Sunday, November 20, 2016

Front Sight and St. George--2016

Casey got another opportunity to participate in a gun training course in Nevada so I took the boys to St. George.  Here is a recap of our week.
Sunday, November 13, 2016--Casey left for Front Sight in Nevada.  The boys and I were so sad to have him leave.  It took awhile for me to even get Tanner to calm down (he's definitely a daddy's boy).  But after a little nap, we went over to my moms and ate dinner and things were looking up.  Our first night without Casey went great.  Everyone slept through the night.  Mason slept in my room with me in our bed. 
Monday, November 14, 2016--Everyone was really missing Casey, come Monday morning, but I did my best to keep us on our schedule so we'd hopefully have a great day.  We went down to the shop and ate lunch with mom (dad, Daniel, and Jared also went to Front Sight).  Then it was home for naps.  Monday evening mom, Mer, Garrett, Stacy and her boys, and Mason, Tanner, Blake, and I met up at Taco Amigo in Pleasant Grove. We had a great time!!  Our second night without Casey went great. 
Tuesday, November 15, 2016--We woke up and went to Lehi Bakery with mom.  We got some of their delicious square donuts for breakfast. Then the boys and I spent all day at the church setting up for my RS activity.   By the time we spent 3 hours over there, the boys were done!  We came home, at lunch, and took naps.  That evening, we went over to moms and ate dinner with mom, Myrna, and Garrett.  Our third night without Casey didn't go as well.  I think everyone was really missing Casey by this time. 
Wednesday, November 16, 2016--Woke up early and got everything packed and drove down to St. George with mom.  The boys did so good on the ride down, and I had a great time driving down with mom.  When we got to St. George, mom and I did a little bit of shopping.  After shopping we drove to the condo and unloaded our stuff.  After unloading we met up with Amy and Lin (who had just gotten home from Disneyland).  Mom and I went and got Poncho and Lefty's for dinner and we ate it at Clair's condo with Amy and Lin.  We had a fun time hearing all about their fun Disneyland vacation.  Mom and I went back to our condo and put the boys to bed.
Thursday, November 17, 2016--We woke up, ate breakfast, then met Amy, Ry, Lin, Meg, Stace and all the kids at a fun children's adventure park in St. George.  This park was so fun and hardly anyone there.  The kids loved playing on all the fun toys.  The park even had a small train that took you on a ride around the park.
After the park we took the kids to a McDonalds Playplace.  After the Playplace we went back to our condo.  That night we met up and ate Costa Vida for dinner at Clair's condo.  After dinner mom and I went back to the condo and put the kids to bed. Later that night Casey got home from Front Sight.  It was so fun to see him!!  Casey did so good at Front Sight.  He took a rifle class where he learned all about shooting his AR gun.  Casey even graduated as one of the top members of his class (Distinguished Graduate GD).  I'm so glad he got to go to Front Sight and that he had a great time!! We sure are glad to have our daddy back though. 
Friday, November 18, 2016--We all met up at Pioneer Park and hiked around for a bit. Mason and Tanner loved hiking around with all their friends.  After hiking, we all went back to our own condos for lunch and for naps.  We took the boys bikes, so after lunch the boys rode their bikes around in the church parking lot that is right behind the condo.
After riding bikes the whole family, except Myrn and Garrett, who couldn't make it on this trip, met up at the St. George city pool.  We swam and swam.  The pool was perfect for kids of all ages.  Everyone had a great time swimming.  After swimming we said goodnight and headed back to our condo.  We had Café Rio for dinner and Nielson's Custard for dessert.   
Saturday, November 19, 2016--We woke up, got the condo cleaned, got things packed up and ready to head home.  For lunch we met at Clair's pool house and ate pizza.  Then it was time for good-byes and we headed home. 
We had such a fun second trip to St. George.  I always love going with family.       

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Blake at 3 Months Old

I can't believe that Blakey is already 3 months old.  He's growing way too fast and I'm ready to have my newborn baby back.  Although he's growing more and more everyday, he's growing into the cutest little guy.  Here are 10 things about Blakey at 3 months old. 
1.  Blake is smiling and starting to laugh.
2.  Blake is occasionally rolling from his tummy to his back.
3.  Blake eats about 5-6 bottles a day of 4 oz. each.
4.  Blake is wearing 3-6 month clothes.  I tried to push his 0-3 month clothes out a little longer, but had the sad realization that he's just getting too big for them. 
5.  Blake loves watching his older brothers.
6. Blake takes 2-3 morning napes and 3-4 afternoon nap including a big 3 hour nap from 2-5.
7.  Blakey is the sweetest baby.  He loves being held and snuggled.
8.  Blake sleeps about 8-10 hours a night.
9.  Blake is beginning to get a few bald spots, but his hair is still awesome.
10.  Blakey loves his binky, bottles, and his mom. 
We love our little Blakey Bear!
 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

October Happenings--2016

October was such a fun and busy month for our little family.  Here is a little of what we were up to during the month of October.
1.  Mason loves looking at picture books of family.  I have put together about 5 of them and he loves looking at them.  This book, was given to us by Mryn and Garrett of their wedding.  One night when I went and check in on Mason he had fallen asleep by it. 
2.  Blake at 8 weeks old.
3.  Mason recently stopped taking naps during the day.  I find him still trying to sneak a nap in every once in a while still. 
4.  My cute little boys.  Blake at 2 months old.  One Sunday morning Mason said, "mom, come take our picture with Blakey."  Mason and Tanner sure love our little Blake.
5. That hair.  It's getting so long!
6.  One day I took the boys to Target to look at Halloween costumes.  Mason found this mask he loved.
7. Mason and Tanner in Tanner's crib.  They sure are silly together.  And I had to add Blakey too.
8.  Blakey
9.  Our little family took a family vacation to St. George.  We had so much fun.  I can honestly say it was probably one of the better vacations we had been on since we have had kids. 
10.  Mason had his primary program.  He did so good.  I was so proud of him. He even got up in front of everyone and gave his little speech part. I'm still upset that I didn't get a picture of him on his special day, but I did get this picture of his glow sticks that grandma gave him for doing such a great job.  Mason had put them all together one night and placed them on the spare bed in his bedroom.
11.  Those hands!!
12. I'm in trouble with this one.  Tanner is often quite the handful.  I'd be lying if I said he never pushed my buttons.  This day, was one of those days.  I thought Tanner was eating his lunch, but really he was smearing his yogurt all throughout his hair.  For some reason this boy has a faddish of smearing stuff through his hair, but yogurt definitely tops the cake.
13.  We invited Chris and Roz to do the Haunted Lift Ride at Sundance with is. It was a beautiful night.  We had a great time.  Mason (who fell asleep half way through the ride) rode with Chris and Roz while Tanner and Blake rode with Casey and me.  We had a great time.  We always look forward to this tradition.
14.  Casey's work got tickets to a Jazz game.  We went to dinner with his work chums at some Chinese restaurant, then headed to the game. The Jazz played the Lakers.  We had a great time.  It was the first time I had left Blakey so I was eager to get home after being gone from him for about 6 hours, but we sure had a great time while we were away.
 
15.  My little cowboy and Indian all dressed up for Halloween.  We had so much fun celebrating Halloween this year.  It was especially fun to have Blakey here to celebrate too.  We started our celebrating with a Trunk or Treat with Casey's family.  We had another Truck or Treat with my family too.  We spent Halloween night trick or treating around our neighborhood and going to Mryn and Garrett's for a fun Halloween party.  I've always hated Halloween, but having kids to celebrate with makes it so much fun and I actually look forward to Halloween.










16.  We love going to Casey's work and driving the golf carts around.  The boys love looking for golf balls to collect.  We have quite the collection forming.  We also like to look for the deer that hide in some of the trees and bushes on the course.  We love Casey's job and we feel so blessed that even a year later, he still LOVES it!
17. Carving pumpkins is always a fun tradition.  The boys loved lighting them up and watching them glow in the dark outside. 


