Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Day the Power Went Out...

July 20, 2014
The power went out on a Sunday morning. We were getting ready for church while Dave was at his meetings. We had about 45 minutes until church so I continued to get the girls ready for church. Dave came home from his meeting and said they were discussing whether or not we would have church. I figured the lights would turn on at 8:55 so continued to get the kids ready. About 8:50 Dave was called and asked to come turn people away at the church because it was canceled. At 8:55 (no kidding) the lights came back on, but it was to late to call everyone for church.

So why the long story? Well during the time the lights were out the girls kept asking to do things.....like watching tv or other things requiring power. They didn't know how to act with the power off and I realized that we had a big problem. My kids couldn't entertain themselves! Something needed to be done and quickly. So that night for FHE it began....

We started that night by reading The Day the TV Broke, a children's book I have had since I was a kid. It was all about how the boy watched TV everyday until it broke. Everyday he asked if the TV was fixed yet while doing other activities. By the time it was fixed he didn't want to watch TV anymore because he was busy playing and doing activities. After reading the book we announced the plans:

Week one we would cut amazon and netflix, this did not go well. But they were watching too much!
Week two in order to watch/play/ have any screen time they had to earn them. They earned them by playing outside, doing art projects, having conversations with family members, and playing downstairs with toys just to name a few. Lily's exact quote was "wait we get to earn screen time by doing fun stuff." This week was much better!

The kids have done amazing and now I can't remember the last night they watched a ton of tv. They usually spend so much time doing the activities that they don't have time to watch TV. Its been amazing! One of the biggest things they had done lately is beads. Here are a few of there creations...








So glad we decided to unplug! Its been the best thing for our family! 



Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Cousins Visit

End of June-Beginning of July 

We had the Thornton Family come and visit from Ohio for two weeks and had a blast spending time with them. The kids loved getting to see them again after two years. They played at grandmas house, made loom bracelets, went to Seven Peaks and Hollywood Connection, and got to hang out at the fireworks together. Not sure why I didn't end up with any pictures of the events....guess I was having too much fun! But wanted to make sure it was documented......Milana or mom if you have any pictures can you send them to me? :) Thanks! 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Pioneers Day

July 24, 2014
We started the day by sleeping in then headed to Grandma and Grandpa Tatums to watch the parade. After having lunch with them we headed home and took naps then got ready for our guests to come. We had invited over a bunch of people for a bring your own meat and fireworks BBQ. Turns out only the grandparents could make it, but the girls had a blast spending time with them. We enjoyed yummy food, chatting, and playing.

Being silly with Potts 


That night Dave put on a great firework show with all the fireworks we got. The night had a nice breeze and it was fun to watch the kids enjoy/be scared of the fireworks. Paisley was very considered about Daddy's safety and him not getting burnt. It was really cute. Hope you all had a great holiday too! 


 Sparklers....







HAPPY PIONEER DAY! 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Riding Bikes

July 23, 2014
The girls had been asking to go ride bikes so we finally gave in. We fixed the bikes all up and headed out. A lot of people thought I was crazy to be going bike riding at 35 weeks, but it was fun! We rode our bikes over to the food places by the chevron and had dinner at the Corner Cafe. Then we went on a short ride before going back to get snow cones. It was definitely hot, but we loved breaking in our new bikes! The only problem was the next day I was really sore....hopefully next time it won't be as bad. 



Saturday, August 2, 2014

Paisley turns 4

July 18, 2014
Our Paisley turned 4!! She got to chose what she did for her birthday all day long. First up....donuts for breakfast.

 She wanted to dip it in milk, but it was so big we had to get out the big mugs! 


 Next was her swim party.....so we headed to Gammie and Potts to go swimming. We had pizza for lunch then opened gifts. Shopping for this kid was pretty easy!

Rainbow Dash that jumps from Grandma and Grandpa Tatum

 And Pinkie Pie walkie talkies 

 Lalaloopsy puzzles from mom and dad

 Rubber Band Bracelets from sisters 

 And what she wanted more then anything, "Go fish cards with real fish, and cards with people (we assumed old maid)"....like I said easiest kid to buy for :) 

 Tiana dress up from Gammie and Potts 

 And two dollars from Grandma Collier. This kid was in heaven.

 Then we all got in the pool except Oakley who took a nap. I got in because Paisley really wanted to swim with me...must love that kid! Though the pool water actually did help my pregnant body feel better. 


After swimming was cupcakes. We didn't get a picture of us singing to her, but here are the cupcakes. She made it fairly easy for me this year, which was nice. Love how easy going she is! 


 That night she asked to go to Grandma Tatum's to play. We had dinner there before heading home. Grandma got out olives and this kid loved them! 

This little girl is crazy, hilarious, loves playing with her sisters, and is just full of life! She loves having her own way and will make sure you know it! She is a cuddle bug and warms right up to people the moment they walk in the door so don't be surprised if you suddenly find her in your lap. She loves to tell people she loves them and honestly just keeps us laughing! Love you Pazy paz! 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Papa's Funeral

July 11, 2014
Del Richard Slaughter, more affectionally known as Papa, passed away June 26, 2014. This had been coming for awhile so when it happened it was not to much of surprise. He went peacefully, surrounded by family and was able to finally return to his Sweetheart he talked about so often. A few years back we were given the privilege of bringing him dinner and chatting with him. During these visits I was able to get to know this sweet man so much better and hear his life story. I was able to put that into a book for family members and I loved being able to learn about his life from him. He told great stories, but I loved listening him talk about his sweet wife. She came up several times each week. I will cherish the memories sitting in the basement listening to him talk and getting to know him better. I am happy he has reunited with the love of his life, but will miss him too. Love you Papa! 

Dave had a special connecting with his Grandpa, playing the clarinet. He now is privileged to have Papa's clarinet and play it. Each time he does he thinks of Papa. 

 The funeral allowed families to come together that had not seen each other in awhile. 

The five youngest grandkids, born one year and one day within each other. 

 Cousins 


 The legacy that Papa passed along.....almost all of his grandkids. 

UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN PAPA! 


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fourth of July

July 4, 2014
Dave won tickets on the radio for a 25 dollar gift card to Mimis Cafe and VIP patio seating to see the parade. It was great! We took the two older girls and had a blast eating breakfast and watching the parade with shade, cold drinks, and a bathroom close. The girls had a blast! 


We then headed to Gammie and Potts for lunch and swimming. Dave got in to play with the girls, but I decided not to go. Gammie and Potts also got in with all the grandkids and had a great time. 

Dave throwing Lily-she loved it! 



 Those that went swimming

 Loving the water, but kept tipping forward and almost went under once! 



Love swimming at Gammies and Potts! 

That night we headed to Aunt Jolenes for the Annual BBQ! We had a crazy amount of people this year and the kids had a blast running and playing with everyone. I tried my best to be social, but it was quite hot and I ended up spending a lot more time inside then out. Still it was nice to see everyone. We headed to the fireworks and enjoyed sitting in the cool chatting and waiting. The kids loved the fireworks, except Oakley. Just like everything in this life she had to warm up to them. When they started she kept saying "no stop." But ended up enjoying them. Not sure why I didn't get more pictures, but I did get these cute ones of Lucy with her first light up bracelet. Love that little one!