Tuesday, September 22, 2020

2020 Blue Jeans Week 38

Good week last week.  Things are going well so far.  School continues here as "normal" and cross country continues.  So far we are still all healthy and so grateful for that!  It was a good week.  Take a look...
Picture from Miss O.  She and some friends did some hiking.  So pretty!

Me walking on my favorite trail in the morning. It was cool enough I was able to wear a hoodie!  So excited fall is coming!!!

Made my absolute favorite rice krispie treats this week.  Find it here. Yummy!

Picture from my girls.  My mom was in town to visit my 94 year old grandma, and my girls went to see them and say hello.  They stayed outside in their masks and visited with their great grandma through the window and my mom kept her distance and visited with them outside.  The new "normal" for visiting, but they they were just happy to see them!

Cross country race from this week.  Mr J did awesome.  Was the #3 runner for his team and got an individual medal.  Looks to be a great season!

Cooking in the kitchen with this guy.  He was making pancakes, and I was making waffles.   We make lots and then put them in the freezer to eat in the mornings.  

Saturday we got out of town and went on a 16.7 mile bike ride on a fun trail in the city.  It was a beautiful cool day and fun to see the leaves turning and falling while we rode.

Thanks for visiting.  Hope you had a great week!  Stay safe and healthy!

Monday, September 14, 2020

2020 Blue Jeans Week 37

Made it through another week of in-person school.  Every day we make it, I consider a good one!  We enjoyed the long weekend and did some bike riding.  Got some pictures of my college girls, and all is currently well for them for which we are very grateful.  Ben and Mr J had a canoe adventure Saturday.  It was a good week.  Take a look....
The kids gave me this hummingbird feeder a few months ago for my birthday.  It has been awesome to see the hummingbirds come each day.  This last time when I refilled it, this one hummingbird decided that it was all his, and he wasn't going to share, so all day he just sits above it and waits for the other hummingbirds to come and then he chases after them to get them away.  It is funny to watch.  One time 5 of them tired to get to the feeder with him there, and he chased them all away.  It does make us laugh to watch, but it is also kinda sad.  Those poor other hummingbirds can't get any food!  #hummingbirdbully

Our Labor Day activity was to go on a 14 mile bike ride.  We went early in the morning so it was nice and cool.  Fun way to start the day!

Got this cute picture from Miss O who made it through her first week back to college.  Most of her classes are online even though the university is "in-person" so lots of screen time this week!  One week down!  Woohoo!

It is been so dry here, but this past week we finally got some rain...lots of rain!  The air was white looking because of all the rain coming down.  Everything in my yard was very happy after this!

Picture from my girls--they hit the store together, and I guess all needed to buy frozen broccoli this week.  Glad they can be together!

Super exciting Friday night, we actually had a home football game, and that meant the band played!  Mr J on his sax playing in the halftime show.  Don't know how many more games we will get to have, so we enjoyed this one!

Saturday Ben and Mr J went on a canoeing adventure with some other guys from our church.  I think they had fun!

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you had a good week!  Stay well and safe!


Tuesday, September 8, 2020

2020 Blue Jeans Week 36

It was a good week.  Girls started college.  Mr J had his first cross country meet of the season and did awesome.  We got a new game.  We made it through a whole week and a half of school before we got our first case of COVID.  We currently have three classes at home quarantined and doing online learning.  I figured high school students would be the first, but we actually had a first grade plus 2 junior high kids.  Cases were kids, not adults.  Prayers everyone recovers quickly!!!  Seeing how long we can stay in person and hoping the girls can stay in person at college too!  Wear your mask, practice social distancing and wash your hands!  Stay safe and have a look at our week....
We finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  We mostly listened to this.  Jim Dale reads the Harry Potter books and does an amazing job!  We started this on our way back from Utah and finished it this week at home.  Watched the movie and then started the 6th book.  Love it!

Picture from Miss E--This girl's first day of college!!!

She is ready with her mask!  Excited for you to have this experience Miss E!!!  Love and miss you!

And my picture from Miss O from her first day of college too--first day of junior year!  I was just glad I got a picture :)  Love and miss you Miss O!

Ordered a new game--Azul.  There are 3 different versions of this game, and we have checked one out from the library and liked it a lot.  Amazon had the original on sale this week, so I got it.  We really like it too!  Fun to have a new game to play!

One night for dinner this week we did indivudal pizzas.  I made the dough and divided it into 3 pieces and then everyone made their own pizza however they wanted.  Yum!  And everyone is happy!
First cross country meet of the season, and we hope it won't be the last.  Mr J running varsity got 4th place!  Great way to start the season!  

