Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Lagoon with cousins

After the reunion and Bloomington Lake, we left the lake and headed on a little family trip to Jackson Hole (man we sure are trying to soak up family time before our boy takes off for college!).  But first, we met up with our cousins in order to fit in our second annual Lagoon trip.

You see, last year, after years of begging we decided to give in and take the kids to an amusement park near where our cousins live.  

And of course, the cousins were part of the plan.  

It's interesting how something as little of that can become a tradition.
A pretty fun tradition I have to say!
 (That's my favorite ride I think.  See Elle and McKenna below on the left?)





A highlight was riding the brand new ride there.
Ok, maybe that one's my favorite.  It is AWESOME.  See those people heading down that slope at behind us?  I am a roller-coaster-lover through and through.

My childhood fav. was "Tidal Wave."  (We lived close to Lagoon and got to go on very rare occasion.)  Didn't disappoint Julie and I this year :)
One ride that did disappoint was this one water one (I think "cliff hanger") that pretty much just strapped us in and doused us with a waterfall.
We were hot, so a little water is nice, but a waterfall?  Seth cracked us all up with all his banter on the ride so it was totally worth getting drenched.  Us two got the most soaked:


These two were the biggest dare-devils:
(We left the two littlest with a babysitter...Lu didn't love it so much last year.)
So crazy that I ran into one of my best high school guy friends that I haven't seen for years right as we were leaving.  His wife was the daughter of Dave's mission president in Taiwan.  Such a small world and such a cute family.
Hard to leave this cute family behind as we took off to begin our trek on to Jackson:
Love them so much.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Bloomington Lake and beauty galore

It makes me happy when my kids are as enthralled with the beauty of the earth as I am.

But then again, I guess it's not hard to be overcome with how knock-dead gorgeous the earth is up at Bloomington Lake (up in the mountains by where we stay at Bear Lake).



Oh boy, right?

At first Lu was a little hesitant about coming on this hike with us.  But once she got there she could hardly stop admiring and picking the gorgeousness up there.
She was especially excited when my sis-in-law started making flower crowns.

We missed the trek to Bloomington Lake last year, but most years we make a little pilgrimage up the old dirt road, past a herds of cows and through 528 potholes to this pristine place where we hike up a beautiful trail:


...and pick a million bouquets on the way:
...to jump into the ice-cold glacier lake from the rope swing.

...over and over again.
I was wimpy this year...it was the very first time I've been there and not done the jump.  Mostly it was because I just decided not to give in to peer pressure this time :)

Lu surprised me by begging with her puppy dog eyes (and a lot of whining) to jump in.  The wind had come up by then and we didn't bring her swimsuit so I cajoled her to believe that next year we would remember her swimsuit (I was too nervous about whether she had enough upper body strength to hold on because there are lots of rocks down there which is pretty scary if you don't jump at the right time).  But go Lucy for being so daring!

I'm not sure why I don't have more pictures of the other sisters and cousins, dang it!  Most of them were there.

I'll let the pictures tell the rest of the story.

...except to add that I loved that Grace was just as into photographing the beauty as I was.







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