We have been
enjoying a fantastic start to the summer!
This summer the kids are
taking private swim lessons. They are both doing a great
job with improving their skills.
Anika is really making
improvements in her swimming. She even loves the diving
board now when it once scared her.
We went camping for a week
with all of my siblings' families and my parents. It was a
wonderful week full of lots of family fun. The kids loved
playing in the sand and water at the lake. I even braved
the water to swim out to the buoys with the kids. Here I
am with Anika, Kaylee (my niece), and Conlin.
While Anika preferred to be
swimming, Conlin preferred to spend his time with the water
shooter. He thought it was great fun to shoot the adults
that were willing to play!
Anika loves to read and
especially loves to read to other kids. She kept her
cousins entertained for quite awhile!
We had a lot to celebrate
while we were all together. We celebrated the retirement
of both Dad and Mom, their 62nd and 60th birthdays
(respectively), and their 40th wedding anniversary!
Everyone on pinterest has probably seen this cake. Since
Dad loves pigs, I just had to give it a try. Dad loved it,
The kids were very excited
to take some hikes while we were camping. They prepared
themselves by making necklaces out of cereal to enjoy while
walking. I think Conlin ate all of his before we even
The first "hike" was
actually more of a walk, but it was still fun. Here are
the kids walking with their cousins, Reagan and Patton.
It was really fun to have
all of the cousins together. They had a lot of fun riding
bikes all around the campsite and playing games. We
managed to get them all in once place for a picture. From
the back, left to right:
Patton (7) Reagan (9)
Anika (6) Kaylee (4 1/2)
Conlin (4) Caleb (3)
Elliott ( 1 1/2)
We took a hike to a marsh
one of the days. It was a pretty easy hike so that the
kids could do it as well. It was a nice morning as long as
we kept moving to avoid the mosquitos!
My brother and
brother-in-law rented a paddle board and a canoe. Josh had
really wanted to try paddle boarding, so he was excited to have
the chance. It was a bit windy, so he didn't really trust
himself to stand. Conlin enjoyed riding along with Daddy.
Anika and Conlin had their
first experience in a canoe. They thought it was
great! They were able to take a few rides with various
adults. Here they are riding with Daddy and Poppa while
Patton and Uncle Kevin follow along on the paddle board.
The kids were very excited
to try out glow-in-the-dark ring toss with their cousins.
Unfortunately, they were usually in bed before it really was
dark enough to play. We finally just went ahead and did it
one evening. They had fun even though it was hard to see
Even with chilly, rainy
weather, we still had fun visiting around the campfire.
The chairs were all damp, so Uncle Josh's lap made a better
sitting spot for Patton!
On our last afternoon
camping, Josh decided he wanted to take a mountain bike
trail to the tip of the penninsula. Dad and Kevin
immediately agreed to go while Mom agreed to watch the
kids. I'm still not sure what I was thinking when I
agreed to go. I've never mountain biked and the trail
was an intermediate one! Plus, the trail was wet and
muddy from the rain. I survived but not without
multiple bruises! The drop-off behind me in this
picture was also quite large (not that I'm scared of heights
or anything). After all the work to get there, I had
to peek (from a safe distance, of course) and get a
picture. In order to survive the trip back, we took
the gravel road instead of the trail (thank goodness!)
playing with Elliott throughout the week. I think
Elliott was telling me, "Enough with the pictures already,
after our big camping adventure, we took the kids to the
circus for the first time. They loved it
the first time the kids had seen an elephant.
They thought this was close enough to the animal for
them! I wasn't surprised that neither wanted to
take a ride on one!
participated in a local triathlon. It was
Anika's third (but first with real swimming), and
Conlin's first. Anika did an amazing job and
completed the race completely by herself!
Conlin isn't sure that this event is something he
likes. He did love the bike race though!
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Last Updated June 29, 2013