Sunday, July 26, 2015

American Fork Canyon

Last weekend, Cindy invited us to go camping. I really wanted to go, but a few days before we found out that Lance had to work on Saturday, and I didn't really want to go alone. By Friday, I wasn't looking forward to sitting home all weekend so I made a last minute decision to go with Cindy.

I spent the morning packing and getting ready, then right after lunch we made out way to Utah County. Cindy asked if I could give her a ride up to the camp site so Josh could go up earlier. When I was almost to Cindy's, I suddenly hit something ginormous in the middle of the road. My entire car shook and I heard metal crunching. I have no idea what I hit, somehow I didn't see it. After driving for a moment, I realized I should probably pull over to check out my tire.

It was completely flat. Fortunately I was less than half a mile from a Walmart and a tire shop. Not seeing many options, I slowly made my way to Walmart. Initially the guy told me that he could do a simple flat repair for $10, and I would be on my way in 20 minutes. Shortly after we started roaming the store, the guy came and found me and told me that I needed to see something. He took me back to my car and showed me my rim, which now had a huge crack in it. He told me he could put the spare on to get me to wherever I need to go get a new rim. The only place he knew that would carry that rim was a Mazda dealership.

I made my way to pick up Cindy while trying to figure out what to do. Lance called a Mazda dealership in Orem to see how much it would be to fix it. They said they didn't have any in stock and that it was about $500 for the single rim. My spare is pretty crummy and it made me really  nervous to drive very far on it. We called my brother Jimmy to see what he thought. He said I would be fine driving on it, as long as I didn't go too fast. And he thought he could find a used rim for a much cheaper price.

I decided to try not to worry about it and just enjoy a night in the mountains. We went up American Fork Canyon, up past the reservoir. We found a great spot right next to the river. The kids were quick to start exploring and playing in the dirt and water.

I didn't bring the right attachment to blow up my air mattress, so I ended up sleeping on the ground. A very rocky, uneven, ground. Plus I had two kids that wanted to sleep by me that move constantly all night. Let's be honest, it was quite miserable. My hip hurt so bad, I ended up stealing Will's pillow to try to relieve some pressure on my side. But even though I was so uncomfortable and wasn't sure I'd ever get some sleep, the night went fairly quickly and I was up and ready to be out and about. It rained a bit during the night so that morning was fairy chilly.
Shockingly, my kids slept in and were the last ones to wake up.

We sat around the fire for a little bit, letting everyone fully wake up. Then we had some breakfast and once again, the kids were off playing.
There were some large logs going across the river and the kids had fun going back and forth. Will said that his favorite thing about camping was crossing the river.

He was a little timid at first, but eventually he got the hang of it and was crossing without any problem.

Cindy also brought her four-wheeler and the kids all took turns getting rides. Blake kept asking for another ride.

If you ever need a chuckle, just ask Will to do his "chicken dance". I have no idea where he came up with it, but it's pretty awesome.
Blake was seriously a little magnet for dirt. She was covered in it. These pictures really don't do her any justice. I mean, sure, all of the kids were dirty; however, Blake was in a league of her own.

Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture before I washed her face. She had dark mud all over her face, it looked like she had a beard or something.
Normally when we hang out, Zack and Cory play together, Will and Lexi play together, and Blake just does whatever she wants. This trip, however, Will hardly ever played with Lexi and spent the whole time playing with the boys. It was really nice to see them all playing together and to finally see the girls spend some time playing.

Even thought the situation with the car put a bit of a damper on the weekend, we had a good time and are excited for our next camping adventure. The kids had so much fun and were talking about it for days.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Independence Day 2015

We had another small Hinton reunion that took place over the Fourth of July weekend. On Friday, everyone meet in Kaysville and spent a few hours at Boondocks. We had fun mini golfing, riding bumper boats and go-carts, playing arcade games, bowling, and playing in the jungle gym.

Will and Adele playing Air Hockey.
After we were done playing, we got some lunch and headed back up to Logan to relax for a little bit before the big firework show.
We spent most of the day Saturday outside as we had rented some fun blow-up toys to play on. The kids couldn't get enough. Will was going down fine for a bit, but then he decided he was scared and wouldn't go down unless someone was holding him. 
His favorite person to take him down was Stephanie.
The kids (and adults) had a great time and played on it for most of the day.

 The adults who played in the water enjoyed having contests such as biggest splash, most style, etc. Those who were content to sit on the sidelines and watch were the judges. No surprise, Lance wont the biggest splash. Usually he would go down when the pool at the bottom was starting to get a little too full. By the time he was done, the water was about half the level before.


In the afternoon, most of us headed up to Bear Lake to go to the Pickleville Playhouse. The grandparents were nice to stay home and watch the younger kids so the rest of us could enjoy a night out. We saw "Juanito Bandito in the One With the Monkey". It was totally my type of show and I loved every second of it. I can't rave enough about how much I enjoyed it. It definitely makes me want to go back and see another one. 

We got shakes for the ride home then went and got some dinner. While we were gone, the grandparents did some fireworks in the driveway with the kids.

On Sunday, everyone started to slowly pack up and head out as needed. We hadn't seen everyone in quite a while and it was good to catch up. We hadn't told any of Lance's siblings that we were expecting, so it was fun to surprise them with that news. Julie was the only one not able to make it, but we will get to see her shortly when she makes a trip out here.

Yay for awesome holidays and yay for family gatherings!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Have We Lost our Minds?

Anyone who knows me well knows that being a mother isn't something that comes super easy to me. Having two kids has been incredibly difficult for me and the thought of another kid made me nauseous. But at the same time, I had this feeling that our family wasn't quite complete yet. It was beyond frustrating. When I thought about my kids in high school, I could always picture three of them. The problem was figuring out how to survive and make it through the younger years with three kids.

And for stupid and selfish reasons that I wont go into, I didn't want there to be a large gap if we ever decided to have a third. I had told myself that if Blake ever turned three years old and we were not pregnant, than I was done. Well, it looks like we don't have to worry about that. Baby Hinton #3 is on the way.

I am 26 weeks along and my due date is October 27th.

The first trimester was pretty rough this time around. Probably the worst I've had so far. And though I still didn't throw up, there were many times I wished I would, hoping it would make me feel better. My symptons and food cravings have been nearly identical to my pregnancy with Will. I started to suspect it was a boy and felt about 95% confindent about it. I was so confident, in fact, that I packed all of my girl things up and started to get my boy things down to sort and go through.

We were both more than a little stunned at our ultrasound when we were told it was a girl. We asked like 2-3 times if they could double check, and how sure they were. But even I could tell pretty clearly that it was indeed a girl. It took a couple of days for it to fully register and sink in.

I am approaching the end of the second trimester and am ready to be in the third and final stretch. I can't decide if the weeks are going slow or quickly, but we are chugging along, anxious for October to get here.
26 Weeks