little lady photo dump

Well hello, first item of business–thanks for all your love on my post before last post. ¬†I got a lot of comments and messages and you know, that kind of thing keeps a blogger going so just remember that ūüėČ ¬†and p.s. i have finally replied to all of them.

And now, we just had a really good day today, and some of you have been indicating that you are missing the little lady a whole lot (not us. . . mostly camryn. . . .we get it) so how about I just do a huge child photo dump the likes of which I try to avoid and this blog hasn’t seen in months?

We went to the Crown Center, this huge shopping center that is basically all catered towards kids, and partook of all of their free activities.  (and someday when we have funds there is also legoland, an aquarium, crayola cafe, etc.)

This was the hallmark Kaleidoscope exhibit. ¬†Basically a huge fun craft zone where they let you loose for 50 minutes and tell you to “let your child direct their own creating.” ¬†Which immediately conjures images in my mind of overbearing parents who want to micro-manage craft time, but then you get in there and there are just a ton of different stations with different supplies but no real “project”–paper cut into shapes, markers, puzzle pieces, yarn etc. ¬†My instinct was immediately to say “hey camryn let’s make this into a hat ok?” or “let’s string these and make a necklace.” ¬†But I forced myself to let her direct the creating. ¬†And. . . .

camryn learned how to use scissors and just wanted to cut and cut and cut and cut this red paper.  and then there was a 2 minute painting break, after which she found some number cutouts which she also wanted to cut into pieces.  Creating or . . . destroying?

IMG_0474 who does that ginormous belly belong to????IMG_0482 IMG_0484 IMG_0491 IMG_0493 IMG_0494 then a “save the world” exhibit all about recycling and eco friendly practices. ¬†here is camryn shopping localIMG_0498 IMG_0502 IMG_0503 then we jumped in on what we didn’t realize was a private tour for a girl scouts troup at a fudge shoppe. ¬†it was rad. ¬†the guy flipped that fudge all the way up to the ceiling. ¬†he was very entertaining. ¬†IMG_0505 and later we made s’mores in the firepit that tanner labored so long and hard on today in our backyard! ¬†Camyrn is clearly stoked about the whole thingIMG_0510 IMG_0511 IMG_0512earlier that day, digging the firepitCAM01172 and then here’s just a whole ton more from earlier in the weekIMG_20140708_174936 CAM01166 CAM01165 CAM01164 CAM01161 one of me! ¬†starting to feel huge. ¬† 24 weeksCAM01160 4th of july waiting for fireworks. ¬†dancing to the bandIMG_0459 for those of you without instagram. . .CAM01151 IMG_0452 from the top of Liberty memorial. ¬†beautiful view of the city!IMG_0446 she dressed herself this day. ¬†and insisted that she needed her striped pants on over the striped leggings. ¬†and we pick our battles around here.IMG_0442 IMG_0440 IMG_0432


the end.  we love our happy girl!

Seven Quick Takes

1/ ¬†Tanner and I have been sneaking around adjusting the thermostat. ¬†On my way out of the bathroom or while I’m picking up the house, I’ll turn it up a few degrees. On his way in from doing yard work or into our room, he’ll crank if back down and then some. We do this silent little dance, pretending we’re not doing it and that we don’t see each other. ¬†He’s always so hot all the time–dramatic wicked witch of the west (“I’m melting”) style, and I’m tired of putting on hoodies when it’s a perfectly reasonable temperature outside. ¬†(i know it’s summer, but it’s been really cool and stormy) We should stop fighting mother nature and just leave the windows open, right?

2/ ¬†My baby is finally kicking! ¬†I’m almost 23 weeks, way past when most people start feeling the baby move. ¬†At my ultrasound, the technician said something about the position of my placenta making it likely that I wasn’t feeling any movement even though he was moving plenty. ¬†She was right and I’ve just been waiting, waiting, waiting for it. ¬†Even now that I can feel it, it’s¬†small and infrequent, but he’s in there!

3/ ¬†Where would you place RUGS¬†on a need/want scale? What about lawn airation? ice cream? ¬†(we can’t seem to find generic brand ice cream. ¬†It’s the pricey stuff or nothing)

4/ ¬†The 4th of July was pretty depressing day. ¬†I blame the ward breakfast. ¬†I was a really sad sight to see. ¬†Let’s start with how it was indoors. ¬†Guys it was in. side. ¬†It was 8:00 a.m., an overcast cool lovely summer morning on which they were flipping pancakes outside on the grill and then bringing them inside to a poorly lit cultural hall with those ubiquitous plastic tables and chairs with cheap tableclothes and beige galore. It was all very confusing. ¬†There were lots of quiet old people and a very flat¬†energy in the room, and the fruit for the pancakes was so doused in sugar that I couldn’t even enjoy the pancake (you know, “at least it’s covered in berries” doesn’t work if the berries have been candied). ¬†And then the middle aged guy we happened to sit by talked to us the whole time about how rich he and his parents are, describing in detail his 9000 sq. ft. park city cabin (right next door to tom hanks. ¬†really? he might be a liar.) among other possessions.

The only part that I enjoyed was when they did a raising of the flag (outside!) and I watched a 6 year old scout with a bowl-cut very sternly chastise another 6 year old scout to “get your hands out of your pockets!” ¬†It was cute.

So after that we came home just pretty down on the holiday about how we didn’t have a single friend to spend it¬†with, or a single dollar to buy something to liven it up. ¬†But then we made some fantastic burgers, cut up a watermelon and went to some fireworks that night. ¬†Somehow we chose the ones where all the old people go. ¬†There was a community band playing patriotic music surrounded by lawn chairs full of what must have been the population of the nearest nursing home. ¬†(I think I’m prejudiced against¬†old people, is that bad? They make me uncomfortable and I think they’re boring) But then the fireworks were spectacular and that’s really all we needed. About halfway through, Camryn started saying “dad, dad, dad, dad” ¬†and when dad finally said “what?” ¬†Camryn pointed at the sky and said “fireworks!”

As if he hadn’t noticed.

5/  The printing of phone books in the year 2014 is socially irrelevant, ecologically irresponsible, and should be illegal.

6/ ¬†We took a family walk with our dog one¬†morning, and there is this one section of the neighborhood where I’m pretty sure everyone has a dog. ¬†There was one yard with 3 dogs in it that backed up against another yard with 2 dogs in it, and when we walked by, all 6 collective dogs started raising hell and didn’t stop until we were two blocks away. ¬†It happened again on the way back. ¬†Me might need to find a new route.

7/ ¬†We almost never see any neighbors around. ¬†(Probably they all have jobs and don’t just happen to have July off like both of us do?) Our first interaction with one was when Tanner was out front one morning¬†and an oldish man walked by and complained “it’s only 9 o’clock and already 90 damn degrees and humid as hell out here!” ¬†Another time the lady across the street (black, overweight) was sitting on her front porch looking at her phone. ¬†Camryn spotted a squirrel on her lawn and wanted to chase it. ¬†We got halfway down her driveway, I told Camryn to come back, apologized to the lady, laughing about Camryn’s squirrel chasing. ¬†She looked at me and then looked back at her phone without saying a word. ¬†Not a people person I guess.

bonus take 8/ we have 2 dinner invites this week!  I might have friends in the near future.