18.  Blakey in his pumpkin Halloween costume.
19.  Celebrating CJ's birthday.  Mason found this slinky that he'd wrap around him and say, "look at my beautiful scarf."
20.  Blakey...before and after bath

21.  One day a hot air balloon landed on the golf course at Casey's work.  Casey sent this picture to the boys because they love hot air balloons. 
22.  Right before Halloween the Mecham family all met up at Jaker's Pumpkin Patch. We had fun playing in the corn pit, sliding down the tube slides, and going on a hay ride being pulled by a tractor.  Such a fun night!!
We had a fun and busy October.  We love this time of year!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Family St. George Trip

Our little family was able to have a quick getaway in October.  This was our first vacation of the year so it was about time and much needed.
Thursday, October20, 2016-
Casey put in a half day at work, then came home and we were on the road by about noon.  I had fed the kids lunch before we left, so Casey and I stopped at Arby's to get our lunch.  We ate our lunch in the parking lot, then we were on the road.  The kids did so good in the car! I'd say it was our best car trip ever.  We arrived in St. George around 5:00.  We stopped right off at Wal-Mart and got food for the next couple of days. Then it was off to the condo to unload everything. For dinner I fixed the boys cheese pizzas while Casey and I went and got Nielson's custard for dessert and Café Rio for dinner. We put the kids to bed then Casey and I stayed up and watched TV for a bit then went to bed too.
Friday, October 21, 2016-
On Friday we woke up and ate breakfast.  Then we took the boys to a Children's museum they have in St. George.  The museum was so fun and it was even free!  The museum had different rooms that resembled real life.  For example: a post office, airport, grocery store, car mechanic shop, farm, etc.  Then down stairs they had a science room where you could try different science experiments, a dinosaur room that had a pretend erupting volcano (Mason was a little terrified of the erupting volcano), a music room, castle room, etc.  We stayed at the museum for about 2 hours.  The boys had a blast!!
After the children's museum we went home and ate lunch, then it was off to Snow Canyon to do some hiking.  Casey really wore the boys out having them climb through sand and all over rocks.  The boys had so much fun, but by the end of the day they were tired.
After Snow Canyon we went back to the condo and got our swimming suits on.  Casey swam with the boys while I sat out with baby Blakey.  After swimming mom, dad, and Ry and Meg came.  We were so excited to have more family with us.  We ate pizza for dinner and of course Nielson's Custard for dessert.




Saturday, October 22, 2016-
We woke up and had a delicious waffle breakfast.  Casey and dad went out shooting while Ry, Meg, Mom, the boys, and I all did a little bit of shopping.  When dad and Casey got back home around noon, we all went out to the desert to ride dirt bikes. 
As we arrived to our riding spot some stray dogs ran over.  There is a guy who lives in a camper van close to our riding area, so the stray dogs were his.  Mason was so excited to ride dirt bikes, that he got right out of the car.  The stray dogs were nice and licked his face then continued to run around.  We finally got the stray dogs to go back to their owner.  We unloaded the dirt bikes, four-wheelers, and Mason's power wheels Jeep.  Mason and Tanner got right in their jeep and started cruising around.  After about 20 minutes of them driving around Tanner got on the four wheeler and Mason came over to play with Mabel and Maccoy.  I noticed Mason's eye was very swollen.  Almost completely swollen shut.  I immediately put some cold ice on it. 
The swelling didn't get any worse so we decided just to stay out and let Mason have fun riding the four-wheeler (he was so excited to be out in the desert).  We ate lunch and rode around until the boys were so tired they had a hard time staying awake.  Then we packed up and headed home.  Mason rode in the Excursion back to the condo where he fell right to sleep. Tanner and Blakey also fell asleep on our ride back to the condo. 
I'm guessing that Mason was allergic to the saliva of the stray dog.  By the next morning his eye was almost back to normal. 
After arriving back to the condo we fed the boys dinner, tubed them, and they were so exhausted they went right to bed.  Casey and I, Ry, Meg, Mom, and Dad went to Panda Express and Wingers for dinner then stayed up and watched movies while doing puzzles. 
Mason and Tanner had been looking forward to this day of the trip for quite sometime now, it turned out to be a perfect day--despite the swollen eye. 








Sunday, October 23, 2016-
We woke up, ate breakfast, cleaned the condo, got ready for church, went to church, ate lunch, then hit the road.  Mason rode home in the Excursion with grandma and grandpa.  Blake and Tanner rode home with us in our van.  All three boys did great on the way home. 
We had such a fun trip.  Probably one of the more fun trips we have ever taken with our three little boys.  Can't wait to go again!