Yosemite National Park. We were truly amazed by the beauty of the Majestic Sequoia Trees. A fun fact: These gigantic trees start with the seed the size of a flake of oatmeal.
I got stuck posing with this cool hollowed out tree trunk, because no one else would. Dang it.
The roots of a Sequoia on it's side. What you cannot see is all of the miniature chipmunks popping in and out of the huge wooden maze. It was fun to watch. The kids wanted to stay and watch the show, but we needed to move on...
As we hiked up through the forest, the kids were excited to see the trees get bigger and bigger. We were also able to see three deer and lots more chipmunks. I think we had a following. It could have been the peanuts:0
The start of a lower trail
Off roading. Alie inside a split tree
Inside a hollowed out tree from a lightning storm
Our Tree hugger
The meadow was worth the extra hike. It was breathtaking. And so quiet. Alie and I were here alone for a few minutes, as we were a bit behind from admiring rather large pinecones. As far as I could see, there was green. No people, no tour buses, no sound. Just us with the canopy of trees above us and the meadow all around. The feeling was piercing and pure, and then I felt scared. We had just seen deer a couple of miles back. My dreamy state ended with the thought of bears and I picked up my pace. We started jogging up the hill. Alan had taken Lindsay on another steeper path to see some sort of huge fallen tree, and Ryan had taken Justin back down the mountain with Nana and Hoho. It was just Alie and I. We came across a little one room cabin that had an older woman in it. It was like a little museum, I guess. It had a few animal heads, pictures, and among other things large pinecones. We stayed there, glad to have some company, until we saw Alan and Lindsay coming down a nearby trail. The woman told Alie that she could not take her pinecone home, but that she could put it in the "museum" for others to look at. She thought that was pretty cool. She said it felt like she was in a fairy tale.
Each year, they look forward to it. Each year, a success.
We love this tradition!!! The pictures tell the story.
Fifteen cousins from oldest to youngest
We have been jumping off this log for years. My dad and uncles did it when they were teenagers. A group helps to submerge the log and then when they let go, it rises up, and the person launches off. Justin is on his way up...
A nice dry one. Perfect for a picture. 11 of the 15, not so bad. So cute.
Love our boat trips to Millers:)
Al and Ry posing for me. Sweet.
Nana with three of her babes.
Ready? Hit it!
Bri, Darren, Al, Sarah, and cute little Ryden on the beach
Justin Knee boarding
They spent hours digging trenches and making waterfalls
Loving the shade that the trees provide
Pier jumping was popular again this year. Even I did it! The kids were so proud of me. I was proud of me. Once was enough though. No picture will be posted either. Sweet one of Ry though, compliments of Brian.
4th of July week, we drove Ryan up to BYU Provo for his first EFY. It was a perfect time to run away from home. We needed a break from the excitement of moving, not to mention all the dust from our remodel. We love to visit Aunt Lorie! Always such a fun time! Lorie and I made freezer jam, and spent time baking. The kids played with the kitties, swam, and enjoyed being outside until dark (around 9:30, so nice!) We missed Ryan, but he was able to have one night and two days with us! We made sure we did fireworks with him the night before he left. On the morning of the 4th, we walked with him on campus, took him to lunch, and went with him up to check out his dorm room. Lor, Al, and I plus 5 little kids. That was his favorite part:) Actually it might have been his dad's loud and emotional goodbye gesture. I guess we were all just a little excited! He had an amazing experience. It was like a had a newly polished kid for a few days after. He is looking forward to next year.
Staying cool with cousins enjoying shave ice at Mall water play area
My three boys
The day before. Fireworks at the Becks.
A day of skating with the girls. I wish I had a video of Lorie, she was awesome!