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!

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. 

Cabin Time - our favorite time!!!!

I have always said, the cabin is the BEST place in the summer.  The temps are great, and even if it does get hot - go jump in the lake, that will help you feel better.  The view is 100% better than anything you can get in the city.  It is the best!
 Now that Haley has her own kayak, they can all play around - together or separate.  Haley does really well with paddling too.
 Peter has had a lot of fun with the bugs this year.  He especially did well one week and caught several butterflies for the others to hold.
 Going across the lake for the first time this year!  Like I said, Haley does so well with her kayak.  She did not even need a rest stop along the way, she kept right up.  Or maybe the boys slowed down a bit for her. :)
 Cabin friends!  They make the days a little more fun!
Especially when the cabin friends are girls, and they have a bunny, and they let you hang out with them all day long!  Haley and William were able to go on several boat rides, which included tubing, the e-z-ski, trying to surf or just going to the scout cove and jumping in the water and swimming.  
And let me say, we have been soaking up our time at the cabin.  Probably way more sun than we need, lots of bug spray and sunscreen and way too much time in a life jacket.  But also lots of smiles and time to relax and be together.  Cabin time is the best!!!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Roller Coaster Days of Summer

So, an explanation of the title.  It seems as if our summer has had it's share of good moments followed by small unfortunate events.  Somewhat a roller coaster of feelings or memories.
Summer this year has been different.  Caleb signed up for a summer gym class in order be able to take a certain class next year.  He has been doing great!

 Up side, he has enjoyed getting to know new people and it has been good for him to get out and be active each day.  I hope it will help with his getting ready for Trek in August.  Down side, he nearly broke his pinky finger playing basketball at gym one morning!  Basketball is not friendly to his fingers.  Another up side, today and tomorrow they get to play soccer!!!  He loved it!  Got to play keeper and field.  He was also chosen as captain for his team, because he knows what he is doing.  Love this kid!

Haley had her dance recital.  She was beautiful.  I was so proud watching her up there.  She knew the short dance and even surprised me with doing a beautiful move on her free dance.  So happy.  That was the up side.  Down side, I found out she is not about pomp and circumstance.  She did not want her picture to be taken after the recital.  She was very shy about congratulations and wanted to take her costume off as soon as we were in the truck.  She loved class, loved being up on stage, but did not want anything to do with being recognized.  Funny girl.
 SCOFIELD!!!!  Oh is this a definite up side to the summer!!!!  Love this place.  So beautiful, the glistening water, playing at the lake and relaxing together.  Reading and no iPod, perfect!  That, and the lake is SO FULL!  Like up to the road awesome!  First weekend there, this is what it looked like, the dock was under water there was so much water in the lake!  We loved it.  Haley also loves her new pink kayak from Grandpa Terry!  Rob was concerned about the dock, but Pa did not want to pull it up......
 Next weekend up there, well mother nature had a big wind storm and tipped our dock on it's side.
 Definite BUMMER down side!  Our poor, poor dock!!!  Like it looks dead just sitting there.  No chance to jump off it, fish off it....we actually need the water to go down so that we can rescue the poor thing!  So terrible sad! :(
 Peter went to Boy Scout Camp for 3 days.  Up side, he went.  He was patient and did what he needed to do.
 I love this picture of Peter.  He got bored at times, but he did his duty.  He is an excellent kid!
 RODEO!  We love going to the rodeo and cheering loud!
 Back at the lake.  Haley is pretty darn good on that pink kayak!
 Parker's family was at the cabin too.  Always a plus when they get cold at the lake, they all go hop into Parker's hot tub!  Plus, William and Haley were invited on several boat rides and they got to go tubing and William even got up on the EZ Ski.  They were excited!
I did my motherly duty and took the kids to the outdoor pool.  They loved it, for the most part.  Swam, jumped off the diving board.... it was a great happy time.  Until we got in the truck and noticed that Peter had developed a rash on his shoulder area!  What from, we do not know.  Chlorine?  Who knows.  But he was uncomfortable all that day and is still getting over it!  Down side!
Again, trying to do my motherly duty and help my kids have fun (away from tech).  This time we went up to Silver Lake.  Followed an extremely SLOW driver most of the way up the canyon, but we made it!  The lake was beautiful!
After the lake Haley wanted to go climb this particular rock.  We did it last year and they all loved it! Caleb decided to be Mr. Awesome and scale the rock on his own.  Haley, William and I went around on the trial.  There was a group of girls ahead of us, but we did not really think much of it.  UNTIL, they stopped, turned around and asked us if we were looking for something.  Nope, just on a happy hike to the top.  OHHHH, well their "leader" said we could not go up there because there was a girls camp up there and we were not "allowed."  WHAT????!!!!  I was stunned!  There were a lot of things I thought of telling them, after the fact.  But all I did say was, "that is rude."  I know, I am a tough guy.  But seriously, whose mountain is it?  Anyway, Caleb got the same rude behavior as he got to the top of the mountain when they told him to go down because they were having camp!  Sheesh!!!  I tried teaching my kids about being kind and just enjoying what we had already seen, and the fact that girls are NOT better than boys (by a long shot) but it was really hard not to be spiteful!  Down side. :(
Trying to make ourselves feel happier after those snooty girls camp people. :(
Heavenly Father and Nature pulled through.  Not 5 minutes away from the snooty girls, we saw this amazing moose!!!  Like so close to the road, but far enough away that we were the only excited people that actually stopped to watch!  So awesome!!!!  
Finally, good friends are awesome to have.  William is currently swimming with his friends from school!  And William gets to go to scout camp tomorrow and Saturday.  Hope he comes home with only happy memories and moments, no injuries or sadness.  
Summer is off and running and we are trying to have a good time. 
Update: I suppose I spoke too soon...
William returned home from swimming and we headed to a new park.  Fun, happy, water and playing.  Then it seems that William's chin collided with Haley's head - HARD!  Now William looks like this and it is not too pretty.  Crazy