Wednesday, August 20, 2014

our company.

A few months ago one of Paul's dearest friends from his old stompin' grounds {Tracy, CA} sent me an email that they were coming to Utah. Of course I jumped at the chance to have them visit us. They gave me free rein to plan their vacation days, and I was only a tiny bit nervous they weren't going to have fun. We figured out we haven't seen them since Savannah was 2ish. Yup, long overdue visit. 
It was the most chill, fun, amazing time we have spent with friends in a long time. It was so nice to hear Paul laugh, and laugh really hard. It was fun to get to know Christina, and feel like we were old friends too. It was lovely to watch our kids instantly connect, and have a blast together.
We went the Museum of Natural Curiosity, the "zip line park", Liberty Park, took a tour of the Conference Center, danced in the rain, played on the slip 'n' slide, ate lots of food, and talked until way after our kids were suppose to be in bed.
Savannah cried herself to sleep the night they left. I was left wondering why all the people I love the most have to live so far away. It was such a highlight of our Summer.
Bess Family,

We love you.
We miss you.
We should see each other sooner rather than later.

Sell Family

PS You made it on the blog! Fist Bump! {wink, wink}

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

hitting the wall.

I remember "the wall" from last year, and imagine happened to me again. I finally hit that wall of wanting Summer to be over, wanting everything to go back to some sort of normal, and ready to sit on my butt for an entire week to recover. 

Don't be fooled, we have still been playing. Even when I don't have an ounce of energy to do it. We are still going to the park, and still get out the slip and slide, but I am done. I stopped planning play dates, I stopped being really motivated, and I stopped scheduling {I totally wing it}. Honestly, it has felt really good. It makes me less crazy to work around a schedule, and trying to plan around others schedules too.

I didn't realize that Savannah had made a Summer bucket list until a couple of weeks ago. I freaked out a little when I noticed she had 10 or so things still to cross off, one of which was staying in a hotel. I may have also patted myself on the back when 20+ things had been crossed off without me even trying. Glass half full, friends. I am excited to tell you some of the fun things she had on this list that were super easy, and fun!

A little less than 2 weeks left of this Summer gig, I got this.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Our Drink & Treat Stand.

Last year it was the highlight of our Summer doing a {non} lemonade stand. It had to be repeated. We asked our Cathy if she wanted to do it again, and with a was on the schedule.

Now that I have done it two years in a row, I learned a thing or two. We did do things a bit differently this year, and I don't think our stand was as successful. But we had just as much fun.
This year we didn't do as many baked goods, because of laziness on my part. Those were our best sellers this year, and last. Duly noted, I won't be lazy next year, and I will make the majority of what we sell baked goods.

The vending toys are a huge hit. The kids swarm those little toys, and we had to run home for a refill. 
This year I did buy lemonade, unlike last year. It was one of the favorite drink choices, even if it was in a can. So, I did do something right.

I definitely think this will always be a thing we do, because our kids love it that much. They love working the cash register, and being in charge of the "business" like grown ups. I can only handle doing it once a year though, it is a lot of work.
Thank you to all of our neighbors and friends that make it successful and fun for us. Also, a special thank you to Cathy for helping, and baking the delicious cookies everyone was raving about. Also, photo cred to Cathy on all pictures as well.

We will see ya'll on the corner next Summer.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Wicked - Capitol Theater

It was about 6 months ago that the kids and I were listening to Pandora, and the song Popular from Wicked came on. I came right home and bought it, along with a few other songs from the musical. I decided that I must go see it when it came to Salt Lake, and asked Cathy if she wanted to join me. I didn't know much about this musical, and have not been a long time fan, like most. We bought the "cheap seats", and were excited to see what all the buzz was about.
After much discussion, I planned for us to take Trax downtown. We got a quick bite to eat, headed to the station, and waited for our train. While we waited we made our "Mamba teeth". We giggled like we were 12, and I still am giggling at these pictures.
Taking the train was easy, but not necessarily cheaper than parking for the event. It was nice to do something out of our comfort zone. We had a crazy man sit next to us, even though the train was empty. I have never seen a person hold so tight to their purse {Cathy, I am lookin' at you!}.
Wicked did not disappoint, however our seats were not my favorite. I was kicking myself that I didn't buy more expensive tickets. I had 2 little girls talking next to me, and one behind me kicking my seat for most of it. I guess I would have been bugged if I spent even more money, and that had happened. Chalk it up as a learning experience. I would love to hear from people what is the best seats in Capitol Theater to sit in? I want to go again, and have a better experience.
Cathy and I hopped back on the train, and made it home safe and sound. We made a quick stop at the gas station for a late night Coke, and had lovely conversations about nursing, Motherhood, and life. 

