It might cause others to be suicidal, but I was SO EXCITED. We had so much fun!
|All the kids, plus someone else's kid who|
thought the dog pile on Nicole was pretty
|Austin and Nicole, fighting it out at the park|
|Ryan, Trent, Megan, Austin, Nicole, Kelly and Emilee|
|I love these kids!|
|Charlie loved being adored by all his cousins.|
|Kelly, Megan and Emilee cooling off their tootsies in the water|
|Dustin, Ryan and Trent put leaves in the water at the top and|
followed them down to the bottom.
|Waiting to cross the road - We love space!|
|Kelly and Emilee holding their breath on the moon|
|Checking each other out, 'scope style|
|Ha ha ha.|
The best part of hiking is the payoff when you reach the halfway point:
The next day, I wanted to take the kids to one of the places their mom's and I used to go when we were kids - Antelope Island. For those not familiar with the Utah Valley, this is a public "beach" off of the Great Salt Lake. It stinks, there are dead shrimps everywhere and the water is of course super salty. But hey, it's still nostalgic. And if you live in Utah, you should know about the local attractions!
|Grandma was smart - she stayed in the A/C|
We had a late start that day, so it was back home after the lake. The kids had put together a skit for us during the day. After dinner, Kevin, my mom and I sat down and watched the cinematic magic the kids had created. It was so cute! They did a great job.
After the skit, we set up to watch a movie in the backyard. We have an extra projector, so I had Kevin set it up against the fence. We also set up a couple of tents because some of the kids wanted to sleep outside after the movie. It was so windy, sometimes we couldn't even hear the movie because of the wind beating against the tents.
Poor Ryan woke up having a nightmare when he went to his tent, so I took the two little boys and had them sleep in the basement - much safer than a windy tent.
Saturday morning, I drove Austin to take his ACT. Once I got back home, we got things ready for lunch. Instead of having a picnic, we ate at the house and waited for Austin to finish his test. We played an intense game of Apples to Apples (which I totally would have won if I didn't have to leave early) then it was time to head up the mountains again.
This time, we went to Solitude to do some geocaching. If you've never done this, you should totally do it! Although it was freezing, half the kids didn't have jackets and it was extremely windy, it was lots of fun. The kids enjoyed finding the hidden treasure and I enjoyed the walk. And guess what else! We saw a moose right off the trail, lying in the grass!
|Kevin and Scoob|
|Shorts and sweaters. A great combo for such a cold day|
|Dustin and Megan were inseparable|
|Ryan didn't have a jacket, so we improvised|
|Kelly had a fantastic photo bomb!|
|Ryan lost his shirt, so that's why there's a touch of Spiderman|
in the family photo
|I took probably 90 shots of the kids jumping, and this was the |
best I could get. Ha.
I'm so glad I did this, I had such a great time with all of them and made some beautiful memories. Hooray for family!