A family website for Davis, Reece, Micah, Isaac, Ily, and Bryan Murdock.
This year we celebrated 13 years of wedded bliss.
To celebrate I told Bryan that I don’t care if he thinks I am geeky for wanting to do this, but I will not settle for anything else but going to the Thanksgiving Point Gardens and touring them on the Segways they rent there for way too much money. He thought that the gardens sounded lame, but the Segway element sounded awesome. So off we went to make my dream come true… And for some reason we had a freakish downpour. We got to the gardens and the rain had stopped, but we were told that it was too wet for the Segways to go out. BOOOOOO!!!! So to kill time we went to see the Avengers at the movie theater at Thanksgiving Point around the corner. This was something Bryan had been wanting to do and so his dream came true :-)
After the movie the ground was dry enough that we could go out on the Segways at the gardens and I have to say It. WAS. WORTH. EVERY. PENNY. So fun! The gardens are lovely and even Bryan liked them, and touring them on Segways was so fun. Zoom, zoom, zoom! I think we saw it all. I think I want a Segway now too.
We were out all afternoon and evening for our date. We ate at Famous Dave’s for the first time ever for lunch and we loved it. We got some skinnylicious meals and they were great. We had a snack at the Museum Cafe at Thanksgiving Point Museum of Ancient Life which was rather boring, but served its’ purpose. For dinner we went to some fancy pants Italian Bistro off the highway and it was ok. I wish we had gone to Primo Restaurant right by our home in Cottonwood Heights, but we were hungry right then, and the Italian Bistro was right there… sometimes you make sacrifices that aren’t worth it after. If only we would have had the stomach to wait another 25 minutes until we got near home to go eat. Next time, I will not even dare try another Italian place! I have learned my lesson!
It was nice to spend a most of a day together without kids. I love Bryan very much, it was so fun to get him all to myself for a day!
Last night we were reading scriptures as a family like we usually do- each person reads a few verses, then when we are done we pray and then we go to bed. We do not have Davis read, probably because he is only 2 years old, but last night he insisted he get a chance. He had to hold the scriptures himself and this is what he said: “... And it came to pass… Behold the Lord said… God… “ and more phrases that regularly are found in the scriptures- all unprompted- were in there too. I wish I could do justice to just how cute and hilarious he was with this. What a cute little boy we have on our hands! And we know he listens now don’t we!
Reece also cannot be left out of the conversation about scripture study. He is our youngest kindergartener by far having a June birthday. Isaac was a September birthday, Micah was a January. They were just plain older when they went to kindergarten. They were solidly at the end of their first grade year before they were independent readers too. Due to family scripture study, we realized that Reece was an independent reader by the end of kindergarten. Late this spring he started just reading the scriptures when it was his turn to read rather than have us prompt him with what to say. This last Sunday he was asked to read the scripture in Primary and we forgot to go in to assist him so the primary president stood by him to help him and was shocked that he did it all by himself except for a a big word or too. That boy sure is surprising us with his capabilities.
Each of our boys is so different. Micah was amazing with fine motor skills and puzzle building at a young age. He just sees how things work. I think he will be a mechanical engineer. He still is the type to observe until he understands how something works. Isaac was always very quick to learn math and science concepts- maybe an something math or engineering related? Though he is pretty good at making friends, maybe a salesman for an engineering company? He sure can sell stuff to Reece easily. Reece and his power of reading and comprehension- possibly and author?- he tells some hilarious stories already. he is so dang creative. Davis may just well be the comic of the family. He is too smart for his barely 2 year old body and already has us amazed by his quick wit.
It is just amazing how each one of these boys that we have is so different even though they come from the same family. I love them all and am so glad we get to be their parents.
The summer has flown by and we are now on the thresh hold of the month of August. This last month we have done more good stuff worthy of mention.
Day 0: We bought fishing poles, a fishing license and Bryan taught the boys how to fish in the backyard. They practiced casting and other skills in the shade of the backyard.
Day 1: Pioneer Day! Love Pioneer day here in our little town. We have a neighborhood Fantastic Flapjack Fling and Sausage Sizzle in the morning. Then the great parade in the afternoon which is practically on our street. Followed by the carnival in the park with concerts and Fireworks at the very end. We usually light a few fireworks of our own in the street but this year with all of the fires, we stuck to watching the big show only. I think I watched Downton Abbey after everyone was in bed.
