We drove to my parent's house after Palm Springs with one thought in mind, make it to the beach. The boys are very into volleyball right now so we quickly purchased one and set out to the closest beach with courts, that I could remember. Well, here we are at Capo Beach playing with an imaginary net! Who knew that there wouldn't be one!
Despite the foggy day, the sun emerged in the late afternoon at the beach & you guessed it...
we all went to the water.
Then we had the traditional Thrifty's ice cream after to meet up with napping Macbeths & Mark flying back into town!
My parents are officially the greatest! They had us all gather to Palm Springs for some desert warmth & fun! Easter Sunday we attended the Palm Springs Ward, A-frame, sunken pit for piano & organ and all!
Here are the Openshaws!
Monday night we went on a covered wagon adventure to this cool oasis in the desert. It was a fun night & I need to find more pictures of it!
We aren't sure what Max was doing, but Porter gave us his interpretation!
One day we went to see the dinosaurs per Max's request on his official form from Grammy. He was trying to look like T-rex!
Those are big feet!
This is one crazy group with the cool brontosaurus (apatosaurus since the name changed)! We called it bronto- when I was a kid and visited!
Max loves all things dinosaur!
Even being eaten by one!
While the older kids went shopping to the outlet mall, this small group stayed to enter the gardens. We panned for gold & dug for dinosaur fossils. It was great!
Max & Libby had the greatest time together!
I just love being with cousins!
A cool part was climbing into the mouth of the T-rex. It was high, a bit of a challenge with the 3 young ones and not the best picture op, but necessary!
Another day we took our gang "hiking" to an oasis! It was the most beautiful place!
Max loved climbing the cool rocks, and by cool, that means temperature too. The oasis was amazingly breezy & pleasant on a 90 degree day!
Oh, others enjoyed climbing too!
Resting from our rigorous hike! (It wasn't far since the parking lot is actually at the oasis!)
Max in his home!
Excitement when Porter spotted a rattlesnake stuck in this palm. We watched the ranger rescue it since it was hanging by it's neck from a thorn.
Bec, Brad & I decided to go on a real hike after. All others opted to return home for lunch & the pool. I am really amazed we haven't done this before with all of our years in Palm Springs, it was incredibly beautiful!
Football, birthdays, football, soccer, football, birthdays...etc. We snuck in a couple of days at Lake Powell, a quick trip to California for a few of us, and maybe some homework.
June & July
Wow, after 12 days in California doing all of the beach things imaginable, what more could you want? Oh wait, that was only the first week of summer, we have so much more to come! Yes, German Exchange Students to show a good time, a trip to the farm in Missouri and plenty of football, tennis, swimming and scout camps! Plenty of fun!
Since May has ended I guess I should put it on the board! We had a busy month and it ended with school being out for the summer. We had lacrosse & soccer, a quick trip to Montana, a few mission call openings and warm weather. Summer looks to be full of fun!
Are we already midway through the month? It has been a busy one so far. Porter's Eagle court of Honor, Conference weekend, Easter, Spring Break and visitors galore! We even spent a few days as visitors ourselves! Maybe the month will slow down so I can blog about it...I doubt it!
The month to work on bathrooms. When I made a goal to do the bathroom this winter I didn't realize how close to the wire I would take it. Just in time for Spring I have new floors in 2 bathrooms and a fresh new space! Thanks to all who helped. May all projects get finished on time!
January & February
It seems like we waited forever for snow & then each storm came on a Sunday. We always find something to do to fill the time, including skiing, watching the aerials competition at Deer Valley, sledding, and even a weekend in CA for Tanner & mom. Never a dull moment, even in a meager snow year!