Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Picnic at the Park

There is a charming little park right across the street from where Sam's vanpool picks him up. On occasion, we love to meet him there, bring a picnic dinner, and eat and enjoy the evening together! The pictures below are from just one such an evening.

Talmage needed to take a potty break and came running back with a flower in hand for me. His daddy puts him up to the sweetest things!

The digger toy was a hit.

 This little guy can't get enough of the swings! He absolutely loves them!

Evenings like this are what I consider bliss. Such simple, sweet fun!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Herpetologist at the Church

Right before our trip to Utah, a herpetologist came to our ward's pack meeting. Since I'm involved with Primary, I thought it was perfectly appropriate for me to take Talmage. I knew he would be thrilled! And he absolutely loved seeing all of the rattlesnakes, spiders, and numerous other critters he had there. At one point during his presentation, a crocodile came crawling out from under some chairs, where he had been hidden away! It was rather startling! They brought out the huge python at the end and let the kids touch him.

The presentation was absolutely fascinating. The man who was presenting all of the snakes and other critters (in the blue T-shirt above) said he goes in the middle of the night to catch them and just grabs them wearing his flip flops and shorts! We're talking about deadly snakes here--it was amazing to see him handle everything. The man in the center was his helper. The scouts were more than a little thrilled, as was my little future scout!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Visit to Utah Part 4: Wrapping it up with the Whites

We planned to spend the last day or so with my family in Kaysville, but when we arrived back from Logan we found out that my sister's kids had been to the pediatrician and had hand, foot, and mouth disease. It soon became apparent that our kids had it as well. And my brother's kids got it too! We think they must have all picked it up from the frozen yogurt place. In any case, the kids were completely miserable and I realized flying home with them was going to be a nightmare. I made some phone calls and Southwest very kindly let us switch our flight without any extra fees to allow a couple of extra days for recovery.

Poor Wesley had awful sores all around his mouth.

His feet also broke out, though not as badly.

Here is a shot of Kayla's feet. We felt so bad for the poor kids! My sister-in-law actually got it as well, after we came back to Texas, and she said it was completely miserable!

Talmage only got a mild case and was feeling pretty much better by this point. He loved going with Losaunne, Bronson and I on the Legacy bike trail!

The boys got spoiled some more with more gifts from grandparents.

Grandma Sue and Uncle Jojo came up to visit at my parents' house, since we were there extra time, and brought Talmage an awesome backpack to take on the plane!

We also made a jaunt to Jocilyn's house on our final day, where the kids enjoyed a picnic together.

The morning of our departure came all too soon, and we packed up and headed to the airport.

I was feeling a bit nervous about traveling with both boys by myself, since Sam had to come back on the day originally scheduled, so my awesome crew on the Utah end of things was greatly appreciated!

Talmage was born to travel. He loves it! He was totally focused on watching the airplanes after we made it through security.

Wesley kept himself and me busy by opening any cupboard he could find and trying to get into the contents.

Talmage also loved the honorary TSA officer badge he was given.

Make sure it fits!

All in all, the return trip went much better than I had hoped. Even with Wesley still in recovery mode, we were able to avoid any meltdowns and even get some naptime in. The boys are awesome little travelers--I definitely can't complain! We were so grateful we were able to come to Utah and for the generosity of those who made it possible. We hope we don't stay away for long!!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Visit to Utah Part 3: Logan Adventures

We wanted to be able to spend some time with Sam's dad and his wife as well, but since they live in Logan (about an hour and a half north of my parents' house, where we were staying each night), Sam's dad kindly got us a hotel room across from their apartment complex. We felt like we were living in the lap of luxury, especially considering our only hotel stay since we've been married has been a few brief hours at a run-down place outside of San Antonio as we were driving to Texas with our U-Haul!

The boys were excited about the super fluffy beds. I wish they had been just as excited to actually sleep, but we eventually got them to settle down. :)

The next morning we were up early to visit with Grandpa Brady, Grandma Elena, and their dog Bode! After a wonderful continental breakfast, we headed over to their place. The boys were instantly enamored with the dog!

They live right by the Logan River, so we went on a little walk together.

It was so beautiful! I miss Utah scenery so much, although Texas certainly has a beauty of its own.

Talmage loved clamoring over the rocks and exploring all of the bugs. I felt much better about letting him mess around with Utah bugs than the scary, biting monsters we have here!

Sam's brother, Joseph, drove up and met up with us as well.

That afternoon we enjoyed a BBQ and played in the pool for a while. We then drove around a bit to see some of the sights in Logan and stopped at Logan Canyon to feed the ducks and play around for a while.

The boys were so exhausted by the constant, all-out fun they had been experiencing the last couple of days that they both crashed in the car and would not wake up for anything! We finally moved Talmage to a seat pad on the grass and brought Wesley's carseat over while we visited.

If anyone ever thinks Sam is not competitive...they should look at his face in this picture. :)

But he really was happy.

When Talmage finally woke up, he groggily went with Grandpa Brady to the water's edge to feed the ducks.

Each throw had to be accompanied by a big jump!

The ducks had such pretty wings!

We also got Aggie ice cream and went to eat at Chuck-a-Rama. By then, it was time for us to head back to Kaysville, so we said our good-byes and headed back through Sardine Canyon. We made a quick stop at the newly completed Brigham City temple! I lived in Brigham City for 6 years growing up, so this was especially meaningful to me.

We met very briefly with my dear friend Natalie while we were at the temple. She and I quickly became worst enemies as third graders when I moved in and supposedly stole her best friend while she was home sick with the chicken pox. I was horrified when, three years later, we were in nearly all of our classes together in Intermediate School. But as the months passed, we gradually overcame our past prejudices and became best friends--and we've been wonderful friends ever since! I am so grateful to have her in my life!

It wasn't the most photogenic moment, with the boys in their pajamas and our ragtag appearance after being on-the-go all day, but one we wanted to remember nonetheless. :)

We had a wonderful visit to beautiful Logan!
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