Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Solitude! 2017

This year at Solitude, we ended up visiting the Tracy Aviary.  We saw some pretty cool and huge birds!  This guy was born in 1956!  He's massive too!! 10 foot wing span.

These guys have about a 5 foot wing span.

 Eagles are pretty cool!

 Bald eagles are awesome!

These guys had all kinds of toys in their pen.  We tried to get them to play but unfortunatley they don't respond to dog calls.  

 They did get a bit of activity when the pink ladies were around.  Here's a clip.  The pink ladies were a definate highlight!  They were just roaming around with the staff members and we got a bit of a private show for a minute.  Cute girls!!

Here are the pink ladies. They had this adorable little grunt when they wanted a treat from the trainers.  Darling!!


This vulture was all kinds of confident.  He just sat there showing us his belly.  For like a good 5 minutes or so. Several inappropriate jokes were made over why he would not put his wings away and what he was trying to 'show off'.  We'll just leave it at that. 

 It was national vulture appreciation day the day we were there and they had a real pig head on the ground for them to enjoy but they were just ignoring it.  The trainers came in to feed them while we were there and they still wouldn't come down to play.  Perhaps they need to eat alone?

Owls!  Very cool!

 Tess and Jason.  There is a special bond between these two.  She calls him Padre.  At one point, she was just asking gma for her padre over and over.  So stinking cute!

We brought up some minute to win it games and ended up having more fun with the balloons in the pack and play. 

 It truly was pretty dang fun to play with these two and the balloons.

Brit brought up a few crafts for the kids to do. This was our first attempt.  The caption we came up with was 'nailed it!"
Some turned out better than others.

Shanghi Rummy poolside while the kids entertain themselves at the pool?  Yes, please!

The grandpa train!

Tessa wasn't having it!

And finally, we got to spend a lot of quality time with this guy who is spending so much time working and going to school this VERY LAST SEMESTER! So, it was super special quality time together!  He's actually sleeping or resting here with his eyes closed.  Pretty much the only way I can get a picture of him.

Another very successful Solitude trip!!  We sure are spoiled by the Woods!  Thanks again!

Super Summer 2017!!!

Let's kick this off at the unofficial beginning of summer, Labor Day.

Boston received his mission call!  Vanuatu Port Vila mission!  We were are like, huh?! Where?!  It's a group of islands off the coast of Australia. 

Our friends, the Dunham's, introduced me to Taggart's Grill and we've gone up a few times together.  This day in particular, she woke up and ran a 1/2 marathon.  Without training.  So, this is how she ended up.

 Mr. Peacock romes the grounds at Taggart's.
Summer's allow us a lot of free time that we need to fill up.  We sat down at the beginning of the summer and came up with a list of things that we could do for fun and for service. 

This was an activity that was pretty fun!  We organized a chalk-drawing contest and food drive.  I spoke to a few different companies around the area and got some free prizes to give away.  Turned out a lot better than expected.

Look at the food donations we were able to get our hands on!  We took them to the Jesus Saves place in Ogden.  They were very shocked that we didn't want a receipt for our donation.  We even got a monetary donation to give to them.

Hiking is fun.  Meeting up with old friends is fun too!

We hiked as a family while Ellyse was away at girl's camp. 

Butterflies were the highlight of this hike.  It wasn't very impressive. Boo!

Getting up is hard to do.

Reorganized the shelves in our living room.  Finally got the old wallpaper residue off.  Only took me 10 1/2 years to take action.

I started collecting salt and pepper shakers a while back.  They're functional and so cute all at the same time.

Lagoon!  We got season passes this year and got a lot of use out of them.

 Lagoon-a-beach with my Allie.

Summer evenings at 'grandma' Read's.  

I begged the leaders at girl's camp for some photo's of my Lesee Lou and finally got some.  It's crazy how weird it felt without her that week.

Cousin sleepover's happened quite a bit too this summer.

This is so out of sequence but, whatever.  This was Taylor's graduation party.  So cute, right?!

Another activity we tried this summer was dying Allie's hair with Kool-Aid.  It was crazy bright the first day and then basically washed out in a week or so. I had soo many people tell me that the Kool-Aid NEVER came out of thier kids hair.  I was a little worried but figured we could always cut her hair if need be.

Found this at the ward Jason grew up in. Way to go daddy and Lance.

Loosing teeth is a profitable business.

Ellyse turned into a teenager this summer.  Pretty surreal.  There should be a whole post on her birthday on this blog somewhere.

Cherry Hill with cousins!  We love our Cherry Hill days!!

4th of July parade.   We made it there just in time for it to end pretty much.  They must have changed the time this year.

 I entered a coloring contest to win a free Minky Couture blanket but unfortunately, didn't win anything!  I spent about 8 hours on this bad boy.  For nothing.  Except coloring.
Little miss was asking a bunch of questions about whether or not things were blurry far away for us so we had her checked and sure enough, she needed some glasses.  Doesn't she look darling though?!

We were blessed to be able to get to go to Disneyland this summer.  There's a whole post about that too.  Here's a fav pic from the trip.

We ended the summer up at Solitude.  There should be a post forthcoming on this as well.

Was a really nice summer!  Truly.  One of the best!