After growing up in Washington and spending the last few years in Germany, I have a hard time believing that when it is 90 degrees outside it is anything but summer. The nights are getting cooler, and the leaves are starting to change up in the mountains, so I suppose fall is on it’s way, but it still feels like summer here to me. Brad went back to school early last month, but that didn’t mean the end of our summer adventures. Since my blogging has been so sporadic, would you like another recap? I’ll try to make it fun.
We found a berry patch just five minutes away over in Mapleton. It’s a great place and we’ve been back a couple of times. The girls get sweaty and dirty and eat as many berries as they can cram into their mouths. Then we get to go home and enjoy jam and cobbler and freeze berries for the rest of the winter. I had some helpers making the jam. Then I ran upstairs for a minute and they decided they wanted to be really helpful mashing up the berries.
Annika took swimming lessons this summer. Now, this series of pictures may not seem like a big deal to you, but if you had seen Annika screaming and clinging to Brad’s neck when he tried to walk into the deep end of the pool with her earlier in the summer you would understand why I am such a proud mamma. She can’t swim far, but she can swim and her confidence has grown exponentially. Just to see if she could save herself, Brad picked her up and threw her into the deep end of the pool when we were getting ready to leave one day. She swam to the side just fine. We’re such nice parents.
Earlier this summer we visited my Grandma in Ogden and picked apricots. While we were there she pointed out the apple trees, and since that day my girls continued to ask when we could go back and pick apples. The day finally came!
We also stopped by to see my Grandma Lamb, who’s been sick but is doing a little better. It was her first time meeting Abby, and she hasn’t seen the twins since they were babies. It’s never fun to visit a hospital, but Grandma won them over with her stash of doughnuts and candy.
Brad started school, and so did Annika. We only have one car, and so Brad has been riding his bike the 8 miles to and from school everyday. He says he loves it. I think maybe he just loves me. We both love life with him in school. He is busy, but I see him far more frequently than when we were in the Army, and it is not nearly as stressful. He is excited to talk about what he is learning in school, and I love being a part of the BYU community. The BYU MBA Spouse’s Association is wonderful – I am playing on two intramural teams, helping coach Annika in a 3-4 year old soccer league, and attending activities almost weekly.
Annika started going to preschool two days a week for a couple of hours. I was going to try a co-op preschool, but I think this was a good option for all of us. I’ve had more time to spend with the twins, and Annika is thriving. Going to school is the highlight of her week, and she takes it very seriously. Springville has a wonderful library where we’ve been spending plenty of time as well. Thanks to a friend I discovered this week that you can check out story-time bags. They have 10 books, a binder full of activities and sometimes a puppet all on a particular theme. This week the girls requested the bag on space and now Annika has been telling everyone she meets “the sun is really just a huge burning fire!” I feel like a great parent, and I have to do hardly any work. Thank you library!
And now to breeze though more pictures that don’t fit any particular theme and are in no real order -
- We celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary with a romantic candlelight dinner at the park. With our kids. And Annika made us a beautiful two-layer chocolate raspberry cake. I only helped a little.
- One day we made Kool-Aide Tie-Dye T-shirts which were awesome and made my kids smell strongly of fruit punch. However, despite diligent drying and ironing, the colors all washed out with just one wash.
- Brad went on a rafting trip with the Organizational Behavior program at BYU and while he was gone the girls and I camped in the backyard. Almost as cool.
- We took the kids rock climbing in the gym and Annika conquered her fear of heights and harnesses. It’s been a big summer for her.
- We’ve been spending lots of time with Abigail after Taniel started going back to work. Taniel works nights a couple times a week, so we get to play with Abby in the morning while she sleeps. We like the time with her, and Annika relishes her role as my biggest helper.
- We are finally able to enjoy the lawn we put in and it has been wonderful! Now we can enjoy sprinklers, FHE on the grass, miniature soccer matches, and it only takes 5 minutes to cut. My herb garden was not nearly so successful. Ah well. You can’t win them all.
There have been other things too – I tried to potty train Lucy and Elise. Lucy is now potty trained and Elise is back in diapers. I cleaned up a lot of poop and pee. I didn’t take pictures of that. You can go ahead and thank me. My Mom called one morning and I was nearly in tears because it was only 9:00 and I had already stepped in poop. But then I laughed instead - because what else can you do? To avoid ending a blog post by talking about poop, I’ll give you one more picture.
Let’s hope it is not so long until I blog again. That was exhausting!