Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Vacation 2012

 Caution LOTS O PICTURES coming!!!! We went on our annual vacation to our favorite Lake Owyhee. We love this place and since this is very very long I will add captions where I feel need on other wise just look and you will see all the fun we had. Above is Ethan knee boarding. He perfected his 360 this year and could do it over and over.
 We found this great cove that had a great sandy beach for the kids to play on, swim from pull the boat in and out of and even a cool rock to jump off of that was probably 5 feet above the water.
 Amelia learned to double ski this year! I am so proud of her, she wouldn't give up and got it!!!
 The amazing Bevans came with us for part of the week this year and Hayden loved having Claire there to play with. Here is a cute picture of the 2 of them tubing.
 This was the one trip we got Brooke on the tube.  I think she liked it.... Amelia is a dare devil and loves the tube!

 Sophia liked the tube and learned to knee board and attempted the wake board as well.
 Ruth and Eden were not going to miss out on all the fun and we got them in the tubes as well (yes we went slow) but Ruth loved it so much that she threw the biggest fit of her life when we took her out!
 Eden didn't love it quiet as much but started to not hate it after a few minutes....
 Sophie learned to drive the boat!

 Amelia's annual messy smore face and our nightly camp fire that when it is 90 degrees out you don't want to sit next to but how else are you going to eat smores so just sit back with a big stick!

 Allison did great on 2 skis and did get up on one too! She tried everything we threw at her though! That always makes it more fun!

 I was so proud of Hayden she learned how to ski on our "horseshoe" ski that Larry built! She was nervous at first but Amelia showed her how and she got right on it and did a great job!!! She even made some money off of it. (ok we paid her to do it because I knew she wanted to but was a little scared so we paid her to try and she LOVED it! Worth all the $4 we paid her!)
 These water guns are the excitement everyday, who gets them... who you squirt....
 I must have snapped this picture of Ali relaxing really fast because I don't think she was on that for even 5 minutes till her girls came and dumped her off and took over. There are some fierce pirates at that lake I tell you!
 I couldn't get Ruth to relax in the water for me the first day but she LOVED it when daddy went in with her and has been a fish since! SHE LOVED her "boaty" as she called her floaty!

 Cutie pie Claire! I love this kid!
 Ethan and Sophie on the tubes
 PILE O KIDS on the sea bike and raft.
 I thought this was Sophie on the knee board but it looks like Ali to me. Ali correct me if I am wrong!

 On Tuesday Larry took the older 3 kids for a hike up to the top of the mountain on the other side of the lake. They loved it and I am so proud of Amelia and Brock for doing it. That was a big hike!

 At the top or almost you can almost see the tiny speck of our boat in the cove at the bottom of the MT.
 Amelia after BBQ chicken... Larry and I are hoping that her eating habits will keep the boys away till she is over 20 then maybe she will learn to eat with out looking like THIS!
 Larry took the older 4 fishing one afternoon that was to yucky for skiing. Hayden caught the biggest one!

 Brock is a great double skier
 Ethan got up on Slalom this year. He had been working on it last year but got up first time out this year! He got good enough he is cutting across the wake really well! We are so proud of him for not giving up. We can hardly get him to do anything else now because he is "a serious skier now!"
 Sassy Ruth I just loved her! She actually had shoes on in these pictures! I fought her almost all week and finally gave up. She did NOT want shoes on but there are pokies everywhere! So everyone and a while she would step on one and say OOOOOWWWW and I would say "well wear your shoes" and she would brush it off say no and move on. Oh well no injuries!
 She loved this lady bug!
 Ruth also hauled wood! So cute! It was a great week full of sun, fun, skiing, friends, and yummy food! I love that place but by the end of the week I want a gallon of lotion! We just keep hoping our friends that have come with us will have thought it was worth the drive and come again.

Music Camp 2012

 The last few summers some of my kids have participated in Mrs. Bemrose's  music camp at Monmouth Elementary School. They have a great time and on the last day they put on a  little "play" they worked on all week. It is always a lot of fun.
 This year they did a mini Susical the Musical. Amelia was the baby Elephant bird that hatched from Horton's egg and Brock was Thing 2.
They had a lot of fun! It was a cute play too!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

4th of July

The 4th is always really busy for us. From sun up till long after sun down! We always start with a flag raising and cinnamon roll breakfast at the church. Some reason I never take pictures of this. But we love it and do it every year! Then we go to the parade. This year I marched in the kids parade with my "Tiny Dancers" in the children's parade. Lucia made this fun banner for our wagon, Brock pulled the wagon with the music playing in it so we could march and do our hand routine I had made up for them. They did a great job! It was a lot of fun... well until one of them got lost. But that is a whole other story, I was sooooo glad her mom was one of the moms marching with us and all ended well.

My girls waiting for the parade to start. This was the ONLY picture I took during the parade because I was still worried about the lost girl (who was actually found I just didn't know it!)
 I didn't take ANY picture during our BBQ but I took this super cute one of Ruth today and it pretty much is the same face she had yesterday and she is eating one of the yummy treats left over. So just imagine our back yard, plus 55 people, lots of kids, splashing in the pool, lots of food, loud yelling and fun! Now you got it!

 Here are a few of the pictures of the fireworks. We were down to 27 people then. It was so much fun watching the kids. Our neighbor lit one of those screaming fire works and proclaimed that he LOVED that kind. I quickly told Mike, "Hey my kids can make that sound for FREE" on cue all 15 kids that were there screamed and it sounded JUST like the firework. It was so funny! Mike laughed as well as all the other adults. What a great day to be a live what a great day to live in the USA! God bless America!!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Girls camp 2012

 Last month (June) I spent a week with the Young Women in our ward at girls camp. Thanks to my wonderful mom who came and took care of my family while I was gone. This first picture was taken as we packed up to leave. Sorry it is taking so long to get this up here but I have been slammed since I got home... I keep thinking maybe I will take a nap today... hasn't happened yet. I did I guess on Sunday but that was super short, and NOT restful with 4 kids wanting something every minute and a half, so I guess I really didn't get one then either.
 This is a "snake" braid that Kylie made up on Johnnies hair.... it quickly cam back out.
 One of our sitting around the fire evenings... I didn't take many pictures. I had my camera all week and hardly ever took it out... most of the pictures taken were by the girls.
 We got all "geared up" to go play some Olympic games in the RAIN!
 Love her garbage bag, duct tape outfit!
 Rain soccer and javelin throwing.

 Hanging out at the archery range... these were ALL taken by Kayla. And yes that is my sticking my toung out in the back ground. Somethings never change!
 Some super cute girls! We had a great week except for that rainy day... but we still had fun. I didn't take pictures of all the naughty things I did but I know some of the girls took pictures of the naughty things I told them to do... I think it might have had something to do with toilet paper... but no pictures of bras on the flag pole, or hanging on the Olympic rings, snakes in beds, or the likes... probably best not to show those things, guess I shouldn't mention them on here either.... to late. No one was harmed in my pranks so I guess that is a good thing.
I wish I had pictures of all I have done since camp but I don't. Larry and I canned 50 some jars of chili and meat, I have taught dance camp every morning for 2 hours, grocery shopped, baby sat 7 kids (not all at the same time.) weeded my entire garden by hand, picked 50 lbs of strawberries, made jam from said strawberries, and a few other projects that are slipping my mind right now... but don't worry I am still running 3 miles a day and have taken a few 12 mile bike rides too. My eyes close the second my head hits the pillow and the next thing I know it is morning... I love my life!