Friday, July 17

Knee High by the Fourth of July

Every 4th of July, we try to make a trip to Iowa for two major reasons. First off, Dennis's family has a fun little reunion where we get to see most of his cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandmother. Also... Iowa is absolutely gorgeous in the summertime! It is green trees, green fields, red barns, and white farm houses, more green fields, and blue sky. Growing up in a desert myself and now living in a pretty dry climate, I just love to see the beauty of Iowa in the summertime. Oh yeah... and it marks the 7th anniversary of the week Dennis and I met, which could be part of the charm I'm sure. ("Knee High by the Fourth of July" is actually something farmers used to say about the height of the corn crop at this time. The funny thing is that every year I've seen it, the corn is well over 6 feet tall at this point).

Some quality time on the farm - Dennis and his dad and brothers got one of the old tractors out (the 520 for you tractor experts) to take a few spins around the yard. Our kids loved it, and Sarah even drove (or steered, depending on your perspective).

Corey Ned & Andrew Ned on the tractor - these little boys are only 5 months apart and they both carry their grandpa's name. Best buds for life....

I couldn't pass up posting these pictures. It is such a funny power struggle between these two. Corey is older and weighs a lot more, but Andrew really wasn't intimidated. They were both laughing and having a great time through it all.

Emma enjoyed taking it easy whether it was blowing bubbles in the shade, dropping leaves in the creek, or riding the tractor with Daddy.

Just a little boy trying to take on the world...

A couple months ago, my mom and I decided we were going to run a 5K together when my parents come to visit in August. I've always hated running, but now it's fun and I can honestly say I enjoy it. The 5K in August was supposed to be my first one ever. But... when we were in Iowa, one of the little towns around us had a 5K run and I thought it would be a good test. I called every one of my sisters-in-law to get someone to run with me. With all the guilt and peer pressure, I finally got one of them to cave. Thanks, Melanie!

Here we are about halfway through the race. This course was nuts - it was through all the neighborhoods of the town and it was very hilly. The coordinator of the race told us that "if you're not running uphill, you're running downhill!" Very funny. Hopefully my next 5K won't be this hilly!

This "Hurkey the Hawk" was outside the mall playground, and Emma just loved it. She kept giving it hugs and calling it Daddy bird, so I had to take a picture.

Emma, Caleb, Sarah, and Sammie. These two are Corey's older siblings and also Melanie's children. They sure love each other.

7 comments:

The Maker Family said...

Cute pictures!! Looks like everyone had a fun 4th of July! Good job on the 5K!!!!

O'Keefe Family said...

Looks like a blast, you guys always look like you're having fun! Congrats on the 5k, I'd like to do that someday too. And Iowa does look gorgeous and green!

Eric and Jenny said...

Iowa sounds gorgeous, red barns and white fences are my weakness, I could spend all day exploring them, KY had great ones too.

Good job on the 5 K! How do you manage to look so pretty while running a 5 K, just not fair...

Where about are your friends in Cache Valley, the house we are buying is on Mendon Road near 10 W and 6 South. I think I could live in Logan for quite sometime, I absolutely love it here!

Katie Jane said...

I love the cousins holding hands. Darn cute!! I still think you are the woman for running a 5k. You are my hero. And the wind beneath my wings....and all that jazz!

Cheryle Mitchell said...

Love the pictures. The one with Sarah and Dennis is sweet and the cousins adorable. You look awesome on the run. Way to go!!

Dre said...

I am glad that you had so much fun on your trip to Iowa. I did a 5K last year and loved it. You look great!

Jennie's bunch said...

Looks like you guys had another great trip!! Way to go marathon runner!! That is awesome!! Cousins are the best!!!