Monday, June 18, 2012

Father's Day

 David comes home from work in a suit each day, and usually doesn't change because of other meetings.  So, he ask for an apron for Father's Day.  We think he looks pretty great!  Here are a few things that we love about David.
 This may not make much sense.  But, David has been concerned about swimsuits for the girls and I agree.  Swimming is a sport, but our girls are not swimming for any sport, they swim because they love it and its fun.  So, David gave me an unlimited budget to find swimming suits for the girls that they liked.  Rachel got online with me, and picked this swim shirt and shorts.  They are so cute, they protect their bodies, and they don't get sunburned.  This is not unusual for David, clothes are something that he doesn't care the price, just make them modest and not sloppy.  We were really excited to find these, and the girls love them.
David has been working on these bunk beds for the past few weeks.  He finished them on Saturday, and I was thrilled.  About 7 years ago, we owned a candy business, and our office was next to a business that would receive large packages, and the wood used to carry the inventory was usually junked.  David ask if he could salvage the wood, and this is what he made with it.  The side boards we bought, but the rest David put together with junk wood.  They look amazing.
 More scrap wood.  The girls saw a Wishing well and wanted me to buy it.  I showed it to David and he told the girls if they could wait until the summer, he would make them a Wishing Well.  They have loved it.  I still need to paint it, but everyone was very happy.
Katie was eating breakfast Saturday morning, and couldn't eat her cold cereal because her tooth was so loose, it bothered her.  We told her to go wiggle it, she came back in, and her tooth was sideways with the bottom sticking out across her top lip.  She said it wouldn't come.  David told her to just give it a tug since it was hanging on buy a thread, and now we have our toothless Katie.

Katie's tooth doesn't have much to do with David, but it was part of a great weekend we had with a wonderful Dad.  We love you David! 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Receiver

Your heard of "The Giver".  Well, if there was a book called "The Receiver", I should have wrote it.  We are blessed to have people give us things all the time.  Our friends, gave us this kid jeep.  They camouflaged it for their son, but it has remnants of the Barbie original colors.  It is really in great condition.  One of those things that I would never buy my children, but won't turn down.  They have had a blast.

 The same friends, gave us this mini four wheeler.  Nathan and Sarah are the only ones small enough, but again, they just gave it to us.
My brother and sister in law gave us this wonderful crib.  Bekah loves it, and it sure makes the room look plain.  Katie tried to decorate and put her art pictures up, but we'll have to add to Katie's improvements.

We have been given clothes in abundance.  I am always so grateful for what people bring over.  I had one friends tell me she feels bad, but I told her we love it.  It saves us so much money on keeping up with clothes.  My sister just brought over two cute new bed spreads, and matching sheets that will look so cute in the girls' room. 

Again, we should be called the Receivers, but we love it.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Zion's National Park

 When I was young, my parents took us camping at least every year in the summer.  I loved it.  David and I have taken our family camping a few times in our 10 years of marriage, but the more children we have, obviously, the harder it gets.  Rachel is 9, and the need for family time, and making memories seems to be going faster than I like.  We planned a lot this summer.  David's job makes it hard to vacation during the school year, so most of our adventures will happen in the summer.   This is our trip to Zion's National Park, and our family loved it.
 Loading up our van is always tricky.  7 people, 2 tents, 7 sleeping bags, 3 air mattresses, a grill, 7 pillows, 7 bags of clothing, 1 cooler, 3 boxes of food, paper products, and cooking whatever else we needed took up a lot space, but it fit.  David is an amazing packer.
 At Zion's National Park, they have a shuttle bus to trasport people to all the different locations.  It was probably one of the highlights for the kids, they loved riding in it.
 Just one of the majestic pictures of Zion's huge moutains.  I was continually amazed and awed at the scenery, it was beautiful.
 Bekah and David on one of our hikes.  The trails we went on were paved and it made taking Bekah in the stroller easy.
 Rachel, Nathan, Katie, and Sarah.  They posed for about everything.  There were a lot of fun trails just right for kids.  I told the kids to stay on the trail, and Sarah said, "I just want to explore."  And it was a great place to do that.
 We set up two tents, Sarah, Katie, and Rachel, got a small two man tent.  They spent most of their time giggling themselves to sleep, but, for those of you with sisters, that is what you do, right?
 Tadpoles, the kids were fascinated with them.
 This was the Riverside Walk, on the way to the Narrows.  It was beautiful, and full of fun water to play in.
 My camera abilities are improving.  This was a lone flower on the trail.  So pretty.
 Every squirrel we found, Nathan was chasing.  This is Nathan on his knees, trying to coax a squirrel to be his friend.  Those little squirrels were everywhere.
 Our campground was perfect.  It had enough shade to cool us down in the heat, and space to have a fun time together.  We only got yelled at once to keep our baby quiet.  The ironic thing was the people who yelled at us were the ones staying up till midnight playing really loud games.  I was tempted to poke Bekah awake to keep screaming through the night, just for fun.  David is more saintly than I, and was more dilligent in keeping Bekah quiet through the nights.
 The park has a nature station that is geared for kids.  They can try on ranger gear, play with puppets, take classes on animals, color, study insects with a magnifying glass...we didn't sign up for the classes, but I might try it next time, the kids had fun just looking this time.
 Wild turkeys.  This was the only one we saw.  I tried to get a picture of Nathan and Sarah chasing it, but I was laughing too hard.
 Sarah is holding a tadpole.  She and Nathan found that they could catch them and let them go again.  They were pretty brave compared to the rest of us.
 We saw a lot of deer, and the kids never got tired of it.  This one was not afraid of anything, and came really close to us.
 Weeping Rock was a really short hike, but just beautiful.  We got kind of wet, but it was one of my favorite scenic landscapes.  This is just a picture I liked from the area.
 Okay, this little lizard was found in our tent when we were cleaning the tent out.  David caught it, and I have a feeling it might have been there with us for the whole trip, which kind of gives me the willies.  I like sleeping free of living creatures besides family.
 Katie found a fun whole in the rock.  All the kids wanted a picture in it.
Bekah was filthy for most of the trip.  I tried keeping her somewhat clean the first day, but after that day, I was too tired to keep up, and we were both much happier when she was dirty.

We really had a wonderful time.  I was excited by how much our family could do at this park, and how much fun each of our children had.  We traveled about 1 1/2 hours, and camped for three days.  It was worth it all, and we plan to go there again.