After I spent the entire day deep cleaning the house, I lay in bed trying to catch my breath before Abe came home. As I lay there, I heard Lydia say in the next room, “Mary, come on! Let’s make the biggest mess ever and surprise Mama! Won’t that be fun?”
I didn’t have energy to protest, so I opened Alice in Wonderland and read my troubles away.
Thankfully, “the biggest mess ever” turned out to be a couple board books in the middle of Ammon’s room, and so my entire day didn’t go totally to waste.
Abe had a great day at work, but we’re biting our nails because tomorrow is the end of the quarter, and the one deal he needs to go through to hit his quota has been stuck in his client’s legal department for weeks. We are hoping it goes through tomorrow.
Right now Abe is crafting birthday cards with the girls for our FHE craft while I blog.
This morning Abe realized our lawn is dying. We thought our pest control guy, who also works on our lawn, had turned on the sprinklers, but apparently they’re broken. I am not observant enough to realize that our lawn has been slowly turning brown for the past couple weeks, but I guess Abe has suspected something is wrong, and this morning he realized that without immediate action, we would have to re-seed the entire lawn.
Our lovely neighbor lent us a sprinkler, and it’s been going all day. Right now Abe is outside changing its position for the umpteenth time.
The only other exciting thing that happened today was I got to have hot flashes all day long. That was fun.
We got to spend most of the day with Balu, who is moving to Kansas City next week. We are so sad to see him go and hope he comes back to Utah soon!
First we went to Timpanogos Cave. The tours were sold out, so we booked one for three weeks from today. We also had a picnic across from the visitor center. I spent most of the picnic worrying about the squirrels. I hate squirrels, and people apparently fed the squirrels in this picnic area because they weren’t afraid of people at all. Eventually, I packed up and left while everyone else headed down to the creek. I have a video of Balu and the girls throwing rocks. And here’s one of Mary eating watermelon. (Abe took this because even though nothing happens, we all think everything Mary does is cute.)
It’s plain to see the girls adore Balu. We will miss him a lot!
Then we headed over to the BYU creamery for ice cream.
Afterward, we figured out where the Y trailhead starts because I want to start hiking that in the morning. I might bump into Stephanie Nielson! We also made two library stops and went to the Pizza Pie Cafe for dinner. (The girls earned a coupon for pizza from the Orem library. I was exhausted from the heat and decided that using the coupons was an easy way out of meal prep.)
When I moved to Orem, the first Sunday at church I took a look around and then decided I was done making friends for a while. I felt tired and play-dated out. My ward is absolutely lovely, and I like liking everyone–from a distance. But sometimes I feel a little guilty because my children day dream about play dates, and at other times I miss having more frequent interactions with friends.
Today, I got to see three friends! This morning I saw Chelsea in passing on our way to swim lessons, and then right after lunch Candace surprised me with a visit. She was on a road trip and saw on my blog that I had extra carrot cake, so she stopped by to help relieve me of the burden. It was such a joy to visit with her–over cake! Candace’s visit alone was enough to make my day.
And then this evening we went to Salt Lake to have dinner with my dear friend, Lauren, and her new husband, Grant. I wanted to take a picture, but of course I forgot because they are so fun to talk to. It wasn’t until we were in the car that I remembered that I forgot to take a picture. They are such a beautiful newly-wed couple. I felt bad because I accidentally booked our Yellowstone trip on the weekend of their wedding, but it did feel special to have some two-on-two time with such outstanding people. Abe and I drove home refreshed. If only we had a picture.
Once again, my motivation to venture out melted at the sight of all the hot sunshine, so we stayed home again all day. I finished my book and napped a bunch. Abe is coming down with a bad cold, probably from all the work stress, so we continued to take it easy this evening.
I woke up feeling like today I should adopt this mantra: “Easy to entreat.” Sometimes I have a bad habit of saying “no,” or “maybe later” automatically to my kids’ requests, and today I resolved to be easy to entreat. The result was surprising. I still did all necessary housework, but somehow I had more time for my kids than normal–and I took three naps! I am going to try to be more easy to entreat every day.
It was almost one hundred degrees today, and we stayed home all day. Even stepping outside for a minute felt draining to me, although the kids spent a lot of the late afternoon and evening outside.
Today Abe went back into the end of quarter whirlwind, and I did laundry and post-trip cleaning all day. I did take the girls to Inside Out in the morning, and that was fun. It wasn’t Frozen in terms of kid-appeal (at least for my kids), but it was funny, clean and tender.
This evening we went to Chelsea and Derek’s for dinner, and then we went to Qualtrics for a tour of the building and new building’s rose garden.
I was so excited to be in Chicago that I only managed to sleep two hours. I tried to go swimming at 4 am, but the health club opened at 5. The hotel pool overlooked downtown Chicago, and I watched the fog burn off of the skyscrapers as I swam. It was so extremely enjoyable that I swam for an hour.
After that, we let the kids sleep in for another hour because they didn’t fall asleep until midnight last night. Abe woke them up in this funny video. They had been sleeping like this:
After breakfast, we walked to Buckingham Fountain.
Then we drove to Lincoln Park Zoo.
And now we are home. We had a wonderful trip, and the only issue we faced involved temperature control. Aside from the fact that all of our hotels had in-room air conditioning problems, I found the humidity of Illinois to be oppressive. Basically, I discovered that I belong in Utah. However, when we got home we discovered…our air conditioner is not working. Tomorrow I am taking the girls to the air conditioned movies to kill the time until the AC guy comes over.
Clark, Swathi and Soren popped over to our room before heading back to Pittsburg this morning. The girls woke up and gave Clark and Abe their Father’s Day goody bags.
Then we had breakfast and headed over to Grandma’s before going to church with Mom.
We headed out after sacrament to drive to Chicago. We visited our condo in Hyde Park for the first time in over three years. I think our renter thought we were checking up on her, but we just wanted to take a trip down memory lane. Abe and I were so happy to relive the memories of our time dating and our first year together.
Then we checked into our hotel downtown.
After the girls played for almost an hour, we headed back to our hotel for baths and Lou Malnatti’s pizza. Whew. Hopefully we can get up early enough to pack in some fun before our flight home tomorrow afternoon.