Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
We recently returned from a Harker family reunion in Idaho -- what a blast! There was about 80 people there and we all stayed in 3 cabins in Island Park. This was a serious upgrade since we usually tent it and we had a great time! All of my siblings were there which was a treat because getting all seven of us together takes serious effort. During our 3 night/2 day stay we went to Yellowstone Park, played lots of games and cards, played softball, relaxed in the hot tub and bonded with the fam through it all!
Here are some nature shots from Yellowstone:Aaron and Finn near a river where we ate lunch. Note Finn's "Harker" onesie...thanks mom!
Aah, wildlife. We saw tons of elk, deer, squirrels and coyotes, but none of da bears. Finn was such a champ and was good the whole day! Here's hopin' those two front teeth grow closer together! Some of the fam at "Artist's Point". This canyon/waterfall is really amazing.
Aaron and I went to "The Brink" where you can stand next to the water as it goes over the falls...this picture doesn't do it justice, it was really cool. Finn's cousin Taj next to one of the hot pots. (Something smudgy got on my camera lens)
While we were walking along the boardwalk, Finn was riding on Aaron's shoulders (one of his FAVORITE things) and kept pointing to him while saying "Dada". We tried to capture it on video:
And what would a trip to Yellowstone be without checking out Old Faithful? In this video, you can see that the water is so hot it turns to vapor almost instantly. Seriously, the earth has some crazy tricks up its sleeve.
Other highlites included nightly campfires, a stellar talent show and surprise bridal shower for my cousin Sheree. Thanks mom and dad for planning such a fantastic event!
Monday, July 7, 2008
Next I headed off to the parade with my siblings. (Aaron stayed home while Finn took a nap.)Here are a couple pics of my favorite floats:
Only in Utah. Yes, that is a bride and a model of the Timpanogos Temple. I can't remember exactly what those signs said but it was something like "Stop: to read your scriptures" and "Yield: to the spirit" etc. Classic.
This float had a giant version of the Declaration of Independence alongside flags and fireworks.
Later on, we went to my sister Megan's house for a BBQ.
The fam enjoying some food in Megan's backyard
Finn found Megan's piano and couldn't get enough! He had to stand on his tippy toes just to reach the keys but was so excited by his discovery that he could have played for hours!
Once outside, I introduced Finn to this toy car and he loved it! (That is his cousin Brody enjoying some watermelon off to the side)
And after the BBQ? Our own personal fireworks show of course! Aaron made a special trip to Evanston, WY this year to buy fireworks just for the occasion. He is like a kid in a candy store when it comes to buying/lighting off fireworks. And yes, it is true that during the off-season he occasionally sets some off of our balcony just to relieve stress.
I love this picture because you can still see the smoke from the firework going off, and the boys are just watching it go.
Here is one of the bigger fireworks Aaron bought:
Several neighbors came out to watch the show and we all had a great time! I am so grateful to live in this wonderful country. I love Canada too (and had a marvelous Canada Day on July 1st) and just feel so lucky to have lived in two countries where I can be truly free. Happy Independence Day!