We had one last hurrah before school started (school started at 8:00am the morning after we got home).
It was an actual vacation, not just a "family trip". You get what I'm saying? That means it was actually relaxing and I only yelled and swore at the kids a few times. :)
We have decided that Holly is coming on all Navasard/Rensink vacation's from here on out. It was heaven having her there.
Weather was ideal, all kids but Ruby slept soundly, the lake was perfection, and the company was pretty good too.
We mostly hung out at the beach and played in the amazingly shallow water, as one should when visiting Bear Lake.
We did make a visit to the Minnetonka Caves, which were awesome. And well worth the 800+ stairs.
We also tried Bear Lake's "famous raspberry shakes". But, take my advice, always stick with chocolate.
And we of course explored the campground and took note of what spots we want next year.
We even got to play games once the kids went to bed. I can't remember a recent camping trip where I have had any energy left to play games at the end of the day. It was good for my soul.
The only real stress of the trip was getting the paddle boards from the rental place to our beach spot. Next year though, we'll have it down.
Back to real life after an amazing camping trip with some of our favorite people. And yes, we wake up looking this good.
I think we succeeded in squeezing as much summer fun into July as possible.
there were pond
Ruby has proved to be an amazing puddle jumper swimmer and makes it so I can't sit in my chair quite as much as I prefer.
And the baby ducklings get us every time.
We've got our pool routine down and it always involves leaving the 2 year olds with a babysitter.
we did swim lessons with the Rensinks this month and all the kids did awesome. Ruby can't wait until next summer when she is old enough. I can't wait either. 25 uninterrupted minutes...heaven.
We've also made a few visits to the Riverwoods Splash Pad
but, kids were more concerned with catching Pokemon than playing in the water.
So, we've also been very busy catching Pokemon.
This is Miles talking with the Daily Universe reporters at BYU.
Ellie's nephews were in town for a few weeks, so there were many pokemon outings with all the boys and Macey.
And Paul I even spent some of our babysitter time catching them. :)
been on mountain adventures.
Enjoyed Nana and Opa's visit.
And any downtime we could find was spent outside with all our friends.
Pokemon cards have regained their popularity, due to Pokemon Go.
And many afternoons have been spent in the shade of trees negotiating trades.
Ruby has mastered her scooter and can keep up with the rest of the kids now.
She requests every day to "ride scooter. ride fast". She is also a sucker for attention and often looks and smiles anytime she passes a neighbor sitting on their porch. It has resulted in some pretty epic falls. :)
Other days she just runs laps to get all that energy out.
One of my favorite things about living here is getting to watch these kids figure out how to entertain themselves.
Ron got a new Jazzy Scooter and he has been known to challenge the kids (or adults) to races now and then.
There is always lots of star wars and other fighting games happening.
And every once in awhile, the few girls actually get to do things together, like play barbies, without the boys trying to shoot and kidnap them.
Best form of entertainment this summer was a pile of ice though.
These kids waited in line to see who could stand on the ice the longest. They played until it all melted. I believe Macey and Abby killed the competition by 2 minutes at least.
I actually think they would be very content to just stay home and play with the neighbors all day, but I seem to be the one that needs to get out and have a break from neighbor kids for a few hours each day.
We tend to hideout in the afternoons with our AC blasting.
Miles has even attempted a few cooking experiments.
We try to spend the least about of time inside though when Ruby is awake, because she leaves a wake of destruction.
She is always looking for something to dump (pitchers of juice, legos, sodalicious cups, clean laundry, cereal...you name it, she will dump it).
With all the craziness of the 3 little kids, Macey has saved me this summer. So, when she requested to get her ears pierced, I could not say no.
She didn't even flinch.
I also introduced her to the wonderfulness of pedicures while we left the other 3 with a babysitter.
We also got the stomach flu together.
We locked ourselves in the office and watched lots of movies and took lots of naps. It was actually kind of fun having someone to hang out with while being sick. BFF's.
Since my days tend to be crazy with 4+ kids around ALL day, EVERY day. I still make sure I get to yoga every week and do a few girls nights to keep me sane and smiling.
And sometimes I get lucky and get to hang out with some of my old laurels, who are some of my favorite people ever.
Only a few more days until school starts. I actually think I MIGHT be ready to send them back this year. :)
4th of july
We started off the month with celebrating the 4th.
I've been wanting to do a neighborhood bike parade for years and this year I actually decided to go for it.
the kids and I of course had to paint shirts for the festivities.
The pre parade line up, listening to my extensive directions. :)
It was an absolute blast.
Everyone got so into it, which always makes it more fun.
Paul was an amazing drum major and made sure the kids kept a parade appropriate pace.
These kids could not of been cuter.
We of course had to have a post parade drink run.
On the actual 4th we took our water slide to Rensinks to play and eat.
Then it was back home to get ready for fireworkds with the neighbors.
It's always hard to pass the last hour before it's dark enough to start the real stuff.
We entertained them with the lame fountains.
The boys got all the ariels organized according their coolness factor.
And we did some dancing while waiting for the last of the light to leave.
I love the 4th of July!!!
Crew turned 4!
Crew loves to play outside with his friends, swim, ride his scooter, play games, and eat.
He is cuddly, sweet, sensitive, friendly, and loud.
Crew posing with a pic of Pop-Pop
He loves all his siblings and friends. He is happiest when he is playing with them.
He told me he is going to stay 4 forever and I feel pretty good about that.
We had a neighborhood birthday party when we got back from Washington.
We did our waterslide.
and the water balloon launcher.
He loved all the attention and getting presents from his friends.
We sometimes joke that he was meant to be the baby of a family.
Due to the amount of attention he demands and the amount of screaming and crying he produces. But, man we love this kid.
Washington weekend 2
After doing some laundry and showering, the first item on our agenda was visiting Larrabee State Park to find some crabs.
Larrabee never disappoints.
My desert dwelling children though had forgotten about how slippery seaweed on rocks is, so they all took a turn or 2 falling.
They were slightly more cautious after that.
We found all sorts of treasures...hermit crabs, shells, jelly fish, barnacles, fish, and of course LOTS of crabs.
The highlight though was the giant crab Uncle fished out of the water with Macey's net.
This crab put up a fight, but Christopher powered through and became a hero is these kid's eyes. :)
Don't worry we set him free and made sure he could swim safely away before we moved on to the next discovery.
It was well worth leaving the Olympic National Park a day early so we could get a little extra family time in.
And these little stinker cousins escaped outside when they were suppose to be in bed.
The actual reason we came back to Bellingham for the 2nd weekend was due to this girl getting married.
We've been best friends since we were 6 years old and I was so happy we were all able to make it.
This is a little montage of pictures our moms made for us when we graduated high school.
A few other Bellingham hightlights:
- Getting to stay at Grandma B.'s and having her make breakfast for all of us.
- Christopher took Paul on a real mountain biking ride.
- We got to have a little birthday party for Crew.
- And this girl was obsessed. She was constantly yelling "My Nana!" or "My Pop-Pop" and would then run in for a big hug. She was quite popular.
All in all it was a pretty perfect trip.