Our Crazy Little Family

Our Crazy Little Family
December 2009

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

1st day of School... August

First of August brings school. Hooray for school! We had a fun summer, but it was definitely time to head back to school.
Katie, Isaac, Bryce, David and Seth
Katie... 7th grade

Cassie... preschool

Isaac... Kindergarten

Seth... 2nd grade

David... 4th Grade

Bryce... 4th Grade

Haws Family Reunion in Utah... July 24th

If you go to Utah for the 24th of July, the Days of '47 parade is a must, right?
Cassie couldn'tsee very well so Clint was nice enough to hold her for awhile, until that sun became so hot that the thought of someone touching you made you sweat!

Our very sad picture of Pres, Uchtdorf as a Grand Marshall of the parade.

My sister, Michelle and I taking our own portrait.

Bryce and Cassie being friends with their cousin, Skyler.

One more kid who couldn't see. Isaac got a chance to be on Dad's shoulders.

Anyone ever been to Park City? Well it was sure a lot of fun. This is the Alpine slide. You get to determine how slow or fast you go down by pushing down on the handle. Bryce won the race.

Katie and Isaac getting ready to ride the alpine coaster. Once again, speed is determined by you!

Clint taking his turn on the giant trampolines. I think he managed a triple flip a couple times...

Something a little more my speed. On the merry-go-round with Cassie.

Seth wouldn't stop until he mastered the rock wall!

Another look at the beginning of the Alpine slide. Clint and Isaac getting ready to ride.

Katie and Makenli getting ready to ride.

You have to pull your own car to the slide.

I had to post this picture because after all our summer travels, I think this is how we all felt! Totally and completely burned out! Love you Clint for trying to fit in all this craziness all in the name of building family relationships!

Mortensen Family trip to California... July

We had a really fun week with the entire Mortensen Family in California. We stayed in Oceanside, but ventured to all the tourist-y spots in southern California as well.
This was a really early morning start at Sea World. The weather was a little chilly that morning, but ended up perfect the rest of the day!

Waiting for all the "big kids" to come down from the Journey to Atlantis ride. Does Cassie look like it's been a long day by this point?

Isaac just loved every minute of whatever he was doing. Touching a sea star.

David trying to touch the rays as they swim by.

Katie and Bryce as they got the special tour with the dolphins.

If you're going to be tourists, it's a must stop at Disneyland... plus we had to use our volunteer passes! Thanks Disney!

I took the little ones with me for most of the morning, but once Isaac found the bigger roller coasters, he had no more use for me, Cassie, or the tea cups!

I really love having the little ones while Clint gets the adreneline rushes. What am I going to do when they are all grown up???

We were shooting for another ride on the tea cups in between some of the other rides. These made me sick, but Katie loved it!

Wearing yellow helped to be able to find those kids who seemed to wander.

Cassie was just minding her own business, when a wave had the nerve of toppling her over! It didn't stop her for long, but it was sure funny for awhile... even if she didn't think so!

Sundays on vacation are a little tough, so after church, a trip to the San Diego temple, and lunch, we took a walk thru the jungles of California, just to end at a park. Bryce and Isaac swinging.

This is the jungle we hiked thru!

Family pictures on the beach.

The whole family on the beach in Oceanside. Thanks to mom and dad Mortensen for making this fun family memory possible!

Where to Begin? Triple G week I guess...

Well, it's been so long since I posted anything that I guess I'll just try to highlight a couple of things that this family has been busy doing. We started out the summer with Triple G week up in Eagar.
We had a terrific time riding 4 wheelers. It was perfect weather, just slightly overcast and started raining as soon as we were finished! Isaac and Cassie wanted a photo op.

The kids never got tired of playing games. This was good because it rained a lot. It was great to have the kids finally old enough to be able to pull out a game and play it.

Another time filler was letting Katie and Makenli learn how to make a denim quilt. Thanks Aunt Marci for sharing your expertise!

Talk about an awakening from the nice, warm water in the Valley! This river water was COLD but it sure didn't stop the kids from playing in it. We walked away colder and eaten by mosquitoes, but the kids loved it!

And then there was the watermelon... Who can have beautiful weather in the country without watermelon? The seed spitting contest was sure to follow...

Does this look like the bonfire we intended to roast marshmallows on? Well, we had to let it burn for a little while, but eventually we did get to have a hot dog roast and the smores were just right!

One of my favorite parts of triple g week is the visit to the cemetary where Poppy talks about respect for the property and of course all our ancestors who are buried there.

We wanted to help Grammy put out her flags in anticipation for the 4th of July. I love everything about this week! The chance for cousins to be together, the great weather, but mostly, I love the chance to be reminded of where we come from and who we should try to be like!