Have I mentioned how awesome it is to get away to a rural town? At least 45 minutes from a decent grocery store and Target. There is something so soothing about driving into the mountains and down into the valley with gravel roads, cows roaming the streets, and the smell of the sagebrush. And then arriving at a house where you can't see any neighbors. It's a dream for my kids and such a refreshing change from our fast-paced life in the suburbs. And I am so grateful that my parents have provided this haven for their grandkids. They have carefully planned it all these years and established a home where we love to visit, and we are so grateful!!
And there are some fun things to do in this town without a McDonald's or a Target (imagine!)
My dad suped up the big ATV by having a backseat installed. He also bought a bunch of kid-sized helmets. We crammed the kids in seat belts and could take a whole crew for a ride. Carson even learned to ride the big T-Rex. He loved it!
Addy hit a big rock and slid off the little ATV a few minutes after this picture, below, was taken. She was scraped up a bit, but was mostly devastated that we raised the age limit for riding by yourself after that. It's a lot to remember for a 7 year old...brakes, gas, steering. She's a little wild as a driver, but settled into the idea of having someone ride along with her. Safety first!
Carson and the dads gave the little kids a ton of rides around the loop.
It was a lot of work for Rylan.
Camille and I took the kids on a little ATV trek, and I finally got behind the wheel in some pretty tough terrain. It was a blast.
There is a reservoir right in town so we loaded up my dad's fishing gear and the kids had a great afternoon at the lake catching some fish! And they did really well! I was back home with the napping babies, but Reese took some great pics for me!
Man, this kid is getting so big. I love how blonde his hair gets during the summer. Along with a super tan, he's a cute kid!
And I love these ones of Ry. He's such a happy kid and so positive and animated about everything!
We also did a couple mile hike at one of the local trails.
These 3 are such fun friends! I can't believe they are all turning 4! It seems like they were just the babies in Pine Valley last summer.