July and Crap

July was full of ups and downs. Mostly ups though, and mostly pictures of Logan. Surprised?

It's rare that he wakes up unhappy. I get my daily dose of Logan-love-drug and start my day off right. 
 And he's pretty obsessed with me. I don't mind it.
 We planted a "trial garden" this summer to test out growing some things. I was so pumped to pick and eat our first zucchini!! But now we have zucchini and tomatoes coming out our eyeballs so next year we won't plant so many...
 I came out of the shower one day and found Logan waiting for me like this.
I about died laughing and kept yelling, "Don't move! Don't move!" while I grabbed my phone and snapped this picture. I just barely got it in time. 

We also took a camping trip in July up to Whitney Reservoir. 
I took a total of three pictures and they're kinda lame, but I'll share them anyway. 
 It was so nice to get to the mountains and escape the horrible heat we had going on back home. We even got a few thunderstorms while we were up there which was fun. The girls had fun playing with other kids who came and riding their bikes and fishing with Daddy. Logan was sick so he was a gigantic pain in the butt... especially at night.
 But it was pretty and fun to get away.

Still cute and happy, now that we weren't camping.
 We went to the parade for the 24th of July with our friends and got lots of candy and saw a whole lotta nothin'. What happened to awesome floats for parades? There were like 3 out of 150 entries, or something like that.
 Logan is the primary celebrity. The moment Sr primary enters the room, the oldest class begs to hold and play with him. I love it because it keeps him happy and occupied so I can get my crap done. He sure loves them and they love to make him giggle.
 I just thought this was cute, so there you go. Playing dress up at Grandma's.
One bad thing that happened in July was Cory had his first (and hopefully only) work injury. He was hammering some hot metal and a shard broke off and shot like a bullet into his forearm.
It was lodged in there and was bleeding really badly. They ran him down to instacare where he called me to tell me what had happened. The second he called I knew something was wrong because he rarely calls me from work. They had to cut a second hole in his arm and dig around for about 20 minutes to get the metal out.
It amazingly missed all major veins and arteries. It went through his safety clothes and everything. He was so lucky it didn't go into his abdomen. The poor guy was sore for a few days and swollen, but he's doing better now and has some cool scars.

In July we also babysat our neighbors dog for 10 days. I thought it would be a really good trial run to see if I even want a dog in the future. Consensus is: it's not up to me. Someday I won't be able to say no to this.
 She was a really good dog and easy to take care of. If every dog could be like her, I would get one right now. But I hated having another living thing following me everywhere I went.

So this one time I accidentally locked myself out of our pantry for the entire day. That sucked.
 And we took these hoodlums to see Incredibles 2. The movie was great, but the kids were not. Will I ever learn that taking children to a movie is a total disaster?? When the lights came up at the end I wanted to throw a paper bag over my head and hide from the judgy looks of everyone else in the theater.
Our countdown to Disneyland is well underway. We are so freaking excited!!!
And last but not least, WE BOOKED OUR FIRST EVER CRUISE!!!!!!!
We've never been on one because we didn't want to go alone and we never really had anyone to go with. Now that we actually have couple friends, we thought, lets do it!!! We're going to the Eastern Caribbean next year and I wish it were tomorrow. I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Ranch With Our Buddies

I missed a big thing we did in June by accident. But first let me back up a sec...

I think I've mentioned before how amazing our neighbors and ward are. I literally cannot even talk them up enough. 

One family in particular on our street have fast become very good friends of ours. The wife and I hit it off immediately and her husband and Cory get along so well! They're pretty much the same person. We've never had couple friends before so it's been so fun to go and do things together. Brynlie even wants to marry their son (she's sharing the swing with him in my last post) so if we play our cards right, we could become family!! Ha ha!

Anyway, one weekend they came with us to the ranch. It was so much freaking fun!! We hung out and practiced shooting guns, the men shot 7 skunks (as you can imagine the air was fresh and clean after that), we rode the 4-wheelers, ate delicious food, the kids played, the adults played, and we spent a day at the the lake. Kennedy loved showing off her beloved ranch to their kids and everyone had such a great time. We have plans to go back again next summer without our kids so we can have even more fun and actually get some sleep...

 Logan loved his first 4-wheeler ride!
The lake was so relaxing and the kids wore themselves out, which is what every parent wants. 

Logan is our first baby to not completely freak out over sand. He loved it so much he kept trying to eat it!

 Gosh, could he be any more perfect??
 Beach babe.
 Another summer for Kennedy the kayaking machine!

 These guys don't get to relax much so this was a much-needed day for them.

I already can't wait to go back again. 


Catching Up: The Rest of June

June was a busy but super fun month. After our Lava Hot Springs adventure my mom brought my brothers boys home to stay the week with her. We made sure to get in lots of cousin time before they went back to Wyoming. 

And then the sweetest little red head you ever did meet had her 7th birthday. 

I can’t believe it. Somehow saying she’s going to be in second grade sounds so much older than first grade. 

She had super weird ideas for her birthday party (like a cat party... what am I supposed to do with that?) but I convinced her a water party would be fun since it was hot that day. She invited a lot of friends and just about all of them came. There was a slip-n-slide, wet trampoline, water guns, water balloons... it was a blast. 

Some even made their own “hot tubs”. 

All she wanted was a remote control excavator for her birthday and she got one! Along with this:

Biggest tomboy ever. When she opened her excavator all the girls at the party were so confused why she had a boys toy instead of an American girl doll haha. Because that’s our Kennedy. 

Other items of note. 

Logan is still super cute. 

We have a mini Converse Chuck Taylor shoe in our shower tile. I see it every day. Isn’t it cute??

We got this bad boy. We made Butterfinger ice cream and it was to die for. Next we wanna make peach. 

Loving the hammock in our backyard. 

Great sunsets 

And young love. 
And Brynlie is such an adorable fire cracker.