Thursday, July 31, 2014

But we're just getting started

Yesterday was the first day registration was available for school in my district . Just like that, summer was told to start packing. Sam has started packing. I've started shopping. Brian has started scuba lessons for him and the girls (breathing under water is not for me). Sydney has started taking over the big sister driving responsibilities.The garden has started producing - 30 zucchini (out of 2 plants) and counting. Julia has started cleaning out her room so she can take over Sam's room. Gretchen has started playing lacrosse. In the midst of all this starting we've been keeping busy.

Summer swim has had some sporadic attendance by Sydney, Gretchen and Julia. We have been out of town quite a bit and all of the meets except one, were on Monday nights. Usually they have been in the middle of the week so when I scheduled all of our trips I thought being gone on Mondays would be fine. They were able to swim in enough meets and swim fast enough to qualify to swim in the conference finals next week so it's all good.
Julia doing backstroke during her individual medley.

Sam had to work as a lifeguard at one of the meets. She was super happy to have her buddies there.
Syd loves loves loves the social aspect of swimming. (Well pretty much the social aspect of everything.)
Gretchen doing her beloved butterfly.

 We went camping with my family for a few days. We stayed at the upper coffee pot campground outside of Island Park, Idaho and spent some time in Yellowstone and floating on the Henry river. We live in an amazingly beautiful world. It was great to go back to a campground we visited with my family 9 years ago.

 Gretchen is happy she decided to join in the lacrosse love. She and Sydney played in a tournament last weekend. It was fun to watch. Sydney knew what she was doing and did it well. Gretchen had no clue what she was doing and did that well too. So far Julia is adamant in her never playing lacrosse statements.

I like starting better than ending.

Sunday, July 13, 2014


Here it is, the 13th of July and I feel like I need to catch up on this blog. Summer is just so awesome. Somedays I wish it could be summer all the time. I usually feel that way in the morning when I'm in the backyard picking berries for my breakfast. This morning I think picked the raspberry bushes clean and I don't know if there will be any/enough for my breakfast tomorrow. I almost panicked. I thought about leaving a few berries on the bush just to make sure I'd have some but I couldn't do it. When it comes to berries, I'm really greedy and have a problem rationing them out.

The main thing we've been up to in the last 2 weeks was our super fun annual trip to City of Rocks. This year proved to be another winner. The weather was close to perfect, the climbing was great, and the company was fun! We've been going on this trip with the same family for 9 years now. We realized that this was probably the last time for all 12 of us to go together. I'm sure we'll continue going on this trip but the kids are getting older, school and missions are in the immediate future and it will be probably 4 years before all 12 of us can go together again. Who knows what will happen in 4 years? I can't even guess what will be happening next summer.

Lizard hunting is almost more important than climbing.

No one likes to pose for the jumping pictures but I really love them!

Julia on her way down, Gretchen on her way up.

Another favorite photo for me is Brian throwing the rope down. I take at least one of these each year.

Sam (green shirt) and Syd (blue shirt) on their way up.

All of us on top of what we call "Camp Rock" since it's the outcropping of rocks by our campsite.

My four awesome girls.