Wednesday, July 18, 2012


I've been pondering on the making of my own soap for a long time. It is frustrating to me the cost of detergent. and how fast we go through it. The thing that has held me back is that I really didn't want to put forth the effort. I know totally lazy of me. Finally after talking to a few different friends I decided to try it. I got on Pinterest and found a bunch of different recipes. They are are pretty similar. There were 2 that were fairly easy so I decided to give it a try. One is a liquid and one is a powder. I was figuring out the cost of it, and the liquid and I'm not kidding, cost .16 cents for a gallon!! I'm not sure how well it will clean but there is a load of towels in the washer right now. The powdered one I did cost $13.42 for a bucket, and since you only use 2-3 TBSP it should last for awhile. I also made my own fabric softener which cost me a whole $1.32 for 88 oz. Like I said its in the washer. I'll have to let you know how it works. The biggest thing that I am worried about is the smell. I like good smelling clothes. I think I can live with clean however.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Swim lessons

I gave birth to fish not humans! Enough said!
The boys LOVED swim lessons.
Our only problem was that Gage had a girl teacher and the other two had boy teachers.
At the end of the 2 weeks the kids got to jump off the diving board and go down the slide.
They all passed their levels and get to move onto the next level next year.

Gage's birthday part 2

We had Gage's family party up in Highland. We started off at the splash pad there. It was SUPER fun!! I only got one picture while we were there. Sad!!
 Hello Adam you little cutie!! here he is sporting my sunglasses!
 We then went to my mom's house and had dinner and presents. Evelyn and Coleton really wanted to help him!

 Opa and Oma got him a surprise
 A BIKE!!!! Thanks Opa and Oma!!
He insisted on a pink cake. Its drives Ryan crazy that he wants that!
We had a great time and it was fun to be with cousins and aunts and uncles!
I love my kids birthdays!!!

GAGE is 4!!!

Gage's birthday happened to be the same day as our appointment at Primary Children's for Coleton So we split his birthday up over a week. We did family stuff on his birthday and then about a week later we did a family party. He didn't get much a few toys and a hair cut and then we were going to take him to the splash pad but when we got there it was turned off so the boys just played on the playground. When we got home from the park we put candles in cupcakes that him and Ryan's mom decorated while we were at the orthopedist and sang happy birthday to him.

Gage is such a happy little boy. He is almost always awake before 7am and is such a easy going boy. He is more shy than his brothers. He loves to be outside whenever he gets a chance and is a mommas boy. He loves to play with his friends and swim. He likes to eat "chicken" (he calls any meat chicken)We are so glad he is part of our family!

snow canyon Pioneer Rock

So up the road a little from our first hike was Pioneer rock. This was so cool! The pioneers who settled southern Utah stopped along the way and wrote their names in axle grease on the rocks and you can still see their names on the rock. It was quite a climb I'm not really sure how they got up there! The boys did and it mad EVERYONE nervous watching them!!!

 Cute little Adam taking a rest on a rock in the shade!
I tried to zoom as close as my camera would get to get the names as clear as I could.
See the little specs that are my children!

We were all about done after these little hikes. It was a hot day!
We'll have to go back in the fall and explore the canyon a little bit more!

Snow Canyon- Jennie's canyon

We went on a mini vacation to St George at the beginning of June. While we were there we headed out to snow canyon and did some hiking. Really I wouldn't even consider this hiking. We kept things easy because my Brother and his wife had a infant and my mom had a bum hip. We did 2 little hikes. both were under half a mile.
 Jennie's canyon is a slot canyon. this is my first slot canyon hike. It was awesome!

It is all so pretty in its own way! The boys loved finding little holes to crawl in and hide!

Preschool Graduation

Coleton was so excited for graduation. This just means that he is that much closer to starting Kindergarten!! The day of graduation he asked if Remington could come so we checked Remington out of school for the program. Sad news... my camera died right at the beginning and I got very few pictures. This is a no picture post.
The kids performed LOTS of songs that they had been working on. They were so cute! I've been trying to get a video uploaded but it isn't cooperating. I'll try again later.
At the end they gave each child a little diploma and gift bag. All the kids in his class were going on to Kindergarten so it was a little emotional for the teachers. Coleton had a great year he started to sight read and write his name. It was a good preview to how real school will be. Good job Coleton we are so proud of you!

Dino field trip

Alrighty who's ready for some happy fun posts? Any that I have done recently have been kill-joys! So here are some pictures and catch ups of what has been going on..
 Coleton's preschool went to the dinosaur museum at Thanksgiving Pointe. It was so fun and the boys loved it! We first started off with a 3D movie about Dinos!!

 After the movie we ate lunch and then we went into the science part of the museum. The boys, and most of his class were boys, got to play and experiment with theories of how the world works. They had a great time.

 Soon it was time to move through the rest of the exhibits. They saw bones and skeletons and learned how the paleontologists put together fossils and how they excavate them. They also got to play in water and sand and use plastic trees and Dinos to create their very own Dino world.

 Finally they got to take off their shoes and socks and dig! There were brushes and fossils that they could cover and uncover and see what was there!

They had do much fun! It was nice to be able to go with them too. Coleton's preschool has been great to let Gage go on any of the field trips that they had. We were gone all day but it was great!