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.
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.
A camping Adventure
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!
May flew by in a flurry of end of school activities, rain, more rain, sporadic sunshine, friends, and kids that won't stop growing.
We had to hit up the rec center pool one rainy Saturday, before the outdoor pool became our pool of choice.
Crew used to be so annoying to swim with, because he just had a death grip on you the entire time. But, thanks to 2 private lessons with our favorite swim teacher, he was swimming everywhere alone (in his floatie), leaving me free to hold Ruby. Looks like he will get to come with us to the pool this summer afterall.
Crew ruptured his ear drum later that week, and I tried to enjoy the cuddles and ignore the constant whining. :)
We went to the Payson temple open house the next day.
It was gorgeous and so cool to be able to take the kids inside. Macey loved all the "diamonds" in the Celestial room and Miles' favorite was the baptismal font. Paul and I got our workout in, by carrying Crew and Ruby up and down all the flights of stairs, as Crew was still sick, and could not be convinced to walk.
I had a wonderful Mother's Day...I wasn't prego, sick, or recovering from just having a baby. It was wonderful. Miles kept giving me kisses and hugs all day and he even went up and sang with the primary for the first time ever!!
Paul of course made my favorite meal. It was a pretty great day.
Ruby LOVES to empty all of the straws out of the drawer and then leave them all over the house for me to find. Paul took advantage one morning and made a massive straw for the kids to drink with. It was pretty epic.
When she's not making messes, Ruby can usually be found with a doll and/or weapon in her hand.
She has also learned to climb this month and there are very few places safe from her anymore.
Crew has also started bring me bugs instead of flowers, as we have had many a conversation about not picking our neighbors flowers! Never a dull moment around here.
And here is a comparison so you can see what a giant Crew has become. These 2 are pretty much the same size and she is 2 years older than him. :)
Between rain storms we ventured into Rock Canyon for a little hike.
We didn't make it far, but the kids had a blast exploring, playing in the creek, and being rock climbers.
Even Ruby had to get in on the climbing action.
Macey had her much anticipated Up With Kids performance of "Frostbite".
She played 2 different characters and had to memorize a good number of lines, songs, and dances. She loved every minute of it.
Macey has also become an avid reader. This is how she looks pretty much every night when we come to check on her before we go to bed...light on with books sprawled all around her.
She is also OBSESSED with games and is always trying to find someone to play with her.
We're still spending as much time as possible on our deck before it gets too hot, as it is the biggest room in our house. We eat most meals out here and the kids can often be found playing all sorts of games.
More proof I am feeling better...I went on 2 girls nights this month!!!!
We saw Pitch Perfect 2 and Princess Academy at BYU. I had forgotten how much fun it can be to spend time with my friends without all our kids running around!
One of the highlights of the month for us though, was the Rensinks moving to Orem.
Julianne and I ventured to Thanksgiving Point, the canyon, the mall, park, and much more.
I love having someone close by that is always willing to go on adventures with me and can embrace the craziness.
In the midst of all the madness Paul and I have only been able to go on one date.
We are obviously going to have to be better in June.