We started off summer strong, with lots of fun little activities for the whole family :).
Lily got to go hiking with her Beehive class. They hiked around Dierkes Lake, and she had such a great time. She is really going to miss these girls and her leaders when we move. They always have a blast together :).
My brother Matthew was in town for a day, after bringing my parents back from a trip they took to Reno. Because he was in town, we had a family barbecue, and Arthur loved getting to have a little picnic with his cousins. He and his cousin Will are only six months apart in age, and so they are at that stage where they only get along some of the time, but they managed to make it work :). And it was great to see my little brother one last time before we move.
On Memorial Day, we celebrated with a barbecue with Kevin's parents. We had such a great time, and the highlight for the kids was getting to roast marshmallows over Grandma and Grandpa's new fire pit. It was a perfect summer activity :). And after roasting marshmallows, we had pizookies - so good!
On the first of June, the summer reading program at the library began, which is always one of the best summer traditions we have. The kids always love getting to go to the library, but in the summer, aside from the reading program, they have lots of great activities as well. Lily and Derek went to a library program at the city park, and they had a blast! As for Arthur, any day that we go to the library is a good day for him.
One day this past week, I took the kids to Daisy's for volcano drinks and to share a brownie sundae. They loved it, and Arthur was especially fascinated with his bubble volcano drink :). I need to take them one more time before the summer is over.
With Kevin working at the golf course, it also meant a family trip to the driving range. We brought Austin and Luke along as well, as they love to play golf too. Arthur spent most of the time rearranging his golf balls, while I used the time to fix something in my swing :). We all had a great time!
Derek had a special activity as well - he got to play disc golf with the cub scouts. Kevin tagged along because with people being gone for summer, they didn't have enough leaders. He said that the boys had a blast and ran from hole, to hole, to hole :).
Kevin and I have been going to the temple once a week (more for him), and we were able to go do a session before the temple closed for its two weeks of maintenance. It has been so amazing having a temple only five minutes away from us this past year, and we sure are going to miss it.
To start off the summer, I have been doing a lot of yard work with my mom, and to help my parents before we leave. While we were out fertilizing the raspberry bushes, Arthur was our little helper. Actually, Arthur was our shadow, but he loved it when Grandma would spray him with the hose :).
One of my favorite activities for me, was getting to go shooting with Kevin and his dad. I got to remind myself how to shoot my handgun, which I was okay at (Top left target), but I did get a bullseye. I need to practice holding it steady. But although I was mediocre with my handgun, I was awesome with the .22 rifle (middle left). It was sited a little to the left, and so my cluster was to the left of the bullseye until I corrected by aiming to the right. And I did a pretty fabulous job with the AR-15 too, which was really fun (bottom left). My favorite part was how impressed my father-in-law was with my shooting - so fun! It had been forever since I had gone shooting, but it was something I used to do with my dad as a child, and so it all came back to me.
Lily has been doing a lot of extra babysitting because of being around more, and when we got back from shooting, it melted my heart to walk in on this scene. She is such a great big sister :).
We have had a wonderful week and a half off summer so far, and the rest of it should be great too. We have lots of things coming our way - girl's camp, cub scout day camp, moving, vacation, etc. It should be quite the adventure :).