Summer Day Camps and Fun Times with the Other 4

I signed Brooklyn and Sierra up for a day camp this summer. They’re doing things like swimming, hiking, zip lining, laser tag, and playing games. Today while they were at their day camp I took the younger four to the park. We didn’t realize there is a splash pad at this park and the kids asked if they could play in it. Yeah, just don’t get sopping wet because we don’t have towels and have to go to Costco after we pick up the older girls in two hours.

Well… their clothes and shoes were drenched shortly.

They got so wet in fact that I bought them outfits to change into at Costco. Before…

After!

Normally I wash all my kids clothing before I let them wash it but they needed showers when we got home anyway so why not?
We actually went shopping after the kids changed into their new outfits!


I was going to take a picture of all the kids but a man saw me and offered to take one with me in it, too. I like that. Thank you, sir. 🙂




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Payson’s 10th Birthday!!

So Payson’s favorite thing in the whole world is Zelda Breath of the Wild. We made a Breath of the Wild themed birthday for him. Allan set up a quest that took Payson all over the house and yard and even to the park! He had to fight monsters (the rest of the family) and earn items (food and weapons) along the way. He kept saying it was the best day of his life! It was perfect!

Lyla loved Payson’s birthday! She had a good time.

Ember loved it, too.

Everett also loved it!

Me and my birthday boy. I love Payson so much! I can NOT believe he’s 10!!!

Back at home I watched Lyla while she jumped on the trampoline while Payson fought more “monsters” to finish his quest.






Payson’s final treasure was the master sword!!

Sierra filmed the last battle.

Lyla begged for milk.

I snapped some fun pictures of Brooklyn.


All the kids played battle for quite a while after Payson had found his new master sword. They love Zelda games!

Some fun pictures of Ember.




Everett showed me his best fighting moves.



And then it was time for cake! Gluten free, of course.

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to Paaaaayson,
Happy Birthday to you!


The mess after 🙂

After dinner and cake I was goofing off pretending the party hat was a beak and the kids copied me and had a hysterical time 🙂

My Mom Comes to Visit

I called my mom to tell her about my divorce. She told me she would drive to come stay with me the very next day. I wasn’t up to seeing anyone, I was firmly in the isolating stage of grief but I couldn’t say no. It actually ended up being a really helpful distraction from my divorce. I’m sure I was the worst host ever but I couldn’t even muster up any emotion to care. I just gave up on everything besides feeding and clothing my kids that week.
I really love my mom. And my kids were over the moon excited to see her.

Ironically my brother was in the southern part of my state that day and my mom invited him to come visit us, too. So he and his wife came that day. I loved seeing them. I had only met his wife once before for a minute or two back in 2014 so it was nice actually getting to talk to her a bit.
I don’t have to tell you how my kids felt about that, do I?


I felt awkward with Allan being there and everyone knowing we were getting divorced. Not bad, mad, sad… just awkward. Like, do we just hang out and act like everything is normal? That’s what ended up happening. My mom invited Allan to dinner with us, too. One big happy family. haha! I am a comedian. But seriously… it was weird acting like everything was fine. My kids don’t know about the divorce yet, either. It’s all a weird secret right now.

The kids showed their grandma, uncle, and aunt their magna tile creations and Sierra made herself a beak. I love this picture.

We went to Chili’s for dinner. We were a huge group. There was so much confusion around getting a table because we showed up right when another large party showed up… or TWO other large parties. They kept asking if we were the party of 9 and we kept saying we had 11. It wasn’t a big deal, it was just funny.
My mom told everyone she was paying (against us all arguing, haha) and let each kid get their own meal with a fancy drink!

Lyla didn’t care about the meals or drinks… just mom’s boob. Allan offered to take these for me and I really like them. I don’t breastfeed in public like, ever, so it was a rare thing and I like having the pictures to remember it.


Lyla’s favorite part of dinner was the chips and salsa. Lyla LOVES dips and sauces and dressings… like, she will just dip the same chip or veggie over and over and suck the sauce off!

These two best friends ♥

My brother sneakily paid the bill for everyone when my mom wasn’t watching him interact with our waitress. She was mad. They are both just too nice and wanted to do something nice for me and my family during this painful time.

Look at us getting a group picture after! I think I asked everyone if we could do this (outside my usual) and I’m glad we did it even though the lighting was terrible… half shade, half sun.

A man going into the restaurant with a group of people asked if we wanted him to take it instead (the camera had been propped up on my brother’s suitcase) and we happily said yes! Thank you.

And then me, my mom, Allan, and my kids headed back to my house and my brother and his wife headed back to Washington.

Did we skip our daily bike rides? Nope!

Lyla was ready for our big, family bike ride but she rode around on her little… um… ride-on toy? What’s this thing called? We just call it her bike so if I say that, that’s why. She likes it being called her bike… makes her feel included, probably 🙂



Payson wanted to ride Sierra’s bike since it’s bigger than his. He’s been really into riding bikes that are too big for him and asks to all the time.


He and Lyla took turns pushing each other around on Lyla’s “bike.”

Sierra got her bike back!

Payson also asks all the time if I will give him a ride. He LOVES it. So I did.

Everett wanted to stay home with grandma since we were going on a fairly short ride just around the block so Payson got to be on my bike the whole time. We went and saw some nearby cows.

The next day we went to Barnes and Noble because that’s a favorite of ours. We get drinks and treats to share from the Starbucks inside and then we go and read books and play with the trains and my mom bought Payson his birthday presents while there since his birthday was coming up!



We went to Fred Meyer for a couple of grocery things and grandma bought a bunch of games and treats for the kids and Everett and Lyla got candy and stickers!

Hanging out back at home.

This was the next morning. My mom went home that day and everyone was so sad! We took some group pictures before she left!

And I snapped some pictures of these kids being adorable!



Bike Love

You guys I’m nervous that my blog during the summer will turn into a big old shrine to bikes! I am so obsessed I can’t even handle myself. haha. It’s all I want to do, it’s my favorite hobby, my kids love it, it’s free (after buying the bike of course) and fun and good exercise and good outside time. Ugh, I LOOOOOOOOOOVE it!!

Brooke and Sierra love having new bikes that they can ride without risking their knees hitting their handlebars!

This is one of our two local neighborhood parks. The kids love this one and call it the “big slide park” because it’s tall with lots of long slides.

My 7th baby:


Before heading home we took some pictures in front of the park.


The kids gathered some little acorns to use to play with their toy trolls.

Ready for the ride home!