The weekend before Spring Break we went to Moab with Andy's boss, Jack, his wife, Lisa, and their son Nathaniel. Since Jack likes to live in luxury we stayed at the Sorrell River Ranch (a resort 20 min outside of Moab). The resort was beautiful. This picture of the Colorado River was taken from our porch. At night there were billions of stars and everything was quiet expect for the river, it was so peaceful!
Here is Luke sitting in front of the cabin that we stayed in. The only downfall of being this close to the river is I wouldn't let the boys come out and play by themselves. I kept having nightmares of one of them falling in, luckily nothing like that happened :).
We really wanted to see Delicate Arch but we knew with Caleb we would never make the 3 mile hike. So we did the 1.5 mile hike to the viewpoint of the arch, it was still an incredible sight. I'm glad we chose the shorter hike because Caleb insisited that I carry him the whole time and wouldn''t let anyone else help. He is a little bit of a momma's boy right now, hopefully that passes soon.
We also drove up to Dead Horse Point. It is so incredible to be drving along and suddenly come to a point where you can't drive any further because there are tall cliffs all around. I had to include this picture of Caleb being "strong." Lately he has made a big deal out of the fact that he is strong, he always says, "Me's big, me's strong." And when he can't do simple things such as opening doors he cries and cries and says, "Me's not strong," it breaks my heart. I think he is really starting to get that he can't do things that everyone else can do his age.
The fam at the Dead Horse Point Viewpoint
Taking a rest after a long day in the car and hiking around.
When we were walking around Dead Horse Point we saw the biggest spider I have ever seen! This picture does not do it justice. We also thought the spiders back looked like a jack-o-lantern! Ewwwwwwww!
One of the days we were there the boys went on a five hour long razer ride with dad. Luke was too young to go so we had to entertain ourselves. We walked around the town of Moab for awhile and then went back into Arches to do a couple of small hikes. It was fun just me and him.
Taken in front of the south window arch.
Our trip was a lot of fun but we were very grateful to come back home!
Having a first grader is sooooo different! Austin acts so much more grown up. He walks to and from school every day, he has math and reading and spelling homework. He is so much more independent, it's weird but good too! He loves it!
Caleb goes to preschool three days a week now. His favorite part is definately the bus that pulls up right in front of our house to pick him up. I can't really say what he's learning because I ask him every day how school was and he always tells me what kind of snack he ate and that's it. Oh well, he seems to be having fun. I have enjoyed having the kids back in school but I have found that Luke gets extremely bored on the days when Caleb is gone and he follows me around the house crying but other than that it's been great!
I can't believe Caleb is 4! He is starting his senond year of preschool soon and getting so big! He won't let anyone help him do anything at all and with his disablility it can sometimes takes him a VERY long time to put on his shoes or get into the car but I'm glad he is willing to do it, and it is teaching his mom a LOT of patience!
Caleb loves his new cozy coop (and just for all of you out there thinking of getting one of these, it is worth the extra $15 to buy it already assembled, it took about 2 hours to put it together). But Caleb loves it and it comes with a removable bottom so Luke can sit in it and Caleb can push him around, they both love it.
The only thing Caleb asked for was a Bionicle and you can tell by the cheesy grin on his face that he was so happy to get one.
For his party we just invited all the cousins to join us at McDonalds. There are only a few play places in this area that Caleb can climb up into and this particualr McDonalds is his favorite. It has some cute musical toys that the kids can climb and play on and they play music too.
The Bruun and Baugh cousins (at least a few of them :) I'm sure McDonalds was happy to see us go!
Presents! Caleb got spoiled from everyone! These are some way cute bean bags that Aunt Aleesa made, hopefully he can now learn to spell his name :)
In the evening Caleb and I drove up to meet Daddy for a special date. Caleb wanted to eat at the Mayan but we weren't able to eat there and make our movie, so we just took pics on the snake, which he was just as excited about. We then grabbed some corn dogs and fries and went to the new Smurfs movie. It was very "smurflarious." Caleb loved it and laughed out loud many times, so it was fun to watch him.
