Saturday, August 5, 2017

He is home; with an UPDATE

Trek is done, phew!  Glad that is over.  I think my prayers were only 70% efficient.  Others say differently.  As you recall, Caleb started Trek off with his shoes feeling tight.  I do not know how many times I prayed for his feet and shoes and everything else about him, that he would be ok.  We went and picked him up today.  He came home tired, with tired and hurt feet and a head cold.  I will not go into details, but he did get two blisters, and from accounts of others Caleb was basically required to take a ride in the hand cart the last day for a bit.  But the good news:  he said the food was terrific, the hoe down was super fun and he is glad he went.  I am so glad he is home!

UPDATE:::
So fun little "adventure" after Caleb came home.  While we were waiting for him to come home, William showed me a rash that he had found on his belly and arms this morning.  Hmmmmm?? We watched it, waited... and by the time Caleb came home the rash was on William's neck and face and back.  Not bad, no itching, no fever, not even red.  Just small bumps that were annoying to feel.  Well, when Caleb came home with major head cold and ear pressure I made a doctors appointment for both of them.  And may I say, being able to squeeze in a doctors appointment in the same day and not having to wait a week to get it is awesome!!!!  Thank you pediatricians!  So, adventure: We get to the doctor, William does not have a fever, Caleb does.  Doctor looks at William and is surprised that he does not have a sore throat or anything because the rash is telling him William has strep. Great!  The doctor takes a culture and says we will know soon.  In the meantime I have him look at Caleb's ear.  Yup, did not take more than 30 seconds for the doctor to tell me Caleb has an ear infection!  Gets home from Trek.  Hurt feet, exhausted, head cold and an ear infection; tough kid.  Doctor writes up the first Rx for the pink stuff.  5 minutes later he comes in and writes up the second Rx for William, yes; William has strep.  Good times, good times.  Lets just keep it there and no one else get sick.  Or at least we will try.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Trek - 2017

 Well, we sent him off to Trek this morning.  I really hope he was ready.  All summer we have tried to prepare.  Summer gym helped.  Hikes, walks at the cabin, wearing the shoes and testing them out.  We had the pioneer story all ready and the gear packed......
This morning he woke up with not too many problems.  Got dressed, came into the kitchen and said, my shoes feel tight, my toes hurt a bit, I am going to loosen the laces.  ARGH!!!!!!!  Seriously????  The morning of and his shoes might be too small.  Miles and miles and MILES of walking and now I am worried about his shoes and feet and hydration and ugh.....I cannot tell you how many prayers I have said for him since he left.  I have lost count.  Every time I think about him.  He loosened the laces and said his feet felt better.  All I can hope and pray is that those feet stay healthy, he stays hydrated and Father in Heaven watches over him and takes care of him.  Plus that he feels the spirit and the strength of the Lord through this.  PLUS, that he receives the spiritual strength to face this next school year with confidence and to be closer to our Savior.  Did I mention his feet?  I really hope all of his pre-preparations will give him blessings now.  We love him and cannot wait for him to come back Saturday.

Hits and Misses on the Summer Bucket List

Sometimes things work out like you want them to, other times it just does not happen.
 For example, this hike.  Dimond Fork Hot Springs.  I read up on it.  "Not to be missed," "Such a beautiful hike!"  The photos looked awesome.  I wanted to go.  However, it was quite a drive from home.  Closer to the cabin than home, so we went on our way to the cabin.  Putting this hike in numbers:  90% of the time 4 out of 5 of us were all grumpy, tired or cranky.  12% of the hike Haley needed to be carried, it was a REALLY LONG HIKE, not expected.  80% of the hike was very pretty.  The trail up was dense with trees, a small river and ground cover.  100% of us were SO DANG GLAD to see our truck at the end of the hike.   5% of me was glad that I pushed and nudged my kids to go on the hike, that means that this hike was 95% not worth it.  Such a bummer.
 We got to the hot springs and Haley and William enjoyed getting in.
 Caleb and Peter were done.  The hike looked nothing like the photos on the hiking trials site.  That was the biggest let down.
 The hike really did have beautiful views, like this log they all climbed on to take that great sibling photo.  20 seconds after I took this photo 75% of the people in this photo were grumpy with each other. UGH, you cannot win them all.
 A WIN!!!  Haley wanted to make a watermelon fruit basket.  We did it, and it was tasty and fun to look at.
 A WIN!!!  Fishing.  Cool photo eh?  This is William, trying way late into the night to catch one of those fish.  Caleb was the only one to do so, and that made William sad but Caleb very happy.  Ah well, we still have a few more days to try.
One more WIN.  These three went to the Real Salt Lake game with Rob.  They were all able to go on the field and do certain things before the game.  William was a bench warmer and sat in the seats the players do while they warmed up.  Haley was lucky enough to be in the tunnel for the "high 5" line as the players came out on the field.  And all 3 of them got to run on the field for the Parade of Kings.  Super fun evening for all of them.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

More of that Summer Groove

I just do not know what we will do when Summer ends.  SO SAD!  Late nights, sleeping in at the cabin, relaxing way too much.  The only thing I do not think we will miss will be all the layers of sunscreen we put on every single day!  Summer is just too much fun! Why must it be so short? SO SAD!  So, more cabin fun......
 We have gone through several rain storms at the cabin.  It is so fun to watch the water run down the road like a river.  Not fun to hear the HUGE claps of thunder right overhead.  Also funny, all those clothes that you are trying to dry out from lots of lake time?  Yeah, just does not happen very well with monsoon like rains.  Tough life.  Wink, wink.
 Beaver sightings!  As well as deer, bunnies, squirrels, marmot den, blue herons, ospreys, and fish!
 Speaking of fish, one morning the boys spent their time catching baby minnows.  Haley was loving it and they had to keep catching more so that she could see them.  They also caught a few baby craw dads and a couple dragon fly nymphs.  So much fun!  I, as mom, was lucky enough to have the minnows and all other creatures safely returned to their natural habitat of the lake.  I did not want the pressure of trying to raise those fish at home.  No thank you.
Lake time!  With the dock fixed, thank you Rob!!!!!, the kids are loving their time to jump and splash!

