Bear Lake is a lake with no bears but they do have famous raspberry shakes
We took our 2nd annual trip to Bear Lake with the Rensinks and Holly.
This was one of our rougher trips, due to many factors, but luckily not due to the amazing people we got to camp with. :)
The best part about looking back on the pictures though, is I remember more of the fun than I do the stress I was feeling. Time is a great thing sometimes.
It started out a little bit cold and rainy, but it didn't last long and we got to enjoy 2 days on our own private backyard beach.
The girls spent lots of time in the sand.
These 2 bff's spent lots of time on the kayak.
And everyone spent lots of time out in the water.
Everyone provided lots of entertainment trying tricks on the paddle boards we rented.
Julianne and I did some yoga on our turn, it was rather difficult and I think I spent more time in the water than on the board.
We at least both, kind of, nailed a warrior 1.
Crew faceplanted hard the first night. Luckily no stitches were needed, but he had some sweet road rash for a few weeks.
Ruby napped like a champ and gave me a chance to relax for a few moments each day.
The boys had to carry a sleeping Ruby up to camp while we got dinner prepped.
A funny moment...the kids were being annoying, so Brenden taught them how to play Kick the Can.
it was a good effort, but the boys and Ruby were all screaming and crying after 2 minutes. Typical. Good times.
Love these people and love them even more now that they've seen us at our worst and still want to be friends with us.
august part 1
We had a packed 3 weeks of August before school started with our farewell to summer activities. Children's Museum
This was actually our only visit all summer, I try to avoid Thanksgiving Point during the summer. Lemonade Stand
These 2 had been begging all summer to do their lemonade stand/toy sale. The stars finally aligned and I had the energy to assist. I think they used about 10 packages of koolaid and made a nice chunk of change that was immediately spent at Toys R Us.
Then the left over lemonade was passed to the neighbors over the fence. The kids exhibited some pretty good teamwork. Swimming at Gavin and Carmen's pool
They have the best neighborhood pool. Gets deep enough for diving, never too crowded and perfect company. Hiking
Ruby has fallen in love with Macey this summer and it makes my mama heart happy.
Utah kills me sometimes, can't believe this is in our backyard. We could even see our house from the peak.
More mom hikes. These might be the best girls nights I've ever had.
Hiked a few miles up the timp trail.
good for the soul. Especially the grouchy, stressed out, overwhelmed, mom soul. Eclipse Watching
It was actually cooler than I thought and so glad it happened before they went back to school, so i got to experience it with these guys. Soaking up our lazy neighborhood days and nights
Sometimes it gets so CRAZY out front. There's screaming, whining, fighting, lots of weapons...but then other times it's like this.
all ages playing legos together nicely for hours. Love these kids.
Last potluck and movie night to celebrate the closing of an awesome summer.
And sometimes, when I'm feeling really nice I let neighborhood kids inside and actually give them food. Date Nights
I love summer dates because we get to spend them outside!
Paul found this awesome biking ghost tour and we convinced Trina and TJ to do it with us.
The stories were kind of scary, but the scariest part was riding through the streets of provo without a light and on the very skinny tires of a road bike. Trina and I didn't know if we were going to survive, but it was all worth it in the end.
We celebrated our anniversary with brunch, since Paul had to work until about 10:30 that night.
Julianne and I took the girls to dinner and school shopping. These drinks were the highlight of the night.
they are getting old. We don't always play:
I took my last trip to Costco with 4 kids. We ate lunch there to celebrate.
They've spent a lot of chore time cleaning out our always trashed car.
And then Michelle invited us to go to St. George
with her and the kids.
It was nice to actually have some time to hang out with Michelle.
There was lots of swimming, game playing, eating and watching movies.
We went to an amazing park and enjoyed it until it got WAY too hot, which was about 10:45.
Our group shot of the trip:
The kids had an absolute blast, since they were all with some of their best friends, just like me. :)
We ended the trip with a visit to the St. George Temple and a melt down by Ruby.
I'm sure you've noticed Miles is missing from these pictures. I left Miles behind with Paul, he's been rough this summer for me and he doesn't have a friend that matches up like the other kids, so it worked out to leave him behind.
don't feel too bad for him. Paul took him to the waterslides, arcade, and lots of wii and movie time.
It was nice to have a break and he was thrilled to get to hang out with just Paul.
That's not even our entire month, that's just the first 3 weeks of August. Next post, Bear Lake and back to school!
life with 2 year old ruby
Ruby has been so crazy and fun this month, she deserves her own post.
The moment my back is turned, this girl gets into something.
Whether it is stealing a watermelon rind out of the garbage can.
Or causing some sort of mischief in the bathroom.
Here she is telling me "Go Outside. Outside!" It's hard to keep anything stocked in our freezer. waffles, toaster strudels, chocolate chips, popsicles, icecream...you name it, she will eat it. yes, we have tried to lock our freezer, she just keeps breaking it. Luckily, the lock on our pantry has worked, so i haven't had to worry about her climbing up those shelves and getting cereal everywhere ALL the time.
She loves to cook us things in her kitchen.
Left over items from her lunch and dinner can often be found in her fridge, sink, oven or microwave.
Ruby loves to play with her friends and baby dolls.
I love when her and Ella see each other across the grass and run in for a hug.
