Monday, July 14, 2014

Museum of Natural Curiosity: 5 things you should know

When Summer started, Paul and I decided to buy an annual pass to Thanksgiving Point. This post is not sponsored, but after going many times {and taking friends}, I decided I needed to share some of the things that make it more enjoyable for us.
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First of all, if you are wondering if the Museum of Natural Curiosity is really all that awesome, it is. It is worth every single penny, even if you don't have a pass. 

Although I have learned way more than 5 things to really enjoy this museum, these are the five most important ones. Like enjoy the little cafe they have inside the museum {which is not on my list}, it is pretty reasonably priced. Then you don't have to experience a kid exploding from hunger on the drive home. 
Tip #1: Don't bring a stroller.

Most everything requires you to leave your stroller in the "parking" outside each exhibit. Sabrina is definitely young enough to still be in a stroller, but I found it to be more of a hassle to take it. That being said, it is really busy, you have to keep a close eye on those little ones. Yes, I have lost her here once, and it was frightening.
Tip #2 wear a backpack instead of bringing a purse.

So much of this museum is hands on, and interactive. The first time I was annoyed with trying to keep my purse on my shoulder. I wanted to experience everything with my kids, and the backpack makes it much easier to do so. I totally conquered the rope bridges {don't wear flip flops, if you want to do this} right along side my adorable kiddies.
Tip #3 go later in the afternoon.

They are open until 8:00 PM, but not many people are going to take little ones that late. Close by after dinner time? I say rush over and enjoy it! If you go when the museum first opens, there has always been a line out the door to get in. We also found Saturdays are not as busy as you would think either.

Tip #4 stormy weather makes the museum busy. 

This one goes hand in hand with our third tip. When we have gone on gloomy/rainy days it is way more packed. People are trying to stay inside, and still have fun...I get it. 
Tip #5 go to Water Works last {one of the exhibits}.

Like a rookie, we did it first. You guys, listen to me. It is such a fun exhibit, but your kids will get wet...maybe even soaked! They have cute rain boots, and smocks, but it is inevitable. So, my kids had to walk around drenched, and were a little miserable. 

Have you gone? What is your favorite part? If you ask Savannah, her favorite thing is definitely the trading post in the Rainforest exhibit.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Slide the City - Giveaway

Who is looking for something unique and absolutely awesome to do this Summer? Have you heard of Slide the City? Well, it is coming to Salt Lake, and I think it looks like an absolute blast!
What doesn't sound fun about a 1,000 feet of soapy vinyl!? Sounds like the best kind of water party to be at. Also? Totally family friendly, or a fun date night adventure. Not convinced you want to go? Watch this video.

Here is the awesome part? They are letting me go {with Savannah}, and I get to give a couple tickets away for you to come too!

Come play with us! We want to see all of our friends there! 

Winner chosen: Jessica K
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Thursday, July 3, 2014

we need you.

I interrupt my regularly scheduled blog posts about Summer plans to talk about our lil' family business.
We own Sell Vending, a small operation of over a hundred vending machines. Not your snack and soda machines, the fun machines like cranes, arcade games, jukeboxes, and tattoo/sticker machines. We have been a success for almost a decade now. Insane to say that now, because it was a rough road at times.  
We are always looking for new locations, and a lot of it is just knowing the right person. That is why we need you. We want to pay you sweet mula to find us locations for our machines. 
We need bars for our jukeboxes, and every place in between. Our route runs as far North as Twin Falls, ID, and as far South as Spanish Fork, UT. We cover a large area that includes Heber, and even Tooele.
If this is something that interests you, I would love to chat about details. Email me: sellpartyof at gmail. We have all the paperwork, business cards, and information to make it easier for you too!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

2 years.

Today we celebrate. 2 years with our Bina baby. I am equal parts sad, proud, and amazed.

