Can you believe summer is over already?!? I can't believe how it has flown by. Of course it may have something to do with the fact that schools starts mid-August. Sheesh! I remember growing up school started AFTER Labor Day. Always.
Once I realized summer was coming to an end, I tried to cram in as many fun activities as I could. We realized we hadn't been camping even ONCE this whole summer. Well, we did go down to Blanding with Eric's parents, but we hadn't taken a camping trip up in the mountains. So we quickly made some plans, invited Eric's dad to go with us (Sharee is out of town) and spent a few days up Currant Creek. It was really beautiful. We brought the horses and Ranger up with us so we had plenty to do. Tyler has gotten pretty good at driving the Ranger around. He loved giving the kids rides, and we loved that we didn't have to! Ziggy got in on the action too. She loved every minute! By the way, this picture is not posed, this is literally how Ziggy was as Tyler cam cruising back to camp.Our cute little cousin Ashlee came too. She told me about another family they were friends with and told me, "They are a lot like you guys, the kids fight a lot." I asked her if she thought my kids fought a lot and she said that we fight a lot more than she and her sister do. I explained to her the math:
When you have only 2 kids, there is only 1 potential for a fight: kid 1 against kid 2.
I, however, have 4 kids, which leads to a multitude of additional fight possibilities:
1 vs 2
1 vs 3
1 vs 4
2 vs 3
2 vs 4
3 vs 4
1 and 2 vs 3
1 and 3 vs 2
1 and 2 vs 4
1 and 3 vs 4
1 and 4 vs 2
1 and 4 vs 3
1, 2 and 3 vs 4
etc etc etc etc.
I haven't yet figured out exactly how many potentials there are for arguments, but I know for sure it is more than ONE. So no judging here. But luckily the kids all got along pretty well.
Last week we went up to the Olympic Park in Park City. We try to go every summer. They have some fun ropes courses and zip lines and alpine slide.
Maggie and Joey getting ready!
The highlight of our summer was Tyler turning 12 and getting the Aaronic Priesthood. He was so excited. He was even excited to pass the sacrament! Most of our family were all there to come support him when he got ordained. It was really special to see all the people who love him so much and care about him. He's lucky to have such a great group of people around him who care about him so much.
Every year we have a week of Salem Days Celebration here in Salem. One of the activities is a cardboard boat race. Jacob and his friend Cambria did one--the S.S. SOS. Aptly named. The boat floated well enough but was too bulky for those little guys to handle too well. They didn't make much progress. After fighting their way through the course they finally gave up and intentionally tipped over just so they could swim back to shore! It was pretty funny to watch.
I decided to try to embrace small town life and we even went to the Salem Days tractor pull. Yeah, soo.......it wasn't QUITE as exciting as one would hope. It's pretty much a bunch of 85 year old men pulling a concrete load with their tractors about 3 mph across a dirt arena. Literally. We stayed a bit then left.
After Salem Days was the Utah County Fair. Once again trying to embrace the life of a country girl we decided to try out the Demolition Derby. Holy cow it is loud! We had to get earplugs for the kids. But it was actually a blast. The kids had a ton of fun and it was so funny to watch these cars just ram at each other.