanger, finished carpenter, mason, tile installer, etc.  His work load is not for the weary, he is by far the busiest person I know.  He said that this basement project was his release and hobby, but we are both soooo glad it's finally done!

Here is the view coming from the stairs:

The paint color is looking more green for some reason than in real life.  It is a "Greige," combination of grey and beige.  I prefer stone with mortar, ledge-stone and white carpentry.   

View of the door to the stairs and sliding closet:

Look at the pretty lights. :)  All of our moldings, carpet, doors, and fireplace match the upstairs.  I wanted to make sure the basement felt part of the house and not an afterthought.

I have many ideas for that little playroom closet:

But for now, it's just a place we stuff our toys.

View down the hallway.  To the right is the storage room, left is Averie's room, and other left is the bathroom.  Cale wanted me to wait until he had those light switches covered.  That's how much of a perfectionist he is!

Here's the guest/project room.  Lots of ideas swirling through my head!

Love the Daylight windows.

Kempton's perfectly clean room.:)  His closet looks identical to the guest room, only reversed.

Beachy bathroom, I had to have some of my California roots present somewhere in this house!

We split the vanity from the toilet/tub, as to avoid issues in the future with male/female teenagers.  The tile is much more grey than this picture shows.  

This pantry will come in handy when the kids get older!

Averie's room (a light greyish/purplish)

Her closet is huge, has another side as well.  

Cale and I balance each other out when it comes to building and designing.  He is practical and always looks for the functionality of a space.  He will veto much of my ideas because they just aren't functional nor practical.  When building our home, this worked out very well and we ended up with a product in the end that was hopefully both.  I tend to focus more on how things look (which is most of the time not practical for our situation with lots of kids).  Maybe someday I'll have a home that reflects the design that I love (but probably not, since what I desire most is for my kids and grandkids to come visit me! haha).  In the meantime, our home is super functional, practical, with a little beauty here and there.