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Cowabunga Bay and an overdue birthday celebration

If you’ve ever been on your way to Happy Valley or the Ikea in Utah and driven past this brightly colored, enormous structure on the side of I-15 with kids in your car you’ve undoubtedly heard, “Whoa, what IS that?!?”  Followed by, “Can we pleeeease, pleeeease go there?!”    My kids have stared in awe each time we have passed Cowabunga Bay with it’s Woody Surf Wagon suspended high in the air and the surfing cow beckoning to them.   This is precisely what happened when our buddy, Rourke, saw this place from the back seat on his way to Ikea with his mom.   “THAT,” he said, “is where I want to go for my birthday.”     His mom, Teresa, organized a perfect day for us to celebrate with him complete with a cabana and cabana boy to serve us treats all day.

His actual birthday was a month ago and we were anxious to finally celebrate with him.   When the day finally arrived we woke up to black clouds, grey skies and a torrential downpour.    Teresa and I panicked.  How were we going to best break the news to the boys that we’d have to celebrate elsewhere and someplace definitely less cool?    We decided that the rain couldn’t hold out all day and packed everyone up to make the drive down anyway.    By the time we stopped to pick up Teresa and Rourke the clouds parted and blue skies were peaking through.    When we pulled into the parking lot we looked at each other and said, “this is going to be perfect… we totally lucked out.”     The weather was perfect and the crowds were no where to be found.    We could not have asked for a better day to celebrate our best pal’s big sixth birthday.

Some pictures of the perfect day.    The boys didn’t stop smiling!

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One very excited boy, squeezing the daylights out of his mom! :)

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Ricky bought a snorkeling set a couple days before and couldn’t wait to test it out.

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The lazy river was just as fun as the steep waterslides.

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Total bliss for the birthday boy!

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So many awesome slides to choose from.

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A short little video of our fantastic time:

 

After Cowabunga Bay we headed back to Rourke’s house for some sparklers, smoke bombs, other fireworks and some cake.

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Rourke’s tricky mom put trick candles on his cake.   Those suckers kept relighting and relighting.    My favorite part was when Rourke realized what was happening, smiled and said, “A little help here.”

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Of course everyone wanted to help!

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Teresa and Rourke, thank you for such an amazing time.   We couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend the day.  We are so blessed to have you!
We love you!
Love,
Heather and the boys.

Teresa - We love you!! Thanks for braving the adventure with me!

Leanne - Perfect!!

DeEtta Bird - I loved watching the video, especially the big bucket of water falling on everyone. What a fun day.
Happy Birthday Rourke.
DeEtta

4th of July

Our 4th of July was a quiet one spent at home this year.    The past few years we have spent the day at home, but have had many friends and family over to BBQ and hang out.   My parents had tickets to see the Real Salt Lake game so they couldn’t come and everyone else seemed to be gone or have other plans this year.   Plus, I really wanted to get some cleaning and organizing done, so I spent the holiday doing just that but feeling guilty the whole day for not making the day more exciting for my boys.     They enjoyed their day just fine, doing the slip n slide with friends and playing outside just like any other Saturday.   I just couldn’t help but feel bad that I wasn’t making it more fun.

But, my parents came to the rescue!   On their way to the game, they stopped by with a huge box of fireworks for the boys.    They boys were thrilled.    Ricky was probably the most excited… he saw the huge box, squeezed my mom so hard when giving her a huge hug and ran off to tell his friends, so he isn’t pictured with any fireworks, but boy it made his day!

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Our obligatory pictures by the flag.

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When the sun started to go down, our neighbors gathered and we had a little impromptu firework party in our circle.   We lit all of the fireworks we had and then sat back to watch all of the huge, likely illegal for Utah, fireworks going off in every direction from our house.    It was pretty amazing.

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I was attempting to use a remote on my camera but kept having trouble…. so I didn’t get too many good firework photos. :(

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This one, was a little too close for comfort!

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We are so thankful for my thoughtful parents and awesome neighbors who turned our night into an amazing holiday and not just another Saturday.

Love,
Heather

Denver

Last week we all took a trip to Denver, not only to celebrate my mom’s oldest brother’s birthday but also to see a Colorado Rockies game.  Ken has talked about taking the boys to see a Rockies game for quite awhile.   Since we were planning a trip already, my parent’s gave him tickets to the game for his birthday this past May.   This was the first MLB game that my mom, sister and all the boys had ever been to and the game was awesome.  Ricky said the only thing he wanted to see was a home run by the Rockies and a for the Rockies to catch a home run hit over the fence.  Wouldn’t you know it, the Rockies hit 2 home runs and they made an amazing out, catching the ball over the fence… Ricky was excited.

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As we walked to the concessions, someone handed Benny this card advertising Star Wars night at Coors Field in August.   Benny was almost as excited about this card as he was his souvenir baseball bat.   However, he thought for sure we’d be coming back for Star Wars night and asked over and over again to please go!    He didn’t quite understand that we weren’t making another trek to Denver just for Star Wars night.   Regardless, he hung on to this post card the whole game!

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The boys loved swimming first thing the in the morning and last thing at night.

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Swimming is always more fun when your uncle is there to toss you around.

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Most of all, the boys had fun playing with their cousins.   My aunt and uncle fixed an amazing dinner, set up the slip n’ slide and let our dirty kids soak in their hot tub.   The boys were in heaven!

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And the main reason we were in town was for my Uncle Ed’s, card playing, poker winning, gambling themed birthday!   My cousin’s, Jill and Jeremiah, did a wonderful job hosting in their beautiful yard, had wonderful food and a fun theme complete with personalized poker chips and playing cards.70th Birthday PartyEd has owned a construction company for years and his cake was just perfect!    Wood grain cake with measuring tape letters.    Amazing job on the cake by my cousin’s Brandon and Dani.

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My mom and 3 of her siblings, (there are four more who couldn’t make it to the party)

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Uncle Ed and a portion of his beautiful family.

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We had such a wonderful time and were so happy to be able to celebrate with you all.
Love,

Heather

 

Summertime 2015

We’re officially two weeks summer vacation and much like my mom has done for the past 40+ years of summer vacations, I’m already starting to panic at the thought of how little summer we really have left.   Since my mom retired this year she is living this summer carefree with no countdowns.   I, on the other hand, have already realized that we have less than 9 weekends before the first day of school and very few of those do not have plans scheduled already.  We’re busy planning lots of summer fun, however there are other things I want to do this summer and fear that we won’t have time.   We’re doing our best to cram in as much fun as possible.   In between the big things we have planned, we’re maximizing on the little things…. the things that I enjoy most about summer.  Things like:

Making Smores by the fire in our backyard.   This summer were doing it regularly, not once or twice like we did last summer.

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Having popscicles with as many kids as I can round up in my yard.

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Watching my basketball loving boy practice in the culdesac.

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Watching my awesome husband play catch with the boys under a beautiful sunset.

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Watching the freckles darken and multiply on Benny’s nose, however Nolan informed me that I am the “champion of freckles in our family”

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Hearing the laughter of the kids in sprinklers or jumping on the trampoline… or both at the same time!

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Sitting with my toes in the water, watching my boys and friends kayak just minutes from our house..

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Witnessing intense Lightsaber battles between brothers and best buds.

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Hope you’re enjoying both the big things that your summer may bring and the little things.
Love,
Heather

Boy!

This right here is the sweet profile of our baby BOY!    I’m meant to be a mother to boys and we are all very excited to be adding another.

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We can’t wait to meet our little guy.
Love,
Heather