Sunday, June 28, 2015

Weekly Digest, June 28, 2015

This week we started finishing our basement bathroom!  We hired a friend of ours who's in construction to take care of everything and it's been so fun to watch the daily progress.  If everything stays on schedule it should be completed by about the 9th of July, so we need this baby to stay put until then (and then not a day later!).

Fresh figs were on sale at Costco so of course Maxine had to make this.  It was wonderful:

On Thursday our neighbors (The Schusters) rented this fantastic water playground for their son's birthday party.  Our boys had been counting down the days for over a week.  They were so excited!  And it seems with good reason.

We try to make it to all of the Lowe's "Build and Grow" projects.  Yesterday the kids built Captain America motorcycles.  Surprisingly the toys are generally very high quality.  They still play with their wooden monster trucks they built months ago.

Today we did our family hike at Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon.  It was less hiking and mostly just hanging out in the shallow pool of ice-cold water at the base of the falls.  Maxine's overheated pregnant feet were in heaven.
Not to be outdone by the flora, the fauna really shone!  The kids loved the butterflies and fish.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Weekly Digest, June 21, 2015

June 5th until the 14th was our Southern California vacation.  The main purpose was for our friend Christiane's wedding reception on the 13th but we decided to go a week early so we could visit family.

We spent the first night at the Tkoch Cedar City house up on the mountain overlooking the valley.  Their home is one of our favorite vacation destinations - it's so quiet and the air is so clean.  We always have a blast and come away feeling fully recharged.

On the way down we stopped for lunch.  Nothing really too exciting but the kids really loved their hats.

On June 7th we went to Coronado Island (okay not really an island) and hung out at the beach right in front of the Hotel Del Coronado.  It's a gorgeous beach and reminds me of my childhood.  Plus the sand is softer than most beaches.

On June 8th we drove with Grandma Coco to Julian for a pie crawl.  Julian is known for its amazing apple pies and there are many bakeries lining the streets but there are three that are considered the best.  So we tried pie from each.  The winner was Julian Pie Company (natch).

On June 9th we went to La Jolla Cove and hung out for a bit and watched the seals.

On June 10th we went to Balboa Park in the morning and then drove up to Rowland Heights in the afternoon to stay with the Kwoks.

And yes, this is history repeating itself.  Back in August 2012 (a month before Elinor was born) we also visited the Science Center at Balboa Park.  Here are some pics from back then.

On June 11th we went to the California Science Center in Los Angeles to see the space shuttle Endeavor.  There were tons of really cool jets and hands-on exhibits, but the space shuttle pretty much stole the show.  We were all appropriately impressed.

On June 13th we went to Christiane's wedding reception in Huntington Beach.  We also saw Wendy and Kat!  It was a really fun Singles' Ward reunion and the kids kind of put up with it.


Almost immediately upon arriving home Maxine was struck with the compulsion to bake a peach pie.  The results were glorious.
She also made some buttermilk ice cream to go with it.


Today was Father's Day and I got thoroughly spoiled.  Breakfast in bed, sleeping in, the whole nine yards.  You name it.  But seriously it was a perfect day and Maxine even made an apple pie for dessert that managed to beat ALL the pies in Julian.  Combined.  (Note - she did not get me flowers for Father's Day - those are just to make the picture look nicer).

Oh, and here's Maxine's belly at around 35 weeks:

Daddy

Collin is the best father I could possibly hope for for our children.  Seriously, he's a rock star.  He jumps out of bed to help them at night before I'm even aware anyone's been crying, and there's rarely a night that passes without at least one of them waking up.  He spends most of his free time (and a fair amount of his busy time) playing with them - not just acknowledging them from a distance or patting them on the head before sending them off to bed, but real running around, chasing, wrestling, hiding-and-seeking, tossing, Lego-building, Hotwheels-racing, baseball-pitching playing.  He is the highlight of their day, and for good reason: he serves our family tirelessly and without complaint.  We love him so much and are so thankful for him!

We don't typically do grand gestures for Mother's and Father's Day, just a nice breakfast in bed and some time off to relax.  Oh, and this apple pie:

The kids filled out little questionnaires to give to him, and their responses were pretty rad:


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Weekly Digest, May 31, 2015

For Memorial Day we had a Crusader Reunion at Adam Sidwell's house.  Maxine pulled out all the stops and made three amazing pies - banana cream, coconut (with lime whipped cream) and a cherry pie made with fresh cherries.  Each pie was pretty much perfect.  She also used two different kinds of crust for the pies.  Because she's an overachiever like that.

Ellie wanted to dress up so she donned her ladybug costume, cape, Captain America shield, and pirate sword.  She was pretty much ready to take on the world.

Yesterday Ellie got to go to her first ever birthday party for a friend! She had a blast after her initial warming up period.  She also got her very first sunburn from being outside in this cute dress.  The boys also went to our neighbor's superhero party but we didn't take any pictures.  Silly us.

On Friday we had our monthly team-building exercises.  One night a couple co-workers were drunk and bored and decided to build a water bottle rocket launch pad and hooked it up to an air compressor.  That pretty much decided our activity.  This is my pathetic excuse for a rocket.  Some of them were pretty involved.

Maxine sold this amazing cake for her bakery yesterday.

 NOT PICTURED;
This week was actually pretty busy but we didn't take a lot of pictures.  We spontaneously decided to watch Star Wars this week so on Wednesday we watched "A New Hope" and on Thursday we watched "Empire Strikes Back" although the boys really just wanted to watch the battle scene on Hoth.  Holy cow they love that scene.  They play it over and over on Lego Star Wars.  Sammy actually bought a miniature Lego AT-AT with his birthday money.  

On Thursday the kids went to the dentist for the first time in years. Isaac had no cavities and he still hasn't lost any teeth although a few weeks ago his teeth collided with a schoolmate's head and they're very dark and bruised but not loose or anything.  Sammy has two potential cavities forming so we've got him on a flossing regimen each night.  

Also Thursday was the first warm day we'd had in a while (SO MUCH RAIN LATELY!) and we decided to go swimming at the Lehi public pool.  The kids of course had a wonderful time and Isaac is getting really good at swimming.

On Friday we went to the brand new Lehi hospital open house and gorged ourselves on free hot dogs and ice cream.  We did a tour of the maternity ward where Maxine will give birth and the rooms are huge!  

Yesterday Grandma Coco came to visit and we went out to Viet Deli for Vietnamese food and stayed up past midnight watching "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".  We had a blast.

Today was super hot so we broke out the water guns and let the kids go crazy in the backyard.  I can't believe I didn't take any pictures!  But it was a really nice day.  It was in the upper 80s/low 90s and was our first truly hot day of the year.