Makita Training and Pheasant Hunting in Utah

I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend a training and pheasant hunt in Utah with Makita this weekend.

It was a great time and I got to learn a ton about the Makita tools we carry. I’m still constantly amazed that they have soooo many battery operated tools available.

A few of the coolest I found were:

These would seriously be some awesome gifts if you’re looking for Christmas or birthday gifts for your husbands (or wives- I’d personally love the jackets).

On top of that I shot my first pheasant. These birds are really so beautiful that I almost felt guilty. However, I do have a cooler full of meat that I’m bringing back with me so I don’t feel too bad. I’m still amazed at the way the dogs worked the birds and could point them out like they did. So amazing to watch.

This morning I woke up to snow outside, which was beautiful and pretty unexpected for September.

The lodge, the food, the guides, the dogs, and everything at Pheasant Run Outfitters was outstanding. I definitely recommend it to anyone!

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Photo Friday: Puddle Jumping

We were happy to be able to take all four kiddos to Pioneer Reunion (Clay County’s big yearly festivities). There’s multiple parades and a great rodeo as well.

Boot fever struck our house as we got ready to head out there and realized only one of the twins would have a pair of boots. Heaven forbid that we would go to the rodeo without boots!!! So… off to Waggoner’s we went to get another pair. They luckily had a cute pair for us.

We got ready for the big event- the rodeo. Everyone was dressed up and ready for a great night so we headed to the area. It started sprinkling just as we got there so Garen pulled up the weather and it looked like it wasn’t going to amount too much and would quickly pass.

Well- we were right about it quickly passing but we ended up huddled in one of the concession stands with four kids (and a bunch of other folks they allowed in) as it pounded down rain and even hail. Will and Anna were good even though they were very concerned about a tornado coming. And Clara and Kate were just happy to be held by Mama and Daddy for 20 solid minutes.

Since we were all fairly drenched and knew the seats were going be wet too, we headed back to the house with some sad kids.

Thanks to the shower though there were nice sized puddles and we all thoroughly enjoyed playing in them while Garen snapped a few shots. Everyone ended up happy.

Boots are perfect for puddle jumping, right?!?

Happy Photo Friday, y’all!!!

Mommy Review Monday: Big Block Singsong

I can’t take credit for finding this group because Garen introduced this lovely group to me. If you’re like me, you quickly get tired of kids music.

Enter Big Block Singsong.

Pros:

  • They will crack you up with their off-the-wall lyrics. This may be helpful if you’re ever in the car with everyone yelling at each other….not that we ever experience that in our family….
  • You don’t have to worry about anything offensive or bad words. I guess that’s almost a given with children’s music but a pro is s pro.
  • Even your older kids will like them, despite there being no inappropriate language.
  • They’re educational in a bazar way.
  • As a mom of girls, the “Princess” song is empowering, yet allows them to feel like it’s ok to be a girly-girl. Is that too much to read into a children’s song? Maybe…
  • The music is decent too. Very upbeat.
  • They’re easily found on YouTube or iTunes.

What they could do better:

  • I’m not a huge fan of the videos. I expect too much of them but we never really watched them anyway so that’s not a huge deal. They’re probably perfect for babies and toddlers so I guess that’s really a positive rather than negative.
  • Maybe produce more songs? Yes, I like them that much. No more negatives for them.

There you have it. What are you waiting for? Check them out.

Hair is one of our family favorites if you need a starting point….or a quick pick-me-up.

Photo Friday: Mom’s 60th

My sweet Momma is 60 today! I know, I know…she totally doesn’t look (or act) that old. Last Saturday night we managed to pull off a major surprise Fiesta for her. I’m still not quite sure how we did it without someone spoiling the surprise but somehow we did…and it was GREAT!

Here’s a few pictures Garen got (while not chasing kids around):

It took so long to make the piñata that I named him. Meet Spike!

I have to admit that I had a blast planning the party. My big craft projects that you can (kinda) see above kept me entertained for at least a month. They included:

  • Spike, the cactus piñata
  • 60 marquee lights
  • Pom poms for the lights
  • Piñata cake pop stands
  • Spray painting multiple cake stands from goodwill
  • Flower arrangements
  • Menu design

We also had a photo booth. I didn’t get the Pinterest background done that I had planned but thankfully our friend, Debbi, let us use her beautiful blankets. I think it was a hit. Here’s a few that I thought were cute:

Special thanks to: