A few weeks ago our friends asked if we had any plans for the day. Our answer was no, so they invited us to meet them at the Fairy Forest in Kamas. It was magical!


We loved walking around looking at all the painted rocks and fairy homes.




The kids had a great time throwing rocks in the river:


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Afterwords we ate at a local restaurant. We banished the kids to their own table:

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We let the baby girls choose some jukebox tunes:

And that freed us up enough to take a selfie:

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Madison (wanting more lasagna): “More Elsa Anna please.”


Madison was sitting in the shopping cart and was unable to reach a bag of gummy bears on the shelf. After squirming and grunting and yelping she said in exasperation trying to find the right words, “Mom! I need it touching my hand!”

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Madison was a little feverish.

Me: “Do you want some medicine?”

Madison whipped her head around to look at me and said forcefully, “Are you crazy?! It’s MADison, not MEDicine.”


Spencer: “Madison was crying so much it was raining cats and dogs on her face!”


Spencer: “I had a dream about dinosaurs. My dream production was working quite well that time.”


We were in the car listening to kid songs. “Rock-a-bye Baby” came on.

Brooke: “The cradle will fall?! This is a really dangerous lullaby.”

We’ll start off this round of potpourri with two sleeping Spencer pictures:


I liked how he was using his pillowcase as a blanket here:

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Madison: “Mom! Take my picture!” Sure thing, cutie:
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Accessorizing with Lego pieces:

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Give him a place to sit and a million Matchbox cars to look at, and you’ve got yourself a happy camper:

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Caroline is so sweet to Madison:


Spencer was racing his cars and used the diapers and papers to designate 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places:


Madison has turned into a scratcher. Spencer was her victim:


Bear just taking a load off:

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Loving Caroline’s drawn in faces:

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One day Brooke was trying to write a story. She had a stack of blank papers in front of her and an agitated look on her face.

Me: “What’s up?”

Brooke: “I just don’t know what the title of my book should be.”

Me: “Sometimes authors go ahead and write the story first and then come back and decide on a title later. You could do that.”

Brooke: “No. I need a title first.”

She then created the following post-it note for every person in the family to vote on what the title of her story should be. I was amused at how vastly different each of her options were. Decisions, decisions:

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We’ve got an iPad addict:

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And a paci addict:

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One day we went to the park. I caught Madison in this stance watching the bigger kids act crazy:

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Madison: “Mom! I’m making a tunnel for the roly polies!”

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My friend Rachael made this little jumper for Brooke. I love that it now fits Madison:

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We FINALLY graduated Madison to a front-facing carseat:

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Brooke was proud of this dragon. The wings and mouth moved up and down. It was pretty impressive:


Brooke: “I wonder what I would look like with glasses.”

Ten minutes later we got our answer:

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Popcorn with Grandpa:

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Stories with Grandma:

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Baby girl turned 2 which apparently is not old enough to no longer be called “baby girl”:



She got a purse:




Little boy turned 5:


He got Legos:


He wanted a Ring Pop cake. Done:


We celebrated at Chuck E. Cheese:










Me: “Kids! Jump like Chuck E.!”



Gold star for Caroline. Remedial courses in jumping enthusiastically for pictures for Spencer and Brooke.

Madison was pretty freaked out by the animatronic Chuck E. and apparently Brooke shared her misgivings: