Friday, February 27, 2015

Hogle Zoo Field Trip



I love going on field trips with my kids! It's one of the top reasons why I homeschool. But I especially love FREE field trips!! 

Hogle Zoo and a few other places here in Utan have free admission during winter months on the last Wednesday of the month. Seeing it was the last day of this winter promotion I texted my sister-in-laws and we all planned a trip to the zoo with our bunches of kids. 
3 adults and 8 kids. It was tougher than I thought to wrangler these vibrate and adventurous ( I mean wondering) bunch. 
But it was worth it. My kids had so much fun! See my little birdies. Cati wanted to tweet for me. :)


The weather was perfect! So perfect that the zoo was packed but that didn't stop us from having a great time. We enjoyed our packed lunches while we waited to see the sealion show. My nieces and daughters loved sitting by the tank to see the sealions....or seals... whatever.... swim by. 
Plus we all enjoyed the extra cousin bonding time. My kids LOVE living so close to their aunts,uncles, and cousins. I never knew how much we were missing out on until now. 

I'm happy we went. I'm more happy that we had company :)
My kids and I all look forward to more homeschool/ family times :)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lazy headache days

I have been totally lazy these past few days. Not by choice but since I've been having major migraines that are lasting me 3 to 5 hours at a time. Which in turn just drain me to the point where I just want to sleep or lay around. But on the bright side I'm trying a new formula of essential oils. So far some days are better than others. So while I'm crouched  on my couch my kids have been doing school lessons, reading to me, coloring a lot, and helping mike make dinner. I'll get back on my feet as soon as my head stop pounding. :( 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Somewhere Hike

Living in a new city has helped us grow in more ways than we thought. Our old town we lived blocks away from the mountain trails. A small trail was right behind our old house. We could see deer running on the mountainside from our own backyard. We miss this convenience. So living in our new house in our new town it's mostly farmland. Ok it's 99% farmland. It's nice to see horses running fields, picking up local produce from the farm down the street, and being able to see more stars at night than we've ever seen. But our family have missed the trails. 


 But yesterday Mike and I loaded up our kiddos and drove until we found a trail. It shouldn't be that hard since Utah is surrounded by mountains but finding a trail near us was just a stroke of luck. Mike drove straight, then turned a few streets which he had no idea where he was but just kept heading straight until we found a trail. Yeah!
 Our family was so excited to hit the outdoors again. Ducati is our family river jumper. She's brushing up on her skills :)
 Something about being outdoors that just calms the spirit, cleanses the mind, and connects our family.
 Mike and Hailey had a nice daddy-daughter chat the entire 2 hours talking about everything and anything that came to mind.
 Mason and I are the family laggers who trail behind everyone. That's fine with us :)
It was so nice to just get out and enjoy nature at it's finest. I look forward to our next mystery trail hike. :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Ogden Dino Park

I love this weather. I love this fresh air. I love finally getting out of the house! And I love Groupons! They had a deal for 50% admission price to the Ogden Dino Park so I just had to do it!
 Since we homeschooling this gave Mike and I a chance to mix history, geography, art, science, and P.E. to be wrapped up all into one fun afternoon.
 My hubby totally enjoyed the Jurassic Park.
 He's always testing himself so he had to challenge himself to stand on the horn of this dino playset.
 So to ensure that our kids just didn't run around wild we assigned each kid to learn 3 "new" facts on dinosaurs. This was a challenge for Mason since he's an expert dino man.
 But they found out that the biggest dinosaur was the Giganticsaurus. That was easy right! It was even bigger than the T-Rex which was hard to believe for Mason. They learned that the Rabbit Dino which Ducati wanted to take home and cuddle.
 Lily learned about triceratops and their horns and skin. Which she now wants to find one and keep as a pet since they are so cute
 After looking around at all the dinosaurs outside we went inside to take a look at all at the indoor museum. This is where I made Mike a Valenetine.

And where Mike made me one too. Great minds think alike! ♥

(haha... Mike and I taking a selfie while our kids ran wild.... it's a benefit to having the museum to ourselves)

My little girl wanting a picture with her momma dino. I'm not sure if I should take that as an insult that I'm prehistoric old or compliment that she's getting into the dino mood. I'll take it that she loves me ♥

Monday, February 9, 2015

Ducati's Daddy Date

 Mike had the chance to go on an amazing and memorable daddy daughter date with Ducati on Saturday. They went to a father daughter dance. Mike loves these type of events.
Lily and I helped Ducati get ready for she special date. She put on her little kid makeup, all her special clothes and her gorgeous smile. ( all her special close are her Sofia the First dress, her cheetah flats, hello kitty headband, an her Elsa necklace) 
Mike went above and beyond to make this night special by knocking at the door for his date and presenting her with a  bouquet of flowers (fake so they will last the entire night) :) She felt so special that she couldn't stop smiling. 
She was so excited to go that they left our house a little early which meant they got to the dance early so they enjoyed the empty dance floor. This is where she brought out all her crazy dance moves. If only I could had recorded those moves :) Then they got some snacks, drinks, their face painted, some photos taken, and stood amazed by the real life disco ball...... Which according to Ducati was her life long goal. After enjoying everything Cati was ready to leave ( she's not a fan of big crowds) but when she came home she was all smiles for her special night with her first love, her daddy. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Date night

It's nice when I can get some private time out with one of my kiddos. Last night Hailey and I went out to dinner at Applebee's. Not my top choice but we had a coupon :) 
It was nice to talk with her. Learn that she's a secret sports fan. She wants to be a vet still. She wishes to go to DisneyLand someday. She hates when Lily wakes her up in the morning. And to hear all about her live in cousins at her other dad's house. 
I just loved the special time we were able to have. I need to make sure to never be too busy to go on dates. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Missed Truth

Mike gave me the wake up call that last year I only journaled 9 times. 9 times! Our life contained more memories than that.  We moved, then moved again. My stepdad left. My mom lived with us. Then she got her own play. My mom's new boyfriend. Broken down cars. Christmas miracle of family bringing the Christmas party to us. Holding a new nephew. Mike losing his best childhood friend, Wes. Losing a friend of mine, Andrew. The lost of family members, Alexander The Great. Meeting a new nephew, Jory, who's 19. Seeing my father in law, Brent, and making memories with our kids about laundry baskets. Our kids going back to school. Then back to homeschool.
I know there's more but at this moment it's all become a missed memory.
So I'm going to be restarting my journaling again.