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Monday, June 18, 2018

august: FAGNGPFAE


Fun fact: I've never "spent the day at the lake" ๐Ÿšค๐Ÿ›ถ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿผ‍♀️๐ŸŽฃ๐Ÿ‰ before (water freaks me out- add it to the list ๐Ÿ˜ณ) so this Saturday in August was my maiden voyage (get it? ๐Ÿ˜‚) for the First Annual Girls Night Group Plus Families Adventure Extravaganza and it was pretttty epic - definitely worth, say, driving six hours for ๐Ÿ˜‰.
 
There's a lot of friendship overlap within our girls night group - at one point we were all in the same ward, there's a set of sisters in the group, we watch each other's kids frequently, before she moved Nicole cut 80% of the hair of the various husbands and children, two couples have been known to coordinate Anniversary Inn getaways BUT THAT'S NEITHER HERE NOR THERE, buuuut we decided all seven families needed to get together for some bonding: and thus, our lake day idea was born!

And ohhhh man it was fun. We borrowed a couple kayaks and a raft, rented a few paddle boards, and claimed a spot on Lake Lowell for the day:
Lunch was bring your own meat (I think Brandon and Nycole showed us all how that was done...) and potluck sides. Lake day was also our first introduction to Cooper the Puppy! 

I'm not sure if our abs got more exercise from balancing on the paddle boards or laughing at everyone else balancing on the paddle boards... seriously so fun.



 As a group we rented four @riseboards and they were never not in use- my favorite was Will and Ella continually voyaging out for parts unknown ⚓️๐Ÿ—บ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜‚. Plus the paddle boards are inflatable (again, I wouldn't call myself a vital resource in pumping them up but these guns ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผaren't just for show ๐Ÿ˜Ž) so all four of them easily fit in the back of a car ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ (which saved truck space for the grill, tables, kayaks, etc)


I know it looks like I just stood by and took pictures while K attacked Brandon, but I feel like I yelled something caring like, "Just be mindful of his new lungs!!" so I think that counts... 


At one point some of the landlubbing husbands played a bit of... bocce ball? Right? Clyde was the Izatt family representative, cute boy ;).  

First time in a kayak... not gonna lie, I felt claustrophobic. Weird, right? I just felt like if I tipped over I'd have a prettttty rough time getting out. So I went out a bit and came right back and switched back to a paddle board haha.

Don't worry, I tipped the paddle board a few times ;). But I loved it! 

Clyde successfully standing up on it is probably my favorite picture of the day:

At about dinnertime we changed course and switched over to the inside portion of the day - which unfortunately meant it was time to say goodbye to Nicole and Duke and their crew (who, by the way, DROVE UP FROM UTAH TO BE HERE FOR THIS BECAUSE THEY'RE HARDCORE AND AWESOME). We didn't get a full picture of all seven of us, so here's our mix and match pictures. Have I mentioned how vital these girls are to my sanity? Because they are. 

Kara and Robbie grabbed a bounce house, Paulina and Brad made a pizza run, and the kids all got their second wind and went bonkers, which made the group picture realllllly fun haha:
Instagram caption: The current total is 27 kids (all 10 and younger; Clyde is the oldest ๐Ÿ˜ฑ) amongst the seven of us (sometimes we tell the 21yo old Shari's waitress that to freak her out ๐Ÿ˜†) -- here are twenty-two of them (not pictured: four cute Daniels kiddos and one cute Kirkendall angel boy). I loved watching them all interact and catching up with some of my little buddies AND the real news is that I can tell two of Melinda's adorable blonde girls apart now! .... as long as I'm close enough to examine their respective freckles ๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿป‍♀️๐Ÿ˜‚

While the children bounced and ran and screeched, the remaining six couples holed up on the other side of the gym and played an adapted Newlyweds Game and laughed until we cried:
 Factoring in that none of us have technically been 'newlyweds' for at least a decade, I'd say we fared pretty well at the game haha. I think the main takeaway was: there's no excuse for getting home from work late, gentlemen. And a candy bar from the gas station isn't going to smooth things over ;).

