Little Fishy

Tasha finished her annual swimming lessons that she does every year around her birthday; thanks to her Great-Nana and Papa. As always, she loved them, despite the pool being chilly more than one day. She learned a lot more this year. By the end she was a pro at going under the water all the way and coordinating her arms and legs. She’s not swimming on her own yet, but I’m thinking by next year she will be! 

Poor girl…it was so bright outside and she’s used to having her transition lenses on! 

Here’s Tasha “swimming” on her own with the noodle. The noodle really helped her get the moving of the arms and the kicking of the legs together.

Eagle Flight Days

Every year Eagle has this event called “Eagle Flight Days”. It’s like a mini-fair, I guess. They have a few little rides and carnival games, pet shows, baby contests, lots of concerts and plenty of greasy, yummy fair-type food. MMMM! We decided to check it out the first night. The tickets were pricey I thought, at $1.50 each, but we justified it because we were supporting the town. 

Tasha and Kevin were finally big enough to jump on one of those blow-up bouncy things without getting jumped on. They LOVED it!

They thought the huge blow-up slide was a pretty close second

Here’s Tasha having fun

Kevin being….Kevin while we listened to the live music

The kids enjoyed the food almost as much as the rides. We splurged on a funnel cake which fed all four of us (or should I say stuffed) and some fresh squeezed lemonade! YUM!


Dillon, Co: Part 2 “Happy 4th Birthday, Natasha!”

While on vacation, we celebrated Natasha’s 4th birthday with a little party. We did the usual cake and ice cream and presents, but then went swimming and she got to go off-roading with Dad and Jaron, Auntie Julina and Auntie friend, Paul. Lucky girl!

My attempt at a Dora cake.

Blowing our her candles. She didn’t spit on the cake this time! Bonus!!!!

It was an all-out Dora/Princess fest and Tasha was in her glory! Dora book….

Dora necklace…..

Us and little brother with the birthday girl

Off-roading on Wheeler Lake Trail (not Lauren, just Ammon, Jaron, Tasha, Auntie Julina and her friend Paul)

Uh-oh, don’t fall Jack, don’t fall!

Jack, having fun!

A beautiful waterfall they saw along the trail

The gang in the pool; Tasha’s favorite place!

Uncle Arvin and Kevin cooling down

A little water gun fight broke out later in the trip. Here’s Tasha getting her Daddy!

Water fight over….wonder who won?!

We did a little shopping one day, just us girls. Lika was stylin’!

As long as the kids had snacks, they were happy. Tasha wanted to know when we were going to a baby store =)


All in all, it was a fun, exciting, relaxing and tiring trip all in one! We can’t wait to do it again sometime!!!











Dillon, Co: Part 1

I’ll get around to taking/posting house pictures later….I’m a little behind! About two weeks ago, we went to Dillon, Co for a family vacation. The Mannings had reserved a week in a condo for themselves and us kids and grandkids to get together and have some summer fun. Lucky for us, Dillon is only an hour away! 

As always, when we all get together, we had a great time. There’s always lots of fun catching up and endless entertainment with all five grandchildren under one roof. This time, our fun included some sightseeing and a few new adventures. 

I took the kids to Dillon a day ahead of Ammon because I needed a break from packing and the kids were so excited to spend time with their cousins. 

The first day, we drove into old town Frisco and went through a bunch of old houses and buildings. They had done a remarkable job of preserving them and displaying their contents. The kids were just old enough to be slightly interested for well, at least two minutes! 😉 

This is an old jail cell the kids are sitting in. I couldn’t get a picture that accurately showed just how tiny this little room was. 

This is Tasha in the spring house….see below….

This is the gang in the old church

I thought the old spinning wheel was cool

This was Natasha’s favorite room that we saw in all the houses. It was obviously a little girls room filled with tons of antique dolls and clothes and little doll furniture. She wanted to jump over the railing and play with all of those toys!

Kevin bug watching….he’s fascinated with all bugs and this is his signature bug-watching position. I wish I could balance like that. He can stay like that for 15 min without falling over! 

I was surprised to find out that these dresses belonged to ladies in the red-light district. I had thought how beautiful and classy these dresses were and was shocked that prostitutes had worn them. Guess things have changed a little since then!!

One of the old houses we toured

In the main building in the old town, they had some stuffed animals and pelts you could touch. 

Kevin really liked the soft fox fur

When you entered the first building, there was this mini-town glassed in. It had a train inside that drove around and there was a list of things that you could try and find. The kids loved the train, while the adults enjoyed the scavenger hunt. 

One of the highlights of our trip was our 2 hour pontoon boat ride on Lake Dillon. It was so beautiful and relaxing.



Each of the grandkids had the chance to help Papa “drive” the boat. They thought it was pretty neat.

This was our view from the boat. There may have been snow on the mountain peaks, but it was plenty warm enough! 

Part of the gang relaxing and taking in some sun

Jaron and Auntie Lauren enjoying ourselves

Tasha and Grandma chillin

Nothing like s’mores on a boat!

Malika sporting a lifejacket. Is she not the cutest little niece ever?!

Pushpa, Christina and Julina 

Crazy Daddy and Kevin. What a view from Daddy’s shoulders!

More to come later……way too many pictures to post at once! =)