Monday, August 31, 2009

First Day of School

The BIG first day of school! I still can't believe that we are now back in school. It was so weird taking Brynn and Jace to the grade school and then driving over to the Junior High for Riley. It seems like I had no problem dropping Brynn and Jace off. They just jumped out of the car and took off running. But, when I dropped Riley off and watched her head up the walk (I must confess) I got a little teary eyed. She didn't seem that nervous to be going to her first day of Junior High. Although, I did catch a nervous look on her face as she turned and slowly closed the car door.

Jace - 3rd Grade

Brynn - 5th Grade

Riley - 7th Grade

Saturday, August 29, 2009

One Last Hoorah!

Well, once again the hills were calling our name. We just had to squeeeeeeze every last little drop of fun out of summer, before school starts. So, we decided to drive to Yellowstone Park. We drove to Yellowstone, dropped our things off at the hotel, and headed into Yellowstone Park. Once again, we were blessed with beautiful warm weather for the outing.

John and the kids checking out some animals.

Old Faithful.

These next two pictures show how amazed and thrilled Jace and Haley were with Old Faithful. Maybe when they are older they will appreciate it more.

Haley at the gift shop.

Riley and Brynn...crossing the rocks.

Haley enjoyed getting her feet wet and cool. I don't have any pictures of Jace because he fell and hurt his tushy on the way down to the water. He was taking a break in the van.

Trying something new...Here is a picture from the side mirror on the van. (Okay so I am easily entertained with my camera.)

John is enjoying some time out of the car and away from the noise.

My four beautiful kids.

Riley (I'm still having a heart attack that she is going into Junior High).

Beautiful stretch of road.

We were excited to see a bison up ahead. He was RIGHT next to our car.

We opened the back sliding door so that Haley could get the ENTIRE view. My older kids didn't like it when we did that. They were afraid for Haley.

After spending several hours in Yellowstone Park, we decided to go back to the Hotel where we could let our hair down. The hotel that we stayed at had a pool with a waterslide. The kids were so very excited when they found out. They are huge fans of waterslides. The waterslide was very kid friendly. It emptied into 4 feet deep water. We had the entire pool to ourselves for quite awhile. Later that evening more families joined in. We loved everything about the waterslide except all the chlorine. Let's just say that the hotel will not be accused of NOT having enough chlorine in their pool.

Haley at the top of the slide. She started off by going down on my lap. By the end of the night, she was going down on her own and John was catching her at the bottom. Because there was no life guard on duty, my kids (and other kids) felt like all the rules did not apply to them. They were going down in trains, and face forward.

We had a blast and can't wait to do it again!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Big Girl

Last week Riley, Haley, and I were shopping at the mall. Haley has wanted to get her ears pierced for a little while. (She has a few cousins her age that have earrings). So, while we were out there...we got the job done. She was a big girl. She climbed up in the chair and was READY. I told her that it would probably hurt. She was okay with that. She was such a brave little girl. She didn't cry at all. Instead she just gave a little jerk and said "ow"! The funny thing is, Riley and Brynn don't have their ears pierced. Right now, they are just not interested.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Jenny Lake

Saturday we went to Jenny Lake in Wyoming. It was such a beautiful drive. The weather was just perfect for the outing. When we got to Jenny Lake we took at boat ride to some trails that led to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. Then, we hiked to both locations.

This is where the boat dropped us off.

Hidden Falls.

Inspiration Point.

There are so many beautiful mountains and trees there. How could anyone see that and not believe in God?

John is pointing to the top of the Teton...where he just recently hiked.

On the center of this picture there is a patch of snow. My kids thought it looked like a map of the U.S.A.

Haley is enjoying a chocolate bar that was left in the warm car.

Riley clowning around making us all laugh with her crazy faces. Here she is with a set of binoculars.