Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Limiting factor

I took the kids on an "easy" hike today.  Hikes usually consist of me prodding the children along as they look at every rock and bug and flower. I told Reed once that I should enjoy it, because one day they will be running ahead and dragging me along. Well, that day came. We hiked up Richards
Hollow to a waterfall and it was a beautiful day. This was my view:

I thought I had a few more years before I was the limiting factor.  Oh well.

I love taking the kids up into the mountains.  Even when I have to drag them there and they are not happy to be there, when they get up away from everything and using their bodies, their attitude changes.  Everyone is usually happy to go, but this time Mikey was mad because we didn't do the "beaver trail."  (Temple Sawmill trail- there are several beaver dams along that hike.) But after a little pouting and moaning, he had a great time.

Lunch at the waterfall.  Look at those cute dirty feet.  Everyone said it was only a mile to the waterfall.  It felt like 3.

You can't tell, but Abbie was super nervous to be up on this rock

The "throne" on the way up 

This was at the beginning, they wanted a picture on the rock.  Except Mikey, he was still pouting.

This is Will's pet moth "Night Flight." Which is an  ironic name, since it had deformed wings and never flew.  The boys tried to take care of it for several days and they loved playing with it.  They would let it crawl all over their bodies.  Ewww.  Will brought him along for the hike, where, eventually, poor little Night Flight passed on.  Will asked me to print this picture so he could always have it.

Sunday, June 21, 2015


The other night one of my sister's reminded me of one of the best videos.  (see June 2009, something about raisins.) So we all sat around the computer and looked back at the blog for an hour or so.  The kids loved looking back at all the pictures and funny little stories from the past 6 or 7 years.  It reminded me that I need to do it more.  I try to write in their journals as well, but this is fun with the pictures and little stories.  So I am going to try to do both again.  Thanks Nat for the reminder.

Memorial Day

May 2015

On memorial day we went down to Micah's birthday party, and on the way we stopped and Grandma and Grandpa Kayser's grave.  There were a ton of people there.  We found their graves and talked about them a litte.  Then Reed trimmed around the head stones.  Then Abbie and Mikey spend the next 20 minutes running around and picking up all the flowers that fell down.  They could have spent the whole day doing it.  Then we went to Micha's birthday party where the kids had a lot of fun playing with cousins.  And the only picture I got was of Micha's double wide...


May 2015

I snuck this picture during church.  Abbie loves to sing in church and we always bring a little children's songbook.  We forgot this week and she was so sad, so we went to the library and borrowed one.  She loves singing!


May 20, 2015

On May 19, it was my 6 weeks and I didn't have to use my crutches anymore...Well, at least I could put some weight on my foot, but after 6 weeks of non-weight, I still needed my crutches a little.  To celebrate, We took the kids to Lagoon.  Actually, it was my schools Lagoon Day, so I brought along the kids and the Reedo.  

This seemingly happy picture was before we went on one of the kids favorite rides.  It's some octopus thing and you can control going up and down and water can spray you, depending on where you are.  Well, Reed was so nice and let me in first "so he could help me." Actually, it was so I was on the inside and he could get me soaking wet.  See his face?  It's a scheeming face, he's so excited to get me wet, and believe me, he did.  

Will seems happy now, but you should have seen his face while going on the roller coaster.  This is on the white roller coaster that's not really white anymore.  He was pretty scared-but in a good way, right?
The kids started off the day by getting soaked in the fountain.


