Sunday, June 11, 2017

Ledgefork Camping

We have officially survived the first week of summer.  It was a good week, yet I keep finding myself thinking, "we're still in the first week?"  We started the summer off on a good note I think. The night the kids got out of school we had neighborhood night games at our house.  Our yard actually works really well for that.  The kids loved it, so I'm sure we'll do it again.  On Monday we went to Lagoon with our neighbors.  The kids love it, the adults try not to die.  We learned things that will help improve our experience later in the summer.  We also jumped right in to our summer routine.  Nothing huge, but the kids have to get their rooms clean, zone done, practicing, and school work done before they can play with friends.  This helps make sure we're still somewhat productive but also leaves us plenty of time for fun.  Mostly, it helps me keep my sanity.

On Thursday afternoon we headed up above Smith and Morehouse to camp.  It was great fun as usual.  I'm learning through the years that the only way to get Jake to stop working is to take him somewhere he can't work (no cell service).  So I've started planning more little trips to help us all get away.  Jake isn't sure how he feels about it, but I'm sure he'll come around.  We were able to relax, play games, fish, and enjoy some delicious s'mores.  Oh yeah, we brought our laser tag guns and those were a great success.  I think we may need to get a couple more.  Anyway, I've decided this summer is going to be amazing.  And I think its definitely started off that way!

Beautiful Smith and Morehouse

Crazy Sage

Fishing fun

First trip on the raft this year

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


I bet the most frequent title I've used in all my years of blogging is 'Moab'.  Our family loves Moab, so its probably not going to stop.  Anyway, I'm still playing catch up from the great computer switch of 2017.  At the beginning of the month we took a quick trip to Moab.  After some stress with finding a campsite, life was good.  Like all campgrounds and state parks, it seems that Moab is getting more and more crowded.  It's kind of frustrating, but adapt or die right?  So I'm learning to think ahead and make reservations in advance.  Saves lots and lots of stress.

A brief synopsis of the trip:  Jake and Zack road Porcupine Rim together on a super hot day.  Definitely not my idea of fun, but they liked it.  While they were riding the girls and I went to a park and then I took them swimming at the rec center.  Once we reunited with the boys we found this awesome stream that you could play in and it didn't even involve any hiking!  On Saturday we headed out to Dead Horse Point for some mountain biking. That is such a beautiful place!  The girls were hesitant when they started on their bikes, but by the end they were loving it and doing a great job!  We did some 4-wheeling on the way back to camp.  Jake let Sage sit on his lap and steer, so she thought she was super cool.  We of course did campfires and roasted lots of marshmallows.  I love camping in Moab because its like a big playground.  The kids can just wander around and explore right at our campsite.  Its the best.

I have to add one funny story about Sage for posterity.  She was being a goof ball one night by the campfire.  We said, "How old are you?"  "29"  "What's your favorite thing to do?"  "Mushy kissing.  I love mushy kissing."  What?!  This girl is going to give us a serious run for our money.  In totally different ways than her siblings because of course you can't just figure out one kid and then have it down.  That would be way too easy...

Quick break from biking to look at the scenery

Gemini Bridges.  There is a huge drop off on either side of where we're standing

Go Sage!

Beautiful Dead Horse Point

Friday, May 26, 2017

Catch up!

I'm finally, finally posting again.  Our desktop died, so we had to get a new computer.  It's been taking forever to get everything transferred over and working right.  I'm still not done, but I think I've figured out the pictures so I can at least do something.  So much has happened that I think I'm just going to upload a bunch of pictures with short descriptions.  I would just like to add though, that May is such a crazy month!  So full of recitals, school programs, field trips, etc, etc.  I feel like we're running with our heads cut off all the time.  I guess maybe it works that way so we're really ready for summer.  Anyway, enjoy the bajillion pics.

Easter fun.  I let Sage put candy in all the eggs because I'm such a good mom

Baby chicks for Easter!  We got 8 because usually a few die.  Well, 6 weeks later we still have all 8.  Eggs anyone?

We got a croquet set for Easter so we had to play.  I remember playing this when I was a kid.

Kate took a sewing class and made this.  She gets so mad when I can't help her sew.  This is when she needs her grandma 
We finished our patio!  So much work, but we love it!

Our first time enjoying the fire pit.  We'll be using this a lot!

Jake ordered a huge gas kit, because that's what men do

Zack graduated from his social skills class at BYU!  We're proud of him because it wasn't easy!

Sage had her second grade program.  Look at those dimples!

Apparently Sage really thought we were going to leave her in the chicken coop

Bless Zack for building everything we buy.  We would be lost without him.

