August 21, 2008

Camping, the last weekend of summer

So, we ended the Summer Break with a fun family outing to the hills. We went to Silver Creek Plunge. We didn't actually make it to the swimming pool, it was way too spendy, but the creek was enough fun, the girls didn't mind too much.
Sitting in a calm part of the creek.... they quickly got up from this photo....COLD !!
Katie loved eating all the mountain foods..... rocks, dirt, sticks. YUM!

Lilli put river silt all over her legs, she thought it was so cool, until she dicovered worms in the mud, and ALL OVER HER!! Schreiking "Worms, Worms, Worms!" I love that she is such a spaz about insects! It really makes me laugh! I know, I'm sick....laughing at my kids pain! But it is truelly funny how freaked out she gets.

Cute Bug, sitting in a big girl chair!
Too much watching the olympic gynastics....the girls kept jumping off the Suburban...Luckily they stopped before any injury! Phew!
Happy girl, eating dirt.....What a cute, dirty face!
What did you eat, Katie? "Ummm?"
Pretty fire! Funny thing, when it finally died, the moon was soooo bright that we didn't even need our flashlights to make it to our tents. CRAZY!!
As for sleeping, Katie woke up a lot during the night. I had to hold her, because we had neighbors, and I didn't want them to have to listen to a baby cry all night. We estimate that Joe and I got about 3 hours of sleep, plus.... it was sooooo cold, we are definetly buying new bags before next year.
Breakfast was fast, it was still freezing. the kids warmed up by playing with sticks, sword fighting eachother, Joe even joined in. It was great fun....We packed up shortly after the fun. Our neighbor asked "Leaving all ready?" YES!!! I need some sleep! Maybe next year we will finally be 2 nighters! Come on and learn to sleep, Katie! Geez!As we were packing Big Red up, a cute little bird was following us around. I don't know if it was looking for a scrap of food left, or just friendly, either way, it was a fun way to end the trip.....Bye, Bye, Birdy!

August 16, 2008

Summer Fun and the Trampoline

Well, 1st off, back in early July, the girls had friends over to play one afternoon, and somehow they got it into their pretty little heads that it would be totally awesome to play Tarzan! The scarey part is, they decided to REALLY play Tarzan, swinging from tree branches off the trampoline! Yikes! I don't know who was braver, the girls, or ME for stading by watching! video





Crazy girls! The 2nd is more calm.
The girls wanted to build a fort, so they took a ton of blankets outside, and with a little help from Mom, whammo! Instant fort!





Aren't they cute!!! It was really nice in the fort. It was cool and breezy. I almost fell asleep while I was out with them. No one wanted to go in for dinner! Also, the girls all begged for days to sleep outside in their fort. It was really cute. I didn't let them though. I didn't want to make Katie sleep out, so I had to stay inside to hear her, and Joe has to work, so the fort was played in for nearly a week, untill it rained, and I had to wash ALL those blankets, but, alas, no one actually slept in it! Maybe next summer! I love being a mother!

Summer Fun and the Trampoline

Well, 1st off, back in early July, the girls had friends over to play one afternoon, and somehow they got it into their pretty little heads that it would be totally awesome to play Tarzan! The scarey part is, they decided to REALLY play Tarzan, swinging from tree branches off the trampoline! Yikes! I don't know who was braver, the girls, or ME for stading by watching! video




Crazy girls! The 2nd is more calm.
The girls wanted to build a fort, so they took a ton of blankets outside, and with a little help from Mom, whammo! Instant fort!





Aren't they cute!!! It was really nice in the fort. It was cool and breezy. I almost fell asleep while I was out with them. No one wanted to go in for dinner! Also, the girls all begged for days to sleep outside in their fort. It was really cute. I didn't let them though. I didn't want to make Katie sleep out, so I had to stay inside to hear her, and Joe has to work, so the fort was played in for nearly a week, untill it rained, and I had to wash ALL those blankets, but, alas, no one actually slept in it! Maybe next summer! I love being a mother!

August 6, 2008

I Love to See the Temple

We went to Twin Falls on Saturday. We decided to make a day of it. We left at 3, and got there at around 5. We went straight to the temple open house. It was so beautiful!

As we pulled up to the temple, Joe said, "What, no Anti's out?" Well.... There was, 2 of them, holding a sign that said "Mormonism is not Christian". We all laughed, and of course, I HAD to get a picture of them. All I got was of their backs. But it was still fun!




I felt the spirit so strong while we were in the Temple, which, honestly took me by complete surprise. I thought, since it was not yet dedicated, the spirit wouldn't be there, WRONG!! The Celestial Room and again in the Sealing Room, the spirit testified to me that I belong to the only true church on this earth, and that I have a Family FOREVER! In the Sealing Room, it was the 1st time I had my whole family in that room together. Joe and I took our children in our arms and showed them the mirrors. They saw for themselves that their reflection went on and on and on, just like our family. It was a very touching moment. I suggest to all to go to the open house if you can, bring your families. It is such a reward.





After the Temple we went to Dierkes Lake for swimming. It was too cold to really go swimming, but we still had fun, we stayed until dark, and Lilli and Maggie got to do some rock climbing, there are some great boulders there.





After the lake, we went to Shoshone Falls.....WOW!!! The beauty of the falls almost hurt my eyes. Even Maggie noticed that it looked like a painting. It didn't seem real it was soooo beautiful. It just goes to show, the human eye can take in so much more than any camera. The full extent of the Lord's Majestic art can only be seen with the heart. I don't know if that makes sense, but that is how it feels to me. You have to experience the beauty 1st hand to truelly apreciate it. I consequently did not take pictures, they just wouldn't be as pretty as what I remembered. My sister-in-law did though, so I will probably use her's on my computer as my screen. She takes beautiful scenic shots.


On a different note,


Maggie went to bed last night with a VERY wiggley front tooth! I warned her that I thought she might loose it in the middle of the night, and might swallow it on accident. I was trying to scare her into letting me pull it, because she has been whinning about it for days now. Well, it didn't work, and she went to bed. This morning, she woke up and......NO TOOTH! I didn't think it would REALLY fall out, but it did!! Luckily, it was just in her bad, not in her tummy, thank goodness, becasue my kids are HUGE fans of the Tooth Fairy, or T.F., as they call her. Here is a picture of a happy, sleepy Maggie. Taken 1st thing after we found her tooth in her bed.


Hooray for "Windows", especially the big ones that you can stick your tongue through!