Wednesday, August 27, 2014

we {LOVE} sedona

 For Memorial Day weekend (yes, waaaaay back in May) we followed last year's new tradition, and headed back up to the Sedona cabin. We were afraid the roads were going to be blocked due to the Slide Rock area fire, but we were lucky and our cabin was on the opposite side of the fire. It was still super smoky, especially in the mornings, but none less beautiful. My grandparents were able to join us this time because they were already in town for Emma's graduation, and so it was extra fun to share the memories with them too. We kept it pretty simple and easy, so there wasn't a whole lot going on, but here are my favorites from the trip...

Just down the hill and through the woods from the cabin is our watering hole (other people are there too, but I like to think it's ours and they're just invading). The water was INSANELY cold, but I can never resist jumping in. You have to take chances and have fun at all times, right?? I remember last year more people coming in, but this year everyone was more reserved...

Ben was the first...he's the youngest, most willing, and definitely in the best shape of all of us...

Then me (I just need to see it done to give me courage)

And Jeff...

And even Wyatt braved the cold!!

Eventually Emma and James were forced in (read that, Emma was thrown in and James jumped in while dragging someone else with him...)

On another day we went to a different area of the creek, less occupied, and the boys found crawdads.


They also found a rope swing!
(and on a side note, as soon as we reached this place, after a 10 minute walk through the desert heat, Logan had pooped his swimsuit...so I had to immediately turn around, walk the 10 minutes back to the cabin, while carrying a poopy 27lb kid, and walk another 10 minutes to reach everyone again. I had no problem jumping into the water this time around.)

The boys had to alter the swing a little bit by climbing up the tree and hanging the rope higher...Ben was obviously given that job. And once it was fixed, we had a grand time!






I was really bummed when Jeff had to leave early to go back to work, but I'm pretty sure he was ecstatic when he didn't have to take any family pictures... 

Logan had a harder time deciding to like the water and he much rather preferred to throw rocks into puddles. I was finally able to get him to play around in the water on the last day by trying to splash the cameraman...



Wyatt, my silly cutie.

And obviously, photo opportunities were taken...by EVERYONE.





The rest of the time was spent inside, playing games or taking naps. All of which I approve of entirely.

It's always nice to have a vacation BE a vacation, with no plans, nowhere to go, and just each other to entertain. No internet, no TV, just the outdoors and FOOD. I was in heaven.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Summer has finally ended...so let's start at the beginning!!

This has been the summer to top all summers.

Since my sister's graduation, the mark of the beginning of summer vacation, and up until a day after the new school year had started, I have only been AT HOME a total of THREE WEEKENDS (plus a few days in between). 

Yeah. 

Take that in...

And so naturally I've been recovering by going NOWHERE and doing NOTHING.
It's been two weeks since we've come home, and I'm finally feeling the cabin fever. I need to get out of the house, I need to do something, I should probably update my blog.

That was my thought process, anyway.

So here I am again, with a renewed determination to blog more often, and at least TRY to document this summer's activities. It's kind of a lot. Hopefully you don't get lost. 

And before I even start, I have to mention again how grateful I am that Jeff can support us on his job alone. I haven't been able to have this much fun, and travel so often since before I had a steady job, when I was in high school. And even then, I didn't do as much. I guess I had 9 years of vacationing I needed to catch up on this summer...

So anyway, I'm starting off with what started off summer--Emma's graduation. She had an absurd amount of ceremonies to attend (she graduated from EVIT...that was pretty much the only extra ceremony, haha), but I went willingly. Emma has been the most responsible and most accomplished of any of the siblings so far, and I measure that fact from the following: she has her own car, has a steady job of two years, and already has her CNA license. Way to go Emma...we love you!