Monday, September 3, 2012

the ranch

I love when we have Mondays off school. 

Last night we had the cousins come for dessert and Max went to hang with his boy cousins and the girls, Dave and I watched Pride and Prejudice ‘til late in the night.  Today we get to swim and BBQ.

In the meantime, I realized I never posted this recap of a trip to the mountains at the very beginning of the summer.

Happy Labor Day!2012-06-10 duke 52339We feel so grateful to escape from the craziness of life in the desert every so often and hang with our good friends at their ranch in the mountains.2012-06-10 the ranch 517462012-06-11 the ranch 517622012-06-11 the ranch 517602012-06-11 the ranch 517612012-06-11 the ranch 51769
The highlight of the trip this time for the little boys was the crawdads.  Wow, these boys sure found a bunch of them.2012-06-10 the ranch 517492012-06-11 the ranch 51768
They even took it upon themselves to cook a few and actually eat them.  2012-06-10 the ranch 51754
Gross.  Very gross if you ask me but boy, they were sure happy about it (excuse the pun:)2012-06-11 the ranch 517762012-06-11 the ranch 517842012-06-11 the ranch 51785
This trip we took the time to head up to a watering hole to swim. 2012-06-12 Nichole's pictures 518472012-06-12 the ranch 519572012-06-12 the ranch 51955
The kids found a place to cliff jump and ate that up.  They started small:2012-06-12 Nichole's pictures 51869
…and then went higher.2012-06-12 the ranch 519942012-06-12 the ranch 519772012-06-12 the ranch 52007
It was all fun and games to watch until I asked my friend why she didn’t do it (she had her swimsuit on ready to go).  She told me she’d jump if I did. 

I don’t know why things like that get me going, but right when she said that my heart started pumping and I knew I had to do it. 

We got up the gumption after a little pep talk from each other and the kids.2012-06-12 Nichole's pictures 51908
…and then we went for it.  2012-06-12 Nichole's pictures 519112012-06-12 Nichole's pictures 51912(yeah that was my workout clothes…didn’t come very well prepared for a cliff jump)2012-06-12 Nichole's pictures 51918
Man, sometimes I love a little jolt like that.2012-06-12 the ranch 52015
Other parts of being at the ranch:2012-06-12 the ranch 519352012-06-12 the ranch 519402012-06-12 the ranch 519432012-06-12 the ranch 519482012-06-12 the ranch 52017
Late night games:2012-06-11 the ranch 51932
Tuckered out after a long day.2012-06-11 the ranch 51927
We do a lot of cooking and eat so well up there.  Each family takes turns making a big meal for everyone.2012-06-12 the ranch 520222012-06-11 the ranch 517882012-06-11 the ranch 517892012-06-11 the ranch 517902012-06-11 the ranch 517922012-06-11 the ranch 517952012-06-11 the ranch 518282012-06-11 the ranch 518342012-06-11 the ranch 51812
So grateful for such good friends…and such a beautiful way to soak in the beginning of the summer.


  1. That looked like so much fun! Not sure I could have done a jump like that. Good for you!

  2. That looks super fun! Enjoy your Labor Day weekend! Also, i had a question for you, what kind of camera does Elle have and what lens does she usually use? I am starting photography and ove all your and her work. Thanks!

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  4. Is this cabin up in Christopher Creek? My parents own a cabin up there and my dad's late cousin owned the cabin right next to our family's. They invited us over once or twice to hang out and I think this is the same cabin. I could be wrong, it just looks very familiar. Looks like so much fun!

  5. What gorgeous photos, that looked like one amazing time!

  6. Oh wow! You must all be so grateful for such wonderful friends and the opportunities thatcome with that :)

  7. This summer is the first time I jumped off a cliff. I'm with you - I love little jolts like that every once in awhile! Is that The Train Game? I just played that this summer and loved it. Have a great week!

  8. Where is this cabin? I'm looking for a location for my family reunion. Does this cabin rent out or is it privately owned?

  9. Becky, it is privately owned and they don't rent it out. I know, it would be an awesome place for a reunion!

  10. Jaclyn, yes it's the Barney's ranch. Small world! And Amy, I think the game is called "Ticket to Ride" but I never got the chance to play it.


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