Thursday, September 22, 2011

Do You Remember When? . . .

 . . . . We used to sing, sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-ti-da?  Just going to catch up on some randomness, for anyone far or near who may be interested what the rest of our August (not already journaled about), and first part of September was like.  hehe.    

So, do you remember when Ethan competed in his 4th Copperman Triathlon in August, and did awesome?  Me too.  (Although he did lose to his friend, Ian - They've got some friendly competition going on, and Ian made his comeback this year.  So Ethan had to wear that ridiculous tie to church.  hehe.)  Eth improved his time significantly from last year, and had fun.  Good job!

And do you remember when Ethan turned 30 on August 9th?!  Woo Hoo!  We kept it pretty low key, because we STILL have plans to have a little overnight alone . . . . somewhere . . . sometime . . .  soon to celebrate both of our 30th birthdays.     

Do you remember when my good friend from high school, Mike, came for a quick visit on a Saturday afternoon in August.  (He was in town for a wedding.)  I hadn't seen him since Anna was a baby!  Too long, people, too long.  So, he got to meet the other two kiddies, and we got to catch up for a bit.  Miss you, Mikey!  :) 

Do you remember when I took los ninos on a picnic some random afternoon in August and it Totally. Made. Their. Day.  They'd been wanting to have a picnic for forever, and we finally got around to it. We go to the park tons in the summer, but to me, the extra step of packing a picnic usually seems to add too much stress to the outing with three wee ones.  It was fun though, and gorgeous weather too! 

Do you remember when Ashley and Joe got hitched?  Ash and Joe were married in August and it was fun, and hectic, and exciting, and busy, and beautiful.  Anna and Rorie were the flower girls and Benjamin was the flower boy (he insisted on being called that instead of ring bearer. hehe).  Ethan was one of Joe's Groomsmen.  Anna had been looking forward to Auntie Ashley's wedding  for months and was super excited, and counted down the days weeks in advance.  Benjamin didn't know anything about weddings before this, but for a few weeks after, he kept asking me if he could get married and have a party like Auntie Ashley and Uncle Joe's.  Sweet.  :) 

My favorite part of the wedding weekend was seeing Ethan's extended family and catching up . . .  and trying to squeeze in some quality famliy time with everyone in between wedding craziness.  Patty and Robb (Ethan's Aunt and Uncle) had to leave before this picture above was taken, but the rest of the Parr family is present.  Wow, first time we were all together since . . . well, since I've been married to Ethan, so I guess I'm not sure when the last time was. 

Do you remember when we finally got around to taking Anna and Ben-Ben camping!?!?!  Roasting hot dogs and s'mores, campfire, boating, exploring in the woods, family, games, playing in dirt and sand, bug bites . . .   The kids have wanted to go camping all summer, but scheduling just hadn't worked out for it.  (It turned out to be a pretty busy summer!)  Granted we stayed in cabins, not tents, but we still felt like we had a good camping experience.  At the last minute, my dad convinced me to bring Anna and Benjamin out to Camp Hiawatha - the Boy Scout camp - with them and my brother and his family.  It was just a quick overnight, but still lots of fun, especially for the kiddos.  Ethan and Caleb (who was watched by Chuck and Melissa and KC)  stayed home because Ethan had TONS of studying to do for his PT exam.   (And he passed, by the way!  :)

Do you remember Anna's first day of school?!  What a cutie!  Oh my, she's growing up so fast!

And finally, do you remember the first time I ever experienced canning?  This was a Relief Society activity at church.  I'm surprised I've made it this far in my life without having experienced canning in any way.  It was cool to watch and help, and the result is tasty and pretty . . . but, it's not really my thing.  Maybe down the road I'd be interested in getting in to it.  (Do you see one of Anna's eyes peaking out from behind the jar?  She tried to get into every picture I took of the carrots and soup.  hehe.) 

Well, I think that pretty much sums up what we've been up to . . . except for one very important event:  Benjamin starting pre-school.  But, little Ben-Ben is going to get his own journal entry, so you'll just have to look forward to that for next time.  :) 

Have a beautiful week!

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