Thursday, September 10, 2009

Labor Day Weekend

More of the same...
We went camping with a couple of families back up at Bullard's Bar...



Some highlights included the campfire time...(ooh, and s'mores made with peanut butter cups. YOU MUST TRY! Thanks Ryan! I'm never going back!)


with Chancellor and his guitar (although he knew none of the classics. Kids these days! Thankfully Ryan helped out in that department)...

Tivoli...

The hammock that John rigged...

Filling the boat to the brim with people...somehow we fit 8 adults, 2 teenagers, 13 kids and 1 baby on ONE boat. (It's capacity is 12) Crazy! I guess we were dragging 2 tubes full of kids so technically they weren't on the boat, right? We would have liked to have had more families come but we were pushing it already with only one boat!




We found a some great beaches to explore and one to set up camp...


There were these crazy tree stumps with the roots exposed everywhere! They were kind of creepy like gigantic mud spiders. Spooky!


The kids got a little dirty (understatement) playing in the mud and building a dam...

The damn (their pride and joy)...


BEST COMMENT OF THE WEEKEND...
by Hannah
"Man, All this damn work is making me tired!"
Hannah truly didn't know why everyone was cracking up! Oh, may she stay young and innocent!

The boys climbed as usual...


And the men found a great jump...
John with a sweet back flip...



Ryan with a swan dive...



Chancellor with his perfect swim team form...

John doing something crazy...


Here I go...

Another cool jump we found...Go Trenton...

Cute Katie all smiles...

Until forced to try the ski trainer...

Patient Ryan helped all the kids start from shore...
whether they liked it or not.
She did it!!

My personal fave...Cousin Syd...



Every kid had a go...




Love Jackson giving us all a "rock on" back at the shore!



Check out the dragonfly captured in this shot by Claudia's face...

Even Owen got in on the fun...




Cute Baby Ali watched from the sidelines...

and then took a nap with mommy...

The older boys and Claudia went out for a wakeboard run...(Mason's a big boy now!)



And then Chancellor and Dallin wanted to be dragged behind the boat...

It was hilarious!
Back at the dock where we fed the fish and got treats at the little store...





Another day we found our favorite cove which the kids had aptly named "Twin Fall Cove"...

The water was MUCH lower than Memorial Weekend and so we had to do a bit of climbing to get up to the falls. Hannah and I found yet another jump...I think we have the same form...

Gorgeous water, gorgeous girl...


And we tested out the floating bathrooms...

It was rockin' while Alex was doing his thing!

And of course, we did some serious tubing...



Rebekah and I got on the tube with Claudia in the middle and John went crazy on us! We were FLYING! Rebekah has a hidden talent for holding on. She was a bullrider in a former life. I, on the other hand got thrown off twice like a rag doll! Claudia kept crying out, "I thought you said John was a cautious driver! YOU LIED!" I've never heard myself squeal and make the noises I was making on that tube. It was crazy. Of course, no pictures, but serious air!
I'm older than I think. I need a chiropractor now!
This is what Georgia thought of it all...

And this about sums up the weekend...

Now we're home and the ridiculous amounts of laundry, camper cleaning and boat cleaning have almost turned me off of vacations forever!

almost.

7 comments:

Mandi said...

is your life for real? that looked like a dream camping vacation. the shots of the kids on the trainer are awesome! you are loving your nikon! love and miss you. meet you in palm dessert or something?

Camille said...

Oh I know I saw this again and again...will you adopt me? So fun!

Tell Hannah I hate all damn work also.

Loves!

Terrell said...

Ah sweet misery, sorry no sympathy from me. I taught 55 students this week and attended 9 meetings. And made 2 pies.

Marilyn said...

Another amazing and fun weekend. Beautiful scenery, perfect weather, cute kids, floating bathrooms - what more could you want?!? Clean-up doesn't sound too fun, but I'm sure it's worth it. Almost time to get out the skis!

Chelsea said...

That looks like it was so much fun! I'm sorry we missed it :( As soon as Hartman is done with school we'll be there. And yes...I will camp if you're there with your camper toilet.

xo,
Chelsea

Britt said...

so sad to miss out on all the fun. next time, next time. of course, maren is quite skinny but adding our family surely would have sunk the boat!

jpmccolm said...

What a FUN place to play!! We will have to remember that. I want to go traveling again soon. But I hear ya on the CLEAN up part. For me it is also the packing up part. Seems I need at least a few days to get everything ready. But sooooo much fun when you are out having fun. So glad I found your Blog!!