Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bear Lake 2014

We're home from another extended family trip to Bear Lake. The boys are getting to the point where they can have fun with less danger, so that makes it easier on Mama and Daddy. We had a condo upstairs this year at Ideal Beach - our little family had the room at the very top. We had a great view and bunk beds (Bridget's dream come true). Also heat and mosquitoes. But the view! :)
For some reason we left the packing until the last minute, which was bad because Aunt Dena called a family meeting the night before we left. We were on pins and needles leading up to this mysterious meeting, especially when we walked into Grandma and Grandpa's house and there were friends of Dena's there crying. WHAT WAS HAPPENING?!! It was all Jake's fault - he got his mission call! He wanted to surprise everyone and open it in front of us. Jake is going to the Chile Rancagua Mission later this year. What a great surprise. But no thanks for the heart attack you gave Uncle Brian. Where was I? Oh, Bridget suggested we pack our scooters at the last minute. She is a genius at Bear Lake.
After our family breakfast at Denny's and cheese run to Gossner's in Logan and getting everything from the van to the condo and a quick trip around the lawn on the scooters, it was time to check out the playground.
Emil and Colin and I played a marathon game of "DUDE! WHERE ARE MY SHOES" for four days straight. I won, but did I?
I pushed Colin on the swing and did under-dog a hundred times in a row. And that's why we always go to the park without swings.

On our first night, we had Bear Lake Pizza (yum). Brian and I thought we'd get the kids to sleep early and go play cards, but they didn't fall asleep ever. Sunday morning we went to church in Garden City, then had a delicious breakfast provided by Dena. The rest of the day is a blur. We played at the park again - this time with cousins. What else did we do? I remember a nice dinner made by Debbie and Hal... Always food with me, I guess.
Emil, Nate, Brian, and Kalvin heading back to the park.
The merry-go-round. A grandpa was standing there pushing it and next thing he knew, none of his grandkids were even on the merry-go-round. 
 Abby and Colin racing Mo down the slide. Dude, where are their shoes?

On Sunday night Brian grated cheese until I told him to stop (a long time) and we put together some breakfast casseroles for Monday morning. It's a good thing we had a big breakfast because Monday was Lake Day! That's when I take the bulk of the pictures at Bear Lake. (Really, the rest of the time I'm looking for shoes and little boys.)
Aiden and Brighton got busy right away. (Brighton loves "Mimmie Mouse.")
Grandma and Grandpa rented a trampoline for us this year. I thought I'd walk out to it with Colin, but then I saw Hal up to his chin in water with Nate screaming bloody murder clinging to his back. That's not for me. I waited for Brian to give me a ride out to the trampoline. The boys and I sat on the edge for about an hour. They jumped a few times, but we mostly watched. Bridget came in from her ride with Brian on a wave runner and she slid down the slide into the water. The boys were impressed. :) Uncle Hal and Uncle Kyle had a little dance party/wrestling match on the trampoline. Then this happened:
I understand Nate has sworn vengeance on everyone in this photo who is not Hal.
Daddy and Bridget coming in from a ride. (I had my big lens on.)
Emil and Colin took rides with Daddy too, but none of my photos of that worked. Nate and Emil mostly played in the water together for a long time.
Colin did his best to empty the lake.
Brighton throwing sand. Don't mess, Abby.
I love this photo! Bridget is a Bear Lake Girl. :)
Brighton was not cool with her Auntie Janessa holding another baby. Colin will scratch her eyes out if she tries to do anything about it. Ha! He will, though.
Colin hard at work at the job site. I had to back up to take this because I didn't want to change my lens. Lazy.

We came back to the condo at about 2:00 hoping the kids would want to rest. I know Brian and I needed to take a nap. Instead, we changed swimsuits and went to the pool! It was full of people and the sun was in our eyes. We were probably only there for a half hour, but it seemed a lot longer than that (I'd forgotten my sunglasses). Bridget was swimming like a pro and the boys were putting their faces in the water on purpose and blowing bubbles. Fun! Monday night we had Sloppy Joes provided by Diana and Kyle. Nate declared it "delightful." :)
Colin and Bridget on the last morning. Emil was up at the crack of dawn, as usual. "Mommy! I awake!"
Somehow I didn't get any pictures of Grandma with the kids, so I made them look up at the camera while they were hanging out on the couch.

