Monday, July 7, 2014

Fourth of July Weekend

As a kid, The 4th of July was one of my favorite holidays. I think it's all about the traditions, we grow up doing certain things and as we continue to do them it places a stamp on our hearts. Over the last few years, our traditions have changed a bit, due to marriage, Finn and other factors but I'll always remember the 4th as a kid. Like a scene straight out of The Sandlot.

This year we went back to my roots a bit. We skipped the Murray Parade because Finn doesn't do mornings. But we went to Murray Fun Days, which wasn't as fun as I remember it, Finn wasn't impressed either. It was just too dang hot. We then spent the day with family bbqing, bouncing, water sliding, volleyballing and enjoyed street fireworks after dark. Oddly enough, Finn was digging the fireworks.

We kept ourselves busy this weekend with other fun activities. We went to the new Museum of Natural Curiosity at Thanksgiving Point. It was cool but crowded, I don't love crowds. The kids thought it was fun though, Finn loved the water table. He sat up all by himself and played next to cousin Aubrey in the water.

On Sunday we spent the day in the Canyon with all the family. I'm so smitten by these Utah mountains, I feel so at peace when I'm up among the trees and fresh air. It's nitty gritty therapy. We ate a lot, because that's just what we do. We played by the river and in the trees with the kids. Ate some more and sat around the fire roasting starbursts and pizza rolls.

Happy Birthday Murica. We love you and all your glory.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Our Summer So Far

 It isn't even July yet and I feel like our Summer has been jam packed. It's been nice to get out and enjoy the summer sun, the last couple summers we spent mostly indoors because of Finn's tantrums. This is what we've been up to...

We took Finn on his first bike ride, we used his new Go To Seat which makes it possible for him to sit safely and securely in the bike carrier.

Noah got a hammock for Father's Day, which he installed himself (whoops) and we've been getting a lot of relaxing hammock time in with the occasional nap. Speaking of Father's Day, we had a BBQ theme.

Finn loves the backyard. Most of our meals are eaten outside on our patio. I also made Finn a water blob, it's nice and cool on a hot day and also is great for a sensory activity, it increases his body awareness and mobility.

Spending the day with friends by the pool is pretty rad. I think hammocks are Finn's new favorite nap spot.

Our new favorite night activity is watching movies on an inflatable mattress in the backyard under our globe lights. It's dreamy.

Fresh mountain air. There's nothing like it.

Getting stronger.

Lots and lots of swimming.

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And last but not least, we just returned from a trip to Cleveland, Ohio. We spent the week with Noah's family for his Grandma's 90th birthday. We played with the nieces, had breakfast in bed, did some swimming, a zoo trip and spent lots of time with Grandma. Finn loved her, she would sing to him when he'd be crying and he would be completely still and content. It was a good time with the Zemke/Polcha clan.

That's what's been going on over here. We're looking forward to the rest of our summer!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

4th Anniversary

Noah and I celebrated our 4th anniversary this weekend. On Thursday we went up to the canyon where we were married, like we do every year. It's such an awesome tradition we've started, rain or shine, we're going up every year. We had a little cook out and showed Finn the exact spot where his parents tied the knot

Last year on our anniversary we decided to take Finny with us. It was fun, but this year we decided to leave him with Nana. This was the first night we've ever spent away from him. It was kind of weird being away from him, we missed our little dude but it was nice to have some time to ourselves.

We spent the night in a mountain town near us called Park City, home of the Sundance Film Festival. We stayed in a lodge that's nestled near the side of the mountain. I'm not used to seeing these mountains without snow, it's truly beautiful. We went to an Irish pub on Main Street for dinner then went back and watched the Goonies because we were unimpressed with what Redbox had to offer. The next day we took a chair lift up the mountain. It was so pretty but freezing. We weren't planning on 45 degree weather, it is June after all. We then went back to Main Street for some lunch and window shopping. It was a nice short getaway, we were so excited to get back to Finn. I don't think he missed us much, he had a good time with Nana.

Cheers to 4 years!