She also locked us out of the house and terrorized it while I had to run around to hop the backfence to get in.
She keeps me on my toes and is the reason I never get anything done.
She also has become a neighborhood bully of sorts and tends to push, hit and tackle whenever she feels so inclined. I do not think I have ever put a child in timeout as much as I have had to with her.
While she most definitely has a wild and rebellious side, there is a sweet side to her too. Anytime she meets anyone new she instantly calls them her friend. She loves to greet the neighborhood moms and thinks they all want to hug and hold her. She is constantly asking me for a huggle and wraps her arms tight around my neck and says "I love you, mama". She is very polite and never forgets to say "please" and "thank you". The most exciting thing that she has accomplished this month though is, she is actually keeping her clothes and diaper on during naps and bedtime, so no more taping her diaper on!!!!!
We love this 2 year old Ruby.
And just like that, August is behind us, and we are back in the full swing of craziness.
We tried to suck out every last ounce of summer before school started and even a little bit more after. :)
It's crazy to think we were able to fit so much in with the Stephen's visit and our camping trip to Bear Lake, but there is just too much summer fun to be had.
- We got the waterslide out one more time for the big kids.
it was quite crazy, as usual.
Then, once they were all back in school, we had a toddler party.
It was pure heaven.
We had five 2 year old girls and they just played and played. We dreamed about what life would be like if we didn't have boys...we decided we could handle many afternoons just like this one. There was no sword fighting, wrestling, hitting, attempts to knock the slide over.
I can't remember the last time (if ever) I witnessed a play date so serene.
I think Ruby logged the most slides down the water slide and this was her face everytime she came out. :)
These boys were there too, but they just entertained themselves and we didn't see much of them.
It was pretty much a perfect afternoon, sitting in the shade talking with my friends while our children actually played nicely and quietly.
- Ashley graduated from college, so we had to have a dance party to celebrate.
It was an absolute blast. We impressed all the kids with our sweet moves. And we are already looking for an excuse to have another one.
- We made our last Splash Pad and Pond visits.
- The boys both learned how to ride their bikes without training wheels, but for some reason I only have a picture of Crew documented.
- We did an end of summer backyard clean up and the kids picked weeds for the first time. They loved it.
- Had a much needed girls night with some of my favorites.
It's always the best when you're laughing so hard you cry.
-Miles started soccer and is doing amazing!
and by amazing, I don't mean he's scoring tons of goals.
I mean, he is participating, having fun, trying, and not throwing fits!!!!
He also thinks he belongs to the Everett family, so he can often be found photo bombing their family pictures.
And he has also convinced Ellie to take him almost every Sunday to Riverwoods to catch Pokemon.
We have one happy 6 year old around here.
And I've been keeping busy with these 2 while the big kids are at school all day.
Next up, back to school pics. Only a few weeks late. :)
Summer is over, Macey & Miles are in school, and I am currently trying to get used to this more scheduled lifestyle. But dang, I sure do love summers around here.
To prepare for school starting we made sure to spend time out front
as much as possible.
Most summer afternoons I can be found sitting in the shade, my favorite place to be, watching whatever is the activity of the day. Be it snail hunting, bubbles, cops and robbers, baby animals, kick ball, racing, or whatever else these kids can think up.
Sometimes Ruby even takes a break from her exploring to hang out with me.
but, usually she's out where all the action is.
The main reason we spend most of our time outdoors is because I can't keep Ruby from climbing and destroying everything she can reach.
I just don't know how I'd survive summer (or life in general) without this space and the people I share it with.
If we aren't out front at our house, we can still usually be found somewhere else outside.
Be it the park
Ruby is ALMOST at a good park age, next spring I should be back to sitting on my blanket chatting with my friends, instead of chasing this girl around.
In the mountains
Or even cruising around BYU
It was insane, we didn't realize it was Education Week and it took us 30 minutes to find a parking spot. But it was all worth it just to watch these boys cruise around campus on their scooters.
I love BYU and these boys.
Every once in awhile, we do hide from in the heat in the AC of The Dinosaur Museum
And if I'm feeling very brave, the mall
I did something slightly out of character and sent off pictures of Crew and Ruby to see if they would get chosen to be photographed for a Baby Lit catalog.
I texted Holly Monday morning, she ran over and took some quick pics for me, emailed them to me 20 min later, and a few hours after that I got an email from Baby Lit saying they were both adorable (obviously) and to bring them up to SLC for the photo shoot the next day.
It's not something I would want to do often, but I sure do love all the free books we got, plus it's always nice to hear someone thinks your kids are almost as cute as you do. :)
To end the summer I let everyone pick one last thing they wanted to do. Macey
picked Menchies and The Pond.Miles
picked Krispy Kreme and ChuckeCheese with The Rensink's.
We were having so much fun, I actually forgot to take pictures. Crew
picked Splash Pad. Ruby
picked the Children's Museum.
It was the first time I actually let her be free and she was in heaven.
And then there was the Koi pond, those fish were dang crazy. Paul
picked hiking in the Uintas.
We'd never been there before and these mountains did not disappoint. I
picked an end of summer party with the little kids once the big kids went back to school.
It was pretty perfect, I got to sit in the shade and talk to 6 of my favorite people while all our kids actually played pretty well together.
Yes, summer is the best.