After our trip to Idaho, we had a day to do laundry and go grocery shopping before our next adventure began-a trip from the Sommers! We were so glad they were able to make it this year. I still can't believe how much we crammed into the few days they were here. Enjoy the many, many pictures. There were so many great moments!
We took them to Steph's pool the first day they got there. It was really the only way to survive the 100+ weather. Kara and kids were used to it, but the rest of us were in survival mode. The kids talked us into setting up a tent in the backyard for them to sleep in. Half of them made it through the night, the rest came in and found a softer place to sleep.
The next day we loaded everyone into cars and headed for the Gorge, once again excited to escape the heat. It ended up being the best thing we could do. After a 2 1/2 mile hike up Eagle Creek we made it to Punchbowl Falls. The cold water felt great and everyone was happy. Swimming up to the waterfall is one of my happiest memories from the summer.
It was fun to see how quickly the kids were best friends again.
We even did a little cliff jumping. The kids couldn't be talked into, which was probably for the better, but Heather, Steph, Kara and I all took our turns. Watching a pregnant woman jump was enough to get a teenage girl who had been trying to decide, to take the jump as well.
The older kids hiked much faster than the younger kids and adults and we were glad they all made it safely back to the cars. There were some pretty steep cliffs along the way.
We survived the traffic on the way home and made it back with just enough time to eat some delicious salmon lingune and head off to the Beavers game. The kids didn't mind that we were losing 20 to 0 (maybe it wasn't that bad but it sure felt like it).
Kara was trying to steel my husband from me. Don't worry, she didn't even come close.
And don't be fooled by Heather's super cute smile. She barely survived the hours of sitting in beer and germs. She must have used at least 20 wipees as she tried to keep herself clean as well as anyone who came near her. We were glad to have Dad join us as well.
The next day we loaded up once again and headed for the beach. We were still trying to escape the heat and we did more than accomplish that goal. The beach was freezing! We kept reminding ourselves over and over that it was 100 degrees at home. Somehow that helped just a bit. As always, the kids weren't phased by the cold and were in the water in no time. I don't know how they do it.
On Sunday we slowed down a bit and made a cake for the goddess-you know who you are.
On our last day we played at the park,
went to the Children's Museum,
and had a super yummy night out with the girls at Marakesh-I forgot my camera for that one!
Is there such a thing as too much fun? I don't think so, but if there is we might have reached the limit. Between the family reunion and playing with the Sommers we were all wiped out. The kids crashed that night.
And poor Connor and Holly ended up with fevers. Rick went to Scout Camp the next day and the rest of us spent the week trying to recover. Poor Holly stayed sick the whole week until I finally figured out that she had a bladder infection.
And once Rick got home, we crashed on the couch before making it to bed. We were a tired group but our dreams and memories were of spending time doing really fun things with people we love!