Tuesday, October 25, 2016

July 4th

Fourth of July...
Started out with the parade in Morgan

I love the small town parade.  We've been coming to the same corner now for 6 years.  I know exactly where to park, and it is small town enough you don't have to show up super early for a good spot.

 I took the boys since Nathan had to be in Bountiful to start his crit race.  We left straight from Morgan and still made it in plenty of time to watch him race.  We like the crit races because of how many time you get to see the racers go by.

Drew, Darrin, and Nathan.  The team put up a good race, but unfortunately no one podiummed this time. Not pictured was Lee, but his knee was giving him fits and he had to stop.
This team has been awesome.

On the way home we got happy meals, it was a happy day!
Then I heard something that no one ever likes to hear...
that sound of throw-up.  James said "Mom, Jonathan threw up, OH NO! NOW HE'S REALLY THROWING UP!"  I think it was the combo of apple juice and not really eating anything that day but parade candy...yep, I'm a good mom.  Yes, my kids eat sugar(you wouldn't know it from how skinny they are). So I pulled into the Smith's parking lot in Farmington...and there was so much throw up that I called Nathan because I needed back up help.  So there I am in the parking lot, with the throw-up filled car seat on the ground, and people walking into Smith's looking.  I would just say "Hope you have a better fourth than I'm having".  That got a few good chuckles.  Nathan arrived and we literally laughed so hard we cried while running options.  Finally he just dumped out the car seat in the parking lot, I put it in the back, we stripped down Jonathan, and he had to be in James' booster seat on the way home.  We opened the back of the car and tossed that car seat straight to the trash upon entering the garage.  It had seen it's share of vomit, and we had another from when both boys were in 5-point car seats. The vomit/trashed one had been the more used, and we've completely gotten our money's worth. So, hence the picture with a naked Jonathan in the middle of the car. I sent the picture to Ann, and she says I should write a book about all the crazy poop/throw-up stories we have...she might be onto something:)  

Later that day we had a great dinner with Jason and Nicole (and kids) and Kathy and Alan.
Jonathan wanted a snuggle from mommy, so I had to oblige...he's still my baby for a little longer.
Trying to be patriotic, we are cutting the water melon with a star cookie cutter.

Sprinkler under the tramp is always a fun {slippery} time

Getting ready to watch some fireworks in the front yard 

We all got our seats :)

Each boy picked out this flaming sword firework,
and there had to be rules that they couldn't be pointed at anyone,

James with this cute kitten from the Norman's 
This little one is the runt named Midnight, and James wakes up every morning early to look for the kittens and then snuggle them.

My nails turned out pretty cute, too.
Happy 4th of July!

 That night in one of the cul-de-sacs most people in the neighborhood gathered, and set off all the fireworks collectively.  What a neat place we live in.  Three boys piled into the back and we went to watch.

Jonathan was scared and kept his head down, which wasn't a bad idea since the fireworks were so big, and right over head we were getting hit with pieces of cardboard:)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Yellowstone: a few more...

A few more from our awesome trip...
The whole family at breakfast 
(even baby bump!)

There were majestic views everywhere, yours eyes could scarce take it in.

A good family one by the waterfall

 Looking over the edge
Jonathan's hair from the wind!
Jack thinks this is great.
Honestly I was nervous even with the fence there !

This is a really neat tree we found with all the roots exposed.

Hiking to the first waterfall.  Jonathan in his safe place.

This one was called the dragon's breath.
It was loud and stinky (sulfur)

Like in the post before we ran into the Beckstroms at Old Faithful! 
We were able to watch the eruption together.

Cute, cute friends

By the river, and some of the geothermic sulfur water runs into the river.  
Steam results, and the sight is beautiful.

I'm so happy Jonathan was content to be carried most of the time.
I love these boys of mine.

Watching the buffalo.  Lots of mamas and babies

We watched them safely from across the river.

Smores' at the cabin were a hit!
We didn't leave any food out for bears, every last crumb was eaten.