Just before we left town this morning, we had to get an official photo. This time I rigged up my camera on the deck of the house and lined everyone up. 
 Then I figured out how to use the timer and ran in to take my spot.
You can see all the faces! My work here is done. Everyone gave hugs goodbye and sang "Happy Birthday" to Debbie, then we all went to LeBeau's for a raspberry shake not knowing that we were all going to be there. AHAHAHAHAHA! Great minds think alike.

The Porch Shot

Bridget, Emil, Claire, Ruby, Colin, and Gabriel
Makenzie, David and their kids Gabriel, Claire, and Ruby stayed overnight with us after Bridget's baptism. They were remarkably cooperative when I told them it was time to take a picture on the porch right before they got in their car to leave. Porch photos of kids is a big tradition in the Lee family. Mostly a Grandpa Furniss tradition, but it's happening.

Bridget took this. It's making me smile thinking about how it looked from our angle. We didn't think Brian or David would be in the photo. Hahahaha! Emil's face.

"Chicken. Airplane. Soldier."

I had all three kids in swimming lessons for two weeks in July. Not having to chase the boys while Bridget was swimming was offset by the prep time before lessons and the post-lesson frenzy getting back to the van in dry clothes carrying everything we brought with us and yelling at the twins to stop running in front of cars. My kids will have me to thank when they look like 25 year-old kids when they are in their 40s. So very much sun screen. Also, they will regret the precious time they've taken off my life by running in parking lots.  Bridget is getting to be so good! I love watching her swim. (Unless we're at a public pool with the boys, then I'm too busy panicking to enjoy anything.) Emil shed his fears one by one every day that he was in the pool. Now he'll put his face in the water and blow bubbles for the fun of it. On water safety day I could hear him yelling from my post in the shade. (Bridget had to tread water and get out of a T-shirt at the same time for her water safety training. She was amazing.) Colin had a pathetic look on his face for most of the lessons. He didn't want to be splashed and he didn't want to jump in without help and he didn't want to float on his back. But, he did it anyway and I love that. Doing hard things is what it's all about. Here are hundreds of photos I took during the two weeks of lessons:
This is the only day I let them wear goggles. Colin looks like Dr. Nefario. I had to march through the gate a few minutes later to take them out of their mouths. No more goggles.
We enjoyed our first week of lessons with the Grays. Somehow Annie is a foot taller than Bridget all the sudden.
I love that Annie jumped in when it was time.
Emil always ended up by the women.
Colin is floating here and they tell the other kids to wake up him up. While his eyes were closed, the teacher asked the class if he was dreaming about Barbies and Colin said, "NO" still with his eyes closed.
Second day of lessons and Mo was confidently going off the diving board?!
As soon as Bridget hit the water, Colin was yelling, "JOB, BIDGIE!" So encouraging. :)
During the second week, Emil and Colin were in an all-boy class that included their bff, Micah!
Here they are not coming down from the treehouse for class.
 Fearless Bridget. Cartwheel off the diving board.
Colin is telling his teacher he won't jump in.
I'm sure Emil is being bossy right here. He is large and in CHARGE. Everywhere he goes.
He did eventually go off the diving board. Like a boss.
So brave.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Bridget's Baptism

Today was Bridget's Baptism Day. I took some photos of her a few weeks ago so we could make an invitation and this photo is my favorite. Of all time, maybe. We got the dress months ago (Costco!) and we brought home lots of different ribbons to see which one we liked best. She changed out the ribbon every ten photos or so. :)
Yellow! We had such a nice time, just the two of us doing a photo shoot in the lovely park across from the Mt. Timpanogos Temple. Bridget and I have talked about her baptism a lot over the last several months. I loved answering her questions and getting the girly part of the day arranged. Bridget and Brian used his nights of bedtime reading to her to memorize the 13 Articles of Faith. They did it! She can recite all of them. Now she can spend her time getting to know what they mean.

