phone dump time...
Some photos from the summer.
Carson and Carlie spent three days at BSU.
They stayed in the dorms and attended Boise Youth Spectacular.
They really loved their experience there.
I just have (mostly goofy) selfies they texted...
|Carson and his roommate, Noah.|
|Carlie and her roommate, Kayla.|
And the even goofier selfie Austin and I (and Zoey) sent back to them to tell them we were missing them!...
Carlie did another triathlon.
It was super last minute. I think she signed up the night before.
But it was great weather and she enjoyed it.
Austin was there to cheer her on and he jumped in to run the final stretch to the finish line with her...
We all had water type shoes, but I wanted to make sure our feet were used to hiking in them before our Costa Rica vacation.
So I convinced the family to take some long walks around the neighborhood with me in their shoes.
This was from one random Sunday walk...
I think I may have been the only lame-o who ended up with blisters in Costa Rica, P.S.
(And no stores sell bandaids. It gave me a good excuse to venture into a farmacia, however.)
We were determined to fit driver's ed into our summer, but it was impossible to find a block of time to take the classes.
Luckily, you can take ANYTHING online nowadays!
Including drivers ed.
Don't mind the disastrously messy desk...
This is how our kids managed to get their driver's ed done this summer...a few spare minutes or hours here or there in July.
And then when they finished up their online stuff, their awesome instructor (who is now their Honors History teacher) managed to fit their driving time into his lunch breaks over the last few days before we left for Costa Rica.
And now they drive every time we go anywhere.
They are getting pretty good and I'm slowly getting used to it.
They have their permits for 6 months and then watch out.
A few pictures from a trip to the lake with our seriously awesome friends.
I was working, but I heard everyone had a great time trying to wakeboard!
I'm still working with the cub scouts.
Austin has moved on up, but not me.
We took a fun trip to the Idaho State police...
Not the greatest pictures.
But it's all I have from the three days C and C spent at Youth Conference in July.
This was early the first morning as they gathered to leave. They would spend the first day doing service and whitewater rafting. Super cool!
They had some really great experiences. Man, we are blessed by all the people who put in SO MUCH effort to put these kinds of things together for the growth of my children. I can't say enough.
So many people doing so much.
You can't tell, but this place is really decorated to kick off their scripture theme for the conference.
That's why Chris and I were dressed like this early on a summer morning.
Then Chris headed up with the kids to help guide the dozens of rafts down the river.
They had a great time.
Summer is a lot more active for this little thing...
Chris got his luggage out to begin packing for vacation.
I walked into the room and was startled when it moved...
I talked about how the kids had saved up for their plane tickets for our family vacation.
(not just tickets, but they paid for some of their own things they really wanted to do)
These envelopes I pulled out and started the day they decided to begin were what they kept the whole way thru...
I guess I just wanted to record that.
I should have taken a picture of the back of the envelopes instead! That's where the tally was kept and it showed the additions -and some subtractions, when something really important came up ;) .
Carson just did his own thang.
The night before we left for Costa Rica, we had a trek fireside.
Some people shared some thoughts and they showed the video that they put together from our trek.
I am including it here, just so I have the link to it.
Before the fireside, we invited our trek family (the kids that could make it) over for a barbecue. It was so good to see them all.
They stayed until it was time to go to the fireside and pulled out some board games. Bubble talk! It's a favorite around here.
Then, the day after we came back from our vacation, was my grandma's birthday party.
Austin was having basketball tryouts, so the boys stayed in town. But Carlie agreed to a road trip with me and we went to the quick birthday party 4 hours away at chuck-a-rama.
We stopped and met up with my parents and got to travel part way with them and that was a treat (for us, anyway, since we made them listen to every single detail about our trip we had just returned from).
Grandma was doing amazingly well.
She had been put on hospice. But was taken off before her birthday.
So she was ready to party it up with all the desserts she could eat.
(okay that was the rest of everyone else).
Grandma with her boys...
Our cute little 93 year old birthday girl...
Carlie invited her bestie to join us for our day at the mission...
We tried to get lots of chores and errands done, while still enjoying the last few days of summer as much as possible.
The kids had lots of fun with friends.
And we tried to find some indoor activities since it was so smokey outside from all the wildfires...
We love driving by our new temple and seeing it's progress.
We love that place so much already...
Enjoying some family time during the last few days of summer break...
The kids were all pretty grumpy any time the end of summer was mentioned.
It is sure hard to see it go.
But today is the first day of fall.
And that's kinda fun and even a little exciting in it's own way.
(That's easy to say since the temperature was almost 90 yesterday!)