October was another thrilling month around here.
- We tried to enjoy the last of our warm weather.
- We did our last local hike before the snow came up Diamond Fork Canyon.
Fang loved hiking and the kids were much better sports having Fang along.
We also got stuck in a traffic jam of cows. It was very exciting and very gross seeing the cows up close, slobber and all.
- I got to go on my first Kindergarten field trip with Ruby.
Crazy and fun, just what a kindergarten field trip should be.
- Macey had her first Orchestra concert. Because of scheduling conflicts, she is in the 9th grade orchestra instead of 7th grade orchestra. So, with only a handful of hours of experience she was thrown into Symphonic Orchestra. She has worked her butt off and it was so fun to see her first performance.
- We used our fire pit for the last time of the season.
- Paul and Miles went on a trip to Washington DC.
The Astros just happened to be playing in the World Series while they were there. Paul couldn't NOT buy tickets.
They had a blast at the game and Miles' favorite player (Alex Bregman) even hit a grand slam.
Miles' favorite parts were the natural history museum and the national zoo. :)
While they were gone we got hit with an extreme cold front. It was horrible and I still made everyone walk to school.
- We did not make it to a pumpkin patch, like the rest of the state. So, I counted our trip to the aquarium decked out in creep halloween decor, our festive trip of the month.
- After much screaming, anger, and tears, Miles finished his first big project of the year and I didn't have to do it for him. It was a huge feat.
- The most stressful part of the month though, was family pictures
I tried something different this year...no planning or coordinating of outfits. We just wore our coats. It was awesome and saved me on lots of stress and decisions.
- We bought Gerald, our new tent trailer.
and took it south for Fall Break to Goblin Valley, parking it in the exact spot where we went for #momhike the month before.
While it was not as relaxing as my #momhike trip, it was fun to get out and let the kids explore Goblin Valley.
Last time we took the kids to Goblin Valley it was 105 degrees out. A nice 70 was much more suitable for adventuring.
Goblin Valley is just one big play ground. No hikes, just running around and climbing on things.
And sweet caves to explore.
The kids loved their first trip in Gerald and I loved not waking up in a tent.
The 2nd day we explored Little Wild Horse.
It started out with LOTS of whining from Ruby.
Luckily, once we reached the slot canyon, it all subsided and the kids had endless energy running around in there.
Constant bridge making and taking turns going under kept everyone entertained.
They were even cooperative for photo ops.
I see many trips with Gearald in the future, with hopefully less whining and more sleeping.
- Still weekly mom hiking. And an impromptu evening visit to Sodalicious in PJ's for an emergency #momhike pick me up.
- Some of my favorite calm moments captured:
Of course Halloween happened and was crazy.
class party prep
Carving pumpkins the night before Halloween
Stitches after pumpkin carving.
Never a dull moment here. I was headed out the door to a Halloween High Fit Class with my friends, Ruby was running and jumping around the living room on her way up to bed and just smacked her chin on the top edge of the counter. With my wound experience and being able to see the fat in her chin, I just decided to head to the ER. handful of stitches later and zero tears, we were home by 10:00.
And I think we have now been in every ER room at the orem community hospital. :)
I ended up making/putting together most of the kids costumes this year and it was fun to do Halloween costumes again, after a little break.
Crazy, cold and fun night.
We made the trek out to Eastern Washington for a week of camping at Lake Pearrygin.
This was the first time we had packed for this trip in our new house and let me tell you it was amazing. Normally we are drowning in the amount of crap we have to take for a week at the lake, but this year, The Great Gathering, barely got in my way.
And bonus, our car fit in the garage with the cartop carrier on top!
This was the also the first big drive we took in the new car and the DVD player was life changing.
There was still whining and crying, but nothing compared to normal.
Plus, Paul and I even had energy to eat at Denny's instead of McDonalds. Although we were questioning this decision when Miles was screaming and wouldn't get out of the car because he'd never eaten at a Denny's before and it made him feel uncomfortable. #lifewithspd
Our sweet room for the night.
Then it was Pearrygin Life for the next week.
Constant hanging out on the beach.
Miles was always on the look out for adults to share his wide range of knowledge and animal facts with.
GiGi and Teddi were quite popular the entire week and we had to keep a rotation going for the great grandkids to play games with her in her trailer.
Can't beat Pearrygin lunches in the shade with cousins.
We had a rainy morning and the kids wanted to catch the ducks that were all over our campsite. So, we caught ducks and each kid got to pet them. It was highly entertaining.
Then while we waited for the wind to pass we went into town for pizza, park, and ice cream.
Luckily, we only had one morning of non-boating weather. And the rest was pretty much perfection.
This year was filled with Sombrero riding
My afternoons were spent organizing the Sombrero rides and making sure everyone got a turn, adults included.
There seemed to be a bit of a learning curve with pulling this beast. There were quite a few crashes with lots of screaming children in the water and even hitting a buoy.
But overall The Sombrero was a huge hit.
And there was never enough time in the day for these kids to ride on it.
and Knee Boarding.
All the kids got in on the knee boarding action this year and life got much easier because they also learned how to deep water start.
Miles finally got the hang of it this year and loved it. He was always on the look out for anyone to go with him.
Notice Paul in the water helping the girls with the ropes. That's one of the great things about Pearrygin, everyone is always willing to step in and help when needed.
Adults got in on the action too.
We did our bi-annual quadruple kneeboarded with CJ and Shaunna and it always proves to be one of my favorite Pearrygin moments.
And there was of course some animal riding.
Brianne and I got to go on an evening kayak ride where she showed off her amazing rowing skills.
