Independence Day

July 4th – The pinnacle of summer here in Utah, our fourth was spent well. The holiday co-exists with our local Provo Freedom Festival which includes hot air balloon launches every morning for three days, a grand parade – LOTS of people stay up all night to camp out for good viewing spots and that includes most of the teenagers staying out all night, a 5K and 10K race, a carnival, and more…

I mentioned this on instagram, but will repeat myself here: This past spring we started watching home videos from when our older kids were little. We spent weeks watching them and Sela was the most obsessed – seeing what life was like in our family before her… she loved it, and watched them over and over. If you can even imagine – I used to take a LOT more videos than I do now, and after watching these it inspired me to take more videos again – create more. So, I’ve decided that after making videos for most of our trips the past couple of years – I also want to make videos now for holidays, seasons, ANY occasion I hope to remember – simple days at home. If you thought I took a lot of videos before (friends & family) — brace yourselves – you have no idea what you’re in store for now!!! So on the long celberated weekend of July 4th here in Utah county, I took some of my favorite memories and put them tighter to one of my current favorite summer songs. One of my very favorite moments of the weekend was biking to the “candy bombers” last candy bomb here in Orem – if you don’t know the story of the candy bomber – check it out here.

happy independence, America!

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Ordinary Hero’s – Ethiopia

Myla and I went on our first Ordinary Hero mission in June. I still don’t have the right words for the experience. I shared a few of the highlights on instagram @see_jane, and I created the video above to remember as many details as possible.

I find my greatest confidence as a mom in the secret language I share with my children. During this trip that included Myla squeezing my hand when she was overwhelmed with emotions as she helped a child. A quick glance I would give Myla as children ran to greet us. Good night hugs that speak volumes. We have ways of letting each other know we need more or we’re getting enough. One on one time with our children is priceless, spending it submersed in serving others is what the goodness in life is all about. We really hope to return one day…

If you’d like to learn more about the Ordinary Hero foundation – check out their site here.

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20/52

patriotic teen via seejaneblog
teen repacking tennis bag via seejaneblog
tween skateboarding to pull in the garbage can via seejaneblog
little stylist via seejaneblog
Australian Labradoodle six month old puppy via seejaneblog

A portrait of my children (and puppy), once a week, every week, in 2015.

Kiana: This girl was chosen this past week to be on her high school dance company presidency for her senior year!!!

Myla: Softball season is over, so she spent a little time today cleaning out her bag and prepping her tennis bag. This week she starts more training and matches!

KJ: He comes up with some creative ways to endure his chores.

Sela: I surprised her with a new pair of sandals for summer, and walked in the room to see her setting them up with a paper towel behind them to take a photo!

Wellesley Baloo: Officially six months old! Growing like a weed.

all photos by me, Jane Rhodes

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tour around my home: bathrooms, mudroom, and more details

Concrete shower, wood trim window via seejaneblogThis week’s tour around my home includes little details from all over our home that I wouldn’t include in their own separate post. Small peeks at our bathrooms, mud room, and trims are included. I have a thing for really simple, earthy details. You just can’t go wrong with such elements, and they lend themselves to the modern aesthetic in our home. Plus, they make me immediately happy. All of the concrete work is custom by a local artisan – Brian Thompson – you can find him on instagram @handcraft_concrete_design

All photos by Becky Kimball. Read more…

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Boston Red Sox fan via seejaneblog
teen silhouette via seejaneblog
boy tween style via seejaneblog
American girl doll and girl matching glasses via seejaneblog
Australian Labradoodle puppy after a bath getting warm via seejaneblogA portrait of my children (and puppy), once a week, every week, in 2015.

Kiana: Sox hat for the win.

Myla: “Mom!!! What shoes should I wear? What would look good with this?” Every day. I love it.

KJ: Boys fashion is all about the socks these days.

Sela: Officially has her own little space in our house for her toys. The struggle has been real, folks. This girl doesn’t just play with toys she designs and creates and builds little worlds for everything. The past couple years we’ve been moving her creations all over the house or the puppy gets them or friends visit and take them apart, or we need to clean and move them somewhere else – and there have been sad, genuine meltdowns multiple times. Not anymore. She can create now in the privacy of her own attic playroom – hence, the American girl doll stuff is out in full force!

Wellesley Baloo: This is what she does after a bath – she hides or buries herself in a blanket to get warm and doesn’t come out for HOURS till she’s almost dry!

All photos by me, Jane Rhodes

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