Day 2: We went to a park with a pond here in town (Willow Pond in Murray) and the boys had their first experience fishing. Not one bite from a fish was had. The ducks and geese really liked Davis and his goldfish crackers. Davis thought it was so cool that they liked his crackers that he kept trying to feed more to the birds. Since the birds were in the way of the fishermen I cut off his supply of crackers. I finally told him he could not have any crackers unless he ate them and I had to put them directly into his mouth if he really wanted one. Well, he is too dang smart. He opened his mouth, said “AWWWW” to indicate he wanted a fishy cracker, I put a cracker in, he closed his mouth, walked away a few steps, took the cracker out, and fed the darn thing to the birds. He knows how to outsmart me! I took him and Micah off to the playground shortly thereafter and they had the best time playing in the fountain there.
After the park we went to Costco for lunch and got the world famous hand dipped chocolate ice cream bars and churros for dessert. Yum.
After nap time we went to see Brave at the movie theater with our 3 younger boys and two neighbor girls. Good flick.
After the boys were in bed I am pretty sure we watched an episode of Downton Abbey.
Day 3: We took Bryan with us to Seven Peaks. The season passes allow us to go to Pass holder hours only from 9:30 to 12 so there are hardly any lines at the slides which is awesome. Also, it was a chillier day- like only 90 instead of 100 degrees so there just weren’t too many people there. We stayed all morning and had fun. I told Micah that he had to ride every tube slide once or ride the Orange slide TEN times or he would lose screen time for the rest of the day. He was a good boy and tried them all once and loved them. We stayed until lunch time and had a good time with Dad there this time instead of Krysti the babysitter.
Bryan and Davis napped for a few hours in the afternoon while I took time to go shopping for some new clothes for myself that fit me better. I went to Old Navy hoping I could buy some of those cute, cheap, graphic t-shirts to wear around and amazingly I could! It has been a long time since I could fit into stuff from Old Navy that they carry in the store (drat all that pregnancy weight). But Woohoo! I have been losing weight! I can really buy stuff there now! I was so happy! Replenishing my wardrobe as I grow too small for stuff has just gotten cheaper. I now love Old Navy again.
In the evening we watched the Olympics opening ceremony while having a picnic dinner on a blanket in front of the TV. Gotta say, I liked the show. Very clever. I love Mr. Bean. The boys even loved Mr. Bean. We will be getting Mr. Bean flicks now to watch every weekend for family movie night.
After everyone was in bed, I watched the last episode of Downton Abbey… I will miss it. Such a good show.
Day 4: We finally made it to the Uintas. We really wanted to camp, but the allergy snuffles made us wimpy so we took a day trip with the fishing poles and the beloved raft and sack lunches instead of doing the overnighter there. Again, no fish were caught, but it was fun. We floated around the lake and fished until the skies rained us out. Reece laments still that he could not ride in the raft because it started raining and thundering right as he was about to take his turn. We drove around site-seeing while listening to an audio book and the boys were happy and dry at least. We drove into Murdock Basin in the Uintas- purely because it is named after us. It was pretty cool. People take their ATVs in that Basin. Due to the fact that our minivan is not an ATV, we did not explore too much, but we have dreams of going back in something more rugged some day. (Bryan is researching Toyota Land Cruisers as I write this. Not that we will buy one any day soon, but when we do- in like 7 years, he will know all about it)
Today/ Sunday- went to church today and amazingly saw one of Bryan’s friends from childhood there with his family. Alan Madsen is his name and he lived near Bryan in his first home in Kennewick. Funny, but Alan and his wife and kids lived in our current ward for a few years and moved away to Kennewick just before we moved in here and he and his family came back to visit this Sunday. Cute family. Wish they still lived here! We could use some more young families! The best thing about the Madsen family is that they too have 4 boys. I tell you, there must be a club for families with 4 boys.
Thus ends the story of the Stay-cation of 2012. Back to the grind for Bryan tomorrow.
Many of you will think I am dumb for saying this, but the saddest part of my summer is that Davis keeps showing signs of readiness for potty training. This means my baby is growing up. Sniffle, Sniffle. And that life will get more hectic because freshly potty trained kids are tricky to take out of the house and not easy to transport places for visits. I never thought I would say this but I will miss diapers for the convenience of them. Also, I will miss having a baby around. We will be moving on to the next stage- again. We were at THAT stage with our family before Davis came along. But now we are really for certain moving on and not turning back. Sniffle Sniffle again. I guess they all have to grow up some day. And yes, part of me is SOOO GLAD to move on, but it is “so hard to say good bye to yesterday.”
