Monthly Archives: August 2015

House on wheels!

Last week our family did something we’ve wanted to do for a long time–we rented a motorhome! I was too scared to drive this 38-foot mammoth other than for one hour on the freeway, but Scott was amazing at maneuvering the thing. The kids absolutely loved having the space to play, and I loved getting to enjoy my favorite parts about camping–being outside in beautiful places–along with the comforts of home. Yay for beds, electricity, toilets, showers, and an easy place to cook! We took the kids around to Zion National Park, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, and Bryce Canyon National Park. We picked up a cool Passport book for each of the kids that they get to fill up with stamps from every National Park or Monument we visit (they are so excited, I think this will be a lifelong quest to fill up the book!).

The motorhome was so fun to hang out in. For a few of the mornings, we got out of bed slowly and hung around the table, just playing Life, Monopoly, Uno, and Go Fish. Sometimes we sat for hours doing it. When in real life does anyone have time to do that? IMG_0102

The national parks were beautiful. In Zion we did the Emerald Pools hike, which I just loved for how many cool crooks and crevices the kids got to explore, including a path that went under a waterfall. IMG_0188

The Grand Canyon is jaw-dropping. I loved seeing the kids see something so, literally, grand. It’s huge! After spending a couple of days hiking around, we packed up the RV (easy!) and headed to our next adventure. A favorite day for everyone was spent just floating in our life jackets at Lake Powell (the downside of this day was getting our RV stuck in the sand at Lone Rock beach–but luckily an angel named Alan had the gear to tow us out and point us in the right direction). IMG_0151The kids loved the water and came up with a challenge for us all to swim out to the buoys and back (Sam came too in his little life jacket!). They all loved playing in the sand, building sand castles, and playing a good old fashioned game of keep away. Sam thought he might enjoy eating the sand–as he does everything–but I think soon realized this delicacy is not for him. Good learning experience.

IMG_0153We wrapped up at Bryce where hoodoos and cool rock walls juiced up our kids’ imaginations. We spent the hike out of the canyon keeping the their minds off the hard stuff. They spent the hot, hard part of the hike creating elaborate stories about any random set of objects we gave them. My little five year old probably went on for 20 minutes creating a story about a pirate, a mermaid, and an octopus, all while hiking uphill in the heat. I don’t think she even noticed. Another favorite moment was lying outside one night on a picnic table by our RV, looking up at the stars together. We pointed out the Milky Way and used an app to find cooIMG_0167l constellations. There is nothing quite like the night sky in southern Utah. All in all, an awesome and memorable trip!

My heart grows

 

 

 

 

IMG_6336In December, a precious baby boy joined our family. You know how sometimes you feel like your heart is already so full of love for the people in your life, it couldn’t possibly love any more? A new baby in the family teaches you something about what a heart can do. No matter how much you love each person in your family–for their quirks, their mannerisms, the sweet or funny things they say and do, the way they sing or play or hug you goodnight–your heart can love more. This little guy, Samuel Scott Poelman, has been a precious gift to our family who has caused my heart to swell. He’s our little caboose, almost five years younger than our youngest before him, which makes him immediately and absolutely adored by everyone. He has a gentle spirit, the most wonderful smile, and watching my older kids love him absolutely melts me.

 

IMG_3878A regular nap schedule I’m finding is a thing of the past. With each of my other babies, I could do it because my oldest at the time was only two or four with not much going on outside our little home. The world could revolve around them a bit more. With Sam, we are on the move, whether it’s off to school, dance, soccer, scouts, the grocery store,IMG_0189 piano, play dates or wherever else, this guy gets to sleep in his carseat, or his stroller, or he passes out whenever he nurses because he has been all over town. Thankfully, he seems happy to sleep that way (which is now becoming a little troubling in the middle of the night when I want to sleep and he wants to nurse!). We’ll figure it out. Overall, we are so grateful for this sweet addition to our family and can’t imagine life without him.   IMG_3944