Here's the Summer from July on backwards...
YO HO, YO HO, A PIRATE BIRTHDAY GIRL Macie awoke to balloons and breakfast in bed for her very special #8 birthday! It was a Sunday morning, so we had to rush and get ready for church with a QUICK and EARLY breakfast. She patiently waited to open her presents after church. :)
We celebrated her birthday the day before with a pirate themed party... ahoy, me mateys! I made this chocolate pirate ship cake when I was feeling very nauseated (I was pregnant and VERY MORNING SICK, but keeping it a secret at the time). I don't know if I will ever be able to make or eat double chocolate cake again. At least the pirates all loved it!
All the pirate ladies crowded into the pirate ship I made for girl's camp this year. We named it the "Treasure Seeker." Lots of cardboard and lots of fun!
FISHING WITH DAD AND POPS
The boys had been begging, and I mean BEGGING, all summer to go fishing. Why? I don't know. They had never been fishing before, and they thought it would be AWESOME. So, when Pops and Grammie were in town we had Pops lead us to the secret fishing spot. The boys LOVED it and caught lots of little fish in the stream. And the best part was, we didn't even have to eat the fish. Pops took it home to Oregon. Thanks, Dad and Pops! You are the king fishermen!
CARS 2 FOR OUR NEW 2 YEAR OLD!
Yep, that's a Lightning McQueen Cake. Made the day I got home from Girl's Camp. When I was feeling very morning sick. But Danny LOVES Lightning McQueen. Why? I have no idea. Because the CARS movie is stupid and CARS 2 was even dumber. In fact, Danny wouldn't even watch CARS 2 in the movie theatre. We got a full refund on our movie ticket. But he loves books about Lightning McQueen, and toy Lightning McQueen Cars, and anything else CARS related. Go figure. Happy 2nd birthday to our very spunky "baby" Danny!
KORTH FAMILY REUNION
I did the girl's camp thing this year, so Danny got to go to the Korth reunion solo. He said that he and the kids had a great time visiting with all of the cousins. Here are some of the photos of the family trip (sans mom) to Idaho!
THE SAD STORY OF OUR YARD
We love our yard. We love plants and flowers. We used to love deer. But these rascally bucks (and their girlfriends. And their Moms. And their babies. And their cousins. And friends. And neighbors.) have eaten our yard all summer long. Despite the nasty smelling spray that repels humans. It is a tragedy. Someday we hope to get a fence!
WHILE MOM'S AWAY, THE KIDS WILL PLAY
AND OF COURSE, DAVIS NEEDED STITCHES!Grams was amazing and offered to watch all four of our Gunnell kidlets whilst I was away (high up in the mountains) at girls camp. Of course, accident prone little Davis just had to have another accident while I was away. After swimming lessons, he slipped while changing out of his suit and hit his chin on the tile floor. Several stitches later, and he was good as new (with a tiny, under-the-chin scar to show for a battle wound). Mom, I can't thank you enough for watching the kids for me! You were a trooper, and handled it all with grace and calm. You are the best!
Aunt Lisa came to stay for a few days after Aunt Amy had her little baby, and we got to visit with her and entertain her for a while. Trafalga ended up being our premier destination. Go carts, airplane rides, and bumper boats made for a FUN day. We love you, Lisa!
FRIENDS FOR THE FOURTHDanny's best buds from college came for a Fourth of July visit -- it was so much fun for us all to get together. Above is Danny with Soren and Kurt, and below is me with Kim and Leah. They made our fourth truly Spectacular!
All of our kids gather together on the steps for a group shot. That's a lot of kids for three young couples ... :)
BALCONY BOOTY DANCERS
The Gunnell kids have been known to get a little bit wild this summer. Late summer evenings on the balcony were times for silly jokes, dancing, and lots of laughter!
BIRD LOVER'S PARADISEI took Sally Monson with me as my mother's helper (she is a HUGE BIRD LOVER), and the kids and I hit the Tracy Aviary. It was one of our many field trips we took for "Momma School" this summer, and it was a huge success. I think we'll have to repeat it next year! Look at these fine, feathered friends!
YOUTH CONERENCENeither Danny nor I had ever been to Delicate Arch, but we got the chance this June as we both traveled with the YM and YW for youth conference in Moab. The youth had a fabulous time, and we enjoyed the hiking and river rafting as well. Thanks to Sister Cobbley and John and Jaime for watching our kids for the weekend! It was awesome to be out there together in our callings!