The first week of the kids' summer vacation, Austin and Aubree both got to do a week long camp. Austin chose SCIENCE CAMP (click to check out those details) and Aubree chose Cheer Camp! Cheer camp was put on by the high school cheerleaders and each age group got to learn one cheer, one dance, and some stunts. Aubree had such a good time there and her year of gymnastics really helped! Here's my little cheerleader!!!
Aubree's kindergarten class took a field trip to the zoo, so I chaperoned and took Brynnlee and Brooks with me. The kids had so much fun seeing all of the different animals.
Karlee (Aubree's friend and next door neighbor), Brooks, Brynn, and Aubree
The weather was great right up until we were just finishing our rounds seeing the animals. Then it started to rain. We were supposed to have a picnic at the park right outside the zoo, but since it was raining so much, we decided to have our picnic in the back of the Tahoe.
The kids thought that was so much fun! We just folded up the back seats and left the back door raised and ate right there. Good times!!
Aubree has been participating in gymnastics this year and has been having so much fun with it! At the end of the school year, they had a big recital for all the parents to come see. Aubree did such a good job. She's already looking forward to doing gymnastics again next year!
We had a wonderful Easter Sunday! We started out the day with a super yummy breakfast, got the kids ready in their new Easter clothes and had our little easter egg hunt for the kids. Next up was church then dinner with Brett's family and some college students. It was a great day spent with friends, family, and remembering our Savior!
Last weekend, my brother, Kevin and his family, came up to visit. We were SOOOOOOOOOO excited to have them!!! They just recently moved from Indiana back to Utah. We rarely got to see them while they lived so far away. In fact, it had been almost two years since my kids had seen Kev's kids. It was quite the reunion!
I love, love, love the way that Austin and Daniel (who's Austin's age) talked and played. The first night they were here, we let them sleep together on the piano room floor. While the adults stayed up frosting and decorating cupcakes, I could hear Austin and Daniel whispering to each other for hours. I so wish I could have gotten pictures of the two of them.
Aubree and Emily have a very similar relationship. They too are the same ages and have LOTS of the same interests. On their first night together, they were busy writing notes to each other. It makes me so happy that they get along so well!
We all thought Jake was an absolute HOOT!! That kid is absolutely hilarious to watch, listen to, and talk to. Brooks thought he and Ben were lots of fun and he fits right in with the two of them with their interests in balls, trucks, and being tough.
Saturday was Daniel's birthday. We started the morning off with his birthday breakfast of buttermilk pancakes, bacon, and sausage. It was quite the feast. Then that afternoon, we all loaded up and went to Fat Cats to do some bowling and have some pizza for lunch.
Talk about a BLAST!! We had so much fun!!! It was the first time we had taken any of our kids bowling and they absolutely loved it, especially with cousins!
This is Daniel. Look at that form!
Later that day, Kasi decorated a cool lightning bolt cake and we all had cake, ice cream, and opened presents.
We finished off the great day watching Tangled. What a treat for my family who's never seen it.
Sunday we hung out and went to church. After church, Aubree and I ended up with the stomach flu so Kev and his family headed out Monday morning, back for Utah.
Even though the trip was cut a little short, we sure loved having them come to visit. I'm so excited that they live so much closer to us now. We're already planning a trip down to Utah to visit them for Daniel's baptism. YAY!!
Ever since Brooks was about 1, he has become one mischievous little guy. He likes to get into things and make messes. Some days that's all I do, chase him from mess to mess. Sometimes I feel like I just can't keep up.
I've decided to compile some of our MONSTER pictures...
Our Little Monster Man
But sometimes, just sometimes, he can be very helpful.