Friday, July 31, 2009

Coffee Pot-- Day One

Happy campers that's what we are! After 6 months of planning and antcipation, vacation week is finally here! Over the years we have gotten everything to make this camping trip perfect! Coffee Pot is our annual vacation spot. Taby 2 1/2 months old

It doesn't take very long for the kids to find the river and all the fun things that go with it!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Good Ole 24th of July

Old traditions are the best, and the twenty-fourth of July is one of those traditions that as a kid and teenager was the highlight of the summer. As a kid the 24th of July actually started on the 23rd with the town dutch oven dinner and melodrama. Both Raini and I were part of the melodrama plays for 2 or 3 years. What fun memories. Then we would wake up the next morning and go to the Lion's Club Breakfast. Of course it was fun to see the town of Bancroft quadruple over night. It was always fun looking out for friends that had moved away or we hadn't seen all summer while we waited for the parade to start. After the parade came the foot races in the park, the DUP program, then the good old Bancroft Rodeo. Not to mention the youth dance that night. Many good memories... As I grow-up it is still fun to relive those good childhood memories, and share them with my family now. We don't take the kids to the breakfast (Grandpa makes the best breakfast around), DUP program(boring anyway), foot races, or famous rodeo. I hope my kids will have different fond memories of going to Grandma and Grandpa's for the 24th of July, of the parade two-way parade and the absurd amount of candy thrown. Thank Heavens for small town traditions.
The girls anxiously awaiting another shovel full of candy. Maggy waving trying to use her charm to get more candy one could ever imagine. Did I say the amount of candy they got was totally absurd!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Splish Splashing in the Backyard

This summer has been so full of fun that wow it's almost over! This is a example of a fun afternoon of play at home with Ryver and the Girls. Notice Payge and Maggy's posing as Movie Stars, and Ryver telling the world that he's the man. Yes, Ryver you are the little man at my house.
What fun sliding down into the freezing cold water. What it would be like to be a kids again.

Every time Ryver would go down the slide he would jump up and say, "Na Na (dawn), Yay, Yay, (clapping his hands). I would then have to say: "Yay, Ryver, Yay." Then he would hold up his crooked pointer finger and say, "one more?" I would then have to reply: "Yes, Ryver, one more time." This went on for a very long time. What a fun Maggy and Ryver have together. . . usually.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Craters of the Moon Favorites

Taby's favorite thing about Craters of the Moon was. . . going home where she could sleep and it was a little cooler. She also loved being carried around by mom.
Maggy's favorite things was the flushing toilets. She has a deep fear of vaulted porta potties! She also liked when the volcanoes went "Boom!-- but danged-it mom we missed the show."

Payge liked exploring the cave and being Ranger Tiffany's helper at the Jr. Ranger program.

Baylee also liked exploring the caves, and was totally into the "science" of it all. She's our technical little girl and loves to use her vocabulary.
Baylee-- "Mom I need some hydration."
Mom--"How about a drink Baylee."

Craters of the Moon

Look Mom it's a rock. Isn't this rock pretty? Look this rock is shiny. I like this rock. This rock has glass on it. Look Mom rocks, rocks, rocks. One of our first family pictures with Taby. Don't hate me because I'm beautiful!

Dad and the girls on top of the cinder cone.

Resting under the one lonely shade tree on top of the cinder cone. That tree is probably the most loved tree in craters of the moon.
This is the beginning of our hike up the cinder cone. I was very proud of myself that I made it to the top and didn't even have a stroke! Like always the pictures don't do it justice. This ended up being my favorite part of craters of the moon. At the top you over look the whole park and it is amazing to think that once long ago everything you see was once volcanoes and red hot lava.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Craters of the Moon

A welcome break from Drivers Ed. Look at that rare grin of Jeremy's. He was in Science Heaven. I realized that I married a very smart man. I think his knowledge of the geology really made everything at Craters that much more interesting. This is the kind of stuff he has been studying through his Masters Program, and it was fun to see him put that knowledge to use. You couldn't wipe that smile off his face for three whole days!
Our cute little Jr. Rangers in their Craters of the Moon Hats that they someday will be buried in because they cost us more than their coffin would!

The best part of the whole trip for the girls was completing the Jr. Ranger program. This is a picture of them getting their Jr. Ranger Badges and taking the oath to bring Ranger Tiffany chocolate chip cookies and root beer floats. Poor Ranger Tiffany would have to settle for an otter pop!
Maggy was tuckered out after hiking to the tree molds and through all of the ice caves; probably a good 4-5 miles. Dad gave her a break and gave her a ride back to the truck! Hold on to that hat girl!
Strolling along the ice cave paths.

