Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What's more American than . . .

Boating and camping at Bear Lake for the 4th of July.  I amazingly consented to one more camping trip this summer believing it would be worth it to spend two days boating at Bear Lake.  It didn't quite work out like that, because we didn't even get the boat in the water on day one.  We took our time going to a parade and packing up so it was practically dinner time by the time we got there.  It was really beautiful and fun.

My mom and aunt Merle came over and brought watermelon.  (A snack I rarely buy because it is so messy.)  The kids were happy to partake. 

Fireworks were not permitted so we had our fun with glow sticks and watching the fireworks across the lake.  

It is funny how we always want what we don't have.  As a child I longed to ride on a boat, and my kids beg to play on the beach.  For Utah, Bear Lake is about as good as beaches get.  The kids LOVED it. 

Our dear friends and neighbors, the Campbell's, joined us for the day.  

Tubing was the activity of choice. 

The kids love to ride up on front of the boat.  It does feel like you're flying. 

Boating does not get old for me.  I do most of the driving because Josh makes me too nervous and since I'm nervous when he drives that makes others nervous.  So fun!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Play, Play, Play!!

This has been anything but the leisurely summer I had imagined.  We are so busy playing it is simply exhausting!  Josh often says, "you can sleep when you die."  Who needs sleep anyway?  Okay, I do, but we have been playing really hard.  I've captured a few pictures to illustrate the fun!

It was VERY outside my comfort zone, but we decided to go to the Romer family reunion early and camp with some of my cousins and their families.  (I wish I'd taken pictures of the tents to prove it.)  We did survive.  Getting dirty and smelly isn't my favorite thing, but being with family is.  It is really fun to see my kids play with the children of my cousins (who I adore and grow up very close to).

Ali is pictured here with my cousin Tammie's little girl, Cali.  

Andy spent his time with my cousin Emily's boys. I'm so grateful to my Grandma Romer for establishing a date and tradition of the family reunion so long before she died so that it continues. 

A big part of our summer fun is playing with the neighbor children.   There are so many kids around!!  We only need to be home for a few minutes before we begin to hear knocks on the door.  I need to take more pictures of my kids playing with the neighbors because it is such a big part of our lives, but here is Johnny with Jamison. 

And another one with Ali and Devyn. Growing up in the country it is hard for me to image having friends so close and available to play.  I think it is a wonderful way for my children to grow up.  Now that I think of it, at this moment I have one of my children at home, Johnny.  Caleb is at Sports Camp, Cara is at reading, Andy and Ali are at Fun in the Sun Summer Camp.  The ironic thing is I am tending two neighbors and two others are over playing with the ones I'm tending.  Yep, we live with a lot of kids!

We spent one weekend this summer enjoying some of the fun things in SLC.  One day we went to the zoo.  It was a cool and beautiful day.  I do enjoy the smiles and excitement on my kids faces. 

Somehow I got in a few of the zoo pictures.  That's unusual. 

The highlight for my kids, of any weekend get away, is swimming at the pool at the hotel.

All of my kids love the water, but none are as brave as Ali.  She just can't help herself from flipping into the water time after time.  She is a little fish!

Cara climbs trees every time she gets a chance, this one was outside our hotel.  This summer our cherry tree produced cherries for the first time.  (We've had it for 8 years so you can understand our excitement.)  I don't think I got more than three of them.  Every time I looked outside Cara or some other neighbor kid was up in the tree.  At least the birds didn't get them. 

Last month a new children's museum opened at Thanksgiving Point.  It is amazing!!
We spent FIVE hours there, and could have spent longer except we got hungry.  
Of course, Cara loved the art. 

Andy is pictured here propelling a train which was moving above him with a camera attached. 

Johnny is flying an airplane that is hanging from the ceiling.  So fun!

Of course the water room was a hit. 

Caleb's favorite thing was a tower that was made of straps.  He would climb from level to level.  It was really quite cool. 

There was also an outside portion to the museum with fantastic park equipment, a cave, and a pond with glass walls for viewing the fish.

The outside portion also included a Noah's arch splash pad. 

This summer we also hit an air show at Hill AFB.  We saw the Thunderbirds fly.  It was breath taking.  Josh's family joined us.  

Monday, July 7, 2014

A Boating Summer

We had the unique opportunity to lease a boat for the summer.  I think that boating is worth every bit of effort and expense because it is such a family oriented sport.  Josh is yet to be convinced so leasing one for the summer provided the perfect opportunity to try it out without going to the expense of buying a boat ourselves.  We have a lot of summer ahead of us, but so far it has been tons of fun.  The best part is that we are all together away from friends and the stress of being home.  It is like taking a mini vacation once a week.

One surprise is how much Johnny likes it.  He is perfectly content on the boat.  Here he is cheering on the other kids in the tube.  He doesn't mind taking naps on the boat.  He is such a joy!

Caleb has become proficient at the knee board and likes to show other kids how to do it.  He is also getting much braver on the tube.  Andy, Ali and Cara take little tube rides, but they come along mostly for the ride and Cara jumps in EVERY chance she can.  If the motor is off, chances are Cara and possibly Andy, are in the water.

I love to get out in the water.  I think I'd be happy boating every evening.  (Of course, I'm getting tired from so much plan, and my muscles are always sore. I do think it is worth it.)  I like to wake board the best, but a good tube ride is fun as well.

Ali just chills on the boat.  (She is too skinny to spend much time in the cold water.)

T-Ball - Our First and Last Season

This spring we experienced our first, and probably our last, season of T-ball.  Our neighbor and friends, the Neilson's, put together a team of their friend.  Ali and Andy were both able to play.  It was pleasant to spend Tuesday and Thursday evenings in June sitting on the field.  The kids were cute, and by the end of the season they seemed to be catching on to the concept of the sport.

 Really, how can you go wrong when everyone gets a trophy at the end of the season?!