Why do I keep insisting on waiting so long in between blog posts??? I must love to torture myself.
I don't know where the summer has gone. I sat down to post about our most recent vacation. As I usually do, I perused my last posting to see what I included to that I can add all the things I may have missed. When I did, I was like, "Whaaaa??" I SWEAR I posted graduations and fun summer time stuff. But alas I see it nowhere. It has been lost into the abyss of the internet world somewhere never to return. So lucky all of YOU get to read possible the longest post ever made. Yes, that's right, I uploaded 69 pictures for this post. Aren't you excited?!?!?!
We will start with graduations. Because in our society, apparently we need a ceremony for graduating anything. So I had many graduations to go to--didn't you know 3 out of my 4 kids all "graduated" something this year. I'm very proud.
Joey's ceremony came first. I am sure there is a way to post video on here but I figure 69 pictures is enough. But Joey and his preschool class sang and danced to so many cute songs. It was awesome. And it was extra great because my mom was able to come so I didn't have to sit alone like I usually do at these things. Joey sang and danced great. I can't wait to see the program again next year when he graduates preschool for the second time!
Little Maggie Moo also graduated--kindergarten! She sang and danced too and it was of course, adorable. This one I attended alone--well I did have Joey with me but you'll be surprised to hear he isn't the best company for something like this. Maggie and I are very proud! She's so excited for 1st grade!
And the last to graduate was Tyler.
Tyler got to drive Jessica's Ranger--boy did he think he was hot stuff! Well, he is pretty cute!
Kids had so much fun in the Ranger. And with Tyler and Kaylee driving the adults got to relax a while!
Jacob played city soccer in the Spring--he LOVES soccer. It helps that he has a ton of friends on his team. They came in second place in the league! And the final game went into triple overtime so it was CLOSE! It was a super fun game to watch. Good Job! And I love that they actually EARNED their medals!
We recently got back from our big trip of the summer--a trip up to Island Park, Idaho with my sister and her family. We rented a cabin at the reservoir and spent almost a week up there. It was sooo fun and nice and relaxing and just great. We took things at a slow pace which was awesome. We did some boating and fishing. The first day out on the boat we found a little fishing spot to try and boy did we luck out! The fish were biting like crazy. Everyone was able to reel one in at least once. The kids were great fishermen! We only had 4 poles for 10 people, that is, until Joey decided to get mad at who knows what, and threw his pole in the water. It was "just" his Spiderman pole, so it can be replaced without too much trouble, but I will tell you I say "just" with a little sarcasm--that thing caught so many fish over the past couple years we actually named it The Fish Slayer. No lie. We were NOT happy at being down a pole. But lo and behold the universe provided--when one door closes another one opens--and we FOUND a pole on the side of the lake. YES, we waited hours to make sure it didn't belong to anyone, plus the reel was broken when we picked it up. BUT my husband is super handy (when it comes to fishing stuff) and fixed it so we could use it. Hooray!
Back on the homestead the kids have enjoyed the new house and getting their rooms the way they like them. We did a cool record wall in Tyler's room I will post later. Their favorite thing, of course, is playing in the dirt. We have this huge dirt hill that is slowly disappearing as Eric moves the dirt to where he actually wants it. The kids have loved digging hole as big as they are in them. It is where I find them 90% of the time when they are outside.
Last month we took a little camping trip down to Blanding area with Craig and Sharee. They went on a 3 week tour of southern Utah and we met them down there for a weekend. We did some exploring and saw some cool Indian ruins and also neat natural rock formations.
Back to our Island Park trip (I know, confusing, I just like to keep you on your toes) we drove through Yellowstone and Tetons on our way out and stopped at Jackson Hole for a stretch and some lunch. It is a cute little town.
The trip was a huge success--the kids absolutely loved seeing Carrie, Becky, Samantha and Kate and we had so much fun together. I wish we lived closer. C'mon Carrie, move to Utah!
Well there was certainly more than that going on over the last 2 months but I guess this will have to suffice. Oh, And somewhere in all that Jake and Tyler both had birthdays. Well, Tyler's is today. We gave him his gifts and took him to lunch and are leaving in a few minutes to go to the rodeo! Tyler and Jake are both such great kids--totally different, but each wonderful in their own special way. Sometimes they are like best friends, and sometimes they are NOT. But when push comes to shove they have each other's backs. I've seen both of them at different times be the support and cheerleader the other one needs, helping them physically and emotionally when things might be hard. Yes, they can argue and annoy each other, but I know inside, sometimes DEEP inside (ha ha), they love each other and will be in each other's corners. I feel super lucky to be their mom, for real. I wouldn't want any other kids. Mine are pretty darn great.