Wednesday, August 6, 2014

To Utah!

Well, summertime means traveling to visit cousins. We had an Earl Reunion up at Bear Lake this year, so we decided to head to Utah a week early to spend some time with my family. One of the weird things about living in Oregon, is that gas stations are not open 24 hours (unless you are in a big city). The reason is because you lawfully can't pump your own gas, so if you live in small towns, they aren't going to pay employees to be available all night.

 We decided to make the drive to Utah this time through southern Oregon and cut across Nevada. We left at 6 pm and it turns out the last gas station before the Oregon border closes at 10 and it was 4 hours away. So basically we had exactly 4 hours to drive 4 hours to the last gas station or we were going to be stranded in southern Oregon for the night. Consequently, 12 minutes into our drive, we got pulled over and given a ticket. To top it off, we had lost even more time and we hadn't fed the kids dinner but we couldn't even stop to feed them! It was kind of hilarious and weird. We got to the gas station 2 minutes before it closed and just bought dinner from the gas station.  Besides the pressure to get gas, it was a really beautiful drive.  We also hit SIX humongous jack rabbits on the road that night.  It was as if they were launching an attack on us!

We spent the first 4 days at Ashley's house. It was the first time my whole family stayed with Ash, and we had so much fun.  All of the kids played so well together, and we've finally gotten to the age where we can put our kids down at night, and leave them with Oliver to babysit. Consequently, we we able to go out a lot.  We actually ended up eating out every single MEAL except for Sunday.  When Kyle gets into vacation mode we can go pretty extreme!  haha

I got to go on a date with Emily and her new husband Brian!  We went to Thai Drift and The Chocolate.  It was so fun to see her and get to know him better.
 We went to BYU campus (first stop of course) and the Bean Museum.

We also got to spend a day with some of our best friends from our college days, Phil and Micaela Webb and Jasmine VanWagenen.  I seriously love these people with all my heart. And all of our kids just played like they've known each other for years.

Kate's teaching Jasmine's Astrid how to dive.

Owen and Josi playing with Vera.

To be continued.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Hemlock Lake

We don't camp very often.  It's just a lot of work and a little sleep when babies are involved.  But I like it, and hope to do it more often as the kids get older.  Anyway, we decided last minute to drive up to Hemlock Lake with the Watter's for a quick overnight camping trip.  I had to do all the packing, and as we pulled out of the garage, Kyle said, "You pack the tent?" Um hello, of course I packed the tent!  As soon as we got to the campsite, Kyle pulled out the tent and then said, "Where is the second bag with all of the poles in it?"  Hmm... I didn't know there was a second bag.  It was pretty funny.  Our trip was was almost ruined before it began!  Consequently, our campsite looked like this:   
After setting up camp, all 11 of us piled into Mike's truck and we drove up to a nearby Quartz's Quarry.  The road was REALLY sketchy- it felt like we were driving to the top of the world- on roads that weren't really roads!  I'm not going to lie- I said a real prayer begging to help us live through the experience.  But the reward was an absolutely outstanding 360 degree view, just in time for the sunset.

Karma provided tinfoil dinners for the adults and hot dogs for the kids.  We had smores, and put the kids down.  We ended up putting my 3  oldest in the same tent with the Watter kids (as we didn't have a functioning tent), and we made a bed in the back of the van for Lucy.  It worked surprisingly well.

In the morning, Kyle and I made breakfast- egg burritos, and then the boys took the kids to the lake to fish for a little bit while Karma and I stayed back with the baby.  We got packed up pretty quick and headed home soon after.  It was a really fun weekend.  I feel like we are going to be able to start doing this more.


Last year Kyle took the twins on an all day fishing expedition, and he decided to do it again this year.  It's really nice that he can trade services with his patients sometimes, and this is one of those times.  I can't wait until we can all go!  We really live in a beautiful place.