Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Almost too much to cover

This is what happens when you don't journal regularly, plus it doesn't help when you lose your camera and don't have pictures to document all the fun you've been having.  It's almost too overwhelming to start, but I guess this is where the Reader's Digest version comes in handy...

Summer has been awesome.  We've been busy and relaxed, all at the same time. 

Matt successfully finished another year of summer science camp, thus providing for our summer travel fun to see family - hooray!  He also had a great experience teaching a mini semester with a small class.  It makes a huge difference in attitude and effectiveness in the classroom when you only have to correct 8-10 homework/quiz/test sets, rather than 40, or 80, or whatever he usually has.

Wes, Kate, Sophie and Joshua have tan lines and sand permenantly under their toenails, due to our many days at the beach. 

We just got back from a trip to see family in the West.  The first four or five days were an adjustment and Matt and I not-really-seriously talked about changing our plane tickets to fly home early.  It was totally due to the adjustment of traveling with a young family and trying to see and do too many things; but after the adjustment, we easily could've stayed another week. 

While in Utah we introduced our children to the Temple Square experience, toured the Conference Center, saw the new City Creek outdoor mall {beautiful}, went to Kennecot Copper Mine, played at Fountain Green Lamb Days where Wes and Kate entered their first ever 1 mile 'lamb scram'.  They did awesome.  We also got to take in an Orem Owlz game where our niece sang the national anthem, how cool is that? Then up to our 'home away from home', Logan, for a couple of days.

The B family reunion is usually the Friday of Lamb Day week, but due to a sister and her family living in Denver, and unable to come until the following week, it was delayed.  We camped up Log Canyon in sheep camps; so cool.  I've decided that's the way to camp ... in a queen sized bed, fully sheltered from Mother Nature's elements, which she displayed.  (;   It was so great to be with family. 

Our last four days were spent at my parent's house in Ephraim.  They're on a mission in FL, and so we just hung out, played with their toys, played at the park and the tennis courts, went to the new Manti pool {will definietly be visiting there again!}, and loved not having a schedule.  Matt would go during the days to work with his dad, and I admit to having the kids watch a movie during Joshua's nap so I could turn on the fan {I love the sound of fans}, read my book for a while, and then catch a few winks myself. (:  It was heavenly. 

A memory I don't want to forget is the first night we got to Fountain Green.  Here's the background ... during Lamb Day week there's a softball tournament.  It's a family tradition to either play in the tournament, or be a spectator every night that week.  So when we got there no one was home.  We walked over to the park and started saying our hello's.  The awesome memory came when Sophie {4 years old} re-acquainted herself with her cousins, Autumn {4}, Jessie {4}, and Misty {4}.  Within a few minutes everyone was back to the business of watching the games or playing at the park.  This is when Sophie, Autumn and Jessie were all holding hands together in a circle, trying to walk back to Grandma's house, whilst still ALL holding hands.  So picture a slow moving circle of three children, trying not to trip over each other.  It was priceless.  They soon decided it was easier to walk in a line, although that meant not everyone could keep holding everyone's hands.  {Just a side note ... Misty is a newly-turned 4 year old, and so she's more interested in her own imaginative world right now, and couldn't be bothered with the dramatics of the older four year olds at this time ... maybe next summer(:  }.

So ... we made it back to the eastern shore safely and are still not adjusted to the two-hr time difference {poor Joshua, especially}.  It's been awesome though ... Matt's been bottling up a storm since all of our tomatoes are on right now, I love having a husband who preserves food more than I do, and I don't feel guilty about it.  We've been cleaning the house top to bottom.  It helped that while we were gone we had a painter come in and paint our dated wood windows and trim/floorboards.  We figured it would be the best time to do it so we wouldn't be in his way, nor he in ours.  It gaves us an amazing boost of organization, and kick starts our rennovation. 

That'll be the recap for now ... meanwhile, piano lessons resume, daily life continues, and we're happy.


jill said...

What a happy trip. I am now very interested in this sheep camp place. That is my kind of camping too!

Dave's going to be in Andover sometime and I was wishing I could come and spend some time with you - but they keep moving the date around and it makes flight planning tricky. Oh well. I'm glad you're home and blogging again. I love getting a glimpse of life on the East coast. Love you all!

Mike and Jen said...

I've been wondering where you were! Welcome back ;)

audrey said...

Sounds like so much fun! That cousin story is so cute! Yay for having cousins around! Glad you guys had fun and glad you're back! And can I just say how cool it is that Matt cans?!!

J and M said...

How fun!!!! It sounds heavenly. I want to go to the sheep camp, and I let my kids watch two or three days of full movies with grandpa while Bea was napping and I read as well. JOY!!!