Craters of the Moon

There are some neat things here in Idaho that we decided that we needed to take advantage of. Craters of the Moon is one of those places. We had a lot of people tell us that it was a little piece of hell on earth, but we spent the weekend there and had a blast! Yes it was HOT, Windy (thank goodness!), dusty and yes the shade was very sparce! On the upside the girls thought it was awesome, learned a lot and there were NO Mosquitos! A Picture of the girls in the Scout Ice Cave. Maggy was a little unsure of being down in a cave, that was wet and cold! The temperature in the ice caves was 45 degrees and nice relief from the 98 + degrees it was on the hiking trails!
Dad and the girls in the Indain Ice Caves.

Maggy being a trooper and she takes a stroll back to the truck after our 2 mile hike to the tree molds!

A quick rest and picture of the group at the tree mold area.

We thought we were going on a guided tour of the ice caves, but ended up on the wrong trail. Needless to say we never caught up with the cave group, but ended up looking at the wild flowers and tree molds. Payge still is trying to decide if the monkey flowers really say, "OO-OO AH-AH" when you touch them. All though she swears that it's just Mom. What do you think?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Ribgy Lake

After many days of begging we finally made the trip to Rigby Lake.
Maggy doing her movie star pose.

Ryver had a blast too. Gathering rock and splashing in the water. He was covered in sand and didn't even care. (Either did Raini.)

The girls filled the boat with rocks from the bottom of the lake then brought them to the shore for everyone else to play with. You can tell that this was a serious mission from the expression on Payge's face. They were all business.

Maggy's cute little bum. Little girls "crack" me up.
Baylee and Best Friend Emma. This was our last play date with Emma before she moved to Cleveland. We are still trying to figure out what to do without her around! We miss you Emma.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Taby's Two Months Old

It's hard to believe that Taby's already two months old. Sniff, Sniff. She is such a joy to have in our family. Is a pretty baby who loves to be held especially on her tummy. She loves to snuggle, is not a fan of pacifiers, and is just starting to melt your heart with her fun coos and smiles. At her doctors appointment she weighed 11 lbs 6 oz., and was 23 inches long. She was my smallest baby, who now has turned into my fastest growing girl!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Fourth of July Fireworks

We did fireworks at home this year. The girls thought it was great and we didn't have to fight the crowds.

Fourth of July Weekend Fishing

Fourth of July Weekend

We decided to leave town for the Fourth of July. We went to Palisades Reservoir, we thought it would be crazy busy in all the campsite, but it was not so. It did help that it was cold and rainy all weekend! All the rain did not stop us from having a great time though. We were very thankful that we had the trailer and weren't sleeping in a tent. I'm sure the family next to us had a very wet night! One of the fun things about camping is cooking in the dutch oven. Both Jeremy and I think that it's fun, and like to try different recipes. This was a recipe of Jeremy's and it was a success! A brownie mix topped with a can of pie cherries. Yummmm. (And because we are spoiled trailer campers, we even had vanilla ice cream on top!)
The girls waiting for the cobbler to cool off. They were going a little stir crazy because it rained most of the afternoon.
Maggy practicing fishing. We camped right by the water, but we were in Wyoming so we could not fish legally. The girls were a little disappointed and thought that I was silly that just down the road a mile we were back in Idaho and could fish, but not in the campground. After all it was the same fish in the same lake! I think Jeremy was a little relieved that we were in Wyoming and didn't have to hassle with fishing poles. We tied tree branches on the end of the fishing poles and they were satisfied with "fishing practice!"

We ventured on a hike while the sun was shining. The sunshine lasted about 20 minutes and then our hike was cut short due to a thunder storm. Pretty while it lasted.
Dad and the girls in a clearing of wildflowers. Everything was so green and pretty due to all the rain this year.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Baylee The Soccer Star

Baylee has had so much fun playing soccer. She has worked really hard and gets better every week. She almost scored a goal this week, but soon realized that it was the other team's goal! I didn't know which was more fun to watch, Baylee or Dad as he screamed down the field, "Baylee, wrong way, turned it around, Baylee WRONG WAY!!!" Fun, Fun memories. Baylee got the Yost Red in the face gene. Poor girl. One run down the field and she looks like she has never ran in her life! I heard another little boy on her team ask his mom in amazement, "Mom is my face that red?"
Baylee's team, "The Green Team" how original I know! Coached by Mr. Blakley

Baylee's first year of soccer. I have been so impressed with Rigby's soccer program. After seeing how organized and put together the program is, plus the snazzy uniforms the girls got, I feel like my $100 was well spent. It also helps seeing them have fun while learning something new!

Payge's on Fire Soccer

This is our first year playing soccer. It actually has been more fun to watch than I first thought. Payge is doing good but definitely doesn't have a huge competitive side. She is however very social and likes to run around and follow everyone as they run around. Payge wanted to be the goalie so bad and finally got her chance. She did an awesome job and I think she finally found her spot on the soccer field. Every time Payge goes to kick the ball she starts to twirl her hair around her ear, and forget what she's suppose to do. Silly kid.
This is Payge's team called " On Fire." Coached by Adam Wood, a very kind man.