Friday, July 26, 2013

"Jiminy Cricket"

A few years ago my MIL bought this child size four wheeler for the grand kids.I don't know why but we call it Jiminy Cricket. It's been sitting in a shop for probably two years now and Chris finally got it out to see if Ava was ready. She's not. At least not outside of our yard and driveway. Sadie tried once too but she was too freaked out by how fast it went and wouldn't get back on. Ava, always fearless, was more than happy to give it a try. 

 Yes, we ride 4 wheelers in dresses!

I'm hoping this might be motivation for some cousins to come visit! (hint hint)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Boating At Rifle Gap

This July has been nice and hot and a day at the lake is just what the doctor prescribed. Rifle Gap is a quick 35 minute drive from our place and some friends invited us to spend a day on the lake. A close friend of ours is moving away soon so we thought spending a day together at the lake would be a fun way to say goodbye. And we were right. All of the kids had a blast and no one got hurt. Yippee! 

Our friends have this adorable little blow up "water ski" thing to help kids learn how to stand up and hold a rope. Sort of a practice run for when they get older. It was so cute to see the girls ride it. Ava actually stood up and held the rope but the were too far away at that point for me to get a good picture. So I got a thumbs up! 
The happiness is written all over their faces! 
 While the girls headed out on the boat with Chris and some others Grace and I hung out on the "beach".   A little more rocky than sandy, but we made it work. 
Halfway through the day I remembered that I had the pack n play in the truck so I got that set up for Grace and she was thrilled. I'm not even joking this girl actually started crying when I packed it up because it was time to go home. 
 Chris and  couple of the guys rode the big tub together (isn't that cute!) and I was surprised how long they were able to hang on with all the crazy driving the boat driver was throwing at them. At one point Chris's body flew into the air but he was still hanging on and when he came down he landed on the guy in the middle. And yet they all stayed on still. 
 The girls (there was 7 of them and only two boys, a one year old and one month old) had a good time watching their dads and chanting "go dad! go dad!" It was cute.
 Sadie was cold and tired so she decided to make herself comfortable. It wasn't long after this picture that I looked over and saw her curled up and sleeping.
Grace was tired too!
This is me and Ashley. She's the friend that is moving Pennsylvania! We took a sad face picture too but it wasn't very flattering so I opted to go with the smiles. But we are crying on the inside.
I'm not sure how this picture ended up at the end because it was actually at the beginning of the day. The girls had so much fun riding the tube together. Sadie's side went completely under the water at one point but she stayed on and was okay. But after the ride was over she never did want to go back out. Ava and I rode together later and both flew off (along with another little girl) but it didn't bother Ava at all. She's fearless like that.
We got to the lake at 10:00 am and stayed until 6:00 pm. When we got home everyone was tired and hungry and dirty. Ava was pretty red and sunburned especially on the back of her legs but Sadie didn't look like she'd been in the sun at all. Go figure.  I had so much fun it makes me want to get a boat. But my boat owner friend said "No, you don't want a boat. You want a friend with a boat!" Apparently they are a lot of work. Who knew?

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Happy 4th of July!

What says "Happy 4th of July" better than a family all in tie dye!? That is how we celebrated this year. We also spent the whole week here on the ranch with Chris's family. All 5 of his siblings and their families were here for the week and it was a blast.

The biggest news of the week was that my in-laws 13 grandchildren were all together. We didn't waste the opportunity for a photo. 

 Don't you just love photo bombers!?
 We celebrated on the 4th starting with our annual ward 4th of July breakfast. Followed by lots of lounging (a few brave hikers) and then a large lunch/dinner. After dinner a large group of us went to our property on the colorado river to go fishing. 
 There was more playing done that fishing. 

Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays and it is a great time to teach our children about our country and the sacrifices that were made so that we could have such a wonderful life. I hope I teach my kids well.