Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Bear Lake

We went to Bear Lake with my family at the end of July/beginning of August and it was a blast. My mom rented a cabin and it was perfect for all of us. We left early on Wednesday and stopped in Logan for lunch and to feed the ducks. We also had to get some Aggie ice cream!


We got our wiggles out and played for a while at first dam then headed to Garden City.


Owen immediately just wanted to drive his cars in the dirt in front of the house. He was in heaven “making smokes” (dust) and did this a lot while we were there.


On Thursday we headed to Nancy and Casey’s amazing house on the east side of the lake. They invited us to spend the day with them and we loved it so much. Their house is amazing and right on the beach and they have tons of fun toys.


Owen liked the boat but didn’t want to do the tube. I was a little depressed that I couldn’t do anything except sit in the boat, but later I did the wave runner so that was fun! And Owen fell asleep on me for over an hour and I kind of loved that too.


After a few hours of boating, we went back and ate lunch and played on the beach. Dan and I did the kayaks and Owen played in the baby pool with Andrew. Nancy has a hose with only warm water (genius) so she filled up that pool for him and he loved it.


My mom had surgery on her forehead a day or two before the trip and we all underestimated how intense it was. Her face swelled up and she looked awful. She was in a  lot of pain too and had she known, she would have done it another time!


One of the days we headed on a short little hike that ended up being great for us. Most of it was in the shady trees and Owen walked a lot of it. It was pretty and good for this pregnant mom and a 2 year old!



Owen loves aunt Stephie and uncle Andrew. He also loves cracker bears and since we don’t buy them, my mom brought some for a treat for him and he carried them everywhere. Dan just wanted to let him go wild and he ate two boxes in the 4 days we were there. Not joking.


We met up with our good friends the Wards for some ice cream one night and Owen and Kam were really happy to see each other! We see them multiple times a week, but it was especially exciting to see them at Bear Lake!

We also did a lot of swimming at the pool, but I didn’t take any pictures because I was enjoying the water myself! Owen loved swimming with Dan and Andrew and we swam every day!


On Saturday we headed to the public beach early and got a good spot. We didn’t think we would be there long, but Owen was in heaven and we stayed for about 3 hours! It was gorgeous and I would get a little hot then go in the water and feel amazing, then sit back in my chair for a while! Perfect!


Owen didn’t want to play in the water at first, but after an hour or two, we all walked out together and he was loving it!IMG_5718

On the way home, we went through Evanston hoping it would help with Owen not getting carsick, but he still barfed! Luckily we were well prepared and he is well trained to tell us and we got it all in the bucket and it was no biggie. We’re pros now…He is the cutest sleeping in his seat!


Bear Lake was a success and we can’t wait to go again next year!

Friday, August 21, 2015


July was full of fun and lots of time spent playing outside at the pool, splash pads, etc. Our neighbors invited us over for treats and sparklers and this was Owen’s first time with them. He loved it until he touched the end and got a small burn and he never wanted one after that!IMG_5572

We had family  over on the 4th of July for a big breakfast and it was really yummy and really fun. It was only about 1/3 of the whole crew, but still plenty of crazy kids!


We had a BBQ at my mom’s house later that day and did a few fireworks before we left. This was the only decent picture we got and Owen is always doing a crazy face, although a lot of times he thinks it is a real smile. It’s too funny so we just go with it.



We headed over to Becky’s for more firework fun with cousins and Owen was loving it. He loved sitting with Katelyn. He kind of got really weirdly hyper and was just yelling and screaming at the fireworks in an excited kind of way. He was doing some sort of karate kicks and punches and it was hilarious and strange.IMG_5615IMG_5605IMG_5608


Our neighborhood started doing a Walkabout once a month where we go to 3 homes for treats around the neighborhood and it is really fun. Owen loved pulling Kam in her wagon. We also went to Blackridge Reservoir a lot and really loved it. Owen jumps right in and it’s fun to have sand and a beach with water only a few minutes from our house!



Shelley threw a shower for me and Brigitte while she was visiting and it was really fun and cute. And I got tons of amazing gifts!


Over the 24th of July, Dan and Owen went camping and boating at Willard Bay with family. I started feeling sick on Friday afternoon but I made Danny still leave with plans to meet them up there the next morning. I ended up getting SUPER sick and throwing up about every 15 minutes for the next 12 hours. My mom was amazing and came to take care of me. Danny felt terrible and kept saying he would come home but I told him to stay and I’m glad they did so they had fun and didn’t get sick. I ended up at the hospital Saturday morning to get fluids and check on the baby, but it all turned out okay, and I slept all day Saturday and felt much better within a few days!IMG_5653

And Dan and Owen had a lot of fun boating and playing with cousins!


More summer fun in the mountains climbing rocks with Dad, and looking handsome in his new tie for church!



We also got to play with these cute kids a few times and Owen loved it. I miss Shelley too much and I hate how she lives so far away! But we had a lot of fun while they were here!


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

June-San Diego part 2

We spent another day at the beach towards the end of our trip and it was COLD! It was really overcast and just cool, which was perfect for the days at the theme parks, but not so great for the beach. Owen didn’t get in the water, so he was fine with a jacket and I bundled up in the towels. We ended up staying a long time and still having a lot of fun though.


Dan and Owen had a lot of fun just playing in the sand. The picture above is my favorite ever because you can just see how happy Owen was to be dumping sand on Danny’s head! They are the cutest.


We spent a day at the zoo and it was really fun. The weather was amazing and cool and overcast and I just loved it. I don’t know if I mentioned this, but we were able to bring the BOB stroller in my in-law’s RV and it was awesome. It is so easy to push and goes everywhere, and it can lay down super far so Owen took several naps in it, including a nice long nap at the zoo!


Our first stop was the double decker bus tour around the zoo. It was fun to see the animals from up high and who doesn’t love to take it easy for a while?


We also did the gondola across the park and Owen was in heaven. It was way high and he just loved it.


We saw lots of cool animals and Owen enjoyed it. I think he liked playing with his cousins more than seeing the animals, but I don’t blame him! It was really fun to have so many cousins around for this trip.


His souvenir from the zoo was this little giraffe which was not cheap! But he was stoked and he has actually played with it a ton in the month since we have been home!


Cousins are the best!IMG_5466

We took this right before we left on Saturday morning to come back home in front of our cute little KOA cabin. It was perfect for our family with two rooms and Owen slept awesome (even on the top bunk!). The only downside was no bathroom, but we managed fine with the KOA bathrooms. It was great for the whole family, and we had Mark’s family in the cabin next to us, and Dave’s family in an RV down the street, and Dan’s parent's in an RV near Dave. We could all get together at our firepit and play at night and it was just an awesome vacation! The drive home was looooong, but there was no barfing and it was so much fun!