For FHE we got all the bikes ready to go for the summer

I went on a field trip with Kate to a Bees game.  I thought I was going to die of heat, but other than that it was great!;)

Eating pancakes with sugar in honor of Linz.  The kids were so excited.

Redneck style fun.  Jake is the favorite uncle because of all of his fun toys.  He loves it.

Cousin redneck fun!

Cutest dancer ever!!

She loves showing sass


You can kind of see Kate playing the violin.  She gets to skip 6th grade orchestra and go straight to 7th grade!

Monday, April 10, 2017

We had the best spring break ever.  It was the first time I can ever remember being gone for the whole week, which was kind of awesome.  Turns out when you're gone the whole week you don't have to kill yourself to try to entertain your kids.  This is a good thing for sure.

We headed to St George first so we could split the drive up.  Then we were on our way to Long Beach, California.  We had great fun.  The first day we were there they were having drift car races (I think that's what they're called) right by our hotel.  Jake and Zack thought they had died and gone to heaven.  Every boy/man who was watching was wishing they could somehow drive a race car.  It's definitely a guy thing.  And those engines, holy cow were they loud!  Apparently in order to go fast your car must also be loud.  Again, loudness + speed = every man's dream.  The girls and I got separated from the boys, well, we left them because they wouldn't leave.  We wandered around and found ourselves right by all the race cars.  Super cool.  So we told the boys to come join us.  They tried and couldn't.  Somehow we made our way into a 'tickets only' area without tickets.  So, we took pictures by the pink and purple car and then proceeded to exit.  The boys were jealous.

Anyway, while in Long Beach we did some exploring, went to the aquarium (super cool one), and went to the beach.  The beach right by our hotel was like sitting at a lake.  I guess there are breakers at the end of the bay to keep sharks out.  These breakers also keep waves out.  Happy there weren't any sharks, but beaches are no fun without waves.

So on Monday we headed to a real beach (Huntington Beach) and played all day.  It was so great and relaxing.  The water was freezing of course, but we still managed to play in it.  The kids even had their swim suits on.  We got to watch Sage get picked up and tossed onto the beach by a wave.  Everyone has to experience this at least once.  We bought a super cheap Sponge Bob kite that we got in the air.  Sage loved flying Sponge Bob and it stayed up the whole time we were there.  We ended the day eating delicious mexican food right off the beach.  Such a great day.

Then we headed to our next stop, which was....Disneyland!!  Greg and Tracy got everyone a hotel and took us all to Disneyland.  And when I say everyone I mean like 60 people, so this was no small feat.  We got to spend two days in the park (Jake had to leave a day early because of work).  The first day we just had horrible luck with fast passes.  I somehow lost some, rides were broken, basically the odds were not in our favor.  We still had great fun, we just didn't make it on all of the rides we wanted to.  We left at 5:30 to join some of the Higleys at The Cheesecake Factory.  A delicious way to end the day.  The kids were so tired after dinner that we didn't end up going back to Disney.

The second day I was determined to make up for our failures of the first day.  Mission accomplished on that one.  We were there before the park even opened.  We strategically got our fast passes and went on as many rides as possible before the crowds showed up.  The kids were troopers for sure because we walked all over.  We left the park for like an hour to get dinner and then we stayed until after 10:00pm.  We all barely made it back to the hotel because our feet were so tired.  Some of the favorite rides were the big roller coaster, splash mountain, thunder mountain, space mountain, and of course radiator springs.  Sage is not a big fan of fast, crazy rides.  We had to convince her to go on all of them.  During the ride she would scream and put her hands in the air.  After she would say, "That was fun!"  But when we asked her if she wanted to go on it again we would get a quick "No!"

We headed back to St George on Thursday.  The kids got to swim with their cousins until it was dark.  The perfect way to end the trip.  You know you've had a good time when you've been gone for a week and the kids still complain that its time to go home.  Thanks to Greg and Tracy for a most excellent adventure!

Awesome race cars.  Turn the sound way up for the full effect!

awesome pink and purple race car

at the aquarium

the Queen Mary ship in the background (I think that's what its called)

Sponge Bob flying high!

Kate playing in the bubbles

Out on the pier


Waiting in line.  This is Sage's I'm scared face

Mickey's house!

This picture says a thousand words  Love it!

Waiting in more lines

Lovely Snow White

Sage was the only one who knew who this was

Storm Trooper!

We loved Splash Mountain!

Sage collapsed on the bed the second we got back to the hotel

Ending it all in the pool:)

Long Beach lake

This picture is kind of horrible

Sassy Sage