Thursday, July 28, 2011

Utah Vacation Summer 2011

So after Martin's Cove we went down to Salt Lake City to spend a week. We had a great time going to the zoo and other places. Matt wanted to start "indoctrinating" the kids early with the awesomness that is BYU so we went down to Provo for a campus tour and then we stopped a few other places and visited one of our favorite sandwich shops for lunch.

BYU's mascot is the cougar.

I was about 16 or 17 weeks pregnant here.

One of our favorite stops out in UT is the seven rivers and Liberty Park. Carter just can't get enough of floating his little boat down the rivers. It's like little boy heaven there.

Hayden with cousin Kaylee (Brad and Stacey's).

Hayden enjoyed splashing around in the water as well.

Little cousin Lily (Chris and Kari's). She's a few months older than Hayden, but I think Hayden has her beat by about 5-10 pounds. Lily is a cute and smart little thing. She talks like crazy and knows most of her colors.

My older (not bigger) sister and I have our birthdays just one week a part. It's been a lot of years since we have been able to celebrate them together. For our Birthday celebration, Matt made us this precious cake, written on by him (he said it looked like a kindergartener did it, but I thought he did a dang good job and was super sweet to do it in the first place!). We also went to a near by park and played sock ball (very similar to dodge ball only with socks so the little kids wouldn't get hurt, super fun), bocce ball, and we just sat and talked. These are always my favorite times with my family. I love playing and talking with them. We just always have so much fun together. I really feel blessed at how well everyone jives and just loves each other. We're not perfect, sometimes our frustrations come out, but we're so good at just moving on to more fun and letting our imperfections go. I'm grateful for parents who taught not only how to work hard together, but also how to play hard together. It really is so important to do both!

A week after we left, my Dad was going to celebrate his 60th Birthday!! So everyone was kind enough to celebrate a week early so we could be a part of it. We went to the Grand America Breakfast Buffet and let me tell you, it was delicious!!! After we ate, the siblings all talked about things that we love and appreciate about my Father. There is so much to say in this area. He is such a loving, hard working, level headed (except when he is playing sports) man. He really knows how to strike the perfect balance between work, family and fun. I appreciate that so much in him and hope to find that same balance in my home!! Plus, aren't we a great group of people in that picture. I love so much everyone there. My siblings thus far have done an amazing job at finding spouses that feel just like my blood siblings. We are a truly blessed family!!

Here are two video's in my parent's backyard. Hayden loved sitting in this car:


Joy @ Light Bulbs said...

That is pretty funny. My dad makes fun of us because every time we have taken the kids to Utah we also take them down to Provo for a visit to BYU. He just doesn't understand...he went to the U of U.

We also loved Liberty Park when we were there for my brother's wedding a few years back. I forgot how much fun we had there.

Scott, Kara, Paul, Brad and Andee said...

Looks like a great time! It was fun seeing all the pictures of you and your family, its been a long time since I've seen you all together. Lets try to get together next time your out here!

Pat and Anna said...

That sounds like fun and as soon as Amelia's old enough, we will be taking her to Seven Rivers too! I wish we could have seen you when you guys were in town, hopefully next time things will work out. But you were right - having a baby really did throw me for a loop! Probably wouldn't have been able to visit with you anyway!