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.

 

Claire’s 11th Birthday

For Claire’s 11th birthday, Claire got checked out of school to go to lunch with mom and dad. We went to Cubby’s and she loved it. While we were there we asked her about some of her favorite things.

List of Claire’s favorite things at age 11:

  • Cereal: cocoa pebbles
  • Dinner that mom makes: homemade mac and cheese
  • Restaurant: Cafe Rio
  • After school activity: jumping on the tramp with music when it’s warm out
  • Favorite sport: basketball
  • Best friend: Andie Aagard
  • Future occupation: scientist, artist, or athlete
  • Dream vacation spot: Bahamas or Fiji
  • Dream birthday present: puppy
  • School subject: science
  • Recess game: basketball

Claire is definitely one of our favorites. We sure love her. Happy birthday Claire!

Jake & Lilly – Junior Prom 2017

Jake asked Lilly to his Junior Prom. Although I am not privy to all the details it looked like they had a great time together. They spent the morning mountain climbing with the group of friends.

After he picked up Lily for the dance, they went and ate dinner at the Alpine Country Club and headed out to the dance. They had a great time!

2017 Spring Break – Kanab

For the last few days of Spring break we traveled down to Kanab, Utah. We drove down on Wednesday and drove back on Saturday, so it was a relatively quick trip, but we packed as much fun as we knew how into those few days. We traveled with the Rowberrys and the Jensen families and had a lot of fun together. Here are a few of our highlights from the weekend:

Wire Pass & Buckskin Gulch slot canyons

This was a pretty busy trailhead, lots of cars. The slot was really cool and had a tricky obstacle that required help for just about everyone.

We continued to Buckskin gulch, which is a very long slot canyon. Unfortunately, because of the heavy rains earlier in the week it was still pretty wet. So we couldn’t go very far down Buckskin before we ran into knee-deep water. We turned around and went upstream for a while, walking in the mud and looking for pockets of quicksand.

On the way back through Wire Pass I had to help several groups come up the main obstacle. I was pretty sore from helping pull people up by the hand.

Glen Canyon Dam

After the slot canyons we decided to go see the Glen Canyon dam. We spent some time in the visitor center and walking out on the bridge. It was pretty impressive.

Red Canyon slot from Peekaboo trail head

Right at the last minute, we decided to bring along Greg’s 4-wheelers to maybe help get us to the trailhead. We were very glad that we did. The road was pretty deep and sandy, and about 2 miles to get to the start of the slot canyon. It wasn’t a well-marked road, so after a few wrong turns we finally got there. Once we all arrived, we spent just a short amount of time in the slot. It wasn’t a long one and ends in a 20-foot high obstacle. But the colors and patterns and terrain were impressive. We passed several official tour guides taking groups there.

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

We stopped by here late in the afternoon right as they were closing. However, Manina talked to the right lady, who arranged a mini-walking tour for us. The older teenagers were throwing some serious attitude, but were quickly won over. All the kids liked seeing the horses (especially the smiling one), the pigs, deer, and turkey. The people there were super nice and welcoming.

Goodfellow House

Manina found a good deal on VRBO, so we stayed at this house in Kanab. It smelled like mothballs (but it wasn’t mothballs, it was made with railroad ties). The Rowberry and Jensen families joined us, so the kids had lots of fun. We all have kids around the same ages, so they had a lot of fun together.

The house had a pool and a hot tub, but neither were officially opened. That didn’t stop the kids from jumping in.

Lots of good food

We took turns cooking dinners and also had a big combined breakfast. We were in charge of pizzas on the BBQ grill, which turned out great.

Bruce Jensen employed his new smoker ahead of time and we had delicious pulled pork dinner on Thursday night.

Rowberrys did a Mexican night. At no point did anyone want for food.

 

Lots and Lots of Basketball

All of our kiddos played basketball this year. That is six different kids, six different teams with six different games for about 6-8 weeks. We were busy!!

Ellie actually played in the Fall which made it nice so we didn’t have her competing for our time when all the others were playing in January. She played with her bestie Izzy.

Drew convinced Seth to coach his team with several of his pals. They had a fun little season and Seth saw a ton of improvement over the weeks.

Claire actually played two seasons. She did one season of Junior Jazz and then one season of Bantam. Although she doesn’t have a ton of experience, she is coming along. She has so much hustle and is very coachable. I am expecting big things out of her the future.

Katelyn played with the same group of girls she has over the years. They always have a ton of fun and end up winning and losing about the same amount of games. Thank you Coach Tullis for putting up with these girlies!

Jake coaches and plays with this group of guys. They are always a ton of fun to watch. They are fast quick and always make it to the championship game. Even though it is just recreational level, they are a ton of fun to watch!

Megan ended up playing on the Mountain Ridge 9th grade basketball team. She was quite the baller and was often one of the top scorers on her team. They only lost three games which is record for the school. They made it to the final tournament but ended up missing a handful of players and lost in the semi’s. It is too bad because they were so good and could easily have won. Next year! (Team pic coming soon).

It was a very busy couple of months but I had a blast cheering for my kiddos!