July was a great month. So busy and so great! Darren got in some nice bike rides with his buddies, Mike and Corey. They climb high so they can go down a lot.
Aunt Jenny took us all jet skiing. The Harston cousins were there along with Renee’s family. I have always loved jet skiing. The speed and turning. And now my kids get to try it often. They love it too! Rockport!
Parents were still out on the mission so we got together once in a while and did some yard work. Managing lots of fun cousins… trying to get them to work and not just talk and play the whole time = workout for moms
We got Great Grandpa Balls’ riding lawn mower. Tyler is pretty fast at it. Its amazing how much less times it takes! I still haven’t learned to drive it… maybe for a good reason…. I dont need to learn with a husband and three kids! Darren also had a birthday. His parents came down from Logan to celebrate. Ice-cream cake was delicious. We had to choose a paint color for the basement. Who knew there were so many shades of gray and how different they would all look.
On the 24th of July we enjoyed a fun neighborhood breakfast. They had a super fun bike parade with a horse leading the way! Then we headed up into the mountains. Tyler went to his buddy Parkers bday party so the four of us walked around Silver Lake at Brighton. Darren and Ella hiked really fast up the steep steep trail to Twin Lakes. She’s a good little athlete!
Our dear friends/relatives the Minnicks came back to Utah for a visit. We stole them away for a day and had a fun sleep over. The Snowder got to come too! Two families I love very much!
Tyler is playing a beautiful song called Einaudi- I giorni at Ranell’s wedding. It is a beautiful song. Ella started achievement days because she is 8. So neat to have the time to form good relationships with the girls in the neighborhood. We did say goodbye to fun cousins who had to head back to Kentucky. We love every summer with them!
We love to have the Allen cousin close by! Popping over to say hello is great! I love my garden. I am grateful Darren took good care of it all summer while I was gone a lot. We had a fun sparkler night. Tyler and I were in Mexico for the 4th of July so we had some celebrations when we got home.