Kennadi wasn't quite sure about the sparklers at first. But her dad can talk her in to anything. In the end as usual she loved it. We weren't quite sure that we were up to letting her hold in on her own just yet but she was happy holding it with daddy.
Well I would like to introduce you to our one and only Rooster! He is noisey and will wake you up at 3:30 in the morning with his loud voice. At first I thought "oh how cute is that rooster" Well not anymore. I have decided that sleep is much better and you all know that you dont wake me up or it may end badley. So Travis, Kayson and Austin decided that this last saturday would be that last "Chach a dodle do" that that little rooster would do. So on saturday morning they went out in our backyard and killed the rooster. It was the most disturbing thing that I have seen!! I really did try to up load the video that I took with my camera but I couldn't get it to work. So any of you who know more than me about blogging need to show me how to up load a stinken video on the blog. Anyway... As you may have guessed the rooster is no longer in our family. But boy did he taste good.......
Well Travis and I decided that this year we were going on a vacation without our children. And of course Travis had not problem with leaving the behind but me on the other hand it did take some convincing but I did it. Even though I missed them terriably it was good to get away for a little while and remember what it is to just enjoy the time with my husband alone for a change without any kids.
Well we left for St. Maarten on July 10th and returned home on July 17th 2009. We went with some frinds of ours Joe and Melinda Atkin and there 8 month old baby Sienna.
We had a lot of fun exploring the island. And just for your information we drove around the intire island in one day. It is not very big. Half of the island is owned by the French and the other half is owned by the Dutch. We stayed on the French side but drove all over the island. The beaches were amazing and so pretty it is hard to describe. I think that my favorite time was just walking down on the beach in the dark and listening to the sound of the waves crashing in the ocean. Travis and Joe did some snorkeling and they went on a fishing trip that they did not enjoy very much, mainley because they didn't catch a dang thing.(Guess I should have gone with them to show how it was done.) We found a few little places that were tucked away and ate some great food. Man do they have some good Chinnese Food. We also ate at this little place called The Jerk Grill and Bar. Holly cow was it hot. Travis said that it was so spicy for him that his lips were numb. Pretty funny. It was some really good food though. We just mainly took it easy. Getting up when we wanted to and going to bed when we wanted to. Its nice not to have anything planned and just taking it easy and slow. Melinda and I did alot of shopping. Well as much shopping as we could talk the guys into,but hey they were pretty good sports every where that we dragged them. Every place that we went the people were so nice. I wouldn't mind coming back to St Maarten some time and hey we may even just bring the kids, well see. Well even though it is good to finally be home and getting things back to normal it is sad that it is all over. On St Maartin everyone talks about how cool there beaches are and come to find out that almost all of the beaches on the island are clothing optional! One thing that I do not understand is that all of the people that we saw that did the clothing option theme was the people that should be wearing the clothes! It was pretty funny. Good thing we dont get to see that very often. Well anyway we had an awsome time and hopefully we get to go back some day.
The airport was right by where we were staying. It was cool because you could see the big airplanes coming in. It would look like it was going to run right into you then it turns and goes into the airport.
This is such an awsome beach that we went to. I can not remember what they called it but you could actually walk across the water and go out to the little island and play on the sand and pick up hundreds and hundreds of sea shells. Travis and Joe did some snorkling as well. We came back to this place 2 or 3 times.
Malinda, Sienna and me on the beach at St. Maarten. This is the beach just off of the appartment that we stayed in. You can see that down below is the ocean. The water was really warm! Not what I had expected at all.
Just for you information I had over 300 picture that we took so when I get some more time I will post some more photos for you.
Well we all went to Lake Powell for vacation at the end of June and the first weed of July. We actually got to stay down there for the fireworks. We all had a blast with swimming, fishing,tubing and skiing among alot of other things. I think that the highlight for most of us was hiking in the slot canyons. This was a first for all of us at Lake Powell and I think that it will now be a continued tradition for our family. We stayed at lake powell for a wapping 10 days. I think that it was the longest lake powell trip that we have done so far. The kids all had a really good time and they just love to see there cousins and hang out.
I haven't been fishing for awhile. On this fishing trip I caught the first two fish then I was glad that Travis finally caught on(I would hate to show him up or somethin) then I caught the last one so if you lost count I caught 3 and Travis caught 1.
This picture is to show you just how narrow the canyon was that we went in. If you look really close you can see that all of us that went on that hike are at the end. Bryan took this picture so we have Travis and me and Kenzie,Kayson,Gatlen, Jeremy,Jacy,Sydney,Justin all at the end of the canyon. It was pretty crazy.
This was the first slot canyon that we hiked thru. As you can see we had to go thru some water. You just can not even imagin the beautiful canyons and how high the rock really are untill you are at the bottom looking up.