Wednesday, July 23, 2014

our summer so far.

our garden is still coming along very nicely, especially the carrots and potatoes.
we have had fun getting out to our garden each week and seeing how it has changed.
and we like just spending time out there.
matt and i pick weeds while the boys go on adventures to find bunnies and sticks.
this monday we decided to ride our bikes out to the farm.
it was about a 15 minute ride, mostly on gravel roads.
(i wasn't joking when i told you we lived on the very edge of the city!)
i felt like such a country girl riding my bike down a gravel road to my vegetable garden!

i feel like summer is flying by, and that makes me sad. 
i don't want summer to end.
but since we know it surely will, we have been trying to take full advantage of our summer weather.
and i think we have done a really great job so far.
we have played in all sorts of lakes and rivers, gone on bike rides, walks, picnics, played at parks, sat around campfires, and enjoyed the long sunny days.
(except when i am laying in bed at 11 and can't sleep because the dang sun won't set!)
and after all our playing they sleep oh, so good.

fun fact: matt is in the process of building our boys a bunk bed.
the boys are very excited.
and we are very nervous!
moving holden out of a crib is a scary thought..
we are worried he is going to teach chet how to be a stinker at bedtime.
chet still doesn't know that he can get out of bed on his own.
every morning he lays in bed and shouts to us when he is ready to get up.
and he has never once gotten out of bed in the night, and we do not want that to change.
holden will be in big trouble if it does!

stampede 2014.

i have never been a huge calgary stampede fan.
i know, i know.. i should love the stampede. heck, it is one of the largest rodeo's in the world and is named 'the greatest outdoor show on earth'!
but, i am not really into rodeo's, or carnival rides, or gambling, or dressing like a skanky cowgirl...
so i have never been super excited to attend.
but, this year, the doctors i work for treated our office to a day at the stampede.
we spent the afternoon at the rodeo, ate dinner in the saddledome while shania twain warmed up for her concert, and spent the rest of the night watching the chuckwagon races, grandstand show, and fireworks.
it was a FULL day of stampede. and i had a really great time!
the very next day, a friend of ours was giving away their tickets to the paul brandt concert so matt and i went down to the stampede grounds again to see that.
we hadn't been to concert in years so it was a real treat.
concerts are always fun, and paul brandt was so awesome live. we loved it!
one of the highlights of the show was when paul sang 'alberta bound'.
almost every time i have driven across the border from montana to alberta, since i went to school in idaho, i have played that song.
it's cheesy, but it's tradition!
we indulged in some greasy, overpriced fair food that night too - mini donuts and deep fried oreos.

so, despite the fact that i haven't ever loved the stampede, i had so much fun there this year.
unfortunately, i have no pictures :(

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

our primary star.

one of the really sad things about leaving california was leaving our ward.
we had really fallen in love with our ward, and our callings.
i LOVE the young women in the tarzana ward!
i think about them often, and stock them on facebook and instagram!
matt had fallen in love with the youth in the ward too. they are something special.
i was pretty sure oue new ward here was never going to compare. how could it?

but you know what? it turns out this ward is pretty great too.
and the best part is i get to work with the young women again!
turns out i am just like my mom... i love to be involved in the young women program.
this time, i am the secretary in the YW presidency.

matt is a primary teacher. he has a class of 7 year olds. all boys!
i got to be his assistant teacher one week and i got to see just how silly, and chatty, and wiggly those boys are.
they make me laugh!
i am excited to watch chet and holden grow up to be that age. 
matt's calling will be a challenge, but he will be so good at it.

matt and i have both already given talks in our new ward, and chet did his first sharing time assignment this sunday!
oh my word, that boy is too cute.
he was given the assignment of reading a scripture about baptism.
so we found a (short) scripture about baptism and practiced reciting it.
i was worried chet would refuse to get up in front of the other kids when it was showtime.
because, let's be honest, that is what i did every time i was asked to do something in church until i was at least 14.
(i'm not joking..)
but he was so brave. as soon as his name was read, chet hopped up to the pulpit.
i whispered the words into his ear and he proceeded to whisper them right back into the microphone!
haha i am certain no one heard a word he said.
that's alright though!
because chet was so proud of himself, and matt and i were pathetically proud of him too.
when i looked over at matt right after chet was done, matt was all choked up. it was sweet.
matt and i aren't perfect parents, by any means. but somehow we have been blessed with the sweetest little boys that make it so easy to feel our Savior's love.
how'd we get so lucky?!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

lake days.

