Sunday, September 11, 2011


My little boy started kindergarten this year! It seems weird now, because we've gone the last 5 years doing what we want when we want, but now it will all change! Now we have to worry about school being in and all that comes with it! It's not as overwhelming as I thought it might be, but it is an adjustment to get up early and get him to school every morning! I did pretty good, too. Not too many tears. I teared up a little at the orientation they had the Friday before school started, and got a little choked up the first day of school, but no tears! The night before Ron gave him a father's blessing, and then he had to leave. He wanted to play in a mid-amatuer golf tournment and the only one he could sign up for was the first day of school! Ron was pretty bummed he missed it, but we all made it through okay! The morning of (and the whole week!), Michael requested eggs, waffles & strawberry milk!

All ready to go. I drove him and picked him up the first day of school, but from then on, he's been riding the bus.

His desk.

This was him when we picked him up.

He loves to ride the bus with cousins!

I had my aunt take pictures for back to school! :o)

Floating Down the Snake River

I took my camera on the river, just in case we got wet I didn't want my phone to get ruined. Ron's grandpa has family that have a boat so we took it out on the Snake River. Ron's grandpa has fished up and down this river for YEARS! He stopped a couple of times to cast, but didn't catch anything. After he took us out (minus Brock) for about an hour, Emma and I went back to Aunt Onda's house to get ready for the bbq and the boys stayed out to do some fishing. I didn't really pay much attention to how we got to the river from Onda's house, because I didn't realize I was driving back by myself! Luckily, I was able to find out how to get back without getting lost! Go Me! :o)

Michael was NOT happy about wearing the pink life vest! He almost decided not to go because of it!

Emma driving the boat with Grandpa!

Michael's turn!

Idaho/Wyoming Trip August 2011

We went on our 2nd annual cabin trip again this year, only this time Ron was able to go! Since we had Brock, he was able to take some boding time and we were able to go on a 2 week excursion! We decided to head to Idaho Falls first for a few days where his grandparents have a condo and stay during the summer. Ron used to spend the summers with them as a kid, so it was fun to go spend some time there with his grandparents and other family members that live there. I had never been to Idaho before, so it was nice to go somewhere different. I took a bunch more pictures, but I didn't want to post them all! Also, they were taken on my phone. I took my camera, but failed to bring the charger, so I had to pick and choose when I wanted to use the camera.

This is Emma a couple days before we left. She said she was all ready to go to the cabin!

Michael didn't want to be left out.
We left at 9:00 pm Sunday night, drove through the night and got in to Idaho Falls at around 2:30 pm Monday. Ron's grandpa put us up in a hotel for the time we were there that had a pool and free breakfast every morning!

One day we went to the local zoo. It's pretty small, but they have several interesting animals! It has this lion drinking fountain. It was cute!

Grandpa's condo is right accross the street from the golf course (of course!) so he took the boys golfing for 9 holes. Brock, Emma & I tagged along in the golf cart. I posted this picture on facebook and Ron made the comment that not very many people can say they golfed with their grandson and great grandson, the pleasure was all his. I thought that was really sweet! He loves his grandpa!

Love this boy! This was taken at grandpas brother's (who passed away last year) house. His wife is still alive and was kind enough to have everyone over for a nice bbq! It was a nice change since we ate out pretty much every day! The bbq was SO good! And the company was even better!!

The reason they call it "Idaho Falls".

Idaho Falls Temple

We left on Saturday the 6th to drive to the cabin in Wyoming and drove through Yellowstone. I'd never been there either, so that was REALLY neat! We didn't want to spend all day so that we wouldn't have to go up the mountain in the dark, so we picked about 3 things we wanted to see. First stop, Old Faithful! We got there at the perfect time. We were able to take a potty break, and get in a good spot just before the geyser went off! After that we stopped at fishing bridge and then the "grand canyon" of Yellowstone. We made a few other stops along the way to see the hot springs (which smelled pretty bad)!

It took quite awhile, but we finally saw some buffalo! After we saw one, we saw a whole bunch!

Just before we left for a hike to Medicine Wheel. Ron's mom bought everyone bandanas. Emma didn't want to wear hers, so I just got a picture of my boys! Aren't they cute?!

A beautiful sunset on the Big Horn Mountain.

We did a TON of fishing!! It rained and hailed quite a bit while we were there, so I didn't want to chance too many scary hikes with the baby. The kids REALLY enjoyed fishing. At Bear Lodge, they have a kiddie lake full of fish! The kids caught a fish at basically EVERY cast! The kids also did a ton of swimming in the indoor pool at the lodge!

While some of the group were fishing, the kids found the horseshoes and grandma taught them to play. Of course, there were a few finger smashing incidences, but nothing too major!

We also did some shooting, but the kids kinda freaked out, so I took them back to the car. Michael decided to blow hot air on the window and draw faces!

My little princess! :o)

We had a GREAT time! It was a long trip, and Brock was NOT having his carseat by the end of the trip, but we were glad we went! We hope to go back next year, but his brother is possibly planning a wedding for that time of year, so we'll see what happens!