Friday, October 3, 2014

Fergy August Tidbits 2014

We started off August by taking a family field trip to Home Depot to build free kids pencil holders. All the kiddos had fun making these well mainly painting them (Cory and I built them). For weeks after this workshop the kiddos had fun playing school with them.
During the month of August I found time were I was unsentimental enough to get around to empty Sophie's drawers and closet of 2T clothing, which is mostly too small for her now. My girls get so much clothing from having 2 girls wear the same size that this big mound is what a size change looks like when Sophie is done. 
In August we ventured out to one of our church's play group and found a cute new splash pad in Riverton that was mostly empty! I had my niece and nephew with me this day while Phoebe was in school.
During the month of August we were luckily enough to win some tickets to the county fair rodeo. We won 6 tickets, but I convinced Cory to only take 2 girls with him on a date there since I was unable to go with him. These 2 girls loved it! They started off a bit bored, but at one point they played "What Does a Fox Say" and the girls began dancing up a storm and from then on didn't want to leave, but the rodeo went on way late into the night so eventually they had to.
For Josh's daddy date in August he with with Cory to the West Jordan Water conservatory to learn about bugs, which he really liked and has since pointed out a million of.
I am actually not sure what this is a picture of but I love how Sophie put her plate down on the ground and is just longingly looking outside into the back yard.
Phoebe had her School pictures taken in the month of August. I had to snap a cute pic in our kitchen before she left for school that day. A couple weeks later when we got the pics I quickly saw that it was the wrong background and instead of being the generic blue it was a crazy fall background. I had them fix it. I, however, liked her sassy pose in the fall looking pic. Phoebe was super excited to tell me that she didn't actually go anywhere for this pic, it she just stood in front of a "blue" screen and the rest was magic.
I became handy woman of the year in August by you tubing a video of how to replace the heating element in our dryer and then ordering the part and doing it all myself. I am super proud of myself and it was done at a tiny fraction of  what it could have cost calling a repair man to fix it.
In the middle of August the twins had their semi annual trip to the dentist and found out Cami had another cavity. AHH it is always her and it is so frustrating to me!
August brought about another first for me, LDS YW GIRLS CAMP. I was a bit nervous to go, mainly because I really dislike camping and partially because I wasn't sure what to expect. My neighbor came over bright and early and we both headed to the church and then up to camp in the rain.
My super cute family took this picture and sent it to my in the way up before I lost reception. Camp was fun, although I still would not choose to camp out side of the house voluntarily.
All year long we have enjoyed 9 am church, which means every Sunday our family enjoys a snugly Sunday nap. It always makes me smile to see Sophie enjoying hers with her daddy, I LOVE IT.
At the end of the month we had to take advantage of 2 Buck Tuesdays at Thanksgiving Point. This year we went with my SIL Julie and her kiddos. We visited our favorite farm to ride the ponies, an annual must for my kiddos! This year we also got to milk a cow, which all the kiddos thought was fun.
During the month of August I had to fit in three kiddos dates to go get first day of school clothes and a treat. I somehow missed getting a pic of Cami, but she went on this annual mommy date too. I was in shock that Sophie had to get a first day of school outfit all ready; my baby starting school already. It is funny how all my kiddos have very different shopping personalities. Cami only wants to play with Legos or watch the movie in the stores and is happy with whatever I pick out as long as it's bright and crazy. Sophie makes me pick something out and then tells me, "Yeah I'll wear that" in a very flat uninterested to be shopping tone. Josh, on the other hand, LOVES shopping and wants tons of outfits. For him you can never have too many clothes. He is absolutely my kindred shopping spirit!
In the end of August right before we left for our Oregon trip, I canned 25 quarts of pears. Canning pears was a first for me since 2009 and even then I think my MIL did them for me. I was super proud that I did these all by myself and they were so pretty and white  looking in their jars.
August now seems like forever ago, it was over all a pretty wet month here, but we managed to still pack in lots of end of summer fun!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fergy July Tidbits 2014

NOTE: Hit Older Posts at the bottom to see the post and progression of our new back yard!

