Last June was a busy and fun month.
And I was sure that I would be able to capture some lightning with my new camera. Well, I didn't, but the pictures were still beautiful.
Our great friends, the Peads, invited us up to spend a night at their time-share at Snowbird, a big ski resort near Salt Lake. The creek that runs through the Little Cottonwood Canyon area was a raging river at the time. On our way up to Snowbird, we were stopped on the road because of issues with the river overflowing and flooding and causing erosion. We were stopped right by the local CBS 2News truck where Cristina Flores was reporting on the situation right in front of us.
The set-up of this place was perfect: a kitchen/living area in the middle (complete with hot tub on the deck) and 2 huge bedrooms/bathrooms coming off of that. Here we are enjoying a nice spaghetti dinner soon after we arrived.
I love this picture because it portrays their personalities and how they interact perfectly! Mallory is a little more aggressive than Evan and his face shows how he feels about it sometimes.
My cousin told me that someone she used to nanny was teaching private and semi-private swim lessons at his parents' house over the summer and asked if I would like to join them. Absolutely! It was the perfect solution for shy, water-cautious Evan. Christopher was awesome! He has a way with kids.
It's amazing that he would barely let his head touch the water the first day, but by the end of the 2 weeks he was bobbing. We went back for another session in July, which I will have more pictures of.
Kate got Emily a Slip 'n' Surf for her birthday. It's like a Slip 'n' Slide, but with a small, boogie board-sized surf board that you ride on. Here they are helping Evan. I played with the camera while they all tried it out, taking a ton of pictures that you can scroll through quickly to make it look like a movie. I included some of the best pictures here.
but he did not like to be squirted, accidentally or not! (He was not a water kid the entire summer.)
This one had a great splash. It was funny to see them try out all the different ways to "surf" ... on their feet, on their bellies, taking the board with them, having the board waiting there for them, etc.
Even Casey tried it out. I think because he was a skater (as in skate boarder) back in the day he thought he could master this. Okay, not to bad ...
And we went from that gorgeous day to this cold, rainy day in June. This was at the Orem Arts Festival where Casey had a booth set up. Owen was dancing to a guy singing with his guitar. I don't know where that kid gets it, but he has mad dancing skills! Of course just after he got set up outside, they moved inside the library because of the weather.
Here's Casey doing a drawing demonstration of his cousin, Miss Orem 2010 Bridget Kreis.
And just like every year, with June comes Pleasant Grove's Strawberry Days. Just like last June and the June before that and probably every June from here on out, we have pictures of the kids at the carnival on the same rides, with the same carnies, for the same outrageous prices ...
This one started out okay, but did not end so well. Owen freaked out. Luckily they were the only two on because I'm pretty sure they ended the ride early. The highlight of Strawberry Days this year was volunteering to work a shift at the city-run food booth. Most of the time I filled drinks and took money in the greasy little trailer, which wasn't the greatest. But I got to eat as many cups of strawberries and cream as I wanted, even bypassing the huge line to get mine. And you can be sure I took advantage of that little perk!
Mama Jones brought us some oranges from Grandma Berkline's tree in California and helped the kids juice them. There is nothing better in the world!