At the tail end of June, I picked my parents up from the airport. They stayed at our house for a few nights and we welcomed them with this little greeting:
Katrina's been having fun learning how to fold small towels, so we got a little more ambitious and found a YouTube video that walked us through how to make these awesome swans! :)
The night before Canada Day (July 1st), we went over to my sister's house & all of the girls did sparklers together in their pajamas, to celebrate.
Shortly after my parents arrived, Ken's parents also came to Utah (along with all of his siblings & all of the cousins). There was a week of reunion activities for his side of the family that was at the same time as my parents visited. It was tricky to balance all of the events- it would have been fun to be able to attend everything! With Ken's family we managed to go swimming, have a few dinners (picnic, buffet, and restaurant), play fun reunion games outside, do a talent show, go on an adults-only date night, the youth went to the temple, and more!
Best of all, the kids got to spend time with their cousins having a wonderful time! I love the way they get along and seem to just merge right into best-friend mode when they're together.
During Ken's family's reunion we also managed to have some family photos taken! I love the big group shot with EVERYONE together (first time all of us have been in one place!), and this shot of Ken with his siblings. :) Of course, I like our family photo too ;)
With my family, we went to a movie, a pool, a park, and did some projects around our house. I went on a "date" with my mom and my dad took Katrina on a "date" to do some shopping & try some new treats. My parents took Talia out to get some snacks to take with her to Girls' Camp. My sister & I also took my mom out for dinner for her birthday.
After our families left, we continued to find things to discover in Utah, and friends (old & new) to visit with. One of the highlights was paying a little visit to the real "Up" house!
That same day, the girls & I went on a little adventure at lunch time. We went for a walk and a picnic and it was such a fun little outing! (note-to-self: be spontaneous more often!!)
One night we went to a local performance of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with Betsy & Donovan. The play was a lot of fun, and it was a late night already with just the show, but it turned out that it wasn't over yet! I got a text from Ken that his train would be late, so we got slushies from 7-11 (and sat in the car & enjoyed them at 11:07pm while waiting for Ken to arrive)! When we got home, Katrina was too tired to climb into her loft bed- I found her cuddled up in a hamper! haha
Before we moved to Utah, I was the Activity Days leader for girls age 8-11 at church. We would run activities for the girls twice a month. Now that I'm in Utah, I'm doing the same thing for the Activity Day girls here! There are a lot more girls in our group though, so I focus on the girls age 8-9 which is fun because Katrina's in that group! We went to a day camp this month and I loved being able to watch her and be there for her. She got to try a lot of new things! They used BB guns, went boating, did archery, played "frontier games", used sling shots, and more!
Katrina has been super ambitious, coming up with plans and ides for her own business. She's been experimenting in the kitchen and coming up with recipes, decided on a name for her business, made website plans, invited her cousins to be employees, and even planned a grand opening celebration (complete with ribbon-cutting, and samples of the menu items)!
Here she is with her "employees" (her cousins) on the day of their Grand Opening:
When she isn't entertaining visitors and serving treats, she finds friends around the house to sample them! ;)
Near the end of the month we found out that Ken's cousin's family (minus Ken's cousin) would be in town for a week. Most of us hadn't seen each other since we all went to Florida together 2.5 years ago! (Ken did get to have a visit with them when he flew to Texas a while back) It was so nice to get our kids back together (we have daughters the same age who get along well). It was really nice for me to connect with Alyssa again, and although Ken missed his cousin, he had fun with his little buddy Griffin! :)
Although the girls have had an extended summer vacation because of the time of year that we moved, it still feels like summer will end way too soon! We've only got 3 weeks to go before they start school. We have no concrete plans for August, but I'm excited to see how it all unfolds and I hope to fit a lot of fun into it!