matt and i both grew up in lake neighborhoods.
my lake was called 'sundance' and matt's was called 'midnapore'.
and we still argue about which lake is best!
i will admit that matt's lake has nicer trees. but mine has way better christmas lights.
and mine is just better period, because it's mine.
but either way, they are both a really neat idea.
there are about 7 lake neighborhoods in south calgary.
the neighborhood is developed around a manmade lake.
some people are lucky enough to live on the lake, but the rest of us just live close to it and get to take advantage of all the fun perks of living there - swimming, fishing, boating, waterfalls, a sandy beach, playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, cook houses. and, in the winter, you can skate on the lake or the skating rinks, and sled down the big hill.
super great, right?
the funny thing is that i never really realized just how great it is until this summer!
i grew up with a swimming pool in my backyard so i have always been a bit of a lake snob.
swimming with fish poop has never really been my thing.
but now that i don't have a warm, crystal clear body of water in my backyard i love the the idea of a lake neighborhood. especially now that i am a mom.
but get this.. now that i see how great the lakes are we don't even have access to one!
bad timing.
luckily, we have lots of friends and family who let us mooch off of them.
we have already spent more time at lakes this summer then i ever did in a summer when i was young.
i hope we can keep it up throughout the summer and fall.
come winter, i will probably go back to being a lake snob because we all know much i enjoy snowy, winter activities. [not]
but, for now, i LOVE playing outside with my boys.

here are some pictures from our most recent lake days. {sikome & midnapore}
and about 10 seconds after we get in the car, holden is out!

Friday, July 4, 2014

our garden is growing!

for the record, this is not all our garden.
we aren't that good!
and we don't have 8000 spare hours in our week to weed that much garden.
just the 8 closest rows in the picture are ours.
and i am quite proud of those 8 rows.
we go check on our garden every monday night, and each week it is a little bit more impressive then the week before.
holden has no idea why we go out to the garden, but chet gets it.
and, even though he doesn't like to eat any of the vegetables we planted, he is excited for them to grow.
and as long as we don't let him know that we will be forcing him to try the veggies when they are ready, i think his excitement is here to stay.

our not-super-helpful helpers:

holden's party.

i mentioned in an earlier post that i didn't snap one picture at holden's party.. but my mom did.
so now we can prove to holden that we did, in fact, have a party in his honor.
it didn't turn out nearly as cute as i had planned (due to the sucky weather that i have already complained about) but, oh well.. it was supposed to be simple anyways.

this was the invite:
we thought it would be fun to throw an american themed party in honor of our american child.
our family all wore tacky american themed clothing, but most of it got covered up because we had to bundle up to stay warm.
fortunately, (or perhaps i should say 'unfortunately'!) matt's american pants were not covered up.

my friend, lana, was in town for the night of the party.
jocelyn, lana, and i were roommates in rexburg for our first year away from home.
nine years later, we are all married and have a total of 9 (almost 10) adorable kids.
one day we are all going to live in arizona together... right guys?!

canada day.

our stake has a reputation of putting on a wicked awesome canada day party.
so obviously, we had to check it out.
the reputation proved to be true - it was a great party.
and incredibly canadian!

Monday, June 30, 2014

a visit to the temple.

we took a drive up to the calgary temple when my sister was in town.
like most temples, the calgary temple has a perfect location.
you have an awesome view of the city to the south and the rocky mountains to the west.

temple grounds are always such a nice place to spend time with family.
we have loved taking our kids to all the temples in all the places we have lived over the years.
no matter what temple grounds we visit, there is no denying they have a special spirit about them.
it was extra fun to visit the calgary temple grounds with my sister and her kids.
the cousins were all so excited to be there, and were all trying to sneak peaks in the temple windows.
(if only they weren't impossible to see through!)

even though sundays are often the most stressful day of my week (thanks to our 1pm sacrament meeting that destroys nap time and makes for exhausting children), i am very grateful that our family gets to grow up together in the gospel.
{chet calls those his 'creepy eyes'!}