This is past week 13 of us loaded up on rafts and made an 85 mile river trip down Desolation Canyon.
Not going to lie, it was definitely a little ambitious for the kids first overnight(s) river trip. That, along with selling out house and moving, had poor River stressed to the max every. single. time it was time to load up the campsite and move it. He’s been struggling with us selling our house and being in this limbo position while we renovate the new house. (But that’s for another day)
The day we stayed two nights on a sandy beach was all of our favorites. Bryson made a kick ass fort for the kids (along with a “deck” for our tent. My dad flipped over one of our rafts and made a slide into the river for all of the kids and we all had a nice relaxing day…
…until the second day when all of the kids, my younger siblings and I decided to go on a hike to see a little kiln or oven that Bryson and I had seen early and all in one small, easy hike Lo stepped on a wasp and we were one tiny creek away from a bear.👌🏽
Today was River Boats third birthday party we had some friends and family over and kept it easy again this year.
The kids jumped on the trampoline, played in the backyard, drew with chalk and just did their own thing! He loved opening gifts this year and was so excited with everything.
This weekend the boys and I made a solo trip to Albuquerque for their cousins 2nd birthday party. It was a spur of the moment trip and I am SO glad we went.
I didn’t get too many pictures of all of the cousins together as they were on go the whole weekend.
We had so much fun at the birthday party, the kids stayed up late playing and woke up early ready to go to the zoo.
At the zoo they fed the giraffe rolled down grass hills and had ice-cream. And got SUPER excited over seeing the animals. Foster was 100% all about it. We saw baby elephants, giraffes and monkeys (so cute). Foster loved seeing the big cats and the snakes. River on the other hand was NOT about the snakes. I showed him one up close and he screamed and from then on I would ask him if he wanted to see the animals closer and he would say, “No, thank you”.
The winter that didn’t feel like winter.
Seriously, we were able to wear t-shirts on christmas and only be a little cold. We are well into January now and it rained a little bit this morning but is now a bright. warm day.
Of course it’s the first year we bought season passes to the mountain for the family…
Overall it was a good Christmas season!
We had loads of family time, ate lots of good food and the kids were SUPER into it this year! I didn’t take too many pictures on Christmas day because I wanted to be present and enjoy the family.
Foster’s first season of soccer was one of my favorite things that has happened.
He was all over the place, running back and forth across the field and DOING FLIPS ACROSS THE FIELD!
Keeping up with the simple birthdays…..jk. Lo shut that down quick!
She wanted a jungle themed birthday but as she was picking out decorations it quickly turned half rainforest half jungle half safari.
She invited her classmates and some friends and a few friends stayed the night afterwards. They had pizza and popcorn and cake and ice-cream and lots of sweets….which probably attributed to them staying up SUPER late.
Foster’s fourth birthday! In the theme of easy parties we had his party at the skate park!
We went in the morning before all of the big kids got there so the kids were able to play. Right next to the skatepark is a park so the littler kids or kids who didn’t want to ride could still play. We stacked up some donuts for the cake and brought coffee, juice and fruit and called it a day! It was honestly one of the most fun parties. The kids played together so well and the weather was perfect for being outside.
Bear with me here as I update you on 2017 in 2018….
River turned 2 in June!
We had a simple party for him and had some friends over. The kids played in the back yard, in the water, jumped on the trampoline and enjoyed each other! I have stopped putting *SO* much efforts into birthday parties and putting more emphasis on enjoying my growing family and have loved it!
Oh my goodness. Have I been absent for awhile.
Life gets busy!
As I am sure ALL of you know. I have had so many ideas for blog posts and things I wanted to remember about our family but times just slips away and now months and months later, I am just getting back into it.
Let’s see, what have I missed…..
I love holiday mornings.
The excitement from the kids is better than any gift I could ever get.
The big kids ran straight to their baskets (which had bubbles, dark chocolate and cotton candy) and Riv lagged behind emptying the candy from the eggs.
Lo filled up her basket with all the eggs she could and Foster shook each egg and if their wasn’t something in it he put it back down.
River just ate the candy.
The sweetest thing happened. Foster found and egg that Lo loves, the diamond egg. Without any prompting or Lo asking, he walks over and hands her the egg and they give each other the biggest hug. Riv didn’t want to be left out so they yelled, “cuddle family” and did a big group hug.
We wish Bryson could’ve been home but we thought about him and face-timed him.
Such an awesome and relaxing morning with the family.