Friday, March 27, 2015

Funtopia Utah

I like adventures, and I like to try new things. I want my kids to have lots of unique experiences, and try everything at least once. Even if they don't end up falling in love with it, I want them to be able to say they tried it.

My kids tend to be a little more timid when it comes to things like heights, water, and rides.

When I saw the opportunity to go to Funtopia Utah, I jumped at the chance. Haven't heard of it? Neither had I until I saw it on the news {click on that link, watch Casey Scott do the slide and picture my face}, and I am so glad we were able to experience it. 

Funtopia Utah is a place with 26 different themed climbing elements, you are sure to find something you love doing. We didn't know what we were doing, and the employees were so helpful and patient. Honestly, Tanner made our experience what it was, and I was so thankful for him.
My kids were totally hyped up to climb, and then they got 2 feet off the ground and were terrified {there were tears!}. I hooked up to a wall, acted like my legs weren't shaking, and scaled that wall. I got to the top, and I am not gonna lie...I did not think that rope was going to catch me when I let go. It did, I am here to tell about it. Phew! See kids, so fun! Now stop crying and start trying!
Tanner was so good at encouraging and helping Savannah and Devin. I admit, I lack patience when I see my kids just give up. We all learned some valuable lessons in that hour at Funtopia Utah. Instead of getting lots of amazing pictures of my kids conquering walls, we worked hard on setting goals for going a little higher each time.

We may have found a new hobby for Devin, he has asked numerous times the past week when he gets to go back. If you have an adventurous kid(s), this is right up your alley! It is such a fun way to stay active. Try it, and tell me what your kids think!

Information:

Name: Funtopia Utah
Address: 401 S 850 E Lehi, UT
Admission/Cost: $18 for 1 hr of climb time

Sunday, March 15, 2015

highlights of the Classic party

Devin has been asking for close to 2 years to go to the "skate park" aka Classic Skating. It is all he really wanted to do for his 5th birthday party. His excitement was contagious, and he really did have a little sparkle in his eyes all day.

We reserved a table, ordered pizza, got unlimited soda refills, ice cream, cupcakes, a giant card for everyone to sign, tokens, skating, free bull ride, yada, yada, yada. Totally worth the money!
Devin got to request a song for the DJ to play, and a shout out that it was his birthday. When I asked him what song he wanted played, he said "Mom, I want something from Annie!" Yeah, that is my sweet kid. They didn't have the Annie soundtrack. I know, I am shocked too. hahaha. He went with something a little more popular, and was still happy.

Paul, Jackie, Devin, Savannah, and myself all took rides on the mechanical bull. Some of us needed help on to the bull, and our rides were short. Totally worth the laughs, pulled muscle, embarrassment, and bruises.
Devin got to go in the Prize Cube {wind tunnel to catch tickets}, plus he got lucky with a jackpot win in the dimecade. He ended up carrying out a sweet skateboard from the redemption counter.
We didn't realize Jackie and Taylor had only been skating a few times combined in their entire lives. They were such good sports, and we were so happy they braved the skating rink with us. 
Kyle was totally in his element, and our kids loved every minute of him being there. Sabrina loved how fast Kyle went while she was in the stroller. They were spoiled by his entertainment, cotton candy, lazer lights, etc. And he still has crazy impressive skills while wearing skates.

It was one of those days that you want to bottle it all up so you don't forget how fun it all was. I loved having our brothers there, and Taylor made a quick buddy in Sabrina. Sabrina doesn't fall in love fast and hard, but she did with Taylor. 

Even though this day was all for Devin, we definitely all scored! 

Monday, March 2, 2015

confidence: try something new

A few months ago the Bishop asked me to be in charge of our Young Women's girls camp, and to be their sports director too! I laughed when the words came out of his mouth. Uh, I don't camp, we don't even own sleeping bags. I have never played sports, and can't remember the last time I even exercised. I still can't believe I said yes.
I remember thinking that if I wanted the girls to get excited about playing basketball, I needed to be excited about playing too...not just coaching them.

I was so nervous the first week I walked in to that gym to play. I thought I could put on a jersey, be a really good cheerleader, and be that constant player to come so we never had to forfeit.

Something unexpected happened in that gym for me though.

I wanted to learn to play. I wanted to win. I liked the exercise. I fell in love with the women, and had fun being a part of their team.

I am so glad that I had the confidence to try something new, because it gave me new people to love. I honestly can not wait until next season, even though our team will probably look totally different. 

Who knew trying something new would be so much fun. Take that confidence!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

a goal for confidence.

Last week as I was driving to a Dr appointment for the 2 littles, I had a thought hit me light a bolt of lightning. It was odd, really. I had not been thinking about anything in particular, but this thought was clear as day. I decided to choose a "One Little Word" for 2015 right then and there.

Confidence.

As I sat in the office that day, the kids playing at my feet waiting for the Dr, I thought of this word. The Dr came in and made small chat with me. She casually mentioned how smart Sabrina was, and used the Lord's name in vain in the process. Devin immediately perked up, and told her that wasn't a word we use. Well, what should have been a PMM, it turned into something very different. The Dr immediately questioned Devin as to who taught him this, and that it wasn't something bad to say. 

