Friday, September 25, 2015

Pretty Eva, July 2015

After church one Sunday, I simply had to take pictures of Eva in her  pretty dress with my necklace.  She looked so classically beautiful and radiant and happy.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Alldredge Reunion, Millsite Dam, July 2015

Alldredge Reunion = over 100 people.  Mom was in charge and chose to host it at Millsite Dam.  Some people stayed at Mom and Dad's house.  Some stayed at Gilly's.  Some camped.  Turns out there is a lot of wind during the night at Millsite Dam.  Like Dorothy and Toto end up in Oz kind of wind.  The first night it kept all of us up, the kids because of the noise and me because I was sure the tent was going to fly away or collapse or both.  The second night everyone else slept through it all.  I was still worried about the same things.

But it was still so much fun!  So many of my cousins and their many children were there.  We did some canoeing and eating (a whole pig roasted in a pit!) and some hiking (Rochester Panel) and some singing (Three Little Piggies, Shortnin' Bread) and lots of chatting and catching up.  The pictures of hunting are from after the reunion.  Dad thought the boys in his family might want to shoot some prairie dogs.  And the boys (by boys I mean his sons and sons-in-law) in his family agreed wholeheartedly with that idea.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Impromptu Trip to Salt Lake, July 2015

So, during the summer, I thought it would be fun to pick a theme for the week and read books and do projects about that theme, then take a field trip somewhere associated with the theme.  Well, I didn't do a great job at following through on any of that plan.  But we did do it a few times.  For a week or two, we learned about space and trains.  My thoughts were we would then ride FrontRunner to Salt Lake and go to Clark Planetarium.  But I was too chicken to take the kids by myself because I had never ridden the train before and I would have Eva and the stroller and Noah who is distracted so easily and Davis who is trying to be independent.  But one sunny Tuesday afternoon, Darren was working from home, and I could tell by the fact that he was roaming about the house occasionally that his work wasn't too pressing.  So, I proposed an impromptu trip to Salt Lake.  And everyone thought it was a great idea!

We rode FrontRunner down and the boys loved it, but Eva did not because I wouldn't let her get down and crawl around the train.  We went to the Gateway and let the boys play in the water fountains there.  Luckily, I had considered the possibility that they might get wet and threw in an extra pair of clothes for them.  We spent some time at the Planetarium and I was surprised how much the boys liked the displays and the interactive exhibits.  And it was FREE!  Then we let them pick what they wanted to eat for dinner at the Food Court (McDonald's kids meals) and we rode the train back home.  There was one small glitch when I read the train schedule wrong and we had to wait for 45 minutes for the next train home.  But Darren and the boys watched videos on his phone at the station and I walked with Eva in the stroller back to the book store for a quick look around.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Monday, September 21, 2015

Bear Lake, July 2015 (with the Buttars)

I have always loved Bear Lake.  I remember going there for the day as a family when I was younger.  We would pack a cooler, our towel, and the big, black tire inner tubes and drive up and then all the way around to the east side of the lake because Dad hated crowds.  We would stop at the little convenience store just as you turn to go to North Beach and pump up the inner tubes.  Once at the lake, we would play frisbee and float around and build sand castles.  Dad would lay on his towel and read, and eventually fall asleep with his hat on his face.  We didn't take a shade canopy and we didn't have boats or wave runners or anything fancy.  I really love those memories.

This trip, we stayed at the WorldMark condos on the west side of of the lake.  We went over the 4th of July weekend, which we will never do again.  People were two families deep along the North Beach and the water was full of people and boats and floaties.  But we had a great time with the Buttars family.  Shera and her family, including Danny's kids, and Lora and her family and Jackie and Steve were all there.  The two boys were so busy playing with cousins and digging holes and floating on tubes that they didn't even need me.  Well, except at lunch time, because I had all the food.  Eva hated the water and the sand and the lack of a place to nap.  Not her favorite vacation.