Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Camping in Zion!

We have some friends who go camping in Zion National Park almost every spring. This year they invited us to go with them. Jeron and the kids had never been and I hadn't been since I was a teenager. We were all very excited to take the Suburban out on a trial run and even more excited when we were able to get everything in like we wanted!

We had a great time and did a lot of hiking. The kids all did great, even Maycie! She would do most of the first half of a hike and then I got to carry her down while she slept! (I am not kidding!)

Emma had a blast!

And as I said Maycie had GREAT naps on my back!

I was sooo... wishing we had brought the back pack we have for her!

She really did well with all of it though and insisted on doing as much of the hike as she could! And really was a happy camper!

The boys all had a blast climbing everything in sight!

Even lifting a rock or two...

or just showing off some muscles!

All the kids got along really well.

The girls had fun playing in the sand at the end of a hike.

Connor loved skipping rocks across the river.

Spring time is a time of new beginnings.
That means caterpillars. A LOT of them!

I am not joking when I say A LOT of them!
They were every place. You couldn't walk without stepping on them. When you took your shoes off outside the tent they climbed in and took over your shoes!
We were throwing caterpillars out of the car window all the way home!
We even found a few dead ones on camp chairs after we got home!

All of those big clumps you see in the trees are clumps of caterpillars!

The scenery was amazing!

I hope we go again...soon!

I feel very grateful for this wonderful land my Father in Heaven has given me to enjoy!

For the wonderful family he has given me to enjoy it with!

And the good friends who let us tag along on their wonderful trip!

A Midsummer Night's Dream

In 6th Grade the kids get the opportunity to do a play by Shakespeare. This year Connor's class got to do A Midsummer Night's Dream. Connor was very excited about it and his teacher could not say enough nice things about how he did!

He had a lot of fun and I really enjoy getting to go to things like this. I did have my extra one, or as I like to call her "my #6"! that day. Connor was worried that I wouldn't be able to go because of it. Like a little thing like that could stop me! HA! It was eventful but fine! And well worth my time! They all did a wonderful job!

Pinewood Derby 2011!

We had our LAST Pinewood Derby this year! Could you feel my joy and excitement?! Sorry! But I do have to admit that this has been a source of stress to me every time my boys have done it. It just has!

Porter did really well this year and came in 4th place over all!
I couldn't be there because it was at the same time as Mutual so I did a little bit of running back and forth.

Porter was very excited and had a great time telling me all about it!

4th Grade Recorders!

In 4th Grade my kids have learned to play the recorder. And then the end of the year program includes the recorders. It is always a fun and entertaining program!