We had a nice 4th of July visit at my parents home with my two sisters and their families. Sadly the other 4 siblings couldn't make it due to dental school, OB/Gyn residency, a mission and running their own business. We missed all you guys!!!
On the morning of the 4th, all the adults headed out to Kartchner Caverns. My mom had already been previously so she stepped up to the plate and offered to watch 8 wild grandchildren. The kids had all woken up at the crack of dawn and were playing in the backyard on the swings at like 6 am. We had to leave about 7am for the caverns. And as we were walking to the cars (note: my parents live on the base of a mountain so essentially their property is like a wild life zoo.) Anyway most of us walked across a set of pavers to my dad's car, when my sister Andrea let out a little yell and we looked back to see a rattlesnake not 6 inches from one of the paver's we had all just walked across. It was just sitting there. Not making any noise, not even moving.
My brother in law immediately ran for his .22 but couldn't find ammunition. And because the kids were playing in this part of the yard earlier (yikes!) we decided we had to kill it so no one would get hurt. Andrea and I scrambled into the back of my dad's truck while Paul started throwing big rocks at it. Unfortunately it had to suffer death by stoning and an eventual beheading, but we couldn't run the risk of having any of kids encounter it. We stretched it out later and it was almost 5 feet long! My dad saved the rattler and the kids got a kick out of holding it.
Check out the rattler
Kory and Paul firing up the grill for a
good old 4th of July Feast.
Jessica, Joel, Lacey & Jarom on the steps
in front of my parents house
with Joel who was very tired and would not have handled
staying up until 10pm.
lives in Texas) Emily, Erika, Mom, Andrea
the top: Jarom, Josh, Audree, Lacey, Sophee, Jessica, Kaylee)