Hells Canyon Scenic Byway Oregon

Mid-Summer Update

I can’t believe that we are already nearing the end of July.  It seems like just yesterday I was patiently waiting for the kids to get out of school and now I am anxiously patiently waiting for them to go back.  Here’s a little mid-summer update of what’s been going on.

We started off our summer with a two week vacation to northern California which you can read about here.

No sooner than we got back from there and it was off to southern Nevada to pick up our oldest son, monster B, who is now officially an adult (1 down…4 to go), to come visit before he ships off to boot camp next month.  It was a quick there and back trip, spending most of the time in the car.  But did get to spend some quality time at grandpa’s.

It was just a little hot there…

This video ^ still makes me laugh every time I watch it.  With a little help from Snapchat and my silly voice it came out quite comical.

summer grandpas house swim spa

This is a picture of all the kids in the swim spa which is like a small swimming pool.  Grandpa also has fun things like chickens, an orchard with a pond, and a game room equipped with an old school arcade game that had Pac-Man on it which kept mommy entertained for hours.  It’s also fully stocked with booze that we adults happily helped ourselves to.  I am quite certain the shenanigans lasted until the wee hours of the morning.

I had some fun times with my 16-year-old thinking that my jalapeños from the garden weren’t hot.  His older brother and I dared him to eat a whole one.  So of course he did it.  Because he pretty much does anything he’s dared to do.

Afterwards he was caught guzzling a half-gallon of milk and shoving a half a loaf of bread in his mouth.  He still claims “it wasn’t hot”.

We then headed off for our second family vacation to Idaho.  We visited a place called Brownlee Reservoir which to me looked more like a lake it was so huge.  We were off the grid for 5 whole days.  No internet and no cell service.  At first it was a little weird but then I actually liked the fact that everyone was either fishing, boating, riding their bikes, or playing board games.

This was our view for 5 days

Our friends, who have a boat, invited us.  My 6 and 4-year-old loved being pulled on the tube behind the boat.  The 5-year-old not so much.  Which amazes me as she loves speed.

The above video is her riding her bike down a hill, at the campground, as fast as she could go.  She did this at least a dozen times while we were there but unfortunately biffed it once while trying to race her brother.  Luckily she landed in the grassy part and not the pavement and managed to walk away with only a small scrape to the knee.  Mommy on the other hand almost suffered a small heart attack.

My 16 year old’s girlfriend flew off the raft and lost the entire top bracket of her braces.  And even the hubs and I got in on the action.  Needless to say it’s just as fun as when I was younger, only it’s now, days later, and I am still feeling the effects of holding on for dear life and hitting the water hard enough to obtain quite a few bruises on my legs.

We also took a drive across the dam to a place called Hell’s Canyon.  We took the scenic byway which ran along side the Snake River onto the Oregon side, and it’s literally one road in, turn around and come back.  But absolutely breathtaking scenery.

Hells Canyon Scenic Byway Oregon

Everyone did some fishing but the only ones who caught anything were the teenagers.

fishing brownlee reservoir idaho
Oldest son monster B holding some catch of the day.

Of course that’s pretty easy to do when you don’t have 3 little kid’s poles to keep having to attend to.  Seems like every time I looked, my husband was fixing a pole.  He did get to do some fishing the last night we were there but without any luck.

We stayed at a campground called Woodhead Park Campground which if you are ever in the area I highly recommend.  The bathrooms and showers were the cleanest campground facilities I have ever experienced.

Our friends stayed on the B side but we ventured up to the C side where we found the perfect shaded spot overlooking the reservoir.  Supposedly the camp host on the C side isn’t very nice but we never heard a word out of him.  And the 8 of us could be pretty loud…one night well after 1am.

It was a long ride home yesterday and I was happy to get here and shower in my own shower and sleep in my own bed.

Now just a few days and my best friend will be visiting for a whole week!!!  We will be attending a baseball game in Reno while she’s here and I am sure plenty of other shenanigans to blog all about.

The busy summer isn’t ending anytime soon.  But is quickly flying by.

Chow For Now,

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50 thoughts on “Mid-Summer Update”

    1. I am not quite sure how our summer got so filled up. My husband said the other day that he can’t wait for some days off that he can just sit at home and do nothing. Not that I ever get that luxury so why should he but that’s a whole other story. Thanks for dropping by!