We love you so much, Caleb. You are so funny and always make us laugh! We know that no matter how hard life treats you, you will greet each day with a smile and a lot of determination. Happy Birthday!
I have been planning on taking the boys up to the copper mine forever, so I finally decided last week to take them (and then we ended up going again three days later, isn't that always how things work out:). Anyway, they had a lot of fun watching the big, huge, gigagntic dump trucks hard at work. I made the mistake of telling Caleb that the mountain looks like a volcano from the front and now he won't refer to the copper mine as a "copper mine", it's a "volcano mountain" (whoops).
Afterwards we stopped at my very favorite restaurant, Ab's Drive-In. When we lived out in West Jordan, I frequented this place, probably why I didn't lose any weight out there :), they have the best fries and shakes! Anyway, I've been wanting to go back and eat there ever since we moved back here to Orem. So in January I told myself if I lose 10 lbs then I can go (I know you should never reward yourself with food but it works for me). Well it took until June to finally decide to work hard and lose 10lbs and I did, and I was not dissapointed, it was still as delicious as I remembered it.
On the drive home I really wanted Luke to stay awake so he would have a good nap at home (you all know what I'm talking about). So I handed him a brand new box of tissues and he was enrtertained the whole ride home, it was great! Thank you Kleenex!
We started off our morning at the freedom run. I did not run but Andy did and quite a few members of his family as well. It was fun to watch and it inspired me to get my behind in gear and run next year!
Austin and Caleb waiting for daddy to run by. Austin asked about every 30 seconds, "Wheres my dad?"
After the run we headed down to the parade. We were about 30 minutes late because someone lost the keys to the car (I would never do anything like that :) Lucikily it didn''t ruin our whole day!
After some parade watching we headed over to Scera Park for the annual Baugh picnic. Here is Caleb and Micah. They followed each other around the whole time and found their way over to the bag of chips quite often, we even caught them feeding each other, they were pretty cute.
Running in the kid races. Go Caleb!
We ended the night at my brother Dallins house. I'm glad we ended up swimming there, I wasn't sure if we were going to go because the week before my nephew Jack drowned, and then was rescesitated. It was such a scary, traumatic event and I will be forever grateful that everything turned out ok!
We had a lot of fun swimming and being together as a family. I think it was good that we were all able to go back and have a lot of fun. Jack was completely fine and jumped right back into the water, no problem!
After a hot game of basketball all of the guys jumped back into the pool and had a contest to see who could make the biggest splash. I think my dad won! They were so crazy doing all kinds of tricks and flips off the diving board. It was really finmy to watch!
The four Bruun babies
Luke, Xander (Jills), and Colin & Trevin (Jakes twins)
An absolutley adorable family picture :)
We didn't end up doing fireworks because of all the rain but we had a great Independence Day together as a family!
The Stadium of Fire was a lot of fun this year. Andy and I really like Brad Paisley so we got six tickets and had a blast! My parents came along with Andys bro, David, and sis, Katie. At the beginning some skydivers brought in the flag which was really neat. Then David Archuletta started off the show, and I was really amazed and impressed and I think I may have even developed a little crush on him:). But I was most excited for Brad Paisley. He sang most all of his great songs and I really wished that he could've sang all night! But of course, you can't go to the stadium of fire without some really awesome fireworks, which they were! All in all it was a great night and the weather was perfect!
I can't believe my little baby Luke is already one! We celebrated in style with all the Baughs and all the Bruuns together in our house, it was pretty chaotic but also a lot of fun! Luke loved his cake and it was so much fun watching him devour and destroy it.
Some of my favorite things about Luke are: his laugh and smile, his love for food - he eats every kind of baby food and always begs for everything we are eating as well, he loves to look at books, he laughs and flaps his arms every time he sees his brothers. and he imitates everything we do.
Luke makes us laugh on a daily basis and I am so grateful and happy that he is a part of our family of boys!