renaissance festival…

july 2014…

so the renaissance festival is something all must experience at least once.  i’m not sure how to explain one…yes, it’s a medieval castle with entertainment and food, but the people there are so very interesting.  people watching at the ren fest is always very entertaining.  we had a blast with our turkey leg, candied almonds, and jousting tournament.  the best part was camden up on stage…she’s a little funny duddy!  it was a great family day, which makes me the happiest spending time with my favorite peeps.

 

IMG_1437 IMG_1438 IMG_1439 IMG_1440 IMG_1408 IMG_1396IMG_1381 IMG_1400 IMG_1401 IMG_1407

arapahoe stake trek…

2014…

we did trek last year in our last stake, and was asked to do it again this year in our new stake-to be a ma and pa.  alex was able to go twice also.  that’s a lot of camping for me within a year, but we were happy to go, and had a good time.  we walked close to 30 miles in 3 days, with our 10 children, and outhouses, but it was a memorable experience.  i hope alex was able to build more of a testimony also about the strength of the pioneers, and their determination to do and sacrifice all they had to follow our Savior and the gospel.  the best part was being with jarom and seeing alex throughout each day.  great experience.

 

IMG_1060 IMG_1253 IMG_1266 IMG_1331 IMG_1332 IMG_1333 IMG_1336 IMG_1338 IMG_1339 IMG_1340 IMG_1341 IMG_1342 IMG_1343 IMG_1344 IMG_1354 IMG_1355

trip to az…memory lane…4th of july…20th hs reunion…

july 2014…

i have only been back to my home town a couple of times since i graduated from high school 20 years ago.  there’s something about this small town, that i never really cared for.  and most of the people i grew up with still live in this small town, or have moved not very far away.  for me, that was never an option.  i couldn’t wait to get out, see the world, and experience new things.  small towns can be really annoying, and weird.  but nevertheless, our 4th of july trip was entertaining, enjoyable, and a trip down memory lane for me to share with the hubby and kids, and the family friends we stayed with were so much fun.  their daughter has three kids, and our kids all played together so well.  and we did jamberry nails, which are the cutest things ever!

our weekend consisted of the 4th of july parade, a concert and fireworks on the ‘ol high school football field…my 20th reunion, and you’d think after 20 years, people have maybe become more confident, or have changed, but mostly everyone was the same, and sitting with the same people they hung out with in high school.  so weird! 

on our way out of town, we stopped by the snowflake temple, four corners, and stayed the night in durango, co.-thank goodness for the green mountains, and streams that we were able to come back to! overall it was a great trip, and really had a lot of fun with the hubby and kids.

 

2J7A6210 2J7A6233 2J7A6234 IMG_0783 IMG_0784 IMG_0802 IMG_0804 IMG_0805 IMG_0821 IMG_0835 IMG_0836 IMG_0838 IMG_0849 IMG_0896 IMG_0898 IMG_0901 IMG_0955 IMG_0966 IMG_0968 IMG_0969IMG_0785 IMG_0959 IMG_0960 IMG_0962 IMG_0967

semi-annual outdoor movie night…

2014…

we love doing outdoor movie nights!  so we have started a semi-annual tradition, hosting a summer outdoor movie night.  getting to visit with lots of great people, watching a movie under the stars, kids running around happily playing, just something about it all…i think the youth-kids-adults played volleyball for a couple of hours before the sun had set.  so much fun:)

 

IMG_0728 2J7A6203 2J7A6202 IMG_0734 IMG_0737 IMG_0738

2014 girls camp…

2014…

did i mention our ward here is awesome?  and also, colorado is just amazing.  our girls went to lake dillon for girls camp, and on the way up, went ziplining, and on the way back home, went white water rafting.  what memorable experiences, and awesome adventures.  i love that our girls were able to go and have such a great, positive time.  thank you amazing women in the young women program in our ward!

IMG_0592 IMG_0606 IMG_0607 IMG_0608 IMG_0609 IMG_0610 IMG_0614 IMG_0615 IMG_0616 IMG_0617 IMG_0629 IMG_0631 IMG_0632 IMG_0633 IMG_0637 IMG_0638 IMG_0639 IMG_0641 IMG_0642 IMG_0643 IMG_0644 IMG_0645 IMG_0646

 

And the after girls camp party and video…

 

IMG_0697 IMG_0702 IMG_0696 IMG_0695 IMG_0694 IMG_0692