I loved the beautiful weather, the calm lake, the wonderful stars and sunsets, the familiar sounds of Bear Lake camping, listening to the kids run around and giggle with their second cousins and cousins, having my baby doted on by the older girls (especially sweet Shelby), listening to Renee conduct a sidewalk chalk race, watching Ada with her "boys" (why is it always boys?)... she especially got along well with Chomper (Will), Jake's second boy. He called her "My Girl"... and Ada, the one with hair like Rapunzel... and they were always together or he was asking me where his girl was. Ada going on Rach's wave runners and saying, "I wasn't scared at all!" Sammy coming to me all cover in dirt and mewing like a cat so that I'd pick him up... when I did touch him, his scalp was coated in sand! The kids loving to see the potguts and birds. Watching Daddy take the kids out in the little yellow raft and drift around... at one point they pretended they were pirates and hijaked the people on the cabin's carpeted raft. Sammy and Daddy having a power struggle over the oars... Daddy did win, but Sammy was mad that Daddy was playing with his "toy"... Don't worry, Sam did get a turn on the oars too! Way fun.
Reasons we left early from this highly anticipated week long camping trip... 4 of the 5 of us went up with colds... 3 of us got worse... and all 5 of us ended up with allergies from the cottonwood trees... to the point that I literally couldn't breath without help from medication... and even then I was miserable. I felt bad for little Evelyn whose eyes were red and puffy and couldn't breath at night but she never complained... and Sammy who wanted to be held more, and who had dark circles under his eyes so that he looked like a ghost... my hemorrhoids started bleeding because of so much coughing, and I didn't want to live like that for another 3 days. We got home, showered, slept, and I feel much better! Sammy's dark circles are gone... still has a yucky nose, but he's not coughing as much... Evelyns eyes are back to normal and she's not sneezing anymore... still a little stuffy, but it's easier to stick her in an shower and clear her out at home... and I don't have to take any medicine to breath! My throat is still super scratchy from being irritated the last 4 days... but my guess is that by the time Monday rolls around we'll be ready to play with our Nella and the twins! (Janelle brought the twins up from Texas for a 10 day visit on her way home from finishing her Masters degree in Social Work. Yay Nells! We're way proud of you! And we're excited to play to our hearts content for as long as we can get away with it! We've missed you!)
And I feel really repetitive, but I am so thankful for both a husband that's willing to take up the slack when I feel lousy and for parents that both love me and my kids and are willing to watch them while they are vacation too! I love you three so much!
My parents were willing to keep Ada up there for the rest of the time, but as we were leaving Ada came over and gave me a big hug. She said, "Mommy, are you sick?" I told her I was... she said, "I'm sorry. When you get better will you come back?" What a cute little girl! I wish I could go back without getting gross again! I'll just miss her until she comes home and hope that she has a blast in the mean time!
Sammy, in the seashells at the neighbors' cabin...
Complete with the fabled "Bear Lake Monster"
Ada and her "boys" (Gabe, Hyrum, Chomper, and James) being guided by cousin Aubrey
Ada and Sammy content to dig...
They were so funny... they were making a birthday cake and singing "Happy Birthday to Grandma!"
Gentlemen! Raise your noodles! (Tommy and Sam would raise them and drop them in unison... it was pretty funny. They did it for quite a while actually!)
This is the first time that we've been that Sammy hasn't demanded to be held by someone while in the water... he walked around and gathered floating reeds.. "One, two, three sticks!"
Cutie with her poor swollen eyes and if you really look you can see them watering and red in this picture too...
I just loved how much her ears stick out in this picture! She has Jeremy/Sharon ears for sure! LOVE them!
Talking to mom.
Ada, Braiden and Maggie all had these tubes around their waist and running around in circles... they'd try to run into each other, and try to fall on the ground in a heap... this one is Ada being smashed by Braiden and just giggling!
Grandma loving her Sammy... Sam wouldn't keep his shoes on... probably because he started to get sores from the sandals and the sand rubbing on them... so he wanted to be carried all over.
My sweet Sam! Sorry I look like crud... My eyes were all itchy, my nose rubbed raw from blowing it, and my lymph glands swollen because of allergies... not my best day for pictures.
Taking a mid afternoon nap. I love you guys!