Bradlee had her first dance class on August 17th. It was actually just a trial to see how she would like it. Turns out she loved it. She was like a completely different girl, all grown up. At first she was a little nervous, but within a matter of minutes she was in the middle of the floor participating 100%. I was so proud of her. She followed instructions, waited her turn and danced across the floor all by herself. I can't even look at her the same now. She is getting to be such a big girl.
She officially begins dance the second week in September. I have actually enrolled her in a preschool that incorporates dance and tumbling into their curriculum. She will attend preschool Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays. Mondays she will also have tumbling, and Wednesdays she will have dance. I felt very strongly that she needed to attend this school regardless of the cost, and I don't "feel strongly" very often. After seeing her at class, I know this will make all the difference in her development in 100 different ways.
On Sunday, August 15th, Bradlee gave her first talk in primary. Her topic was: Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and he is a God of miracles. We spent all week practicing her talk, and we even practiced it in the microphone at church before primary. All four grandparents came to support her. She is very special to a lot of people.
I was relieved when it was time for her to give her talk and she walked up to the podium all by herself. I whispered the first sentence in her ear, and when she repeated it....the microphone wasn't working. It really threw her off her game and embarrassed her! I ended up giving a very nice talk, and we were all still proud of her for being so brave...and so pretty!
You should click on these pictures to enlarge them. They are super cute.
We celebrated Bradlee's birthday party on August 21st at a park in North Salt Lake. Bradlee had been telling me all week that she didn't want a party, she just wanted presents. Nevertheless, the party turned out to be a success. All four grandparents, all Tyler's siblings, Keiler, Max, the Healeys and the Jacksons all came to celebrate with us. We are so glad they came because I could tell Bradlee really felt special having all those people there just for her, even if she did spend the whole time just playing with her friends, Caylin and Keelia.
Pizza and cake. No party is complete with out them.
At first she didn't want to open presents, but after I forced her to open one, she was ready to get down to business. She got tired of it after a while, but she pushed through. Poor girl!
You'll all have to forgive me. I didn't get pictures of everyone, but here are a few of the people who were there.
Lindsey and Bree. They were so nice to let Brock play with them.
My mom and Kate and Hunter.
Grandma Wendy and Megan.
Thanks again everyone for making it such a special day for Bradlee.
On Thursday, July 29th we went camping with Bryan and Wendy at Hobble Creek. Everyone knows how I feel about camping, but it was only for one night, and turns out I can handle that pretty well.
Here are Father and Son starting a fire.
Here are Mother and Daughter watching Father and Son start a fire.
Yeah, I don't know. Except there were some cows up there. Clearly, Tyler was armed and ready for action.
I hate it when he gets dirty. So gross. That's chocolate, by the way.
On Friday morning we hiked up the creek to some natural hot springs. Turned out to be a much longer hike than we thought, but we made it! I don't know about everyone else, but I totally got a workout too.
The people who made it happen.
We, of course, had to get in the water. I really like this picture. Tyler looks like he is glowing.
I was a little nervous to get in the water, but if Bradlee could do it, there was no way I could wuss out.
Grandma got in the water too!
Tyler, Brock and I went home Friday night, but Bradlee wanted to stay an extra night with Grandma and Grandpa. I know she had a lot of fun because she didn't want to come home.
Thanks, Bryan and Wendy!!! We had a really good time.
On Friday, the 23rd of July, we went up to Bountiful to see the Pioneer Day parade with Tyler's family. It started out super duper hot but it cooled down pretty fast, and we had a really good time. Apparently, they are still allowed to throw candy at parades in Bountiful. Who knew? Unfortunately, we don't have any pictures of the parade, so you will just have to imagine how awesome we looked and how awesome all the floats were.
The Phair family also came to town for the week, and we did a TON of stuff. Don't worry...I will be brief. I want to type this any more than you want to read it...besides pictures say 1,000 words, right?
Saturday morning bright and early, Molly and I ran the Deseret New 10K. Molly beat me by 3 seconds, and we both ran our best times. I finished in 51:55 which is 8:22 min/miles. Since then I have been able to increase my speed A LOT. That race really helped me break through. I am excited for my next half marathon on September 4th.
We also went hiking at Silver Lake.
We went to the Days of 47 Rodeo. Thanks Mom and Dad for the tickets!
Bradlee really grew fond of Aunt Molly this trip...not sure why...oh, that's right, Molly gives her everything she wants.
That's right, he wore a cowboy hat, and so did Dad.
We went to the Salt Lake Temple grounds with my parents' singles ward. After we toured the grounds a church architect came and spoke to us about all the symbolism on the temple. It was very interesting and very educational.
We went up Mill Creek Canyon and had tin foil dinners. It was nice to get all the kids outdoors.
FYI, Brock was in time out in this picture. He runs away a lot.
Christa was not in time out.
He's bringin' sexy back.
We had competitions to see who could keep their hands and feet in the ice the longest. Craig won both competitions. However, in fairness to Kole, Craig cheated. Kole easily could've kept his foot in the longest, but Craig shoved him out!
We also did a lot of swimming, and well let's be honest, we ate a lot. Other than that, I am so behind on my posts, I can't even remember what happened. I know we had fun, and I am pretty sure I remembered all the main things.