Monday, September 1, 2008

Summer Vacation

Well I finally made it into the digital age. I now have a blog and a web site. Check out my web site here.
I had a busy summer. I went to Salt Lake for my Stampin' Up convention and then went camping with my family in early August. We went to Mud Lake , my brother Joseph brought up his horses and his canoe. We had 24 people there, about 12 kids and 12 adults. We had fun going for rides on the horses. I'm a novice when it comes to riding horses, so my sister-in-law Kerrie was telling me if I started to fall, just hold onto the saddle horn, unless the horse decided to brush me off in the trees, then I'd have to jump off. Then we started to adust the stirrups to fit my short legs. We positioned the stirrup as high as it would go, but it was still too long for me. We then tried the children sized stirrups but they were too short. Kerrie said something to the effect of "Well, if the horse tries to brush you off, just do the best you can to jump off. But I don't think you can clear the saddle, because you won't have enough levelage out of the stirrups." By the time we were ready to go, I was really feeling confident. Then they threw my four year old nephew, Ethan, on the back of my horse. So not only did I have to worry about me staying on the horse, I had to worry about the little guy as well. Mind you, there were three other horses that he could have rode, but lets put him with the rider with the least experience.

Me, on a horse for the first time in years.

My siter, Becca and her two youngest, Isabelle and Xander. Xander said 'Real cowboys suck on pacifers and wears a Dora the Explore helmets'.
I'm happy to report not only did everyone survive, we even made it out in one peice.

Other then horse riding and canoeing, there was plenty to keep eveyone busy. There was s small pond full of mud, pollywogs and frogs. The children had lots of fun rescuing frogs. By the time we left, the pond was full of children's shoes as well. My Mom wandered all over the country looking for mushrooms, but Joseph found the biggest growth within 100 yards of camp. There were also wild strawberries, they were about the size of a very small pea, but they added a lot of favor to our pancakes. I brought up the new Stephenie Meyer book "Breaking Dawn" and spent most of my time trying to chase it down as my sisters and nieces are reading the series as well.
All and all it was a great vacation.