Tuesday, July 26, 2011

School Days...

Let the school year begin. The girls were excited, up bright and early, ate a good meal, fixed some cute hair...and then made me happy by posing for fiddy pictures (each)!

Ellie is starting 4th grade...her teacher is Mrs.Evans.

Paige is starting 6th grade (one more year of elementary school)...her teacher is Miss.Rasmussen.

And they were off...

Jack and I waited on the porch after school to see how their first day was...2 thumbs up (each)!

I can't believe my girls are this old! But I'm excited and happy for the adventures that lie ahead every year!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Twas the Day/Night Before School Started...

Year Round School Sucks!!
Ok...not all year long, but right now it does! When it's still summer time, when it doesn't get dark until after 9:00pm, and when I want to play all day with the kids in the sun.
But alas...I can do nothing about it, so we celebrated the day before by...

Having lunch at Chick...

Hitting a movie...

Getting the girls nails all pretty for the next day...

And who knows what Jack was doing...I just know I have paper taped up everywhere in the house.

And now we are ready...maybe!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Trekking in Wyoming!

I was lucky enough to go on Trek with my ward this year. Let me be honest, at first I was not excited about this...I do not like to camp, sweat, or be blown away by 150mph wind (which is basically what we did for 4 days). But we began preparing for Trek back in February, we walked, we studied the pioneer's from the Willie & Martin handcart companies, we studied our own ancestors, and we earned 'Trail of Faith' medallions for doing all of this. And I eventually became excited about going...I am grateful I was able to make this journey, walk where the pioneers walked, and have my testimony strengthened.

We met at our stake center at 4:00am...a quick devotional, breakfast, and we loaded up on the bus for a 6 hour drive to Wyoming. We had fun...I think I was the only leader in the back of the bus with the kids, I still feel like one!

We walked only 6 miles this first day, with many stops to learn about the Martin Handcart Company. It took us almost 6 hours to complete the walk.

These awesome young men "Valley Boys", carried ALL of us across the Sweetwater river. The original Valley Boys did this with freezing temperatures, and all day long...all 4 of them died after carrying so many across.

Day 2...Today we walked where the Willie company walked, we were up bright and early (5:30am)...breakfast, take down camp, packed up the handcarts, and we hit the trail...We have 10 wards in our stake, each was assigned a color, I think we wore our yellow proud!
I don't have many pictures of this day...it was hard and long. We left at 8:30am, and got to camp at 5:30pm...we walked 15 miles. The youth all pulled the handcarts, they are amazing. We had many more teaching/learning moments along the trail, where we remembered the pioneers.

Day 3...Today was a 14 mile walk. We got an earlier start today 7:00am, and made it to camp at Rock Creek Hollow at 4:30pm. It was amazing to walk into camp, and be cheered on by the wards who arrived before us, and by our stake. Very emotional after a long/hard day.

I survived...and what a great journey I had!
I am grateful that unlike the pioneers, I had wonderful/large portions of food to eat, our tents were set up when we got to camp, and then taken down the next morning for us. We had so much help to make this Trek wonderful, and wonderful it was! I am also so thankful for my ward, and especially the youth...they are amazing examples to me!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Our FUN in July...

Our July has been fun-filled...knowing school starts the end of the month, we played as much as possible! I love the summer, I love being with my kids, being lazy, and playing every day!

We ventured to Trafalga a couple times.

We swam a lot!!

Of course some Seven Peaks.

Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A. Dress like a cow...get a free meal, we were game!

A birthday lunch for Richelle.

Dinner with the Hogan's

Hair cuts...and some highlights for the girls. Gotta look sassy for the new school year.

Jack helped dad with some yard work.