Sunday, July 12, 2015

June & July Randoms

The girls and I went over to my moms one day to look at all my old toys, and bring some of my old American Girl dolls and their clothes home with us. My dolls hair was driving me nuts because of how ratty it was, so looked up online on how to fix their hair...I couldn't believe how well it turned out! Their hair is silky smooth now. It was a big deal to this American girl doll loving household! 

I am constantly getting comments on how tan Claire is. Her coloring is so striking, and so beautiful. How about her rad gloves she insists on wearing all the time?! She is also gotten so particular about what she wears. With Lilly, we could always buy her clothes and know she would love them and wear them. Not Claire. She wants to always pick out what she wears, and it rotates between about 5 outfits. Kind of drives me nuts! We have so many cute clothes, and she wont wear them. Her excuse..."Mom, I am saving those shirts so they don't get dirty"...right. We got a good chuckle out of that comment. That was her excuse so she wouldn't hurt my feelings in saying she didn't like the outfit I picked out. Quirky little thing!

Every night when I go in to kiss her goodnight, she has tucked her favorite "softies" in for bed. I love it.

With her favorite pool toy. Seriously, she treats this dumb thing like it is her blankie...she loves it! Random!!

We had a great 4th of July. The girls at the end said "This was the BEST 4th of July EVER!"...and I think they really meant it. It was a long day, but a fun day. It started off with me being in charge of the primary parade at our ward breakfast. We never go to it because last year we were out of town, and the year previous we were moving....and my mom always has her 4th of July breakfast. So, the girls were jazzed about going and about decorating their bikes for it. We had a pretty good turn out too! After that, we headed over to my parents for the tail end of their party. The girls got to go swimming, and Claire was anxious to show Anton how good she was at swimming. Pops got into the pool, and that was a favorite thing for all the grandkids. At one point we wondered if we would need to jump in and save looked like the kids were going to drown the poor guy! He is such a cute Pops...there is a million things he is good at, but being a grandpa is one of his best. After swimming, we headed over with all the guys in the family to my Granny's to help clean up her yard. She is getting so frail, so it was good to go and help her. She adores Anton, and was so happy he offered to come and help her. I love that Anton does those kind of things. It was his idea to go over, and rounded everyone up to go help. I love him.
After that, we stayed home for the rest of the day. I made blue cheese burgers, we ate ice cream then headed outside to start the firework show! Anton and I both said we think the girls loved this holiday as much as's been a while since we have seen them that excited! Some of our nieghbors came over to light fireworks and then we sat up our chairs to watch our other neighbors firework show...which is amazing. Next year we want to pay him to buy more fireworks and light them off for us! It was a great 4th of July. I have loved this holiday since I was a little girl, so it is fun to see my girls love it as much as I did growing up!

Swim Lessons

Finally...Claire knows how to swim!! Whenever you ask Claire what she wants to do, like soccer or tennis or any of those things, she says swimming. So, I knew we had to get her learning how to swim on her own. She loves it so much! Claire is much more timid than Lilly, so she was a little slower to learn how to swim. Willowcreek is closed for remodeling this summer, and I have had terrible luck with the rec center in teaching her how to swim (such a waste of money), so I decided to put her in lessons with Miss Lorie. Best decision ever. I knew if anyone could get her to swim, it would be her. The only down side to these lessons....I want my backyard to look like hers...pool and all!! We can dream, right?! Great job Claire Bear!! 

Montana in June

About a week after school let out, we packed up the car and headed up to meet Anton in Montana. We were really excited since the girls and I hadn't seen our new place yet! The girls might as well be professional road trippers....they couldn't be better on me when we are driving. They don't ever complain, and thanks to Nana who took them to go buy some fun things for the car, they just played and played the entire drive. The dogs and me got a little tired of the drive though. Anyway, we got there safe and sound, and the time we spent up there was amazing. I am beginning to love Bozeman. I didn't love it right off, but the more I am there, the more I love it. The weather is perfect, its a slower place, the people are kind and it is so beautiful. Still, even though I love it there, Salt Lake is my home. We will never move there, but it is the best place to visit and spend time at!  

We found some fun and low key things to do while we are there. The one fun thing we did was go to Bozeman Beach. It is a little lake/reservoir right outside the reminded me of something you would see back in the day. Claire thought it was too cold (I agree with her), but Lilly loved it. She loved jumping off the dock into the water. Another day, we drove up through Paradise Valley and then up to the North Entrance of Yellowstone. It was stunning. I can see why they call it Paradise Valley! We were hoping to see buffalo, since Anton sees them everywhere in the fall/winter, but we didn't see any. We were kind of bummed. We also went on a few little hikes, which were fun but Claire of course was a scaredy cat when we got to the river. It was so funny, and in true Claire fashion! One of the girls favorite things is the swing set and the pond that are right across the street from us. The pond has frogs, which they love going to go see and try and catch. There are pathways everywhere, so they have loved riding their scooters and exploring...same with me! I went for a run one morning, and thought to myself "if I had these pathways at home, and my scenery looked like this, I would run all the time!" that's saying something, since I don't love running! We love Bozeman and the memories we make when we are up there!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

1st Grade Graduation

I truly could not be happier with the decision we made to send Lilly to Bella Vista. I loved her old school, and it had better ratings, but I just felt really strongly that it was important for her to go to the neighborhood school. I am so glad we made the move. The principal, her teacher and the staff were amazing. And, I can't tell you how much it has helped me to feel "settled", now that we are involved with the school and the community. We have such a cute group of kids in our neighborhood and they have gotten to be the best of friends! I love it, because that's how I remember growing up! Anton and I are so incredibly proud of Lilly and her amazing year at school. Her end of school report card was jaw dropped when I saw some of her placements. She is turing out to be a remarkable little girl. She is smart, so kind to everyone, has a darling sense of humor, and is a hard worker. She was heartbroken that school was over, and she said she was mostly going to miss her teacher. Mrs. Wheatley couldn't have been better. I loved volunteering each week in her class, and I think she is such a wonderful teacher. I hope Claire gets her when she goes to 1st grade! It was a great year, and I look forward to next year when both my girls are at the school together!

