The North Dakota Coxes (Four of us left)

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Sunday, September 04, 2011

Summer, don't go! We didn't have enough fun yet!

Hogwarts, compliments of Disney World and Mel's early-summer senior adventure

On occasion I've heard someone say, "Summer is just too long and boring. I wish it was shorter." I had to shoot them. Or hurt them (both verbally, of course). I never have enough summer; this one whizzed by, overloaded and overwhelming, with the paradox of so much fun but not nearly enough - or as a couple of the Burton boys said it, we didn't have enough fun yet...
Because feeling overwhelmed makes me forget to pull out my camera, some key events have little or no photographic coverage - like Minot flooding (but that's easy to find online),youth conference, the weekend Tim was made stake president, or Mel saying goodbye to Bismarck and heading for the grand adventure of college life. So, as usual, I'm merely sharing a few highlights of a summer that was, as usual, not enough. Way awesome in every way that counts, but just not enough...

Mel and besties at Epcot Ctr.
Farewell night w/ some favorite missionaries
Flippin' Suze
Glenn's sugar-overload b-day cake at our family gathering
Comparing poundage, by any chance??
A favorite pastime at the "cabin"
A loving attack...
A last "family photo" for the ND Coxes as we've been for 7 years...! (Thanks, Ems, for this and all the other awesome family pics!)
Hot tubbin' for the kid crew
A likely [family friendly] argument...
...And the Red Shirt Coxes at the Bench Branches Reunion, at Nancy & Nelson's place
Mel as Luna Lovegood for her Harry Potter Marathon

The basic reasoning behind national parks...

...and a little bit of ND worth conserving - taken on a hike with a friend, in Teddy Roosevelt National Park
Some Arizona pool time
So tired after one of the many trips to muck out flooded houses in Minot
Oh, look! We did shoot the new stake president (I think he was still shell-shocked when we took some requisite photos to send to church headquarters)
The new Utah residents!

Mel in her new home, the dorms at BYU

One of John Pinette's entries (I think) and Chrys Sandor's sampler quilt, at the Springville UT Quilt show. Impressive to have family members participating in such an amazing show!

Mama Cox with the organizers and a few of those who came to their 35-year class reunion! Oy!

Did I miss anything? Most certainly. And even with all the times I forgot to shoot family history in the making, there are still so, so many fun pictures of family this summer; so minimizing was the only safe way to go...
I would happily take on another three months of summer to do more of what I've been doing for the past three... But structure and duty call, so return to them I must. But thanks, y'all, for the memories!