Thursday, July 30, 2009

Summer is flying by at an alarming pace. Our kids have less than two weeks until school starts. We have had some fun, but I haven't taken enough pictures. I am having that panicky feeling that I get at the end of every summer. Have we had enough fun this summer? Did we make enough memories? Why didn't I make the kids keep up with their academic skills over the summer? Will they remember all the math they need? You know, the usual stuff.
Anyway, here are some random pictures and tid bits of our recent past.
Strawberries from our garden. Our garden is doing fantastic. We made freezer jam from the strawberries, we've eaten loads of cucumbers, shelled tons of peas, and the zucchini is ready. We are trying to wait patiently for the tomatoes to ripen, and the corn is as high as an elephant's eye.

We always make it to at least one Chukar's game every summer. This was a fun one- until the people behind us had had a little too much to drink and let their language get out of hand. I've heard of people having that problem, but that was the first time it's happened to us. It didn't matter too much, it was late and we weren't too upset to get the kids home to bed.

The kids were great and we had so much fun.

We love the "all access park" at Tautphaus Park.

Olivia can't stop the silliness. She loves a goofy face.
Katie finally got her wish. We let her get her hair cut. She is so happy about it, and she looks adorable. She looks older, though. That doesn't make her parents so happy.

Of course Rebekah had to get in on the hair cut fun. She was so funny. She started out wanting hers shorter than Kate's, then became sure she wanted to keep it long, then slowly, little by little, she had Karla cut it like this. I think she looks so cute.

Here is her "before" picture.

Jack got to go to his 1st Day Camp for CubScouts. Of course I am the only retarded mom that didn't know he was supposed to wear his uniform. Either way, he had a great time, but I am still having a hard time with him growing up so fast. He has grown a LOT this summer. He is having a ball. He has a little more freedom and he is living it up. He is riding his bike all over the neighborhood with the neighborhood boys finding snakes, mice, and having adventures in the canal and the empty lots filled with weeds. It's a good time to be a boy.

Well, that's all for now. I'll try to take more pictures as we cram the last little bit of fun into our summer. We have a family camping reunion next weekend, and we really need to get to Ross Park.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Does twice make it a tradition??

For the 2nd year in a row, we have gone to Victor and Driggs ID for the Fourth of July. We are really loving it up there. We even stayed in the same campground and went on the same hike.
We left on July 2nd and got into town just in time to set up camp, make the most delicious dinner in the dutch oven (potatoes, red peppers, onions, chicken apple sausages, brown sugar and apple juice- YUM), and make way to THE SPUD Drive in.

What I could hear was pretty funny. The 2nd movie was STAR TREK, but when ICE AGE was over, the kids were wide awake and a storm was rolling in, so we put everyone and all the blankets into the cab of the truck and the storm HIT. It POURED for hours.

This year, we actually celebrated the 4th in a more traditional way. We attended the parade in Victor. It was a great little town parade, and they threw SO MUCH CANDY! Our kids got a whole bag full, plus necklaces, little flags, bracelets, posters, Otter Pops, etc....

They loved it.

Here they are at the parade.

We attended the fireworks show in Driggs. It was nice. We were only about an 1 1/2 hours early and we had THE BEST SPOT to see the show. It definitely wasn't like at home, but we loved it. Just a little chilly.

Sadly, we did NOT attend the HOT AIR BALLOON RACE because Genius here set the alarm for 5:30 P.M.

We did go on a great hike. The same as last year. Pole Canyon. Only this year we went all the way to the tippy top of the mountain.

Here's the view.

Olivia, Scotty, and Jack on the top of the world.

Rebekah doesn't look thrilled to be there. She wasn't. The last little bit was HARD for her.
But, she made it!!

Hiking up the last little bit. We are SO proud of those kids. They are such troopers!!

We were able to cool off with some snow still up there! Some parts of the trail were slippery with mud.

Another view from the top.

Last year, we took a picture of the kids and Scotty on this log.

This year's Mommy's turn.

We took this picture last year too.

They grow so fast!!

All in all, it was a fun trip. We made some delicious food in our dutch ovens we got for Christmas. Thanks mom and dad!!

Oh, and the mosquitoes are HUNGRY this year!! All the rain has brought them out!