Wednesday, July 15, 2009

It has been an unusually slow fire year so far which Erich and I have been taking advantage of. We have been traveling on the weekends, something we rarely get to do in mid-summer. This weekend we were off to Utah where we had a little family get together with Erich's parents and sister in law. It was fun to get Jake together with his cousin Rhone. We went to the Air force museum and out to Antelope island. It was a gorgeous evening and fun to see bison roaming around so close to the city. We definitely love being closer to family now that we are in Twin. We were also excited to fit in a little visit with our good ol' law school friends.

(Grandparents take note! Jake took his first steps last night!!! This is a picture from down at the river. Erich and I went swimming off the ropseswing you see in the background and Jake had a ball playing with the sticks, dirt, and grass.)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Freedom, Fun and Family

Fourth of July has to be one of my favorite holidays especially since spending a summer in Africa and realizing what a blessing it is to live in America! Lucky for me the fourth of july celebration lasted all week. To kick things off Jake and I were up in Grangeville, a little town that knows how to celebrate big. They have 3 days of street games and festivities including what could be the nation's largest "egg toss" competition. It is pretty funny, the streets are lined with people tossing eggs back and forth including the "eyes closed" toss, the "behind the back toss" the "hike toss" get the idea. It was really fun unil the egg exploded on me and got me all gooey. As always it was a real treat to be back in Grangeville for a visit with great friends.
For the actual fouth Erich had to work so we watched the fireworks in Twin. Jake was lots of fun and had no problem staying awake for the big show. He was quite enthralled with the lights and the booms, Libby on the other hand was petrified. After the fourth Erich took a long weekend and we went to Pallisades for a few wonderful days of boating and camping with my parents and sister. For me there is NOTHING better than a hot day on the lake with glassy water and family to share it all with. With Erich's job it is rare that we get to spend the fourth of july together, let alone take a 3 day summer vacation so it was a very memorable week of the fourth. I sure am grateful for my freedom and family.

(the egg toss, look close and you can see how high those eggs are in the air)

(dad and Jake watching the fireworks)