We may not have originally planned on spending the summer in Idaho, but we sure are happy we are getting the opportunity. The kids are in heaven - between having both sets of their grandparents to play with, aunts, uncles, and cousins galore, they are loving all the fun things there are to do in Twin Falls. Although they still have chores and work to do, there are so many amazing opportunities for fun.
One of their favorite things so far, is getting to build things with the pipeworks at Kevin's parent's house. They have built cars, bridges, and even a slide.
One night, we got to a special Chick-fil-A event, and Arthur loved getting to see the cow. And he got to see his cousin, Sierra, who is back working there for the summer while she is home from college. She even gave him a toy cow :).
One of our favorite things that we have done so far, is something new in Twin Falls - this fantastic new park on the edge of town. It has the coolest equipment I have ever seen at a park, and the kids loved it!
In fact, we loved it so much, that we went again when Kevin was back from Colorado.
Another fun activity, was a kiddie pool that I bought for the kids to play in. They love it! It is a little tricky to keep clean, but it is totally worth the extra effort. It has been especially great, because it has been super hot the past couple weeks.
Kevin had had to go back to Colorado for a few days to sign out on leave, and we were so happy to get him back home. Derek and Arthur cuddled right up to their daddy - we had missed him a lot.
One really special activity I was able to go to, was the 100th birthday party for Velma Cox. She is a wonderful lady that was in my ward when I was a teenager. I have kept in touch with her ever since I left for college, and she is amazing! It was so much fun to celebrate with her.
On Father's Day, my brother Preston stopped by on his way to pick up his daughter, Eden. It was so great to see him, as he lives in Nevada, and won't be around very often. Arthur really liked Preston - Preston, and his dog that he brought with him :).
Arthur has had a lot of fun with all the yummy food we have had - some of which are new to him. He really loved my mom's baked beans. He ate all of Kevin's portion, and then asked for more. "Arthur eat more beans? Arthur eat ten beans?" So cute!
He also gobbled up his corn on the cob, and even ate a second piece.
We happened to be here for Elizabeth's birthday, and he really loved her birthday cake. He just picked up the whole piece and ate it up. Savannah decided to follow Arthur's example :).
Arthur has been just as much into his instruments as ever. We even had to buy him a new violin, because his old one got too worn out. He loves it!
And when Arthur can't find an instrument, he makes his own. Whether it is making something into a drum, or a tuba, or a trumpet, he is playing his music. One day, he had a bulldozer and had it sideways and called it his "trombone."
It hasn't all been fun and games. It has also been work. I planted a garden for my parents, and every morning, the kids and I get up and weed and water it. It has been fun to see it grow. And Lily is in charge of taking care of the chickens, which she loves.
Derek even got to help wash the cars. The kids have been such fantastic helpers!
Chickens aren't the only wildlife around my parent's house. The other day, Lily and her cousins found a little garden snake. Lily loved getting to hold it - snakes are her favorite animal :).
We have some normal life things as well, as life isn't always work or play. Sometimes, it is just getting things done. One of those things, was getting Arthur's hair cut. He looks so cute!!
It has been such a great few weeks in Idaho so far, and we look forward to more wonderful times together :).