Bridget's first time on Cannibal.
Emil, Colin, and Cousin Ian on a spaceship.
The soaking wet kids after Rattlesnake Rapids.
Of course we had our big Lagoon Day. Kodi joined us again this year and made it extra fun for Bridget. I mostly hung out with the boys and stood in lines. We caught up with my brother Rob and his family for a few minutes, which was the highlight for Emil and Colin. We only let the kids take us on Rattlesnake Rapids one time this year so that we wouldn't be totally soaked for hours. Nobody broke a phone this time and we didn't have too many tears when it was time to leave... after 9 hours.
My favorite Summer Only activity was the day we slept in and did NOTHING almost the whole day. So glad I could sell that to the kids. ;)
Last, but not least, we went to see Dad at his work and have lunch with him. We kept saying all summer that we were going to do that on a weekly basis, but it never ended up happening. So glad Bridget got to spend her last day of Summer Freedom with Dad. :)
Then Bridget went to school and the boys and I had another week before Kindergarten would start. We kept the party going and I took them to "Kubo and the Two Strings" one of the days and then on the 25th of August we did something AWESOME. I took the boys on the Mount Timpanogos Cave hike. It happened to be the 100th birthday of the National Parks Service, so we got cake and nice feelings. You may recall, that hike is hard. I did it with Bridget last year and she really had to work. Emil and Colin stepped up big time. They looked for the numbers on woodblocks. They asked me a lot of questions, mostly about what we were seeing and hearing. At the top of the hike, we ate a picnic lunch, then went into the caves. I couldn't believe how closely they paid attention to every word the ranger said. Emil even hit his head on a stalactite because he'd turned to tell me about something amazing and didn't see it. I know it hurt, but he swallowed his tears and kept going so that he wouldn't mess up our perfect day. Colin pushed his way to the front every time we stopped so he could hear and see everything the ranger was talking about. We filled out their junior ranger booklets. On the "What Lives in a Cave" drawing they did, Colin drew a picture of Emil. And labeled it. Funny funny funny. The walk back down made my legs shake with fatigue. It was the Best Day Ever. So glad we did it.