Archive for June, 2010

Published by Sara on 29 Jun 2010

Ice Melting

I saw this idea somewhere online, to freeze some toys inside a big block of ice.  Then you give it to your kids and have them figure out ways to get the animals out.

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Oh boy.  Look at those filthy feet.

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Bethany preferred the “smash with a rock” technique.

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They also tried warm water..

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And toothbrushes…

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Julia lost interest after about five minutes, she just kept saying, “mom, get them out!!”  She didn’t quite grasp the concept.  Bethany followed through to the end though, finally choosing to throw the ice block to get the rest of the animals out.

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It was pretty fun overall.  A nice activity to do on a hot day.

Published by Sara on 28 Jun 2010

Thanks Simplot

For letting us mooch off of you for the second year in a row (and thanks Clint).  Hopefully we can take advantage of your company picnic for many years to come even though noone in our immediate family works there.  We enjoyed lots of cotton candy and kettle corn, a huge bbq, and lots of other games and fun stuff.  Neil was backpacking, so Richy came instead with Cam.

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Sorry Richy, you were making weird faces in most of the pictures, but oh well.  🙂

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The pony rides were a huge hit with Julia and Cam.  Bethany wasn’t so sure about the ponies, but she finally got up the courage to ride the “baby” one.

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Published by Sara on 27 Jun 2010

Thanks Richy

For hanging out with us this weekend.  We ♥ you.

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Published by Sara on 16 Jun 2010

What the Heck?

Bethany just amazes me sometimes.  So I was in the kitchen making dinner and Bethany was outside playing with her neighbor friend.  She comes running in the house and says that she wants to show me something.  So I go out there and see her cruising around on the neighbor girl’s bike with NO training wheels!  I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw her, I couldn’t believe it.  It might not sound like a big deal, but it is a major milestone in my mind.  I distinctly remember being much older when I learned to ride without training wheels, and I also remember crashing a lot (into parked cars!).  I figured it would take hours of pushing her down the street to get her balance before she would be able to do this.  So here is Bethany, who taught herself to ride a bike in a matter of minutes.

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Here she is on her own bike, training wheel free!  Good job Bethany!

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Published by Sara on 09 Jun 2010

Never run with a glass baby

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I think it’s pretty obvious what happened here!  Poor girl had a profusely bleeding thumb for a while, I thought I wasn’t going to get the bleeding to stop but it finally did so we decided against getting stitches.  She has a couple of scraped knees too.  The thing that she was crying the most about though was the fact that she broke grandma’s porcelain doll, she really felt terrible.  She made a tearful phone call to grandma after she got cleaned up, it was really sweet.  “Grandma I was running and I broke your glass baby and I’m SO sorry!”

Published by Sara on 06 Jun 2010

Weiser River Trail

My dad and Fonda have been doing this for years, and we finally were able to participate this time.  It’s an organized trail ride along the Weiser River.  28 miles all together, from the town of New Meadows all the way to Council.  I knew I would do just fine, as long as I had the necessities…

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We parked our cars in Council, and put our bikes on horse trailers to be transported to New Meadows.  Then we hopped on a school bus and they dropped us off at the top of the trail.  In our awesome group are myself, Neil, Keith, Richy, Dad and Fonda.  There were around 100 people there all together.

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And we’re off!  I’m not going to lie, the first two miles of the ride were painful.  Uphill on gravel.  Not fun. 

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We passed through lots of this!

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We even had to cross some deep water, no problem for skilled professionals like ourselves.  😉

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Unfortunately for me, my chain decided to drop right as I entered the water.  Nice.

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I was mad that I didn’t get to cross on my bike, so after my chain was fixed I went back to the other side in my soggy wet shoes for a do-over. 

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Beautiful scenery everywhere.

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18 miles in, we stopped for lunch.  The ride organizers had a tent set up with all sorts of goodies for us.

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Then we got back on to finish up the last 10 or so miles. 

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The group of us about 5 miles from the finish. 

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It was nice to be done!  I was tired, sore, sunburned, and very dirty.  My legs were covered in mud, as well as my back (and my bike).

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Neil and I had a great time!!  It was an awesome adventure and we will definitely do this again next year.

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