Enough nostalgic stuff. Here are the rest of the pics.
Davis has outsmarted us and figured out how to open a few of the gates we have in our house. Twice this week he got into the office and wreaked major havoc. This was the result.
|From July 29, 2012|
I think he is a super genius/ future menace to society. He is so stinking cute that I cannot be mad forever, but oh man, I am worried to see what tricks he will pull as he gets older.
This summer we have been having fun. Here is what we have been up to:
Swim lessons at the rec center down the street- so I can make sure Reece is less likely to drown himself.
Swimming in the rec center pool. We finally got Reece to go down the twisty slide last week and he likes it!
Seven Peaks: We bought the Pass of all Passes deal that gets us into the local water park in both Salt Lake and down in Provo for a summer full of water slide fun for really cheap through the elementary school. The pass is good for a whole year even to lots of venues, not just the water parks. I got a pass for each of us and for our babysitter so she can help me with the littlest guys at the pool. It turns out the boys have been cautious and afraid to try the slides at first, but the beauty of the Season Pass is that we can go back often and by visit #6 (today) we finally coaxed Micah to go down a big slide. Isaac was excited to go down the slides and he has had to go by himself or with Krysti the sitter or myself because he would not go by himself. No brothers were courageous enough to try it until today. The water park is going to be more fun for him from now on. Even Davis has gone down the slides. Reece is our last hold out. Maybe since he finally likes the slide at the rec center pool he will get the courage to go down the big slides soon?
Hikes: We have canyons right in our backyard! I bought trekking poles at Costco and suddenly the boys are more excited to go hiking.
Scout Camps: cub day camp for Micah, 11 yr old camp for Isaac, high adventure camp for Bryan and his scouts.
Track and Field: We signed Isaac up for Track and Field club with the county at nearby Skyline High School with a friend of his. He had the best time. It turns out he really likes running. The track meets were fun and he had regular practices 3 times a week for 6 weeks. He loved it.
Sandbox: We put in a sandbox 2 years ago and we still don’t regret it. They are out in it every day- even Isaac who is 11 goes and spends some time in it still. They build a city, and then destroy it with the hose (tidal wave?), they make volcanoes, they create landscapes, they bury little people and dinosaurs in it, basically, they go create, destroy, and create again. It still has not gotten old. The neighbor kids flock to it also. They can see us in it from down the street come up to join the boys. Lots of fun, and not much liability like a trampoline would be. Though I still wish we had a trampoline. I just keep thinking we need to wait a bit longer to when Davis is older. For now, they jump in another neighbors yard which is just fine with me.
Tracy Aviary: who knew a zoo with just birds could be so awesome?
Books, video games, Plants Versus Zombies, Wii, Netflix, Roller Coaster Tychoon, and other stuff during Davis’ mondo longo naps. He sleeps for a good 3 to 4 hours every afternoon.
There is more we could be doing I am sure. I am running out of steam to keep this up for 6 more weeks of vacation… but at least we are making great memories so far this summer!
To get out of the heat on the 4th of July we took a day trip up into the Uintah Mountains. It is so pretty up there, I think it’s my favorite place in Utah. We drove through Kamas and onto the Mirror Lake highway. We stopped at the falls on the Provo River and then went on to Mirror Lake. We had a nice hike around Mirror Lake, which Davis did on his own almost the entire way. I later looked it up and we went 2 miles. He must have done about a mile a three quarters. It was all because Ily got a bunch of trekking poles (like ski poles, but they are walking sticks for hiking, and they telescope into whatever height you need) from Costco and the kids all had one to hike with, even Davis. He loved that pole and didn’t want to get in the mei tai and give it up. We finally had to just pick him up nad make him take the ride on Ily’s back because we could tell he was getting tired, and sure enough he fell asleep in about 30 seconds. Fun day.
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We got these Pass of All Passes for Seven Peaks Water park this summer. Seven Peaks now owns Trafalga (the original in Orem) and Trafalga Lehi (the place with the little Mt. Rushmore roller coaster that you can see from I-15), and those are included in the Pass of All Passes, so while Davis was napping on a couple Saturday afternoons, I took Isaac, Micah, and Reece down to Lehi to check it out. The Mt. Rushmore coaster was closed both times, but the kids got their fill of the other rides, miniature golf, the climbing wall, go-carts (Isaac is the only one tall enough to drive those), and laser tag. I remembered to take a few pictures:
This week I have done some reflecting on past Father’s Day weekends. Some of the things I have pondered are because of what my friend’s have posted on Facebook. Even though Facebook is a bit of a time sucker, it has led me this week to ponder some sweet, sad, and wonderful things.
