Girl’s Camp

Both my oldest girls, Meg and Katelyn, went to girl’s camp in June. It is always something they look forward to attending each year. They seriously have the best group of girls and leaders anyone could ask for. Although I have never been with them I always love hearing about their experiences through the week. I don’t have a lot of detail to add, but I know they had tons of fun, went on a long hike, performed skits, and the weather stayed nice all week (unlike last year). Below are pictures which show some of fun things they did.

 

Survivor – Johnson Family

So I started watching Survivor during its first season years and years ago. I have not missed a season since. It is one of my very favorite things. It didn’t take long for that love to wear off on my family. Seth, me and my four oldest watch it regularly. My littles also watch it when they can.

Well my girls thought it would be a great idea to have our own shortened version of Johnson Family Survivor. Seth and I acted in place of Jeff Probst by running the challenges and tribal council. The kids were one tribe, the Galang Tribe (stolen from a real season of Survivor). Challenges ranged from some hilarious food challenges, puzzles, memory games and more!

Planking…our first Survivor challenge. Ellie won immunity!

Immunity Idol courtesy of Katelyn and her clay molding skills.

This was the first tribal council. Notice the fire ring. We got real technical.

Another immunity challenge was to see who could stack the most dominoes on their hand in one minute. Megan won!

This here is our jury. Notice the tears. Ellie was the most recent member voted off and she was pretty sad about it.

Megan and Drew were our two finalists who had to give their speeches to the jury.

Sole Survivor of Johnson Family Survivor: Megan! Lets be honest, does this surprise anyone? Over the past year or so Megan has gone back and watched EVERY past season of Survivor. She really is a pro and quite good at challenges and at speaking. I actually have a video of her speaking to the jury. Ask me about it sometime and I will show it to you. She deserved her win! 🙂

Halloween 2016

This Halloween the kids got creative! Megan and her friend made gumball machine costumes. Katelyn and her friend made these cute bags and were robbers. Claire decided last minute to be a green M&M. Drew was the cutest lil’ old man ever and kept pointing his crooked finger saying, “When I was young…” Ellie wanted to be a police woman and Seth and I were Cleopatra and her dead husband (a bit of a last minute throw-together).

There was lots of parties, candy and fun had by all! Happy Halloween!

 

Happy 40th to this old guy!

Happy 40th to this ol’ guy! I know turning forty sounds overwhelming but it didn’t seem to phase Seth one bit. He is fit, healthy, and in his eyes just a youngin’. I love that about him!

For his birthday sent the kids off to school and headed out to hike a 8.5 mile loop over up Grove Creek and then across and down Battlecreek Falls. It was a solid uphill climb to a beautiful open valley and then a steady decline back down Battlecreek Falls.  It was prefect weather and a beautiful hike and best of all we were practically alone on the trail.

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After the hike we met up with his parents at Texas Roadhouse for dinner and then headed over to Eskaped where we barely managed to “eskape” this 1960’s themed trailer. 🙂

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We also had some friends over for dessert on the Sunday before his birthday. Seth isn’t a big fan of parties nor the celebration and attention being about him (another thing I love about him) but I knew people wanted to come over and wish him well on his special day so I did something small anyway. I don’t think he loved it but the kids thought it was fun and it was a good chance to chat and visit with everyone.

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The real celebration will come in March when Seth and I sneak off to Kauai to celebrate both of our 40th birthdays! Happy birthday to the man I love!

We bought a beater

Jacob has only been a licensed driver for a couple months. In the short time he has been driving, he has had the following incidents:

  1. First, he got a speeding ticket and tried to keep it on the down-low. That didn’t work out so well since the first thing the police department does with a traffic offense with a minor is write a letter to your parents.
  2. He had a collision with a deer. The deer pretty much hopped up onto the hood of the car leaving a nice dent and some scratches on the hood.
  3. His buddy backed into him at homecoming, denting the driver’s door and front quarter panel

Now, my car isn’t a great car by any means — it’s a 2006.5 Kia Optima with almost 115k miles on it. But, I bought it new and have taken good care of it. It should have quite a lot of life left.

But, with school starting and Jake having an early-morning class, he has had to drive almost every day to school. The Lone Peak high school parking lot is famous for dings, dents, and frequent accidents. I just can’t have him wreck my car any more. So, when Uncle Greg said he was getting rid of his Honda, we jumped at it.

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It’s a 1993 Honda Accord. The paint is peeling in a couple places and the hitch is almost rusted completely through, but mechanically it seems like it’s pretty good shape. If you look closely at the odometer, you’ll notice it has 340,763.6 miles on it.

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It passed safety and emissions with flying colors. The mechanic said it’s not uncommon for the engines in these Honda’s to go for 500k+ miles.

Since it is a manual 5-speed transmission, Jake had to learn how to drive a stick. At one point, he made Drew cry because he was scared he was going to die as Jake jerkily started through an intersection and then stalled it out. But, he’s got the hang of it now.

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We spent a whopping $500 on this car, so any miles we can squeeze out of it are purely bonus miles. Let’s hope this beater keeps going for many more miles.