Hickety Pickety

We got to see Becky's family twice this week. They joined us at nature group on Tuesday and then came to our house to play afterwards. Ellie loved being around Rea and Sara, and Aelfric, Timmy, and Gideon all had fun building with blocks with their moms, if not with each other (they're a little young to play together yet). Then Wednesday we drove down to Springville to go to the splashpad with them. We had a lot of fun both days.
On Tuesday night Mike went to the BGDG meeting, and played the Citadel of Madness there. It went well. He got some new ideas and is currently working to implement them. Wednesday night Alison went to League of Utah Writers and learned about different ways to name characters and then critiqued some interesting chapters. Maybe soon she will have enough written in her novel to bring a chapter to critique group herself.
Sometime Wednesday the electricity in the master bedroom went out (and also one outlet in the spare room). We were so busy all week that…

Another week of wild berries

This was a full week. All week Mike has been working on a surprise expansion for The Perfect Moment. Jason Tagmire - Mike's publisher - asked him to prepare an expansion as a stretch goal for the kickstarter campaign. It has been fun so far to come up with some new abilities as it has been a while since the game has changed.
Rea started horseback riding lessons this week. She has four lessons, every Monday night from 6 to 7pm. She is very, very excited and she had a wonderful time. She learned to signal the horse to walk and to stop and practiced posting and trotted a few steps. She is very proud of herself. She was also eager to tell everyone about how one of the older girls in her class got bucked off a horse! That was a little scary, but Rea still loves riding.
Wednesday was the 4th of July, so we went to the pool park and picked some chokecherries. They were not as ripe as they could have been, but we still got a ton of ones that were fairly ripe. Mike and Rea were the main p…

Currant Events

This week the kids have been playing with the Marissa Dalyai a lot. The Dalyais are our best friends, and they are moving out of our neighborhood and closer to the library. We will miss being able to walk or bike over whenever we want, so we played with them almost every day this week.

Mike had Board Game Design Guild and Alison had League of Utah Writers this week, so it was busy. The kids took naps and cleaned up so that they got to watch movies both nights, so they were pretty happy.

During the week, the kids got a card from Grandma Sheila and Grandpa Mike with stickers and $20 to do something fun. On Thursday, we went to the grocery store and spent the money on supplies for an ice cream bar: ice cream, cones, chocolate coconut sauce, walnuts, sprinkles, whipped cream, and cherries. It was a very fun family activity. Thank you, Grandpa and Grandma!

Friday we sat around after dinner lamenting our lack of date planning. Alison checked the internet and found a free "Youth Perform…

She eats a pie a day - oh wait that's me - but anyway

Last week we forgot to post a blog post, so this will cover both weeks.
Last Tuesday Mike ran a 5k. It was the first time in a long time that he has run at all. His feet hurt afterward, but he got a big mug as a reward. It seems like a beer mug. We are not sure what this is supposed to teach us.
The kids and Alison are going to the pool all the time now, and because of this they are getting tanned. They still apply sunblock liberally (our sun block makes you look sort of vampireish, and it keeps you from getting burned, but still you get tanned). All the kids are really brave. Rea has started to dive from the diving boards head first, Sara is putting her head under as she swims, Timmy is coming off the steps, and Gideon is crawling on the steps.
On Saturday we went strawberry hunting, and got a lot of berries. There were also gooseberries too. The girls picked the box on the right by themselves, and Alison picked the box on the left. Gideon is holding Mike's box. Timmy and Gideon…

The week of camping

Alison came down with Gideon's cold on Tuesday. This was a big problem because we were leaving for our nature group camping trip on Thursday. Alison spent most of Tuesday and Wednesday sleeping in hopes of getting better enough to survive the campout; the kids watched lots of movies.

Thursday morning the kids helped Alison pack up and we drove down to Payson and way, way up the canyon to the campground. It was one of the most beautiful parts of Utah we've ever seen. If we could deal with a 30 minute drive out of the canyon in order to get anywhere, we would love to move there, since it seems we're not supposed to leave Utah.

There were around a dozen families at the campout; we knew about half of them from our regular nature groups. Our kids made some new friends, and they spent lots of time running around and playing with the other kids while the adults sat in the shade and talked. It was much hotter than normal up in that mountain this weekend. We made costumes out of na…

It's So Easy, Even Mike Can Do It!

Monday was Memorial Day, so we had our traditional Memorial Day BBQ. The Strombergs came this year; we had lots of fun. The kids love playing together, and the adults enjoyed sitting and talking while the kids were all occupied. Alison also drove out early Monday to buy a Vitamix blender. She has been wanting one for years, and she is very excited. She isn't quite accustomed to making smoothies in it yet, but it makes wonderful peanut butter out of raw peanuts, which is very cool.

The kids have been playing with Duplos a lot this week. Mike discovered that he doesn't mind as much when the kids have Duplos all over the floor as he minds other toys, probably because he likes LEGO so much. The kids have really enjoyed it.

This week, Rea lost another tooth. Sara has her first loose tooth. Timmy's excited for his birthday (15 days and counting... constantly!). Mike is doing more work on his management book - he's thinking about Kickstartering ia second edition to pay for ed…

Biking USA

For years now, Alison has been trying to get the whole family biking. After an array of (expensive) attempts that haven't worked, we finally have a functional system! Alison has a nice road bike and tows a double bike trailer with Gideon in it. Timmy has a balance bike that he rides sometimes (very slowly), and then he gets in the trailer, which has a trunk that holds the balance bike. Sara also has a balance bike, which she is loving! She can keep up with or even pass Alison towing the boys! Rea has a nice 20 inch geared bike that can go faster than anyone else in the family (since the adults never get to go full speed on family rides). And Mike still has the bike he got in high school, so it's obviously a good solid bike. We have gone on bike rides every day this week, usually around 2 miles round trip. It's been wonderful!

Gideon has begun using much more complex sentances lately. One of the first ones we noticed was one night when he was ready for bed and wanted to be …