Friday, July 17, 2015

Dan and his projects.

Since finishing his externship, Dan has been a busy little boy! he doesn't like to just sit and relax. (lucky for my mom haha)
He wanted to do some nice things for my mom since she has been so good to us and letting us live here while doing our externship. He cleaned out her garage; cleared everything out, mopped the floor, and organized it. Then the next day he decided to tackle the shed. He found too many mice for my mom, or my taste, so we sat by and just watched! ;) It took him so long, but it looks so amazing!
Next day he decided he wanted to make my mom a permanent fire pit. It was originally going to be a simple little hole with the fire pit she already has, but turned into a gorgeous new built in stone one! IT looks amazing! It only took a few hours of digging and stacking and it was done. It was done so quick that Dan decided to take that shovel out toward the pine trees and start digging a hole for the trampoline! haha, see--can't just sit and relax! 2 days of digging for Dan and Tyler (and some dedicated kids) and that trampoline was buried in the ground making it the perfect addition to my moms yard! The kids play on it so much more now, and the parents are much more relaxed knowing the kids won't fall off and break any bones!
We are currently working on a Teepee for Stori's birthday...this is my kind of project! It's going to be fun working together on it!
Next---a vertical barn-wood WELCOME sign, to stand by our front door.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The new motto

My Mom's new next door neighbor came up to us at church yesterday and said he has a new motto for Mom...."Faylene's house: Where every day is a Holiday."
I thought it was cute, and very true! There are always kids running around and having so much fun, from sunrise to sunset.
My girls are lucky to have so many fun cousins that come for most of the summer. We have been busy, and we have been eating A LOT of ice cream. I haven't gone a full day without eating some form of ice cream. Good thing I am training for a half marathon, or else my weight gain would be way out of control (right now it's only slightly out of control).

Ty and Jen were the first to join the summer long reunion, and are still here! :) then Bridget, Tate, and Lucy came and surprised Grace! They only got to stay for 10 days, but we made the most of those days! Shopping, making new meals, running, seeing fireworks, lounging, playing, and hiking!

Here are a few of us Hiking up Phelps Lake in Jackson, Wyoming. (4miles round trip). It is a special place because my mom used to work there when she was younger. I was so nervous to hike it, because we have seen 5 bears on that same grassy area, but luckily we only saw a chipmunk. I also lost my phone on the way back and spent a good hour looking for it. Just as I was about to give up and leave it for the bears, we said a prayer and my brother Tyler and Dan found it within a few minutes. It was fun to stop at the lake and let the kids play in the water while we ate our lunch.

Sylvie and Ryder holding hands! Seriously such good buddies!

Twinning at the grocery store
Walkin' to church

Stampede days parade! It was a big hit with the kiddos!!

My kids loved Tate, Lucy, and "mel." We think Sylvie thinks that Bridgets name is Mel because she would say it a lot ha. and because we look alike??

Dan was hanging out with the kids while I went shopping with my mom and sister and Stori fell asleep while she was watching him work on his computer.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Dans dads day 2015

Dan is officially done with his first law school externship, and to my surprise, he actually misses it! He worked with such a good group of guys and made some good connections! He is still considering a second externship for the summer, but I think he's leaning towards finding a job instead. (Or my vote would be neither and just hang out with me for all of July---how fun right)?
This guy of ours is pretty fun, and we love all the time we are getting with him! Especially all the cleaning and cooking he does around the house! Makes up for his obsessive gun disorder! ;)
Speaking of guns, for Father's Day I got him an antique revolver tie-tack, and the BluRay, American Sniper... A very gun-related present! 
But like I was saying, this man is so great, and so hard working! 
For Father's Day, he grilled steaks and burgers for everyone, and then baked his own cherry pie! Haha.... He didn't mind! :) 
And since being done with his externship, he has cleaned out my moms garage, and her SHED! It took him a whole day just for the shed, and he decided he would way rather deal with spiders than mice... I'll leave out the specifics! 
It sure is a fun life with him in our lives! Love you SDR!
Oh, and we got to go on a Father's Day date to see Jurassic World, (and we even splurged and got popcorn)! It was soooo much fun, and the movie was perfect! And as a side note, i may be addicted to the Jurassic park blizzard at DQ! 

This pic isn't from Father's Day, but just a cute pic of Dan on his annual friend camp out 

Father's Day with his red heads, and the same door from last year! This is a first for our Mother's Day/Father's Day front door pics.

^^on our way to the movie theatre! This would be dans 11th time seeing a 'Jurassic' movie in theaters. Saw the first one 5x's as a child, then saw it for the 6th time when it was re-released while in college, saw Jurassic park 2 twice, the 3rd one just once, and Jurassic world twice now (he went with my bro and nephews after we went). I bet that number goes up by the time this summer is done. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Little helpers

Chores: plant, water, rake, empty dishwasher, clear dishes from table, clean up toys, read books, stack books, play outside, play nice together, give all the kisses in the world, and love me forever! 
They've agreed to all of the above! 

THE Porter Park!

2 weeks ago we decided to surprise our kids by taking them to Porter Park---oh the look on Stori's face was priceless!! 
It was so fun to go back, and Dan and I both decided that rexburg could easily be put on our list of places to live! It has such a unique community feel to it and it has an amazing Porter park! :)
I didn't pack swimming suits because it wasn't super warm, but both the girls played at the splash park for almost 2 hrs! Sylvie went nakey and Stori went half nakey.... Because of that, the only "shirt" we had to put on her after the water was Sylvies jean jacket haha! It was pretty fantastic!
Sylvie cried and cried when we took her off the carousel... Wish I could just let them ride it all the live long day!

^^sylvies first time playing independently at Porter park! 
^^not sure what she is doing here, but it's kinda cute!
^^flynn Ryder tower!

^^such an accurate picture of what her face looked like the whole time there!
^^headed to the horsies and splash park

^^90's Stori

Fast forward 2 weeks...
Went back to Porter park to play with the Hendy's, and we didn't complain about that! ;) had lunch at the park and then off to play! 

Only played about about 30 minutes in the water this time---too windy! Such a shame cause I actually packed their swimming suits...
Porter park---thanks for making some happy Radfords!