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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

This Year's Bear Lake Adventure...

The second week of September we took a trip up to Bear Lake to visit Mike, Carrie and Lily... and to escape the heat of Vegas! The first night we were there we headed over to a "construction site," partially because we wanted to see the house that they're building for Rich, but mostly so that Weston could soak in the construction goodness and ask Uncle Mike every question he ever had about how to build a house. That is when I decided it would be a good time to capture some images of the cousins.
Getting a picture of the three of them looking in the same direction at the same time was nearly impossible, but I tried all weekend anyway! Most of them turned out like this... at least you can tell they are having fun.
Weston was fascinated with the back hoe (or any construction vehicle for that matter).
He was pretty thrilled when Uncle Mike offered to take him for a ride in it.
As we were driving back to the house for some ice cream cones (as pictured below), Jason and I asked Weston why he hadn't asked Uncle Mike very many questions about building. For many months now, he has been asking questions daily about how to build things... after awhile I just started telling him to save all of his questions for Uncle Mike. But of course when the moment came, he didn't have much to say. Jason and I told Weston that for the rest of the weekend, he shouln't hesitate to ask Unlce Mike about anything... after all, we told him, Uncle Mike would be happy to answer his questions. After a few minutes of this conversation, Sophie piped up and said (very emphatically), "Yeah, brudder. Unlce Mike lubb you!!" It was so cute, and she just kept saying it over and over again!
Then next morning the kids thought they were in heaven... it was cool enough to play outside and Mike and Carrie have a huge, grassy back yard.
I love this shot of Sophie and Lily:Mike and Carrie chillin on their porch swing:
In the afternoon we headed over to Heritage Days, a local Garden City event. We got there just in time to catch trout! All the kids are allowed into this huge "pool" to catch as many fish as they can... with their bare hands!
Weston was a little scared of the fish. Sophie jumped right in at first, Sophie style... but then decided she'd rather be an observer!
A sweet little boy caught some trout for Lily.
Jason ended up jumping in since the kids weren't having any success on their own...
After the trout adventure it was on to the petting zoo, which I must say was WAY better than the petting zoos we have seen in LV!
We also each took a turn at the axe toss (well, the adults did - not the kids!), but I didn't get picturs of that... a little later on, we headed up to Fish Haven Canyon. We found a spot by a beautiful stream, which the kids LOVED!!!
The kids would have thrown rocks in the stream for hours if we had let them!
Weston especially loved helping with the campfire:
Watching daddy get the trout ready to cook, Sophie had a very concerned look on her face. She kept saying, "awwww, the fish is cuuuuuuuuuute!"Weston looked on with great interest as well.
I wish I could have caught the entire conversation on video... Sophie and Weston were really wrapped up into the whole trout cooking experience!
Carrie and Jason were especially thrilled with the trout. Jason cooked it up to perfection, and those two were in heaven. I'm not a huge fish fan, but even I will admit that they tasted pretty great!
Jason washing his hands up in the stream. What a beautiful area!
On to the marshmallow roasting!
As you can see, Sophie really got into it!
Carrie and Lily
Sunday, the final day of our trip, we went to go check out the cows. When I say "we," I mean everyone but Jason. He had a massive allergy attack and stayed in bed the bulk of our trip. The only time he wasn't suffering was when we went up into the mountains. It would appear that the guy who thinks he is allergic to nature actually does better immersed in it!
But I digress. Like I was saying, the cows...
The cows get a pretty sweet view, wouldn't you agree?
Then on to check out the house Mike and his buddy Rich entered into the Parade of Homes. It is GORGEOUS! I couldn't fit the entire house into one picture because the truck was in the way, so I took two separate shots.
On Monday morning we were sad to leave. I had to catch a few more precious moments of the kids playing together!
Weston had so much fun playing outside with this little truck. It's always the simple things that the kids seem to get the biggest kick out of!
I just love all that green. We always have such a great time visiting Bear Lake, but I think this was one of our favorite trips yet.


Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for putting these fun pictures up. The only thing that would have been better would have been if I could have been there too!!!

Courtnie said...

I am glad you finally posted something!!! Cute pictures of cute kids.

I espicially love the expression on Sophie's face as she sees the fish getting ready to be cooked. And I really like her hair too.

I wish I lived on a Ranch like Bear Lake! That sounds wonderful.