Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tea Party Redux

For one of her birthday parties, Maddie had a tea party. Her friends all dressed up in everything from gloves to Disney princess costumes and we decorated straw hats with ribbons and silk flowers. Wish I could find the picture -- it was adorable.
 Maddie and her friend decided to have another one. They wrote up invitations and made food and Maddie and her Papa worked very hard in the backyard. Joss was driving his dad crazy by this point and the girls even dressed him up and invited him along. He seems to have had fun.
 Eliza and Maddie Lou

 Hadley Bea and Abby
 Maddie sampling the lemon sorbet and the rosewater ice cream.
 The garden cooperated even if the weather did not. 
 Joss the party animal.
Eliza looks like her fairy godmother is just setting her back down.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Roger's 75th

 We came back from the beach and got ready for dinner. It took quite a crew to light the candles on the cake:
 a lemon and angel food creation that Roger remembered from childhood
 the super-long birthday song + bonus with majesty meant that the candles melted quite a bit
but we didn't mind. Everyone ate, asked Opa more questions, and stayed up playing again. Happy 75th, Roger!

Bear Lake, Northshore

 On Monday we went to the Northshore beach. I was worried it might not be as good as the east side, but it was just as shallow and warm and sandy. Perfect for Eli, who loved playing in the sand and water. Here he and Tyler show off the hot tub.
 Sebi just about maxes out the little kayak
 Macklin workin' it for the camera
 Rick and Eli on a kayak ride
 The whole beach set up
 Rob's sisters: Heather and Betsy
 Will and Tyler practice their . . . uh . . . whatever that is
 Betsy and the birthday boy
 Ron gives Eli a push
 Ron and Heather, taking a break from their move down to Logan
 Heather tries out the paddle board. I like this one because she looks all Hawaiian.
 Joss and Adam -- now they're fighting less, and getting lost more
 Jessie and Maddie
 Meghan gets up
 Sandcastles were built, towers constructed, sand was drizzled
Most of the family

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Bear Lake, Dingle

On Sunday we attended the Dingle ward with Saydi's family. We plumped up their primary and classes quite a bit, and were treated to metaphors on river rafting and spiritual experiences about hay baling. Maddie came out shocked that everyone in the YM wore cowboy boots.
We had Christy's fish tacos, which Rob has had a craving for since he first tried the sauce. Then we packed up and drove up the road to our rental for the McFarland reunion.
These were some obliging horses next door
I remember that Betsy and Rob would take the grandkids over to visit the horses up in their Orem neighborhood. This reminded me of it.
Eli was fascinated, but unsure
Then we came back and had dinner for everyone: Eli, Heather, Maddie, Opa, and Karissa
Will, Tyler, Jessie and Meghan
Kathy, Rick and me
Rick and Jessie worked on guitar
And we convened in the living room during a downpour so that Opa could read to us from his memoirs, a work in progress
I put Joss down and went to sleep right after this, but the others stayed up until past midnight playing the "What If" game and laughing uproariously
Another beautiful sunset after the rain.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Bear Lake, Eastshore

 My sister-in-law's family generously invited us up to their house for the weekend. We all love it there.
 There is lots of warm water, blue skies, soft sand and kids in life jackets. Just in case anyone thinks Rob and I are getting off too easy by having an adolescent like Maddie, let's get a close-up of that shot:
 Yes. There it is. The I-am-15-hear-me-roar face while I apply sunscreen to her back. We'll now return you to your regularly scheduled reading.
 I got a couple chapters  further in Lean In, which I liked, but I also really like this article that Rob sent here about the real obstacles facing women and work today.
 Rob corralled the numerous kids and built a huge sand peninsula, full of castles, bridges, moats and other things.
 Impromptu dance party at the Snowmobile
 Kids hanging out in the boat
 Rob having quality pretzel time with Peter. He's really as good as everyone says.
 We took a ride on the new sailboat
 Can you believe the colors? Just unreal.
 Peter quickly declared himself Skipper of the boat, and the only one fit to steer.
 Spencer, Cam, Joss & McKay were our en-route entertainment. They sang "We Are the Pirates Who Don't Do Anything" and made up several new verses.
 A rare moment.
 Another rare moment.
 Cooling off in the middle of the lake
 Most of us tried water skiing
The sand subdivision continued to grow
 It does my heart good to see these two getting along. 
 The water was just incredibly clear.
 Joss tried out a strange new hamster ball inflatable thingy. . .
. . . with his new friend Shayla
 There was lots of floating and boating and swimming and paddle boarding
Joss and Emmeline worked on digging out a hot tub
 We taught the kids to play Sleeping Queens and the adults tried Telestrations
 while Rob and Jeff took the boys out for a polar bear swim and a dip in the hot tub