Thursday, July 31, 2014

Summer Looks Like...

Being the world's best patient at his latest ear check.  Slightly less hearing in his left ear, but hearing is still great!
Girly dates!
Independence Day!  
Independence Day!
Eating Popsicles and figuring out how to smile for the camera :)
Eating peas fresh from the garden.
Feeding horses.
"Yee haw!"
"Howdy, partner!"
Gabe is suddenly obsessed with horses.  Luckily for us, we have some great friends who happen to have horses!  Gabe was beyond excited to finally get to ride one.  He would have ridden into the night if we let him.  
Becoming more and more of a book worm!
Campfire fun.
The big kids were assigned to make a shelter in camp, just for fun.
Beautiful big sister.
No, this in not a postcard.  You can't make up this kind of beauty.  We're so blessed to be able to enjoy the outdoors.
Hiking with your best friend in the beautiful mountains of Idaho.
Small kid in a big ol' world.  He's ready to take it on!

Every time he sees a stump he sits down and tries to rest his elbow on his knee.  I'm not sure where he got the idea, but he's just sure this is what you do when you sit on a stump.  Makes me laugh every time.
Going for a hike to a waterfall. Yes, the orange vest is so he doesn't get lost!  This boy is fast!
Worn out from building a shelter in camp.
Climbing on big boulders in the Mountains.

Gorgeous early summer flowers in the Sawtooth Mountains.
Photo-bombing Mom's flower photos :)
Campfire memories.
Big campfires.
I told him to smile for the camera and he told me to send the picture to Olga.  Hi, Olga!
Who needs a fork?
Attacking a watermelon.
Getting hugs from big brother when you skin your knee.
Tug-of-war with your big brother and sisters. 
Visiting a fire station and jumping in the firefighters  clothes.

Blowing bubblers on Camping Trip #1

Pretending to be a dinosaur in the bushes.

Our summer has been full and fun and everything it should be.  And the best is yet to come!  We will soon be off on our first family vacation to the Oregon coast!   This will be the first time my kids have ever seen the ocean.  I can't wait to see their faces!  

I've been enjoying reading again (yay!).  These words of wisdom came from the book This I Believe, a compilation of remarkable people's personal philosophies.  Check it out!