Kenny and I took a 1/2 day at work and headed up the mountain ahead of the group. We wanted to grab the trailer and ensure we got a spot for the holiday weekend. It was slim pickins' but we got a spot that would work. After we set up we headed back to Forest Lakes and had dinner at the restaurant in Forest Lakes. Sarah and I had some Rocky Mountain Oysters. It was my first time trying them and I wasn't a fan...After dinner we waited at the Cabin for my brother, the boys and Krissy to show up. Kenny took me back to camp so there would be room for everyone in the truck. We turned it kind of early on the first night since it was such a long journey up the mountain (traffic was horrible because of the holiday)
Saturday morning we got up and I decided we should take out the play dough set. The boys got this set for Christmas from my brother's work, but he didn't want to let them have it at home so we brought it up camping!
|Jacob and his Spider|
|Jacob trying to take Little Brian's seat (love his face!) Also, gotta love slim jims and donuts for breakfast|
|ah the tables have turned|
|Brian back from his ride|
|Kenny terrorizing the boys (they love it!)|
|Jacob, Krissy and Hope|
We were tired of waiting for Blair's crew so we went out Yard sale shopping. I love the holiday weekends in Forest Lakes because there are usually a few fun yard sales.... there was only one good one, but we all found treasures we couldn't live without.
|Brian and Hope|
|Kenny got lawn chaired (and let me take a picture of it)|
|Jacob and Krissy|
Blair, Allan, Matt and Hannah FINALLY arrived that afternoon. We helped them set up their tents and get settled. Kenny took Hannah on a ride and she was in LOVE (with quad riding) and wore the helmet the rest of the day hoping for another ride.
|Hannah and Kenny|
|Jacob got a ride too|
|Kenny and Jacob|
|Brian and Krissy|
Little Brian and I took one quad and Blair and Matt took another for a short ride up the road. It was Blair, Matt, Allan and Hannah's first time on quads. I decided I should start letting Little Brian learn how to control the quad.... I let him push the gas on his own. We putted going probably 10 mph... I told him he could go faster but he was content... content until he saw the mud puddle... then he gassed it up, full throttle and we splashed threw the mud. It was FUN! Little Brian yelled and squealed with delight. He is going to be just like his dad when it comes to riding... put a Helmet on them and they think they are invincible...
We set up some horseshoe pits:
|Kenny and Krissy|
The kids LOVED playing in the 'kid' tent. I peaked in the side and snapped these pictures:
|Little Brian, Hannah and Jacob|
|Hannah and Little Brian|
|Hannah and Little Brian|
We all cooked our dinners on the fire. Blair's bunch had hot dogs cooked over the camp fire.
|Matt and Hannah|
We had 'pizza' sandwiches. Italian bread, pizza sauce, pepperoni and cheese shoved into a sandwich maker iron. It was the funnest time making dinner. Brian and I were the cooks.... I prepared the food and he cooked AND BURNED it. There was lots of commentary from the peanut gallery Allan even commented it was great to have free entertainment while they ate their dinner.
|Allan, Blair and Brian|
We brought supplies for Little Brian to preform his Pepsi/mentos trick. It was adorable how excited he was to 'perform' for the group.
And then he drank a liter of soda.... again.. Everyone was cheering him on... watch out college Little Brian is ready. ugh.
|Matt hula hooping|
|Allan burning the popcorn|
|Allan, Blair and Matt|
|Brian, Hannah, Matt and Jacob in the tent|
The next morning Kenny and I started the day on a long ride. Forest Lakes is just beautiful -
|Hope with the football|
|Hannah and Allan|
|Little Brian and Big Brian|
|Uncle Kenny playing horseshoes with Jacob|
|Jacob found a caterpillar|
Matt wanted to ride a quad on his own. He is 12, however he has no experience on quads so Kenny and I didn't think it was a great idea, but agreed if someone would go with him for the first ride. When they were loading up we decided he really shouldn't go solo since he wouldn't know what to do if something happened.... he was already on the quad doing toward the road. My brother was quickly trying to get the other quad ready and meet him at the road. Blair yelled to him to wait and he said, ok.... but then he decided to go. A car was approaching. He panicked and the quad must have stalled and he pushed it into a ditch on the other side of the road. It was not a good situation... everyone was up set. Kenny pulled the quad out of the ditch and told him he couldn't go alone. Matt of course was upset. Then we all shared stories of our first times on quads and dirt bikes... the first time I was out riding with Kenny I panicked hit a rock and drove the ATC right into a ditch. My brother jumped off my dad's dirt bike and had to lay it down.... we all have experiences like that... thats why you need experience (at least riding double) to ride and be safe. I wish that would have went differently. But it is what it is.
Once that blew over we discovered the blue quad wasn't running well! The engine was working but it wouldn't propel the bike forward... It already had another problem (which I am sure Kenny could tell you all about) and it needs tires.... The guys loaded the quads up and took them back to the cabin since it isn't much fun to ride solo anyway.
It really bothered me about the blue quad.... the Trail blazer was my dad's quad. I had just though that morning when I was riding with Kenny that it was sort of a way that he could still be with us out there.... and now it is need of TONS of repairs. Is it worth the money? I know it is just a thing and not actually my dad, but it feels bad to get rid of it, especially now : /
That afternoon we loaded up and went to Woods Canyon Lake. We brought the Canoe... I don't think anyone but Blair's kids even wanted to go out on the canoe.... Little Brian and Jacob didn't want to go out for a ride, but still had fun playing on the beach.
|Jacob swimming in the freezing cold water.|
Blair and Allan begrudgingly gave it a try
|goofy Brian and Jacob|
|Jacob and his low rise swim trunks|
|Hope chasing down the ducks... we didn't let her get one|
|Kenny and I|
For some reason my husband takes after his grandfather, Bubba, and loves to tease and torment children.... The usually love it for a while and then either get hurt or cry. Hannah was loving this until she banged her knee.
|Hope wanted to be inside|
We played a lot of horse shoes after the rain stopped.
The kids played in the fort that Blair made-
We played LCR which was new to Blair and her crew and they loved it! We played an adult game that was $3 per person and we played with everyone and that game was 75 cents per person.
|Blair and Matt|
|Can you find Little Brian in the smoke?|
|Little Brian's black eye... Blair accidently hit him with a horse shoe|
|Jacob, Krissy, Brian and Little Brian, Kenny, Hope's butt, Me, Matt, Hannah, Allan and Blair-- always take the group pic on the last day when everyone is gross : )|
It cleared up once we got out of Forest Lakes and then we got into the lovely holiday traffic. It was all worth it though! Great weekend with friends and family.