Continuing our Summer Journey, next came the 4th of July. My mom's side of the family has an annual camping reunion that we were able to attend for the first time in years. This year it was at a campground over by Idaho Falls. We weren't able to stay the whole time, but the time we were there was a lot of fun. They loved camping with Grandma. And it was a lot of fun to see family we haven't seen in years. We didn't take many pictures, but here are a few.
This big pink ball was a great source of entertainment including an intense "how many times can you bounce the ball on your head," competition.
Annie and I love tenting it up.
Here is our tent mate, Nathan. He is displaying his affinity for purple clothes.
There is no reason for this picture, and I'll probably get in trouble for putting it up, but I think it's a funny picture. Maybe you should try to enter a caption for what Nathan might have said to offend Hannah.
Molly spent most of her time catching ants. She even carried a pet ant around in a cup for about a day.
If you give your camera to your cousins while they go on a nature hike, they return with some beauties like this. To see the rest of their collection, click here
We then left and spent the actual 4th of July with Stacy (my sister) and her girls. We watched the Thanksgiving point fireworks from a church lawn. It was a lot of fun despite the sprinklers that turned on at 9:00.
The next day Hannah and I left our kids with Stacy (thank you again) and headed for Texas to move our things back to Vernal. Here is the large statue of Sam Houston...Goodbye Sam!
And here we are with our large truck. No, we don't own that much stuff. We ordered a much smaller truck, and they thought they were doing us a favor by giving us this huge truck. Anyway, we enjoyed being truckers for a few days.
You say Escalantee, I say Escalatay, others say Escalant...regardless, we were headed there for a little Oyler family getaway. We rented a cabin for a few days in order to have some fun, eat some good food and take in the sites. The cabin was beautiful and big enough that the kids could do their thing, and the parents could do theirs. I loved being able to get away for a couple of days with my family after living away from them for a couple of years. Below are some pictures of what we saw.
We first stopped to see some old ruins. We paid our $10 to get inside and this picture pretty much shows you what we found inside...Not much! It was pretty funny. The kids had fun though.
This is Courtney yelling at me for taking her picture. I took it anyway. She is so cute... right?
We heard all about these caves called the narrows. We didn't got to them, but we did find this one that was about 100 yards long and it was perfect for us with all of the kids.
Here is Molly hanging out in her own little cave.
We found this little river that was only about 4 inches deep. The kids loved chasing the little fish and it was the perfect refreshment on a hot day.
One of my favorite places was the devil's rock garden. It really looked like someone played with playdough on the ground. It was easy to climb all over them. The only bad part was it took a really long time to get there on a really rough road. I think my family thought I was taking them to the end of the earth.
Here I am putting out the vibe...
The next day we went to Bryce Canyon which has to be one of my favorite places on earth. Here I am with the fam.
I have a new hobby. Photography. Here is my first subject....Nathan. This is his Senior Portrait. There is more where this came from.
Here is Hannah and my Sister Stacy at Bryce. Cute....
Thanks family for coming on our little getaway. I hope it wasn't to painful. I really loved it out there and I hope we do something like this again really soon.
Yes last year we went to New York City for the Manager's Meeting, and this year we went to Ogden, Utah. Every other year is in Utah, so it was expected to not be as awesome as last year, but we still had a lot of fun. It is always nice to have an all expense paid getaway without kids for a couple days. The first night we had a dinner with booths that told all about the different operations and a spouse meeting where some of the head honchos talk to all of us spouses and tell us how great we are and stuff like that.
They try to do a service project each year. This year they just split us up in a bunch of groups and we did various service projects around the Ogden area. Our group spent time cleaning and fixing up a long stay rehab center. Jake and I got stuck with clearing weeds and raking trash up outside. At first we were bummed because it was so hot and dirty, but soon we realized even though it was hard work we had the better end of the deal. Other were inside cleaning disgusting bathrooms and such. It was pretty funny to see grown men walk out of there looking ill. Here we are working hard.
We also helped sand and stain this little deck. Its always a lot of fun to do these even though we always leave wishing we could have done more for them. They are always so grateful though.
That night we went to Fort Buenaventure , its sort of a rendezvous place. We had to go around to all of these different stations and do certain things so we could get tickets for drawings later on. Here we are doing our tomahawk throws. Look at that form. Jake actually got it to stick in the log too.
And here we are shooting rifles at targets. It was so loud!
Can't forget our Mountain Man that helped demonstrate.
One of the stations we had to row out across this little reservoir. Here I am paddling. But I had to look back to see what Jake was doing cause it felt like I was doing all the work.
