Thursday, September 21, 2017

August Adventures 2017

August 1-16
Some photos of my favorite little people.  Molly and Ryder shared a hug after Molly had been gone to New Hampshire for 2 weeks.  Maden is spread out on 4 different states. Clark is really on the ball. Maden, Clark and Annie at the Grand Canyon. Molly and Ryder eating some toast.

Ryder got to spend a few days with us while his parents were on a little vacation. We went to Burger King, blew bubbles, and played in the hot tub among a bunch of other activities.  I love these pictures of Celia and the kids at the Grand Canyon.  Brian got there too, but after dark.  Jared got stuck at a job site, luckily the Explorer could pull him out.

Molly and Ryder had a fun time playing at the Iona Park.  I love Molly's flighty hair!

We watched Molly for a weekend while her parents had a little get-a-way.  She had fun playing with the toys at our house, going to Grandma Beth's for dinner, and playing in the hot tub, and a lot of other activities.  Blake went to help Jared dig a trench at a job, it was fun to watch him run the digger. Ryder loved watching the grain combine in the field by our house.

Brian and Celia got sprinklers installed in their yard, so now it was time to get it ready and then plant grass.  They had to level out some places and also spread out some gravel with the tractor.  It still needed some smoothing out, so we borrowed a harrow to pull behind the 4wheeler.  Annie, Clark, Molly and Ryder thought that was a very fun job to "help" Grandpa with.  They got the grass all planted and it's coming up great now.

Molly and Ryder are enjoying some more hot tub time. Molly is such a happy little thing, even in the early morning.  Maden loves building things with all sorts of different mediums, this was a great ramp.  Jared and Nikelle had a fun little vacation in Park City. Clark is a good dog sitter during a car ride.  Courtney and Ryder enjoying a little boat ride. Molly loves her Minnie Mouse car mat, and the splash park.

August 16 - Brody's Headstone

Brody's headstone turned out so nice.  It's such a peaceful, sweet place to visit.

Jared and Nikelle and Molly visited as soon as they heard it had been installed.  They make it a fun thing for the family to do, they have picnics, take a truck for Molly to play with there.  Molly kisses Jesus and shares her juice with him too.  

We tried to get a good picture, but the sun was just too bright.  Molly loves going to see Brody.  Ryder loves seeing Jesus and Brody too.

August 17-18

Maden, Annie and Clark came once a week for "Grandma Day". I love it! We had a lot of fun, and did a lot of different fun activities.  This time they played with play dough for a long time.  I got to tend Clark by himself for a day, he became my good buddy that day.  He is a quiet, deep thinking little guy.  Nikelle joined Molly and Ryder for some hot tub time.

August 19 - American Falls

We took the boat out for a spin on the American Falls Reservoir.  I got sunscreen on the lens of my phone, so some of the pictures are kind of blurry.  Randy skied, Jared wake boarded.  

Nikelle tried and tried to get up on the small wake board that came with the boat. (It's not in very good shape!) She was really sad that she couldn't get up.  Courtney got up once, then couldn't again.  I don't know how any of them ever get up, let alone get in that cold water.

It was a fun day in the boat, Molly and Ryder love it.

August 21 - Total Solar Eclipse

We had the opportunity to see the total Solar Eclipse.  We took the back roads from Blackfoot to avoid the traffic on the freeway and highway to Jared and Nikelle's house.  We had fun playing in their backyard as the eclipse started.  These pictures really don't capture the dramatic difference in the light.  It was actually quite incredible.

Here we are with our eclipse glasses, getting ready to see it.  Nikelle had to eat a banana, because everyone bought bananas before eclipse day, and they were scarce.  

It was an amazing sight to see the eclipse.  None of us really knew what to expect, but it exceeded all of my expectations.  The last picture was taken by Josh Packer and posted on facebook.  

It only lasted a few minutes in its totality.  It was so amazing how light it was with just a tiny sliver of the sun shining from behind the moon.  Once again, it was hard to capture how it really looked with the pictures, but it was definitely a memorable experience.

August 22 - IJump

For Grandma Day, I took Maden and Annie to IJump.  They had a great time jumping, running, inventing games and laughing.

Aug 20-25

Ryder and Molly having a great time running and playing in my kitchen.  Blake, Jared, Molly and Nikelle enjoying some pool time at a hotel in Salt Lake.  Clark loved getting a ride on Grandpa's leg.  Brian and his kids eating some ice cream on a very hot day in Draper, Utah.  

