Monday, July 23, 2012


We have many traditions in the summer. Not the least of which, is that we spend the entire summer out west!  But, while we are here, we have some other fun traditions we adhere to.

First, I love taking the girls to the theater.  Logan has AMAZING professional level productions.  This year, we enjoyed "Big River" at the Lyric Theater and "My Fair Lady" at the Eccles.

The girls and I huddle up for a photo at dinner before the big show!
 We LOVED 'Big River'!

 We went with Grandma and Ben and Lora to 'My Fair Lady'
My friend, Victoria, was there also with her girls.  During intermission, her college daughter, Lexi, introduced me to her boyfriend: "This is my old Young Women Leader." Her younger sister, Jessica, chimed in: "She's my Seminary Teacher!"  At which point, Victoria said: "Well, she's my Visiting Teacher."  Grace retorted with: "She's MY MOM!"  

After the show, Victoria and Jessica came over for dinner.  Another of our favorite traditions is hosting our Texas friends at our Utah house.
 Another fun tradition is harvesting raspberries all summer.  I have tried out several wonderful raspberry recipes, including this amazing raspberry crumb pie:


You know we love to walk to the Farmer's Market every Saturday, but did you know sometimes we do it in a conga line?

Another fun summer tradition around these parts is that Jane has her best friend, Kenzie, out for a week.  As we don't do sleep-overs in our 'real life', it's always lots of fun for the girls.  This year, they did a tennis camp up at USU.  They had lots of fun, even though it was actually HOTTER here than back in Texas.  If their scores for the week are any indication, they have GREAT attitudes.  Maybe not the sharpest skills, but GREAT attitudes.

The girls always enjoy riding Aunt Wynlee's horse and helping at the farm:

I think one of my kids' favorite traditions is the 'cousin birthday party'.  They don't do presents on their actual birthdays from each other, we just save up for one big party in the summer, and it is always a DOOZY!  They have SUCH a fun time saving money to buy each other special gifts.  The weeks preceding the event are filled with anticipation of the gifts they will receive and how to earn enough to buy the perfect thing for that special person.  It's a GREAT time.

One favorite tradition, especially for Ethan, is walks with Grandpa.

This particular walk, we came across a rope swing, so Grace had at it!  Fully clothed.
We always love to make a little visit to Temple Square in Salt Lake, whenever Greg has to go to the airport. The last couple of years have been pretty interesting with our video in circulation.  The sister missionaries fawn all over our kids, particularly Derick.  One said, "Wow! I've seen David Archulleta, Elder Jeffery R. Holland, and now you!"  I busted up laughing.  Um, yea, pretty sure I should never even be in that above sentence.  Grace collected 5-6 pass-along cards with our picture on them.  I was very ready to move on. ;-)

And finally, what would summer be without a few new traditions?!  Actually, an old tradition resurrected.

When Greg was in high school, he used to go up to the university on Sunday evenings for the Alumni Band Concerts.

We took the kids and had a great time!  We were surrounded by elderly people, which made me a bit nervous! I don't exactly have the quietest, most well-behaved children.  But, they were actually pretty good.  I shushed them a BUNCH.  It was mostly that they were super wiggly.  Next time, we'll sit far back and just run around.

The best part about having such an older audience was when the band played the different songs for the armed forces and the vets from each branch would stand as they heard their song.  It was SO touching.  You couldn't help but have tears in your eyes when WWII, Korean and Vietnam vets stood so proudly.  Made me thrill to be an American.

And that's the best kind of tradition!!


Lori said...

I love the pic of your family in front of the temple!! I'd say you are doing a wonderful job giving your kids meaningful memories that will last them a life time!!

Chanda said...

I love the cousin party. That's such a great idea!