August was a busy month getting everything in that we wanted to before moving, like eating at Cafe Rio, Zupas, and Jimmy Johns, visiting family and friends, Cherry Hill, shopping, and other activities.
We went to a bridal shower for my sister-in-law. Emersen is so excited for her baby girl to come, and she wanted to sit right next to Breanne the whole time and help her with the presents.
Fruit Heights Founders Day was a blast. However, making EVERYTHING free may just ruin other "fairs" for my kids. They had face painting, balloon animals, fishing for toys, otter pops, train rides, bounce houses and more.
And don't forget the free popcorn!
They got to sit in some cool police cars and climb around a fire truck, ambulance, and hummer.
We played my good friend Marli and her little boys one more time. Emersen is obviously really excited that we're having another baby. She wants to hold every one she sees.
I had a fun girls night at Farmington's Station Park with friends Holly and Catherine. We just ate dinner and did a little shopping.
We couldn't pass up the opportunity to go to the Ogden Temple open house. We left Stanford with Daniel's parents. Bentley was ready to go home after the introductory video and was asking so many questions during it. It made me laugh because he does not know how to whisper. The temple was really beautiful and looks completely different now. We all enjoyed it.
We also enjoyed stopping for some gourmet donuts before heading home.
We had one last cousin sleepover at Grandma's house. It was complete madness, but the kids loved spending the time with their cousins.
Emersen and I got to see "Peter Pan" at the Centerpointe Legacy Theater with my in-laws. The only other play she has been to was "Mary Poppins" in NYC, but that was two years ago. I was pretty sure she would love this, and she did. It was so fun to watch her during the show. She was completely enthralled and started clapping when Captain Hook jumped overboard at the end. She said her favorite parts were when the girl Indians were dancing. She wanted to meet Tiger Lily after the show. She and I need to go to more plays like that.
We broke in the oven and made the first cookies in our new house. And then promptly devoured them all.
It's been a while since Emersen has had a girly room, so I took her to Home Goods to pick out some new bedding for her new room. We got in big trouble there because everything was so cute! We found these adorable ballerina sheets, and I couldn't resist them even though they only had full size. The ruffle comforter and gold owl pillow topped it off. She loves her new bed and it is so comfy.
I'm discovering that mornings in the Pacific Northwest call for boots and hot chocolate, even in August. I don't mind one bit.
This was our first of many rain storms.
Emersen has been working on better bathroom habits for a couple years now. So we made an official "Potty Game" and I let her pick out anything in the whole world that she wanted as a prize. I was desperate. She wanted this box of princess barbies. I said fine. And then one day I randomly found it listed on a daily deals email as being on sale at Target for $40. I didn't hesitate and ordered it right away. When we got to this new house, we got it out to display for motivation. She still has a long way to go before earning it though. But she loves to look at it.
Other things we did this month:
We had a goodbye party with the Lyman family. Just the usual Sunday dinner affair, but we got a special serenade from Daniel's brother Brett, who sang Elton John's "Daniel." It was pretty awesome.
We did our first ever official school shopping for Emersen. We bought clothes and school supplies. It was so fun. It's one of my favorite things. Those aisles of school supplies get me every time.
We visited my Aunt Janese at her "new" house in Provo. It's possible she has lived there for a couple years, but I have just never been there yet. My mom met us there too, and we all went to lunch, a splash pad, and shopping.
I played a piano duet, "I Am a Child of God," with K'Lyn in her ward's sacrament meeting.
We closed on our new house while we were still in Utah. It's always super fun to sign a million scary documents.
We went to Kindergarten orientation at Emersen's new school. She won't be assigned a teacher until after the first two weeks of school, but all the teachers seemed great. After hearing about all the things she'll get to do, I was really excited for her. She's going to have so much fun.
We also went to Bentley's preschool open house and met his teachers. He is excited about all the cool toys in the room. I loved school, and I hope my kids always will too.