Monday, August 24, 2009

Huckleberries

I love Huckleberries. We were able to buy a gallon of fresh Huckleberries on or way home from Island Park on Saturday (I'll write about that trip in the next post). It was an offer I could not pass up! First of all, someone did the picking for me, which is no easy thing, and secondly, you can't find them around Orem! Not to mention, even the thought of eating Huckleberries makes my mouth water and totally brings back memories of going Huckleberry picking with Grandma and Grandpa when I was little! At first, Mike wasn't too thrilled about spending $39 on it, but that changed once we got home and he tasted his first Huckleberry! I have made so many things with them, and all have been divine! Today though, I did my first batch of Huckleberry jam.Boiling the jamThe finished product! Pretty sure Mike LOVED the jam! He is still raving about it, and I am pretty proud of myself for having a successful canning session! :D After dinner, we had this AMAZING Huckleberry cake complete with Huckleberry frosting! I am planning on making it again! What can I say...we love Huckleberries!! Next on the menu..
Huckleberry milkshakes! YUMMY!!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Summer Fun

Sorry I haven't been the best with keeping things updated lately! Now that I have more down time (mostly because I'm stuck at home with a nasty round of Bronchitis right now), here are some of the fun things that went on in July after David left!

Bullock Family Island Park Trip
We were able to go up to the Island Park cabin the second week of July. It was a little weird for me to take a "vacation" in a place that is just an hour's drive north of Rexburg though! I grew up going fishing and camping up there on a regular basis, so it was nothing novel to me going up there, but it was still a ton of fun! We were able to do a lot of tubing, wakeboarking, wakekiting, and just enjoying having everyone together. My family was even able to come spend a day with us, which was a ton of fun! Here are some pictures of the week!
On the tube with Alyssa and Sydney
Mike and Jacob playing Thomas Trains with BenFraser, Mike, Jacob, and Cody taking the tube down
to the boat
Me on the tube with Cody and Amanda
Ben, Syd, and Alyssa helping to pull Sam
and Rob in and telling them, "Wow! You
were awesome!" (They told everyone that
even if you crashed on the wakeboard.) Little
kids know how
to make you smile! Dave on the wakekiteMe wakeboardingTaking a ride during sunsetSunset on the lake

We also celebrated our 6 month mark! I wasn't feeling too great, so we weren't able to go out and do much, but Mike disappeared for an hour and came home with these as a surprise! I love him!

Other than that, we have been busy doing what seems like this, that, and everything else! Our favorite thing to do to take a break from everything though is to go on a drive to Bridal Veil Falls! We seriously love it up there. It's so calming for both of us, and for some reason always stimulates great conversation between the two of us! We are enjoying doing whatever we want the next few weeks, because when school starts, it's going to be a whole other story!

So, we have packed the remainder of our summer with lots of fun stuff! Last week we went to Lagoon with my family, which was a blast! Mike is so much fun to watch on the rides! He seriously is like a little kid with his hand in the cookie jar while he is riding them! And of course I love the thrill as well!

On Wednesday, we're heading back up to the Island Park Cabin for a few days so we can get some good boating in again, then when we get back, we're planning on spending a few days up in the Park City cabin, just chilling and going to the Olympic Park and downtown Park City. Then, school beckons us on the 31st. Summer has come and gone way too fast! Although it's been a good break from school, we are excited to get back into the groove of things and get it done! The countdown begins to graduation (5 semesters left)! Woohoo!!