Thursday, July 12, 2012

Bear Lake Trip Home

On Monday the kids were back out at the lake and in addition to the usual swimming and shore playing, they got to go out on the inaugural ride with the GTX inflatable, known as Big Mama. Here are Maddie and Will with Ashton. 
One of the uncles (Noah, here) pulls the boat around as fast and wild as they can until you're clinging for dear life. Ashton reached up to get something and he was flipped out into the lake.  He seemed to take it in stride whereas my children would have been scarred by it. Rob took me out for a canoe ride and then Rob, Maddie, Saydi and I went for a swim out to the buoy. It was such a lovely temperature. We had lunch and packed up and cleaned up and said goodbye to the Shumways and started our trip home. This time I wanted to come back through Logan. It was a gorgeous drive through the canyon from Bear Lake to Logan but our car was acting weird and I was nervous we wouldn't make it there.
Thankfully we did, and we made it to see the temple which they were doing a lot of work on. I couldn't believe how long it had been since we'd visited Logan. I think the last time we were here was 2005.
Then we took the kids to the Bluebird restaurant and let them get whatever they wanted at the fountain counter. It was a nice stop and I loved my lime freeze. Will and Sebi each had something called a Double Devil and Rob had this perverse concoction called The Teddy Bear.
My parents came here for some meal on their wedding day since they were married in the Logan Temple. We all got penny candy too.
Then we drove back to the Logan cemetery and looked up our friend Geri's grave. We hadn't been back to see it in seven years either. Just for future reference, they've misspelled both her first and last name in the directory: Jerilyn Hendersoon. (how do you misspell someone's name when it's right there on the headstone?!)
And then we stopped by to visit Mimi's grave in Ogden, too. Joss was pretty confused about where his grandmother was and why we were running around the grass with stones in it, but he'll figure it out eventually. As he was going to bed that night, Sebastian talked about each of the stops and how much he enjoyed them, but said "but I wish we could have just come home." I guess we've raised a car full of hardcore car trippers. It was a very fun weekend.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Bear Lake cont.

Sunday we got to attend the Dingle ward. Saydi's mom and dad spoke, which was like winning free tickets to education week (and the best sacrament meeting I've heard in a couple of months). We came home and ate. Oh, we ate so well! I've got several new recipes to try out now. (thanks, Saydi!)
 Each evening we brought out the ukelele and tried to play and sing some songs to each other. Here Rob fingered and Charlie strummed -- he's certainly got the soulful singer looks down.
 Biscuit and Care Bear -- I'm pretty proud of this one because I got Emmeline into her M&S gingham by suggesting that Care Bear wanted to wear the Hello Kitty nightgown. Those dresses were so darling!
 And Joss in his shark shirt is pretty cute too! He has learned how to make the rubik snake into any one of a number of guns. In the absence of the snake he uses his fingers.
And of course the iPad helped to entertain as well . . . Wish I'd thought to take pictures inside too; it is the quintessential lake cabin and was so cozy. People were worried we wouldn't be comfortable, but after camping it felt simply palatial. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Bear Lake

Jeff and Saydi invited us up to Bear Lake to see them after their adventurous six months in London. We met up with them in Park City to caravan and we switched around people until we had two cars: McShums and Waylanders. Everyone behaved so nicely on the trip up -- makes me wish we could always sprinkle in a few cousins on car rides! When we arrived, as we were unpacking things and stowing food, Rob helped Emmeline conquer the spiral staircase. It is steep and metal and I thought that she would be stuck on the first floor for the duration, but she got all the way up, and Rob put one Jelly Belly on each step which was enough to motivate her back down. She had no problem with it the rest of the weekend!

 That Bear Lake is almost unreal. It is clear, has a sandy bottom, incredible colors, and while we were there it was 71 degrees. In the water! Essentially a giant inflatable pool.
 Maddie got to try out the new paddle board. She'd just learned how a couple of days before with her McCousins up at a reservoir while trying out their new kayak and paddle board.
 She loved it and she's really good at it too.
 This was Will's first time and even he stayed up well.
 Rob got the kids building sandcastles on the shore. I can't believe that gate on the right!

 We spent a little time clearing away rocks so that we could wander out to the swimming platform, canoe, dock, boat in our bare feet. Last time we were here the lake was so low that tractors had to tow the boats down. This dock wasn't used for years.
 Charlie was in his element.
 Even Sebi and Hazel tried out the paddle board. And they were good too! Saydi took it out for a spin and on her first try it looked like she was out in the middle of the lake. They all made it look so easy that I couldn't really see what the point was.
Then I tried it, and I found out very quickly that the point is balance. Umm hmmmm. No pictures of me up here because there were almost none where I was standing on the board.
 The light up there changes so rapidly and it too, is almost unreal. I love the clouds and the sparkle.
 Kids were canoeing, splashing, wading and getting in trouble over throwing sand at each other through dinner.
 Saydi's family invited us to a wonderful BBQ in the pavilion with 5 of her 8 siblings and several cousins and relatives.
 Joss had a grand time in the hot tub with all of them.
And we stayed until after sunset before heading back to put kids to bed and watch the bats at dusk.