Jul 27, 2011

Sagers South Dakota Summer 2011

Our whole trip!

Part of the kidlets at the Motel we stayed at the first night in Rock Springs, WY

At Martin's Cove, the kids got a chance to pull handcarts

I took a turn too, and sufficed to say, I wouldn't have made a great pioneer.

Becca was her own handcart, though she would have gotten to ride in the handcart in Pioneer times.

I'll take little kid for the win please, Mr. Davidson

Two deer who got into a physical argument, and ended up starving to death.

Fireplace made out of a rancher's daughter's rock collection
The whole family!

Wind Caves - they call this Boxwork.

Our tour group

Jewel Cave

The Dakota Hills

Forest Fire Lookout on Grace Coolidge peak

The rolling hills of the Dakota's

Herd of Buffalo? We saw and Heard them.

They were all over the place

Had trails along the mountainside they followed.

Some even came down on the roadway.

Part of our 5 van, 1 car convoy

One of the 9 tunnels carved through the mountains we went through.

The Needles in South Dakota

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

The family at Mount Rushmore

They are quite amazing both in size and detail

And were lit up at night

Devil's Tower

Devil's Tower at Sunset

Yep, more Devil's tower, but this time with cute kids in front of it!

One of the scoop shovels from the Coal Mine in Campbell County, WY

The tires from the trucks they use in the mine.

Independence Rock, WY

Independence Rock, WY

Total Mileage - 1817.4 miles, 35 1/2 hours of driving, about $400 for lodging, $350 for gas, but the memories will be priceless!

Mystery Box(es)

At the Hammon Reunion there was a Silent Auction to raise funds for next year, and I bid on a mystery box. The winning bid was $25 and was the most cutthroat of all the auctions. It was very close.

Now, I know you are wondering what was in the box. Well, here's a picture of all the wonderful loot!

  1. Two MemoryStor 12 x 12 scrapbook folders
  2. One Big Book of $5.00 Gift Crafts
  3. Four Rolls of ribbon; 2 red, 1 yellow, 1 turquoise (approx. 16 yards)
  4. Four toothbrushes; 3 orange, 1 purple.
  5. Three packages of "Blenders" Skittles
  6. Two Black Sharpies
  7. One Blink Gel Tears lubricating eye drops
  8. Nine sticks of deodorant (5 mens, 4 Womens)
    • 1 Dove Extra Fresh scent
    • 3 Dove Clean Comfort scent
    • 1 Degree Sheer Powder scent
    • 2  Suave Powder scent
    • 1 Lady Speed Stick Powder Fresh scent
  9. Three Tubes of Colgate toothpaste
    • 1 Tartar Protection Whitening Crisp Mint
    • 2 Max Clean Whitening Spearmint Blast
  10. One Shick Hydro 3 shaver
  11. One Nivea "Touch of Sparkle" Cream Oil Body Wash
  12. One Olay Total Effects Body wash
  13. One Olay Foaming Face Wash
  14. One Olay Ultra Moisture Lotion
  15. One Tylenol Precise Pain Relief Heat Patch
  16. Four pads of Post-it notes (400 sheets)
  17. One Excedrin Extra Strength pain relievers
  18. Four Johnson and Johnson Soap Buddies easy grip sudsing bar
  19. One Bioré makeup removing towelettes
  20. One Olay Bar Soap
  21. One Kotex Regular Security Tampons (18 count)
  22. One Kotex Super Absorbent Tampons (18 count)
  23. One Crest Glide Dental Floss (43.7 yards)
So, all in all, yes, I got a great deal. $25 wouldn't even cover the cost of the deodorants, and I got so much more than that! Thank you Kristin!

Jul 18, 2011

Gracies B-day

Start the day with some presents

and then a few more...

Dinner at Subway

And a pretty little crown from Gramma.

Jul 11, 2011

Hammon Reunion

After the Farmilee Reunion (see previous post), we all headed up to Boise for the Reunion of my mother-in-laws siblings. Diana's cousin's daughter rode up with us since she lives in Provo. The kids LOVE her. They had so much fun talking to her and asking her questions. (Hopefully she did too)
We went to Golden Corral for dinner ...

The kids loved the choices and getting whatever they wanted.
The next day, we went to the park and had games and activities, some lunch and a silent auction.
Noodle Hockey

Red Rover

The siblings who attended
 That night since we staying at the hotel again, and we took a walk down by the riverside.
It was very cool and relaxing ...

... and the kids wore themselves out running up and down the embankment under the bridges.

The next morning, Sunday, we loaded up and headed home. We filled up in Boise, then again in Brigham City. Oddly enough, a man dressed rather shabbily (torn shorts and shirt unbuttoned) asked if he could get a bit of gas for his RV that was out of gas. His credit cards were being denied, it was a full moon, dogs hate cats, blah blah blah... long story short, I gave him 10 gallons of gas. Yeah, I know, I probably didn't need to, but I figure Karma eventually works itself out, eh?

All in all, great trip and the kids had a great time.

Jul 7, 2011

Farmilee Reunion

This year was the first of (hopefully) many D&D Lee Family Reunions. We themed ours, the Farmilee Reunion, and set up activities based on living on a farm.
We went to the LDS Church History Museum and as you can see, my children would have made great pioneers. It was roughly 30 seconds before they complained.

We saw the farm animals at our friends the Blackhurst's Farm. They had chickens, calves, cows, and horses. The little girls were in Seventh Heaven to actually get to pet the horse. Over and over and over.

The obligatory family picture was taken

Becca watched her cousins run to and fro for 3 solid days

Five (four pictured) girls donated their hair to Locks of Love

Sparklers were played with...

despite the rain.

Fireworks were lit...

Causing LOTS of smoke to go with the Ooh's and Ahh's

We went to Thanksgiving Point

The kids enjoyed it thoroughly

And topped it off with an UN birthday party for everyone!
Thanks to ALL those who came when they could and spent time with the family.
 

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