All summer, Cari was having major New York withdrawals so she and Doug were planning a trip. Josh happened to have a conference in New York at the end of August. SOOOO we all decided to go together, kind of. Josh and I went a couple days before his meetings started so we could play a little bit. It was so, so, sooooo much fun! I must give a very special THANK YOU shout out to my parents who took AMAZING care of my kids so I could go!!!!!
Before we got there, Josh was telling me that New York is just crazy because there is just no end to the city. Yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever, I’ll see when I get there. But he was totally right and you just can’t believe it until you get there. It’s just skyscraper after skyscraper for MILES! In L.A. or Seattle or San Francisco (the only big cities I’ve been to), there is a clump of big buildings, then pretty quickly you run into smaller buildings and then houses. New York is just amazing! AND I loved all the architecture and details on the buildings. Soooo cool.
My favorite part, though, was just walking around Central Park. It is just incredible. LOOOOOVE IT!
Here is a very long video of some of our adventures. It is long but hey, it is acting as my journal so it is actually very insufficient.
A couple weeks ago, I ran in the Dirty Dash!!! I’ve been wanting to do a mud run obstacle course for a few years, so I thank CARI, STEPHANIE, NATE, EMILY, KEVIN and VINETTA for making my dirty dream come true!!!
Now listen up, anyone reading this….YOU WILL RUN IN THE DIRTY DASH NEXT YEAR!!!! JUST DO IT!!! It was one of the FUNNEST mornings of my life!!!
Cari and I were a little bit nervous as we walked across the slightly smooshy parking field. Getting the bottom of our shoes muddy was not something we were used to, you understand. Well, we were forced to overcome our aversion to mud about .05 seconds into the race when we had to RUN UP a completely mud-covered hill, looking like Scooby and Shaggy running in place. Tires spinning! This was just the beginning of 6 miles of slip-sliding, filthy hilarity. Our stomachs were killing from laughing.
Ashton started Kindergarten this year…along with the WHOLE neighborhood. It is soooo fabulous that he has so many friends in his class and that they all get to ride the bus together. Ashton was soooo excited!
Jayda, Druw, Ashton and Banks, waiting for the bus. You should have seen the swarm of parents taking pictures.
Getting on the bus. I witnessed Ashton’s first and probably most important “school” lesson…”No butts!” LOL! That’s right, it lives on! When I went to elementary school in Utah, we all said “No butts!” Well, when we moved to California, that was just another cultural shock that added to my nerdery. They didn’t say ‘butts’, they said ‘cuts’ which makes more sense. “No cutting in line!” Either way you say it, make sure YOU don’t do it!
Of course I was the psycho mom, jumping in my car, following the bus to school to see how cute Ashton was. Oh yes, I had tears in my eyes several times. He is just such a good little guy. I’m so proud of him!!!
Look at that! What a sweetie, just writing his name or something…
Ashton ran into the house one hot afternoon and asked if he could have a lemonade stand. I had to encourage and nurture his entrepreneurial ideas, even though it is rare for any kid older than 5 to come past our house. His friend Alyssa was very supportive…
Waiting for customers….
Customers!!! My prayers were answered! Ashton actually made a lot of money! He was able to pay Alyssa a small wage and have lots left over that he is still saving for some Legos, of course.
We went to an Orem Owls Baseball game…
Cute Cari and Ethan
Ashton wanted to go camping…in the back yard. He slept out there until 3 AM. That was better than I expected.
Ashton experienced the death of his first pet. He loved and ‘fed’ this grasshopper for about 4 days. He took his little jar everywhere. Then once when Ashton was playing with him, the grasshopper jumped out of Ashton’s hands and…under his foot. SOOOO SAD!!!! Ashton cried as though his heart had truly broken.
Emmy taught herself how to ride a bike without training wheels. We have tried to help her here and there but she would SCREAM if we touched her and she would SCREAM when she would fall to the side. It was ridiculous. One day, from the kitchen window, I saw her out on the bike, figuring it out all by herself. Aaaaaand, just like that! She got it!
She also figured out how to swim under the water. I would laugh every time she went under to grab a ring. Her little bum is so funny!