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!
Always an adventure
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.
Pearrygin Novel part 2
Besides the people, the highlight of Pearrygin is the boating activities (with said people).
The Gopro has kind of been the best when it comes to behind boat activities, because it allows us to get pictures we normally couldn't.
And capture these kinds of faces.
Macey started taking the Gopro on the kid GTX rides and she felt like a big deal. We found lots of awesome selfies like this on the roll.
Kneeboarding was a very popular activity this year and I believe all the kids 5 and older gave it a try.
Miles wanted to go on the back of Paul's kneeboard, like he did 2 years ago.
But, it proved not to be as thrilling as he remembered, so he decided to try going on his own kneeboard.
He didn't make it too far on any of his attempts, but I was so proud of him for trying!!
Macey and Owen were the daredevils of this trip. Trading places on the GTX or double kneeboarding without an adult were just a few of the new things they tried.
I think Macey will be ready to try 360's on our next Pearrygin trip.
The GTX once again proved to be the favorite mode of behind boat transportation.
We of course had to get in our family ride. Ruby actually didn't seem to mind too much and actually smiled and laughed a few times.
The Rensink's even stopped by for an hour, so we made sure to get the kids on a GTX ride together.
I think it was enough to convince them to come to Pearrygin for more than an hour next time.
We were able to squeeze in a few adult only rides and I haven't laughed like that in a LONG time.
It was good for my soul.
People did more than just ride the GTX and kneeboard, but I don't really have many pictures of that. But, here's a pic to prove my kids have the coolest grandparents around.
Towards the end of the week, when we'd made sure to get enough use of the blowup animals, I let Paul and Christopher take them behind the boat.
It was extremely entertaining and we became the talk of the campground.
Never a dull moment. And only the Turtle didn't survive, not too bad.
We also stuck Crew in the boat, ALOT, to keep him out of trouble. Usually he got a little nap in and was contained for a few moments.
One of Macey's favorite things this year was when Dave would drive the boat, he would stop in the middle of the lake, if it wasn't busy, and let all the kids jump in to cool off. They thought they were pretty awesome swimming in the middle of the lake.
There was of course some sleep deprivation and the late afternoon whineyness from all ages (me included). But, I loved watching my kids making the same memories at Pearrygin that I did. Pearrygin was the highlight of my year as a kid, and I'm glad it's turning out to be the same for these kids.
Pearrygin Novel part 1
We braved the drive and elements again and made the trek to Lake Pearrygin to camp with my family for the week.
There were of course a few moments where I questioned our sanity, as to why we came camping with 4 little kids so far from home. But, early morning cinnamon rolls from sherri's helped make it worth it.
And it didn't take long for all us to settle back into the Pearrygin Lifestyle.
Don't be fooled by this serene moment, there are 3 wild animals sleeping in here, just waiting to break out and cause chaos.
But watching these cousins play made it more than worth it. Crew and Mason ran right up to each other when we pulled in and it was like they'd never been apart.
And these 4 were bff's just like always.
I rarely got to sit down and chat with people, but I suppose that is what happens at this stage in my life.
Ruby was eating up the Pearrygin Lifestyle and just ran around our campsites checking things out and constantly taking the Stephen's little blowup animals.
I didn't even think of opening a book this year, but I didn't mind too much. There was just too much playing and chasing to do.
Luckily the kids got to spend some quality time with the great grandmas and Nana & Pop-Pop.
And there was always lots of late afternoon reading sessions happening in the shade.
We did get a few game nights in, my favorite being a rambunctious game of Dutch Blitz, where we got to break in our new expansion pack.
We made as many visits to Sherri's as possible and only got chased away by the bees once (Ruby got her first bee sting here).
And we learned, don't sit by Crew. The bees just flocked to this kid for some reason. :)
This was one of the hottest years I remember, so we ended up playing less games and spent more time floating and playing in the water.
The lobster, turtle, sting ray, and dolphin blowups we brought were one of our better summer purchases.
Paul came up with the idea to do a floaty parade.
He got all the animals tied together behind the kayak, we got the kids situated on their desired animal and he took the parade on a tour past our neighboring campsites.
Cutest parade I've ever seen.
Next post will be about our all thrilling adventures behind the boat.