Here is Lilly with one of her very best friends, Blake. I tried to get them to put their arms around each other, but that was not happening!

Lilly & Mia...two of the cutest little girls!

She was SO sad. Therefore I was sad. We were both emotional messes. Pathetic!!

May Randoms

We headed out to the dump to get some mulch for our yard. You can't tell here, but the girls were laughing so hard because every time Anton would bend down, you could see the top of his bum...all without him knowing! It has been so fun to make our yard "ours". We have been doing quite a bit of stuff to the front yard, but haven't quite tackled the back yet. 

Claire is GLUED to my hip. Everywhere I go, she follows. I go upstairs...2 minutes later, she is with me. I tell her I am going up to work out, she is up there in no time. It is so funny. She doesn't ask me to play or do anything, she just wants to be near me. I remember Lilly being similar when she was this age. This is why I think Claire is ready for school. She needs and wants more stimulation and interaction with people. She is such a cutie! Anton and I were leaving town with some friends, and I worried how she would do when I was gone because of how attached she has been...but she was great! It was Lilly who cried. I thought it would be the opposite. Funny little thing!

Lilly had her "Egg Drop" at school. Anton wanted her little box to look cute, so we went and bought a whole bunch of these little springs and glued them on this box. It looked really funny and cute afterward. Her egg didn't survive, but she had fun with it anyway!

Claire finally let me put her hair in sponge rollers!! I thought for sure she would take them out once she got in bed, but she didn't. He hair was in super tight curls to begin with, but later in the day they loosened up and her hair looked SO pretty!! She is a particular little thing and wants things her way, so she was a little iffy on having a change of hair. 

Claire's cousin said the other day, "Claire isn't a tomboy anymore, she is a Tomgirl now". It's kind of true. She still loves some boy things, but now prefers to play with girl things. But, her all time favorite is still anything "Cheetah". Anyway, it got hot here, and Lilly was out of summer jammies, so we went to Costco to get some new jammies for her. Claire found these night gowns and was dying to get them. I caved and bought them even though that wasn't what I usually buy. She asked me if she could wear it all night, and "all the next day". I caved again. They are only little once, right?! 

Anton's sister and her family came up last minute to visit. They are some of our very favorite visitors (and people!), so we were thrilled when they called to say they were coming up! It was beautiful weather, and a low key weekend. We had to get ready for Anton to be gone for three weeks, so we just stayed around home, and spend most of the weekend outside. Our cul-de-sac seems to be the usual gathering place for all the neighbor kids. So, on Friday night we not only had all the neighbor kids, but their parents...and Nicole and her kids! It was so fun to just enjoy the beautiful evening, chat with friends & family, and have the kids get all their energy out!! In my opinion, there is nothing better than summer nights!

Granny's Big Day

My cute granny was quite old when she was baptized a member of the church, and my gramps was never active in the church. He was baptized, but never active. When my gramps one year anniversary of his death came around, my granny was too ill to go to the temple to be sealed to him. She has gradually recovered, but is so frail and is slowly declining. Anyway, my mom had been so anxious to get her to the temple to be sealed. We finally were able to find a time that worked for most of my family, and for my granny. It was such a sweet experience to see my mom be sealed to her parents, and to see my granny be sealed to her son and to the love of her life.  I am forever grateful for eternal families...I love my family so dearly!

End of Preschool

It is a little bittersweet to write those words...End of Preschool. I have adored Miss Lorie's preschool, and I think I am more sad than Claire that she is done with it. It it hard to wrap my head around the fact that Claire will be heading to Kindergarten in the fall. My sister asked me the other day if I was sad...and, I don't think sad is the first word to come to mind. Of course I can't stand that my girls are growing up, but Claire is so excited to be going to Kindergarten, so it makes it exciting for me too. Anyway, back to preschool....the week she graduated, they had some fun activities planned, including a cute little carnival. The kids played some cute little games, then afterward we took the kids to a park to play for a few minutes.

A couple of days later was her graduation. Each child had to recite a poem that they memorized. Claire was the only one who didn't say hers with a partner. I asked Miss Lorie why, and she said that Claire offered to be the one who did it by themselves. I thought that was funny, but so typical of Claire. She is always OK doing things on her own! She did a great job, and I loved watching her sing and do her poem...all in a little graduation cap. Too cute! Right after her graduation, I told her I would take her to lunch anywhere she wanted, so in true Brog fashion, she chose Del Taco! So funny! So long to preschool...I will miss it! But, we still get to see Miss Lorie this summer because Claire is going to take swim lessons from her. If anyone can get Claire to swim on her own, it would be Miss Lorie!