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.


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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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.
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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A camping Adventure

Sep 12, 2015
We introduced The Rensink Family to our favorite camping spot.  

They approved, because it's awesome.  

The kids (and Brenden) kept themselves busy playing in the creek and getting as dirty as possible.  

Ruby once again settled right back into the camping lifestyle.  

We pretty much had the entire campground to ourselves, so we went on lots of walks exploring the different sites, aka keeping Ruby out of trouble and out of the fire.  

There was signs everywhere about bear safety, so Crew was demonstrating how he would protect me from the bears if we were attacked.  

As you can tell, I felt very safe.  

There were of course games being played.  

And what's better than playing cards by the light of a lantern!

We also roasted S'mores.

And Paul and Brenden participated in a Chubby Bunny contest with the giant marshmallows.  Paul was victorious with 3!

We had an eventful night of rain, thunder, lightning, and sharing our bed with Ruby.  

It's what camping with kids is all about, right? :)  

We went on a little nature walk that morning to keep the crazies entertained. 

The best find was these giant leaves that worked as perfect umbrellas, since you know, it was raining.  

We nailed another hiking selfie.  

We are sure glad the Rensink Family moved closer and that they are always up for an adventure.  

And seriously these boys and their "Hug Dance".  Best friends.  

The sign of a good time.  

So grateful we have these mountains to explore!   

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First camping trip

Jun 10, 2015
The first weekend of our summer, we saw our favorite camping spot was open, so we decided to be brave and take the kids.  

Other than some wrestling, screaming and sleep refusal from the hours of 8:30-10:30 by these boys, it was actually a fairly pleasant experience. 

The site has a perfect little spot to swim and play.  We played lots of punch ball, boat racing, and volleyball in the creek.  

We taught Macey and Miles the fine art of playing War.  

and we also played may rounds of Go Fish.

We roasted hot dogs and made s'mores.  

Went on a little hike.

These bug houses I got the kids were the biggest hit.  They were catching and releasing bugs all day long.  

Macey found about 50 rolly pollies on our hike!  luckily she didn't want to take them from their families, so she made sure to release them before we loaded up into the car to go home.  

Ruby was in her element camping.  

Getting dirty, eating dirt, finding sticks, playing in the water, and constantly trying to visit her fellow campers.  

I certainly questioned our sanity taking 4 small kids camping a few times, but it was well worth it.  They've been begging to go camping again ever since.  

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A bug house is a genius idea for camping! I must copy you. My kids are in heaven when we camp, although we've never tried it with water. That looks like fun, with the swimsuits and the wading. But so much fear of drowning in the back of my mind... How do you do it? I'd like to give it a try.
Yes, Angie, i do have a fear of drowning, but I just pretty much sat there the entire time and they weren't allowed to go in the water until we had the tent and everything set up. Besides, camping on water is really all I know. :) Instant entertainment and no kids wandering away into the woods.
Fun memories camping. Those are the kinds of sites I grew up at. Looks like you had a great time. Love the bug houses!

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It's been a summer

Aug 22, 2014
Summer is now officially behind us, but we made sure to squeeze every last bit out before school started. 

We of course had to make a few more visits to the pool, including a day with all our neighbors.  

We spent our last afternoon at the pond, aka my poor desert dwelling children's favorite beach. 

Jenni and Lee invited us over for a bbq, where we were introduced to the awesomeness that is the creek behind their house.  

Our friend Alex is a guide on the Provo River, so he took us down on our own personal raft.  It was a blast.  And the views couldn't of been more beautiful.


We also discovered Orem's food truck round up, 2 blocks from our house.  We have been there every Wednesday since.

One of my favorite things this month was when Paul scored box seats at the Real Game.  Great food, good game, and awesome company made for one of my favorite nights out of the summer. 

For some reason I had never taken advantage of Macey to cook dinner for the kids.  I made sure to rectify this by teaching her the fine art of heating up chicken nuggets and opening a can of peaches.  She is now a pro at making dinner for her and the boys when I'm too lazy to do it.

Ruby continues to be the best and cutest baby around.

We sadly went to our last Movie with The Brown's. It was a highlight of our summer getting to hang out with them every Tuesday, it will be sad not to see them every week now that school has started. Plus, it's nice to hang out with someone who knows exactly how it is to have a crazy toddler running around and a new baby, in addition to the other 2. 

The kids have been dying to go camping all summer, so we finally squeezed it in the weekend before school started.  They were all in heaven with the creek that ran behind our site and the trees surrounding us.


Macey was the offical s'more and hotdog roaster.

We also lucked out and everyone slept like a dream and did not wake up until 8:00am! 

Macey and Miles of course had to run around like Mummies in their mummy sleeping bags, what else would you do? And Crew was ecstatic when he discovered Ruby was sleeping next to him. 

Our summer ended with Paul and I celebrating our 11 year anniversary!!

As you can see, there are few things I love more than a Utah Summer.  

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Glad you had a fun summer. That is quite the pool, it looks huge. Everything you did sounds really fun. I would love to have a food truck roundup by my house. Your kids are always happy if they are by water. Love the photo of you & Paul, you too still look good after 11 years & 4 kids!
What a fun summer. Ruby is too cute! I always think of you guys on our Anniversary too. You guys are so awesome!

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The Best Tent Ever!

Aug 14, 2007
Since Paul busted the zipper on our tent last year, we had to invest in a new one for our annual trip to Lake Pearrygin. We were looking for 3 things: a tent Paul could stand in, a door Paul couldn’t break, and a tent with enough room for all of Macey’s stuff. We found all these things in the Coleman Tuscana tent. The best part about the tent is the hinge door, which you can just walk through instead of having to crawl through. We think everyone at the campground noticed our tent and it’s larger than life rain fly. So, if you’re looking for a big tent we highly recommend this one. We can’t wait to go camping again!!
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I love this tent. It was the best tent I have ever owned.
I love your tent. I especially love the almost real door. And you're not kidding, that rainfly is HUGE!
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