the rest of June

Jul 15, 2017
June is always perfection around here and crazy, lots of crazy.  

School is out, temperature's are perfect, and we hit the ground running! 

I decided this year no camps, no classes, no nothing.  I got tempted so many times by STEM camps, drama class, robotics, lego camps, swim team...but I held strong and committed us to nothing  (other than our normal 1 session of swim lessons).
 


Let me tell you it's been heaven!!

Everyday is our own to do with whatever we want.  And it's been fun watching these kids just be so content to play with each other and not even needing friends around. 




And it won't be long until they aren't perfectly content in the little bubble that we've created for them.  So, I figure I get to be selfish for a little bit longer.  



We started off summer like we do most years, with swim lessons.


Ruby decided just to participate the first few days, and she was adorable.  And then I don't know what happened and she refused.  So, that was fun.  

When we are in town you can find us at our favorite spots.

The Pond. 


Pool



Splash Pads.


Of course hanging out in the neighborhood.


Miles can often be found hosting story time. He walks out the front door with a pile of bug books and yells "If you want to learn about bugs come over here" :)
Can't forget the daily trips to Barbara's for candy.  


And it's always a good day for Crew when Madden is in neighborhood.  

Summer Movies at the Scera with The Brown's and Tajen.

BYU

We made it through almost all of BYU's planetarium show.  What we saw was great, but not geared toward the 3 and under crowd.

Can't forget our favorite weekend in Orem, Summerfest.



It was actually the least stressful carnival visit we've had.  We are making progress.  


I took M&M to the parade, which I always swear I will never go to again.  



I'm sure I'll be back next year.  

Macey ran the mud run with the Emmie's. 


As you can see, she stayed the cleanest.  She loved it though and we are thinking we'll all do the 5k next year.  We will see though, I hate committing to things. :)



We got to celebrate the awesome dad that Paul is.  


And the kids nailed another group photo.


Ruby still keeps us on our toes, if you were wondering.


She's just been running wild and loving having all the kids home to play with her.  


Saddest part of the month for me was when Ruby slammed a door on my toe and I ended up loosing my entire toe nail.  


It was quite painful, but I am happy to be able to wear shoes again and workout and hike without my toe hurting too much.  


Some summer days are long and so very hot, but in the end you can't beat lazy summer days hanging out with these 4.


Now onto July where I get the kids on a schedule and actually make them clean and read and I get the house back in order.  





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angie
Way to claim your own time! It looks like you have made your own summer camp. If I didn't sign my kids up for anything, all we'd do is laze around the house reading and going to the pool or the park. But you've got actual events going on! So it's working for you. Also, I'm jealous Ruby's loving the big kids at home. I think Gemma misses the routine and the alone time with me. She is the only one who keeps asking when school is starting again.
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goblin Valley

Jul 5, 2017
We took the kids to Goblin Valley.  It was amazing.  Like we were on another planet.  The kids kept asking if this really was still Utah.

There are about 100 pictures to follow, you have been warned if you want to turn back now. This is the only place I am recording my children's childhood, so i pack in the photos


It was our first road trip with The Switch.  Perfection.  Kids filled the entire time with Zelda and Mario Kart.  




We had never been and heard it was the perfect place for little kids.






All recommendations were correct.  It was amazing and you can't beat a rock playground to explore.  
  


It was HOT.  Like just over 100 degrees. 









The kids were rockstars, drank tons of water and took breaks in whatever shade could be found.  


At one point we couldn't find Miles.  He was hiding in the shade of 3 hoodoos and refused to come out for fear he would not find shade ever again.  



Crew and I are always bringing up the rear. He is the slowest hiker in history.






To make the trip even awesomer Paul reserved a yurt in the campground there.  


Kids were in love and want to sell our house right away to move in forever.


Chasing lizards


It didn't hurt that it had an AC unit, so we took advantage and took a break while we waited for it to cool down a little bit.  

  

Then the rest of the day was spent exploring around The Yurt.  





So much time was spent watching the red ants and seeing how long it took them to take beef jerky back to their holes.  They were seriously amazing.  



Surreal right? 


Hours upon hours were spent out here.  

This chair was quite popular.  


After we put Crewby to bed we got to climb even higher.  


The highlight for me was seeing the stars that night.  We let M&M stay up and it worked out perfect we had just been to the planetarium.  Seriously, I don't even remember seeing a night sky like we did.  Something I hope they remember.  

That was just day 1.  

On to day 2. 

Another 100 degree day in the desert.  This was the first time all the kids finished their entire bladders of water.  



We hiked Little Wild Horse Canyon.  This was the entrance.  It was a good sign that this was going to be pretty amazing.  



There was lots of breaks and lots of hiding in shade. 




But once we hit the narrow part of the slot canyon we could not keep up with these kids. 



It was so surreal.  And kids had a blast running around and climbing up the walls of the canyon. 



Luckily we got there early and it wasn't too busy, because it's a bit tricky to pass in there.  We did get to see and meet people from all over the world though.  It was cool for the kids to see how lucky they are to live so close to such cool places.  




Best people to explore new places with. 



Can't beat a few days completely disconnected from everything and getting to be out in this beautiful world Heavenly Father has given us.  It's good for the soul.  



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angie
Wow, totally surreal. There's no way your kids won't remember that trip forever. Super cool. Makes me want to go so bad - but when it's not 100 degrees outside!

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Washington weekend 2

Jul 29, 2016
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.  



