May Dates

Sam and Alex went on a date to Applebee's. Alex is obsessed with that place. Maybe it has something to do with his love for apples but he asks to go to Applebee's every time we drive by. So unfortunate since I think it is nasty.

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After dinner, they went to the college to run around the track and dunk a few balls.

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Edison and I went on a date to watch some little leaguers play. We ended up knowing one of the players. We stayed for a little while and I answered all of Edison's questions about how the game works and why the kids were doing everything. I loved it.

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Edison always wants to go to the store and look at the toys. Every time. So we did that, too.

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Such empty shelves at Walmart, even in the toy department!

Sam and I have also been going on monthly dates but I haven't really posted about those dates. This month, we went golfing. I don't know a lot about golf etiquette but the other people on the course made me shake my head. We had to wait for the group in front of us on every hole so of course the couple behind us would be expected to wait for us as well. But they didn't. They were playing on top of us. It was an embarrassment.

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Sam and I still had a great time. However, we golfed very poorly. We tied at 29 over par. So bad. I guess that's what happens when you golf once a year.

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Memorial Day Weekend

On Friday after work we headed to Bismarck. We made it in time to check into the hotel (more like the tiniest little hole in the wall) and then Sam left to the temple for the 8pm session. The boys fell asleep, I stayed up reading, then Sam got back to change his clothes and head back out to the gym. I fell asleep at some point. The next morning, I went to the temple.

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Sam took the boys to play at the park.

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I had to go get some summer clothes since my thunder thighs had worn through the crotch of all of my shorts. Go me. Sam kept the boys entertained while I tried on every pair of shorts and some sneaky shirts that found their way into my hands.

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We decided to give Five Guys another try for lunch. We had only been there once before and it was while we were living in Akron. It was definitely better than I remembered.

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After lunch, we went to the Dakota Zoo. We've been to Bismarck several times but never had time to go to the zoo. It was awesome. It was magical. I was so impressed. The weather was perfect. It could not have been any better.

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We drove home after the zoo and went straight to bed. The next day was uneventful. On Memorial Day, we couldn't decide what to do. We thought about going to Theodore Roosevelt National Park but it was kind of a nasty day and I am glad we didn't because there was a tornado in Watford City that night. We decided to hang out in Williston and play, go grocery shopping, and grill. The first stop was the park.

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The boys had been asking to play baseball since Alex got this bat at Kids' Day Out. Alex was determined to hit the ball and would try over and over. Edison would swing, miss, slam the bat into the ground, and yell, "I quit." Every pitch. My kids are so opposite it is entertaining.

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We babysat our friend Jiahs that night and the boys were so happy to have a friend to play with. Sam was outside in the rain grilling the most delicious steaks. We used to grill weekly in Texas and this was our first time grilling in North Dakota! Such a travesty.

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And to finish off the weekend, Declan decided to take eleven steps! Officially walking at 13 months!

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Wind Day

It is always windy in Williston so we had a Wind Day for Williston Toddler Days. No wind on that day. Like zero MPH. None. We ditched our kites and made pinwheels and straw airplanes instead.

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Dahlia, Alex, and Edison

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The kids got bored and ran to play.

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And the moms finished the activity.

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Our ward had a luau last year but we didn't get to attend because Sam was running the Fargo Marathon the next day so we were already on our way to Fargo. We heard so many great things about the luau and we were looking forward to going this year.

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They held it at a park and there were so many people!

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Jiahs and Karen

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Kirsten and Anneliese

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Leah and baby Henry

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The primary kids singing The Welcome Song (We Welcome You) in Samoan

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There was so much food but I wasn't feeling well and only had a few bites. But it tasted good!

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They called up the bishopric and their wives to dance. Our bishop is in the BYU sweatshirt. He had only been the bishop for five days by this point. Poor guy.

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The kids were less interested in the luau and they swarmed the playground.

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So much planning went into this and it was a really cool and fun night. It was a great way to celebrate the end of winter!

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