Sunday, August 19, 2012

More Family Fun

We spent the first part of the week of July 23 spending time with my parents and my sister Lydia and her family up at Green's peak. We played lots of games and went on hikes and had an all-around fun time with everyone.
Emmalee, Eliza, Conner, Sarah, Megan, Caroline 

Sarah figured she needed a GIANT stick for her GIANT Marshmallow!

Sarah and Caleb in the tree house they built with their cousins.
On Wednesday we drove over to Greer and took all the kids on a hike to Badger pond. When I was a kid, we spent a week or two every summer camping in Greer. And every day while we camped, we would go for a hike to Badger pond with my cousins.
This hike with my own kids brought back so many memories of those summers so long ago. Badger Pond was just as beautiful as I remembered it and the raspberries were just as yummy as they always were.

Eric with Grandma and Grandpa.

We enjoyed a picnic lunch on the trail.

Emmalee, Eric, Daniel, Eliza, Carolyn, Sarah, Conner, Caleb, Meagan
 We all had a wonderful time, and hope to go back soon.

The last part of that week was spent here in Taylor, celebrating pioneer days with Adam's parents and some of Adam's siblings and their families. We enjoyed the parade,went on some fun buggy rides, and played a hilarious game of Balderdash! (P.U.F.F) Hahaha!

'Till we meet again...

On July 20 we drove down to Florence Arizona to say farewell to Adam's sister Mallory.
 She was called to serve in the Tacoma Washington mission and will serve there for 18 months.
While we were there we stayed with Adam's brother Tyler and his wife, Lucy.  We had a fun time with them and with all of the Gurr Family.  The kids had a blast playing with their cousins.
It was sad to say goodbye to Malorie, but we know that she will be a wonderful missionary and we know that we can write letters and keep in touch with her while she is serving.
We are grateful for her great example and her desire to serve the Lord.

We wish her the best and look forward to seeing her in year and a half. Good luck Malorie. We love you.

Independence Day

We celebrated our Independence Day this year at grandpa's cabin in the beautiful mountains of Silverton Colorado. We were there with Adam's brother Richard his wife Cali and their son Richard. We took our niece Jewellana with us, and some of Adams cousins were there as well. We had a blast riding buggies, playing games, spending time with family and enjoying the view of those beautiful mountains. The kids enjoyed the parade. Unfortunately, it was too dry for fireworks, but we still got to eat funnel cakes so we weren't too disappointed. On our way home we stopped and enjoyed a meal and entertainment by the Bar-D Wranglers. They always put on such a great show and the food is the best. We stayed a night at Adam's cousin Jason's home and headed home Saturday morning.

Sarah lets her patriotism shine, while waiting for the parade to start.

Eliza, Mollie and Sarah

Caden and Mollie

Lil' Richard, Caleb, Sarah, Eliza and Jewellana

Eliza borrowed uncle Richards had to show off her wild side.

Breathtaking scenery

What an amazing view from the top of the mountain we hiked.

Love it!

This photo was taken near the spot where Adam proposed to me. Seems like it was just yesterday when we go engaged and now here we are 11 years later. sigh... (oh and yes my 'Liza is wearing carpi's and cowgirl boots. Don't judge me!)

We all had such a wonderful time. Hopefully we can do it all again next summer!

Women's conference 2012

I spent the last weekend in June with some of my favorite women at our annual Burk family women's conference. This year, the conference was held at my aunt Julies home. The theme for our conference this year was "Daughters in my kingdom".
 The conference started out with a wonderful devotional given by my cousin Valerie. Amanda taught us how to bake yummy who whole wheat bread. And my cousin Shelly had a class on music and how I blesses our lives.
For our service project this year, we made baby quilts and put together
Kits for a charity called Newborns in Need.
The blankets and kits are given to women who have babies in the NICU.
We spent lots of time talking and laughing and sharing life experiences with one another. I am so grateful to have these women in my life to learn from their examples and draw strength from their testimonies.

I forgot my camera. Luckily My awesome sis. Amanda took some great photos and I was able to copy them.