Friday, July 17, 2009

I love the summer

The first week of summer vacation Haylie and I spent at Girl's Camp with our ward. We camped near Santa Barbara. We enjoyed so many activities like kayaking, horseback riding, hiking, eating great food, doing crafts, and learning more about our Savior. We had a wonderful experience.
The camp theme was "Life is Swell." Swell stands for Stick With Essentials Life Long. We focused on the essentials of prayer, scripture study, and partaking of the sacrament.
Making it to the top on our sunset hike. It was an amazing view at the top.l
One of our activities was kayaking in the Santa Barbara harbor and then out in the open ocean. Once we were in the ocean we saw dolphins and seals right next to us. It was a fun experience.
Eating ice cream on the Santa Barbara Pier after kayaking. It was a beautiful day.
My finished oil pastel art project at camp.
These are my two graduating Seniors. Boy am I going to miss them.
Haylie finally did it - she turned 12. We all have been looking forward to this birthday for a long time. We had a Young Women's activity at our home the night of her birthday so we were able to celebrate her birthday with lots of friends. We love you Haylie.
We spent the 4th of July in Newport Beach. For the past 15 years my dad's side of the family has been spending the week of the 4th together at Newport. This is a week that I look forward to all year. I get to see my Grandma, aunts, uncles and cousins and catch up with them. We have this week down to a great routine. My dad walks all of the kids to the donut store each morning for chocolate milk and donuts. Then we spend the day at the beach playing in the sand and water, playing baseball, Ultimate frisbee and taking naps. The evening is spent deciding where to eat and staying up late talking.
So excited to spend a relaxing week at the beach with my family.
The boys preparing for some early morning fishing and tennis.
While we were at the beach house we had a bridal shower for my sister Sara at Ruby's on the Balboa Pier. All of the girls had fun eating breakfast together and celebrating Sara and Mike.

Haylie loved playing with the two year old cousins.
This is a picture of Haylie buried standing up.

These are pictures of my newly redone kitchen.
It's been a busy month with so many more exciting things still to come.