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nana
In my mind it was a perfect trip too! Glad you came home a day early from camping so we had more time with all of you. Larrabee was fun and beautiful. Love these kids!!

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Olympic National Park

Jul 28, 2016
To pass the weekdays between Pop-Pop's brithday weekend and Adrienne's wedding, we decided to head down to the Peninsula and check out The Olympic National Park.  



We got many looks of "you are crazy" when we told people our plans of camping with 4 kids in a cold/wet rainforest.  



We also got many comments and looks from fellow park visitors.  Most were along the line of "your kids are so cute", "you've got your hands full", "We saw you guys yesterday...", and my favorite was while passing people hiking we got lots of, "how many of you are there?" :)  



We stocked up on rain gear, brought our winter clothes, boots, lots of socks, clothes to layer and invested in a very good tarp.  



The preparation worked and even though it rained everyday and night, we all stayed dry and warm.  Which resulted in very happy campers.  



This trip never would of happened without Paul.  I am not much of a camper, but he made sure we were prepared, he stayed calm when things got a bit crazy, and he got up and started breakfast each morning while I mentally prepared to exit our comfy and warm bed into the rain.  



Since most Washington schools were still in session, our camp ground at Lake Cresent was practically empty.  Gave the kids plenty of room to roam and explore.  

We had a pretty sweet set up.


I had brought cards and coloring books to pass some of our downtime with, but there was so much exploring to do we never pulled anything out.  




This is Miles being a gnome one night. It was very entertaining.  


We soon realized we were about 2 years early on perfect ages for this trip.  Meaning, Paul and I never got to sit down and relax, because Ruby always needed adult supervision and was everywhere.


and she tended to get a little cold at night, because she has a hard time keeping clothes on. :)  

All in all though, she was a pretty happy camper.  


We did some exploring around Lake Cresent (where we camped) and would of spent some time swimming and hanging out more if it was actually above 60 degrees.  


It was absolutely gorgeous though.  


And our view out the tent door, is kind of hard to beat.




We visited Hurricane Ridge, where it was snowing.




it was gorgeous and almost kind of erie up there.  Made sense why some people think Vampires could live in the area. :) 

We hiked to Marymere Falls, where it rained on us the entire time.  


eating lunch in the car before the hike. 

This hike was a blast though.  Trees to hide in, bridges made out of tree trunks, and a river...all before we made it to the waterfall.  I don't think any of the kids complained, which is a first for us. 



Ruby loved touching the moss on the trees.  



 

We spent our last day visiting the Hoh Rainforst.  



Where is actually didn't rain, but when we got back to our campsite we learned that it had rained all day there.  


We could not get over these trees.  They were so tall and completely covered in moss.  


Slugs were a huge highlight of this hike.  Slugs are not something my kids are familiar with, so we had to stop EVERY TIME one was spotted on the trail.

We learned about Banana Slugs at Northwest Trek, so apparently that meant my kids thought all slugs were named after fruit. We found green apple slugs and blackberry slugs on the trail. :)


This was the trip of balance beam tree walking.  


The trees also proved to be nice resting spots too.  




The last stop was Ruby Beach. 


It was amazing.  


There was driftwood everywhere and the Pacific Ocean was just right there on the edge of the forest.    



Wish we were prepared to spend all day there.  


Next time.  





We had planned to spend a day in the Sol Duc area, but the weather was suppose to be perfect in Bellingham and the kids were really sad we didn't find any crabs at the beach.  So, we decided to head home a day early, skip Sol Duc, and find a beach in Bellingham to explore.  

It was a good choice.  But, I am hoping to make it back there again one day when kids are older.  


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Nana
I want to go camping there with you sometime. Looks like the kids had a blast even with the rain. I love the picture of you with the boys!
angie
Wow, that place is soooo beautiful! Super green and serene. I don't know if I could handle getting rained on so much, but maybe it would be worth it because of the awesome scenery.

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June

Jul 27, 2016
I love June in Utah.  No more school, temps are in the 80's and 90's, and the kids aren't annoying me yet.  

And seriously, look at where we get to spend our afternoons.  

We've spent lots of time just hanging out with our neighborhood friends, you know while everyone is still getting along.  




Ashley organized a water balloon fight between a few families and it was highly entertaining.  







Lots of time has also been spent with the Rensinks. 




And it wouldn't be summer without a few visits to our desert beaches. 

And hanging out at the pool.  


And hiding out in the AC when needed. 






We try to spend as much time out of the house as possible, because there tends to be lots of messes when these crazies are stuck inside for more than 15 min.  


And meals are consumed as quickly as possible so kids can get back outside to play.  




For my birthday Miles let me play Mario with him. :)  


And we went to the splash pad and ate lots of treats to celebrate me getting older. 


And they let me get a little shopping in. I figured I have now earned the right to wear a mumu whenever I want.  




First month of summer, also means I attempt to do things like take them to the library.  




One of the best parts of summer though, is having Macey home.  She makes things, like taking all 4 kids to the doctors office, manageable.  


yay, for summer!


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angie
Adorable mumu! I hear ya on the getting along only lasting the first half of summer - we've hit our peak and my kids are definitely tired of being around the same people day after day after day. It's time to switch things up! Ug. Four more weeks til school starts... Gotta fill it up with all the fun stuff I'll regret not doing when the schedules mandate our lives again.
nana
I don't know that I would call that a mumu, far to cute. What an enjoyable summer.

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