Sunday, July 15, 2012

Bear Lake Get-a-way

We just got home from Bear Lake, where we spent some much needed R&R time with Ben and Anne and their kiddos. It was a great weekend! The weather was perfect for this prego-- a cool 75 degrees and rain showers/cloud cover, awesome! We drove up early Saturday morning, and got into Bear Lake around 11 a.m. We unpacked, then headed for the Minnetonka Caves located close to the lake. I remember going when I was younger, but vaguely. I should have thought twice when I saw the sign that said, "Can you walk up 71 stairs in a row??" and even more so when I read the next sign that said, "there are 888 stairs in the caves"...

Well, I survived, broken Anne with her ovary pain survived, and Matt with his poor back carrying a sleeping Emma survived. We are a tough group, but by the end we were so ready to be out of there. Unfortunately, the tour guide had 50 more "rock formations" to show us on the way back, so we didn't get out as fast as we would have liked. We were able to make a whole bunch of inappropriate jokes to pass the time, so it wasn't so bad :)

Emma looking at the chipmunks while we were waiting for our tour

She had no nap the entire day, so she snuggled up with Dad and passed out

ugh, just some of the stairs we had to climb

Today, we woke up and hung out at the cabin waiting for Ben to make us breakfast :) Emma absolutely loved walking around on the porch, and soaked up her freedom we gave her the entire morning. After a nap for Emma, we headed down to the beach--

 I have never seen Emma sit in one place as long as she did today. She literally would have starved on that beach, because she did not want to stop playing in the sand. We could tell after about half an hour, when she was getting hungry, because she started to get angry with the rocks and was grunting at them. She wasn't happy that we pulled her away from the water, but changed her mind when she was warm and eating her PB&J back at the cabin. 

We had a great time and ate a whole bunch of junk food this weekend! I love Bear Lake, and even though it was high, it was still beautiful. What a great weekend!

Ben and Anne partaking of the junk food

view from the cabin

passing the time...

Emma's free space

taking a break


Covering herself and I in mud...

Mom growing moment: Not wiping off the mud when Emma put it on my leg, my swim suit, and my cover up. Also, not freaking out when she put the mud in her hair. It's her vacation too, right?

Dad made her a nice little pool to throw rocks in and shovel up mud, good work Matty.

The ride home, she was tuckered out.

The Twistles

4th of July 2012

I contemplated the 4th of July this year, and it was to keep Emma awake for the fireworks or not. We tried to take her around with us last year when she was about 5 months old, and the poor thing was wiped out by 6 p.m. We decided against a late night firework show, especially since the next day would be a work day, and we would have to get her up at 6:30 in the morning. We did however, head over to our friend's house (The wonderful McRae's), to have some water fun, bbq food, and early fireworks. It was perfect, and Emma was able to be in bed by 9 p.m.

Emma had fun playing with her Kami and Kadan in the pool, and also walked around the entire night with a big girl cup that she refused to put down. When it came time for fireworks, she didn't understand the concept of fire danger, and wanted to walk right up to them as they were going off. After she found out that was a, "no-no", she could care less about the loud and bright fireworks. So glad we didn't keep her up for a firework show that she probably wouldn't have had any interest in.

We had a great day with our friends, it is so fun to watch Emma with Kami and Kadan. It is really as if they are her siblings, they play so well together, and she gets the biggest smile on her face when I tell her we are going to see them. We got some great pictures of the kids too, we hope everyone had a safe and fun holiday! 

playing with her Kami

Anne and her girls ♥

Emma wanted to sit on Auntie Anne's lap too

got my cup...

taking a drink...


Hi Dad.

What to do, what to do....