May 2015
One of the hardest things with my knee surgery was not being able to exercise.  It was really hard after a month or two.  I remember one morning I got up and was going to ride the spin bike (thanks Dad) one legged, propping my bad leg up on a bucket.  I got up too late to do it while kids were sleeping.  It was really hard to get up early because I couldn't sleep well.  You know, elevating the leg while in a brace and icing, not real comfortable.  Anyway, I just wanted to bike for like 20 minutes, but the kids were all fighting and fighting and ornery, which just made me more onery too.  Finally a light buld hit and I made them exercise with me.  We did 15 1 minute intervals.  At first I told them which exercises to do, then I let them choose.  It's amazing the difference before and after exercising.  There was no more fighting and we were all happier after getting a good dose of endorphins.  This is why when Will, Sam, or Mike are fighting or have a little attitude, I make them go run a lap.  They always leave rolling their eyes, but they come back much happier and with a much better attitude.
Here we have Will doing sit-ups, Sam doing mountain climbers, and the littles doing...maybe up-downs or running in place...not sure.

1-Legged Grocery Shopping

May 2015
Grocery shopping while on crutches was very hard.  In fact, I think I only went twice in 6 weeks.  Reed did a lot of shopping.  One time that I went I took Abbie and left the three boys home alone.  She was quite the helper and pushed the cart the whole time.  As soon as we got out in the parking lot, she wanted to push the cart and ride it.  It reminded me of Grandpa Edge and tried to get a picture of her doing it in her little rain botts.  It was pretty cute.  


May 2015
Abbie thinks she finally wants to learn to ride a bike.  With cleats and unders.  No, she isn't potty trained.  She really has no interest in it.  I wish she did.  At least she has her helmet on?

This is a common site around.  Will without his shirt, sitting outside, reading a book.  Commonly a comic book, like Fox Trot or Calvin and Hobbes. Over and over and over.


These are my cuties.  It's rare I get a picture and they are all smiling and not pulling ears or making funny faces (at least not that they can help).  Sure love them!


April 2015
We have one-o'clock church for one more week (thanfully).  Abbie (and all of us) would come home from church and be so tired.  One Sunday Abbie fell in the driveway coming in from church and couldn't stop crying.  While I was getting band-aids (the cure-all), I came back in the kitchen to this cute scene.  Will was trying to read to her and distract her so she would be happy.  What a cute brother.


April, 2015
After a fun spring break, I got to come home to knee surgery.  I had to get a "high tibial osteotomy." The surgery went well.  6 weeks non-weight taught me how impatient I am.  Good thing I have good kids and a good husband to make up for it.  Also, wonderful neighbors who fed us for a couple of weeks, even though we insisted we were fine.  Before the surgery I had a couple blessings, and in the blessings I was told that my knee would heal fast.  I was hoping that meant I could get off the crutches faster, but I still had to be on them for 6 weeks.  I will say that since I have been off the crutches, my knee has been healing great, and faster than I thought it would.  It is definitely not 100% yet, but I can bike and swim without pain.  Also without much strength, but at least that will come.  Another thing that was in one of the blessings is that I would be able to learn things I haven't yet had the chance to.  Being injured and dependent on those around you will teach you lessons; especially when you are an independent (and prideful) person.  I don't know how well I learned these lessons though!  

Spring Break

March 2015
 For spring break this year we went down to St George.  It was so nice to go be outside and we had great weather.  Abbie started posing for pictures and it was too funny.  

Will, Sam, and Mike would spend hours playing and exploring at different parks that we went to.  Here they made some sort of tunnels in the volleyball court.  
 Is it all rubbed in mom?
 Getting ready for a bike ride (Making ice cream with bikes).  I think all of the bikes got flats at some point.

 When there was some down time, the boys entertained themselves by making up some games in the backyard.  Will and Mike played golf and Sam pulled weeds.  If only I could get him to pull weeds at our house!

Birthday Shenanigans

Will wanted to have a birthday party at the park this year and it made it pretty easy.  We just did a bunch of games, like red rover, making castles with sugar cubes, toilet paper mummies, and sucking up candy with a straw.  It was a great time for everyone!  He just wanted a spider web cake, so that was easy too.  Dad made him a hatchet for his birthday and it has had a lot of use, and, surprisingly, no injuries yet.  Will is such a great kid and he's a good big brother to all his siblings.  He is setting a great example for them.   


March 2015
Did you know Elsa loves spaghetti?