August 3, 2014

Sibert summer part 1

The end of June my mom threw a little baby shower for my sister, Vanessa.  She has 3 girls and her 4th will be a boy! It was fun mingling with my aunts and friends.

L to R: Aunt Beverly, Kathy Eaton (fam friend), Aunt Laurie, and Mama Rarick

A couple of days before the 4th of July, Nick had his tonsils taken out.  The reason? His tonsils were twice the size they should be and kept both of us from getting quality sleep.  He would also get food stuck back there frequently.  So we thought it was time to get 'em out!

 I've heard the recovery for a tonsillectomy as an adult is extremely painful...

...I think these pics are a pretty good indicator on how he felt.

It was a rough 3 weeks for him. And for the pregnant lady.

As you can imagine, July 4th was very low-key for us. Every year, the neighborhood sets off TONS of aerial fireworks. So there is really no need to go anywhere to watch them.  Our front porch has a great view of them all.

The T-man spent several days with grandma and grandpa Sibert while Nick was choking down jell-o and slurping smoothies. We missed his crazy and fun personality. 

On July 7th, my sister, Vanessa, moved to Canada.  She used to live about 1 mile away from me. We would go to parks together, talk about parenting and pregnancy woes, and we loved to watch and laugh at movies and shows together.  It was so hard to see her and her kiddos leave. I miss her so much and wish her the best in her new adventures.

Toby lost his 1st tooth a couple of weeks ago.  He was one excited, toothless boy.
And just look at how cute he is.

We've hit a few splash parks this summer. The last one was at The Gateway mall in SLC. The kids had a blast.

Last week we visited my brother, Tim, and his family in Rexburg, ID.  It was our first real road trip as a family. On the drive there, I was reminded what a rare boy I have. We had packed DVD's to watch, iPhones to pass the time, toys to play with, snacks to munch on, and books to read. Toby watched about half of The Lego Movie before he asked, "How much longer?" From there we gave him snack after snack to try to avoid answering that we had about 3 hours of driving left.  I offered him my iPhone to play games. He lasted about 10 minutes on that. I then asked if he wanted to read some books. He thumbed through one book and said, "I just want to look out the window." 10 minutes later: "So how much longer?" *face palm*

This kid craves physical activity. I can't tell you how many times he has had friends come over, friends want to play video games, he indulges them for about 30 minutes, and then he'll inevitably say, "Let's go outside and kick the soccer ball or ride our bikes." He doesn't care if it's 0 or 100 degrees outside because being active is his outlet. He rarely complains about being tired or hungry or too hot or too cold - because those things just get in the way of rollerblading, skateboarding, biking, sledding, having a snowball fight, playing baseball or soccer, or running around the park.
Or climbing drain pipes on the side of the house to retrieve a boomerang that he tossed on the roof.
True story.  

As much as I take pride and love his enthusiasm for staying active, he is one exhausting kid to parent! I can't keep up with him. I run out of ideas of what else he can do to occupy his time when there isn't a friend to play with. I have to bribe him to take some down time, eat something or watch a 20 minute show.  All I know, this kid is going places. Literally. Because he doesn't stop. :)

So yeah, back to the road trip. Did I mention my kids never fall asleep in the car? As you can tell, long car rides are hard for our family.

But hanging out and playing with cousins, hiking and tubing was like a dream come true for Tobe and Aspen. They loved every minute of it. 

This was the first place we visited. Beautiful Mesa Falls.

Tubing in the Warm Slough river. The kids loved it.

Aspen and her cousin, Eleanor.  They are about 12 days apart in age and so adorable together.

We ended our trip by going to the Teton Vu Drive-Inn. Such a fun night! I hadn't been to a drive-inn since right after I graduated high school. I loved being there with my little family.

We loved visiting my bro and his fam. I'm sure we'll be making this trip an annual thing.

Now that it's August we're just trying to figure out how to milk and make the most of the last days of summer before Toby goes back to school on Aug. 12. 

Toby thought of something early this morning.

How would you like to wake up to this face? :)

A few days ago, my parents took me and Toby to see "Mary Poppins" at Hale Center Theater. This was Toby's first play and when I told him what it was about he immediately said, "That sounds really boring."
When it was over he had a change of heart and said that it was "pretty fun to watch."
Thanks grandma and grandpa Rarick for the fun evening!

Nick is still taking care of his bees. We're hoping to have a good amount of honey in the next month or two. When he's checking out his hives, the kids and I feed the horses that are always roaming around.  

As for me and the pregnancy, things are going great. I still gag on certain foods, I can't seem to get off Zofran because I immediately start throwing up, and the extreme temps wipe me out...other than those things, I'm doing really well. I can eat a good amount of food now (and enjoy it!) and I can feel the little flutters and kicks of my baby. It's exciting and precious. I'm a happy (and at times cranky and hormonal) pregnant lady. 

Stay tuned. More Sibert summer posts to come... :)


The McGee's said...

Lots of fun adventures for you guys! I'm sure if we get Sean and Toby together they just might wear each other out. Maybe!

JessieLeigh said...

Oh Tobester. You give your mom such challenge and perspective. One day, when you use that energy to do something great and become famous, you totally owe your mom a fancy house and some sweet travel experiences. Just sayin'.

What fun to go visit Tim! I love all the pics.
And fun to see your mom, Bev, and my grandma!