|See, I'm not just a lame, bossy, grumpy mom ALL day long. Who do you suppose made them this awesome hammock? Of course, I did picture myself in it at least some of the summer. It could happen...|
Also, they eat all the time. (One of my neighbors, with growing boys out for the summer, put a keyless entry on her pantry. That takes guts. And hungry neighbors... like my kids.)
|I haven't decided if it's a good thing or not that Boston can now scoop everyone's ice cream.|
|One afternoon Boston needed something to do, so I made him take a whole bunch of pictures of Luke. They both loved it. PS. Luke sits up on his own now, and it is pretty fun.|
|At last, Luke is evolving into a beefy baby. LOVE the rolls on his doughy legs. I'm pretty certain with his surgery recovery he has jumped into the next growth curve on the chart.|
I've made kind of a summer goal for myself to have more Carpe Diem moments --Seize the Day!-- and just do the things that I've always meant to do as a mom or really want to do but keep putting off for no good reason. My kids aren't getting any younger, and it's never going to be convenient to get out of the house and DO stuff, especially during the week when Mark is at work.
Anyway, not complaining, just pointing out that I'm very proud of myself for taking my kids to do anything fun because I'm a big wimp about that kind of thing.
Awesome thing number one was something I've wanted to do for years. I drove my kids all the way up to Ogden and met up with my Grandpa Ebert Heagy and my brother Jake's family, down from Montana. (I even multitasked the travelling, carefully coordinating this trip with the wedding dinner for my brother Duke in WVC that evening.) We went to the Hill Air Force Base Museum and Grandpa served as our tour guide. He was a pilot and an airplane mechanic with the Air National Guard for years. I remembered going to this museum with him--I think just the two of us--when I was maybe a freshman in high school, and I wanted to do it again as an adult and so my kids could remember seeing the planes with their great grandpa.
|Here is Grandpa Heagy with some of our crew in front of the "Grasshopper" (the dark gray plane with the yellow propeller parked on the ground). This is the type of plane he learned how to fly on, when he was a teenager.|
I once read a thought by James E. Talmage that taught that true joy leaves no bitter aftertaste, and that when you think back on it, you will have a renewal of that same happiness. Hopefully we left Duke and Natalie some of those moments this weekend. I know I gathered a few.
Anyway, when I had my chance with the mike, I reminded the crowd that Duke, as a very nervous teenager, had sang at my wedding reception, and that I had been waiting....and waiting.... to return the favor. And that I only had one song choice left. Then I really had a great time hamming it up and blasting out my little number by Etta James. You've heard of go big or go home? No regrets baby. I didn't really register anyone's reaction because I was nervous, but Mark said Duke was grinning like an idiot the whole time. Mission accomplished. For the record (and for my folks, who said the acoustics were difficult) here are the last minute lyrics:
"At last! His love has come along.
Duke's lonely days are over.
And life is like a song!
At last! My mom and dad can breathe.
Their fox caught more than feathers
When Duke laid eyes on Natalie.
Down by the Green River, Wyoming
Big D was all sad and alone.
He found a dream...right there on "Linkups"
He'd drive a thousand miles to her home! (Every weekend, yeah yeah)
You smiled, ah, and then the spell was cast.
His bachelor days are over.
Duke's found a WIFE.....at last!"
Wah wah wah wah....
|What a gorgeous couple. During their wedding I kept thinking how handsome my brother is--they both just glowed.|
|Darcy flew down solo to come to the wedding and to come play with her sisters.|
|Super cute. Cousin power! Wish Darcy's three boys could have been in this shot. Luke loved his tie. He thought it was yummy. It was so drenched it was dripping drool.|
|I guess the tie was a little much. But it was fun.|
|My mom's granddaughters. With Rachel, holding reluctant Addy. Poor Rach is about to pop and had bad contractions that night.|
|Darcy, Jake, Duke, Jackie, Brooke. I think we're all laughing that Jake caught Dad's photoallergenic ability. I'm wearing some serious wedges here, otherwise I'd be the shortest one.|
|Everyone's making a weird face here. Sun too bright?|
|My tribe. Loved the colors, Natalie.|
|That night, after they cut the cake, we zipped over to Park City where my parents had rented a vacation condo for all of us. Grandpa likes to tuck the kids in with a little silly singing.|
|The next day, after a getaway breakfast to Kneaders and a few garage sales with my sistahs, we went for a few rides on the Gondolas. My Dad was liberal with his water bottle, and my kids were trying to learn how not to touch it with their mouths.|
|The kids on top of the mountain.|
|Cooper and Jax try to identify some of the local wildlife.|
Remember that part in What About Bob? "There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who like Neil Diamond, and those who don't." Jaxon does, decidedly and emphatically. Enter "Sweet Caroline". Cooper and Macy were straining to hear what Jaxon was so excited about during the verse. He reassured all of us, "I don't really like this part. It's boring. But when it gets to the "Reaching out...touching me" (he stretches out his arm to the front of the car and makes a face like he's pulling someone onto the last chopper out of Vietnam) then it gets awesome." It did. It definitely did. I wished I had a video camera to shoot Jaxon's top of the lungs rendition to save for HIS wedding reception.
After we had all recovered, Jaxon turns to Macy and Cooper. "So, is that your favorite song now guys?" Crickets. Macy finally piped up, "Well, I like "We Will Rock You."
Jaxon was undaunted, "What about you, Cooper, is that your favorite song?"
"Can it be your second favorite song??"
Cooper placates. "I guess you can say it is, if you want to."
|Forgot to point out Luke's square face. With jowls like that, he could eat you for breakfast.|
A few minutes later, Mark stretched and commented what a yummy dinner we just had. Macy contradicted him sweetly. "What a yucky dinner we had...but I ate it ALL gone!"