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Family Vacation: Bear Lake & The Zoo?

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I know the pictures from this family vacation are going on & on, but seriously, look at that face?  Another new thing we added to our agendas this year was visiting the ‘petting zoo.’  I’m using the term petting zoo very loosely, because it is not a public zoo by any means.  Just a person’s house who is friends with my aunt.  And he houses all….these…animals…

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This was the first animal he showed us.  I can’t even tell you the name of it, but he did not like us & might have come at the fence more than once while we were standing there.  The owner says, he’s great when its just him, but he gets nervous with crowds.  No joke, the owner walks around with him without any problems.  I’d be a tad nervous with those horns.

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From there, we checked out the peacocks — lots of them & even brand new babies!
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and the goats…

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the dogs…who about licked Max’s face off.  Luckily Zack came to the rescue to distract them so his brother could get by.
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Fed some ponies, chased some chickens…

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checked out the yaks…and the rolling hills behind them.

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And finished off at the racoons.  Yes, you read that right.  Racoons.  You should know that this raccoon is not attacking my niece & she in fact, wanted to hold him, but you should also know I might have peed my pants a little.  Little do you know, I have actually had dreams, that I’ll go ahead & classify as nightmares about being trapped in a car with rabid racoons.  No joke.

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My heart might have been beating a little faster & I’d have laughed about it, except it interrupted my deep breathing treatments.

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The owner, was so so nice to let us visit & show us all around.  We were quite a crew!

Family Vacation: Bear Lake Shakes

Family Vacation

Bear Lake is probably my favorite family vacation & it is because it is so simple.  The most exciting place we go, is to get shakes.  Le Beau’s is famous for their shakes & we may have visited 3 times in one week.  Naturally, we have to take a million pictures.

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I’m convinced the lighting is better there…but the company ain’t bad either.
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Family Vacation

Family Vacation

Family Vacation
Family Vacation
Family Vacation

Liv’s favorite thing is to be dressed ‘twinsies!’ If only you could hear her squeal it, you’d agree to be ‘twinsies!’ every.single.day.

Everyday Dress

Everyday Dress

This summer, I’m all about dresses.  Dresses that I can wear every single day in this heat.  Dresses that can be dressed up or down & that don’t break the bank.  I’ve stashed a couple away this summer, liking some more than others, but this by far is my newest favorite & so naturally I thought you should know about it.  I ordered it from ASOS before I left for vacation, hoping it would arrive before hand, but sadly it did not.  Instead it was like a little gift, that I gave myself, waiting for me when I returned.

I’m an avid online shopper, but I really only frequent a couple online stores because I know the fit & quality & I like to play it safe.  I found this dress for a steal on ASOS & figured I’d give it a shot, but not really holding my breath.  I’m only 5 feet tall, so my height is usually my biggest problem, especially with dresses.  It’s not uncommon for clothes to arrive & it look like I am a 12-year-old playing dress up.
I was really surprised how well this fit, add to it that I don’t have to wear anything under it, or over it & I have full range of motion without it falling off? win. win. win.

Everyday Dress

It’s great to dress up, but works even better barefoot in the kitchen, with kids on the counter, while I make grilled cheese for dinner.  So glam.  But pretty sure I’ll be snagging a few more.  My favorites:

here, here & here, all under $75.

July 25, 2014 - 3:10 pm

Audrey - Super Cute! Great dress and it looks wonderful on you:)

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http://www.audreysalutes.com

Bear Lake: the Lake

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We are finally home from all of our travels & I’m just now getting around to sorting pictures.  I love being able to relive all the fun through photos.   This year, we spent some time at the actual lake, which I know sounds obvious, but in year’s past we usually spend more time in the mountains.  I’m glad we were at the lake, it made for fun times, good memories & even better pictures.  win. win. win.

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We had quite a crew.  There are some awesome beaches at Bear Lake where the kids can walk out so so so far because the water stays shallow. 
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Bear Lake
Bear Lake
Bear Lake

July 4

 

Typically, we have a big poolside barbecue at my parent’s on this holiday of America.  But this year?  Well we were all heading out of town early the next morning & so…well we still swam, but we just ordered pizza & called it a night early.

This however, did not stop the two pyros in my family from purchasing & launching fireworks that night.  Nor did it stop me, from grabbing my camera.  You’ll really dig all our coordinated outfits & picturesque locale.

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Her gold vest is a real nice touch — she made it herself & I’m sure you’ll see some more appearances from it as she dons it quite regularly.

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You’ll notice we all got real dressed up for the occasion — right.  After swimming all afternoon & packing all evening, this is where we were at & while the thought crossed my mind to have everyone change into decent looking clothes, I quickly decided I liked real life much better.

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He thought these poppers were the most funny thing, which made us all think they were pretty funny.
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Some of us liked to be right in the action…

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while others, weren’t quite so sure.
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July 4
July 4
I’m not sure who enjoyed the show the very most, but I have a sinking suspicion it was the biggest kid of them all.  Happy America.  I love this land & I love teaching my kids about it.