Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Roller Valley and Temple Day

Faith was so happy to have cousin Eliza from Kansas arrive in time for Roller Valley!
George with Calvin and Asher.  I understand they were known as the sock-runner gang-- presumably because they were running around in their socks.  They would sit on the wall and give high-fives to the family as they skated by.
George did not love roller skating, but we made it around a couple of times.
You had to be wearing a gray shirt to sit at this table.  Or be a teenager.  Or be really cute.  For obvious reasons I was not invited to pull up a chair.
The sister-in-laws catching up.  Today is Tiffany's (bottom left) birthday.  There was yet another, worse than ever, Fox family rendition of "Happy Birthday".  Pretty impressive, but not in a good way.
If you notice Elinor in the green shirt on the right she is holding a bag of ice on her arm.  She hurt her wrist running into a wall to slow herself down.  We did take her afterwards for an x-ray and fortunately it is not broken.  
Not the whole gang, but a pretty good representation.  I just noticed Cannon's face front and center in the navy blue shirt.  What will he think of this stage of his life when he looks back at his pictures?  This is the face he's making in a pretty much all his pictures these days.
Uncle Phil with Edra and Peter.
The youth temple trip to the Spokane Temple.
Bethany with twin cousins, Lindsey and Lauryn.
Annie, Everett, Elinor and Gentri at Dairy Queen after the temple-- Grandpa's treat!
It is so interesting to see how the dynamic of the family changes every few years as the babies turn into toddlers and the little kids into teenagers.  And of course the former teenagers are now getting married and going on missions.  Such is life.
And you think a car full of little kids is loud!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hauser Lake Day Take 2

Another day at the lake with even more cousins.
A lot more cousins.  It is so wonderful to think that this isn't even close to half of the family.
The four oldest grandsons.
The great cousin jump!
Everett the Sea Weed Man!
Abe with his sister Marjorie and her youngest daughter, Phoebe.
Nice form, Faith!
Abe with his closest two younger brothers.

Spokane Pictures Run Amock

These are all pictures of our time here in Spokane and I realize they probably aren't that interesting to anyone but us, and maybe Grandma Fox.  I do at times wonder if my whole blog is a really great way to preserve our family history, or if it is just a self-centered self-indulgence.  Should my time be spent more wisely?  I can say for certain that posting on here is therapeutic and relaxing to me.  Of course, so is going to a spa, but that could be taken to extremes.  Either way this is my blog, it's free to create and it makes me feel happy.   These times in Spokane with dear family are happy times we definitely want to remember.  So, here goes!
Abe and Elinor's traditional four-wheeler ride.
Peter's first four-wheeler ride-- it was very slow on the grass.
Clark and Alexis-- They are so grown up and enjoyable to be with.
(Abe comment: This is now one of my ALL-TIME Favorite PICS!!!)
Watching movies at Grandma's.
Abe and Faith playing checkers.
Elinor and Annie making caramels.
We treasure this time with Dad.  Summer is especially busy with his work schedule, so this is a real treat to have uninterrupted time.
Playing a little baseball with a nifty foam bat and ball we purchased at the local Wal-Mart.
Cute little Georgie learning to hit.
Cannon caught a pop-fly.
According to Grandma's fancy weight and height scale, Abe still has an inch on Clark.  This picture would suggest the scale was generous to Abe.
I kind of know (not very deep down inside) that I shouldn't post this picture.  I know that at least one of these boys will not be happy about this picture.  Is it so very wrong of me?  I can't help myself.
Grandma's big tub and huge rubber ducks are looked forward to every year.  Forgive me, children.
We went to church with Grandma and Grandpa Fox and Peter promptly fell asleep with his hands folded neatly in his lap.
Why another family picture?
Why not?

Saturday, June 27, 2015

My Big Fat Greek Date

For many years now, a highlight of our trip to Spokane is a date with Jesse and Amy without children.  They wouldn't call themselves "foodies", but they definitely have better food tastes than we do.  For Abe and I our idea of going out to eat is to find a restaurant that we like and only frequent that restaurant for about six months.  We don't just go to the same place, but we order the exact same thing each time we go.  That way, on the rare occasions we go out, we're sure to like where we go.  Not very adventurous, but we both like it.
Jesse and Amy have more varied tastes and like searching out the best "hole-in-the-wall" eating establishments.  I think they are much more interesting people to be friends with than we are.
And we were the beneficiaries last night because we had a very enjoyable and tasty time at this little Greek restaurant in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho.
Peter Jesse Fox with his Uncle Jesse.
We have years and years of pictures of Bethany and Julia together.  They are one day apart and both as lovely as could be.
Bethany and Talitha and Julia talk about all being roommates at college together.  Talitha is a sweetheart and I'd love to take her home with me and claim her as our own!

Hauser Lake

The joy of beloved cousins reuniting!  Elinor and Annie rushed into each others arms.
The Fox Family Reunion does not officially begin until this coming Monday and then goes for five days.  We came up early because we'll be leaving after the third day.  Even still, there will be plenty of joyous cousin time!
Yesterday we gathered at Hauser Lake for swimming in the heat.  And they are having a heat wave!  It was only about 100 yesterday, but temperatures are predicted to be 106-107 the next couple of days. That's hotter than we get in Northern Utah.
In the shade it was quite pleasant. 
This was a great lake we had never gone to before.  Not too big, not too crowded and a great pier that went all the way around a not too deep swimming area.
George and best cousin Asher.  They are just a few months apart in age.
Building sand castles.
The finished products.
John is almost ten and Cannon just turned seven, but they are buds.  Cannon adores John and respects his soccer skills. 
John kept Cannon on the run during a little match in the heat.
 During our lunch break Abe entertained us all by recounting the story of the first time he went water skiing on this very lake as a young man.  
Peter enjoyed himself some oreos.
I enjoy myself some Peter.