The mandatory Summer zoo trip

You know it is going to happen.  Even if you go to the zoo during the school year, everyone needs to have the Summer zoo trip.  The one where you splurge on the train ride (fun time seeing the little zebra run like a baby goat), carousel (had to make sure Haley got the tiger), and maybe, just maybe that souvenir that really is not needed but is fun anyway.  Yeah, we took our trip and it was great!
 We saw the big enormous bugs that were cool to the boys and freaky to Haley.  The only one she would get close to was the ladybug.
 Saw really cool birds at the bird show.  Like, we got the best seats we have ever had and several birds of prey just whooshed right over our heads!  Inches away!  And it was awesome!
 Plus when they brought out the eagles and the flag Caleb mentioned that he was an Eagle.  He is so proud, and darn right he should be.  So, we took a quick photo moment to remember his terrific accomplishment!
Last but not least, we saw the tigers!  Oh yeah, Haley's tigers. And she was happy.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Birthday celebrations at the lake

In all of Caleb's awesome 14 years of life, he has only been home to celebrate his birthday one year.  The one year was when we were evacuated from the cabin because of a wildfire.  We hate fire season.  Other than that year, every year he has been at Scofield, dipping his toes, or all of him in the lake.  Watching fireworks from the island.  Playing in the water and having as much fun as possible.  That is how you do a birthday!  
 Caleb started early by getting a ride behind a neighbor's boat.  Fun ride and awesome way to start things off.
 The day before we headed to Manti so Caleb could go to the temple.  He is such a good, faithful boy.
 Shakes and fries for our Temple Treat.  I am not sure they will ever sway from Oreo shakes.
 Pretty scenery on the drive back called for a photo.  Shortly after this photo a bee somehow got in the open window of the truck as we were driving through the canyon and freakishly stung Caleb in the back!  How rude!  But Caleb was fine after awhile and no harm done, except to the bee.
 Birthday time!  We started off the day with a birthday breakfast.  Then we headed out on the lake for fun.  The boys all took their kayaks out to the island and explored a bit.  While they were there, Haley and I chilled on the water and she was delighted to soak me with her water squirter.
 14 and loving it!  He had so much fun playing at the lake!
 After dinner, of country fried steak of course, we went on a hike together.  We loved the views, we did not so much love all the mosquitos and flies that were swarming all around us.
After returning to the truck we were so excited to see 4 fawns!!!  Love baby animals and we get so excited to see the fawns.  This little mama and her twins were kind enough to pose for a perfect deer family photo!  Happy Birthday, Caleb!
Before ending the night we shot off Alka-seltzer rockets!  
I love my first born!  He is such an awesome kid!  He has his quirks, as we all do.  He can become majorly distracted which can be to his downfall.  He can have attitude sometimes.  He can put things off.  However, he is also so awesome!  He is faithful to Father in Heaven and worthy to hold the priesthood and call the Holy Ghost his companion.  He is a terrific friend and tries to be kind to everyone.  He is such a wonderful brother!  He loves each of his siblings so much and just has fun with them.  He may be 14, but he is still such a kid at heart who enjoys the simple side of life and has not lost his imagination for play or creating things.  He is intelligent!  He can be a great helper and worker.  He still loves to read and play soccer, they are just part of him.  He also continues to be a wonderful peacemaker in our home.  He has also started to learn how to change his temper or attitude and make it better, he is becoming a better person each day.  We love him and are so glad that he is ours, forever!

Rescue Mission 2017 - AKA, The Dock's Resurrection!

In the beginning, there were 2 docks.  Water levels were high and everyone was excited.  One day, a very windy day, Mother Nature decided to play mean.  The docks were thrown around and turned on their side, and thus began the Rescue Mission of 2017.  Thank Heavens for good knot tying, STRONG neighbors/cabin friends and smart ideas - the docks have been rescued and cheering could be heard!
 The beginning, it was so very sad to see our dock like this upon arriving one day!
 The water started to go down and that meant we could try to work on the dock.  Our neighbors tried to pull their dock out, only to get it really close to ours and realize they needed more help.  We also realized that some of the metal on one gang-plank had been torn.  This resulted in a lot of smaller boards falling out.  Thankfully, they did not float off but they sank close by the "death site" of the dock.  The boys and I spent some hours finding all the boards and getting them out of the water.  We also spent some time finding the missing poles to the dock.  Caleb used his awesome scout knot tying skills and we tried to pull a pole out on our own.  Again, we realized we needed more help and muscle.
 Introduce the muscle ~ our neighbors are strong and great people.  We all spent a good portion of July 4th weekend raising the docks from the dead.  We got Jessie's dock out with muscle, knots and Jessie's truck.  Then came our dock, which was harder because our dock is bigger, longer and heavier.
 Lots more muscle, some good ideas, several sunburns and Jessie's truck again......
and our dock was up and partially functioning again!!!!  YEAH!!!!!  So thankful to the McCallisters! So thankful for Rob and not giving up, but also being willing to fix the dock, again this year.  Also thankful for my cute kids who looked for the boards and poles, who took sticks and placed them in the submerged poles so that other boaters would not crash into them and who waited patiently for their dock to be rescued so that they could once again jump off of it and use it for reading and lounging and playing.  And so, so happy that our dock is rescued!  Now on to fixing it and making sure Mother Nature parties nice from now on.