Brad's aunt Gaylia passed away the end of September. She never married and had no children so we were used to her being around every now and then at family functions. She was always such a positive person when I talked to her and I admired that. We had a small program for family at the funeral home and then headed to the cemetery in River Heights. While we were there we looked over and the boys were cleaning off Grandpa Richs grave. It was so cute to see. So proud of our cute kids and so happy to know that families are forever!!
Ryker started preschool after Labor Day at the Little Ranchers Preschool. He was pretty excited to get to go to school and I was excited to let him. Miss Denise and Miss Angela are his teachers. He isn't going with anyone he knows, but I'm sure he will make plenty of friends. We love this little guy!
In September the whole Rich family went up to Logan so that we could be in the Apple Days parade. They were honoring Bill and Carol as Outstanding Citizens at the festival. We all piled on the back of a trailer with Carol on the 4-wheeler. The kids loved throwing the candy out to everyone. Of course we all ran out at the end and were scrounging because we felt bad for everyone at the end of the parade. It's pretty awkward when you have people staring at you and nothing to throw.
After the parade Sawyer got to ride in the Escalade with the Watterson kids. He thought it was pretty neat. Almost as neat as the popcicles they passed out at the end of the parade.
We almost missed Bill and Carol being honored at the festival. Luckily we caught the end of it. They didn't really warn us when it was happening. We sure missed Bill today, but it was so nice to be reminded how many people loved him. While we were waiting in line for dinner I had a lady ask Amy if I was her daughter. It was pretty funny. I don't think Amy liked that very much. We ate and were listening to a band playing when it started to rain a bit. That's when we decided it was time to take off.
Brad woke up to special breakfast on his birthday. Waffles! It's our tradition to have waffles with whipped cream and raspberries for breakfast on birthday's. The kids love helping me make it and watching Brad open his presents. My parents gave him a long row of one dollar bills that the boys thought was pretty neat. Happy Birthday Brad!
We finally made it to the lake in August. We couldn't have asked for more perfect weather. Usually when you hit Bear Lake the wind is always blowing by the water. It can be a warm day, but with the wind it can get chilly. Luckily for us, the wind was absent. I had given Brad a paddle board certificate for Father's Day and so we rented a paddle board and Aki brought their's. It was fun trying it out. Brad actually did really good and went pretty far out in the lake. I didn't do quite as well, but it was fun to try it out. The boys loved burying their cousins in the sand and just getting dirty. It's one of my favorite things to go up to Bear Lake with the Rich family. It's always a good time and so relaxing. It doesn't hurt that the kids are entertained by their cousins the whole time too!
I signed Ryker up for swimming lessons in August. They didn't go quite as I'd hoped. Little Ryker hates to get his face underwater. Well, that's kind of a problem when you are trying to learn to swim. Sawyer made the best of it playing in the splash pad while we waited for Ryker. This particular day I didn't bring a swimsuit for Sawyer, but he didn't care. He decided to get wet anyway. I think we will have to go with private lessons from now on.
We decided to drive to the top of the canyon a while back. I don't know about you, but if you've ever been up Farmington canyon it really freaks me out. Most of the way up, the road on one side is a cliff straight down to the bottom. I don't know why I'm always so nervous, but I am. I spend the first half of the ride clutching the arm rest trying not to look out my window. Once you are about half way up it's not as bad. We went up by the weather station and the view was amazing. On one side you have Davis county and the Great Salt Lake and then you can see into Morgan on the other side. The boys loved finding all these cool rocks and stuffing them in their pockets. We drove a little bit farther up towards Bountiful and stopped at a picnic area for lunch. After lunch, we decided to head home. The drive down wasn't that bad because we were on the good side of the road, but I don't know if I will ever get over my fear whenever we drive up here.
We had the second annual Hacking reunion the first of August. We stayed in some cabins at the base of the Jordanelle dam. It was so fun visiting with cousins that we don't get to see very often. We played soccer, went boating, ate plenty of yummy food and just had a great time catching up.
Brad and I live in Farmington along with our two boys Cooper- four and Ryker-one. Brad sells payroll services for Qqest and I am a stay-at-home mom. Brad and I argue all the time about who's the busiest and I would have to say myself!!