Seeing a Play at the Park!

A theater group from a different state was traveling around the country doing plays for free in parks. So that’s what we got to go do today! First we stopped at our local store to get snacks!020efbblog

Lyla had fallen asleep in the car and stayed asleep when I moved her to the stroller!022efbblog024efbblog

Some of the things I brought. I always have so much stuff when we go on errands!027efbblog035efbblog

I bought these space saving camping chairs for our whole family. Same ones we used during the 4th of July. They’re super small when folded up and crazy light! If you have a bunch of people to bring chairs for and only one adult to carry them… I’d highly recommend them!038efbblog041efbblog047efbblog049efbblog

Cam you tell it was SUNNY!!?053efbblog056efbblog058efbblog064efbblog

Lyla, as Lyla always does, spent most of the time trying to run away. At one point a theater member came from the direction she was heading in, dressed up in a crazy outfit, and scared her! Not HER on purpose or anything, she just got scared. She spent the rest of the time with the family! 066efbblog072efbblog074efbblog

Getting ready to leave 🙂077efbblog089efbblog091efbblog095efbblog097e2fbblog102efbblog104efbblog105efbblog107efbblog108efbblog111efbblog

We’d parked at a nearby school. Heading back to our car.118efbblog122efbblog135efbblog137efbblog

Chairs for all 7 of us are in that small box on the left in this next picture. ALL SEVEN CHAIRS! What?141efbblog

If you want the chairs, which wasn’t the purpose of this post but seriously I love them, you can find them in this affiliate link here:

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Swimming in our Apartment Pool!

First we had to go to Walgreens to get water-proof bandages for Payson and Ember from their injuries; I mentioned it in my last post Ember had been injured, but they were sprinting through a WalMart parking lot when they were with their dad and crashed into each other and fell on the road and were crazy beat up! Their scrapes were large and deep and filled with blood and puss and just really gnarly looking. I called the doctor the day I got them back to ask if I needed to bring them in for a cleaning or if I could do it at home with the right supplies, they gave me information about at-home wound care and told me what to look out for in case of infection. I also asked about water exposure and was told to keep the area totally dry after cleaning it up. So we went to buy a few extra supplies before swimming that day since the two of them were begging to go. I didn’t want the kids to go swimming with their injuries partly because you’re not supposed to go in pools with open injuries and partly because water, especially chlorinated, irritate injuries. We got some giant water-proof bandages that were $5 a piece to try out.

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At home they all got swimsuits on and we tried the water-proof bandages. They seemed to work just okay. I thought the bandages wouldn’t hold up to swimming so Payson and Ember sat out of the pool, just dangling the lower half of their legs in the water. Ember brought a book to read and Payson brought the switch to play.493efbblog519efbblog

New to Us Park!

Over by where we take swimming lessons there is this really cool looking park that we pass by. I decided to google it and see if it was a public park (it was in the same parking lot as some apartments) and it is! So off we went to check it out!277efbblog281efbblog

The kids really, really miss our trampoline. Everett especially asks about getting a trampoline all the time and tells me he misses our old one. Hopefully someday in the future I can rent a house and get another one.283efbblog289efbblog293efbblog300efbblog

The weather was nice and the view was nice ♥307efbblog314efbblog317efbblog323efbblog327efbblog340efbblog341efbblog346eblog365efbblog372efbblog374efbblog380efbblog388efbblog

I keep a couple things of sunscreen in my bag and all summer we used it. I love the stick sunscreens that are like deodorant containers and glide right on!390efbblog395efbblog

Lyla especially loves having sunscreen put on! 397efbblog401efbblog405efbblog

The kids were excited about this water play area.407efbblog410efbblog415efbblog417efbblog418efbblog

Laughing over throwing his shoes in the fountain.424efbblog429efbblog440efbblog449efbblog

Ember fell when she was at her dad’s and had this insane injury! I felt so bad for her. We cleaned it up and bandaged her up really well but it took a while to heal.454efbblog456efbblog

Chocolate face.

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Our 4th of July!

Guess what Costco had this year! Fireworks! I was so dang excited when I saw them because for a huge box it was “only” $50! Normally when we buy fireworks at the fireworks stand it’s twice that! So I got a big box of fireworks from there and then we went to a stand to get sparklers and pop its! We got a variety of sparklers to try out!

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Brooklyn had stayed home, she doesn’t like to go on most errands. Once home I painted nails… anyone who wanted them painted got them painted. Me, Sierra, Ember, Everett, and Lyla.

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I had bought 4th of July themed shirts the second I saw them in WalMart probably a month or more ago! The kids finally got a chance to wear them!

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We packed up our fireworks and lightweight camping chairs in the back of the van and I noticed someone had thrown an applesauce pouch into the back and it spilled everywhere! Luckily I keep baby wipes in the van and was able to wipe it up but sheesh.

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One more sad part of getting divorced and moving into an apartment is we don’t have a yard and legally you can’t set off fireworks unless you have private property and I looked up the laws and you can’t set off fireworks at parking lots or parks or on streets that aren’t yours… luckily there is a special parking lot set up for people to set off fireworks! It wasn’t close to where we were going to watch the fireworks in the sky so I was a little worried about making it back in time to see the big fireworks but it all worked out and I was so thankful for this area to do personal fireworks!

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The kids’ dad was there, we share holidays, and I have pictures of him with the kids but I’m not posting them because ya know, I keep him off my social media, but in case you were curious, he was there and so far we’ve decided on sharing custody on all holidays and birthdays.

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Payson and Ember doing peace signs ♥174efbblog198efbblog

And now… fireworks!

