Pigging out on Summer

Is it OK to say that this has been the happiest summer of my entire life? I love getting another chance(6 chances!) at childhood through my kids.

Despite not making it through our ambitious summer list(no zoo, no amusement park, poor Hans will be 19 before he rides the Alpine Slide) we DID have more than our fair share of hiking, boating, music, good books, silly jokes, road trips and a whole lot of doing nothing.

This past week we’ve been in a summer fun panic– floating the Provo River, hiking with friends, cooking over a campfire, boating and eating lots of corn and popsicles. The school bell rings Monday morning and although we’ll still fit in a few more hikes and cups of shave ice, summer must give way to the glories of fall.

I met Chelle through blogging and our kids LOVE each other.

the wildflowers are fading but sweet Emma is ALWAYS bright and beautiful

“We are tough girls!”

too tough for shoes

Enjoying Cecret Lake- Utah is full of fantastic kid hikes(1 mile round trip)

Miss K would like to sit on the awesome rockchair.

The “tough-girls” take the easy way down.

the m&m game

midget-skiing is the new big trend

I realize that Mary dominates the photos, but she is always right at my side.

fixing a tire is easy work with a family of boys

Goodness, we are spoiled.

August 20, 2008
August 26, 2008



  1. Jan Russell

    August 24, 2008

    What a beautiful batch of pictures! I LOVE the backdrop, makes me want to come to Utah and explore the great outdoors!

    Hope your kiddos have a great 1st day of school tomorrow!

  2. Annie

    August 24, 2008

    It is absolutely okay to say that this your favorite summer! Thanks for the delicious photos.

    Happy back to school tomorrow!

  3. Chelle

    August 25, 2008

    You perfectly captured that fantastic hike. Your photos are a gift! (friendship, too!)

  4. Rachel

    August 26, 2008

    hey! we are totally CYBER friends now (as well as being for real friends and neighbors). celia told me where to find your blog so i could see the pics you took of her. WOW! the pictures are incredible and you are such a great writer. so much talent trapped in that fabulous body of yours!

    rock on sista!

  5. Ken

    August 26, 2008


  6. GeorgiaBecksteads

    August 26, 2008

    Off topic comment, but I was in such a mood for Rhodes 60 second cinnamon rolls and when I went looking for them at the store was thoroughly disappointed that we live in the east and they don’t have them here!
    On topic – I love your blog!

  7. Life Trekking Mama

    August 27, 2008

    WOW!!! Fantastic pics Michelle!!
    Soooo many memories of all the cousins getting together. We had some funny times and it’s fun to see those outdoor traditions living on. 😀

    Love & hello to all,
    Cuz’n Annemarie

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