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you have a good week!  Wear a mask, wash your hands, keep your distance and stay safe!!

Monday, August 31, 2020

2020 Blue Jeans Week 35

School has officially started here--in person, with masks, temperatures checks before you enter the building, social distancing and hourly desk cleaning and hand washing.  The new normal, but it has gone very, very well so far!  People have gone to so much work to make it work!  I am so very grateful for that!  Mr J was very positive after his first day and first week.  Nice to get back to school which he has not been to since March 13!  Also he started cross country practice.  Yes, that will be different, but nice to be doing it again.  Got some pictures from my college girls.  Law school starting 3rd week and regular college starts today!  Prayers they can stay in person for as along as possible!  Here is a look at our week...
Our Sunday evening family call with my three girls together. 

Mr J's first day of school--mask ready

And the smile underneath the mask!

These two had lunch together this week and sent me a pic.  Made me happy!

My laundry amounts have changed.  Got it done faster with just 3 people home now.  Kind of a happy/sad thing...

We finished this awesome book while on vacation and watched the movie together on vacation too.  So good!  We able to finish it before we left Miss E.

Some pictures from Miss E this week before she starts classes next week.  She and some of her roommates went on a bike ride up the canyon.

And Miss E and all her roommates went hiking this weekend.  Such cute girls!  Excited for them to have this opportunity!

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you all have a great week!  Stay healthy and safe!

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

2020 Blue Jeans Week 34

Be warned....lots of pictures in this post.  Last week was a busy week as we took Miss E to college, and spent the week there to see my oldest 2 and get a 'vacation' in the midst of all this crazy that is life right now.  It was a great week.  Miss A started law school!  We loved being all together as a family and being in the mountains and hiking.  It was great. Take a look....
Miss A has been learning how to knit and made these adorable baby booties for her cousin and his wife who are expecting their first baby in a few weeks.

Got all the stuff out of the van and into this girl's college apartment.  She is on campus but lives in a full-sized apartment so she has a full kitchen and living room.  She will be cooking her own food, no cafeteria for her.  She was excited to get there and get her room all ready!  Now just prayers she can stay there and actually attend!!!

Most of the week we spent at my grandparents cabin up in the mountains.  Love it there!

One family activity....we did some M&Ms tasting games.  I had bought several different kinds and everyone had to try them and guess what they were and vote for their favorite.  Peanut butter M&Ms won, but we all liked the white chocolate peanut ones a lot too.

Hike #1 for the week.  Love being in the mountains!

Family hike, and yes, we did wear our masks at times because it was crowded in some places.  The "new normal."

And this girl had her first day of law school the week we were there!  Go Miss A!!!  So excited for you!

Exploring with Ben's mom and dad.  Sure love them!

Family puzzle time at the cabin!

My grandparents' cabin is a place I love and holds lots of special memories!  So glad I got to take my kids here for the week!

Game time on the cabin back porch!

Hike #2 for the week....

Love the trees along this trail...

This hike went to a really pretty waterfall that felt so nice after a long, hot hike!

So pretty!  We hiked here when we were in college and dating.  Fun to do it with our family!

Love the mountains! 

Miss O playing with blocks at the cabin.  A favorite family pastime and family tradition from my grandparents.

My girls--masked and ready for school!  Can you see the big Y on the mountain behind them?  BYU freshman, junior and first year law student!

Unmasked and glad they can be there together to support each other!

Miss A in front of her law school.  Super excited for her!

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you have a great week and stay safe and healthy!!!

2020 Blue Jeans Week 33

Catching up....this was two weeks ago.  Our last week with Miss E home before we took her to college.  We are now down to one kid home which is weird and very quiet.  Take a look at our week...
Had a storm roll in and Mr J got this awesome picture of the clouds in our back yard!

Miss E and Ben in the kitchen getting ready to make some cookies!  Miss E decided to soften the butter by putting in under a hot glass?  But I guess it worked.  Cookies were good!

Me making some rolls for dinner this week.  

Mr J helping Miss E get her room packed.  A sad/happy thing to see!

Made Miss E favorite dessert as part of her last night home.  This is the NYC Magnolia Bakery's banana pudding recipe, and it is soooo good!

And we are packed up and on the road, really, really, really packed up!  Fully loaded and not room for another thing!  College here she comes!

Made it to Ben's parents house and we are together with all my kids!!!! Enjoyed spending time with them and playing some games.

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you are all safe and well!