Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lu Lu

My Lucy best little friend...we are so alike in countless ways. She truly fulfills my heart and soul as a mother. I can count on Lucy to do a variety of chores, namely unloading and loading the dishwasher, vacuuming, putting toys away, cleaning bathrooms, getting brothers dressed, change diapers, pretty much you name it, she can do it! And with a happy heart, too. She is the glue between her siblings and those little brothers sure miss her when she's not here. 

Twinning with her American Girl doll

Disney on Ice with cousin Abby and Grandma Fox

Our Stake put on a huge production full of Disney musical numbers. For the kids Lucy's age, there was a Tangled medley. It was adorable, and she ate it all up. My little rapunzel!

Ursula (Amy Weston)

Trying to look like a wrestler in her bro's sweatshirt

We had an American Girl doll dress up party, and boy did she make sure I was able to see the full selection of options!

The little window at our favorite place, Panera

Getting a little St. Patty's Day face paint at Chick-Fil-A

One day I was crazy and took all 4 kids to the mall in Roseville. While I was getting help at the MAC counter, Brady gave Lucy a little makeover.

This writing prompt from school makes my heart swell:
(and ache just a bit)

Tree climbing with Delaney

For 2nd grade, the kids do a big Heritage Project where they learn all about their ancestors. Lucy dressed up in as German an outfit as we have, and she presented about her Great Great Grandmother Martha Schulz Bucher who came to the US at Ellis Island. 

Lucy got to stay at my parents' house for a solid 10-day stint, which was crazy! I missed my girl! She had the absolute time of her life, including making it on the jumbotron at a Giants/Dodgers game!

My dad took her to the house I lived at from age 0-5. I used to love hanging out by the drainpipe on the right side of the house.

Practicing her sewing skills

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Brady Lately

Oh my Brady Boy. He is TEN and growing up for sure. He is challenging but also becoming a very responsible boy. He has a mind of his own and can't be forced to do something he doesn't want to do. I absolutely adore his love for the outdoors, fishing, animals, traps, and his endless amount of knowledge on all of those subjects. He has the BEST sense of humor and he has me legitimately laughing all the time. He is becoming a great little babysitter to his brothers and sister. He has a very hard and fast knowledge of right and wrong, although he often tries to blur the lines for his own teasings at home. :)

Me vs. Brady in a game of HORSE

We visited Mission San Jose for his 4th grade mission report

We love the show "Gold Rush" and he made his own sleuce box in the backyard to mine for gold

Receiving his Bear award at Scouts

Yet again, another random picture from church. He likes to keep busy drawing during Sacrament meeting.

While reading the The Friend magazine one month, he saw instructions for how to make your own butter. You basically put heavy cream in a mason jar and shake it for about 20 minutes. I couldn't believe how easy it was, and after adding a pinch of salt, it was delish.

Brady loved his baseball season this year. He played catcher most games. I think he likes not having to stand around and the continuous action. He earned the name "Sleepy" because he acts lethargic when he wants to. :)

Testing out his birthday present, a nice fly fishing rod, with Grandpa Fox. I love Brandon scootering in the background.

For his 10th birthday, my dad made this digital card for him. I miss that little darling boy!

This is quite a story. See the tarantula below?

Brady comes in one afternoon while I'm at my desk. He shows me this tarantula in his bug catcher and nonchalantly says, "Mom, look what I caught." I look over and give hardly any reaction because I am certain it is fake and that he's trying to scare me. So, he moves on to show dad. A few seconds later, Brandon is exclaiming, "Brittany, did you see this?!" I slowly turn around and am surprised by Brandon's gullibility. I say, "Are you serious? You can't tell how fake that is? I can't believe you fell for that." He says, "Brittany, that is REAL." To prove it, Brady comes closer and shakes the container. When it moves, I can't believe it. He freaking caught a tarantula! In my backyard! No big deal.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Summer List 2014

Today, as I called Brandon in desperation that our summer is slipping by and our kids are watching entirely too much TV, my thoughtful hubby decided to come up our annual summer list of activities. His list is more than twice as long as my typical list, so I think we'll have to be generous with our time frame.

