Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Summerlicious. Two posts in one.

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Here we go.  Another collage to portray the most pivotal moments of our summer.  We got our driveway re-done, lots of cousin-time, every parade at the south end of Utah County, our awesome family reunion filled with family-friendly fare.  During the talent portion Anika and Olivia shared some favorite jokes including the funny, "why did the toilet paper roll down the hill? To get to the bottom".  That was my fave. We enjoyed fireworks for the whole month of July-- from every neighbor in the city.  I was cursing these so-called neighbors as they kept lighting the lame loud fireworks at midnight.  Or honestly, any time past 10:30.  Why do people have to be so fun?  Why so much firework love?  I mean, I understand fireworks on the actual holidays, and the ones that are up in the sky are amazing and beautiful...but to waste your money on all the cheap-o ones you light in the road and are loud and lame, well- maybe it's time to spend money on something else?  

So back to summer events.  We haven't had the busiest summer (that's okay) but we did do things here and there.  My sister Diana came into town from NJ the first weeks of August and we did a whirlwind of activities.  We did the Sweet's Candy Factory tour...how I wish they'd have let us take pictures in our hairnets!  That was pretty fun.  I love cinnamon bears even more now after I saw them coming to pass in their cute little molds at the factory.  We did some rafting, some bbq-ing, some marshmallow shooting, some playing...good times.  

Russell celebrated his 35th bday on the 9th, and Anika had her 10th birthday on the 13th.  Her day was packed full and here are some pictures from that day, along with pictures of our new friend, Salem.  Wherever we  go, she is always ahead.  ha ha hahh haha!  The purpose of buying her was for Anika to be able to practice doing hair, but she has somehow become the head of household.  Sorry-- can't help it!  Come to our house for more funnies and perhaps you can even get a headshot with Salem.  


TisforTonya said...

now you have a creepy disembodied head just like the ones all over Tia's house... even more fun at Halloween :)

hated to miss out on the fun NJ family visit - instead we went to all the ward/back to school activities around here and shared the Strep virus with friends instead of family. yes - you can thank me now :)

Megz said...

Salem needs to just stay in a box when her hair is not getting done...Or at least get her a body to go with her head!
I'm glad Russell looks so happy in his picture to get the season of Lost even though he already knows the ending. Seriously how can you guys go through that again??

Can said...

I'm so glad I wasn't the only Scrooge cussing out all the firework crazy neighbors. Glad we got to have some fun outside with you guys this summer. I can't wait to 'meet' the new addition to your family, Salem. She looks a lot scarier than the rest of you ;).

liz said...

Oh gosh! That Salem woman is going to give me nightmares! lol! But if it can teach me to do hair as good as you can, then I need to get me a friend like that!

Melissa Rees said...

Long time no read! Glad you had fun back East. We are trying to plan a trip to DC to see Spency guy!

rut said...

Now, every night, Salem lays on the couch covered in blankets to dissuade the thief looking through the front window.

And the LOST ending--what is everybody's problem with that? For me, it gave a divine purpose to the whole series. I'm excited to re-watch it with that in mind. So chill out, grab some popcorn, and join us!

LC said...

That is a whole lotta summer--glad we could join you for some of that fun.

Sher said...

Yes, now your house is a little more like ours. It should be a fun Halloween. I enjoyed the pictures and I need to come see your new driveway and you. We never made it over for lunch! How about with Dan after Kindergarten one day? Or the week before he goes?

stephanie said...

Russel is old!! I won't be 35 for another 3 months.

I agree with you on the fireworks. What a waste of money. I much rather spend my money on diet cokes :)