Saturday, July 30, 2011

Summer Jobs

Can you guess what these 4 children of ours have in common this summer?

They work here, in Waterton. Yes siree, you read that right. They all work in Waterton. Of course, different schedules which means at least two cars, sometimes three cars going into Waterton on any given day. I'll give you the run down on where they all work.

Well, Neal here is a dishwasher at Pizza of Waterton. He works about 3 nights a week and brings home a bit of tip money each night along with a paycheck once in awhile. He is not that crazy about working, but that is the way the ball bounces around here in the summer, you gotta stay busy.

Michelle is working at Akamina Gifts. This is her third summer here so she is a pro.

Laurel is a server at Pizza of Waterton, where Neal works. Their schedules are about the same which helps with the car situation. Laurel not only serves, but she also is a part-time nanny for the owners' two little girls. She is tutoring them in Spanish as well.

And Clark is a server at Trappers, a new restaurant n Waterton. Sometimes he comes home with close to $200 bucks in tips for one shift. I know, it's super crazy isn't it?

This year I decided not to work, I figured it was best that I manage the crew and cars. So maybe next year we can get that teepee that we were hoping for if I had worked again this summer. Oh well. You gotta do what you gotta do.

Guess what Clark and Laurel have in common? They each have a liquor license. Weird huh?

Sunday, July 17, 2011


The weather has been pretty spectacular lately and we totally deserve it this summer after the cold summer we had last year. We might not get our summer heat as early as most of you, but when we get it we are haaaaaappppyyy! This is what has been going on the last week.

Every year the Stake Relief Society does a hike in Waterton. Crandell Lake was our destination this year and it was nice. It seems that every time I go there it is windy, but this year it was perfectomundo.

The group from Leavitt Ward.

Yep, this is bear country so why not get a picture with a bear.

Brad was up for a visit this week so Dixie once again, hooked us up with a terrific horse back ride to Oakey Hole and "21". Really fun. This is Neal on the ridge above Oakey Hole.

Neal is a natural in the saddle.

I have been thinking about climbing Old Chief this year, but I don't think I am going to do it. I figured out that I love the idea more than actually doing it. I will scratch that off of my bucket list with no regret.

Mark drove the truck down with Laurel, Michelle, Lou-Lou, and Clark to meet up with the riders for a little picnic and motor biking.

Yesterday we went to Waterton and up Red Rock for a little hike to the falls and look what we saw on our way back. So so cute. I know, this looks like a museum exhibit but this is real folks.

Just hanging out at Waterton Lake. Can you tell what Brad and Neal are doing? Pretty much the only thing we do when we come here and when the lake is calm.

Skipping rocks.....

Love it when the kids are together!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Girls Camp 2011

The summer has been busy (kids are home for the summer). I like it and then I don't like it. I like it because that means we are having fun, but then it is bad because when you are having fun then time flies.

Two weeks ago Neal attended BYU basketball camp for the second year. This year he paid for it by selling oranges to the "neighbors". On one of Marks' trip to CA he brought back a whole whack of oranges that were picked by the people he was staying with. Neal bagged them up, started making phone calls, and bingo, over $300 for camp.

Three days after getting home from Utah, it was Helaman's Encampment, a huge scouting event commemorating 100 years of scouting in Alberta. 136 wards from 24 stakes across 3 provinces participated with over 3,000 people. It was a week long event with all things scouting. Neal had a great time. When Neal was gone it was our ward's girl's camp. We camped in Beazer near Cahoon Crossing (a creek). Beazer is a little hamlet just 10 minutes from here. We are so lucky here because perfect camping spots are pretty much in our backyard.

These silly girls came with clean hair and then the first day of camp they washed their hair in the creek.

The girls made pillow cases for an activity in the spring and then decorated them with glow/neon paints.

All thirty girls stayed in the same tent. Yep, one big army tent. It was donated from a man who was once in the Canadian army and they have been so handy. It takes 4 men about 2 hours to put it up.

You gotta have tin foil dinners.

Skits, of course!


Um, the leaders.

Our last day was a service project. We were lucky enough to use a private campground so we decided to sand the 4 picnic tables and stain them as a thank-you.

Ah, my Mia Maids (4 missing). I had these girls in Achievement Days when we first moved here so when I was called as 1st Counselor in YW I was excited to be with these girls again!

You are looking at a real great bunch of girls. We all had a great time getting to know each other and just having fun.