Saturday, August 15, 2015

Utah Pilgrimage

We made out annual Utah pilgrimage and it was wonderful. It's fantastic to escape the Georgia heat (and humidity) and enjoy families, friends and the great outdoors.

A trip to Target with Gma Candi=PARTY!!!

The biggest and the littlest

Cousins enjoying Timmy (Thomas' new girlfriend), who had bad karma and didn't make it through the summer

"That cute baby"

Gpa Greg watched Christian while I ran G to camp. Registration took longer than expected, so Gpa took him on some errands that ended in a bribe. All Christian remembers is that Gpa Greg took him to Toys R Us to choose the BEST lego EVER!!!

Enjoying fireworks with GracieGirl
Monkey see...Monkey Do. Thomas trained Matts this summer in bball and FB. On our last day, they ran the Hobbler 5k together. Before leaving, Thomas sat down to stretch and, without a word, Matts plopped down and followed his example

Little C met a nice man at BYU who added to his mission fund. (He's his father's child and incredibly social).

We even got to meet up with our old Georgia besties. The Moms got in some running, the Dads some fishing and the kiddos just enjoyed eachother. 
One of our favorite traditions-boating with the Gehrings. 

Matts got up!

G got up on the U-ski
Reed, Chris and Brad were super heroes and took the kiddos on a 3 day float trip on the Green River. Everyone came back happy, healthy and ALIVE. And that's about all I want to know.
Lots of fishing time with Brad.
Actually, just lots of fishing time.
They even got Gpa Don out on the river!
A little guy for the little guy.
Not solo, but C caught plenty of fish.
G on the Green.
Matts' first solo fish.
Uncle Brad is awesome. 
Nature at it's finest-So disturbing and cannibalistic. 
And a new tradition-STADIUM OF FIRE!!! A big thanks to Scottie for the tickets.
Matts has found the most peaceful place on earth, aka the MTC. Literally, the ONLY time I've seen him sleep in public since he was ~3mths old is during sacrament at the MTC.
By the end of 3 weeks we were happily exhausted.

Southern Summer

There's nothing quite like a hot Georgia summer.

We started the summer off on a high note and went down to Columbus for Miss Edie's 1st birthday.

Matts had an awesome 11yr old scout camp. Our ward crams all their camps into one week. So, the entire ward pitches in and transports, teaches and wrangles the young women and scouts at their various camps. 

BB's are always a favorite.

Nothing like a fire hose to get the water fight started.

Because I was a Den leader for the week, C got to join in the fun. He loved "tot lot".
*I was feeling crummy one day, so Reed took over. He was AWESOME! and put us all to shame. But, I think he came away for a whole new appreciation and perspective and the wonderful, draining chaos that comes with herding boys. 

G was able to do his first all day tourney-gotta refuel right.

Buddies, on and off the field

Great group of boys, coaches and great first experience into the world of "real" lacrosse and weekend tournaments. 

Our first stop back in Georgia. 

Nothing beats a summer day on the lake. 
Except maybe, shootin' the hooch
With your loyal pooch

First Day of School 2015

Bright and Early, August 10th, the big boys started school. 
Actually, G started nice and early, Matts got to hang out until 8:15. 

Matching brothers on their way to neighboring schools

Mattie boy started Middle School! Lockers, schedules and football. One week in, he's rocking it!

G is solo at Cogburn Woods this year. He's thrilled to be in 3rd grade and have "all the best teachers"

Jups is on drop off and pick up duty. He takes his job very seriously and gives the boys the best welcome after a loooong day at school