All the preparation led up to today. I asked my friend, Jennica, to do something with Bridget's hair that would stay in place even if it was soaking wet. Done.
She even came over and did it at our house! Lady Bridget. Notice the gourmet breakfast I provided our house guests. Enjoy. Also - one million rolls thawing on the stove. :)
Brian left to get the balloons I ordered and paid for on Wednesday and some dry ice. Pioneer Party had lost my order, so we had to make it again. (Didn't have to pay twice, though. Bonus.) Emil was instructed not to touch the balloons. He's the Charlie Browniest. (I don't have photos of this, but it should be here for posterity that Brian worked in our yard for 10 hours a day from Tuesday to Saturday. He planted two 300 lb. trees without a fork lift or any help. Hero.)

Brian and Bridget headed to the church while I finished up making lemonade and getting the boys ready. Brian called me from the church because he couldn't help Bridget get her baptism clothes on. Woops! Dash to the church. Everything turned out fine, of course, and Bridget and I even got to play a duet for the program. We played "I Will Follow God's Plan" and she did great. Such a pro. :) Brother Archibald said a few words to open the actual baptism, then Bridget and I went to the little ladies' room and I took her to the font. I've never been standing right there for a baptism - not even in the mission field. Brian's voice broke as he said the prayer and the whole scene made me emotional. Bridget is our treasure! It's surreal to see her get baptized. Afterwards she and I went back into the locker room and I realized Brian had her towel in the mens' room. I left Bridget in the bathroom and flagged down a man to go get her towel. When I came back, Bridget was exactly where I'd left her and there was a huge puddle of water around her. :) So cute. We got her dried off and dressed and I couldn't resist snapping a photo.
I'm kind of a mess anyway, but this picture keeps making me cry. She's so beautiful and I love that I'm cheesing it and standing on the towel I had to mop the floor with. And look! Her hair stayed in. We went into one of the chapel overflows for her confirmation. (Grandpa Bob sang and everyone wrote on a card for Bridget while they waited for us to get back.) Brian confirmed Bridget and the following people stood in the circle; Grandpa Kunze, Grandpa Bob, Uncle Hal, Uncle Kyle, Uncle David, Uncle Rob, Uncle Aaron, Dan Askew (Clara's Dad), Brother Carson, and Brother Archibald.
Brother and Sister Carson are two of the loveliest people in the world. Every kid in our ward thinks they're their grandparents. Including our kids. Bridget, Colin, and Emil all give them hugs as we come into church every week. The Carsons gave Bridget a pretty corsage to wear.
And then there was the heat. THE HEAT. Grandma Peggy kept reminding me that THIS is the picture that is going on their Christmas card. Spoiler alert.
Here are the Lees who made it. Aunt Diana took this picture and after about ten shots she noticed that Emil is facing the wrong direction. Of course he is! I have buttons on my dress that have to be unbuttoned while we're getting a photo. Classic Mo.

Then it was time for the big party at our house. People brought the best food! Great salads, homemade bread, chicken salad on croissants, and cheesecake. Brian made root beer and I made blueberry lemonade. I'll be enjoying all that later since I was too hot and still stressing when everyone else was eating. I took some pictures instead. :)
Brian and Dena cutting cheese...cake.
Mo handling the root beer. Note to self: Balloons DO NOT like heat.
Ruby, Gabriel, and Claire
Kristi, Clara, and Bridget
Janessa, Aaron, Lori, Claire, and Bob
Abby (Debbie and Kyle in the background)
The brothers drinking their weight in root beer. The better to not make it to the toilet and pee all over the bathroom floor, m'lady.
Brighton and Dena (Brian hiding behind Dena)
Lori and Aaron on their way home. (I have a really dirty doorbell. Am I supposed to clean that?)
Claire, Rob, and Ian
Brian's side of the family stuck it out in this patch of shade. :)
Bridget got some nice gifts from her grandparents and other aunts. Second birthday. Luckeee.
Jewelry makes Bridget happy.
Colin is a gentleman.
Can you see him waving in the reflection on the car? I love it. 
Today has made Emil and Colin very excited about their own baptisms. Which they think are happening tomorrow. (I painted my rocker!)
It's been a happy, happy day.