This is what was going on behind me.....
and this too! Sorry babe they were too funny to pass up though!
Posing in one of the little cabins there. We also ate a delicious steak dinner and watched a performance by the local Indian tribe.
The next morning, way earlier then we should have been up, we participated in the 5k fun run. Jake was a trooper and ran extra slow so he could stay with me the whole time. Isn't he the best. This was Jake's attempt to take a picture while running. Not bad huh?
The last day after meetings all morning we went to Fat Cats and were split into teams. Each team had to bowl, miniature golf, do bumper cars, and then we each had a big event we had to do also. So we had to combine our bowling and miniature golf scores, and then we got points for completing the other events too. Here is Jake bowling.
And me too.
Jake's event he had to do was the surfing. This place was really cool, we had a lot of fun here. I would highly recommend going sometime. Here he is getting let out on the rope.
And I love this one cause it shows how hard he is concentrating.
Here he is without the rope.
And then I had to put one of what it was like when they would crash. He did awesome though!
My event was rock climbing. I look super ornery in this picture...I don't know maybe I was:) The other event that someone had to do was the sky diving simulater. That is something I really want to try to do sometime.
This was the big fancy dinner the last night. It was a lot of fun. They always feed us really well the whole time, and didn't let us down this night either. This night they had a dinner theater going on that was very entertaining. They also give out prizes and awards for different things. Our group at Fat Cats won, so we each got a $50 bill. Sweet huh? Here we are all dressed up.
We had lots of fun and are already looking forward to next years! It was nice to be able to just leave the kids with my mom and not have to worry about how we were going to get someone to Houston to watch them so we could go. Another benefit of living closer to family! We also are so grateful for Jake's job. We feel so blessed to be working for this company. They have been so good to us. Right now is hard, with them starting this operation from the ground up it has taken Jake away from us much more than we like, and sometimes it feels like he isn't getting paid enough for the hours he is working, but we wouldn't change a thing. They are great and our lives have been blessed emensely by working for them. And when it does get hard, we just have to remember we are so blessed to even have a job there are a lot of people who don't have that luxury right now.
Udaho...this is what the north-west part of Utah/ the south-east part of Idaho is often referred to by my bro-in-law. I think it fits quit nicely. So as I said previously since we already had a trip planned to come to Udaho we decided to go ahead with it. I know we did a lot more than I actually have pics of. I need to figure out how to steal pics off of other people's blogs, because my sisters have a couple I really want on here. I don't exactly remember everything we did so here are the few pictures I do have.
This is my nephew that lives in NC. We used to live by them while we lived in West Virginia and we miss them all a lot. As you can see Annie adored him too.
Playing on the trampoline with cousins...another favorite past time at grandma's.
Jeremy, Trey and Molly hanging out. We had a lot of meals out on my parents deck...I love their yard and deck.
My super cute parents...I love them so much and am so grateful for all they do for us.
Tanner getting a homemade facial...haha!
One night we had a family baseball game. Some of us played, some of us watched, but all of us had fun.
Jake and I organized a 5K this year. Now this is something that would normally never happen with my family but I think it was so much fun and something we should do every year. We also had the kids do a mile run. I didn't get to see the finish because I was one of the very last to finish, but I heard it was a tight one and came down to Jake and Brandon...who are both pretty competitive. Jake won. I was so proud! Everyone did awesome!
One of the reasons we all got together was to celebrate my Dad's 60th birthday! It was fun. My mom surprised him by having these awesome shirts made. Funny story though, my mom went to get them the day before and instead of a 60 on them they had an 09...the girl that made them thought they were supposed to say the year because she had been making a ton of graduation shirts and stuff. luckily the year coincided with the 60...so instead we add the ' on '09 and wrote happy sixtieth across it. We have some really fun pics of the whole family that I need to get on here.
The girls holding hand while riding in the big truck.
One day we went to the coolest park in Logan. I wish I could remember the name, but I can't. Anyways, it was so cool and my kids had a blast. They had these misters to cool off in, I think Molly stood in one for over 10 minutes though and got soaked, I can't keep her away from water. I can't wait to go back there though.
This is usually what Annie looks like at the end of every day...love it.
We couldn't pass up a trip to Pizza Villa...we also hit up the pig out there too.
So as you can see we played a lot with cousins, ate a lot, partied hard and had a whole lot of fun. I was glad that Jake was able to come for a lot of the time, since he was working in Utah anyways. It is so fun living closer to them all. Now if we can just get Cassie and Doug to move here also...:) A girl can dream right?