Monday, October 28, 2013
Posted by Strupp Family at 8:45 PM
Monday, September 16, 2013
We also went to Virginia City while they were here. It's a cool little ghost town. We had to drive a ways to get there and I felt bad it turned out like it did because I underestimated the driving time and we didn't get to spend much time there before we had to get back for an appointment. Nice.
I love spending time with my brother and his family. They're so much fun to hang out with. I just wish we lived closer!!
After they had to leave to get home, we went to the Strupp Family Reunion in Island Park. That was a good time. I was excited all Trevor's brothers and sisters could make it. We played on the reservoir in this boat we rented. One morning after the boat had been tied to the dock, we came out and there was a mink in the boat. It had dragged some half eaten crawdads in, too. We (Bryson and Trevor) cleaned up his crawdad mess...and a different mess...and we tried to get the mink out but he was hiding in the front of the boat under the seats and we couldn't get him out. We decided we'd just go water skiing and see what happened. I went first. It was funny to see the mink run up to the side of the boat and jump out into the water. We saw it later, too. I assume it was the same one since he lives by that dock. The kids chased him awhile and tried to catch it. They didn't. I guess that's good--they probably would've gotten rabies or something. No pictures of the mink, though. Boo.
Posted by Strupp Family at 1:28 PM
After leaving the kids in Utah for Grandma and Grandpa to take care of, I went to the annual Redneck Fishing Tournament with Trevor and The Johnson's...it's not really a place for kids...a lot of drunk people around that weekend...
Everyone needs to experience this at least once in their lives. Put it on your bucket list. Google "Redneck Fishing Tournament" and read about it. It's in Bath, Illinois--a town of 350 people, but this tournament is quite the attraction and there are MANY more people in Bath the weekend of the tournament. They're trying to rid the river of Silver Asian Carp because they're taking over. They don't want them to reach the great lakes. In spite of their efforts, the fish get closer and closer each year.
You may have seen videos of these fish on America's Funniest Videos where the fish jump out of the water--a lot of times right in the boat. It's crazy. You don't need a pole, just a net (and the website says a baseball bat :) ) They don't know why the fish jump, but it has something to do with the vibration or noise of the boat engine. The fish jump right behind boats where the engine is. The best way to catch fish is to stay right on the tail of another boat...and I mean RIGHT next to them--like 6 feet from the boat in front of you--so you can net them as they jump out of the water. However, it's risky because you get hit by these huge fish as they jump. They've had broken noses and fingers, etc. at this tournament each year. We all got hit a few times, Marci had the most hits. A couple years ago when we went, Trevor's legs got cuts all over from getting hit with fish. They jump in the boat often, and those fish are MOVING. Sometimes you drive through a school of fish and there are so many fish jumping, it's all you can do to keep from getting hit. You just drop your net and cover your head. Good times. Seriously. You need to try it.
We all dressed in our redneck gear to go along with the redneck theme. You should see some of the costumes people wear. It's a circus for sure.
There are two heats each day, two hours each. We only fished in the two Friday heats and the Saturday morning heat. Then we had to get going because we had to drive 24 hours straight so Trevor and Jared could make it back for work Monday morning.
Here are some pictures:
Posted by Strupp Family at 12:49 PM
One day while at Grandma's house, we took the kids to Lagoon. Grandma Madsen came to help out with all the kids I wanted to take :) Tyler, Hailey, Ashley, Jason, cousins Jared, Nathan and Natalie all came to have a fun filled day at Lagoon. Here are some pictures to document our fun:
Posted by Strupp Family at 11:44 AM
Friday, August 30, 2013
We took a second trip to Utah this summer that was FULL of fun..each and EVERY day. We went for a couple reasons: Trevor was going on a fishing trip to Yellowstone with some guys (so I wasn't invited) and I figured we should visit Grandma and the attractions in Utah. And I needed to drop off the kids at my mom's so she could watch them while Trevor and I went on a little trip...to be posted later.
We did so many fun things. I had bought the kids a "Pass of All Passes" which is a pass to a whole bunch of fun places in Utah. And it was only $10 for a year! Actually $30, but then you get to chose a $20 gift certificate to one of the places they list on their website...I digress.
I met with some friends one morning for a picnic breakfast. I have such fond memories with these girls from high school. We missed the rest of The Collective!!
We went and visited Trevor's sisters. Briana bought a house in Murray and Britta was visiting. Her house is beautiful! I only got to see Scott for like 3 minutes before he had to leave for work. But I DID see the amazing things he's done to their back yard! It looked so good and he wasn't even finished yet! It was so great to talk with Briana and Britta while the kids ran wild in her house. I wished I had taken some pictures...
We stopped by Scheels when we were driving past one day. They have a ferris wheel INSIDE the store. It's huge. All the kids wanted to go on the ferris wheel, except Jason--who I FORCED on the ferris wheel. I knew he'd like it if he tried it. He did. He LOVED it! That eased my guilt.
Posted by Strupp Family at 1:48 PM