Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Well, Sam is officially 8.... which means he's officially a scout.  Jer found out on Friday that his pack was doing a day camp on Monday.  While we were off working at Bear Lake and before Jer ran the Utah Valley half marathon on Saturday, Jer filled out paperwork so that Sam could participate with his troop. Sam loved it.  He shot BB guns, did real archery, boating and sword fighting.  His leader ended up in the hospital because of something with her pregnancy, but the other leader took good care of the boys.  I think scouting is something that Sam will absolutely love.  It's all the things I keep trying to get him to do.... but with other boys instead of his sisters. I'm not looking forward to trying to keep things straight in my schedule and making sure that he's hitting goals.  We'll be okay though.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Bear Lake work weekend

The very first Bear Lake week is a work week.  This year we chopped wood, dug a trench to add a sprinkler line, restacked the firewood pile, cleaned the weeds off the beach (then it stormed and they were all over again), and replaced damaged walls from a leak in the water heater. We did take some time to play, take care of the kids and relax.

These two did everything together, it was really cute.  My cousin's daughter Kat came to play for a little too.  Evelyn kept calling her Kitty.

Getting ready for hot dogs.

Playing peek-a-boo with mom

Sethie just loved the water.  He was so excited just to be at Bear Lake.  He and I went on a boat together and he played in the sand pretty much the whole time.

My parents brought this fun little pavilion for the kids.  Evelyn was in heaven.  She took a water gun and sat inside it waiting for someone to enter.  Janelle opened the door and Evelyn exclaimed, "Nellie!  I could have shot you!"


There was a storm both nights we were up there.  The first night, we slept through it pretty well.  The second night was worse.  The water came all the way up the beach and carried anything not secured off.  Sharon invited us to sleep in the cabin with her... we did, but Seth woke up and screamed for hours because he was so exhausted and just wanted his own bed.  I ended up sitting in the car with him for most of the night so that he wouldn't keep everyone up the entire night.

Too bad it's fuzzy, but this was a very common scene too.

If you look on the left, you can see the edge of the fence.  I remember coming to the lake when I was little and it was high like this.  All the older generation said that the last time it was as high as this was about '83.  I remember sitting and watching my Uncles Reid and Lee jumping off the fence and into the water.  I also remember my Grandma Elaine taking us out in a storm like this one with those big black tubes and riding on the waves with us.  It was so fun!  Cold, but fun. My Mom says that she used to do that as a kid too.

This little girl was covered in sand.  Her hair was in dreadlocks.  She and the boys were throwing sand around.  She told me afterwards that was pretending to be TeKa from Moana.... she was throwing lava balls at the boys.
My brother Seth helped me drive home safely after such a sleepless night.  He read Harry Potter to me and the kids. 

Happy Sam

I've noticed that my kids go through certain ages where they are really struggling to come to grips with something or to be their naturally happy selves.  Right before they turn 8 is one of them.  Sam and Ada have both been through it so far.  Sam has had a rough few weeks and the rare times that you see him truly smile make your heart melt.  Especially when he's playing with Dad and Seth.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Bed time

We went camping over the weekend. My girls slept in sisters tent this was conversation as they went to bed. As Told by my sister Janelle.

Evelyn: I only go to sleep at midnight
Ada: (to me, about Evelyn) she always says that, so I always tell her it's midnight
Evelyn: is it midnight?
Me: almost.....now
Evelyn: okay I better go to sleep
Actual time 10:30pm

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Yes he's two

All my kids have asked what the biggest mess they've ever made was. This has been Seth biggest mess so far. He flooded the kitchen including the counters and all the things that were on the counter. The water was all the way to the fridge.


I'm helping my Ecuadorian family make curtains. Their landlord feels a little weird and they have a 13 year old daughter at home without any curtains on the window. We decided to make some period one down one to go.

Too many flowers

Our playhouse was in full bloom about two weeks ago. So many flowers so you couldn't even get into the house. Then it froze and the flowers all died but it was pretty while it lasted.

A performance for one



My friend Robyn

I was invited to meet my friend for lunch to celebrate my birthday.... that also comes with kids. These nuts loved the noodles and made Robyn nervous about making a mess. Welcome to my real life.

Good read

I loved this book. Probably more than some because I know his family and his wife's brother.... I loved knowing his perspective and faith in times of trials. Read it.

My birthday

Hiking with friends

We went and hiked the G on Memorial Day. It's fun to go with friends. It's only a 2 mile hike, but it's steeper than I thought. The kids did great. I did great on everything but the first 1/3 mile going uphill.


Summer reading is something I'm not too strict on, but these guys love the freebies they earn by doing something they love. Thanks library.

McCool family

One of my friends from elementary school on up recently bought a house in Ogden. They've been in the military so they've been in Japan, Azores, etc.... since she had kids. They've settled here and we visit about once or twice a year. Ada calls it the boys house because she has 6 boys and 1 girl. I always feel the isn't enough time to catch up. We left at 10:30 in the morning for or 1 1/2 drive that because of an accident took 3.... we had fun chatting, and I put off going home... I hope to see them again soon.

Taking a break

Our amazing neighbors moved last Saturday. They've been great and I wish them luck on their adventure. All the kids love them and none wanted to be left home while we helped them move..... so they came and helped. Along with other neighborhood kids.

Still stuck on Mom

There are nice things about having a Momma's boy. He's with me all the time.... from day one he only wanted me. Eventually he liked Daddy and Uncle Seth.... them he added more. Now he's pretty social, but he still wants to be by my and cuddle often. I was mopping the floor Saturday and he came and fell asleep on the chair because he wanted to be by me. Cute kid.

How to clean the car with kids

Let them play and do it yourself.

Oh what do you do in the summertime

Looks like Ada attracted the girls off the neighborhood to collaborate on her drink stand.

Salem Pond

Two weeks ago we went to Salem Pond to celebrate birthdays and summer.   I invited Cristina's family to join ours.  We had lots of firsts.  Sharon took my boat out for the first time.  Cristina's deathly afraid of water.  I got her out there and she loved it!  She refused to let anyone else take her out though. 

This little Vivien adores grandpa!  He's done teaching Seminary after 37 years.  Thanks to him and the support of my mom, he was in a position to touch many lives and invite the Spirit to help people make changes in their lives for the better.  I went to a couple of his seminary and a couple of his institute classes.  He teaches with the power of the Holy Ghost.  I know that he'll continue that as he and my mom go off to be missionaries.  My mom has also put in her notice.  I have loved her background as a nurse.  I very rarely went to the doctor growing up, and she was there and helped deliver 3 of my kids.  I knew she'd take good care of me.  I loved watching her taking care of my Grandpa Wilcox with her patient and calm experience.  I'm glad they can move on to retirement, I'm glad they've had the opportunities they've had.  And here's to loving the next stage in life.

Seth still adores the boats.  As soon as he sees us pull them out... "Boat? Boat!"

And this now 6 year old, (yes 6!)  still loves going on them by herself.  She loves the control, the freedom and the water.

Yay for sisters!


Ada's disappointed that she's officially too big for her and Dad to fit on the paddle board together.  I'm glad they figured out that game before she grew so much.... now she can do it with her cousins.