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This was an eventufl summer and one of the things that our family did was races.  

Spartan Race

In July, Connor and the boys did a Spartan Race at AT&T park.  Our friends, the Maginots, and AIsling were also there to race.

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The kids race was first in the morning and Uncle Chris got to run it with them!

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They got awesome medals at the end!

Then it was time for Connor, AIsling and Jon to race.

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It looked like a fun but tiring race.  Way to go everyone!

Wipe Out Run

I was somehow convinced to do this one with my family.  I was really worried about the run part of it because I’m not a runner and I actually really dislike running.  But it ended up being a lot more fun than I thought.

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We were team “Never Nudes’ from Arrested Development.

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After baseball season, some of the boys team mates were asking if they wanted to play soccer this fall.  Well, Corbin decided he did not want to but Cason said he did.  So, we decided we would try a different sport!  Connor signed uo to be a coach and the other coaches are friends who we did baseball with so it has made it more fun.  Cason has only had one game so far, but it’s been fun!

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Casons team: the Ninjas!

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Cason was really cute and did really well for never hvaing played this sport before.  Another cute part was watching Corbin cheering him on and getting frustrated when his team wasnt scoring.  Corbin said it did make him wish he was playing.  I am looking forward to learning more about this sport and seeing how Case progresses over the season.

Animal Adaptations

One of the things that we decided to do this summer was to make a show.  Corbin wanted to name it Animal Adaptations and each week talk about a different animal and their different adaptations.  With my very basic editing skills, I made an episode.  We were only able to do 4 episodes.  


Episode 1: Sloth

Episode 2: Tiger

Episode 3: Platypus

Episode 4: Red Eyed Tree Frog

The kids had fun with it and I loved seeing them take ownership of a project!

Stay tuned for Season 2 coming Summer 2016!


Our one big trip for the summer was to to visit our family in Utah. It was sad not to see Connor’s parents (who are on a mission) but spending time with siblings and cousins was so fun.  We decided to fly because we found pretty cheap flights.  The day before we left I found this list Corbin made for our trip.  I thought it was pretty cute.

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It says: “Airport List” with a drawing of an airplane.  “Wake up, put clothes on, eat breakfast, go to airport”

Wiating at the airport.

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It’s usually a small plane to Utah from here and you get on outside but this was the first time that I’ve seen two passenger loading doors, one in the front and one in the back.  Our seats were in the back so that’s where we got on.  

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SInce there are only 2 seats on a side, Connor got to sit without kids.  But it was such an easy flight.  Life really is changing!  Cason’s reading the safety rules.  He’s my little rule follower.

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Since Carl had to fly out that morning for a business trip, he left a car for us to use.  This was the cute sign left for us in the truck made by Allie.

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The minute we got there kids took off ready to play.  I could barely take any pictures because no one wanted to stop.

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The next day we went to the Dinosaur Museum and we got to have ALL the cousins there.  So fun!

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My cute sisters-in-law.  Love these girls!

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For dinner we spent at Clint and Amy’s and they pulled our their cotton candy machine which no surprise was a BIG hit.

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The boys spent the night over there and I got this picture in the morning!

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Sadie was so cute to Kinsley and such a good cousin to her.

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Swimming at Cole and Lacey’s! Why was it so cold the day we chose swimming? The kids didn’t care of course.

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The next morning, MaryAnn and I went to an exercise class.

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Everyone else went on a hike.

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We then went to Chik-fil-a and saw a movie, Shaun of the Sheep.

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After we hung out at Carl and MaryAnns and the kids played and some watched a movie.  They love their Aunt MaryAnn!

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The next morning Connor, Cole, Clint and Amy did a triatholon.  

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The kids played some more!

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Let’s see if I can get this next part right.  Cole saw on Instagram that the BYU box (a box full of BYU gear and the first person to get to it and sing the full BYU fight song wins it) was up at the Bountiful B. Connor drove up there to try and get it.  He was third in line and the first person sang the song incorrectly, but the next people got it right, so he was so close to getting it.  But he did get a couple free shirts.

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Then later that evening, we met Cole and Lacey and Connor’s good friend from high school, Cory and July at The Pie for some pizza.  The kids thought it was cool because it’s a resturant in a basement and they have been obsessed with basements since no one in CA has them.  

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Then we hung out for a little bit at the U of U campus.  The marching band was practicing which was pretty cool.

Since we were in Salt Lake we decided to walk around Temple Square for a bit.

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MaryAnn made her cookie bars.  They are the best!

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I had to capture where the kids wer sleeping!  Cason with Davis, Corbin with Andy and Kinsley with Sadie!

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Connor got to ride bikes with his brother and I got to go to another class with MaryAnn.  It’s so nice that Sadie is old enough and responsible enough to stay with kids!

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Then we headed to a outdoor mall for lunch and playing around.

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Of course, Dukes need to stop at a candy store!

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Then the girls got to shop.  I think this was Kinsley’s first girl shopping trip.  She did amazingly well. I’m guessing she’ll love this even more as she gets older.

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Later that evening we had dinner outside and the adults played this fun game!

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MaryAnn killed it!

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Connor and Carl slept outside under the stars with the kids.

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The next day we wanted to take the kids down to BYU to show them where Connor went to school.  The football team had an open practice so we checked that out.

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We had to eat at the Cougareat! We had lunch with Connor’s old professor and mentor.  I didn’t get a picture. Boo.

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Then we met with someone else who made ice cream for the kids. Yum!

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Then we checked out the Bean Museum.  

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Then we had dinner with another one of Connor’s friends from middle school/high school Brian and Kelley.  They are a good family and he is now our insurance agent too!

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The next morning we hung out for a little but but then had to say goodbye!

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Very sad day!  We had so much fun and can’t wait to do it all again!!! Thanks to Carl and MaryAnn for letting us crash at their place.  We miss you all of you already!

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Summa Summa Time!

After a crazy spring, with baseball and school ending, I was so looking forward to summer.  Lazy days, mixed with some routine and fun activities!  Our first night after everyone was out of school was spent around the fire pit.  

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Corbin decided that Darth Vader would have an easier time sitting by the fire and not get smoke in his face.

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All the kids were signed up for 6 weeks of swim lessons.  The boys did great and Kinsley had some good moments.  

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One thing we did a lot was go to Great America.  We got passes this year and I wanted to get our money’s worth so we went about once a week.  As a result, Corbin is a fearless roller coaster rider.  He went on pretty much everything he was tall enough for.  I was really surprised and proud of him because he is more of the cautious type and I know that since he conqured these fears at such a young age will really benefit him later on in life.  

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We also had different beach trips throughout the summer.

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We had some camping in the backyard nights.

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Connor taught the kids how to chop wood.

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There was a trip to the Academy of Sciences.

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There were some lazy dinners out!

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Some trips to the park.

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Some naps along the way.

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Snacking on plums from our backyard.

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And lots and lots of ice cold treats.

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We had a fun, lazy summer that we are looking forward to repeating next year!

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