Wednesday, June 30, 2010

My Secret Addiction...

So I charged the camera battery and made sure to pack it on our Gibbs Reunion Campout in Wyoming last weekend, and I couldn't find it the whole trip! I found it yesterday, as I was unpacking the rest of our stuff. So unfortunately, no pictures from our camping trip until I get a copy of everyone else's pictures, which might take awhile. In the meantime, here are several pictures of what we've been doing lately, instead of blogging.

Here's Carson in swim lessons. I was disappointed that none of the pictures turned out, but Carson is attempting the side stroke while his teacher helps him.
He did great in lessons this year, and he loved his guy teacher! Next summer I get to put both kids in lessons, which will be nice. Poor Natalie couldn't stand to watch them and not be in the pool herself.
We went into the mountains a few weeks ago and cooked our dinner over the fire, roasted marshmallows, and went hiking. Here are the kids exploring.
Roasting marshmallows.

On our hike, Mike found an empty cave (just one room, nothing too huge) and he and the kids climbed in. I couldn't, since the opening required Mike to climb in on his belly, and that's obviously not an option for me now. Natalie didn't really like it, so we don't have a picture of her, but Carson loved it, and he and Mike had a good time in there.
Here's Carson pretending to be a lion or a bear or something.
Here's Natalie doing the same thing, but on the ground.
Boys in the cave. This shot shows how high up the cave was.

So ferocious!
The girls safe on the ground. Check out that belly!

Here's Mike carrying the kids at the end of the hike, when they got tired.
After dinner and a hike, we drove home and set up the tent in the living room. We'd planned on camping on the mountains, but it was still way to cold for that, what with our weird and freezing start to summer this year. This worked out well anyway, because Mike and I got to sleep in our own bed and let the kids sleep in the tent.
And here are some pictures of Dean and Leah's wedding.
Dean and Leah with all the nieces and the nephew.
Grandpa and Grandma with the grandkids.
The newlyweds.
Me and Natalie.
Five weeks until baby #3 is due, and I'm going crazy trying to get the house clean, I mean the super deep cleaning stuff that I won't get to do for awhile. Every pregnancy is different, but with this one I have a serious addiction problem. No, really. I'm addicted to mint, especially the Lifesavers Wintogreen Mints! I had no idea the word addiction could apply to something besides alcohol and drugs. I have my favorite foods that I would eat a ton of anytime, but this is beyond that. I have to convince myself not to drive to the store again when the bag runs out, which is about a day after I buy it. So I've been chewing LOTS of mint flavored gum to try not to buy so many mints, and secretly hiding the bags I buy so I don't have to share! (As a side note, this doesn't work, because the smell of these mints is so strong that everyone in my family can always find my secret stashes!)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Carson started t-ball this month, as well as swim lessons. We are busy running him around all the time, but I think he's enjoying it, even if Natalie feels a bit left out. No swimming pics yet, but here are some t-ball ones that I took today. I'm still hoping to post Dean and Leah's wedding ones sometime, too.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Good News

We found out today that Mike passed his PE Exam! We are so proud of him and his success! Thanks to all of you who have kept him in your prayers. What a relief to be done with that.
My brother Dean got married to Leah on Friday in the Bountiful Temple, so I'll post pictures of that soon. All kinds of great things in life these days. Count your blessings!