BYU Sports camps…

Our last stop on our summer road trip was dropping Hallie and Hunter off at BYU sports camp – the perfect end to an already awesome summer. They participated last year for the first time and they were so excited to come back. We have family and friends in Utah so it was easy for us to hang out for the week while they were at camp.

BYU Sports Camps
BYU Sports Camps
BYU Sports Camps

Hunter participated in the soccer camp with several teammates from Arizona (and this picture is missing two of the players) – and just dropping them off in their dorm rooms across the hallway from each other we knew there was not going to be a dull moment. And probably very little sleep. Hunter’s report confirmed both to be true. In fact, at one point there were four boys sleeping in a room made for two which I can only imagine smelled fantastic. 🙂

BYU Sports Camps
BYU Sports Camps
BYU Sports Camps

Every day they worked hard. And somehow, they had enough energy to then play hard every night, late into the night. Jamba runs. Dance parties. Lobby hang outs with the volleyball players. They laughed until they cried. They had the best time and they’re already planning next year’s camp.

BYU Sports Camps
BYU Sports Camps
BYU Sports Camps
BYU Sports Camps

Hallie participated in the tennis camp with three teammates from her school team, a girl (her good friend) and two boys. I think last year when they attended camp for the first time, they didn’t know what to expect. But this year, they knew what they were getting into and were much better prepared. (And they knew where every round hallway mirror was because based on Hallie’s camera roll they must have taken a photo every time they walked by one!)

BYU Sports Camps
BYU Sports Camps

As a junior in high school, going to these camps makes Hallie a little more excited for the college phase of life; meeting new people, having more freedom and having fun with new experiences.

BYU Sports Camps
BYU Sports Camps
BYU Sports Camps

The tennis camp at BYU is a day longer than the soccer camp and the last day is a tournament where family can come watch. Hallie had the best support crew with both of Steve’s sisters who live in Utah and Steve’s parents who had just arrived in Utah for a an extended stay.

BYU Sports Camps

Of course she had her biggest fans there as well – her brothers! Who are great at entertaining themselves but sometimes forget they’re at a tennis match and have to be reminded to use their tennis voices. They’ve been to plenty of matches and know the drill.

BYU Sports Camps
BYU Sports Camps
BYU Sports Camps
BYU Sports Camps

As you can see from the picture below – Hallie didn’t make any friends. 🙂

I mentioned that the group looks a little lopsided – to her favor of course – to which she pointed out that she made friends with the girl, and all the boys were a package deal since they all came from the same high school. These people were the highlight of her week – they made everything so fun.

BYU Sports Camps

I love these camps because they’re a great balance of sport/workouts, matched with fun activities to foster friendships. My kids love camp week and count it as a highlight of their summer. Bennett is already asking when he gets to attend!

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Idaho wrap-up…

This is going to be picture heavy because I have far too many random pictures left of our Idaho trip.

We made it to my friend’s farm where the big kids picked cherries while the younger kids entertained the goats. I’m pretty sure my kids were more entertained than the goats.

My brother put my kids to use cleaning up the yard of one of his properties.

We spent so much time playing sports/games. Evening soccer and tennis was always on the schedule and we spent most afternoons in the church gym playing more games and the kids did their sports workouts.

My brother’s pond got so much use. If they weren’t fishing it, they were playing in it.

We visited my grandparent’s grave and then spent some time walking around the cemetery. We had some great discussions looking at headstones that evening.

My brother took my older kids up to McCall to do some natural river surfing. My kids were expecting it to be like lake wake surfing – which is so far from what it actually is. But they all got the hang of it eventually. (The clouds in this picture look totally fake!)

We always make a visit to the local city pool which is funny since we get so much pool use at home, but they are all big fans of the high dive.

Hallie and Hunter both participated in some tennis tournaments. And evidently, we like Hurley sweatshirts.

My brothers really enjoy tennis as well and Hallie has been playing against my younger brother for the last couple years when we visit. She was close to beating him last year, but he pulled through in the end. You can imagine the trash talking they had been slinging back and forth. It was a fun night when we were all able to witness Hallie beating him. Of course he was looking for a re-match the rest of our stay and they couldn’t ever find a time. So the is the picture in which we will remember their one and only battle this summer.

I was able to visit with several friends and managed to snap a picture at on of our meetups. The lady in the middle was my teacher and then coach all through high school. Every summer we meet for lunch and every summer I wonder how I was so lucky to cross paths with her.

We played hard. Every. Single. Day.

I can’t even count how many air soft battles were fought this summer. These boys couldn’t get enough of it.

One morning Hunter and my mom were twinning in their turkey trot shirts.

The local Wendy’s was crushing it with their wall art and failing at actually having frosty’s available – and we went more than once!

The fishing/camping trip was definitely a highlight for my boys and they had stories for days!

I’m not going to post every sunset picture that I found on my camera, but those sunsets never got old.

My parents and brother were such good hosts – obviously making it a little too comfortable for how long we’re willing to stay.

Our Idaho summers always hold a special place in my heart – and it’s taking root in my kids’ hearts as well. As one of the songs on our road trip playlist says, “I’d rather be in Idaho…” at least in the summer time. 🙂

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Milestone Birthday…

My dad had a big birthday last week. And because we were together just a few weeks ago in Idaho, we decided to celebrate him a little early with some close family and friends. It was a beautiful night honoring him.

