JULY was a party. Kyle, Kacey and I drove to Washington (with Brittany too!) and celebrated Kacey's first birthday. We enjoyed the 4th of July by avoiding the crowds and hung around Papa and Rara's house.
The next day we packed up and took off for the Oregon coast with Aunt Jen, Jill and Jaden. We stayed in Seaside in a house right next to the beach of an inlet to the ocean.
All 11 of us rode together on one bike, we explored the ocean and Haystack Rock, and had a blast just relaxing.
I think we all wished we had stayed longer!
Hailey and I spent some time sewing for our self declared sewing week. Hailey sewed a small messenger bag for a friend, a belt, some bookmarks, and a lunchbag for her upcoming school year.
Kyle and I busted out our longboards for date night and cruised to dinner at Station Park. It had been way too long- it was so fun!
Curtis came to town at the end of the month for a dairy conference in Salt Lake City. We were so lucky to see him 3 times in one year!
For Pioneer Day my parents took the girls and I on a hike around Silver Lake- it was perfect for the littles.
AUGUST 1st Hailey lost her very first tooth! It had been loose all summer and finally popped out while eating lunch at Cate's house.
In an attempt to get in some last of summer fun, the girls and I explored Wheeler Farm with my mom one afternoon.
Of course we also tried to squeeze in as much Lagoon time as possible!
Hailey started first grade! What did she say was her favorite part of her first day? Eating lunch at school. :)
Jeanie came from Washington to visit family and we met up and went to Music and the Spoken Word at Temple Square together. We need to do that more.
SEPTEMBER was a fun filled month with first Kyle's parents visiting over Labor Day weekend. Second our fabulous friends the Hague's came to visit! That was awesome, having them stay with us. We went to Frightmares at Lagoon, toured around BYU and ate J-Dawgs, hiked around Silver Lake up Big Cottonwood Canyon, and just enjoyed being together.
At the end of the month we learned that Hailey had been accepted to the local charter school.
It was a hard and quick decision whether to move her. She had already been in first grade at the neighborhood school for 4 weeks- we were just starting to adjust to the new school year. We decided to try out the charter school because it has some neat programs that could expose her things she may not experience otherwise. She adjusted quickly to the change. It was harder on me than it was on her. Keira started preschool at home with two other friends in our ward. It's fun to be involved in her learning, but she still gets to interact with other kids during the week.
I turned 32 in OCTOBER. I'm still not sure how that is possible, but it happened.
We drove up to Snow Basin to cheer on a neighbor in his high school mountain biking race. It was a beautiful day for a picnic and enjoying the mountains.
I started hosting Science Friday once a month for the girls and their friends. In October we experimented with dissolving canding, producing carbon dioxide gas with baking soda and vinegar, and played with dry ice bubbles.
Of course we ended the month with Halloween: Honey Lemon, Batgirl, Robin, and a jedi.
Hailey turned 7 and Kyle turned 32 in NOVEMBER.
Kyle went to Colorado for a weekend hunting trip with his uncle and cousins. For preschool Keira and I went with our friends to the Living Planet Aquarium and hit up Chick-fil-A for lunch.
We celebrated Thanksgiving with Kyle's familiy. His parents flew in and spent the week with us while his siblings came up to visit for a day or two. I ran my first official 5k on Thanksgiving morning. I far exceeded my expectations and ran the whole race in 27:31. We rode the FrontRunner to SLC to see the lights at Temple Square and grabbed some hot chocolate from Starbucks on the way home.
The end of the month we had our first big snowfall of the year.
Keira turned 4 in DECEMBER.
The month flew by and before we knew it Christmas was here. Kyle and I spent Christmas Eve at the car dealership buying a new van. Hooray! Straight from the dealership we went to my parents house to spend the evening with them and Corinne and Taylor eating dinner and opening presents.
We woke up Christmas morning to a new coat of snow. It snowed all day long. The girls had a blast playing outside and we enjoyed the nice quiet day at home.
2016 was pretty great, but we're looking forward to an awesome 2017! Hopefully I can keep up!