Playgroup

For my calling at church, I’m in charge of a very informal playgroup for the neighborhood. We occasionally do bigger planned activities, but most of the time, I’ll just post about meeting up at the park or splash pad. Here are pics from some of our meet ups!

Pool Dayz

This summer we have gone to the pool nearly every day. It’s free, the kids love it, and it’s easy. Eva is becoming quite a good swimmer and Finn could splash and jump in all day long. Some days we will even go twice. In the morning, and then for dinner. I’ll bring a picnic dinner and pajamas, so when we go home, it’s off to bed! We’ve gotten into a pretty great routine this summer and I love it. Here are some photos from our days at the pool so far!

Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge

Isn’t it funny how when you’re at home, your kids have tons of energy and are running around driving you nuts. But then as soon as you get out, suddenly they want to be carried or feel too tired to do what the parents want to do? Well, the day we hiked to the Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge, this exact scenario happened. Eva was running around that morning and then when we got on the hike, she was complaining immediately. But after about fifteen minutes, she finally got into it and then loved the bridge! The hike down was much easier and quicker (although my stupid shoes rubbed blisters, so that was rough!) and Finn did great on my back. Still loving that Ergo carrier! If you haven’t been do this bridge, you’ve got to check it out! It’s just in Draper and is a really neat hike with beautiful views of the valley.

Manilla Creek Pond

There’s this cute little pond in Pleasant Grove we went to one afternoon at the end of May with our neighbors. It was such a hot day, then of course by the time we got there, a storm was about to blow through. But the kids still had a good time digging in the sand for an hour!

7 Years

We had our 7 year anniversary on May 22nd. We didn’t do much on that day to celebrate since we had just gone to Arizona, but we did go on a date that weekend to the Gateway for dinner. TJ sure is a catch!

Eva’s Preschool Graduation

Eva graduated from Pre-K at the end of May. I can’t believe how quickly this year went by. We absolutely loved the preschool she was at this year. Her teacher made her feel so special and did so many creative projects every single day. Eva made great friends and is always asking if we can go visit her teacher’s house.

HIGH Fitness at City Creek

They had a big fundraiser at City Creek with the opening of Albion Fit. It was a blast to work out with so many people, especially since I had just gotten certified!

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HIGH Fitness Instructor Certification

A few months ago, my good friend, neighbor, and High Fitness instructor Holly and I started discussing the idea of me getting certified to teach High and possibly team teaching together. I went back on the forth on the idea for a while, unfortunately I waited too long and the Utah one filled up and passed by. Then I realized there was one in Arizona right around our anniversary, so I decided to sign up for the training and make an anniversary weekend out of it with TJ!

It was the first time TJ and I had left the kids together before; the first trip without kids we’ve ever had since having kids. We did leave Eva for one night when I was in the hospital having Finn, but that’s it. So, I think it was time! We left out of Provo on Thursday, and I couldn’t get over how easy it was to fly with my kids! It’s been FIVE YEARS since I’ve flown sans kids. I literally had a small carry on (which TJ carried) and my book. BTOML. I read 100 pages on the airplane and didn’t have to change a diaper in the teeny airplane bathroom. I still can’t get over it.

Thursday night we met my brother and his wife for dinner, then relaxed outside for the evening. Friday we spent the entire day being incredibly lazy. Well, TJ worked a lot. But I laid out by the pool and read for hours. Take me back! Friday evening we met our good friends Ryan & Kacy for dinner and stayed up way too late talking about our funny college memories.

On Saturday, moms got free French toast at Kneaders so we headed there for breakfast (Kacy & I gave the toast to our husbands lol… I wasn’t about to eat unlimited French toast before working out all day long), at which point I headed to the gym for the High Fitness class before the training. The class was amazing. A packed house taught by Amber, one of the creators of the class and a bunch of other great instructors.

My friend Natalie got certified with me so it was really fun having her by my side the whole day, it really took away a lot of the nerves! Fun fact: Natalie and I were in the same Stake back in Kentucky, so we kind of grew up together and we sang in a children’s choir together for a bunch of years. We both moved out to Utah and have done 21 day fix together this year and now are both doing High! Yay!

After the class, we had a lunch break so Natalie and I went back and took a quick shower and changed (we were soaked after the first class). Then from 12-7 we were in the training learning choreography and pretty much what it takes to become an instructor. We then broke into groups and had to teach the rest of the class songs, while we were being graded. I passed with flying colors… hurray! It was a nerve-wracking day but one of the best ever. I literally held back tears several times because I was just so excited and happy for this new stage of life!

To celebrate, Natalie and I headed out to dinner right after at Grimaldi’s (I really wanted to eat at Shake Shack, but their grill was down… WHAT?) and split a pizza and canolli (we were starving after working out all day)! It was a perfect ending to a perfect weekend!

It was Mother’s Day when we came home, and I was so happy to see the kids! We sure missed them but were so grateful they were safe and happy with their Uncle & Aunt (who sent me lots of snaps per my request!). I definitely cried a lot when we left, it was so hard to leave Finn for some reason. But the weekend away with TJ was so needed and the training was an incredible experience!

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Push through the nap.

Occasionally we have days where the weather is just too perfect or we have something really fun planned smack dab in the middle of Finn’s nap time so we decide to skip it and just push through! 95% of the time it’s worth it. We don’t do it often, but on the days we do, we make memories. One Monday TJ was out of town and I took the kids to a new park and walking trail. Then I had promised to take Eva to pick out a new toy for completing her positivity/no fuss chart which led us to the mall play place. And then instead of heading home and having Finn take a late nap, I just kept driving west instead of getting on i-15 N and took the kids to the lake. The bugs were horrendous but it was sooooo gorgeous down there!

When I first had Eva and became a mom, I was incredibly strict with routines/schedules. That first summer TJ was gone and so I really stuck to it because it was the only way I had some sanity in my life. And as much as I believe structure and routines are SO good and extremely necessary for kids, I also a huge believer in getting out of your comfort zones, occasionally throwing out those routines, and just living in the moment when the moment calls! So find that balance! You won’t regret it!

Mehraban Wetland Park

We explored a cute little park one Saturday afternoon while TJ was getting his haircut. It had really nice trails and a duckpond. We love finding new places like this, especially ones that are close!