I was embarrassed. I wanted to crawl in a hole. I didn't know how to handle the situation. I tried to change the subject, and Devin went back to playing.

I couldn't help but realize as I loaded the kids back in the car, I did indeed need to work on my confidence. Of course as I drove home I thought of a million things I could have said, but none of those came out when I needed them to.

Although people see me as an outgoing person, and some even were baffled at the idea that I need to work on my confidence...I really do. 
I have always had a hard time standing up for myself. I have definitely gotten better at it, but I would like to think I can always strive to become something more.

So, 2015 is my year to be confident. I want to try new things, meet new people, be good at standing up for something I believe in. I want to be confident in my body, and the way I carry myself. I want to have confidence in my knowledge of parenting my children, and decisions I make in our home. 

I have a good feeling about it, I will keep you posted.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

a family adventure.

Last year we had one gigantic goal, cut back! That means I had to learn to cook more, limit my Crazy 8 and Target trips, and lots of boring nights at home. Was it hard to adjust? You betcha. Have we gotten use to all of it yet? Nope. We like to be on the go, and I love spending money. This goal trickled in to 2015, and it might just stay around forever.

We have gotten really creative in our boredom. We play games, we do lots of crafts, and some nights we just clean. Are you jealous of my life? I know, it is glorious.

One Saturday we were literally going crazy, and we decided to go on a long drive...and do some surprise visits. {Do I even need to mention the insanely low gas prices? I mean, everyone is talking about it.}
We drove to the farthest place we wanted to visit, and worked our way back home. I put a status on Facebook warning people to put bras on and clean up their houses. I updated it throughout the day with pictures of our stops.
Our first stop was Jill's house, but she wasn't home. Whomp, whomp, whomp. We didn't want it to start off like this, so we found out she was at WalMart. I ran in and hugged her in the medicine isle.
We headed north to Shane and Kelsey's house. We were sad our little Dominic was sleeping, but we got to see all the fun improvements they have made on their house.
Our last stop was Cathy and Dan. How could we go to Utah County and not see them!? She was watching my status on Facebook, wondering if she was going to be one of the stops. 
We made stops at both of the Water Gardens theaters, dinner, a gas station stop in between our favorite people stops.

This was one of our favorite days. I think we were gone for more than 8 hours, and we decided we needed to do more days like this.

Thank you to everyone for letting us in your houses without much warning. We are thankful to have so many wonderful people in our lives. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

doin' it right.

I have found that parenting will probably always be hard, just different things will make it this way. Babies like to make it hard by not sleeping through the night,  2 year olds like to throw tantrums, 10 year olds are extra hormonal, and I could probably come up with something for every age.

We have a 10 year old in this house that is bossy and sassy...and is smarter than me, obvs. Boy howdy is it fun! I think we all look forward to Monday's, because we need a break from each other.

The fun thing about parenting is you are constantly learning. Even though I have been a Mom for a decade, I have never had a 10 year old. It is all new to me, we are all just trying to figure out what works. We have lots of hard days, buckets of tears, and plenty of stomping to bedrooms with a nice slam of the door.

Just when I am about to throw in the towel, something good happens. Does this happen to anyone else?

Last Friday I picked up Savannah, and knew right off it had been a bad day. Just like the previous 4 days. 4th grade is hard yo! 

She looked at me and said "Mom, I don't even want to tell you, you are gonna be mad!"

Uh, since I didn't get a phone call from the school, it couldn't be that bad, right?

She proceeds to tell me how they took a timed quiz in class, and when she knew she wasn't going to finish, she copied off of her neighbor.

Is it bad that the first thing I said was..."Well, did you get caught!?"

She then tells me that she didn't get caught, but after she turned her work in, she didn't feel good. She started to get emotional, and had to go and tell the teacher what she had done.

I clarify with her..."So, you told on yourself?"

Yup!

Did I get mad? Nope, I laughed hysterically thinking my kid told on herself for cheating.
Moral of the story: 

I must be doing something right, even when I feel like I am doing it all wrong. 

Now pass the Coke and chocolate so I can survive the teenage years.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

who am I? who can I become?

I recently got the boot from teaching the Sunbeams, and got a couple of new callings with the Young Women in our ward. I have quickly fell in love with these young ladies, and truly feel at home with this group. I am so excited to plan girls camp, I do admit I don't know what I am doing. I am going on faith and a prayer, or something like that.

Even though I am not in the presidency or a teacher, I have been invited to attend class and activities. Our lesson this past week was especially good for my lil' soul. 

As the girls answered the question "Who Can I Become?", I loved all of their responses. One girl wants to own a farm, one girl wants to marry a return missionary, one girl wants to have 2 kids. I remember being that age, and hoping for all those things too. 

After they all shared their big, grand goals, I thought of mine. I couldn't help but feel emotional. I am living what I dreamed of, and what an honor that I get to. I didn't always believe I deserved it, or that it would happen for me. Thankfully I have a loving Heavenly Father that has always been watching out for me.

Although being a Wife and a Mother isn't what everyone dreams of, it was my dream. It didn't all come as naturally as I thought it would, but I try every single day to be better than I was the day before. So thankful for the opportunity that I have, and feel especially lucky.