Along those lines, I decided at the beginning of summer to try to make every day fun in some way for the kids. Last summer had some redeeming moments, but overall was a bust. The summer before was also (but not equally) hard due to the selling of our house and upcoming move, so I was determined to prove that yes, indeed, summer can be fun.
So here are some of our highlights: (Warning: Lots of pictures ahead.)
My cousin Blake took me to U2 at the last minute. Our night involved sidewalk moped riding with no lights. A very fun night.
Josh graduated from junior high school.
Kate got an honorable mention in the Salt Lake Piano Competition.
Sophie got locked out while babysitting some of our favorite kids.
We went to the old neighborhood to hang out with people we love.
We walked up to our favorite Shave Ice place.
Josh went to youth conference.
We pulled lots and lots and lots and lots of weeds (oh, wait. That's not fun.)
The kids made goo. And earned blue hands in the making.
This is after the kids made homemade ice cream and sold it at an ice cream stand. They put the $7 they earned on the back of my car and I drove off with it. It was never seen again.
Ananda came to visit, and I met my newest niece, baby Jane. I fell in love love love.
Sophie made a cake with her buddy Canyon.
We danced with Matt in the Great Salt Lake.
The kids bought t-shirts from Matt.
Bri, Celia and Mike came to visit for a night.
Everyone else got to meet baby Jane. Can you see that she is very very loved?
We blew up the alligator pool and had fun.
We had a slip and slide night
We played in the sprinklers.
The kids had an outside movie night.
I let the older kids have a sleepover on the trampoline with some buddies, but will not be making a habit of it.
We had a 4th of July pre-celebration with Ash and her mom.
And then we headed to Spokane to spend a week with Dave's brother and his family.
So far, so good. I think we may have broken the summer curse this year. (Knock on wood...)