July brought visits from Yia Yia and Papa, which were very much enjoyed but very little photographed. We did get a few pictures during all the fourth of July festivities.
|The balloons at the Kiwanis club breakfast.|
|Isaac getting some snuggles from Aunt Allison.|
|Isaac loves his "Sallison"|
|Isaac and Daddy|
|Yia Yia and Papa at the Brick Oven|
|Yia Yia with Isaac at the parade|
A little later in July, we also enjoyed a wonderful trip to Nebraska to visit with Anthony and Heidi, and then to Nauvoo to spend a little Johansen time.
|Isaac playing with all of cousin Tristen's toys in Heidi and AJ's new house.|
|Helping sand the walls|
|Such helpful little dudes.|
|Isaac and Tristen - they played so well together. I think they are going to grow up to be best buds.|
|Isaac with his cousin Beck at Nauvoo.|
|Isaac learns rope making skills.|
|This little girl built an awesome Nauvoo temple out of blocks.|
|Then she kindly allowed Isaac to knock it all over. What a sport!|
|Beck, Eli, Ainsley, and Isaac riding a wagon.|
|Happy cousins. Not pictured: sweltering heat. Is it terrible to think I'm glad the saints had to leave Nauvoo and settle in Utah? We just have it so much better here...|
|Isaac and uncle Christian|
|Back in Nebraska, visiting the zoo with Aunt Heidi, Tristen, and Natalya|
|Sharing juice boxes with the cousin.|
|Tristen and Isaac milking a fake cow. The dairy education center was air conditioned, hallelujah. You can see how hot it was - look how sweaty those boys are!|
|One last picture before leaving the zoo.|
|Grandpa Smith - 80 years!|
Later that month, we enjoyed a West family reunion. James and I were responsible for games, and we did a couple minute to win it games, with hilarious results.
|Get the oreo from your forehead to your mouth without moving anything but your facial muscles.|
|I think everyone enjoyed this one.|
There was also a water fight, which Isaac loooooved.
|Ready to go.|
|Isaac loves this.|
Here he is with his pants so soggy they are falling off him. After this we let him run around in his diaper - only to see him climb out of the bouncy castle with nothing on at all! The diaper had come off in the castle. Thank goodness there were no accidents!
While Grandma and Grandpa West were here for the reunion, Isaac turned 2. I can't believe my baby is so big! Grandpa and Grandma took Isaac shopping for a birthday present (he chose a car and a laptop) and also bought him a cake. Apparently he was so excited about the cake, he ignored the other presents - He just wanted to hold his cake. He also wanted to eat it as soon as they got back to the house, so that's why a chunk is missing. We shared the cake later that evening with Grandma and Grandpa and Allison and Michael. Isaac had a blast blowing out the candles over and over again.
And those were the big moments in July and August!