Sunday, June 22, 2014

Starting Summer Mountain Man Style

Hooray for summer, well under way even. We had Taron and Keaton with us for three weeks early on and I sure didn't get as many pics of our fun times as I'd have liked! My goal this summer is to be using my DSLR more than my phone for pictures- sure not that easy these days it seems :)

Possibly the biggest highlight was going to the Fort Henry Buckskinners Mountain Man Rendezvous just north of Rexburg- what a fun morning! There were lots of chances for tomahawk throwing and shooting, and lots of great booths featuring mountain man style stuff- some amazing dresses and costumes, decor and gear. Taron happily spent his birthday money on his very own tomahawk and spent the next couple of weeks here throwing it at out own log in the yard.

Everyone's taken to throwing them now. I tried just once and threw it way over the target, ripping a hole in Cooper's new tent that was set up in the yard! He even said, "Mom, I didn't think you'd be that bad!" Ha, ha- not my particular thing to be joining in on, obviously :)

The people at the rendezvous were really neat, genuine folks. This man above traded Cooper just three pieces of taffy for a neat hollowed out turtle shell he wanted. Next time Cooper will be taking better trading fodder for sure ;) But it was sure neat of him to be willing and happy to trade like that. (Don't worry, Stephen slipped him some money later. He certainly didn't ask for it, but we didn't feel right about him giving away something that he had to put work into either.)

I thought this sign at the rendezvous was a kick! Not the way we really live, but interesting for sure :) This leather tent had some beautiful items.

Now since the older boys have been gone on vacation with their Mom, the little guys have been getting into a nice summer groove. They started up the summer reading program and it's awesome that Cooper can really read pretty much anything to Ryder now.

We also did a fair bit of fishing, celebrated Taron's birthday and went to the local trampoline park. I have pics of all that goodness on instagram- just didn't want to recycle too much of the same stuff here. Now we're looking forward to hitting the water more and things finally getting really warm! :)


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