Tuesday, August 28, 2012


A couple days before we left to go back to Colorado we took a trip to Island Park to see Grandma and Grandpa Allen and then headed to Yellowstone.  It was nice to see the Grandparents.  I love them.  They are cute.  The kids like to go to their cabin and throw rocks into the creek.  It's pretty cool taking my kids to the creek that we used to play in when we were little.

Rhys and Brenner.  They are such buddies.  Bren was just getting over Croup so he wasn't 100% while in Yellowstone.

Elsa wasn't super into seeing her Great-Grandpa.

Alyssa picked Elsa a flower.

Us girls with Grandma.

Seeing the geysers.  They are pretty awesome. 

I took this picture at a somewhat awkward moment. 

Elsa, Rhys, Brenner, and Alyssa

Eating our Chokecherry ice cream waiting for Old Faithful to erupt.  It was delicious ice cream.  Old Faithful wasn't as big as I remember it but it was still cool.  The kids thought it was awesome.

Rhys fell asleep in the stroller while we were walking around.  For Rhys that is a really bad sign.  He and Elsa started getting feverish on the way home from Yellowstone.  I took them to the doctor the next day.  Guess what?  They both had Croup.  Thanks Brenner!!!  They always get sick when we come to Idaho so I was really not surprised.  They felt better in a couple days and were healthy for the ride back to Colorado.

Chillin' with the Fam

We took the kids to the Splash Pad in Rexburg.  Momma Jo sent money for the kids to ride the carousel. They always think it's way fun. 

Rhys and Brenner with TJ.

Elsa didn't go this year.  Maybe next year when Scott is here and he can ride with her.  I didn't think she would like it anyway, and I don't like to ride them.  I get pretty darn sick.  It's ridiculous how motion sick I get.

Hanging out at the Splash Pad

Cotton Candy!!!!

Anya, Brooks with Sabriel, and Max

Yummm.. Lemonaid

Anya and Elsa

Audrey, Alyssa, and Aiden with Elsa.  They had a blast.

4th of July

I loooove 4th of July in Idaho Falls.  They have the best fireworks, and it seems the weather is always nice.  I especially like how most of the family is together that day.  We always have good food and friends around.  I love it.  I'm really glad I was able to get to IF this 4th.  Momma Jo got Elsa a patriotic shirt for the 4th for her birthday.  She's so stinkin' cute.

Elsa and Momma Jo.

We always have a lot of people on the 4th.  It's fun.

Elsa and Sabriel.

We took some of the kids to the Greenbelt to see the fireworks.  Rhys was really excited to see all the people lighting their fireworks off on the street.

TJ with Brenner, Sarah, Aunt Linda, Kenya, Rhys, and Alyssa

Waiting for the fireworks to start.

These are Megan's parents.  They are so cute.  It's their 4th of July tradition to stake out a spot all day at the river.  It works out for us, because right before the fireworks start we just walk down and find them and sit with them.  They always get a really close spot too, so there's a definite chance of getting hit with shrapnel.  They come prepared!

Visit to Idaho- Hiking

We had the chance to go to Idaho to see our family.  We got to stay with Kelli and Greg at their house and hang out with their kids.  Us girls got to go shopping and left the kids with Greg and Grandpa Dahlstrom.  They had a great time playing in the pool and riding Uncle Greg.

We went hiking to Gem Lake in Teton National Park.  Grandpa was nice enough to carry Elsa for me.  (Scott had to stay in Colorado and work) It was a way nice hike.  There was a bear hanging out on the trail.  We had to wait for him to pass.  The kids thought that was super exciting.

Grandpa with Elsa, Kelli, Greg with Coulson, Brison, Rhys and I

We took the ferry back across Gem Lake instead of hiking around it.  The kids thought that was really cool.  Elsa certainly enjoyed it.

These are some of my siblings and their kids.  Sarah and TJ were up from Nevada for the Fourth of July.  It was fun hanging out with them.

A few of us took a hike to some lake in the mountains.  I can't remember what it was called.  I just know, that it reminded me how out of shape I am.  Luckily Aiden, Alyssa, and Kenya were with us and they are slow hikers so I wasn't the last coming up the hill.  That made me feel better to not be the weak link.  It was nice to get out and hike around.  I was tired but it was fun.

Alyssa, Kenya, Brooks, and TJ


Me at the lake

Aiden, Kenya, Alyssa, and I

The kids, Kevin, and I

So I told the guys I would buy the first one to dive into the lake I would buy them dinner.  I couldn't believe how fast Brooks dove it.  And that lake was COLD!  He jumped in so fast I couldn't even get my camera out.  I had to buy him dessert so he would jump in a second time so I could get a picture.  He's a little crazy.