Thursday, July 17, 2014

Island Park Independence Day

I'm pretty sure we've got a new annual tradition...
spending the Fourth of July in Island Park and Yellowstone National Park!

We had what, I think for me at least, was one of the most awesome camping trips ever over this last holiday!
I'm ashamed to admit it, but I've only been into Yellowstone one other time before this even though we live so close. I didn't necessarily like the crowds, but it wasn't too bad and we did just a day trip in and out.

This buffalo above was the first wildlife we saw as we drove- got us all excited! The little boys love the bison episode of Wild Kratts that was on recently, so they were stoked to see a real one. This one would prove to end up boring, though...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

So, What Do We Do in the Summatime?

Been too long since I shared our everyday life goings on! And there have been lots of fun things to share!
Maybe that's why I haven't blogged about them... been busy making memories :)

What are we doing this summer so far? Visiting Grandma and Grandpa... several more trips planned before it's over for sure. This particular one the boys got to go on a morning fishing trip with Grandpa and enjoyed Grammie's fun new double slip n' slide.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Random Acts of Kindness Treasure Hunt: Summer Edition!

This post was originally shared over at the blog Maybe I Will as part of her summer fun series, but I wanted to make sure and share here too- a unique, service-oriented idea and freebie for something to do with your kiddos on these summer days :)

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You might remember that last fall, I made a fun treasure hunt kit that turned one of our normal treasure hunts into a lesson in kindness...I really love doing random acts of kindness with the boys- nothing uplifts in quite the same way. Need a boost? Try paying for the person behind you in the drive through and not pulling away with a smile! And I want my little men to feel that same thing- to "get it" that not everything in their world has to be rough and tough- it's cool to think of others and be kind. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Decide to DRIVE: My Distracted Driving Story

Senior Year. Those words kinda come with a certain connotation. Time to be dialed in to what's next, as well as living things up in all the best ways. I was involved in some good endeavors throughout high school. But in my senior yearbook, I'm listed as the class "Crash Test Dummy." My senior year claim to fame.

See, Homecoming Dance of my senior year, my date and I were driving home and didn't exactly make it there. I went to put lotion on my hands as we drove and it kind of exploded out the top when I did. It had gotten onto my dress and my date was trying to help me with the spill. He wasn't watching the road. We hit a canal bank, went airborne and landed on the other side.

It goes without saying that I grew up in a rural area. When I came to just after the impact, I saw a light a ways off and had the thought that it wasn't going to be too fun to walk there in my heels. But I went to get out and stand up anyways. And told my date that I thought something might be wrong with my foot. He looked and I think about passed out. I wasn't going anywhere.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Starting Summer Mountain Man Style

Hooray for summer, well under way even. We had Taron and Keaton with us for three weeks early on and I sure didn't get as many pics of our fun times as I'd have liked! My goal this summer is to be using my DSLR more than my phone for pictures- sure not that easy these days it seems :)

Possibly the biggest highlight was going to the Fort Henry Buckskinners Mountain Man Rendezvous just north of Rexburg- what a fun morning! There were lots of chances for tomahawk throwing and shooting, and lots of great booths featuring mountain man style stuff- some amazing dresses and costumes, decor and gear. Taron happily spent his birthday money on his very own tomahawk and spent the next couple of weeks here throwing it at out own log in the yard.

Everyone's taken to throwing them now. I tried just once and threw it way over the target, ripping a hole in Cooper's new tent that was set up in the yard! He even said, "Mom, I didn't think you'd be that bad!" Ha, ha- not my particular thing to be joining in on, obviously :)

The people at the rendezvous were really neat, genuine folks. This man above traded Cooper just three pieces of taffy for a neat hollowed out turtle shell he wanted. Next time Cooper will be taking better trading fodder for sure ;) But it was sure neat of him to be willing and happy to trade like that. (Don't worry, Stephen slipped him some money later. He certainly didn't ask for it, but we didn't feel right about him giving away something that he had to put work into either.)

I thought this sign at the rendezvous was a kick! Not the way we really live, but interesting for sure :) This leather tent had some beautiful items.

Now since the older boys have been gone on vacation with their Mom, the little guys have been getting into a nice summer groove. They started up the summer reading program and it's awesome that Cooper can really read pretty much anything to Ryder now.

We also did a fair bit of fishing, celebrated Taron's birthday and went to the local trampoline park. I have pics of all that goodness on instagram- just didn't want to recycle too much of the same stuff here. Now we're looking forward to hitting the water more and things finally getting really warm! :)


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