Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Random Pieces of August

Here are a few things that I missed during the month of August.

We went swimming nearly every day. It has been SOO SOOO nice having a private pool with these two little kiddos. Thanks Grandpa for letting us come every day!! (And there are a few weeks left before the pool closes---anyone up for a swim!?)

Matt and two of his buds.

This girl LOVES to swim!! (Especially with her daddy).
We had LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of dinner parties—fun to be with friends and family!-- Thanks Heather and Kristy for planning this fun one!!

Darin has been growing an awesome garden this summer!! He has grown tons of different kinds of tomatoes, potatoes, yard long beans, green beans, soy beans, climbing beans, sugar snap peas, red peppers, green peppers, yellow peppers, chili peppers, lemon cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, melons, spaghetti squash, crookneck squash, butternut squash, summer squash, zucchini, asparagus, corn, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, carrots, swiss chard, black berries, raspberries, grapes, our fruit trees, and more! It has been so fun to cook with fresh produce from the garden! And, I’ve even been canning—I’m sure there’s more ahead.

We went to the fair with the Young Women (Lindsay sat on the camel)

Darin had scout camp
I had girls camp, but they didn’t allow any babies so I had to miss most of it.

I sent this card board version of myself to be there with the girls.

But I did enjoy the time that I got to be with them on the last day!

Lindsay’s little friend Greta turned 1, so we did a little cake smash photo session for fun. I think that Matt and Evelyn ended up eating more cake than Greta did.

So long August! You were a great month! Hello September!

Monday, August 22, 2011


We had an EXTREMELY fun but busy Saturday! I spent the morning cooking in preparation for the rest of the day making cookies, deviled eggs, a vegie tray, and potato salad. First my friends and I threw a Dr. Seuss baby shower for our friend Miranda. Boy! I sure do have creative friends—everything turned out DARLING!! Thanks Camie for all your work, it was so much fun!

After the shower we went to a surprise party for Darin’s brother, Nate. He just finished his masters and we’re so proud of him! Way to go Nate! I brought a vegie tray--I had to take a picture because the tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers are all from our garden! Good job Darin!!

Saturday night we went to a wedding reception, but I accidentally wrote down the wrong address—so we missed it (sorry again Dana, we’ll get your gift to you soon). After the missed reception we went to a BBQ for our YW Presidency and families. Matt was having so much fun I could hardly snap a picture of him! Thanks Jena for such a fun night! Love you guys!!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

1st Day of School

Tomorrow is the first day of school for lots of people. I feel so blessed to be able to stay home with my kids, and I really wouldn’t want it any other way, but today my heart yearns to be back at school. I miss teaching SOOO much! I only taught for 3 years, but I still dream about it all the time and I am so excited for the day I can go back. There is so much that I miss.

I miss the kids
I miss the diversity of the kids—not only in ethnicity and academic level, but their personalities too!!

I miss recess and racing all the kids in the school and telling them that if anyone could beat me, I’d buy them a candy bar. (I did this until I was like 7 months pregnant and only lost once!)

I miss all the celebrations and how in first in third grade EVERYTHING can be fun—from reading to learning fractions!

I miss all the holidays! The fun holiday books, activities, parties, and integrating the holidays into every subject! One year the kids made 4 foot Christmas trees and they earned an ornament each time they passed off a different math section—it was REALLY motivational, and it was also lots of fun! We would also do math scavenger hunts to find the leprechaun on St. Patrick’s day, tongue twisted alliteration pumpkins for Halloween, thankful story books for Thanksgiving, and so much more!! Oh, how I miss teaching during holidays!!

I miss the science projects.I miss seeing the kids' faces when the discoved something new.

I miss working towards on a goal as a class, and seeing the satisfaction the kids would get when they reached their goal. (One year I told the kids if they would have a perfect reading month I would buy them a class pet—then when they reached the goal, I convinced them to get a Venus fly trap for the pet—ha ha ha!!)
I miss my coworkers. They are such great teachers, and I learned SOO much from them! They are so creative and they care so much about the kids actually learning! They make learning fun! We had so much fun together and I think we worked off all our calories each night from laughing so hard! I miss them lots.

This last picture is a picture of me on my very first day of teaching. I was so nervous I was sweating like crazy. One of my students said to me, “Miss Hodgkinson, I think you spilled your water in your armpit.” Oh man! I sure do miss those kids! Also, the teachers always made fun of me because I wore 3" heels on the first day of school. (As seen in the picture).

So, to all of my teacher friends, and to all of you kids going back to school, I hope you have a great first day back, and a great school year as well! And just remember, there is one person that is super jealous that you are there.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Happy 7 Months Lindsay

Happy 7 months to our sweet Lindsay! I love how some moms (aka my awesome sis-in-law Kristy) make cute lists of all the things that their baby is up to. I’m not that ambitious. In fact, I am starting to lose interest in blogging all together.(GASP!!) But I make myself do it for my lone 3 readers in the world! (This is for your Grandma!)

Anyway, back to Lindsay. I’m not going to make a huge list about what Linds is up to, but just wanted to mention one thing I don’t want to forget.

#1- Lindsay is a lady!

I know that sounds weird, but I have thought it ever since she was born. Even when she burps, she has an expression on her face that almost says, “Pardon me. That was very un-lady like.” Ha ha. I am being totally serious though.

Lindsay has her physical therapist coming tomorrow. So we may have new updates on her tomorrow. But overall she is doing AWESOME!! Happy 7 month birthday my sweet little lady! Lots of love to you!!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Team Lindsay T-3 Weeks!!

Hey everyone! The Hydrocephalus Walk is in 3 weeks!! It is free to come, and we've already met our fundraising goal! (Thanks Ben!!) We'd love to have everyone join our team and do the 5k with us!! This is not limited to close friends and family--we'd love EVERYONE to come!! Click HERE if you'd like to join our team! See you in 3 weeks!!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

I love to see the temple…

This has been a busy, hard, fun, happy week! Darin had scout camp this week and we missed him a lot while he was gone. I sure love that man! He got to come home a little early because two of the kids got sick, so we enjoyed spending an extra long weekend with him! We were going to go to the zoo, but it was REALLY crowded so instead we headed to temple square. Matthew loved seeing the Christus, going in the museums, and going on trax for the first time.

I LOVE this picture of Matt pointing up to the Christus and saying “Jesus” with a big smile!

Lindsay had fun too!

We also went to a birthday party for my niece Annie. Matt LOVES being with his cousins!

We also went to the Boondocks in Kaysville for our first time!! We had so much fun doing the bounce house, bumper boats, racecars, bowling, batting cages, carousel, and more!