Yellowstone: Grizzly and Wolf Center and Old Faithful

Over Memorial Day weekend this year, we decided to take a trip to Yellowstone!  What a fun vacation!  And our kids did so well!  We stayed in a cabin in Island Park, and it was so much fun with lots of memories made.  I wanted to make sure we saw the big predators that are in Yellowstone, so we went to the Grizzly and Wolf Center in West Yellowstone one day.  What a neat place!
In the wolf observation area

We did see a wolf in the wild, through a long zoom scope, these were much closer.

There are three packs at the center.  These white ones were incredibly majestic.

Then we just happened to be there when there was a demonstration on what could happen to a campsite if food is left in the tent and food is prepared and left out too close to where you are going to sleep...
...a tent and campsite IN the grizzly enclosure...and we have prime-o seats to watch it get torn down...

The bears came out, and were curious.  They made quick work of the campfire part.  Then came the tent with a cooler inside.  And in the cooler was food...
...nothing is safe...
It was a very good lesson...
It is dangerous for you, and for the bears because the become habituated to humans and easy pickin's. 

Jonathan hanging from the hiking pack!

Watching the huge Alaskan Grizzly "Sam", he's 1050lbs!!  He was so much bigger than the other bears there that he gets his own time in the outdoor enclosure.  He makes all the other bears nervous because of his size!  He would make me nervous too!

 Looking at the bears

Ravens follow the bears hopping to scavenge some of their food, the bears ignore them most of the time.

Watching the bears!  Different grizzly's were in the outdoor enclosure at different times of the day so that all bears get a few times a day to forage for food.  Some bears can socialize together...Sam not so much.

This is how big Sam looked without zooming in...he was still huge.  The next largest bear was 600lbs...a 400lb difference!

Daddy and Jonathan at the Wolf and Grizzly center

This kid points out cracks in the sidewalk!
Well, this was a huge crack, and the progression of pictures is priceless
There's a crack in it!
Getting a look...
...it's a big one...
...really close up!

We left the Wolf and Grizzly center for a little while to eat our picnic, but then the kids also really wanted to get...Ice Cream!
Getting an ice cream in west yellowstone with mommy

Later that day at the Discovery Center they had a program where kids could learn about the animals, and then HIDE FOOD FOR THEM IN THEIR ENCLOSURE!  YES!  Jonathan was too young, so Nathan took him around and I went with the other boys. 
Here they are hiding the food

Hiding grapes under rocks

Moving the branches around to make it a little more interesting for the bears

 Then the bears were released, and the boys loved watching them find their hidden food.  It was a really neat experience and I'm glad that we decided to go back to do it. 

This is from the next day in the park.  A beautiful waterfall we had to hike to.

 Looking over the edge
Jonathan's hair from the wind!

Along the way we found this neat tree...
This cool tree was the perfect spot to hide in the roots and take a picture.

Cutie by the neat tree, and we had hiked to the waterfall.

Another beautiful waterfall

Geothermal springs
Jack was so funny, it smelled like sulfur and he kept saying "this is the best smell ever!"
Okay kid ?!

Staying safe on the boardwalk with Daddy in the hiking backpack

We were driving and I had commented that we hadn't seen a single buffalo yet...
and then bam, right next to the car!  Nathan was a little nervous :)

Very pretty sight

Mud volcanos

We didn't let this little guy walk around much...too many dangers.
Like hot water, geysers, waterfalls, giant canyons, and mud volcanos to name a few.

What is going to Yellowstone without watching Old Faithful?
That was neat, and I loved watching our children's reactions!

And then at Old Faithful, look who we ran into?!
Our good friends the Beckstroms!!!!
How cool is that? Great family, and great friends.

Our cabin

Later that night having hot dogs and smore's for dinner

The boys loved playing games at the cabin.
We played with the ping-pong balls, pass the pig, and ladder ball (especially during a thunderstorm so we stayed indoors). 

James' beanie baby puppy had a time...getting stuck up on the deer :)
Don't worry, we got him down

Good night from the cabin!  
Three little monkeys shared the two full beds pushed together...they loved it!