Family, Friends and Vacation

After our fun-filled weekend with Aunt Shaela and Daddy, we made the super fun drive to Utah. The beginning is always ok, but that drive through Nevada is definitely the worst (Sorry Nevada!)

Kaia was thrilled about the doggies waiting for her at Aunt Shaela’s!2014-06-22 16.26.23

But soon the call of the horses proved too much and we had to go out and ride. Kaia thinks she’s a cowgirl. Britton was proud of himself for riding by himself.2014-06-20 14.28.54 2014-06-20 14.25.45 2014-06-20 14.25.13 2014-06-20 13.53.48

Though this is the only picture I got, we had a great time with my friend Angie’s family. We did dinner, then headed to my aunt’s house to play in the back yard for a while. The kids got along great, and we had a nice time visiting for a bit too. I’m really glad they moved up here, or I have no idea when I’d have seen them again. We haven’t been down to Southern Utah since we moved from Colorado.

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The next day we got to visit with Gigi and Grand Papa. They’re such good sports, because we were there ALL day! Even cousin Morgan came to see us. She’s such a sweetheart, and I wish we were closer so she could baby sit!

Cambry was still a little nervous about new people though.

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I realized Grandma and I don’t have many pictures together, especially since I’ve gotten older, so we had to take a selfie–even if the only sharing is here. The kids LOVE it at their house. They have all the fun toys to play with, and the outside too.

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Cambry took right to Grandpa, just playing and sitting on his lap. They were super cute.2014-06-19 13.25.12

Cam is actually wearing the outfit Grandma got her for her birthday!

They had fun discussing pressing matters…like which game to play next.IMG_20140619_122102292

And Miss Kaia was always ready with a snuggle.IMG_20140619_122508266

Grandpa even played soccer outside with them. They thought it was awesome. IMG_20140619_131544918_HDR


Later Aunt Dee Ann came to visit for a little bit. The kids had no idea who she was. I need to do better at showing them photos of family. One of the things I really hate about living so far away is them not getting to know family the way I did growing up. There were a lot of us, but we were close and did things together often. They miss out on so much this way, and it really makes me sad.

The next day we went to the Mt. Timpanogos Temple grounds to visit.

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This little girl is a heart stealer!

I love the beautiful grounds there, and the the peaceful feeling I get.

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Afterward we headed to Thanksgiving Point for lunch. It’s changed so much since my days there, but in some ways is the same. The Soda Fountain still makes the yummiest Oreo shakes around!

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Yes, more puppy time. Luckily Kaia is older and less likely to kill them these days. 2014-06-17 18.13.42 2014-06-17 18.13.34

One of the other highlights of our trip was visiting with some of our besties–the Kesslers! They were in the middle of a move to Texas, and we caught them on a Utah visit. 2014-06-17 13.07.54

Britton and Mav picked up where they left off and played together right away. It makes me sooooo sad that they’re so far apart now. These two were just the cutest little friends. I miss Paige’s creativity and inspiration on making my house as beautiful as I could. And I miss having the friend to just go visit on a whim because scheduling playdates was just silly. 2014-06-17 13.07.16 2014-06-17 11.04.49

The “real” reason for our trip was my high school reunion, that included a lunch portion for families. This is Utah after all. Miss Cam had lots of fun as you can see getting everything she needed.

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Sadly, I didn’t get any other pictures with anyone. What was I thinking!? But, it was a fun afternoon catching up with people and meeting spouses and children. I didn’t come to the last one, so it was a first for me.

It’s interesting, going back and seeing what’s happened in the lives of people you used to know. Some are exactly how you’d expect, and others not at all! I like to think that now that we’re adults all the fears and insecurities have gone away, but I found myself back where I was then, wanting to be liked.  Feeling intimidated by some, definitely not by others, and realizing that in the end, it doesn’t matter. I am who I am. A wife to a pretty awesome husband who takes great care of me and our family. A mother to arguably the 3 cutest kids on the planet, and a woman who singlehandedly runs a pretty awesome company that’s out to save the world (ok, maybe not, but it’s pretty cool anyway.) And that’s ok.

Anyway–our trip was awesome. I didn’t get to see everyone I wanted to. It was way too fast of a week. I wish we could visit more often, see more people, but for now, we’ll stick with phone calls and photos. Farewell Utah, until next time =)


1 Comment »

  1. Teresa said,

    January 24, 2015 @ 7:26 am

    To help your kids keep track of the relatives and extended family. Get a cheap photo book and print out pictures of them so the kids can flip through and remember what they look like as you tell things about them. :) My sis-in-law did this with my family since we live on opposite coasts, makes life sweet when we Skype and my nephew knows me!!

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