Anyone who has been here for any length of time knows my dad has been my sidekick on every major project. When I say let’s build a shed, he says sure. When I say let’s build a massive entertainment center, he doesn’t question. When I say let’s build a barn door. Or 70 lineal feet of cabinets. Or build a storage room in the garage. He doesn’t hesitate. He shows up and helps me out until the very minute he leaves for the airport. He has been what has made all my DIY projects possible.

I don’t think he loves it, or even has any expertise in it, but he’s a willing set of hands which is worth more than I can describe. Not to mention it’s been fun to share these projects with him over the years. In fact, every year since we moved here (aside from the year after his open heart surgery) he has shown up with drills and work gloves in his suitcase. It makes me emotional just thinking of all the service he’s rendered to help make our house a home.

Happy birthday dad!

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Summer Family gathering…

Every summer, my family tries to gather – often times our one time to see each other each year. In the past, we’ve found a VRBO somewhere in Idaho or Utah and we’ve gathered there. One year it was camping. Wherever it may be, we gather and we have fun together.

This year was a little different. For one reason or another, the planning of this summer was a little difficult – with every family having some summer commitments that were tough to work around. I think we had all come to the conclusion that we may not have the chance to gather like we typically do. But my mom was persistent – thank heavens – and determined if nothing else, we could gather locally (to my parents and brothers) and do a little staycation. We were missing two of my nieces for most of the time, but they joined us on the last evening together.

Visiting new places every year has been fun, but the truth is, it doesn’t quite matter where we are, we just have a really good time together. My brother’s house (with the pond) was the main gathering place and where most of us stayed. The pond provided endless entertainment – including watermelon ball. A made up game involving a full size watermelon that had everyone laughing as they tried to secretly pass the watermelon under the water to each other.

My sister-in-laws came up with all sorts of fun minute-to-win-it games for the kids.

My dad gathered the grandkids for a fire starting competition, which ended up being more like a fire starting tutorial. Bennett loves Survivor with all his heart and thought starting a fire with flint would be much easier – unfortunately, it is an art that must be learned. And now all of my kids have learned to do it!

We floated the river – which is an activity my family does every summer – and always a favorite.

We had an adult only dinner (my dad’s brother and wife also joined us). It’s nice that we have kids old enough to watch all the younger kids in order to make this work.

We spent a day at Eagle Island in Boise; a fun state park that keeps everyone entertained for hours. We got there early enough to snag the perfect shady spot and we didn’t move.

We had a slack line (this got far more use than I ever thought it would), spikeball, cornhole and several other lawn games. The kids played in the water and made up all sorts of games to entertain themselves for hours. I think everyone had very little expectations for this day and it turned out to be so fun.

We celebrated my dad’s birthday together (more on that later) but we managed to snag a picture prior to getting hot and sweaty while playing frisbee dodgeball. Just missing my two nieces.

We went to church together to hear my brother speak and then it was time to say goodbye. Our family gathering and the Idaho portion of our summer vacation had come to an end. I quickly snapped some pictures as we were saying our goodbyes. We typically do family pictures every summer but because this wasn’t a “real” family reunion we overlooked it. These are better than nothing!

We piled into the car with some really sad and emotional kids. Summers are always so fun, and they love the time they spend with cousins and my parents and closing that chapter each summer is never easy. We never intended to plan a staycation this summer as a reunion, but with a few unforseen issues/injuries/commitments, it ended up being the perfect solution for our gathering. Like I mentioned before – the location doesn’t matter – we enjoy being together wherever we end up!

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Multnomah Falls…

A couple years ago, we were driving from Washington to Idaho and we came across Multnomah Falls. Our friends told us to look out for it as we were driving but we took it a step further and stopped to take a look. Unfortunately, there had been fires that summer and all the trails had been shut down. So we looked from afar and then got back in the car and kept on driving.

This year, on our way from Washington to Idaho we made plans to hike up to the overlook bridge which is the easiest paved .2 mile trail. (We had to make a reservation on the reservervation.gov website.)

Multnomah Falls

Within minutes, we were standing on the bridge looking at the waterfall a little closer than the previous vantage point. But when we stood there looking up at the beautiful waterfall cascading down, we realized there was an even better vantage point if we hiked further. We asked a few people who were making their way down the trail and they said it was a climb, but it was worth the hike. The map showed it was a mile up…switchbacks.

4 of my 5 kids wanted to keep hiking. We were this close, and we probably wouldn’t hike this again. I had one kid (who shall remain unnamed), that was overly anxious for the 6 hour drive ahead of us that day so he could see cousins. He was outnumbered and so we pressed forward hiking.

It was quite the climb. It started out fairly easy, and it got progressively more steep the higher we climbed. We took some shady breaks between switchbacks, cooled off and enjoyed the beautiful views.

Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls

In the end, we were rewarded with a beautiful (but cold) stream that turned into the magic that is Multnomah Falls. It’s amazing that something so calm and peaceful can flow with such force over the side of a mountain.

Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls

In the end – they were all good sports. It was hotter and took longer than we anticipated (and we played at the top for a bit) but that is part of the adventure. We had a long car ride ahead of us and it was nice to get out and stretch for a bit before making the drive – not to mention, we had a car full of fresh berries waiting for us when we were done!

Highly recommend!

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