Tuesday, July 18, 2017

 Emily got braces! She looks so cute and really grown up! I love her smile!

On Sunday after church we packed up and left for Lake Powell! We love this trip and had tons of fun.
We drove to Page, ate dinner and then headed to Antelope Point Marina and unloaded the boat etc.. onto the house boat. 

We slept on the boat Sunday night while everyone arrived at boat and then headed out early Monday morning for Cookie Jar to park for the week. 

We had tons of fun boating, swimming, water skiing,  wake boarding, surfing, tubing, knee boarding, body womping, cloud jumping, cliff jumping etc... Lots of fun, time in the sun, laughs, music, good food etc... It is SO much fun! 

The scenery at Lake Powell is amazing and unbelievable! It's so beautiful and stunning. I love the storms that roll in over the water, and we can see the wind, etc.. We were tied on tight to the shore, so the boat didn't budge during the big waves. 

We had 18 people total on the boat this year, 8 kid and the rest adults. It was a full boat, but tons of fun to all be together. We all got along and had a great time.

We LOVE Lake Powell and are so grateful for our time we spent on the lake. Yay for a wonderful trip!

Once we were home, unpacked etc.. We had Emily going to an awesome Volleyball camp, she learned lot of new skills and had tons of fun! 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

We had a fun and busy 4th of July weekend! We started the weekend with a cousin playdate swap
Alli, Hannah & Lizzie came here to run in the sprinklers and Isaac went to Beccas house to play games all afternoon.
Later that night Joey & Gidget dug a big hole and went under the house! It was quite the production to get them out! Emily was nervous and scared that they were stuck forever! 

Saturday we took the ski boat to Jordanelle for a day on the lake. We had fun swimming, eating a picnic lunch and wake boarding etc... The water was cold, but it felt refreshing! 

We headed home for the Lake and got ready to go to Provo for the annual 4th of July Hawkins family party!  We had dinner, saw cousins, aunts, uncles etc... and then sat on the grass all evening waiting for the fireworks to start.
It's one of our favorite traditions of the year! 

Sunday we went to church and then came home and packed up to go to Eden, UT. Our friends the Keele family have a condo there and they invited us to stay there for a couple of days with them.
So we loaded up Danny's new fishing boat and headed to Pineview Reservoir. We spent 2 days with them and it was SO much fun!
We spent one full day at the lake kayaking, swimming , boating, fishing, building sand castles etc... it was a beautiful day and so pleasant for everyone. 

After a day at the lake we had dinner and then went swimming at the pool near their condo. The kids love to swim!
The 4th of July we went to the parade in Huntsville, and then enjoyed the other festivities in the city. It was a great, relaxing get away and so much fun to spend time with the Keele family.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

We had a fun night at Cowabunga bay with our orthodontic office etc.. They had rented the whole water park, and had dinner for all the patients. It was a lot of fun and the kids loved it!
Isaac and Lizzie went to a fun neighborhood party earlier in the day with "minute to win it" games! 

The favorite thing at the water park was the massive bucket that dumps water on everyone! The kids loved going under it and getting drenched. 

The next night we headed up to Affleck Park campground to have a smores party with Taylors mountain bike team. They all did a ride in the mountains and then came back for roasting smores at the campsite. It was a gorgeous night in the mountains. 

Wednesday we had a pool swimming day with cousins! We all met at the Tennis Club in SLC to swim. The kids loved diving, swimming and playing with the cousin etc.. What a party! That night we had a YM/YW service auction/dinner/fundraiser to earn money for the youth trips in our ward! It was fun night and Isaac bought a Tuba from the auction. He was SO excited and has been playing it, but he can't even hold it up by himself. 

Our neighbors built a pool in the backyard and it is SO beautiful and tons of fun!

Summer is the best! 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Taylor, Danny & Mike had an amazing trip to Flaming Gorge this week! They caught tons of fish and even a huge 20 lb. lake trout! They had a lot of fun, and spent plenty of time on the boating looking for fish.
They said the scenery is gorgeous and the water was perfect for lots of good fishing! 

While they were fishing we had Erin, Skylar and Devin staying at our house for a couple of days. We had fun going to the park, the zoo and spending time with them. It was terrific having them in town.
We also had several pool days some of which included cousins too! Summer is the best and we try to soak up every minute of fun that we can! 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Great Grandma Shields had a big birthday party to celebrate her 90th bday! We had fun with family and loved spending time with grandma!!!

We had a big party at the Orem Institute with cousins, aunts, uncles, etc... We had dinner, a short program and celebrated Grandma's 90 years and lots of posterity. 

Isaac had a busy week. He went to southern Utah with a friend to dig for fossils. he had a blast there all day, working hard to find all the rocks with fossils. Isaac loves this kind of stuff and had a really great time!
Then 2 days this week he went to Cub Scout Camp up Millcreek Canyon with his wolf den. He had fun shooting bows & arrows, learning and spending time in the canyon.
We went to Chuck e Cheese one day too, to have some fun. The kids love it there! 

Lot of summer fun this week!
Emily and her friends made lots of slime~
Lizzie did swim team and learned how to do her strokes better, and also how to dive off the diving board! She is a great swimmer!
Emily went to a fun party and dressed with her friends. Tons of Summer fun! 

Thursday and Friday we had a wonderful time at the wedding of Spencer & Emily Randall. They had an amazing Luau for wedding dinner and then the sealing was Friday morning. Then we went to their reception on Friday night.  It was a beautiful event, and lots of fun! 

Today we're celebrating Father's Day!  Taylor spoke in church and gave a terrific talk. Then the kids sang about their dads and we spoiled Danny all day long; breakfast in bed, gifts, relaxing and spending time with him.

We LOVE you Danny! Thanks for making our lives so great! 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

We did some hiking up beautiful Millcreek Canyon this week! The weather was perfect and we hike this cute Isaac.
Then later in the week the YM and YW went and did the same hike followed by a campfire and smores. We love living by these gorgeous mountains. 

We spent lots of time at the pool this week. Our first week of summer was lots of fun! Pool days are our favorite, because it's fun to keep cool and everyone comes home tired and worn out! 

Isaac made lots of slime this week. The secret ingredient is borax and shaving cream!

Emily went to Reno for a few days with Mary! They had tons of fun with cousins and went to Lake Tahoe. We love cousins time! 

We celebrated Monica's Bday a few days late with Brunch at at new restaurant called "SweetLake Biscuits" It was a fun morning and the food was delicious!