August 26 - NF Walk and Scheels


Nikelle has a disease called Neurofibromatosis (NF), there was a fund raising "walk" in Salt Lake for NF.  Brian, Celia, Maden, Annie, Clark, Jared, Nikelle, Molly, cousins Jessica and Steve, Blake and I all went to participate.  It is something Nikelle has always wanted to do.  It was a very hot day, but we all survived the nice walk in the beautiful park.  After the walk, Annie got her face painted and the kids all enjoyed getting into a fire truck.

After the NF walk, we went to Scheels Sporting Good Store.  It was nice to be in the air conditioning! Everyone but Clark went for a ride on the Ferris Wheel.  Maden went by himself first, and was very brave, but he told me that he liked going with me better.

After the Ferris Wheel, the kids did some bowling and shooting activities.

Clark didn't really care that he wasn't tall enough for the Ferris Wheel, he had a great time in the shopping cart.  Annie and Molly liked it too.

August 26-29

Molly and Ryder are having fun coloring with Grandpa and Grandma.  Maden started 2nd Grade on the 29th! I can't believe he's already that old! Annie and Molly love to play dress up, I love how Annie helps Molly and how Molly loves Annie.  Ryder loves to read like his mom.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

July 2017

We had a lot of activities and adventures in July. 
July 1st - We started with the Graveside Service for our precious Brody.  

It was a beautiful, hot day. The service was also beautiful.  Brody will always have a place in our hearts, we love him dearly.  We were able to get some nice photos, but somehow Cindy and Ken were hiding, so we didn't get a photo of them.

After the service and luncheon, everyone came to Blackfoot to help Randy and Courtney move out of their house.  They put a lot of it in storage and moved the rest into our home! It was 95 degrees, but they worked fast and furiously and were done in less than 4 hours.

While the heavy lifters were busy moving, the kids had a great time playing with their fancy fake sparklers.  They are foam and light up, very cool invention.  Molly thought she'd check out Maden's Monopoly game.

After the moving, Cindy entertained the kids. She pushed Clark and Molly in Ryder's fire truck, and helped pick up pine cones. She found a kitty to hug at the neighbors house. The kids had fun running in the empty trailer.

The city of Blackfoot held fireworks on Saturday, July 1st. We borrowed the Matsuura's driveway and had our own little show, then watched the City's fireworks.  It was the perfect location and a perfect ending to a long day.

July 2nd - Cindy's Birthday!!

It's been a really long time since we've been able to celebrate Cindy's birthday with all of us.  Celia made this fun cake.  If you count the candles and figure out which are the tens and which are the ones, you'll be able to know how old she is.


Since we were all together, we got a picture! We just used the timer on my phone, but we're all in the photo! We missed Sydney though!

In honor of Cindy, some of us wore "super" shirts.  

We had to get a Sibling picture, it was a difficult task to get a good one! But not as difficult as .....

This was just not happening with these little grand ones.

It was a fun day, with games, eating, nail clipping, pine cone picking and a fun four wheeler ride with Annie as the driver.

July 3rd

Some of us went to Maden's game and Ken played with Ryder and his magic track.

July 4th

We started off going to the parade in Idaho Falls. It was a fun parade, you'll have to ask Cindy if you want to know the 3 top entries. Cindy and Ken brought all the kids a patriotic shirt, don't the look cute! It was so fun to have Cindy and Ken here for these occasions!

Back at home, the kids played on the slip and slide and ran through the sprinklers.  Brian and Randy got the fun job of blowing up these balls.  

Jared and Nikelle went camping with the Bair's.  Molly loved the 4-wheeler rides.

July 7
Molly loved posing in front of our huge lilies. 

Brian's family and Randy's family went camping down by Bear Lake. Clark had a nap while they were on a 4wheeler ride.

July 8 - Bear Lake

We met up with Brian and Randy at Bear Lake.  We were on the Idaho North Shore.  The lake is really high, it didn't leave a lot of beach, but we had fun anyway.

Blake, Randy, Jared, Courtney, Nikelle, Molly and Ryder went for a little jaunt in the boat. Randy and Jared water skied, but we only got a picture of one of them!

Randy, Courtney, Nikelle and Jared decided to jump in the water.  Molly and Ryder were going to just stay on the boat with Grandpa, but Molly decided to jump in too.  She is a little fish! Ryder not so much.

Fun on the beach! Ryder had a nap in Courtney's arms. It was nice to find some shade sometimes. 

