Thursday, June 24, 2010

Brain Freeze!

You're probably wondering who invented this game.....

Yep. You're right it was Payge!

Let me give you the rules of the Brain Freeze game!
1. You have got to be crazy and a bit stupid.
2. Place the center of your forehead directly over the sprinker.
3. Keep still as possible while screaming and laughing as loud as you can until you can't stand the freezing pain any longer.

5. Try everything to get rid of the brain freeze you just inflicted upon yourself!
6. Laugh and Dare your sister to do the same!

Repeat for hours of harmless fun!

Maggy never really caught the spirit of the brain freeze game. Smart little girl!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Grandma's House

Misty and the clan were at Grandma's for swimming lessons so we dropped in too and spent a few days to help pass the ten days I was without Jeremy. The kids had a great time playing with cousins outside in the water and of course any summer trip wouldn't be complete without a trip to Lava Hot Springs!
Baylee diving with Levi in the small indoor pool.

Maggy got brave and ventured off the steps this year. She is still very timid in the water.

Taby is more interested in eating Grandma's popcorn than playing. I'm thinking it must be just about nap time!

Payge got in a little bit of trouble the day before and Mean Old Mom wouldn't let her go swimming with everyone else. She had to sit on the edge of the pool. I'm not sure if it was harder for her or for me. She was a good sport and took the punishment with pride.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Hogle Zoo

After dropping Jeremy off at the airport for his journey to California I decided to load the kids up and drive through Salt Lake and find Hogle Zoo. I was bound and determined to have fun with the girls while Jeremy was gone and thought that this would be an excellent start to our adventure. Today it was confirmed that taking five kids anywhere is A LOT of work. I couldn't have done it without Baylee, Payge, and the double stroller. We survived and had a ton of fun at the zoo and at the end of the day we were all tired and ready to drive back to Grandma Sherry's for a couple more days of fun. If I can find my way out of Salt Lake that is with all the road construction!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Master Green

Jeremy set a goal to get his master before he turned 36. He has been working so hard for the last two years, spending all his free time studying, and doing homework. He accomplished this goal and we are proud of him. One of the last things for him to do was to go on his 10 day field experience. He chose to go to California to the Yosemite area. He was very excited to go and even bought himself a hat to keep himself from being "fried" in the desert sun! (I still give him crap about the safari hat!) Now all he has to do when he gets home is to write his final paper and field guide about our area. Sixty or Eighty page paper and then it's official, He'll be MASTER GREEN.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

An Afternoon at Temple Square

We took full advantage of taking Jeremy to the airport to catch his plane to California for 10 days. We left Rigby Sunday morning and took the kids to Temple Square for the first time. It had changed so much since the last time Jeremy and I had been there. We spent a lot longer than we thought we would and the kids loved it. I sadly had forgotten the spirit of Temple Square.

I went to Temple Square with prayer in my heart about our little baby girl that quickly was winning a place in my heart. I knew that the time had come to either commit to making her part of the the family or finding her another home. As we walked through the displays things and quotes kept popping out and seemed like they were just speaking to me. I scratched a scripture reference into the tray of my stroller because I knew that once I left I wouldn't remember it.

Jacob 2:17 Think of your brethren like unto yourselves, and be familiar with all and free with your substance, that they may be rich like unto you.

This hit hard because one of the biggest concerns with making Frankie part of our family sadly was finance. Would Jeremy and I be able to provide all the things possible to give our other four girls and Frankie the life they all deserved. This scripture brought a comfort in knowing that all would be okay, and all would be fine. It made me contemplate the word "RICH." Did RICH consist of money and worldly things or did RICH have a deeper meaning to this little girl how had come from a rough background. Did RICH mean the gospel and everything that it could offer her. Little did I know that later that same day this question would also be answered as we walking though a tour about families given by the sister missionaries. We walked. through a home setting and watched little videos about the different parts of the proclamation to the family. In the final room one of the last comments made by President Monson will forever lived in the heart and mind. (I wish I had written this down too maybe someday I will get to.) He said something like...the most important thing in a family was not wealth or stature, but LOVE. One thing that I knew we as a family could give Frankie was love. It had started to become clear to me that yes Frankie needed to stay in our family.

Friday, June 18, 2010

What Do You Do in the Summer Time?

My girls love to play in the sprinklers, and make "bum" prints. What would it be like to be young again and enjoy seeing the shape of your behind stamped on the driveway?

Maggy is warming herself on the warm driveway here making full body prints.

Sister love. Enjoy the moment.

Maggy is freezing and wondering how to warm-up.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Baylee's new Job

There are advantages to your kids growing older...they can do more work. Baylee's new job is to mow what I call the "North Forty" it's the huge piece of grass in the the very back of the lawn. I hate mowing it because it is deceptively large! I don't even care how it looks as long as it is mowed. Baylee did a very good job for her first time. The self propelling feature of the lawn mower was not working this time, but Jeremy fixed it and now the job is much easier! Now if I could only convince her that changing diapers is as much fun, I'd really be in business!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

While Mom Was Gone

So we have the best Daddy at our house. This year while I was gone on the annual girl's weekend. Jeremy packed up the girls and headed to one of their favorite spots, Craters of the Moon. I thought he was both brave and a little crazy for taking them all alone, but if anyone can do it Jeremy can. He left Thursday night and came home Saturday because of the weather. The girls had a blast, and I was kind of sad that I missed the first big camping trip of the year!

Here's a rare picture...Baylee and Payge holding hands and being civil...and I wasn't there to witness this small miracle!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Annual Yost Girls Trip

Another fun girl's trip. This time we went to Mom and Dad's home. I think it was one of my favorite girl's trips so far. It was so much fun to go home without any kids/husbands. The first day we all met in Pocatello and went shopping. How time flies when five women shop. I think we got home around 9 p.m. I took Jackie with me this year, she did pretty good and still had a smile on her face after a long day shopping!

This was the first year the Dad got to witness the wild times on the all girl weekend. He did go fishing the first day, and only graced us with his presence Saturday afternoon.

Kera worked outside in the sunshine on the plant stand that Jake started to make her last year sometime, she finally got it sanded and stained. I hope that it doesn't take her another year for someone to put it together for her!

A girl's trip wouldn't be without Misty convincing Mom to highlight her hair. Here they sit trying to make some watch bands too. We love Misty because she always has a plan for us. Without her we wouldn't get anything accomplished! She's always the one with the list and knows how to make the most out of every second!

Logan also got to be part of the "girls"! We convinced him to let us highlight his hair with Misty's left over. We told him that we would cut it off if he didn't like it. (the truth was that Grandma didn't have a razor, guess the joke was on him!) What a good sport he played beauty shop with his aunts, but drew the line at painting his toenails. I don't think the cows would have liked that much anyway!

Okay, we didn't know what we were doing....Sorry Logan!

It doesn't look that bad. I guess it could have been worse.

We worked all day making watch bands, necklaces, and bracelets. Misty I think had had enough, she had just finished a project for the second or maybe third time, and went to tied it and the string snapped sending beads all over the floor. I have never seen a grown-up throw a tantrum like that!

Dad helped entertain Jackie for me. So glad he loves little girls. Especially ones that don't talk back!