Of course I've missed any blog updates over the summer so now I am stuck with a almost a whole summer's worth of activities to catch up on. Story of my blog life. This summer has definitely been PACKED. Between camping, vacation and activities, we have also been working our hind parts off to get the barn done. It has been a labor of love, I suppose. But the barn is coming along and almost done! Hooray--I can't stand another day out in the 100 degree heat putting up wood and trim and roofing etc. I'll post some pictures soon once we get the entire thing finished.
A highlight of our summer is that Jessica has put in an awesome swimming pool so we get to go swim almost anytime we want! Joey has perfected his chicken dive off the board.
The kids have also had a blast playing in grandma's yard. We have a definite lack of grass at my house so water and sprinklers are not allowed (water + dirt = muddy mess mom doesn't want to clean up). So every time the kids go to grandma's the head straight outside for water works.
While Carrie was here was also went up the canyon and had a picnic and Ranger rides. Eric taught the girls to steer the ranger. It was pretty cool!
The skinning wasn't going well since the squirrel was so small...so they decided to just skin the legs and eat those. And...they....did. I made them cook it thoroughly over the fire first! They said it was chewy. I'll just take their word for it.
The horses were fun. We took several small horse rides with the little kids, then the older guys went on a longer one. Joey had a lot of fun riding Penny.
Not to let a day go by without having something fun planned, we took a girl's night up in Salt Lake City. Jessica, Hillary, Katie and I stayed at the Grand America Hotel. We ate out, had yummy sushi and desserts, went shopping, ate more dessert, played some cards and had a great time.
The best and worst part of the summer was Tyler birthday--best for him because now he is a teenager, worst for me because....now he is a teenager. The big 13. Makes me feel old now to say I have a teenager, but Tyler is worth it. He is really a good kid. He has his moments, like we all do, but Tyler is such a kind and sensitive boy. He is always looking out for his friends to make sure everyone feel included. I am always having his church leaders, scout leaders and teachers tell me what a nice boy he is. He is easygoing about things and loves all the things his dad loves--horses, fishing, camping and hunting. He is getting to play a pretty mean electric guitar as well. We love having him in our family and wish him the best (and least moody) teenage years!