Apr 28, 2015


In our basement we have an unfinished bathroom that we have affectionately named the "toy closet." It is stacked with boxes of toys that we change out every now and again so the kids find something new to play with.

So during this off-track time for my elementary-aged kids, Drama Queen decided to rearrange and dispose of some of the lesser used items. In the process, the kids found some super-fun things that they hadn't seen for a while. One of them was the Tinkertoys.

We had Tinkertoys when I was a kid, but they were wooden and much smaller. The ones they make now are plastic and they have smaller foam-type pieces and even small people so the kids can get very creative. On Sunday afternoon, Baby Doll, Curly, Scout, and Sport decided to make vehicles so they could have a race.

It was amazing to see how different all of their "cars" turned out to be! Sport won most of the races, but mostly because he could push his car the hardest. Curly's had an interesting wheelbase that made it curve almost every time he gave it a shove.

Poor Baby Doll's car kept falling apart until Sport helped her build a more stable one. And Scout's had a single axle in the middle like one of those pump cars from a train track. I love it when they use their imaginations to play together.

Do you remember playing with Tinkertoys as a child?

Apr 27, 2015

Utah Firefighter's Museum

Bossy and Drama Queen took our Girl Scout troop to the Utah Firefighter's Museum on Friday. They had so much fun! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to join them so I can't tell you much other than we have loved it every time we have taken the time to drive to Tooele and visit.

It is full of old fire engines and safety vehicles. It is a fitting memorial to those who gave their lives in this dangerous and difficult profession. I have always been afraid of fire. I'm trying to remember if I have told you those stories... (I'm sure the Dog Walker remembers.)

If not, I promise to share them a little later this week. Hope you had a happy and restful weekend.

Apr 25, 2015

Sweet Saturday

We had such a good day today.

It started out so early! We were preregistered to help at the high school with the Comcast Cares Day of Service and we had to be there between 7 and 8 am. We finally dragged all the kids out and showed up about 7:15. They gave us these fun green t-shirts and fed us donuts and juice for breakfast.

We had a little time to sit around and eat and take selfies before the service projects started at 8:00. We were excited to be assigned to the preschool area since Princess teaches in there. Most of us ended up working on the playground. There were lots of weeds! After 2 1/2 hours of weed pulling, I was tired.

Thankfully, the work was mostly finished and they brought in pizza for lunch (at 10:30). I was glad because I don't think we would have waited around until noon just to eat.

We got home about 11:30 and worked on some Saturday cleaning. Bossy got the kids to plant some flowers in the front yard and I took care of some Tupperware stuff. After a quick trip to the grocery store and an even quicker nap, we got dressed up for the Payson Temple Open House.

It rained during the hour drive to Payson, but I read Caddie Woodlawn to the kids and they were fine. We were soaked by the time we finally got back in the van. The temple is beautiful! My favorite parts were the stained glass windows and the unique paintings. The girls loved the floral designs on most of the furniture and rugs and my sweetie admired the tile.

If you get a minute, hop over to www.lds.org and take a look at the pics. Were weren't allowed any photography inside the temple. Hope you had a sweet Saturday as well.

 More fun pics.

Free Jamba!

Yesterday all these awesome people decided to get in on the free smoothie for Jamba Juice's birthday. They only had the promotion from 9:00 - 11:00 in the morning and since my little ones are off-track, we decided to brave the crowds.

And they were ridiculous.

They were lined up outside the door by at least 30 people. I told Bossy maybe we should just give it up. We could go home and make a smoothie, but she said we were committed and parked the van. So we all piled out to wait in the cold for a while.

It really didn't take that long to get to the door. Unfortunately the line snaked around inside the building too, but at least it was warmer in there. After about 30 minutes we had our treats in hand. They were delicious and worth the wait.

Thanks, Jamba!
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