It became obvious that the guys haven't had five plus years of monthly pictures to practice lining up hahahahaha:
One more instagram caption: The seven guys (one missed the pictures; I'm sure he's way bummed ๐Ÿ˜‰) who comprise the Husbands of our Girls Night Group are crazily supportive of us and our time away and I'm so grateful for that. It was way fun to see them all together and get to know each other better... my only worry is that they'll start asking for their own annual retreat ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ•น⛺️๐Ÿ๐Ÿšฒ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ”ซ๐ŸŽฐ๐ŸŽฃ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ”๐Ÿฅ“๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜‚


Friday, June 1, 2018

some august highlights: water! Janell's birthday! eclipse!


Last round o' swimming lessons for the summer - Carma and Jack were in a preschool class together which was adorable and they both loved it - Jack as long as he didn't ever have to put his whole head/face in the water haha:
We pulled Clyde back a level so he and Will could be in the same class (I was kind of done with sitting by the pool for multiple class periods...) and they also really enjoyed their teacher and class.

Last day diving board shenanigans - starting with Clyde....

and then Will.

Carma killed me this day in her cute hand-me-down-from-Angie swimsuit and crimped hair courtesy of braids the day before haha. She's just so pretty!
Caption via instagram: "Not only did jack commission this picture and smile adorably for it, he also choreographed the towel placement so the kids would be in order of age. Boy after my own heart! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ“ธ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿป๐ŸŠ๐Ÿผ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿผ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿผ‍♀️"

We somehow missed our annual trip to the Ivywild Pool in Boise this summer, whoops! So instead we hit up our local Lakeview Pool for a fun afternoon. Also if anyone has any sway at the parks/rec department, Chuck and I feel strongly that the water feature that sprays water over half the pool constantly is super annoying and every year we hope it's been toned down... as of yet, to no avail haha:
The kiddos and I spent another afternoon at the splash pad at Settlers. Carma was initially hesitant then pretty psyched about it!

Clyde and Will are hilarious waiting for the water to drop; I love them:

 And of course we spent some time at the actual playground and music area too. I always forget how cool this park is!


We attended quite possibly the coolest, errr, grooviest birthday party EVER for our beloved Janell. She turned 70 and a whole amazing committee spent months planning this amazing 70s themed shindig:
Loved watching so many people gather together with same goal: to show Janell how loved she is and how much she means to all of us! I love the top right picture of Emily and Kara. Emily was one of the incredible masterminds behind the whole party and drove in all the way from Washington to co-host it. She is The Best.

Carma loved the party. I'm not sure how many cupcakes she ate. Also, see the plates that she's grazing off of? That was at a random table. Not a clue whose food she's munching on... But good news: she and Bailey are darling!!
Cute little Izatts at the photo booth area. Clyde and Jack wore Star Wars shirts; Will wore an old school NASA shirt. Pretty 70s-ish, right?

I cobbled together an outfit last minute that I was prettttty proud of, not gonna lie. Abby looked so cute; we had to get a picture together!
Paulina and Melinda were both actually Janell's Young Women at one point, the rest of us just wriggled our way in to her good graces and love :). 

Janell wanted to end the night with fireworks, so they did! Happy birthday Janell, we LOVE you!!


We had barely recovered from the party when the next big thing hit: the solar eclipse!

We attempted to ready ourselves for it by attending a presentation at the library! The guy was really good at explaining things and thorough, so it's definitely not his fault that I still don't understand a) the eclipse or b) why it's so special. We did get free eclipse glasses, so definitely worth it.
I subbed as primary chorister the day before, so I put together a graphic of the eclipse and we used it to gauge how well the kids sang haha. Carma was pretty sure the poster was just for her :).

Chuck had the day off work and the kids hadn't started school yet so it was a fun morning together! I made everyone wear grey/black/yellow to mark the occasion and we roamed around our yard and neighborhood finding good spots to watch:

So cool to see the crescent shapes all over the place - especially on Carma!
Pretty impressive that Chuck and I are still that good looking whilst wearing eclipse glasses ;).

We opted for the trampoline for the main event. I think it's so cool that people from around here traveled a bit to be within the path of totality - we just weren't up for it. We loved our experience though!
We headed out on a bike/scooter ride and checked in on the sun every now and then along the way.

Carma traded her bike in for a ride in my basket haha. Also I love Chuck.
 
 Probably my fave picture from the day - little peeker Carma! Honestly, trying to keep those glasses on her was pretty stressful, grrrr. So even though I'm super lame and didn't get all the hype (sorry!!! I know I'm a terrible person!!) it definitely made for a fun morning together, and obviously I love anything I can dictate a dress code for :).