Pearrygin 2017: part 1

Oct 1, 2017
We made the Trek out to Pearrygin this summer.  As always, it was an epic/crazy/stressful time, that luckily was all worth it in the end. :) 

it always takes us days to get everything prepped. 



I had to use my new BYU bucket to mix The Pearrygin Lake Trailmix, since I do not have a bowl big enough to contain it. 




Before we even got to the Lake we had to stop at our favorite candy store in the world and get a picture and treat.  


The kids were non stop with the behind the boat activities this year.  



There was a constant line and Dave, Pop-Pop and Uncle Christopher were kept quite busy driving the boat.  

There was so much kneeboading this year.  


Macey and Kaylin were pros and both learned how to deep water start.

Ruby and Crew rode on the back on Paul's kneeboard and I got to double next to them to enjoy it all.  
 




Adults got in the action too and we desperately missed our 4th kneeboard.  

 

Miles gave knee boarding a few good tries, but couldn't quite make it. 



Although he did discover tubing and loved it.



None of the 10 and under crowd could handle the crazy rides he wanted.  Which meant I got to ride with him.  It was one of the highlights of the trip for me.  He would freak out when he saw my tube flying across the wake towards him and then he'd fly after he got bumped.  Then we both couldn't stop laughing, took me back to my tubing glory days with my cousins. 


GTX got lots of action, but this might be it's last summer.  It wasn't cruising across the water like it once did. 





Macey was the offical Go-Pro handler on the kid rides. 


So many happy faces, my favorite.  


GiGi did her annual GTX ride, 2 months shy of her 90th birthday.  



And Grandma B. and Gigi also had a few boat rides to watch the kids show off their tricks.  



We bought these new little jet bob things and the kids had a blast on them.


And adults too.  

There was also lots of wake boarding and skiing too,  I just didn't get pictures.  Although I did get this picture of Christopher skiing while holding a giant blow up gummy bear.  



Another entertaining boat moment not pictured, was "Long Rope".  It was essentially 3 ropes tied together.  So, the boat would drive by and then what seemed like 3 minutes later the skier would come by the beach.  We found it highly entertaining.   





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JB
We now have 4 knee boards!! We all had a great week on the water. We had so much fun!
nana
Pearrygin has the best memories that the kids will remember forever! Even though it maybe a pain getting ready & traveling it is all worth it and we love that you come & we all get to be together. I have no greater joy in the world than when I get to watch everyone together!! Love watching the kids - makes my heart sing!!!
angie
You make boating look awesome. Your family sure knows how to party!

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Pearrygin 2: Beach life

Oct 1, 2017
It was hot this year, which meant lots of time floating and swimming and hanging out in the shade of our awesome tree.  

 
There wasn't much "relaxing" floating this year.  There was always some kid that would notice you were alone and try to hop a ride on your floatation device.  






Shaunna and I spent most of our time standing in the water managing the kid's rides behind the boat and the kids floating in the water.  


We'd push the kids out and then pull them back with the ropes.  Thrilling times.  




And of course the kayaks got plenty of action.  
  




Paul and I even escaped one night and got to enjoy a few quiet moments.  





While boat drivers were having breaks and sun screen was drying, there was plenty on the beach to keep people entertained.  




Lots of games.  

We loved having the Great Grandmas there! They played lots of games with the big kids and finished an entire game of 5 Crowns with these 3.  





Napping.


book reading.  Although, I only got 3 pages read of my book.  Perhaps one day I might finish one again.  


Ruby was always on the look out for Nana or Pop-Pop to play or cuddle with.  


When Miles wasn't busy cornering people and sharing all known facts about bugs, you could usually find him with Teddi.  


So much cousin time, the whole reason we came. 




These kids had plans of how we could live at Pearrygin year round.  They had ideas for a better kitchen, warmer sleeping bags, closer bathroom, and even plans for us to homeschool them. :)






These 2 will be best friends one day, I can tell.  


The only downsides this year were Bugs and Wind.

My poor boy got eaten alive and swelled right up.  Miles also got stung by a bee on his wrist.  He looked like the nutty professor.  


We lucked out and it wasn't too windy during the day, but come dinner time that wind would pick up and we could not get the Roadtrip to stay lit.  

CJ and Shaunna had the genius idea to use the GTX as a wind shield.  Worked pretty good and we got to eat warm food.  The excitement of camping. 


Love these people.  

Always hard to leave them.



I love that my kids are getting to have the same memories, in the same place, that I got to have with my cousins and grandparents. 

The highlights of my childhood took place here and I know my kids are going to remember these trips.  Makes the insanity of the 15 hour drive, camping for 7 days in the dirt and heat worth it.  And I didn't have a complete mental breakdown, so that is always good. :) 




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JB
Our family is awesome! What great memories ! The cousins all have a fun time together. The big kids too. Thanks!
nana
Thanks for coming & making the drive we know it's not easy but boy are we happy that you do! I also know your kids loooove to come! Nothing sweeter than these cousins together. Reading this brings tears to my eyes its so special. Thanks!
angie
I love your floral swimsuit! It's adorable. I'm jealous you have such a steady family reunion tradition. I wish my family had that - heck, I wish my family had more cousins for my kids! You've got it good!

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first camping trip of the season

Jun 16, 2017
The weekend before school got out we took the kids on our first camping trip of the summer.



It was only 30 min from our house and we could not believe we had not discovered this place until now.  



I love red rock and I was happy to discover some so close to home.  


Utah just keeps surprising me. 


The kids made friends with the families camping just down from us and had a blast exploring all trails behind our site. 


The hammock, like always, provided hours of entertainment.  
We played a few rounds of "pooh sticks".  You know from Winnie the Pooh.  It's where you drop a stick in the water on one side the bridge and then run and see if come out the other side.  


It's always thrilling. 



It was a pretty great trip.  Much better than our previous camping trip where we woke up to snow. 

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Bear Lake

Aug 26, 2016
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. 



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Nana
Glad you got to have a relaxing vacation. Looks really fun!

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Always an adventure

Jun 30, 2016
To celebrate summer starting and to see if we were prepared for our Olympic National Park camping trip, we headed up Provo canyon for a few days.

  

These kids are in their element camping.



 

Macey was our pro marshmallow roaster



We took the kids fishing.  We did not catch anything, but it was exciting non the less.  



Miles was dangerous with his pole, not really a surprise there.  



While waiting to use the one vault toilet, I got to teach Macey how to make flower crowns.  



Ruby did not appreciate hers and destroyed it as fast as possible.  



The hammock provided plenty of entertainment and injuries.  



It eventually had to be taken down though, cause the kids were getting too wild with it.  


There was plenty of room to explore behind our camping spot.  


We made a fort.


Explored.



Caught Bugs.


Picked Flowers


I always had a lovely "vase" of flowers on my picnic table.  






And played a lot of hide and go seek (my favorite part of the trip).  

We of course went on a hike.








Ate amazing campfire food.  





played games.



And I loved getting to hang out with these kids without tons of distractions and friends around.  



This pretty much sums up Ruby the entire trip. . . Wild Woman.  


One of the best parts about camping is they are so tired, they sleep amazing.  


Love these people of mine.  




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angie
That's pretty amazing - camping with four little guys and just you and Paul. Todd and I decided last summer it was too much work til the kids are older. He went overnight this summer with just Hazel and Jack and they had fun. Maybe next summer! Anyway, I'm really impressed with you and Paul.
nana
I want to go camping with you it looks so fun! Glad you get to have this time with all of the kids.

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