This morning we spent hours washing windows and digging/spray killing weeds (we haven't touched the exterior of the house since moving in almost two months ago . . .), so I don't have much time to hang out on the computer now. I'm dying to organize my pantry, so I uploaded all of the pictures for this post last night and will do some minimal narrating before getting my booty up and into the pantry.
I was SO happy to finish editing my summer pics last night! I ran into a friend I haven't seen forever at the city splash pad in the late afternoon and ended up kidnapping her little girl who Rachael loves to play with along with another friend. First, we picked up the older kids from school and I took them all to Snoasis since it closes for the season today. Then Brandon took the older kids golfing and I took my two little girls and the two friends to open gym for a couple of hours at the place my girls did gymnastics over the summer. Del Taco for dinner, and then back to our place for a movie. It was awesome! Not only because they had so much fun together and were so stinkin' cute, but because I had my lap top with me and managed to edit all my pictures from summer--yay, me!
I won't even try to cover all the happenings of the last 2 plus weeks, but they have essentially revolved around trying to close on this house (what a story! crazy weird complications that have nothing to do with us that I won't/can't go into, but we should be true home owners again by next week), trying to switch, prep for, and start new schools (Elizabeth decided to do the gifted program with Will at the other elementary school after attending Open House), and trying to get everyone squared away in their various extracurricular activities.
I am always amazed at how much time this takes, but when I stop to think about it, it makes perfect sense. First, you have to research activities the kids are interested in and decide what is worth you and children's time and money. Then you have to decide which teacher/team/group to join that will best fit your child/budget/schedule. Finally, you have to figure out if it's even feasible to get said children to and from these activities based on when, where, and carpool options . . . see what I mean? Multiply that process by 3.5 times (Rachael is just doing one little music dance theater class with Elizabeth this semester) and it can get really complicated. (I'm starting to look forward to Kate being able to drive!!) I am most happy that I managed to get my kids switched from Friday afternoon piano lessons to two different days during the week. I kind of liked them all going at once, but I kind of got tired of not feeling like Friday was Friday, so I split them up. In the end, everyone's extras are all crammed into Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, leaving us with 3 busy days and 4 slower days--depending on homework, of course. It's looking pretty good on paper, but we'll see how it feels after a couple of weeks. (Thinking about how much fun we had last night, I am really liking that our Fridays are free again!)
Following are A LOT of pictures from the katrillion I took during the week of the Reynolds reunion back in early July. I did most of the activity planning since we're the only ones who live in Utah and the reunion was in Park City, so where do you think we went on Day 1? That's right, Thanksgiving Point.
First, the gardens:
. . . and ice cream:
Day 2 we stayed in Park City and did the outdoor summer ski resort activities.
Laura and Liv:
Brandon and Dad:
Look at those muscles! She's so tough:
For whatever reason (my 15 extra pounds, maybe?), I got stuck and had to forcefully fling myself back to the exit station. That wasn't embarrassing. Especially since I was doing it over the heads of the people in line, like Trent and Laura:
Claire and her mommy (Shauna):
Nap time for the babies:
Day 4 we went to downtown Salt Lake, passing through the new City Creek shopping area to get over to Temple Square. They did a beautiful job on City Creek! Rachael is obviously impressed with the fountain:
A mix of old and new:
The roof is retractable. Pretty cool:
Goofballs, Ty and Will:
Right next door was the church's annual international art exhibit:
More Temple Square stuff:
Mountains to the east:
State Capitol to the north:
She was a little worn out on the drive back up to Park City, but she wasn't going to let go of her spoon:
Brandon's mom brought a huge bag of Double Bubble so we had an impromptu bubble blowing contest:
Will totally won the contest with this one:
It was so fun to have everyone gathered and hanging out in our new home:
I finally convinced Kate to go out on the one of the boats with me. We had a blast riding on the front, getting wet from the spray coming off the lake:
Reynolds Reunion 2012 is in the can! A lot of work, a lot of fun, and always worth it.