Now that school's started and we're home from China I have to come to the stark realization that the sun has set on my summer glory days. As much as I do love being back on a schedule again (even though we're not really, because being glued to the Olympics until wee hours of the morning threw a hanger in the school routine before we left and jet lag has done the trick since we got home) there's a humongous chunk of me that is so sad it all passed so fast.Dave told me the other day that this blog sounded kind of like I was complaining this summer with all the craziness going on at Bear Lake. He thought that was silly considering that I was in my own little paradise up there. I just want to set the record straight...I'm SO incredibly thankful we got to be up there. I know other moms "get it" that even when you're having the time of your life the nitty gritty details don't disappear. And I just like to keep it real here on the good old blog.
Summer just passed by way too fast. Seriously, who thought of the idea to start school on August 6th anyway??
Some extra summer straggling memories I wanted to write down before I forget:
My mom hosted her annual "Grammie Camp" up at the Lighthouse. The kids think this is the most awesome thing ever. She teaches them a little about their ancestors and they have a sleepover. My dad entertained the little kids with his traditional fairytale-story-acting-out and the contents of his "treasure chest."
My brother blessed his new baby up at the lake. We couldn't get enough of that sweet girl.We visited Hogle Zoo.
The kids survived a bunch of injuries.(That or they were just completely enamored by the vast assortment of slings and braces my parents have collected over the years...you make the call.)
We made new records on how many people we could stuff in and on these little cars to get to and from the beach.
I admired Grace's eyelashes...
...and then realized they don't hold a candle to her cousin Isaac's!
Lucy "helped" me test the lighting for various photo shoots.
Max and Elle glued themselves to my parent's guitars.
We got my family going on Rock Band one night...I love the looks of concentration on their faces in this picture.
The cousins couldn't get enough of each other.
My brothers are the best uncles. Seriously. I couldn't be more thankful for their examples... especially to Max. They're like the big brothers he never had.
All but one decided Dave was so good-looking with his buzz that they had to do it too...they would never admit that was the reason but come on, who wouldn't want to look like Dave??
The kids made up various games all summer. They never once got bored.
Lucy and her cousin Elsie had a great time. I'm glad Lucy didn't squish her.We ended the summer with my sister's birthday bash...And my parent's anniversary. Man I love these guys with all my heart, and I love that they make it possible for us to be up at Bear Lake all summer. I can never thank them enough for that.
I got to have my annual slumber party with my high school girlfriends. Oh man I love these girls.
We got to spend some good time with Dave's family up there too. We spent time with them in Rexburg and Layton and got to have dinner with them in Salt Lake one night. Dave's little brother and his wife who we hadn't seen in ages were visiting there from Milwalkee (these photos are compliments of her...I stole them from her blog). Plus Dave's parents were in town. We love you guys!
So, goodbye summer. I'll be counting down the days 'til you come around again.