The unlucky person who got ill this time was Micah. He was a toddler. He spent the evening throwing up. I can remember both of us sitting together on the bathroom floor, being stripped down to our underwear so there would be less laundry to clean, and him cradled in my lap and every now and then him throwing up on me, me changing AGAIN, cleaning him up, and waiting for the process to repeat again all night long. Bryan came home really late and found us looking pathetic in the bathroom. We finally made it to bed.
The next morning we were supposed to drive to Boise for the wedding of my friend Jandy. I was exhausted from dealing with a sick kid, so was Bryan from staying up late playing video games with the groom and friends, and we decided to ditch the trip. But then Micah woke up feeling as good as new. Weird. Bryan convinced me to try the drive, even though we were both tired. We made it halfway there, stopped at a rest stop at the top of Cabbage Hill just outside of Pendleton, OR to exercise a bit and use the bathroom. When Isaac said he did not want to get out and burn off some energy, I thought “how strange…” He just wanted to sit in the car. We decided to drive on… and then we learned why so many people insist on leather seats in their cars. Isaac threw up all over. We futilely clean for a while. It smelled horrible. We turned around and went back Down Cabbage Hill to Pendleton. We thought about going to Bryan’s parents who live 40 minutes from Pendleton, but did not want to get them ill too. So we found a hotel, cleaned everyone up, tried to clean the van some more, tried to rest, then Micah threw up all over the bed. We called the hotel front desk and asked for another blanket and were told they did not have any more. What?! isn’t this a hotel, aren’t we staying somewhere that specializes in changing bedding regularly?
To make a long story short, there was more vomit, even less bedding, and our van smelled so bad we could not drive all the way home without really cleaning it out- it was too toxic to ride in. We decided to just go to Bryan’s parent’s home, use their carpet cleaner to really clean the van, air it out for the weekend, and hope no else got sick, and then head home without ever reaching the wedding of my good friend Jandy. Amazingly, everyone was well again once we hit Kennewick, Bryan’s hometown. We cleaned out the van and had a pleasant time with Bryan’s parents, and it turned out to be Father’s Day weekend and we got to spend it with Bryan’s Father. It was actually really fun in Kennewick that weekend. And no one else threw up. (For the record, the next van we bought had leather interior. We will never go back to something non-wipe-able!)
Bryan is such a good dad, I am so glad to have him as my partner in crime as we try to wrangle these kiddos of ours and teach them how to be good little people. I could not ask for a better man to be my best friend and companion!
Holy Cow- I forgot to post this after it was finished! You get to read about our florida trip no less than 4 months after we took it. So sorry. It was really actually written in April and the trip happened in February, so I was late at writing it up, but not this darn late!!!!!!!!
For the first time ever, we went on a vacation to Florida in February. We went to visit Julie, Bryan’s youngest sister, and her cute little family before they moved away from Florida to head back to Kennewick, WA for the rest of their lives. Her hubs Andy is going to school in Tampa for Audiology which is just a hop skip and a jump away from Orlando so we got to see their home and stomping ground and go to Disneyworld. It was so fun.
We brought Julie and Andy and their adorable son Brayden along on some of the touristy adventures and they showed us around some of their favorite places. We drove around and saw gators, manatees, white beaches on the gulf of Mexico, a swamp, a pirate ship, Universal Studios, Disneyworld and Legoland.
At this point I will interview everyone and ask them what their favorite part was:
Ily- The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter was the coolest place EVER! The coasters were cool. The Toy story ride where you shot things was hilarious and awesome. I loved the creativity exhibited there in all the parks. I also loved that Julie was willing to let Davis hang out with her and Brayden a lot. He hardly missed a nap time thanks to her so he was pretty darn happy the whole trip which is amazing! She is the best Auntie! Thanks Julie for that gift of making nap and quiet times happen while we went out with the older boys!
Bryan- The Incredible Hulk Coaster was my favorite ride, with the Forbidden Journey and the Tower of Terror as close second and third. Overall it was just fun to get away from everything and go someplace nice with my family for so long.
