July 17, 2016

Bear Lake Family Time

Getting kids home and bathed and all of us fed after days at the beach was always kind of crazy but there was still a little time for fun before bed. The first night after the beach Marissa had a pinata for everyone which is always fun to watch but I didn't get pictures because I had to keep Owen away from the bat at all times haha - needless to say, the kids went to bed a little later that night due to all the candy and fun ;) But the next night we did bubbles in the yard which was a total hit too!

Even the dads got in on the fun :) Owen is looking so much older in this bottom picture to me and he sure loves his big cousin Ike!

After the kids went to bed the adults got to have the famous raspberry shakes - which Devin and I have determined that Quick and Tasty was better than Zips or Bear Lake Pizza Co but we never did get to go to Le Beau's this time, so we'll have to try again next year, or just convince his dad to make his own because his are better than all of them ;)

Wednesday night we played the whisper challenge game where someone puts on headphones with loud music playing so they can't hear and they have to read our lips to guess what phrase we're saying. Each of us takes a turn saying the phrase and they have to repeat what they think it is after every person - so funny! The person with headphones on was always SO loud or talking really funny. Some of our funnier ones:
"World's greatest farter" - strings and forks
"Born in Pennsylvania" -  Portland?
"I don't want it to suffer" - I don't want kids ever
"Shari does the dew" - "Shari doesn't like you? Shari does like me!"
And when Heather was the guesser and the phrase was "These pretzels are making me thirsty" she just started dying laughing because she knew what it was and the Seinfeld reference had her in tears.

The last night Laura had these posters with ancestor pictures on it and she had some really cool stories from their life that she read and each couple had to take turns guessing which ancestor went with that story. I was impressed with how many Devin and his siblings knew and it was really inspiring to keep reading and learning more about my own. Of course it was even more fun to get Neil's famous prizes after each one. You never knew if you were going to get a gift card or some handy device/gadget from his "stash" aka closet :) always a good surprise though!

Dinner/breakfasts were rotated between families for who was in charge but planning for 25 people usually leaves quite a bit of leftovers so Friday morning before check out was kind of a free-for-all/clean out the fridge. How cute are these two girls enjoying their last breakfast together on the deck? I have always thought Rose reminds me of Ava but wow, especially in this picture.

Kind of a random assortment of pictures that weren't beach related but that I still wanted to document because it's amazing how fast these kids grow up and the things we forget but there was so much effort to make it happen and it really does go by so fast! Pin It

July 11, 2016

Bear Lake 2016

Man, did our stay go by fast! Tuesday night through Friday morning with two beach days in between. Our first day was overcast for most of the morning (which made for great pictures!) and then kinda windy in the afternoon, but Thursday was beautiful!

We didn't bring the canoe this year but Devin brought his inflatable kayak which still made for an easy way to get out and see the clear blue water. The second day of "beaching" they rented a jet ski which was so fun! Devin always takes me for a wild ride :)

Getting all sweet with Grandma and Grandpa to get some of that delicious popcorn!

These boys were too funny. Mitt always had some kind of car or truck or plane in his hand. Can't wait for Flinn to join the diggers next year! 

Every day at the beach started off with the dads digging out a trench for water to fill in while sandcastles were made. Aren't Devin's steps so cool? Ava got little seashells and told me they were her "carrot seeds" which she planted, along with "flowers" at the base of the castle. Here she is "watering them" :)

One of the funniest things all week - Devin caught a nasty Carp on his fishing pole (which Ava got to reel in!) and it got away as they were reeling it but Greg was able to find it and grab it with his bare hands. The kids thought it was soo freaky and Ike sure got the giggles pretending to give it a kiss ;)

It's really not until we get out on the boat in the middle of the lake that you can see just how turquoise that water really is. And I can't believe all these cousins are getting old enough to start knee boarding and surfing, they're so awesome!

With 8 of the cousins being 4 and under, it truly felt like a magical place where no one fights. Pure joy with all this sand, water, snacks, toys, and instant friends

Not pictured from beach days: boys playing with the little tractor toys from Grandpa, "feats of strength" between Garrett and Greg, Grandpa taking people on ride after ride on the boat/tube, playing Kubb and kanjam, babies sleeping in pack n plays in the back of the vans, izze drinks Pin It