It's Fall! My favorite time of year! Well actually I don't think it's "officially" Fall yet...but it sure is beginning to look and feel like it!
We went for a drive up Butterfield Canyon for Family night which worked out good since Logan needed a collection of some kind for scouts. We decided to grab some different leaves while up there and called it good. We also wanted to see if it was open clear to the top still. The visitor center at Kennecott is still closed because of the slide and when Charmaine gets here we wanted to be able to show it to her. Luckily it still is and we were able to look out over the mine. It was such a perfect outing!
|Lots of different colors!|
|So many deer out!|
|More color just starting to pop|
|The boys looking out at the mine|
|The mine. It's so massive I couldn't get it all in one shot.|
|Got to the top just as the sun was setting!|
|Liam King of the mountain|
|A few of the leaves we got for Logan's collection|
Ice Skating/Garage Move
In other news we've made more progress at RaeLene's old house. When I said we got RaeLene all moved I meant we got her *house* all moved. We still had the garage, shed and yard stuff to be sorted and moved. Justin is very much like his dad in that he keeps anything and everything garage related. Shawn had parts, pieces, fluids, and anything that could ever be used in or on cars, for home repairs or anything else, so it's a lot to go through.
Justin's sister and mom both got one of his toolboxes of tools and the rest is coming to our house. To say it's A LOT is an understatement.
Saturday I took the big kids ice skating at the Olympic Oval while Justin and Emily packed and loaded a full truck and trailer full of stuff.
After skating Justin and Emily spent the next 4-5 hours unloading and organizing the garages at our house while the big kids played some more together. I helped a little here and there but it was mainly all the two of them and they made some serious progress! Plus I don't think we'll ever need to go to Auto Zone again haha! It was a fun day for the kiddos and Justin felt very accomplished and relieved to get a lot done. Slowly but surely we're figuring it all out. The house is actually already under contract so we've got to get a move on and get the last little bits of odds and ends moved or chucked.
|Getting the skates on and ready to go!|
|Kaid, Kar, Logan and Brooklynn|
|Kar and Brooklynn|
|Bug whizzing by|
|I am definitely not as coordinated as I used to be! But hey, I didn't fall!|
|I love all these cute kiddos!|
The kiddos had their pinewood derby this past week. Sometimes having three kids so close in age is so hard. Making three cars for the same race is a lot. The kids all came up with their own design luckily and just needed help using the saw to cut and then they were able to paint with minimal supervision. They were all very different from one another and all pretty cool looking. Kaid kicked butt! He won every race in the first round and was able to move on to the finals. When he went against the best of the best he ended up coming in 4th. Logan came in third every single time and couldn't have cared less he just loved how cool his looked and Kar came in second every time and didn't get to move on either. What everyone was really looking forward to though, was the race between Justin and one of the old scout masters! They were talking trash to each other and were so excited. Justin ended up losing all three times they raced and it was pretty funny!
The best part of the night had nothing to do with the derby though. We decided to take the kiddos out to do something nice for a friend that night. The next day is a very difficult day for this particular family and we wanted them to know we were thinking of them. Because it was only 9:30 at night there was a good chance somebody could be awake and might see us, so we had the boys get on their ski masks so they would hopefully not recognize us. Since Justin and I don't own ski masks we used some of my Nylons. Holy cow hilarious! Justin was shouting that I need fatter legs as he tried to pry it over his big head and we both looked ridiculous! hahahahahaha! Apparently we aren't very sneaky though because they knew it was us even though they never saw us. So I sent them the pictures of our awesome sneaky selves and I think they liked that better than the actual act of kindness haha. Which reminds me, I was curious if the cat that was outside clawed it's way into the donuts...Hmm, I'll have to ask if I remember haha.
|Logan and his guitar car|
|wearing glasses and hanging out with the cool kids at the race :)|
|It was on!|
|Aren't I perty?!|
|Look at that ear! LOL He never did get it over his chin hahaha|
|The Family that pranks together stays together! :)|
|Me and my posse|
Thursday we had the pleasure of dealing with our water heater breaking. Water all over the floor (luckily it didn't get to the carpet) and the plumber came and told us everything needed updated (we need a 4" in vent instead of a 3" and a million other dumb things) and that not only was the water heater broke but the pressure control valve for all the water in the house was broke because we were at 95 psi instead of 60. It would be $2200.00 to fix everything! I about had a heart attack! The people we called were great and knocked the price clear down to like $1600.00 but that was still painfully high! Luckily Justin works in a place where he knows somebody in just about any trade. He had his plumber friend come over who was able to just turn the pressure down rather than replace the whole unit (that saved a few hundred bucks) he also helped us put in a new water heater without updating things that weren't necessary. Luckily when all was said and done we spent less than $700 and Justin was able to get the experience of helping so he learned a few new tricks.
While the water heater repairs were going on the boys came into the house and said "Mom, I have a great idea! I just need to grab my helmet!" Oh boy. That was a frightening statement! I went outside and sure enough they were doing something dumb! They tied a rope from the wagon to a bike and were towing each other. Kar crashed into the tree when he was riding in the wagon (that kid and trees have a rough history haha) but luckily wasn't hurt and then when he was towing he biffed it on the bike. He scraped his chest and said "mom, I'm scared to look" he slowly pulled up his shirt and looked it. "That's not that bad...........Hey....I have chest hair.....COOL!" hahahaha made me laugh so hard. I think his "chest hair" was just peeled up skin from the scrape but he was so happy about it I couldn't help but laugh.
|Logan and Karson|
|Karson and Kaiden|
|Looking at the owie and discovering chest hair|
Of course I have to get some Liam cuteness into this post. He recently learned to eat a banana all by himself the big boy way. I've been cutting it up and he eats one or two pretty much every day and one day I was headed out the door to get kiddos so I just handed him the banana to see if he could do it. If not he was going to have to wait until after pick up. Much to my surprise he ate it no problem! I snapped a pic, loaded him up, and he enjoyed it on the way to school! I also just love the fact that he'll now wear a tie to church without ripping it off. He is so darn cut in it that I just can't even stand it! :)
|Trying out a banana the big boy way|
|Such a big boy!|
|Look at that handsome boy freshly awaken from his nap for church|
Date Night/Sad News
Lastly Justin and I were able to go on a fun date with our friends. Mid morning of the day of our date I got the news that my Grandpa in Mississippi died. He had just gone into hospice and we knew the end was near but it still came much quicker than anyone anticipated. I was planning on driving out this week with my mom and sister but we were just too late :( His funeral was today, Sunday (My mom says it's a southern thing to do the funerals quick) and there was just not enough time to get there. It was tough news to hear after an already hard couple weeks with everything going on with my stepmom.
I was so happy we had plans with friends that night because I definitely needed a break and a chance for my spirits to be lifted. We tried a new place for dinner and then did some mini golfing. We of course laughed a lot and were reminded that even in tough times there is some good to be found somewhere if you'll just look for it.
|Hope it's okay I stole this... :)|
|Me and my Honey mini golfing|