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Lyla was thrilled. She kept trying to run up close to them so keeping an eye on her was a full time job. Like with every second of every other day. haha!

I told the kids that I think once they’re 10 years old they could light fireworks as long as they light it and then immediately hurry back toward the van. So Sierra lit her first fireworks!

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These are tightly cropped photos from larger versions since her dad was with her. The originals (which is what I’ll use for our scrapbooks) are so cool! I think cropping up close like this is better than blurring faces though! Do you?245ecropfbblog

I didn’t get pictures of the other kids lighting fireworks because I was also filming parts of our day…I vlogged a lot. So as soon as I edit that I’ll add the video to the end of this post.

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After we set off our last fireworks we drove back to our city to see the fireworks in the sky. Our city does a really good job and we always get “front row” seats. Literally as close as you can get, we get. It’s AMAZING! It’s like we’re sitting right under the fireworks!

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Several of the kids wanted to sit right between me and their dad to be close to both of us during the fireworks. That was tricky setting up chairs. We were basically bunched together in a big group. It worked well and was touching that they were so concerned with being next to both of us.

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Lyla liked the fireworks, she sat on her dad’s lap through most of it and Everett sat on my lap. But you can bet that she also wanted mom and mom’s boobs a few times throughout the night. haha

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After the fireworks ended the kids’ dad went home since it was late. We went and did sparklers over by where we’d parked our van.

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It was awesome having three different types of sparklers! We liked each one for totally different reasons. It was a blast. Such a perfect day.

Going to See Toy Story 4!

I was 12 when the first Toy Story came out and I loved it. I’ve seen each movie since. We went on the opening day of Toy Story 3 back in 2010!

So when I heard about the fourth Toy Story of course I planned on going opening day! Unfortunately we couldn’t but we did go a few days later!

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I actually didn’t even get that excited from the trailer, it didn’t look all that funny, weirdly enough. But my whole family was laughing the entire time! I hated the ending and my kids really hated the ending (Woody LEAVING his child?!?!) but whatever. It’s a movie. haha

Oh my gosh Forky: my kids were roaring with laughter.

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After all that laughing and good endorphins my kids had so much energy. They wanted to run around and play outside the theater for a while before heading home.

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They always want to have pictures here:048efbbblog059efbblog

Little rest.063efbblog067efbblog071efbblog080efbblog

Back to the van.083efbblog091efbblog

We needed to go to Costco for some groceries and Lyla fell asleep on the drive over so I put her in the ergo while we shopped!

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She woke up in the store and wanted to breastfeed before heading home!

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It was such a great day! 🙂

Lyla Nicole Turns 3 Years Old!

I can’t believe Lyla is already three years old! Just typing that makes me want to cry! I’ve adored raising her the last three years, I feel so lucky that she is my daughter and I have the privilege of watching her grow up! She is such an amazing person! She has had the most fiery personality from the time she was an itty bitty baby! She may be the youngest but she is definitely a leader!

For birthdays lately I’ve been taking my kids to Chuck E. Cheese but since Lyla is still pretty young I decided to go to the mall and let the kids ride the carousel instead. It has been a while since we did that and I thought it would be fun to do it again!

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Speaking of carousels, threw this together for fun because I’m a sentimental, nostalgic mama. haha

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I think all of those are from when we lived in Arizona from 2009 to 2012. There was a cool carousel at the mall and one at the Bass Pro Shops during the Christmas season.

We ate food after the carousel. The older three kids had chinese food and the younger three had grilled cheese and fries.

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And then we had a very non-birthday activity to attend: Payson’s dentist appointment!

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After the dentist it was time for the rest of the birthday celebration! Woo hoo!

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I had wanted to get Dora decorations since Lyla loves Dora. Or anything kitty related. But Party City had neither 🙁

Lyla also really loves beanie boos, especially the mini ones, so I settled on those and hoped she’d like them! She was sleeping in my arms as we shopped.

Well, when she woke up and saw everything she was THRILLED! She immediately pointed out the beanie babies on her balloons and said, “aww, babies!” Then it was time to open presents!

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Lyla loves loves loves loves Calico Critters so I got her a few new sets. She opened the each set and said, “Awww, baby. Awwww, mommy daddy. Awww, Payson Ember Sierra…” etc. etc. She names all her toys after our family.

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Everett picked out this toy controller for Lyla.

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More Calico Critters!

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Brooklyn was filming at the time!

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Cake time!

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One of Lyla’s presents was a new baby stroller and after cake and presents we went outside so she could push it around in more space as well as I could snap a couple of birthday portraits of her with her balloons!

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I couldn’t believe she actually let me take some pictures! She loved her balloons. She loved the whole day! She had this small, shy smile on her face the entire day and every time there was some new birthday thing and we said, “Lyla it’s your birthday cake/presents/lunch/carousel!” she’d raise her shoulders and shyly smile at us. It was so dang cute! She loved her birthday!

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Sierra snapped a couple pictures of Lyla with me 🙂442efbblog

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Lyla went back to walking around the apartment playground. I loved the sight of her walking behind her balloon bouquet ♥

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Those were all the pictures I took on Lyla’s birthday!

 

 

 

 

Family Movie Night

We watched Matilda together 🙂129efbblog133efbblog134efbblog

I set up my camera on the TV stand to take a family photo before starting the movie and Lyla got really excited and wanted to run over and take a few dozen more! You can see her in that last photo about to jump off my lap to push the button again! haha136efbblog

Look at her in all of these! Trying to run back to push the button again. haha! So cute!137efbblog139efb2blog143efbblog