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Family Reunion = A few days on a Ranch in Idaho, staying up lateplaying Parcheesi with nieces and nephews, eating tons of food and asuper fast 200 foot water slide!

Well the title says it all! Who says you can't judge a book by its cover...I bet if this was a book and that title was on the cover you could probably judge that this would be an interesting read.

We recently attended an amazing family reunion with Brianna's side of the family. We all met at a neat little ranch in the middle of nowhere in Idaho, and it was so much fun! Besides some of the usual family gathering activities we did some fun and crazy stuff. One of the hits during our time there was the home made 200 foot water slide. I had a special method of racing down the slide to help me reach maximum speeds of up to 200 to 300 mph...so it seemed. There was a water pump that pumped irrigation water down the slide from the top of the hill, and it was so cold your first time down. I would sit there and let the water fill up behind me, then I would let the water go in front and I would race behind it. The slide is built on a good hill, so you get a bit of speed on the way down. The way you stop at the end could be a little scary, but it always worked out ok and I didn't get banged up too many times. There was a slightly wider section that was about five feet long with about two feet of standing water that you would splash into that served as the braking system. On one of my times down the slide, I found out that it was possible to hydroplane across the water if my feet were just right. That was really fun, until I skimmed over the top of the water pool that was suppose to slow me down and crashed into the end of the slide. It only takes one time of trying that out to realize that is not a good idea!

I am really proud of Jessica for going down the slide. It was a huge slide for a kid and the first day she went down from halfway up the hill, but the next day she was going down the whole thing. The other little nieces and nephews had fun waiting at the bottom of the slide for me to come down. They would all get a tidal wave of water on them (check out the picture below to see it) when I was splashing to a stop. It was so much fun! We really enjoyed that slide.

Another fun thing we did there was I started a game of Parcheesi with the teenage nieces and nephews. If you haven't heard of Parcheesi, it is a combination of Sorry and Backgammon. Once they got the rules down and started a game it lasted for about two hours. It was fun teaching them how to play the game then having them wipe me out as they played! The game got pretty loud and we were told multiple times to be quiet as we were playing it. Finally, we relocated to an outdoor hallway so we would not keep people up who were trying to sleep.

One last funny memory I want to share is the reenactment of the human pyramid family picture. I'm sure you have reenacted famous pictures from your childhood years later just to see if you can do it. For me in my family, it was a picture of my uncle David with my dad on his shoulders, then I was on top of my dad's shoulders. This is a classic picture in my family, because my dad is 6' 2" with broad shoulders and my uncle is just standing there like it was no problem. Well fast forward 10 years and we tried to reenact the picture...my dad is still a big guy and I was no longer the little toddler I once was...I was about 6' 5" and 225 lbs. To make a long story short, we took the picture but it nearly ended in disaster with my poor uncle buckling under the pressure!

So back to the family pyramid picture. When Brianna was younger all the siblings made a pyramid family picture. For some crazy reason Brianna was on the bottom row (actually it was because she was the tallest girl at the time)...the reenactment had switch the placement of people around a little bit to make things work out. I took a bunch of pictures as they were trying to get the picture to work. I love the expressions on some of their faces as people were laughing, yelling and hoping that the picture could finally be taken and they could be done with the thing. Fun times.

All in all it was a great experience. Brianna comes from a wonderful family and that is a great blessing.


Oh what do you do in the summertime?

Now that we have less than a month of summer left before Jessica starts kindergarten (yikes!), I figured it would be good to give an update of some of the things we've been up to. 

A picture is worth a thousand words, right? I'm pretty sure that means I can stop writing here...but I won't.

First off, we built a fairy house and a fairy garden. And then, a few weeks later, when this fairy house got rained on and fell apart, dad built Jessica another fairy house out of wood to last forever. She swears she saw Tinkerbell visit a few times.

We built a beautiful fence! Man...gates are hard work! Andrew is patient and I'm grateful he was willing to build the design I wanted, because, really, doesn't this look beautiful??

We planted our garden...and this year, we even planted an herb garden. I love it! Today I picked my first Armenian cucumber, and I had to use my shirt as a bucket to hold all the cherry tomatoes I picked, so the garden is finally getting real.

We got a dog...Bailey! And we loved her...

But sadly, after a few weeks, Bailey had a hard time adjusting to life here, and we had take her back to her first family. It was rough...and the only thing that made it easier was seeing her so happy to see them. We still miss her sometimes though.

We made some sweet homemade tie dye shirts (with craft paint) to celebrate Independence Day. Best family night activity ever!

We celebrated Jessica's 5th birthday too!! This was an awesome card she got from one of her birth grandmas. It played music, and we heard it a lot!

We had two exchange students from Japan come to stay with our family for two weeks! It was fun and exhausting, and it made me very thankful for google translate.

We've also played with lots of friends, eaten picnic lunches, gone to the library, the park, and the water park many times...and made a lot of messes. Here's to another month of summer fun!


Welcome to the Zoo!

Yesterday, it was a little rainy and windy here, so after preschool, we decided to build a zoo! Jessica's Zoo. It was so fun; she even wanted me to make a map to show where to park and where all the animals are. 

We brought down all our stuffed animals, puppets, and everything else we own that is an animal, including the rocking horse, and we made cages for all of them. We don't have any elephants, lions, or tigers, but we have bears, a giraffe, a penguin, and a beluga whale. And a lot of other animals. 

When Andrew came home from work, they drove to the zoo, picked up their tickets at the coat closet, and headed to the zoo so she could show him all the animals. Then, they fed them some dinner. Today, we are going to be veterinarians and give them all check ups, although the sun is starting to show, so we may not last all day.


Sledding in a Winter Wonderland (sort of)

In January, we decided to take advantage of the holiday and go sledding. The weather didn't really want to cooperate with us...I think it was in the 50s that day. But, we went to the mountains, stayed in a tiny scout camp cabin overnight, and had a blast sledding on the tiny amounts of snow the next day. Since a picture is worth 1,000 words, here are 10,000 for you!


Our favorite Christmas tradition!

We had a lot of fun this Christmas season. We took a mini vacation to Salt Lake to go have fun at the zoo and look at the lights at Temple Square. And then, actually, the next week we went back to Salt Lake because we got tickets to the Mormon Tabernacle Christmas Concert with Sesame Street! It was so fun...and a crazy adventure getting there involving a long, long, slow drive, cold corn dogs from a gas station, and a late, late bedtime. And then, the next morning, we had a Christmas breakfast for our Ward that Andrew was in charge of!

Andrew had some family come into town, so we spent a lot of time enjoying them. But, we were having a hard time fitting in one of our favorite traditions...decorating gingerbread houses. We do it every year and we love it. We've only actually made the gingerbread once, now we just use graham crackers (and this year Andrew even used some cardboard). Last year was Jessica's first year working on her own, so this year she had it down. 

We didn't get to our houses until Christmas Eve morning, but it was a fun two hour project and we are glad we didn't miss it! There is nothing quite like building a house full of sugar!

Here we are during the making of the amazing houses...

And here are the finished products...

Jessica's cool castle

Andrew's amazing A-frame

Brianna's colorful cottage

Merry Christmas! Make a gingerbread house next year...you just might want to start a new tradition!