Right after Patriot Camp ended, we had a picnic lunch in the park, then we headed north for our family camping trip! Bethany loved helping Dan get the marshmallows for S'mores. We stopped by Mantua and Wal Mart in Logan because I was a dummy and forgot my tennis shoes! We got to camp around 3:30 and set up and explored.
We left to go hiking and around the lake and it started raining pretty quickly once we got started. So we took cover under some trees to wait it out and see if it would pass. We thought it was letting up a little so we pressed forward, then it unfortunately started coming down even harder!! So we kinda ran for it back to our camp.
There was just enough of a break in the storm for us to start a fire and cook our dinner. We had hot dogs, reheated grilled zucchini, and grapes. We had planned to cook some crescent rolls on a stick but the thunder and wind was rolling in and we barely had time to eat and run for cover in the tent trailer.
While we waited for the storm to pass, we told stories, sang songs, played with their stuffed animals and waited. We should have had the kids bring in their entertainment bags from the car, but oh well. Once it finally stopped it was way too wet to start a fire so we had the marshmallows plain. We decided to go for a quick stroll to burn off their nervous energy and saw piles of snow still in mid JULY!
We did manage to get the one family picture and a great shot of the beautiful scenery!
We tried to sleep around 10 but Anna was coughing quite a bit and Ben came up from underneath around 12:45 and it was a rough sleep from there for me.
Saturday Ben was up at 6:45am but the girls slept in till 7:30! We ate breakfast and then started celebrating this big girl who turned 2!! We love our sweet Bethany!
She opened her cards, a glitter light up ball, some new shades, and a mini beanie boo that she immediately called her "baby!"
We also went ahead and gave her another jumbo marshmallow!
Everyone then got dressed and we packed up most of our stuff. Then we headed out to try hiking again around 10:45. It was clear blue skies and just beautiful. We saw a fly fisherman at the beginning of the hike and he told our kids to come closer and watch. He caught one fairly quickly and Ben got to help reel it in. Ben even knew it was a rainbow trout because of a fish poster he got from the Mantua hatchery...3 years ago! His (selective) memory is amazing!
The kids did great on this hike/nature walk. It was probably close to 2 miles and we enjoyed the scenery and then stopped to throw rocks in the water at the end.
We had snacks and packed up and left by 12:40. The kids were all asleep by 12:55! We had lunch at Cafe Rio in Logan, then stopped by Jake and Ailin's new place on the way home. We finally got home by 5 ish and the kids were pretty grumpy. We did showers and had leftoves for dinner and all kids were in bed by 8pm!! Overall the kids said they loved camping! We wish it hadn't rained, but it certainly made for a memorable time!
Sunday Dan and Ben attended Pres. and Sis. Farnes mission homecoming then we went to our regular church meetings. Unfortunately, Dan ended up coming home after sacrament meeting due to a "man cold." :( Poor guy. Mickelle stayed for dinner that night.
Monday I ran 1 mile with McKenna (in 11mins.)! She had been wanting to come with me and we finally did it. She only needed to walk at .7 miles. Pretty good!
We packed a lunch to eat in the car and went to the Days of '47 Parade float preview! (Ben would not even stand in front of the BYU float.)
We saw the Stewart cousins there too but basically just crossed paths. The kids loved doing all the scavenger hunts to get candy prizes.
We got home around 2 and the kids just played and had some quiet time. They also made/decorated these headbands with stickers that Mickelle got for Anna for a later BD present.
That evening I went to my cousin Marianne's bridal shower. It was so fun to talk to so many cousins!
Tuesday we ate breakfast, packed lunches, got dinner going in the crockpot and let for the day to go to Mantua with friends for a swim day. Ben also made this Lego golf bag and clubs. Kylee Behunin, Meghan Johnson, Sarah Moulton, and Laura Lewis all came. I love my time with my friends while our kids play together.
We left around 5:15 and I listened to my book on the way home. Dan had the rest of dinner ready for us when we got home. Ben and Anna stayed up a little late that night because they napped on the way home from Mantua and just weren't tired yet.
Wednesday I ran 2 miles. I had a dental cleaning. Then Bethany had her 2 year check up! The three older kids played at Dan's office (just down the street) during the appointment.
Bethany's 2 Year Stats
Height: 32 in (2.3 inch increase in 6 months) 10th percentile (she's growing!)
Weight: 23 lbs 13 oz (1.33 lb increase in 6months) 15th percentile
Head: Still 50th percentile
Milestones between 18 months and 2 years
Bike practice for the day.
He loves to quote Maui from Moana, "I am still falling!"
McKenne played at the Alexander's in the afternoon. Everyone took naps later and then McKenna had Activity Days which was a water party at Karla Mortensen's house. After dinner we did baths and had a dance party while we waited to set up for our outdoor movie.
Bethany's favorite "Monkey Song."
Since we weren't getting a great turnout from the youth, we decided to invite some families this time. The Alexanders, Lewises, and Roths came...along with Quinn Paulson and Scott Schmutz. We watched Storks and had almost 10 bags of popcorn! Poor Dan was helping someone with a mental health emergency so he missed the whole thing. Good times though!
Thursday McKenna and Ben went to Grandma's Cooking class. They made pizzas!
That evening Dan took McKenna and Ben back packing with Uncle Brian and some of the Stewart cousins up to Rudy's Flat. Once they left for the evening I took the little girls on a little walk around the neighborhood but it was quite hot!
Dan said the kids did great! The only down side was Henry threw up around 11:30pm and Brian had to give up his bedding and keep the fire going all night since he and Henry spent the night outside of their tent in case Henry threw up again.
Ben loved finding that giant snake skin and was super mad Dan wouldn't let him bring it home.
Then Lizzie over to play. Bethany enjoyed no one telling her "no" about the lite bright.
Dan and the kids got home from backpacking around lunch time. They unpacked and showered and ate. The kids got invited to play at the Alexander's and Dan and I passed out on the couch for a while. We had a quick dinner before heading to the Bountiful City Handcart Days Parade! McKenna walked in the parade with her Dance Studio.
Bethany was adorable waving at everyone!
Hard to see McKenna, but here she is walking by!
After the parade we went to Hokulia with the Roths and the baby girls lost their shirts so they wouldn't get stained. ;)