Lots and lots of floating. Dave brought along the crazy island from costco and it proved to be the favorite hang out while waiting for a turn behind the boat.
And of course non-stop cousin action.
Love these kids.
The ride back from Pearrygin is always an interesting one because we are extra dirty, extra tired, and extra sad.
Ruby looked like an insane wild woman on the 15 hour drive home and pretty much encompassed how we all looked and felt.
And it's not a trip to Pearrygin if someone doesn't come home with some sort of injury. This years winner was Macey with a black eye from knee boarding and sombrero riding.
Our Trip Northwest
We decided last minute we needed an adventure and Paul had 4 days off for 4th of July. So, we quickly planned a trip to the Redwoods, Crater Lake, and then Bellingham.
Redwoods was probably was on my favorite places we have taken the kids so far, other than the insanely long and twisty drive there.
horrible dinner stop at a tiny gas station in the middle of nowhere and crazy hot.
We didn't have to camp and could stay in a hotel that was 5 min from the park entrance, which was quite convenient. Plus, Ruby puked in the bed the first night, so it was quite a relief to have clean sheets to put on and a place to do laundry in the morning.
We did Jedediah Smith State Park and Prairie Creek.
There was never a shortage of tree bridges to walk on.
or trees to look at.
We even found an unexpected lunch/swim spot. Kids had a blast jumping off the little bridge into the river, even though we had no towels or bathing suits.
Best place we found was Fern Canyon.
Plus, this sign was everywhere, which everyone found quite entertaining.
Fern Canyon is one of those places that makes the entire trip worth it.
And we were actually prepared with water shoes for everyone so, we were able to hike much further into the canyon than most of the tourists and had the place to ourselves.
Then right outside The Fern Canyon Trail was the beach, which made for an amazing lunch spot.
I remember visiting the giant Paul Bunyan Statue when I was younger, so I was beyond excited when I realized we were going to be driving right by it.
We then headed up to Medford, OR...This turned out to be the kids favorite night of the trip. We ate at Big Bear Diner, which was in itself a huge event for the kids. We never take them to sit down restaurants. Then a nice couple paid our bill, which the kids thought was the about the nicest the thing in the world. After that we had the entire outdoor pool to ourselves and since the water wasn't actually nasty, I swam too. Then they had their own hotel room (connected to ours).
Since we were semi close to Crater Lake, we figured we should stop, since we didn't know if we'd be back this way.
It was FREEZING when we first pulled in.
Luckily it warmed up as we made the trek down to the lake.
Water was freezing. Kids had intentions of swimming, but no one could be convinced to go any deeper than their knees.
Miles has been buying these animal field guides at all the national park visitor centers, so anytime we come across some sort of animal on the trail he pulls them out and identifies them for us. In this picture we are looking at a lizard.
Then we made the trek up to Bellingham through horrendous Portland traffic and all our kids vowed they never want to see Portland again. :)
Bellingham was my kids #1 thing the entire summer.
Even if we made them hike 5 miles after hiking the previous 3 days. :)
Just a reminder, this is not a National Park. This is just Bellingham. it is obvious everytime I go back why I have trouble seeing the beauty that is here in Utah.
Ruby whined the ENTIRE way up and down. Most she has ever whined. We ended up abandoning our other children at the top and take Ruby back down to the car since she wouldn't stop screaming and crying and people were trying to enjoy this incredible view.
Luckily the other kids were fairly content to be hiking with some of their favorite people.
One of my Bellingham requests was to get out on Lake Whatcom.
Just as paul and I were about to jump in the water to double knee board the boat died. So, we got to row back instead.
The rest of the time was just non stop cousins.
This trip was good for all our souls. I miss these people and this place. it felt good to be back and get to soak it all in for little bit.
Pearrygin 2017: part 1
We made the Trek out to Pearrygin this summer. As always, it was an epic/crazy/stressful time, that luckily was all worth it in the end. :)
it always takes us days to get everything prepped.
I had to use my new BYU bucket to mix The Pearrygin Lake Trailmix, since I do not have a bowl big enough to contain it.
Before we even got to the Lake we had to stop at our favorite candy store in the world and get a picture and treat.
The kids were non stop with the behind the boat activities this year.
There was a constant line and Dave, Pop-Pop and Uncle Christopher were kept quite busy driving the boat.
There was so much kneeboading this year.
Macey and Kaylin were pros and both learned how to deep water start.
Ruby and Crew rode on the back on Paul's kneeboard and I got to double next to them to enjoy it all.
Adults got in the action too and we desperately missed our 4th kneeboard.
Miles gave knee boarding a few good tries, but couldn't quite make it.
Although he did discover tubing and loved it.
None of the 10 and under crowd could handle the crazy rides he wanted. Which meant I got to ride with him. It was one of the highlights of the trip for me. He would freak out when he saw my tube flying across the wake towards him and then he'd fly after he got bumped. Then we both couldn't stop laughing, took me back to my tubing glory days with my cousins.
GTX got lots of action, but this might be it's last summer. It wasn't cruising across the water like it once did.
Macey was the offical Go-Pro handler on the kid rides.
So many happy faces, my favorite.
GiGi did her annual GTX ride, 2 months shy of her 90th birthday.
And Grandma B. and Gigi also had a few boat rides to watch the kids show off their tricks.
We bought these new little jet bob things and the kids had a blast on them.
And adults too.
There was also lots of wake boarding and skiing too, I just didn't get pictures. Although I did get this picture of Christopher skiing while holding a giant blow up gummy bear.
Another entertaining boat moment not pictured, was "Long Rope". It was essentially 3 ropes tied together. So, the boat would drive by and then what seemed like 3 minutes later the skier would come by the beach. We found it highly entertaining.