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Friday, July 21, 2017

Montana

 After Western Regionals Clint and I had planned to head over to Montana with my brother Kody for part of the week.  The weather was a little cooler than we are normally used too when we are up at the cabin but we still had a great time.  
 The first morning we were there the kids were up and out in the water by 9:00.  Charlee girl watched her brothers swim under the grate and went for it all by herself too.  Ha, this girl is fearless!  As Clint and I sat and watched them play it made my heart  happy to watch my kids do what I did 25 years ago.  My grandparents bought their cabin when I was 4 and every summer of my childhood we would go to the cabin for a week and play.  Many of my favorite childhood memories took place here.  I love that my kids get to experience it too.  The even crazier part is my dad spent a lot of his childhood in the same mountains because his aunt and uncle owned a cabin up where ours is as well.  So 3 generations of Ulmers have been going up there.
Of course we took one afternoon and rode up Bull Run and back to the North Fork.  We saw so many deer and everything was still so green from the wet winter and spring.  The skies were showing off, it was a really great afternoon.



On the third day we took the kids to the Big Hole (and Roxy).  It was pretty chilly out but the kids were brave and jumped in several times.  Even Roxy jumped in.  Roxy does not like our RZR so Clint and Max hiked up to the Big Hole and then I hiked back down with Max and Roxy.  When we were teenagers my sisters, cousins, and our friends would get up and pack lunches and hike to the Big Hole and spend the majority of our day there.  We would always run between the creek crossings back to get a little workout in, so when Max and I hiked back I made him do the same thing.  He wasn't super thrilled but he did it.



This is Sam and Shirley's old cabin where my dad would come as a kid.  It is condemned now but I love that it still sits before the first creek crossing.

We really enjoyed spending time as a family.  There is no cell service or WiFi at the cabin so we were able to spend a few days un-interuppted as a family and it was a much needed break after all of the travel Clint did in May and June.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Christian's First Year of T-Ball

Christian played his first year of t-ball this summer.  His team was the A's.  He had such a good time.  We were very fortunate that his coaches were amazing!  His coach has been coaching t-ball for 20 years here in Middleton.  He works for the parks and rec department here and just likes doing it, this year his granddaughter was on Christian's team so I think that made it extra special for him.  What I really liked about his coach was he really wanted the kids to learn good technique and understand why they were doing what they were doing,and my baseball loving heart really appreciated that.  He was organized and had the kids rotate every position, Christian said his favorites were pitcher (thats where 90% of the balls go) and catcher.  By the end of the season he was hitting really well, I was very proud of him.




Monday, July 10, 2017

Independence Day


 We had a pretty great 4th of July this year.  It started with attending my sister Kiley's neighborhood parade, then swimming, we ended the day with a BBQ at our house and watching the Middleton Fireworks.  It was what the 4th of July should be family, sun, BBQ, and a reminder that we are so blessed to live in this amazing nation.




Sunday, July 9, 2017

Western Regionals 2017

 Another year of Western Regionals is in the books!  Whew..we made it through.  There were times this year that I wasn't sure if I was going to survive the 2016-2017 wrestling season.  What a year it has been, Clint and I couldn't be more proud of our boys and how hard they worked this year, especially Max, he has improved so, so much! We feel extremely blessed to have the great coaches, amazing family, and friend support that we do.  It takes a village and ours is pretty freaking rad.
 Max, Will, and Drew had really tough brackets at Western Regionals this year and they wrestled their hearts out.  It is amazing to watch all of the time, sweat, tears, blood, sore muscles, mental and physical toughness, and hard work that theses boys put in to compete at the level that they do.

 It was a fun, long week now it's time to put up our laces, for a few months at least, and enjoy SUMMER!!!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Beginning of June

The month of June was jam packed with a ton of stuff and flew by.  After Memorial Day Will stayed with us for a week to go to Suples for practice to prepare for School Boy Duels.  We drove up and back to Tri-Cities in a day to attend Carlie's baptism and switch out Will for his siblings, Claire and Drew. 

We were lucky to have Claire and Drew stay with us the next week while Kristen was at Girls Camp and Richard was with Will at his wrestling tournament.  We did some dirt biking, Claire and I got pedicures and had a girls day.  Later in the week Max, Drew, and Mark attended the Suples Training Camp for 3.5 days.  It was a crazy week, but I was so glad that we got to spend time with these two!




 After training camp was over we had a week or so to "relax" while Max prepared for Western Regionals (I'll post about that later).  We spent time working on our yard and training Roxy to be a little more chill with the kids.  It was a pretty good start to our summer.



Sunday, June 11, 2017

Wolfley Sunday Photo 6/11

Today I documented the fact that Clint is out of town and I had all of the kids ready (even curled Charlee's hair) and we went to church by myself, which is quite a feat.  I was pretty proud of myself!




Schools Out for Summer!!!

The boys last day of school was actually on May 26th, but it has been a crazy couple of weeks.  Both of the boys did so well in school this year and improved so much.  Max finished 3rd grade and loved his teacher.  She was seriously so good for him, patient, encouraging, yet didn't let him slack off too much.  Christian finished up his 2nd year of pre-school and is off to kindergarten next year.  Miss Robin was so great with Christian too.  She knew how to work him and had his number.  He loved her and loved going to school.  It was so fun for me to watch him with his buddies and how I can see he is already a little leader (let's hope he channels that in the right direction).  I am so proud of these two boys.  
Yay for great teachers and summertime!