Honestly I have no idea what is happening to time. I feel like the older my kids get the faster and faster it passes. I feel like I am in a time warp. And there are days where all I want is for it to go faster! But then most days I wish I could slow it down. So much has happened lately I will try to catch up...
Maggie is sweet as ever. She and Joey stayed at my mom's house for a couple days while I was at girl's camp and Eric was at Scout camp. They went and playing in a little creek and to the Payson Pool which is always a hit!
We also spent some time last month planting our garden! We didn't get to it last year so it was fun to get it all planted. The kids all helped and they are super excited to eat the strawberries and sugar snap peas! Things are growing pretty well. Hopefully we will have some fresh yummy fruit and veggies!
Grandpa Swenson got a new boat! The kids have been waiting for this day since he left on his mission 2 years ago, ha ha. They've been out on it fishing a couple times and had a blast. Apparently Joey is the family's best fisherman. On their first trip he outfitted grandpa and dad! All that casting and reeling in really wears you out!
Along with soccer, Joey has also started playing baseball. Jacob played this year and Joey couldn't wait to tag along in his big brother's footsteps. He's had a fun season and has gotten some good hits in too!
The last day of school also happened to be Jake's 12th birthday! I just have to tell you all how much I love this boy. He is so much like his mom--very organized, efficient, gets all of his chores done quickly and without being asked most of the time. He's very bright and does well in school without having to be prodded and poked along. He is generally very easy-going and is just fun to be around. He's making up for all the time as a baby he spent screaming all day every day for 2 years. I guess he got all of his orneriness out of himself then. I love hanging out with him and wish we had more time to just sit around and watch a show together or something. Even though he's 12 now he still loves to sit next to me on the bed and watch America's Funniest Home Videos or something like that. He won an award for being a terrific kid at school--and he really is. I love him so much and couldn't imagine our family without him!
Because Jake turned 12 he was able to get the priesthood! It was a really special day--I just wish he would stop growing up so fast! He has been passing the sacrament and even got to go to scout camp!
There was only one thing he wanted for his birthday--a snake. I said NO WAY JOSE! and I meant it. But then I tried to think of something else to get him, and asked him what else he wanted...nothing. And THEN I started thinking about what a great kid he is and I finally gave in and decided to get him a snake (he also made a very convincing powerpoint presentation on why a snake would be a good pet--no joke). I convinced Eric, but didn't tell him. So I wrapped some wood branched for his snake cage--he figured it out pretty quick but at first (this was so cute) he didn't get it and I said those branches were decorations for his room--you hang them on the wall and you can hang your jackets or stuff from them. He smiled and said, "Oh! Cool!" even though it would have been totally lame. It was sweet. Then I laughed and he realized that wasn't it and it didn't take more than a few second for him to put two and two together. We let him pick out his own snake online and a couple days later got it.
Maggie also had a dance recital recently. She did a hip hop dance with a Star Wars theme. She did so good! She is the youngest and smallest in her class but is the best dancer in it! Her teacher says he might even move her up another level next year with the older kids. She loves hip hop and I love to watch her dance and do something she loves!
Stay tunes for more updates on our fun filled summer!