Wrapping up the Summer


August was a busy month for our family.

Started with Ben”s 11 th birthday.

He had an Xbox birthday – as in all we did was XBox – all day! Doughnuts, happy birthday, gifts, Xbox, Xbox, more Xbox, break for lunch at Popeyes, Xbox, Xbox, more Xbox! Giant cookie with milk then Xbox until bed! WOW!

He got $13 from Aunt Christy and Uncle Wm. Money always makes him happy! He is saving it up to buy an expensive Xbox game.

He got 6 new games for his b.day!

If he thinks 11 candles can warm your hands wait til he is our age !

Then I went to Utah again – this time for just a week.

Lincoln celebrated his 7th birthday.

He had a Batman birthday. Doughnuts, singing, gifts, shopping for toys, lunch at Long John’s, carnival, Burger King for dinner, giant Cupcake for desseret, playing with toys, and thankfully NO XBOX!

Traditional bday doughnuts!

His birthday money from Gma and Gpa and Knotts - he cleaned up on the toy aisle! Guns and swat gear and a huge duck chair and a joker toy!

2 new xbox games from Mom and Dad

Commando Lincoln

His GIANT chocolate cupcake with a cherry on top!

Ben received his Arrow of Light award for Scouting. It was a really nice ceremony. Akela came and told about the animals and the boys journey and what becoming a scout means. The 11 year scouts guided them over the bridge, changed their neckerchiefs, they got a plaque and Ben got a ton other awards too. He was beming with pride!

Ben with Akela and his Arrow of Light plaque

We took  a day trip up to St. George to meet my Dad finishing his 8 day bike ride from Alpine to St. George. Went swimming and ate at Golden Corral – bike riders choice! Visited with Gma and Gpa and just had fun!

This Friday is the Back to School for Alex and Jack. Then our summer is over – kind of…Labor Day Weekend it is off to CA for my new niece – Riley’s blessing! Then summer will really be over 😦


Vegas’ BEST secret

WOW! So I totally thought Vegas and its surrounding area was all desert. UHM No! Mountains – beautiful mountains! Welcome to Mt. Charleston!

And if that is not enough – there are WATERFALLS!! More than one – although we only hiked to one – the small falls!

And if that is not enough it was 28 degrees cooler!  NOT EXAGGERATING! And its only 25 mins away!

Temp as we left Mt. Charleston (it was 77 like 10 secs before I took this)Temp as we left N Las Vegas heading for home!

The cool weather made for an awesome adventure outdoors! We hiked (poor art had to sit out) and we had a picnic and the boys found a climbing hill.

We even ran into – almost literally – a group of wild burros! While we were at the waterfall another family told us about a cool water/dinosaur park with a 3 story slide. It was on the way home so we stopped and bathed the boys!