I am thankful to have such a supportive husband to stay home to watch our kids, and friends that don't mind going on adventures with me...even though the train almost put her over the edge. 

Wicked, next time I won't go cheap...pinky swear.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Slide the City - Salt Lake City

Savannah and I were thrilled to be able to go to the Slide the City here in Salt Lake City over the past weekend. It was the first city they visited, and are planning visits all over the United States. I think/hope they learned a lot from Salt Lake being the first one, lucky for the rest of you folks. 

With the intense heat we have had, we decided to go later in the afternoon and stay to shut the slide down. After the stories I heard and a few things we saw, I was glad we made this decision. 
The check in went pretty smoothly, and we were ready to hit the slide. There were massive amounts of people, and the line was pretty long. I thought it would go quickly when I saw how many people they were sending down at a time. As we waited almost an hour, we were highly entertained and slightly horrified to watch people come down the 1,000 foot slide. People were colliding, crashing, and having a blast. 
Our first time down was a complete disaster. I quickly realized that this was not for little kids, in my opinion. We got plowed by a 200+ pound man, and Savannah was scared...and bruised up. After tears the entire time down, and all the way back up to the top of the hill, Savannah wouldn't go back down. 

We watched a girl get taken off on a stretcher, and it didn't help Savannah feel any more confident about going. So, I learned the second time down that the best way to go was on your tube, on your stomach. After that it was 100% better. I laughed, and screamed, and loved it. The volunteers also were not sending as many people down at the same time, smart idea! 
Our friends finally gave Savannah a little peer pressure, and she went down on our third time down. She had fun, and we ended our night on a high note. 

We were disappointed that the times changed, they went from keeping the slide open late...until just 7:00 PM. I know they changed the time on the website a few days prior to the event, but they had a lot of unhappy people. I also saw "sold out" online, but they were still selling slide passes up until 6:00 PM. So a little bit of confusion happened, but I think it is all preventable in the future. 

We did enjoy slip 'n slidin' in our city. Definitely something we won't forget. Thanks Slide the City for bringing it to our hometown. 

Name:  Slide the City 
Address: {click on the link for cities} 
Admission/Cost:$15-$45 per person

Friday, July 25, 2014

Highland Glen Park

Highland Glen Park has been on our to do list since last Summer. This is one of the places Cathy suggested we go to, and I never got around to it. We only ended up doing it this year, because of a cousin birthday party that was planned. 

Our last visit to Blackridge Reservoir was a little disappointing. Not because of the company or toys though, we had the best of the best with us that day. It is because of ridiculously low water levels, and it makes it not as fun...and extra stinky. It still has that wasp problem too, like dozens all over by where the kids are trying to build castles. Have you been recently? Hoping they fix it soon. 
Any-who, back to Highland Glen Park. I was excited to try to find something that was comparable to our go-to "beach" spot. Turns out this was more than comparable, maybe even a good replacement. We loved Highland Glen Park, like a lot. It wasn't busy, it was perfect. The kids have asked me every day since to go. 
They do have a sandy beach area, but the sand is hard. You can still build a castle, but it is definitely not squish between your toes. It is more rocky, and uncomfortable. That being said, it has a lot of grassy areas, shade, and picnic tables. The grass is close enough to sit and easily watch kids swim. 

I noticed on the drive in a cute little playground, and the kids begged to stop. It has a little zip line, which they are currently obsessed with doing. 

We probably would never try it {I would have to buy too much stuff}, but they do have docks for fishing too. 


Name: Highland Glen Park  
Address: 4800 W Knight Ave Highland, UT (you can also access the park off of Cedar Hills Drive/North County Blvd) 
Admission/Cost: Free

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.
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. 


Name: Thanksgiving Point - Museum of Natural Curiosity
Address: 3605 Garden Drive Lehi, UT
Admission/Cost: $15/adults - $12/kids