Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Grad Party

After our stay at the B&B we got back on the road to find our munchkins and celebrate my niece, DaNell's, high school graduation. We got there in plenty of time to enjoy little moments like this.
 Then it was time to go to the park and celebrate this girl. We dined on some BBQ and some pizza and tons of other fattening food. What more could you ask for?

We also took some silly pics, because we can.

Love these kiddo's and I'm so happy to be a part of their lives.

Dear Miss DaNelly,
You are going to be a great asset to the world. Congrats on the gradation, getting your first job and for your upcoming college plans. I'm one proud Aunt!
Love, Aunt Becca

The Big 14!

This past week (May 20th) Mike and I celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary. That day wasn't much of a celebration since it was a Tuesday and we had to play responsible parents and work and get the kids to school and swim lessons. Mike did get me some beautiful flowers and a hilarious card. So in return, I got a speeding ticket on the way home, just for him. Thoughtful, right?

It was really a laid back evening overall since we both decided we couldn't cook on our anniversary. We ended up going out to eat dinner at 5 Guys on the way to swim lessons and that suited me just fine for I knew we had big plans for the weekend coming up.
Once the weekend finally arrived (after what seemed like forever), I met Papa and Grandma in Provo to give them the kids for a couple days. Then met up with Mike for some dinner at Texas Roadhouse.
Since it was just the 2 of us, we snapped a lot of selfies (bear with us).
After much debate on how to end the night, we ended up settling on seeing X-men Days of Future Past. It was really good. Then it was home for a quiet night and packing up for the weekend's adventures.
Saturday morning we had tickets to hit up Lagoon, but we woke up to pouring rain. We went to breakfast at Black Bear Diner and tried to wait it out a bit. But after several hours, it looked like it wasn't going to clear up in time for us to really enjoy and get what we felt like would be our monies worth from the tickets so we had to come up with a plan B.
Plan B consisted of doing some walking and shopping at the outlets in Park City. We had a good time and scored some mega deals at a couple stores. Then we went into town a little ways and had a late lunch/early dinner at Squatters. Then it was time to check in to a beautiful Bed and Breakfast in Midway.
 We stayed the night in the waterfall room at Johnson Mill.  We got there right at check in so it was a little chaotic but they showed us around and we walked around the grounds a bit taking in the sites. After getting our bags into the room, we took advantage of the pedal boat and went for a little stroll out on the lake with the swans.And then walking around a bit more.

Then we decided to venture into town and have some ice cream and the Fillerup Coffee shop and ice cream parlor. It was really good. When we were out on the lake we noticed a bunch of flags up on a hill, so since we were in town, we decided to go exploring and see what they were about. After a little climb up the hillside, we came about a nice little memorial for soldiers from Wasatch County that served in all of the wars. It was a peaceful place and we took a panoramic pic of the view. We couldn't get it all but it was a beautiful 360 degree view of the area where you could see all the mountain ranges. What an unexpected treat. 

 Then it was back to the B&B where we enjoyed some time sitting on our deck which was directly next to the waterfall, listening to the sounds and taking in the quiet of the mountain town. Then enjoyed a lot of time together. We enjoyed our time immensely and woke up to a beautiful sunny morning view and a hot breakfast of German pancakes, bacon and fruit. It was wonderful.

A special thanks to Mike for going along with my idea and for putting up with me all these years. Time to start planning next year's anniversary adventure. 

And another special thanks to Grandma Judi and Papa Ringo for taking the kids and the dog so we could make it happen. We don't know what we would do without you guys.

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Sandbox

The sandbox is up and functional. We need to get a couple more bags of sand for it, but I think they approve.
A big thank you to Daddy!

Mother's Day Weekend

I had another wonderful Mother's Day weekend here. It started on Friday when I went to pick up Faith and we met with goodies from the babysitter.
Then the boys all came home with cards and pictures they had made at school to make me feel special. It was too rainy to go out and about and do our errands and start on the yard work that we had planned on when Dad got home. Instead, we decided to call it a night in and ordered some pizza and Red-boxed a couple movies. It was perfect. Saturday Caleb's soccer game got cancelled so we hit the errands early and were able to scoop up the flowers for the yard (our annual tradition). It was supposed to rain some more, but after a few hours of waiting for it, we took our chances and got started with the planting. I'm happy to report that not only did we get the flowers all planted, but Mike also started a little project in the back yard of creating a designated sandbox area for the kids to dig. They adopted this corner for digging ever since we move in, so we thought it was fitting just to leave it that way for them. It was pretty chilly out there by then, so it really was a labor of love for him to get it done.
This year for my breakfast in bed for Mother's Day, Mike went the simple route with some oatmeal and toast. We had a good laugh about it. But seriously, I love oatmeal, so it wasn't a bad idea.
Then it was time to face the day. I got up and helped Mike finish up the sandbox and put the sand in and then I was off for my Mother's Day fun. I met a friend for lunch and shopping at the outlets in Lehi again. We had a great time and found lots of goodies. I came home with tons of new stuff for the kids and only a couple things for Mike, not sure how that happened. After we were done, we gathered up the men and kids and all went out for a nice dinner together at the Olive Garden. It was truly another awesome day. 
Thanks to my little family for showing me appreciation and love, as always. What would I do without you?