Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Big 12!

Josh turns 12 today. We tried to make him feel special. He had his favorite breakfast, dippy eggs.

He had a special day at church. He received the priesthood and also had his last day in primary. Then he came home to family and friends for a birthday dinner. We had a full house due to the torrential down pour outside. Wow what a busy day!

He got lots of fun presents too - thanks everybody

Zelda Spirit Tracks DS Game

Pokemon Ranger Guardian Signs

Two fun DVD Movies

And. . . . . the Potato Gun!

So fun!

Thanks everyone for making Josh's day special. 

Josh, I can hardly believe you're twelve. I want you to know that while you were being blessed with the priesthood and being set apart to the office of a deacon, I could feel the spirit in the room. I could feel that your dad loves you so much. I could also feel Heavenly Father's love for you. I asked you if you could feel the spirit during your blessing. You said yes you could. You bore your testimony today in church and I loved it.

You have a strong fun personality. You like to feel happy and have fun. You like to be silly and goofy. You often make me laugh - even when I really shouldn't be laughing. I love that about you. You are tender-hearted and very caring of others. You are going to be in middle school this year and you are very anxious. I pray that you will find good friends who let you continue to be yourself. You make me smile. You teach me how to love. I'm very grateful you are a part of our family. I can't imagine it without you.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Hike to Lake Stella! Beautiful!

The hike to Stella Lake was beautiful. Stella Lake was even more beautiful.

Here we are. . . . all ready to go.

I  thought this tree was totally awesome

My sweet Hayden wanted his picture taken here :)

We're almost there - it looks so pretty

Almost the whole gang ~  missing two

Super Cool Dudes ;)

Lake Stella is beautiful - don't you think?

Skipping rocks. . . I really tried to - but only got it to skip once. 
I'll keep trying - it's on my bucket list to learn how to skip a rock. 

Tree Seats

What a beautiful hike - glad we made it ;)

What fun family fun :)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Memories from Hayden's 9th Birthday

This year Hayden got to celebrate his birthday while camping with family and friends.

He got lots of fun presents. Thanks everybody.

Everyone on our tour sang Happy Birthday to him in the Lehman Caves, a first for our Park Ranger/Tour Guide. A first for him too ;)

He had cobbler and roasted marshmallows for his birthday dessert - so Yum-O!!

And this hat. . . . I got this hat to make him feel special while we were up camping. Thought he could wear it when he had breakfast lunch and dinner. But. . . .he wore it all morning long. It was so cute :) He loved it and it made me smile :)

We couldn't forget the glow sticks - seems like everyone really liked those :)

Great Basin National Park & Lehman Caves

We just got back from a trip to Lehman Caves at Great Basin National Park. What a neat place to visit. We had great weather and beautiful scenery to enjoy. Mot to mention the fun memories we made with family and friends.

The Lehman Caves were amazing!!!

Here's a few of my favorite memories from the caves. You really should plan a trip there. Put this one on your list of family fun things to do.

Here was Josh's turn to crawl through the crawl space. 
Our Park Ranger Kelly said that you use to have to crawl through spaces 
this small to get all the way through the cave. 

This was right after our group sang Happy Birthday to Hayden

Park Ranger Kelly

Carey admiring an amazing formation in the cave - WOW!

The "Music Room" - they use to bang on the formations here and make "music"

Cave Bacon - looks yummy ;)

Amazing, really!

Josh really liked this spot. I think this was the swamp area. 
Lot's of water in here this year.

Parachute shields - pretty amazing!

This looks like it's coming to splatter all over Zac

I barely caught Jeffrey in this picture ;)

Zac and Ashlee thrilled to let me take their picture in the cavern room

This is our exit tunnel - I thought it was awesome in here too. 
Our Park Ranger, Kelly gave us an extra little experience of what it might sound like 
to be in an earthquake while you were in this cave. 
He had us all on stand on the left side of the tunnel, 
turned out the lights and kicked the door hard. 
It made the loudest and echoey sound I think I've ever heard. 
That would be super scary.

Caught Carey in this one ;)

Lehman Caves were awesome and something that I'm really glad we got to experience. Neat-O!