Friday, July 25, 2014

Our first Paint Nite

We girls decided to think outside the box for an activity we could do together. 
We found a great Groupon deal to attend a Paint Nite event. *as we scroll through these pictures, notice how Becky's smile changes. ��
We were poised and ready to go. 
The background took the longest, but we were all pretty happy with the blue portions. It was the white that started to lead us all astray. 
They all started to look VERY different. 
Then the real 'work' began. That darn turtle and seaweed!!!  ��
See that smile on Becky's face?  I think fun has left the building. ��
The original, which I begrudgingly will show you at the end, has 2 cute little fish. Mine weren't so cute. They are now covered by giant seaweed and my moms were simply painted over. Bec didn't even try. 
Becky was thrilled when this picture distorted her finished product (which isn't bad, at all). She is way too harsh of a critic. 
I jokingly placed mine on my mantle, yet it still remains. It's not all that bad...until you see the original!!!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cabin Trip 2014


After leaving the Openshaws, we headed up to the cabin in Brian Head. ❤️
Sorry for the picture overload, but we love it up there!  Too many beautiful scenes...we have to take tons of pictures!
Lexi & Summer
Summer tanning by Marmot Hill. 
Summer and Libby watching for trout. 
Syd being Syd...beautiful!
We went on an amazing hike in Kanarraville. 
It's called Kanarra Canyon and it's amazing!
Hiking through water is always more fun!
Xavier and Ty loved it!
Especially the rock slides!!!
As always, the 4-wheelers are the biggest hit. Libby and Lexi were sold!
Syd even chauffeured Pops around. Ty says Pops is too scary to ride with. He liked to blaze his own trails. :P
Christina and Tanner enjoyed the cool evenings by the creek, too. 
Ty and Xavier are true fishermen. 
It was always nice to warm up by the campfire. 
Bridget (and the rest of the Rices) came up Thursday night. 
The Openshaws joined us Thursday night, also. 
My two dads are so much fun together. They enjoyed horseshoes, BBQing, Fox News, and chatting together. 
Ty's greatest achievement was having grandad allow him to ride the ATV solo. That was a HUGE deal. He is one happy camper. 
We loaded the car and headed to St. George to drop Summer off with the Banks'. 
Poor Goose had to meet all 15 of us and endure a brutal interview with Pops. Pops approves. He was pretty impressed by him. 
Summer is spending a few days in St. George with them at their aunts house and will head to AZ with them on Monday. Goose has his farewell next Sunday, then he leaves for his mission to Santiago, Chile. Ty, Syd, and I leave Friday to AZ for the farewell and to pick up a heart-broken girl who has to say goodbye for 2 years. 

Porter's a missionary!!!


It was time to head to Utah. Grammy and Pops rented a Tahoe and we crammed in and headed to Porter's farewell. 
It was a fun, relatively painless ride for us. Pops, Brad, Summer, and Haley did the all night trek in Brad's truck. They arrived about 7 am. I think we got the better deal. 
His farewell talk was wonderful. He told a bit about where he'd be serving for 2 years. He will be in the Marshall Islands speaking Karabati. 
He checked into the MTC on Wednesday. He'll be there for 6 weeks, then he's off to the islands. 
He will be missed, but we KNOW he will be an incredible missionary. 
As if that wasn't enough, Zane then received his Eagle that night. I'm one very proud aunt!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Trek 2014

The girls both had an amazing experience last week on Trek. 
Sydney's Ma and Pa had a camera, so we got a ton of good group pictures of Syd. 

If you give Sydney a listening ear, she will gladly tell you EVERY detail of her experience. 
That's the benefit of being a 14 year old. You are young and this is your first overnight experience WITH BOYS!  
She LOVED it, to say the least!
Summer had Marie as one of her sisters. She is in our ward and it was a great bonding experience for them. 
I'm sad I didn't get many pictures of Summer on the actual trek. 
This was before....notice how clean they look. Their cute clothes (Grammy helped them make 90% of) may never recover. 
It was a great experience and their testimonies of pioneers definitely grew stronger. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Backus Family came for a visit!


Sydney's best friend from Arizona came to visit. They had a timeshare in Oceanside for the first few nights and Syd got to stay with them. 
Madi and Sydney are so cute together!
We had lots of fun at the beach and the pool!
They have 5 adorable daughters and we had a great time at Grammy and Pops' 4th of July party. 
My mom went all out with decorations, glow sticks, poppers, and delicious food!!!
We had a great spot to watch the fireworks right on the lake. 


We were so glad to have their sweet family here. Glad we get to head back in that direction the end of this month.