Life with the oldest sister who loves theater and fashion, a boy who has Hypoplastic Left heart Syndrome, now Heart transplant and partial Liver from Aspergillius, but thinks fishing and electronics rule. The most amazing middle-child-sister-aspiring artist. Also, a girl and her Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome, Neuro Endocrine Cell Hypoplasia, Lumbar Hemangioma, asymmetrical gluteal cleft, Pectus Carinatum who loves littlest pet shops, American girl dolls, playdates. And one yummy baby brother who has a coarctation and bicuspid valve and thinks super heroes are the best.

Monday, August 21, 2017

August 7th

Sometimes when you are 12, you need to chop off all your hair, AGAIN.. And then add in a little purple for good measure. Unfortunately the purple didn't last long. (Mom totally planned it that way) 
Her little baby stork bites are still visible on her neck.

We started to harvest a few things from our garden. MMMMM so yummy.
 I didn't want to throw away all the carrots that I thinned. So I searched all over Pinterest for a yummy recipe for little carrots. They turned out wonderful.

I am going to have cantaloupe coming out my ears soon... 

Bumpy gourds are the cutest 

The best way to end out the day is with an ice cream cone. 

August 5th Lagoon line photos

August 3rd May's Selfies + Mommy too

Smith's is the coolest.

Both Alex and MayLee were helpers at the Smith's Golf tournament in Midway, Utah. The got to meet some of the mascots for for teams around Utah. The yeti in the background scared Asher to death. Another sweet little girl screamed and climed her mother to get away from it. It was very real looking. 

 Alex was one of the speakers for the dinner later that night, so the organizers gave us a room to so that we could enjoy the pool and the park and then get ready for the evening.

Daddy met us up after work for the dinner. 
Angie came as the second adult to help with all the kids.

The girls found a bazillion snails and named them all and wanted to bring them home to my garden. I told them that they loved the resort and needed to stay home.

The start of another school year.

And just like that, they are back to school. Year round totally has it's benefits and draw backs. Alex is in 4th grade.

Eden is in 1st grade, this will be her first year in French. She is very excited to begin speaking with Alex and Ry. 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Homer cousins

We sure love when our cousins are in town. We can't seem to get enough time with them. The splash pad was fun but cold that day. GG and Eden..



With Papa

Iron lung

He did it!!!! Now all he has to complete is Lotoja and he will earn the Triple Crank.. Great job sweetie
We came home from the Groesbeck family reunion to cheer daddy on at the finish line of the Iron Lung.  In this bike race, you climb a mountain. This is his first ( and quite possibly last) year doing this race.

Groesbeck family reunion 2017

This year the Groesbeck family reunion was held near my Grandparents home in Richfield,Utah.  To most it is a small southern town. But....What you need to experience while visiting Richfield is the Ideal dairy. They have cream slushies that are fabulous, squeaky cheese that is super yummy and their punch bags ( a little bag with juice in it ) is an experience you just need to have. We all got our fill while in town.
We also drove around to different location where my parents both worked through out their youth. I guess I never really appreciated how much my folks did while they lived there. We visited sights where buildings had been torn down and only the footing remained. One building that was still up and running was the youth center. I remember being a little girl and roller skating at the youth center at one reunion. Taco time was still there and of course the city pool, it has undergone major renovations, The old Ideal Dairy is now a Funeral home, and Christiansens still sells candy bagged like always. 

 Both sets of grandparents lived there. My Grandpa Clawson owned and operated the Radio station. Grandpa and Grandpa Clawson have long since moved, but Grandma and Grandpa Groesbeck are still in the big yellow house. 

 Mom and Dad met and we all lived there while I was a teeny girl. My kids wanted to explore the root seller, (do they even make these anymore) but Grandma told us we better not because there are Salamaders down there. Which, let's be honest, only made my kids want to explore it even more. 

Our family is growing out of just one hotel room. The kids are pretty young to be in their own room, this helps us get by very nicely. The two smallest stay on cots. 

 It helps that the hotel also has a pool. 

This is my amazing cousin with her sweet baby Slone. Anna may not feel like it, but she is rocking being a parent. I watched all my cousins with their children and marveled at their love. Not all the same and not all that much different. Grandparents taught thier children, they in turn became amazing parents to us all and now is our turn to try and be like them. 

 And the park is pretty fantastic as well.

My Grandpa restored a gorgeous red truck. I am not sure of the year, because details like that need to written down, but i just can't, because I am usually chasing the little man. The kids got a toy truck that looks exactly like Great Grandpa's, Asher carried his around and wouldn't even put it down to sleep that night. It was as cool as the harmonicas the big kids all got. My grandma can play the harmonica really well, that is one thing I would love to be able to do. #goals

I am thankful that this reunion gets our extended family together.