Summer Bucket List!

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Its finally for real summer! Lets all hope the weather gets the memo and stays acting like Summer! I don’t know about where you live, but here in Utah, the weather has been so indecisive! One second its hot outside and there is sunshine galore, and the next its pouring rain and you need to wear jackets and pants! Its getting exhausting, to be honest.

So hi Summer! Stay a while, would ya? We missed you and we are ready, ready, ready for you.

OUR FAMILY SUMMER BUCKET LIST

-At least three trips to the temple for Craig and I

-Visit the Bean Museum

-Visit The Dinosaur Museum (Thanksgiving Point)

-Visit The Museum of Curiosity (Thanksgiving Point)

-Visit The Butterfly Biosphere (Thanksgiving Point)

-Visit The Farm (you guessed it…Thanksgiving Point)

-See Toy Story 4!

-Maaaaaybe squeeze in a Disneyland trip

-Blog regularly (think it can be done, again??)

-Buy so much sunscreen because of so much outside time – but also sun safety

-Go to our local reservoir a few times

-Lots of pool time at my parents pool

-Go to the splash pad a few times

-Go to the zoo

-Go on at least three kid friendly hikes

-Go to my parents condo up North

-Go to Craig’s parents cabin also up North

-Have a ‘campout’ in the backyard

-Have a late night s’mores night with my boys, or at least H

-Go to lots of parks, lots of times (my boys live for parks)

Its simple, but thats what I’ve got so far. Obviously I have some bucket list items for myself that are much more business-y, but I wanted to post the fun stuff I plan on doing as a whole family, or at least just with my boys while dads at work!

We are so excited for Summer!!

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Ode to Toy Story 4

We saw Toy Story 4 yesterday and my life is officially changed for the better. I knew the movie was going to be good, but I didn’t know it’d be this good! The original gang is all there and they’re killing it as always. Forky stole the show for me. Duke Caboom is phenomenal. Ducky and Bunny are hilarious. Bo Peep is back and she is one awesome, independent toy. I loved everything about this movie. I want to talk details but I’m not one to give away spoilers, so let me end this short blog post with saying this: It is amazing and dare I say, my new favorite Toy Story movie. If you’ve been on the fence about seeing this movie, do yourself a favor. Hop off that fence and go buy tickets!

I’m Still Kickin’

Oh hey! Long time, no see! Remember me?

Its been a while. But I don’t regret it. I feel like 2019 has already been the year of learning about myself, my limits, my strength, my weaknesses and my boundaries – and its only May! There has been a lot of soul searching and a lot of great realizations. I’m thankful for it, but I’m also exhausted by it. But its all good. It really is.

I’m hoping to start blogging semi-regularly, again. Will I actually? Yeah, who knows. Hopefully. But if I don’t, I’m not going to guilt trip myself. But if I do, then awesome! I’m excited!

Mostly I just wanted to drop in and say hi and remind you all that I still exist and that I’m just a happy little camper who hangs out with my boys all day and am living the mom dream.

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Spider-Fam

On Sundays we take a family picture. We’ve done this every single Sunday since before H was born and its one of my very favorite things I’ve ever committed myself to. Want to have the coolest documentation of your family growing? Do it. I dare you.

Anyway, yesterday we decided to be Spider-Man…Spider-Men? for our Sunday picture and I’m just really happy with it. H is currently incredibly obsessed with The Avengers, especially Spider Man (and Hulk), so when I saw these adult pajamas that were Spider Man and knew our boys both had multiple pairs of Spider Man jammies… I mean how could I not?

You know what they say! A family that Spider-Mans together, stays together!

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More Disney Love

I’ve already posted about going to Mickey’s Halloween Party during our most recent Disneyland trip, but I hadn’t posted about any other part of it. I don’t post about all of our trips to Disney, and I wasn’t planning on posting about this one (besides some specific posts for specific Disney topics) but some of these pictures are just too cute not to share. So here we are.

This trip has been anticipated since 2017’s October trip and it did not disappoint. I’m not going to go into detail because if you’ve read this blog for a while then you’ve heard me gush about Halloween time in Disneyland billions of times. But just know that it was exactly what I wanted. We had an amazing, magical time and my love for Disneyland is as strong and as passionate as ever.

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Dad

A very Happy Birthday to the very best dad!

Everyone loves this guy – especially my boys! I’m grateful for his amazing example of humility, service, kindness, hard work and family love. My dad is so hilarious, so happy and so fun. Happy Birthday, Pops! Love you!

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Mickey’s Halloween Party 2018

On October 19th it was finally our time to get down to Mickey’s Halloween Party this year. I plan to do a post at some point about the whole trip, but before Halloween happens then passes us by, I wanted to make sure I got a post up about our spooky, fun evening celebrating Halloween in Disneyland!

Lets start with costumes. For Halloween this year, we dressed up as some of the characters from Ratatouille. I was Colette, Wild Man was Linguini, H was Remy and E was Emile. If you ask me, it turned out great! It always feels good when you walk the park and get countless comments of admiration from people. (oh also, H had just woken up – very unhappily – from a nap when a lot of these pictures were taken)

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My mom and dad dressed up as Steam Boat Willie and Black and White Minnie. One of my sisters was Kuzco from Emperors New Groove and the other was Bo Peep from Toy Story (we found Woody and he loved her).

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The Cadaver Dans (regularly the Dapper Dans) perform out on Rivers of America during Mickey’s Halloween Party and its always one of my highlights of the party.

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The decorations and spooky effects, as usual were incredible. There is something extra magical about the park during the halloween party. Its amazing what Disney can do to the park. Ugh, I love it.

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The Trick-or-Treating was fun, but H got tired of it kind of fast so we didn’t hit all the different spots (ok by me) and instead we got in a bunch more rides! We still ended up with tons of candy too, so it was a win-win.

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Then there was the parade and firework show, also special to Mickey’s Halloween Party. The parade is my very favorite. The fireworks are also incredible. Its totally worth it to sit around for a while to claim a good spot for both of these events because you’re not going to see them anywhere else but during this party!

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It was a frightfully fun evening. I’m so glad we have this tradition of going to Disneyland Resort during Halloween time. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it a million times more, the best time to go to Disneyland Resort is during Halloween.

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