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.
We decided to be brave/stupid and drive straight from Orem to Bellingham with a newborn, toddler, and a Miles. There was lots of throw up and stops, but much less whining then anticipated. It took us just less than 17 hours. Paul and I pretty much felt like we'd just been through a hard fought battle when we arrived.
The main reason for the trip was a Reid Family Reunion
. It was busy, crazy, and fun. There were a few moments where I didn't know if my anti social hormonal postpartum self was going to survive but, thanks to Paul's help and lots of cousins to entertain, I made it through.
On the 4th we just hung around in my parents backyard playing games and catching up.
The water balloon launcher
always provides plenty of entertainment. Even GiGi had to get in on the action.
Ruby loved being the only baby around and soaked up all the attention.
The next evening we got together to play games
. This proved to be extremely entertaining.
I loved watching the four toddlers run around together.
We also had time to visit a few of Bellingham's amazing parks
The density of the trees always catches me off guard. Macey had her tree obsession year when she was about 3. That was this visit for Miles. He finally noticed the difference between Utah trees and Bellingham trees. He kept referring to the trees as a jungle. Many times we had to explain that this was what a real forest looked like.
Miles' was thrilled his favorite destination, The Touch Tank
, was on the agenda. He made best friends with the worker, Katie, and followed her around asking question after question. She was extremely patient and answered them all. He even had to run back in and give her a hug when we left.
To ease the pain of skipping Pearrygin we got to spend an afternoon on Lake Whatcom
. I wish we would spent all day there. My kids are always best entertained and well behaved when a beach and water sports are involved.
We of course had to do a family GTX ride, minus Ruby.
GiGi got all the great grandkids these adorable towels and I am pretty sure there was always at least one kid wearing one at all times.
My favorite part of the day was when Miles "fell" (jumped) in.
When the boat drove by him he yelled up to us with the biggest grin on his face, "That my first time falling in! Me love it! Me want to do it again!"
. When we tried to just make him swim to shore, he yelled, "No! You have to rescue me!"
Love this kid. And so we spent the next 10 min. watching Christopher try to get all 3 kids onto the GTX, only to have them jump off again.
There was of course lots of time spent just hanging out.
Macey was thrilled to be reunited with Rio and is certain she is his favorite of the grandkids.
have enough time to do and see everything and everyone I would like when I visit. So, I guess that means I'll just have to visit again soon.