Monday, July 5, 2010
Virginia City on a nice July day
The first thing we did was eat at a little park with a gazeebo. It was perfect, not too hot.
Then we hiked up the hill to the main street tourist trap. We stopped at the little museum there where all of the kids went in for free so Myles and I just waited outside and relaxed a bit.
As we walked up the street we found many picturesques places to stop and shoot a few photos. This is one of my faves even though the little boys aren't cooperating too well.
People saw us in our matching shirts and thought that we were tourists, well I guess in a fashion were are, afterall we're not native to Virginia City. I had always wanted to have matching shirts when we go out as a family, for one, its a lot easier to find lost kids when you know what they're wearing. The girls weren't too thrilled about the whold thing but they graciously humored me.
They're watching and learning how to pan for gold.
This is the only horse action we got for the day. It was kind of a bummer because Myles and I didn't get to ride but we understand that when you have kids, well, its just all about them.
Allen was a bit unsure of the whole thing.
Clayton on the otherhand couldn't get enough!
Theres mammas handsome man!
In the Wedding Chapel, I just can't imagine actually getting married in a place like this, it seems sort of cheesy.
At the candy store. It's so fun to watch the little ones faces when you go into a store with literally barrels of candy everywhere. You know they think they're in heaven.
Everyone enjoying their bounty.
I had gone to the store next door and gotten some chocolate covered cherries for Myles, when Clayton saw what I had he threw his sucker and it shattered into a thousand pieces on the board walk. It was kind of weird. He basically was mad that he didn't get any chocolate covered cherries. Well, he's the one who picked out his sucker, not me. As a result, he spent the rest of the day strapped into the stroller.
I think that I really do need bars on my windows and doors.
Kylee's friend Christian and his family just happen to be in the same place at the same time. It was a pretty cool coincedence.
We had a great time together as a family. It was Myles first trip to Virginia City and I think that he enjoyed himself when he quit thinking about all of the things that he could be doing at home!
Sunday, July 4, 2010
The 4th this year was on a Sunday so obviously the first thing we did was get ready for church. The girls tried to wear all red, white and blue to show how patriotic we are but, not all of us have those colors for Sunday clothes!! Lindy did about the best. Here she is looking super cute sporting her new hair do. She cut it herself thinking that it would make me mad. Better luck next time kid!
Heres Kylee looking beautiful as usual, she loves to take pictures of herself and I just couldn't leave this one out as she is so super cute!
After an awesome Sacrament Meeting and all of the following classes we made it home and had ourselves a very nice cookout. We BBQ'd some chicken and I made a new pasta and cauliflower salad, which most of us liked. We also made this berry cake. The kids were super excited about the cake and enjoyed helping me get the fruit ready and place it in its proper place of our yummy patriotic cake. We were lucky to have enough blueberries as Clayton and Allen kept getting into them.
There he is, licking his lips again, and next to him is one of our little sneak theifs. I think that this time he's going after the cat though.
After our BBQ we all loaded up with chairs and mosquito spray and headed to Rattlesnake Hill. The Raceway does fireworks every year after the races are done. We got a good parking spot with a great view this year because we got there super early. As with all things there are consequences, being that we had quite a long wait for dark. Some of the kids entertained themselves with a good card game.
We all had to take turns entertaining Allen as he just did not want to sit. We were on the edge of a busy road as there were many others trying to get a good spot for fireworks as well. I tried to get the sillhoutte of Myles with Allen, this is the best shot. It didn't quite turn out the way I was hoping.
What a face! He was getting up on top of the van to join his sisters for the fireworks. Funny how everyone found these crazy spots to sit and watch but when the time for the show rolled around we were all pretty much sitting down behinde the van together as a family. It was very comforting as this will be one of the last years we will all be together. With the kids growing up and moving on it will be hard to have activities with a complete family.
I didn't get any pictures of fireworks, I 'd actually rather watch and enjoy them rather than try to get the perfect shot. We ended up getting the car seat out and buckling Allen in so that he couldn't go any where. Once the firworks began he quieted down and watched with a little grin that turned into a big grin and then a chuckle and then laughing and clapping. It was pretty sweet. I'll miss these days of sweet baby ways!