July seems like an eternity ago, but here was our recap. On July 2nd Phoebe had her last day of school and to party it up we went down to liberty park with her cousins to swim and play.
On the 4th of July we spent the morning doing some yard work and a nice relaxing lunch at grandma/pa Fergys house. The girls and kiddos spent the day outside talking and playing while all the ned spent the day inside watching Brazil playing the world cup. After the game the brothers were looking to celebrate and since it was a warm day they decided it would be a good idea to dump a huge cooler of water on their sister Charisse, she was a much better sport about it than I would have been.
In the evening we returned home where we again did more yard work and then camped out on the front yard and watched all the cool fireworks all around us.
The next day all the Fergys went up to Wheeler bay to swim the hot day away. 
We took the family in July to cash in on the $0.56 pancakes. The kids had a blast and loved that their special pictures got to be hung up on the wall in IHOP.
For many years I have wanted to get the kiddos in swimming lesson and after a desater of an attempt when Phoebe was 3yrs old, we never got back to try lessons again. I was thrilled that our very own beloved preschool teacher Becky has a pool in her back yard and her two oldest daughters agreed to teach some lessons to all the Fergy kiddos. Phoebe and Josg LOVED taking lesson and we will for sure be getting in some more lessons come next spring/summer!
July also meant cow appreciation day and with a cow costume a free meal was enjoyed by all! Here are my 3 cows with an official chick fil-a cow and Sophie who didn't want to stand by the cow.
Right after our free lunch we stopped by 7-11 for our free slurpees on July 11th. These were the kiddos first slurpees which they turned out to love.
In July it got pretty warm and we had the back yard torn up for most of the month so we played most of the time inside having fun making box trains, homes, etc.
Cami finally got to go to the car wash with daddy which of course she loved, almost nothing scares this girly.
In July Cory and I finally got to got out to Texas de Brazil, a pretty expensive Brazilian steak house we had been really wanting to try. Luckily in the month of July they had 1/2 off all meals which made it slightly more affordable. It was DELICIOUS! The best meat of any of the Brazilian restaurants we have been to. After dinner we wondered around city creek mall. I loved this relaxing date, it was something we had been looking forward to for a while and some day I would love to do it again!
The end of July in our home means birthday time for Cory! This year we celebrated by having an overnight camp-out in the backyard and then breakfast all together.
It was an incredibly warm night with lows still in the mid 80s so many of us did not sleep that well as my nephew demonstrated well while swinging the next morning.
After breakfast we had a childrens parade where the kiddos dressed up mainly in pioneer clothing and got their makeup done by the older cousins. The makeup jobs done on my girls was super special as you can see, but they LOVED it and though they looked beautiful.
Here is a pic of all the parade participates!
We actually had to have Cory's birthday meals a couple days after his b-day, but we had his favorite biscuits and gravy for breakfast when we did! On the afternoon for Cory's actually b-day we came home & while the famil took a long needed cat nap I cleaned our VERY dirt house up! Then we opened up birthday gifts galore!
For Cory real b-day dinner we went to our neighborhood's 1st annual circle of fire, i.e. we all gather in a cult-de-sac and have big potluck dinner and watch fun a firework show. A couple days later we celebrated with a peanut butter ice cream cake and just our family.
I am not sure what this swim suit pic is, but they cuties were ready to got swimming somewhere.
At the very end of July I finally got around to making our dinning room some curtains with supplies I had actually gotten long ago. I think they turned out pretty perfectly and I love being able to have a little privacy again!
On the last day we took a surprise swim day. We were suppose to play at the park, but under another mom's watch the kids went swimming instead. NUT BALLS! we later found out that just to the north of us there was a no swimming sign posted, but as you can see it is widely ignored.
July was one of the busiest months of my whole life since almost every second was filled with hard manual yard labor or kiddos activities. I fell into bed almost every night exhausted and couldn't;t remember what it was like to have a minute to sit down and relax. I am glad we worked so hard then, because now we are back to our slower pace one again.