Miss Bindergarten

Last weekend we went to the Treehouse Museum for the Miss Bindergarten party given for the new kindergarteners of Weber School District. It was a great time with a "circus" outside including activities directed toward skills the students need for kindergarten. I'm glad my mom and sister were able to join us to help out with the kids too. 

There were a few reptiles and birds to watch. We learned a sound to make that made the kookaburra talk back. It was cool. 

Acrobatics and dress up fun

Letter matching game

Obstacle course

She made two in the bucket!

Inside the museum, her favorite exhibit is the hospital/nursery and she would stay all day if she could.

There is a new "Diner car" and even though I'm sure it was full of germs, she had a great time and didn't care a bit about the crowd of people around her.

If he could be anywhere in the museum, it would be downstairs in the workshop or farm area - which is why I need helpers when I take the kids because the babies and the diner are upstairs.

Picture with Miss Bindergarten and of course Aunt Sarah - free t-shirt too!

Group photo - taken by Nancy, thanks!

The Mommas' Birthdays 2014

We have had a great summer. The middle/end of summer is always birthday fun for my mom and Pete's mom. Their birthdays are 10 days apart which makes for a fun and busy two weeks. This year we made a big deal of the birthdays and it was a great time. 

~ My mom's birthday is also on a state holiday. When we were little, we often escaped the parades and fireworks for my grandparents' cabin. Near Heber City, we call it Little Italy. So this year my parents were going up there for a getaway and the kids and I joined them. It was a great two nights of mountain air, fine dirt, thrift shopping and parks in Heber, good food, and Rummikub and wine at night. The kids and I slept in the loft - just like when I was a kid. It  was nice to see them enjoy the cabin as I did and create memories at Little Italy. 

The neighbors at the cabin (ironically named Jeff & Carol just like our friends from church) have a backhoe and forklift. J said, "Take our picture on the tire!" So we did.

I lost nearly every game we played but I won the last game!

She is my adventure girl. I was the one who had to say, "Maybe we should turn around and find Grammy." 

The first night was my mom's birthday and we sang to her before the kids went to bed. It was a great weekend. I am so thankful for my mom and the memories she gave us as kids. I'm glad she enjoyed her birthday and made some new memories with her grandkids.

~ The next weekend was Anne's 60th birthday! I don't remember the last time she had a birthday party that was more than just our family so Pete and Carol started the ball rolling on a shindig she would enjoy. It was not too complicated because of the help from friends (read: I didn't do it all on my own) Our friend, Carol, helped me with decorations and she was a great help in talking out the logistics of a party in the park.

The decorations. Jen brought the lovely flowers and the party looked great. 

Many friends and family were able to attend. It was a great night; even with the slight rain. 

Anne with her parents

Family picture

Our mothers mean so much to us. God has given us great blessings in our families. Such wisdom and laughter from both women. I love them both dearly.