Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Dinner Party Gone Awry

Jill's best friend since high school, Jen, comes out to visit us regularly and James loves it when "Auntie Jen" is here!
On this visit, we decided to have a little dinner party with our friends, Chris and Kerri, and their girls, Grace and Maddie, and enjoy the lovely summer weather. Unfortunately, Jill tried to cut her finger off while chopping fresh basil (that she grew herself, which somehow makes it slightly better). It looked like it would need a couple stitches (four, in fact) so a trip to the ER ensued. Not the dinner party we were imagining.
Apparently, the dinner was still delicious (insert tasty finger jokes here). Here's hoping that the next time we all get to sit down to dinner together...

Awkwardly enjoying the dinner while Jill is at the ER with Jen 
Putting on her "I wish I didn't feel so stupid right now, but don't worry about me" face

James and his Auntie Jen on a happier day

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A Weekend at the Lake(s)

Summertime and the living is easy...
We headed down to the Richfield area a few weeks ago to do some camping and explore the Fishlake area. As it turned out, it was still a little too chilly for anyone but Leo to get in the water, but we enjoyed the scenery anyway and Chris spent time teaching James how to skip rocks.

Playing "fetch" with Leo 
Finding just the right kind of stone for skipping. It's an art...
There are a ton of off-road trails in that area and we enjoyed exploring in the Jeep. We found a beautiful little pond and a field of wildflowers to run in.
Such a lovely place to come upon
MUD! Woohoo!!!
Leave it to James and Leo to find a patch of leftover snow to play in.
Would that I could sit by this river and read all day...
Drive down this road? Why yes, I believe we will!
Heading home on Sunday, we decided to stop off at Yuba Lake and enjoy a little picnic by the water. It was a beautiful, hot day and we all took a dip in the water to cool off. We are so happy to have such wonderful choices in water destinations in the land-locked, desert state of Utah!

What a beautiful place to play!
Enjoying a refreshing orange juice popsicle. You're not eating it right if it doesn't drip down your chin...