Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A Few Days on the Farm

My parents invited their grandson, age 8 and older, to spend a few days on the farm in Ferront this summer (July 2016).  The boys fed horses, rode horses, looked for crawdads, read stories, played in the dirt and did all sorts of things boys ought to do in the summer on a farm!  I went down to stay the last night so Noah and Eva could play a little, too.  We also did a little geocaching around Ferron.

Estes Park, Colorado 2016

Our Ralphs family vacation took us to Estes Park, Colorado, at the mouth of the Rocky Mountain National Forest.  It was a long drive, although our kids are champion travelers as long as the movies are playing.  Each morning we went out and enjoyed the beauty around the area.  In the afternoons we went back to the condos for naps and screen time and relaxing.
July 25:  Traveling through Rocky Mountain National Forest and then to see the glass blowers on main street
July 26:  Aerial Tram and hiking
July 27: Lily Lake and BaldPate Inn's key collection

July Pictures, 2016

-Crepe bar for our study of Europe
-Took Eva to the Farmer's Market with me
-Eva and Noah, just doing some paper work
-Watched Jeanette's kids and we did mini volcanoes
-Walking into the Roy library - Davis loves his little sister!
-A little trip down to Pleasant Grove to visit Shera and all the cousins got to swim together

Swimming Lessons, 2016

The best thing this summer . . . private swimming lessons.  After two weeks of lessons last year, Noah still wouldn't put his head under water or get his face wet.  No progress.  Money wasted.  So I found a lady in Kaysville that does private lessons, and trains two girls to also teach, and enrolled both Noah and Davis.  Davis really learned the strokes well.  And Noah - well, that was a miracle.  On the first lesson, he screamed and screamed.  The teacher counted to three and dunked him anyway.  As he got out, I apologized to her (he may have been screaming that he hated swimming lessons and didn't like her) and she said, "That's ok.  He did well - by the end he was closing his mouth when I put him under."  And by the end of the week he was back floating by himself, jumping in by himself, and had no problem with his face under water!

4th of July in Park City, 2016

We went up to Park City with the Buttars, as is tradition.  We ended up in downtown on our own for the 4th celebrations.  We had a great time watching the parade, playing at the park and doing a few carnival games while we waited for the parade to start, and having a delicious picnic afterwards with brats and hot dogs.  The rest of the weekend we watched movies and played in the game room and swam in the very much too cool for comfort pool.