As we watched her fall to sleep, Paul said "She rocked our world 2 years ago!" That she did. The baby that surprised us twice, and has the best kind of story.
I am not shy to admit 3 kids was a hard adjustment for me, kids 2 years apart was hard for me, and making the big move to being a working Mom, to stay at home was hard too.
I look back on the past 2 years feeling proud, because I survived something hard for me. I can even feel amazed that I did it. 2 in diapers, 2 not sleeping through the night, nursing past the 1 year mark...I am stronger than I think I am.
I can also look back and feel sad that I don't have a baby anymore {it wasn't all hard and bad}. She has turned in to a smart, opinionated, independent little soul. I love watching her grow up, and learn. It is definitely bittersweet.
We felt strongly that our Sabrina was going to come to our family, and I am thankful she did. Her smile is contagious, her kisses are endless, and she takes her snuggling very seriously.
Sabrina was easy to fall in love with, especially when she flashes you her amazing smile. Feeling extra grateful that we got a happy ending after everything we went through to get her here. She is our miracle, and I will never understand how we got so lucky to have her in our family.
 Love you sweet Bina Jane.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Grandma Sell

A couple of weekends ago we got to have Grandma Sell come and stay with us. It was such a treat. 
Paul and I ran away for some alone time, and Grandma stayed with the kids and did an excellent job entertaining them! I never have to worry about our kids when Grandma is here, it is a good feeling.
Grandma bought Savannah a slip 'n slide, and everyone got to enjoy it. I had purchased a couple of little pots with seeds to plant our own tomatoes and strawberries. When they had left over seeds, we were off to buy more pots and soil. The kids loved doing this project with her. But the thing they look forward to the most with Grandma? Gas station walks. It is the simple things for them.
When kids were all in bed, the adults stayed up way past our normal bedtime to have long chats. I love talking to my Mother in Law, and wish this could happen more often.

When Grandma left, I think Savannah cried for a solid hour. Our kids really are so spoiled when Grandma {and Grandpa} come. 

PS They also were gifted Snackeez, and I am not lyin' when I say I love those darn cups!

PSS I never take enough pictures, and I always regret it.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

cleaning, projects, and crafts.

Our adventure a day is going to look a little different this week. I decided that I could enjoy our Summer waaaay more if we got some cleaning, organizing, and other stuff out of the way first.

I had been sick the entire last week, and I didn't see an end in sight. This is why I made other plans, in case I was still sick this week too...and needed to stick around the house. Luckily I got over my illness, but I still liked what I had in mind.

I have a long list of half finished projects, and a long list of things that have been nagging me to finally start.
We started with deep cleaning the garage, and then another day we did the car. We also got our carpets cleaned, which meant lots of cleaning of the house. I randomly decided to stain the back porch, a few slivers, but kind of a fun project.
When these bigger projects were finished, I had a lot of little fun projects around the house to do. I had bought some blank story books a few months ago, and we decorated those/finished the one I started for a gift. I bought a Banzai Wigglin' Water Sprinkler for the kids, and they spent a couple of hours playing with it. Best $10 I have spent recently. We also hit up the new splash pad close to our house, and a picnic dinner one night. 

Before Summer started I stocked up on random $1 toys, and the kids have gotten the bug house/net out to catch some gross things in our back yard. We also found some invisible ink pens I had been hiding for a rainy day, and made lots of love notes to each other.

We still have a lot planned for the rest of the week. It will include a lot of Grandma time, walks/riding our bikes, a couple of science projects and art projects, and a big water fight.

June ended up getting filled up with dentist appointments, doctor appointments, and Savannah is still going to girl scout camp too. It has been a lot to work around, but I am hopeful July should have a lot more field trips.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Blackridge Reservoir

Our first full day off of school we planned to do one of our favorite spots, Blackridge Reservoir. Most of the kids in our area still were in school, so we were hoping for it to be less busy. 
We planned it first thing in the morning, and we were not disappointed to be one of the few on the beach. It was perfect. We did meet up with some of our friends, which always makes it a little more fun.
I wish I could say this was my favorite trip, but that would be a lie. 

Savannah was in rare form, yes...Savannah! Devin got stung by a wasp right after we got there, and begged to go home. Sabrina didn't want to play in the water, she wanted to go to the playground. It was a tough crowd that day. We only made it a couple of hours, and headed to the closest place for a large Coke. 
We definitely need a repeat of the reservoir, because this time was a bust.