Friday, July 22, 2011

I’m a Slacker…I know!

But what gives me comfort in that is that as I look through the blogs of friends and family on my side bar…most of you are too!  (In the blogging world at least!)

Summer for us does not always equal more time.  We seem to have been busy since the minute school got out.  We have had one session of swimming lessons and are gearing up for a second, summer recreation soccer and literacy at the park, friends and backyard water parties, two vacations back to back with another couple of days at Bear Lake coming soon.  Jeremy and Jordan are coming with the kids for a couple of weeks in August so there is definitely more fun to be had!With only a month until school starts again, the fun will most likely go until the bitter end!

We have been very lucky this spring and summer to have some great vacations to add to our memory books.  In April (I know, it was so long ago!) over Avery’s Spring Break from school, we took a trip to San Diego.  We had a great time!  The girls were so good on the long drive down and they completely enjoyed every minute of Sea World and the Zoo.  The Safari Park (formally known as the Wild Animal Park) was a slightly miserable experience and we will probably never do that again, but everything else was great.  I will post a Smilebox Slideshow with some of our favorite moments from that trip.

But for now, here are the pictures from our latest trip to Bear Lake with the Jensen Family and the Tetons with the Schaff Family.

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and let’s not forget the Bear Lake Wildlife…

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(He’s single folks…hard to believe huh?!)

We spent July 11th-14th at “the cabin” at Bear Lake.  With the long winter and record amounts of snow and rain fall the lake is finally back to the wall…just barely.  We were happy to see that we could launch the wave runner right from the shore and not have to be out it the marsh land muck.

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That meant a few things that we didn’t get to do this year:  no packing lunches before you’ve had breakfast, no truck loading and unloading every morning and afternoon, no truck rides to the bathroom, no sandy bums & toes and the girls could change in and out and in and out and in and out of their swimming suits whenever they felt like it!

 

The morning of the 14th we loaded the car back up and headed to the Grand Tetons to meet the Schaff Family for 6 days.  We enjoyed the beautiful mountains, wildflowers, wildlife and relaxation. 

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Downtown Jackson at the Elk Horn Arches in the Park

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A view of the Tetons from the back deck of Jackson Lake Lodge.

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Saddles at Jackson Lake Lodge, my cowboy and girls, wildflowers and smiles.

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Bar T5:  Wagon ride complete with Indian ambush, dutch oven dinner and a show, Avery & Preslee.

Wow this is getting long!  But there is still more!  Time to Enjoy Yellowstone.  We stayed mostly around Old Faithful and a few hot springs just north of there.

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Keplar Cascades

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Old Faithful

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The Beehive Geyser and 2 kids that don’t care!

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Bacteria mat, Fountain Paint Pots and boiling mud!

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Spasm (the geyser not the girl), boiling run off from the Excelsior pool and Turquoise Pool.

And last but not least…The Grand Prismatic Springs.  I loved the colors that came off of this one.  Even the steam seemed to glow blue, green and orange.

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You may have noticed that Avery Jane is the star in most of these photos.  Katers was tuckered out and fell asleep on Stephen’s shoulders at the Fountain Paint Pots.  They relaxed in the car while Avery and I ran up the hill to catch these wonders of nature.

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We just want to say thank you to the Grandparents in our lives that put together these vacations.  Without them we would have been stuck at home doing laundry!

1 comment:

christi said...

It's good to see some of the things that you have been up to. You have some awesome pictures, and I am sure memories.