Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Summer Fun

We've been working hard at playing this summer. Here's just a few things we've been up to:

As part of the fun, the kids had to do a picture scavenger hunt. I gave them a list of 10 things to go find and take pictures of. They loved it. And they did go-ood!
Boy on a slide

Girl on a swing (this was supposed to be a picture of Sophie, but she didn't want to play that game.)

Girl on a bike
A pine cone


Jeff thought it'd be great fun to take the kids hiking. So we did. He happened to have a Monday off after the 4th of July weekend. We packed a picnic, loaded everyone in the car and drove up Big Cottonwood Canyon to Doughnut Falls. We were highly entertained by a cheeky little gray squirrel who seemed to think he was part of our family-coming right up to our picnic blanket to beg for scraps of food. The girls would scream-in true girl fashion-every time he got near. McKay was a little unsure about our new friend, too, at first. Once he decided the squirrel was no real threat, he said, "Let's name him! I know-Zack!" So thus we have Zack the Squirrel. (Which, btw, set the precedence of the kids naming every living creature we saw on the trail)

With lunch cleaned up, we headed out on the trail. It was gorgeous day for hiking and the kids took to it like fish to water. Lyndsi especially loved it and could always be found leading out little party. Sophie was the only one to get whiny. Enter mom and dad and a big bag full of snacks. Problem solved. We hiked 1.6 miles in all and not once did Jeff or I have to carry that little girl. It was great. My favorite moment was when we were hiking back from the falls. Sophie started singing, "underpants, underpants" over and over. Trying not to laugh (and not succeeding), I asked her why she was singing about underpants. "Because I'm funny!" she replied. 'nough said.


My summer fun has come in the form of Photoshop. I signed up for an online, self-paced class to learn different special effect techniques for PSE 7. I am loving it. Here are a few of my projects thus far.


Cami said...

The photo effects are cool.
We really need to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.
I'm sure it would be different if I weren't the planning commitee.

Sunshine and Lazy days said...

you guys are such a cool family! It sounds like you are having a really fun summer! I love the photos!

Anisa said...

Love the pics in photoshop.... i think I need to take this class

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you are having fun!! What photoshop class are you taking? I want to take that - if it is student budget doable :)

Anonymous said...

It's me again - I forgot to mention Bryant can't wait to see his friend McKay!! Our upcoming trip is all that he talks about right now. I don't blame, I am anxious to see everyone again.

Emily Youngdell said...

Cute, cute, cute. Cute family, cute activities and super cute pictures.

Chad and Kristen said...

Your such a good mom!!!!

rachel said...

It was fun to see you at the temple today :) Those photoshop pics are AWESOME!