Without further ado, The List:
  1. Camping 
  2. Bake cookies for a neighbor 
  3. Pool (15 times) 
  4. Play Glow in the Dark Frisbee 
  5. Fly a Kite 
  6. Play Tennis 
  7. Visit a farmers Market 
  8. Finish a Novel 
  9. Read a Book in the Book of Mormon as a Family 
  10. Sleepover (although as a rule, we don't do sleepovers) 
  11. Backyard Campfire 
  12. Make Smores 
  13. Movies (Tuesday Night) 
  14. Drive-In (Tuesday Night) 
  15. Regal $1 Movies 
  16. Watch Fireworks 
  17. Make Homemade Pizza 
  18. Visit Fish Hatchery 
  19. Go to a Cabin (Big Trees) 
  20. Go to a Giants Game 
  21. Play Hide and Seek at Night 
  22. Do a Science Experiment 
  23. Plant a Garden 
  24. Play Capture the Flag 
  25. Concert in the Park 
  26. Make Homemade Ice Cream 
  27. Build a Sand Castle 
  28. Teach Clark to Swim 
  29. Make popsicles 
  30. Visit Provo 
  31. Eat Gelato 
  32. Visit Downtown Placerville/Apple Hill 
  33. Visit a Museum 
  34. Visit the Zoo 
  35. Make a Bird House 
  36. Star Gaze/Learn a couple constellations 
  37. Make Sundaes
  38. Make Donuts 
  39. Go Miniature Golfing 
  40. Slip N' Slide 
  41. Have a Water Balloon Fight 
  42. Lotus Park 
  43. Visit Folsom Lake/Boating on Folsom Lake 
  44. Georgetown Waterslides 
  45. Light Fireworks 
  46. Go on a family Bike ride (5x) 
  47. Go Bowling 
  48. Go on a Zip line 
  49. Go to a Batting Cage 
  50. Go on a Picnic 
  51. Ride a Roller Coaster 
  52. Blow Bubbles 
  53. Visit a National/State Park 
  54. Game Night (Settlers/Uno/Phase 10$/Ticket to Ride) 
  55. Tube/Raft down a River 
  56. Go for a Hike 
  57. Go Fishing (2x) 
  58. Pick Berries 
  59. Visit a Cave 
  60. Gymnastics 
  61. Run 3 miles Adult/ 1 mile for the kids 
  62. Build a Shed/Concrete


Our stake YW volleyball tournament. Our girls were AWESOME! We are lucky to have several girls who are superstars. First place baby. Lucy was the mascot of the day.

My friend Bethany's new baby girl Holland. She is a little doll, and fits the mold of a Patrick baby perfectly.

We were swimming at my parents' house one night and Brandon went into a storage chest to get Clark a lifejacket. There was a huge black widow right on it. I don't even want to think about that spider biting Clark. So glad Brandon spotted it.

This was one special night. All of the YW presidencies in the area were invited to Elk Grove to hear YW General President Sister Oscarson speak. It was incredibly uplifting and inspiring to be in a collective setting with so many special women, especially Bethany and Laura.

These two...

Me mowing the lawn. Believe it or not, I get in trouble for mowing our lawn. Brandon likes full control over his baby.

My friends and I went to a book signing in Sacramento. We had the most delicious dinner and dessert, too. I felt like a total creeper hiding behind her like that.

On Brandon's last day of wrestling this year, my present for enduring the season was a Lululemon jacket. I actually ended up getting a different one, but I think I really prefer the one below. :)

This was a project we worked on over a period of time and finally completed. Brandon and I each wrote things about the other in these prints. They're quite a treasure.

Brandon and Brady making planter boxes for our garden. Too bad after all their work, we still haven't gotten around to planting anything.