I can't believe summer is almost over. My kids go back to school in a week and a half and I feel like we've only just begun to have fun in the sun. We have quite a bit more planned before school starts but here are a few things we have done in the last few weeks.
One of our favorite things to do is get together with family and friends and BBQ, laugh, play games, and do the occasional fireworks. Here we are at Paul sister Michelle's house after stuffing ourselves silly with their mexican dinner and did fireworks. It was great!
My kids favorite part of summer is going to Cherry Hill with my side of the family during the July 24th weekend. We have done it since my kids were just babies and before then. They love being with their cousins and to swim, swim, swim. Those swimming lessons sure paid off! All I can say is I am sure enjoying my kids getting older. Lily and Taylee had a blast and Angie, Shawn, Paul, and I loved not having to worry about babies. It was very enjoyable. We stayed in tents like always and even though a big storm hit in the middle of our last night, we have to agree we had a blast! Thanks Grandpa and Grandma!
We had Kennecott Family Day at the mine. This is the first time in over seven years that they have let anyone besides authorized personel down into the mine to climb onto the big haul trucks and see a lot of their machines and equipment. They hired out busses to take the families down where they served us lunch, look and climb onto the machines, hopped back onto the buses where they took us to the Visitor Center for a tour, and then served ice cream. It was really neat to step into Paul's shoes.
This is exactly like the truck Paul drives and he was excited to have us climb on it and show us everything about it. WOW!
Here we are behind the wheel of one of the trucks.
For a week and a half we did a count down for the movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. We were so excited to see it and decided to do everything related to the famous boy wizard. We had a movie marathon and watched the other 5 movies on the last 5 days of the countdown. The kids were running all over the house yelling out spells while holding out there homemade wands. Lily kept saying, "Diagon LILY" instead of "Diagon Alley"- so cute! We read about owls and bats, made yummy pretzel wands, went to Roberts to make House Badges, did some potion making, and of course had BUTTER BEER. I have to say the new movie was great too! This is their "Pretzel Wands" before they made them disappear like magic.
And last, but certainly not least, we went to the Oquirruh Mountain Temple Open house. We didn't make it to the Draper Temple but we weren't going to miss the opportunity to go to the temple that is only five minutes away from our home. It was the kids first time seeing inside a temple and thought it was beautiful! How truly blessed we are to have so many of the Lord's houses in our valley. I also got the opportunity to usher a week later in the Celestial Room-AMAZING!