Tuesday, July 17, 2012


We went camping to Big Bear with some of our friends last week.  It was quite hot the week we were there and so we spent the whole week in the lake or near the lake.  I loved that campground.  The kids rode their bikes a lot, we had bathrooms and it was pretty close to the lake.  I am grateful for great friends who let us borrow their trailer to camp in.  In addition we had other friends we let us borrow their kayak.  

 We took turns going out on the kayak and watching the kids on the shore.  The kids stayed in the water almost the whole time because it was so warm!

 The boogie boards are also a good idea when going to a lake.  They enjoyed kicking around on them and Jarom, Ali and Ashling went all the way to the buoys on them.  I also swam to the buoys and found out when I got out there that we are not allowed to do that.  I got yelled at but I am glad it was after my nice long swim.

rattlesnake in our yard

Ali found this rattlesnake in our backyard taking a shower under our sprinklers.  It was coiled up but did not rattle and she wasn't sure whether it was a fake snake or a real one.  When Cameron heard her ask whether we had put a fake snake in the grass he grabbed a gun and went outside.  I was quick to inform him that I wanted all gopher snakes so he better make sure it was a rattlesnake... it was.  He shot it with the BB gun right through the head!  It was about 2 1/2 feet long.  I am glad it is no longer lurking in our grass and I am very grateful that Cameron happened to be home that afternoon so I did not have to take care of it.

4th of July

For the 4th of July we had a BBQ with friends.  I did both Ashling and Annika's hair like stars for the occasion.  The food was good and the friend's were great.  I made some mango pineapple salsa.  I also made a cheese cake with strawberries from scratch.  Everyone loved it and it was gone really quickly.  I enjoyed downloading patriotic music and remembering why I love America.  Politics and the economy have been hard on our patriotism but I still am glad that I am an American! 

 Here is one of our friend's cute baby.  She is actually over a year old even though she is so small.