It may still be warm and sunny, but, for us, summer ended last Monday. And that meant back to school for all the wild boys living in my house. We’ve been hustling and bustling to gather up the things they each needed and flapping open the wallet all over town, buying a few things so they didn’t have to go back to school nearly nekkid, lol.
We planned one family vacation this summer. A weekend jaunt to Bryce Canyon. And the boys had the tent up in the backyard once or twice. Oh, and we did have “The Best Day Ever!” too 😉 That was going to be the extent of our summer fun this year, and plenty of fun it was. Then my parents planned a little get away to Bear Lake and invited us along.
Hubby couldn’t get time off from work and initially I planned to stay home too. I was concerned about the fatigue, chasing 4 kids by myself, driving the canyons and that I get lost easily. My parents said they’d help me with the kids and I could follow them on the drive to and from Bear Lake… so my mind was changed for me. And it was a good thing, too. The kids had such a great time. I’m glad I decided to take them.
So, we set out in the morning on Thursday, the 19th. Hubby headed off to work (poor him) and the kids and I loaded into the van and headed off to my parents’ house. We made a quick stop at a grocery store a few blocks away from their house for a few things we still needed for the trip and then we were on our way. We made a quick stop along the way for a bit of lunch and then drove the rest of the way to Bear Lake.
The cabin my parents had rented was beautiful. I wish I had some pictures of it. My camera was acting up a little while we were gone and I didn’t get any pictures at the cabin. We stayed in Harbor Village in a Lazy Bear Cabin. If you click the link, you can see a cabin like the one we stayed in.
The next morning, it was suggested that we go to Minnetonka Cave. I wasn’t so sure about that plan. Getting us ready and up to Bear Lake had completely exhausted me. I wasn’t sure how well I’d do with going through a cave. Or how big the cave was. But the boys really wanted to go so away we went.
The tour through the cave was actually going to take about an hour and a half. And it was 448 stairs one way. We could have used a jacket or two for the littlest kids too. Apparently, the cave stays at 40 degrees Fahrenheit all year round. I thought it felt nice, actually. I think it wouldn’t be so great if I had just been lounging about but we were hiking through and the cool air felt nice. The railings were like ice though. A pair of gloves would have been welcome. I only got one little picture inside the cave and then my batteries died. I did get a few pictures outside while we were waiting for the tour to begin:
And you can see the one little pic I was able to get while we were inside the cave. Proof that I was there 😉 I am really so proud of myself for making it through. It wasn’t easy and I had to take up the back of the group pretty much the entire tour, but I beat the CFS back just a little bit and went through so I could be there for my kids. And I had a fun time too! After the tour, we went back to the cabin for lunch and I happily sank into a chair for a much needed rest.
After lunch, we headed off to the beach so the kids could have fun in the Bear Lake. I put together a Smilebox with a few of the pictures I was able to get on the beach. The batteries actually played nice again and I got a ton of pictures – then I was getting this strange diagonal strip of a picture and finally gave up. I thought it must be related to the batteries but figured out after we got home that it’s the shutter window sticking halfway open for some reason. I’ll have to have hubby take a look at it. Maybe it needs a little clean up? Anyway, here are a few pics from the beach:
Edited to add in: A few of my favorite memories from the trip to Bear Lake:
On Friday, after we went to the cave, my dad and I had been talking about what we were going to do next – lunch and then off to the beach so the kids could play in the lake. Tristan, my 7 year old said “Awwwww! I don’t want to go to the beach!” When I asked him why, he told me it wasn’t in his plan, lol. I asked him what his plan was and he said “I was going to get up and have breakfast and then have fun. Then I was going to have lunch and then have some more fun. Then I was going to have dinner and then go to bed!” I love the way that boy thinks 😉 In the end, we did go to the beach and I think that fulfilled Tristan’s plan after all, lol.
Later that night, my little gal, Tianna, was asleep and she called out “I love you, Emmy!” It’s her cute little cousin that you can see playing with her in some of the pictures in the Smilebox clip 🙂 Too cute!
On the way home from Bear Lake, Tristan was playing Yoshi’s Island on the DS. He groaned and said “Oooooh! I hate it when Baby Mario gets stupidly lost!” Not just lost, stupidly lost, hehe.
And, one of my favorite pics from the trip:
Aw, so sweet ❤
So we had one last fling and then it was time for… Back to School! My ten year old started his classes Monday and the other 2 boys started Wednesday. First week back went off without a hitch! Yay 🙂
Even though it’s been much busier around here, I’ve been able to sneak in a little bit of yarn fun 🙂
A dozen crochet dishcloths! (There were 2 more, but they’ve found their way to new homes ;D) I’ve been stitching these in odd moments here and there. The pattern I am using is my favorite for dishcloths – Pam’s Round Dishcloth by Pam Tyler. I’ve made so many of these pretty cloths, I’ve got the pattern memorized. Love it! Now to just find someone to sew in all the yarn tails, lol.
Hope you’ve all had a great summer too!