Sunday, September 2, 2018

July 2017 Misc.

And to finish off July ... 

Mae hikes Cable Line for the first time! Way to go Mae!!!!
(I think she really liked having Cousin C join her!)

P & J attend Especially for Youth (EFY) for the first time ...
(good luck spotting them)

And have WAY too much fun!!

Joe cuddles up with strangers at the pool.
(no surprise AT ALL for anyone who knows Joe)

And kills brain cells giving in to a Nintendo DS addiction.

(Success! No system. I think there's a few cells left.)

Stake Youth Conference is fantastic!!
(long weekend getaway at the beach with a bunch of teenagers from our church youth groups)


And time to say goodbye to a wonderful, sweet friend!!! 
We'll miss you Sister H!:).

Moving on!!

The teens are off ... to Utah!! (July 2017)

These guys got to fly together to Utah for a nice visit with family, and for Porter and James to attend the Habits for Life camp at BYU.

Can't believe they're getting so old!! Mae was a originally a little nervous for her first time flying without a parent. Of course, probably not such a big deal when your big brothers are there for support! 
Unless they're driving you crazy, that is;). 

Haven't even left the airport, and the fun has already begun!

Porter and James got to spend some time with their adorable little cousin ...

And going to church on Sunday with Grandma!

Before heading off to Habits for Life!! Of which I don't really have many pictures, but here's the rundown ... 

Learn all about Stephen Covey's 7 habits of highly effective people, and how you can apply them as a teenager ...

Have fun doing all kinds of activities (with lots of other teenagers), like going on hikes and flexing your muscles. Of course there was also a bunch of games, a dance, etc.

Take some cool pics. Most of which you forget to send to your mom.

And in Porter's case, have the opportunity to hear first-hand from Hank Smith (humorous but powerful youth speaker), a family favorite!!

While Mae ... 
was immediately dropped off with other cousins, and didn't waste any time before baking and making crafts (sorry, Auntie, for all the messes!!).

Going on fun outings, like to the BYU Museum of Art (MOA) ...

To check out the latest exhibit!

Staying cool and having fun at the local water parks!


And seeing the latest Spider-Man!!!!

After the end of camp, Porter and James were lucky enough to have a couple extra days again with family.

They definitely were not disappointed to get to spend more time with Uncle D ... 

And Aunt H!!

Family is the best:-).

Which is why, spending the last two days hanging with family at the pool ...

And having a nice family dinner, was pretty much perfect!!

And they're off! 
Back to the great PNW ... and parents/little siblings excited to see them. 
(not that we didn't enjoy a full 10 days of quiet;)

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Adventures with the Grams (July 2017)

While the rest of us were enjoying the 4th of July close to home, Brooks had the super fun opportunity (thanks to this sweet g-ma) to go on a week-long road trip with Cousin C to the Disneyland of Eastern Oregon--Uncle Mick's house:).

Oh, yeah, good times with Grandma Loo!

Nothing like hangin' with the country cousins!!

I only ended up with a handful of pictures from the trip, which really don't do justice to all the fun they had and all the many things there are to do at Uncle Mick's house.

In addition to playing with adorable new puppies ... 

Swimming in the awesome backyard pool ...

(only in the country ...)

And getting ready for the big rodeo ... 

... what's not shown is riding horses, cruising around on 4-wheelers, going to the fun town pool, and just messing around with more awesome cousins & doing fun kid stuff on Mick's acreage.

Good thing Brooks has such a great family!!;)

like this partner in crime ... 

And this A-mazing g-ma who made the whole fun, wild, and crazy trip possible. 

I think he's ready to go back EVERY year!!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

4th of July Weekend 2017!!!

4th of July weekend was pretty fantastic!! 

The sun was out, we were lucky enough to have cousin Porter visit (which we ALWAYS love), and we spent time having fun as a family and with friends. Nothing better!

First off, was some beach time at Dash Point State Park (https://parks.state.wa.us/496/Dash-Point). Not the prettiest or nicest or best smelling beach in the world, and there if the fact that it doesn't have waves unless a giant cargo ship passes by (it is the Puget Sound after all). But it's ours, so we like it!

Hanging out in the freezing water. 

Getting in some Skim Board time!
(something for which Dash Point really is well known)

 Playing a little catch with The Dad.

And showing off our muscles for a photo opp.  

Kevin wanted to get in on that one as well!!;)


Next stop of the long weekend ...

A low-key afternoon at the park, where we had fun yet again playing Spike Ball.
(Mom of course is the BEST player in the family;);)

Hanging out with my little dude. 


The biggest outing of the weekend came in two parts ...

First a hike up Rattlesnake Ridge for Kevin and this clan of amazing teens! 

Great job, girls!!

As a side note, Rattlesnake is a nice 4-mile roundtrip hike that I think we've done about 3 or so times now (https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/rattle-snake-ledge).

Pros: good distance for everyone (not to long for the younger kids or those not in great shape, but not too short for those who want a little more), beautiful view of the lake from the top, and when you get back to the bottom you can cool off in the water--or even hang out all day and have a picnic if you like.

Cons: It is a super busy trail!! So definitely go early in the morning or on an off day. The other main con is safety. While there's nothing unsafe about the trail itself, there have sadly been fatalities on the ledge at the top. You really just have to remember to stay away from the edge once you're up there!

Straight from Rattlesnake, we met up at Ensign Ranch to hang out for the day ... 

 Staying cool on our favorite slip-n-slide.




And doing a bit of fishing ... 

(Check out that giant mosquito bites;/) ...

And finally, on Independence Day itself ...

We relaxed as a family with a backyard "bbq"--really we just roasted corn and hot dogs over a fire:-). 


And Mae made us this refreshing flag cake. Delicious and so clever!!

And that's a wrap. The fun has to end sometime;)!!