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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Idaho 2017 Day Six

On our first full day at the cabin, Jonathan and I didn't do much. Jonathan took a few naps and I helped finish a puzzle.


Lyla wasn't feeling good and in the afternoon most everyone went out for a hike. Jonathan and I stayed behind along with Amy and Lyla. Jonathan and I were watching Indian Jones and the Last Crusade. Lyla was confused and asked me why I liked watching "dad movies". I ended up playing a few games with her in the middle of the movie because dad movies are boring when you are five.


After everyone was back from the hike, Jonathan and I sat out on the front porch to listen to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. After awhile, Amy needed a hand watching Spencer while she was taking care of Garrett and Charlotte. Amy is Spencer's favorite person of all time because as soon as he realizes she's leaving the room he's in, he screams and cries for her. He'll let other people help him calm down, but it's just not the same. To convince him to spend time with us, I bribed him with fruit snacks. It totally worked.

Once the kids were in bed, we started the puzzle all over again because what else are you going to do when you don't have Wifi?


And that was our lazy day six.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Idaho 2017 Day 5

After the late night watching fireworks, we had a slow start to our day. Since Jonathan was doing a lot better, we headed to the Rose Hill Cemetery in Idaho Falls to visit great-great grandpa and grandma McGavin. This cemetery is massive and so far the best one we've visited. We were lucky to enter the cemetery near their office and someone was there to help us find where to find them. She gave us instructions on where to go along with a map of the entire cemetery with their plots marked. 



After our side adventure, we joined up with the rest of the family and started on our way to Island Park. Our first stop was at the Rexburg Cemetery to see great-great grandpa and grandma McMillan, baby Uncle William Machen, and great-great grandpa and grandma Davis.


William died as a two year old from what was called the summer complaint.
I haven't been able to figure out a possible illness for it yet.
Some of the cutest Davis descendants!




Our next stop was Big Judd's. They serve a massive one pound burger. One of our family members completed the challenge of eating it by themselves when they were in college. (They are now rather embarrassed that they ever did such a thing.) No one did the challenge. Instead we cut up three of the one pound burgers to share.


During this trip, I was so surprised by how quickly Charlotte warmed up to me. In the past, it's taken nearly an entire week for her to be okay with me. She gave me a hug as soon as she saw me this time.


After lunch, we stopped by Mesa Falls and we enjoyed the views. There were large natural pillars next to the water falls and back in the day, my grandpa Machen and his crazy brothers would run and land on them. We were boring and just enjoyed the view.




The rest of the day was filled with relaxing at the cabin. In one of the bedrooms there was a small loft and of course the joke was I get to sleep there. We've used a friend's cabin in Soda Springs many times and I slept in the tiny loft because there aren't enough bedrooms there. Since getting married we haven't all stayed there, but it still joked about that Jonathan and I will sleep up there.


And that was day five.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Idaho 2017 Day Four

Independence Day was a very long day! To start out the big kids went shooting and the little kids went to the Idaho Falls Parade.

The kids brought back a lot of candy!
I didn't think to take pictures while we were shooting, but we had a great time. Ryan and Tyler were very mature and responsible on the range.

Chris rented a bounce house/water slide for the day. After we got back from shooting and before the kids got back from the parade, my mom and I tried out the bounce house side. It was so funny hoping around like we were kids!


The kids would run and jump into the the bounce house and try to touch the far side of it. It was a lot easier for Ryan and Tyler than for Garrett and Kyle to make it.

There was also plenty of swinging!

Kyle's face first splash down.
Clara loved the slide!
Charlotte pushing Ruby on the swing.
That afternoon, the kids took a break from playing and a few of them even took naps while watching a movie.


After break time was over, it was time for the water-balloon fight. There were 600 water-balloons!


Spencer was my photography assistant or he wanted to just push all of the buttons.


I'm still not sure who had more fun, Chris or the kids.











After the water fight was over, there was more swinging and playing in the bounce house.




Spencer got a haircut from Grandma. No more baby mullet!



Spencer slowly warmed up to Jonathan and me during the trip.


Every year, Idaho Falls has the best firework show. There is a program that goes along with the show that is similar to a Disneyland firework show and they broadcast it over the radio so everyone can hear it. This year they moved it further south and so we scoped out a new spot. It was just a few blocks away from Chris's house and it worked out really well! We had red, white, and blue glow sticks to help keep the kids entertained while we waited for the show to start.





And that was day 4.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Idaho 2017 Day 3

Jonathan was doing worse this morning, so we went to an urgent care facility. The doctor decided that it was an allergic reaction and got Jonathan set up with a steroid to help his body reset. Within a few hours, there was a marked improvement!

That afternoon, the kids played on the slip and slide. To make it even better, they added dish soap. Tyler kept sliding at least a few feet past the end of the slide.


For dinner, Jonathan made his fresh tortillas for his salsa verde enchiladas. They were a hit! Tyler was super jealous that I can have such delicious food any time I want it. He has set the bar high with delicious food and it will take me awhile to catch up with him!


After dinner, we had Family Home Evening and we talked about missions. Chris is very aware that Ryan is just a few short years away from serving a mission. My dad, Chris, and Annie shared about the process they went through before deciding to go on missions. Jonathan, Annie's brother, and his wife, Brittany, shared some of the things they learned while they were on their missions. My mom and Brittany's mom shared the blessings that are felt as their children serve missions and even though it's hard to let them go, the blessings are real. Chris asked me to share why it doesn't really matter where you go on your mission. There are people all over the world that are being prepared to be taught and it doesn't matter where you are assigned to serve, it matters that you love and reach out to everyone.


The really little ones weren't interested in hearing the stories and blessings that come from serving a mission.


The big boys did a great job of listening and answering question about what we were talking about. After we finished, we of course had more s'mores! Then we watched part of Lego Batman on the side of the house until it was time to do fireworks! Again, I didn't take pictures. Just before the movie started, Spencer woke up in the house and was crying. I went in to get him and he was alarmed that I was the one getting him. He laid back down with his eyes wide open. I was able to coax him out of the crib to join the rest of us since he wasn't going to fall back asleep. Charlotte sat on my lap for the movie and then Lyla sat on my lap for most of the fireworks. Jonathan was holding Spencer during the fireworks and he didn't make a peep!


And that was day 3.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Idaho 2017 Day Two

On Sunday, Jonathan was feeling sick and stayed home from church. (It turned out he is allergic to the antibiotic he was on.) The rest of us made our way to church. Spencer lasted about 20 minutes before Amy couldn't handle him anymore. Clara and Charlotte were so excited to go to Primary together!


Ruby didn't feel like going to Nursery, so instead she took selfies during Sunday School.


After church, Charlotte and Clara were starting to walk home and Charlotte stopped for Ruby to join them.


While the boys ran most of the way home.


Amy N. and her kids rolled into town later that day. I couldn't believe how tall Ryan is! He's now only a few inches shorter than me and has way bigger feet than me. (Of course I didn't take a picture standing next to him.) Now that we were all together, the real partying could begin!


And that was day 2.
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