Friday, August 8, 2014

Cousin Time!

I took my sister's 3 kids for a week and we had a lot of fun. They mostly wanted to ride the 4-wheeler and the horse so thats what we did. Maddy gave endless rides on the 4-wheeler. 

Cutest cousin picture ever!

Maddy threw a tea party for everyone in her room. She is so good with all the kids. 

We ate lots of ice cream and cupcakes. 

And every few seconds a little voice would ask, "Aunt Sadie, can we ride the horse again?" I was happy to oblige. I'm sure Buddy felt extra special for receiving all of that attention. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

County Fair Weekend

The County Fair weekend is always so crazy. It always falls on the first weekend of August which is also Eddie's drill weekend so he can never help us with the fair or help me with the kids. I had to hire a babysitter this year to watch the younger 3 for the whole day on Thursday. 
I decided to borrow a trailer this year and do everything on our own schedule instead of having to rely on our incredibly awesome neighbors who usually do the pig hauling. 
It was nice to be able to have the pigs at our home the night before and not have them in a trailer all night. We were worried that they wouldn't make weight, so I tried everything possible to have them relaxed and not stressed. We woke up early Thursday morning, loaded them into the trailer, and then washed them and clipped them. We were on pins and needles waiting for the weigh in. We finally got our turn and Maddy's weighed 240 and Libby's weighed 250! We were so relieved... and excited. 

We got Crabbe and Goyle all settled in their pen and spent most of the day waiting for our turn for showmanship. The sheep seemed to take FOREVER this year. It was literally 4 hours of sheep before it was our turn. I thought both of the girls did really well showing their pigs. It was Libby's first year showing and she didn't seem nervous at all. I love watching them in the ring. 

On Friday, I brought all the kids with me, and promised them Bounce House wristbands if they behaved during the pig judging. They were all really good and had lots of friends and neighbors to hang out with. I felt so rushed and crazy running around that I feel bad I didn't get pictures of the neighborhood kids hanging out at the pig pens and on the bleachers. It was cute. I'm so lucky to have such a great neighborhood.  
After sweating buckets getting the pigs all slicked up and pretty, the girls both went out there and did great. Both of their pigs got blue ribbons!! Yay! I love it when they do well. It's so hard to put that much work and effort into them and not get a blue ribbon.

We volunteered to watch the small animal tent for a few hours so I got the kids bounce house wrist bands and Briya and Maddy and I hung out with the small animals. Which, by the way, the girls entered 2 rabbits and 2 chickens which all took blue ribbons but I didn't get any pictures. 

Even though we have a horse to ride anytime we want, there is just something about those cute ponies at the fair. Both Mav and Briya had to have a ride. 

Briya loved helping us take care of the pigs. 

After spending all day in the blistering heat outside at the fair, we spent a couple hours at the Deseret Peak pool. I think that was the kids favorite part. They loved it. I did too. It felt so nice after sweating nonstop the entire day. It was so hot that day!

We got ice cream cones right before we left and that night everyone was asleep by 8:30 pm!! It really was an exhausting day!

On Saturday, we woke up bright and early for the auction. The girls and I ate at the buyers breakfast and then got the pigs all ready for auction. 

Eddie brought the other kids later just before the girls auctioned off their pigs. They both did really well again. Maddy's went for $650 and Libby's went for $700. I am so thankful that there are so many people who support the kids and are able to buy the animals. It really makes you appreciate living in a tight knit community. The girls were really happy. 

After the auction, we all got snow cones and roasted corn on the cob. Delicious!

Then the girls had to show Eddie all of their winnings in the 4-h exhibits. They both did really well. Maddy had 4 sweepstakes ribbons and several high blue and several blue.  It was pretty impressive. 

Libby had 2 high blue and several blue. 

All of the sweepstakes and high blue will go onto the state fair. 

I really do love the fair weekend. It is full of struggle and hard work and good friends and good food and happy moments. Months and months of hard work and effort finally pay off. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

July Flew By

Our July was packed full of events and trips, and yet we still managed to fit in some fun at home. We were slowly working our way through our summer fun list by:

Making our own ice cream

Sandbox games and castle building contest

Scavenger hunt through Cal Ranch, Walmart, and Dollar Store

The girls went to a 4-H bread camp

Making creations out of clay

Libby had a piano recital

Maddy went to Brighton Girls Camp

A Disney Movie marathon

Backyard Campout

And gourmet s'mores... All delicious by the way. I think my favorites were the ghiradelli caramel chocolates and the Reese's peanut butter cup s'mores. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A girls gotta do, what a girls gotta do

I always plan to ride my horse a lot during the summer but somehow life gets in the way. I hadn't gone on a long ride yet, so I cleared a day and was determined to go. I woke up at 5 am to get a head start and noticed one of my stirrups was broken. Instead of crying, I got out some tools and fixed it myself. I was quite happy with how it turned out. 

I went about 5 hours and it was so refreshing and invigorating. I was in heaven. 

The views were gorgeous of course. Everywhere I looked, it was breathtaking. 

There's nothing better than a long ride with just me and my horse. 

My view from the top of the mountain. Sometimes, you just have to make time for the little things. When I'm on my horse, it's easier to solve all the problems and stresses of every day life. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Cherry Hill and Grandma's

All through July we kept up our Cherry Hill Mondays. We have the perfect set up. We enjoy Cherry Hill for a few hours and then head to grandma's. It rained on a few of the Mondays and grandma had snails all over the place. 

Since the snails are pests, we had to get rid of them. The kids tried the salt trick, and it was fascinating to them. 

Briya has become grandma's shadow. She loves following grandma around. 

Even on a rainy day, we still had so much fun at Cherry Hill. 

We played mini golf in the rain and most of the holes were flooded. The kids loved it. 

They have become quite the little golfers. However, I'm still terrible at it. 

The King of the Hill pass was awesome to have this year. My kids loved doing all the fun things that Cherry Hill has to offer, and just couldn't get enough of Cherry Hill. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Girl's Day and Wicked

The Lyman girls got tickets for Wicked, so we decided to make it into a Girl's Day. We started out with lunch at The Cheesecake Factory!! So delicious. Maddy and Crystal are officially old enough to be included now. It was fun to have Maddy there. 

We shopped around at City Creek and Maddy and I found our castle at the Disney Store. 

Maddy's first time at Sephora. 

We walked around temple square. 

And then finally WICKED!!!! 

I was so excited to finally be going to Wicked!!! I have been waiting for 10 years to go. That is not even a joke. I literally have been waiting that long. The anticipation was killer!

It was amazing just as I knew it would be. What an absolutely perfect day!! I'm so grateful that my mother in law put it all together. She is the best at knowing just when we all are in desperate need of a girl's day out. And this girl's day was one to go in the books. It really was fantastic.