  1. Oh what fun you’ve had so far! hilarious chilli story – I feel mean laughing but very funny! Wow to the adventures on Brownlee Reservoir – sounds fun if not a tad dangerous!! The canyon is jaw dropping amazing – what scenery?! Enjoy the rest of summer and your friend coming to stay too! #BloggerClubUK

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  2. It sounds like you’re having a great time! What branch of the military is your son going into? I’ve had a busy summer myself. At first it was calm because the Conner started his camp but then his brother started his camp and Conner is home for three weeks before going back. Oh the shenanigans this kid gets into while I’m pulling my hair out trying to keep him from getting bored. Bored is bad, LOL! Glad you’re having a great summer Trista:)

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    1. He’s going into the ARMY. He leaves for Missouri on the 16th of August for boot camp. He’s the one who decided to go live with his mother last year but luckily realized he made a mistake and still managed to graduate and has a plan for his life. We are very proud of him and it’s been nice having him here for a visit. The littles really missed him and for the first several days wouldn’t leave his side. Thanks for popping over and reading and commenting. I really wish I could say I was bored. I have been doing nothing but trying to catch up on commenting for two days now before my friend comes for a week! I don’t want to be rude while she’s here and be blogging.

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  3. So glad you got to have not great vacation time with the kids! The Hubster and I are hoping to trek to Yellowstone next year and leave the internet behind for a while. I’m a little worried about it since I adore technology.

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    1. It was hard at first but then we all settled into outdoor activities and board games. I really thought they would be more word out at the end of the day after tubing, boating, swimming and running all over the place but they weren’t. They were still wide awake at 10pm and fighting me to go to bed. Nice thing was they slept in 👍🏼

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  4. I love your videos! I cannot take the heat whatsoever, I’m originally Irish and the sun is like a beacon to my skin haha. Loving the off grid holiday, being forced to be without technology would do me some good I think! #momsterslink thanks for hosting

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    1. I’m way behind in commenting as my bestie was here for a week visit. It was a great vacation and a great visit and I’ve been lazy this morning so trying to catch up on some blogging. Thanks so much for taking the time to link and comment :))


  5. It sounds as if you have summer sorted! We’re just about to embark on our holidays, meanwhile you have survived AND had fun by the looks of things. What about your 5 year old? OMG! Feisty little one there. No wonder you had a heart attack! The scenery all looks wonderful where you were staying and travelling. It’s so good to take time out. Alison x #momsterslink

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  6. Wow it looks like you had so much fun! And this swimming -pool is gorgeous. So funny the video of you. No wonder why all teens are addicted to snapchat. I never used it but it looks cool #momsterslink

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  7. Haha! I LOVE the Jalapeno incident! Your son is so funny in the video -‘it’s still not hot’! Man Vs Food Reality TV! 🙂 The photos are stunning – hell’s canyon looks stunning! We loved our tour of California and Nevada when I was 6 months pregnant! I’ll read your post on it in a mo! I’m so pleased you are having a fantastic summer and I hope you have a great time with your friend staying. It’s so beneficial to have some techno-free time – it feels weird at first but I always enjoy it after the initial bit. 5 days is impressive though! Enjoy the rest of your summer and thank you for hosting. X #momsterslink

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    1. Thanks for the awesome comment Rebecca! We really do make a lot of memories in the summer months. I love it. I love being outdoors and soaking up the sunshine. And watching my kids laugh and just be happy “without a care in the world” kids. Thanks for linking lovely lady!


  8. OMFG!!!!! Your snapchat had me rolling on the floor!!! I can’t wait for the kids to go back to school… is that bad?? Mine don’t go back until September 6th!!!!

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      1. Hahahaha!!! Omg me too, if school could from noon to 5 I would be smitten with life! lmao! I still have a little one home for another few years, I don’t have any idea what quiet is like yet! I envy you!

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  9. Just wow!! You live in such an amazing place and I can’t believe that you can drive to such outstanding and spectacular places! I think I would definitely benefit from a few days away from my phone and all things digital. What a fantastic experience for your kids though? Seriously. Get the kettle on, I’m getting on a plane! Thanks for hosting #momsterslink xx

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  10. Wow you look to be having an amazing summer, and a very busy one at that!! Your photos are beautiful and what an amazing place you live, I’m very jealous!! I laughed out loud about the jalapenos! Hilarious! #momsterslink

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  11. It looks like you’ve been having a great summer! And I am envious of that hot tub! Looks like a blast! Hope the rest of summer matches up to the first bit – and good luck to your eldest as he heads off to boot camp!

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  12. Love the video additions. The hot weather one is too funny, I almost spit out my food from laughing. Its great you and the family are enjoying summer together.

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