Molly loves the water, she loved jumping off the boat to her daddy.  

This is the maiden voyage for the tube. It was a hit with most everyone that tried it. Maden especially loved it. 

July 12 

Blake and Courtney and Ryder went to tend Molly while her parents went to the temple.  They had a great time playing!

July 12 and 13 - Ogden, Utah
Celia and I took Maden, Annie and Clark on a little trip to Ogden to watch my nephew, Logan play in the Bugle and Drum Corps.  We left early in the morning and went to the Treehouse Museum, then checked into the hotel, then went to the Bugle and Drum Corps.

The kids love the museum! Clark loved the trains the most.

There are a lot of fun activities.  Clark loved to walk on this little ledge like his brother and sister were, he had a fit when we had to leave.

Maden and Annie got to be on stage in a little play, they loved it!

The Drum and Bugle Corps was held at Weber State Stadium.  We are not exactly sure which one is Logan! It was a great show!

Hotel fun! It was great fun to ride the luggage cart, play with the bubble wall in the lobby, and swim.  Maden and Annie slept in my room, they thought it was great fun to have a sleepover in the hotel.

July 14

More boating, wake boarding and skiing at Jensen's Grove.

Jared, Nikelle and Molly came down before taking Nikelle and Molly to catch their plane to New Hampshire.  Ryder and Molly thought this pillow was a funny hat. After they left we put some water in a little wading pool, Ryder would only throw balls into it, but Courtney and I cooled our feet off nicely.  Blake and Randy and Jared are looking up boat covers, must be a serious search!

July 15

Brian and the kids visited the cows at Uncle Bart's house.

July 16

Just some Sunday evening fun, Clark swinging, all of them watching some TV on my bed, all of them riding the 4-wheeler with Courtney and trying out Celia's new ride.  We missed our Molly!

July 20

For Christmas, I gave Maden and Annie some Tinker Crates and Kiwi Crates.  Every month we get a new box with different activities.  This time Maden got a bottle rocket.  It was great fun!  Annie's was a Physics carnival.  We got Grandpa involved and it was so fun!

Nikelle sent these cute pictures from New Hampshire.  Molly loves Minnie! They had fun on the beach of the Atlantic Ocean!

July 22

Blake had to fix a fuse in my car, it was in the most stupid place ever! He had to turn into a contortionist, but he got it fixed!

July 23

We celebrated my Dad's birthday. It's really on the 21st, but we celebrated  with him on the 23rd.  Annie helped make the banana bread we used for the cake. The kids call him Grandpa Chin Chopper, or just Chop.

July 24
Maden, Annie and I went to Logan with my Mom and Dad (Paul and Beth or Grandpa Chin Chopper and Grandma Beth) to pick up my nephews Ryan and Samuel.  We had lunch at Chuck a Rama, then drove to the Golden Spike and to Thiocol to see the rocket boosters. We brought DVD players and they had a great time watching movies while we were in the car.

They all had fun flattening a penny at the Golden Spike visitors center.

We had to go the Train house to see the trains, pretty fun to see such old trains.  The rocket boosters were huge!

When we got home, we went to the Pioneer Celebration at the Ball Diamonds.  We ate, played with produce in water, played kick ball, ran the bases, and played with water in the back of a pickup.

July 25
Ryan and Samuel came to play with Maden and Annie while Grandpa and Grandma went to the temple.

We tried out the Blackfoot Community Center, I thought it was kind of lame, but the kids loved it.  They loved running and jumping on this big blow up trampoline thing the most.

In the afternoon, they ran through the sprinklers and did the slip and slide.  It had been 90 and above for at least 2 weeks, but not this day, of course it was cold and windy.  Maden and Annie and Ryder had a great time with Ryan and Samuel!

July 28

Ryder helped Grandpa vacuum, then pick up pine cones.  We went to Texas Roadhouse.  Clark tried to be the cutest baby at the baseball game.  Sure is a cute smile!

July 29

Moving day again!  Randy and Courtney moved out of our basement into an apartment.  They thought they were going to be with us for longer, but an apartment opened up for them.  When they got done with the moving we celebrated Courtney's and my sister Lynne's birthdays.  (Their birthdays are on August 1st, but we celebrated on the 29th because Lynne was here too.)

July 31

We went to Idaho Falls and met up with Brian, he had ridden the motorcycle, so we got some pictures of him riding.  Molly's being a little fish again, this time at Rigby Lake.