Sunday, August 22, 2010


Yay!  Checking a couple of things off that summer list, and feeling so much better!  The children and I went to Bear Lake despite some serious opposition.

Thursday morning I bottled plum sauce, plum juice, and made pulp for jam.  Leslie picked the green beans and they were cleaned and put in the fridge for another day.  We took Jake to pick up his schedule and his retainer.  Camille attended "Sevie day" (for the 7th graders) at school, and we loaded the car.  Children were actually sitting in the car, when Leslie became sick to her stomach.  Please!!!!! Can this not be happening! (Stinkin' McDonalds).  We gave her stomach a few hours to settle, and then headed into the evening, Jake driving on the freeway for the first time, mom hanging on to the car door and her sanity for dear life!  Jake did well with the driving.  We stopped a couple of times for sick Leslie and I took the wheel to drive up Logan Canyon. (Now everyone else is hanging on to something...winding road through the dark, deer and cattle on it!!!!)  We arrived at 10:30, where Dave and Tiffany greeted us graciously.  Everyone crashed into bed and sleep.  But 2 hours later, Seth decided he was ready to go home.  Scared of the new surroundings,  he and I spent a very sleepless night, one I do not want to repeat soon.  But finally, Friday dawned.

The children played in the pool while we prepared for lunch and the lake, and then we spent one absolutely heavenly afternoon under the most gorgeous blue sky, playing in the sand and the water, hot-dogging on a wave runner and getting sunburned.  It was a perfect gift.  So needed, as I finally feel like I can let go of this summer and move forward.  We came home to a few ripe tomatoes too, so all is complete. They can go back to school and I will be content.
Caleb dug in the sand most of the day, an engineer with a medium to manipulate, he was in a state of bliss. Not in the photo, but usually by his side in all endeavors is his cousin Jonathan.  They are great friends.

Ethan coming back from a triumph on the wave runner, feeling like quite the man. Uncle Dave was the greatest to take Ethan to pick up the wave runner, thus being the first to have a turn. :)

Bathing beauty.

Miriam is playing dead on the beach.  Cousin Bethany is looking more alive.

Jake as a mermaid, note the tail and the clamshells :)  Cousins in charge of the art work behind are Naomi and Caroline.
Seth, on the beach, towing Jake in on the inner tube, Leslie in the background.  Leslie just lived in the water.  She is a fish and can't seem to get enough of it! 

Thank you, thank you, Dave and Tiffany!  We had so much fun!  And, of course, after wearing him out on the beach, and deciding the natives of the house were friendly, Seth slept for 12 hours the second night!  Phew!

Jacob drove us all the way home, through Evanston.  He even navigated Parley's Canyon with the semis.  Ohhh, I am going grey fast, but we are safe, burned, sleepy and happy.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Summer Summary

We picked Jacob up from the airport late on Aug. 6th.  The National Scouting Jamboree lived up to his expectations as a once in a lifetime opportunity.  We hear about it a little at a time, but he had a great experience.  He left us again to go white water rafting on Monday the 9th in the Tetons. Obviously he loved that too! It has been a summer so full of adventure for him, he really is having a tough time being home.  We like having him back, however. And tomorrow, he is scheduled to have his braces off!

We also just came home from our family camping trip for the summer, known in other circles as the Ward Camp Out. :) Gone for less than 24 hours, we still feel we had the full experience.  The kids got to pitch and sleep in tents, we played games, ate yummy hot dogs, enjoyed great company.  Nathan and I slept under the stars.  Well, we tried to sleep, anyway.  A few bug bites, Jake and kids caught crayfish and we arrived home pooped and dirty.  Also infected with a vicious stomach flu.  Ahhh, camping. :)

Now we are staring "back to school" in the face.  All of the children are anxious to get back to routine and friends.  I am fine with that, but all of the registration hoops have me hopping right now.  I also miss them when they go back!  This year it will just be me, and Seth all day. Wow, time flies.  Seth is enrolled in a preschool that will start soon too.  It is two days a week, about 3 hours a day.  I think it will be fun for him to have a school to go to too, as he feels a bit left behind.

I am running out of summer and I feel a bit deprived of some summer things.  Maybe I'll try to fit some of them in this week.  We haven't been to Bear Lake as a family, and Nate's school will mean that we really won't get there all together, but maybe the children and I will venture.  I haven't had one ripe tomato from my garden!!! Ugh.  And, we have not been to a rodeo.  Maybe we'll go to the one at the state fair.  I have sent children out on 12 different camping excursions, we have played in the pool on the front lawn, and a few times at the big outdoor pool, we have enjoyed walks in the sunshine and visits with friends on the lawn, we have shared some cookouts.  This summer has been full of good things, I shouldn't complain.

In fact, this summer has brought to pass one of my long term dreams!!!  I yard sale all summer to help keep us in clothing without the big price tag.  Last week, we held a yard sale and made $55.  I love trading old junk for money.  But the best part is, that around the corner from us, another yard sale was selling this:
It was $50.  I traded my junk for three burners + a side burner with a removable griddle, and it had a tank of propane already attached.  We brought it home and fired it up!  I'm in BBQ heaven!!! I have been looking for one of these for 4 years now! I'm feeling spoiled and blessed. :)  So, you know, back to school BBQ at my house!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Tonight's Dinner Conversation

Child 1: "Ethan, you don't even know what a hippie is!"
Ethan: "Yeah, I do.  They are those ugly guys that hop around alot!"

Sharing the smile.