First Field Trip of the Year

Our first field trip was to the Utah State Capitol and Monument Park. My sister Amber and her family are also Homeschoolers so we went together!
It was such a fun trip--sure my kids were a little grumpy and FULL of interesting comments--but still fun!
We had a picnic lunch and walked around the park looking at all the monuments--Chase kept saying "What is the point of War" and "This is just a waste of our useless time"--(I thought it was a great use of our useless time) After Chase kept repeating these statements and arguing with our explanations of the different wars James finally said--"Chase the point of war is to brighten the soldiers spirits"--Oh dear do we have learning to do about Wars--I am slightly embarrassed that this is the impression they both have of War and Soldiers :/

Then off to the Capitol and AC--the building was beautiful and timeless--I haven't been there for about 20 years--and it was just as I remembered it!

Some pictures-----

Now this final picture is for James--who very loudly, in a building that echoes for days, with tourists standing right next to us--wants to know why lawmakers have "naked people by their clock"--"I mean do they like staring at naked people all day?" He's the best!!


School days....

This is my view--and I love it!!!

THE hair.....

Jim's hair has its own name--beebs--he doesn't want it cut, touched, or commented on--but when it has a life of its own you can't help it!!


Olympics are here!

The Olympics are a favorite in this house--for the next few weeks, our evenings will be spent watch and cheering for our American Athletes! And we wouldn't have it any other way!!! Listening to the boys ooh and ahh over the sheer magical strength of competitors is the best--listening to them dream about being the best swimmer, gymnast, cyclist, or weightlifter is what the Olympic are all about!

On another note, it is completely insane to think that we were watching the last summer Olympics in our trailer in Indiana--has it really been 4 years?


Fun with my family.

2nd Annual Palisade Trip

A few of my sisters and I took our families to Palisade Lake last year--it was so much fun we decided to make it a tradition every summer! This year we got the group site right on the shore--beautiful!
Chase's favorite activity is the kayaking. He spent hours everyday on his kayak. 
Bekah and Boyd brought a projector and screen so the kiddos could watch movies in the evening--they were all so tired!
 Kade's cracker sandwich!

Everyone loves to kayak!
Another favorite is always the floating dock in the "middle" of the lake!

These three were inseparable and eluded my camera for most of the trip!
Our rowdy crowd---
 The Ladies.....?
My favorites of Jimbo

Favorite pics of Racer

And some random pics....

All the kids LOVE Bekah, Boyd and Zoey!

 Uncle Nate arrested the "naughty" kiddos!

Such good memories and fun times!--can't wait until next year!!
I know, I know, I am not in most of these--but I think my sisters got some as proof I was there.