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Some more summer fun to share with you:


On August 12th, we had a small summer storm overnight. The next morning, the boys ran down to the corner of the street to jump in it. What better way to start off a morning, right?


Do you remember when you were small enough to give it every ounce of your energy – jumping into a puddle?


On the way back into the house, I stopped and looked at Caiden’s footprint. He’s on the left. Look how big he is getting? He’s nearly the size of my foot (on the right)!


I’ve had problems with my left thumb since about January. The Veteran’s Administration decided to do an MRI at the beginning of August to find out why I have a cyst on my thumb. Instead of just removing the cyst, I have to wait for two more appointments. This is the spot where they injected me with dye to see what could be causing the cyst and extreme pain on my thumb. It was bruised and ugly for over a week!


We went to WalMart and I bought the boys some new night shirts. They were $8 apiece and came with little AM/FM radios. The boys were having a blast, rocking around the house to whatever random radio station they found at that moment. This is Caiden – he was beepopping around my kitchen with the earphones in. The funniest part is when they try and talk. They raise their voice about 10 octaves to make sure they are being heard!


We took a drive a week or so back and found a place called, “Fun Farm Bridge.” Of course, I had to stop and look at it. It’s an old one-lane bridge on the way to Ashton. After driving over it and showing the boys how cool it sounds when driving over it, we stopped to walk on it and play a bit.


We ventured down to the creek below the bridge. Both boys sat down – at the edge of the water – without even caring how wet they got. However, eventually Caiden decided he had a better idea…


He got out, stripped down to underwear, and climbed in all the way.


That boy is never happier than when he is in water. I’ve got to find something for him to do this winter to keep up on his water skills. He could do good at it, with as much as he loves water. Speaking of which, the boys have started asking me if they can “play in water.” What they don’t realize is, I say yes because it means they’re taking a bath.

They get all their water toys and climb in the bathtub (naked) to play. Play for an hour or longer, depending on how much of a mess they make. There is no soap involved but, who cares? They are getting clean!


We went back over the bridge and found a boat dock run by the government. It’s actually a watering hole for many people in this area. Who knew!? Of course, we all jumped in to cool off.


Of course, Caiden goes as deep as he can. Brendan is getting so much better at water. He’s really having a great time with it this summer. He knows he can’t go lower than his chest, though.

Caiden loves to scare his mom by swimming under water. I couldn’t decide which picture to show, so the next few are a sequence caught on camera…









See, mom? Nothin to it! I love it!


And, of course, just splashing in the water is always a hit!




The fascination with blowing water out of their Noodles kept them busy for nearly a half hour. In this last shot, Brendan was trying to get Caiden wet. Caiden didn’t appear to notice. He was busy just blowing the water out of his. A perfect shot with my excellent camera! These pictures are going to be very entertaining in about 10 years.


When we were all dry, we went on up to Ashton – our original goal. While there, we saw a guy selling the real inner tubes and stopped to buy one.


I sent Jen in to buy one. It was only $15. I call that a great deal! We decided to wait until Dad came home from work to use it. Those pictures will come later.


The next morning, my first attempt at fried potatoes. It didn’t go so well. I’ll try again another time.

That’s it for now. I hope you enjoyed them! We’ve had fun this summer, even if we stayed close to home after our 3 week vacation in May/June.

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More from Hoback

Here are some more pictures from the Hoback Guard Station with a bit of chatter from me. Enjoy!


Another bird we couldn’t quite identify but came to visit for a bit.


A failed attempt at “Pancake Pops.” I’ll have to try this one again. Of course, if I failed on an electric stove at Hoback Guard Station, what is going to happen on a wood stove at Bishop Mountain?


On Thursday morning, a truck carrying a few teenagers stopped by. They didn’t speak to us but hung out for a few minutes and then left. We were eating breakfast and did not go out to say hi. When we were ready to leave and take a drive for the morning, we noticed that they had sprayed some blue stuff in the Port-a-Potty and replaced the toilet paper.

We drove to the bottom of the hill and Jen hopped out to remove the combination lock that keeps others out of our area. This is when we noticed that those teenage punks locked the key lock and just let the combination lock hang there. They got in by the combination lock and left by locking us in with a key lock.

I was beside myself. I couldn’t believe they would be so stupid. I called the Ranger Station and 40 minutes later, they came back out to unlock us. The girl – and I do mean little GIRL – had the audacity to tell me I was supposed to use the farmer’s gate. I retorted, “No. I’m not. I have the combination to the lock for a reason. You locked the farmer’s gate and this one with a key lock when you weren’t supposed to. Don’t you dare lecture me.”

They opened the gate and we drove out – took a drive and had some fun in the car before coming back to the cabin for the day…


Dinner Wednesday night? Chili!

Except I goofed. I added just a little too much cayenne pepper and it was hot enough to clean sinuses! Jen was very polite and ate quite a bit of it. The boys had sandwiches. I was not going to subject them to the mistake I made.


We all took a walk up the mountain (big hill, really) and the boys decided they wanted to camp on the hill for the night. The following is them preparing to do that…


Brendan was supposed to stay right where he was while Caiden ran down the hill to get blankets, pillows, Butterscotch and Douglas (their stuffed animals).


Caiden yells from the bottom, “Brendan! Stand up so I can find you!”


Getting set up to stay the night. That’s Butterscotch on Brendan’s Pillow. The boys actually ended up quite a bit further down the hill than they started, by the time they got all set up and such.


There’s Douglas on Caiden’s pillow.


They were *way* up there on the hill… by the time they were done, they were just a few steps up the hill. I guess they aren’t quite ready to leave mommy that far … yet.


Mom convinced them to come down the hill before dark by building a fire. I didn’t tell them to come down. I didn’t ask them to come down. I built a fire and they came all by themselves.


Cute little fire. We had a small fire pit here so we didn’t build it up too big.


And, of course, priorities – heating water for coffee and hot chocolate. Putting it *in*  the fire made it heat up a lot faster!




Friday morning… we were up until after 2 a.m. and this is close to 10 a.m. The boys are still sleeping. They did not want to get up!


I wanted to tickle the toes but decided to be nice and not wake up Caiden grumpy.


Yeah. An angel … but only while asleep!



And it’s empty. Time for us to move on to Bishop Mountain!


And this is one of the few pictures of poor little Brendan in the Emergency Room.

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