Isaac- Harry Potter World at Universal studios. The forbidden journey ride was amazing.
Micah- Splash Mountain At the Magic Kingdom because you get wet and they had a fun song.
Reece- The forbidden journey ride in Harry Potter world. The flying on a broomstick was so cool!
Davis- Candy. I (Mom) will add that the play grounds were fabulous and he had fun running around with cousin Brayden.
Tonight was our annual Cub Scout Pinewood Derby. I am definitely re-evaluating whether we should do this annually.
I am cubmaster. I am in charge of this event. I delegate much of the duties out to my awesome committee, which usually works out better for all of us. Then each of us just have a few things to do and it gets done. I make lists. I check things off. I have people report back to me on their duties. Somehow, it all works out usually even though I fret and worry beforehand because everyone has ownership of their part and they all do a great job. Somehow it failed tonight. It was set up work out great at least.
I had delegated to Fred Flintstone to reserve the track of his friend Barney Rubble for our race. I confirmed with Barney on Saturday the time AND location of our event. We were set. Barney had a great method for running the track and keeping score so were were going to use his system for the race. Bam-bam, his son was actually going to run the race for us since Bareny was engaged elsewhere. Bam-bam would train us when he got there 30 minutes early for the race on how to use the system and score it and determine winners. He even was going to bring some contraptions for us to let the siblings race bananas down the track during down time. Barney told Bam-Bam “Take the track to the church building Fred Flintstone meets in.” I think Fred met in the building he took the track to 20 years ago, or at least Fred did meet in it at one point in his life I am sure. That building was not the one Fred currently meets in. Bam-Bam was sitting in the parking lot over there at that building wondering where we all were. He was trying to call us and find us, but to no avail. Meanwhile we are trying to call Bam-Bam from a totally different building. It turns out that there are no less than 5 LDS chapels on Bengal Blvd, a short 2 mile stretch of road, and Bam-bam was at a different one from us. No one is getting anywhere with the phone method because by golly none of us have the right phone numbers we need. Racers are arriving on time, early even (BLESS THEM FOR THEIR PUNCTUALITY!) and they are all noticing that weirdly enough, there is no track. They are wondering if they had the right place… Oh my.
In the end the story gets a little better. But it doesn’t feel like it gets much better. At least not right now as I still suffer through the aftermath of emotions that go with being the person in charge when a big problem arises.
The event is supposed to begin at 6:30. At 6:25 or so I retire into the kitchen with a bunch of den leaders so we can discuss what to do. We had no Plan B for what to do when the race track does not show up. That plan just was not in my PDK (Personal Disaster Kit as Alvin Ho would say). We called Wilma Flintsone even to see if she had contact info for Bam-Bam. CoulWe could not get a hold of her. Nor Fred. It was a mess I would say. I believe in God, this was an event for boys at our church in a church sponsored cub scout pack, all I could think to do was pray. I felt we certainly deserved an answer to a prayer right then of the question “what in the world do we do?” Should we find a long board and just use that? Go out in the parking lot and race the cars from the upper parking lot down to the lower and hope they all go straight enough to reach the finish line? We closed the door and I said this is the point where we NEED TO PRAY, but I was in tears and could not say it. Louise then offered up a wonderful simple prayer and within moments it all worked out. The cell phone of Bam-Bam was reached by Wilma, he knew where to go, and we had a track within five minutes of the prayer being offered. I will tell you right now, PRAYER works. Sometimes really fast too. My testimony of prayer has just been greatly strengthened. Why in the world did we not think to pray earlier?!!
There were plenty of people there to help bring in track parts and we put it together lightening fast, but alas and alack, the event did not run smoothly thereafter. The track owner did not have the luxury of time to tell us how he liked to run the event and train us so it could run smoothly. People were milling around, kids were getting bored, little siblings were running around like little imps creating mischief. Bored children cause much trouble, we had to hurry. We plodded forward with a broken mixture of what we did last year and what Bam-Bam wanted us to do. It was messy, it was slow, it was awkward. No one was happy with what we had going. Somehow the boys had fun. Though I am sure that parents will groan about this event for a very long time.
If I get asked to be released from this calling of Cubmaster sometime soon because so many parents complained, I will gladly bow out gracefully. Tonight was a night that will live in infamy. Oh my. It was bad. I really would like to crawl under a rock and never see the light of day again right now. At least I know that I will be able to laugh about this someday. At least I hope I will. Oh my. I surely hope I will.
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