Sunday, August 26, 2012

Dear Bear Lake

Thank you for beautiful blue water and sunny skies,
For sand castles and hot tubs,
For wakeboard wipe-outs and ruptured eardrums,
For 'round-the-clock eating and 5 lbs weight gains,
For 2am card games and living room campouts,
For family togetherness and bonding,
For the perfect end to summer.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The {un}Lazy Days of Summer

We have been busy, busy this summer, checking off our bucketlist.  I don't think we've had a single day where we haven't had anything to do.  If we even THOUGHT about being bored, we'd have our cousins come play and enjoy the warm summer days.  I thought it would be a great idea to get a second job, so between both hospitals, and trading babysitting with Olivia, we've never had a dull moment.

Back in June, Spencer and I went on a road trip to Coeur d' Alene Idaho so he could compete in an Ironman.  Wow.  It. Was. AWESOME!  The day of the race was totally fun, inspiring and tiring(maybe more for him than me).  On the way there we stopped at a Ghost Town in Montana.  Me, being the dork I am, read the informational pamphlet from cover to cover and talked for the next 300 miles about the fact that I am convinced I was born during the wrong time.  I am happy to report he did not throw me from the car.
The scenery in Idaho was quite beautiful, and it seemed there was little lake everywhere we went.  I made us get out and take picture at practically every one, even though it was a downpour.
Ghost Town
Some lake....
Some other lake...this one was on the property where we were staying.  I went running one morning in the mountains/trails by this one, and pretended I was in an ultimate running competition.  Then I got really scared that I would get lost and nobody would ever find me, so I came sprinting back.  Guess I had watched too many episodes of "Dateline: Unsolved Mysteries" that morning.

It wouldn't be the 4th of July without the Oakley Parade and Independence Day festivities.

These 3 boys have spent almost everyday together this summer.  Popsicles and sprinklers kept them cool this day!

Jack did ACRO camp, Action Hero Camp, and Preschool Camp this summer.  Sadly, this was the only day I was able to come and take pictures of him, because of work:(
He learned how to do a headstand against the wall, and push up into a handstand.  Quite impressive!

We tried to make it to Seven Peaks a few times.  This day, most of our cousins came with us. 

Jack has been begging me to take him fishing this summer, so when I came home from work and saw THIS.....I was so happy that I didn't have to go and bait those slithery worms myself!
The boys went to tend the water with Grandpa.  He had to shut off the water from the river to the canal so it could be repaired.  When the water levels went really low, all these fish were swimming around their ankles, and they could reach down and catch them!  
Well, apparently Jack didn't dare catch them, but Grandpa and Noah did.  
What a catch!
I did get the unfortunate opportunity to prepare the fish to cook.  Yuck.  I've never done that before.  It was extremely tasty, though!

For the 24th of July, Kamas does a Kids Parade, where each community has a float.  The kids can ride it or their bikes down Main Street.  Jack was so excited to be in a parade and he rode his bike the entire time!

Playing in Grandma's backyard creek on a Sunday afternoon.  Jack was covered from head to toe in mud.  
Boy + Mud = FUN.

Hauling Hay on Bench Creek.  
I love hardworking men. Period.

Our Garden!
We are loving our garden and eating fresh veggies everyday.  We've had an overabundance of lettuce and spinach, which is great for Jack, the self-proclaimed "Salad Lover."
We yielded a few carrots.  Our zucchini and squash are plentiful, which is great for our family, since we do not like it, and it looks like we'll have a lot of pumpkins, too.

As much as I love summer, I have been feeling myself longing for fall for the past week.  I know it's right around the corner, so we better take advantage of these last few weeks to finish our Bucketlist!