Wednesday, July 28, 2010

beautiful weekend: part 2

so after i got home on saturday moring, we packed up and headed off to tony's grove in logan canyon. we borrowed debbie's jeep so we could use her tent. reese slept in the jeep like a champ. he is such a good boy.
after we got camp set up, we walked down to the lake. . this is the only photo of me on the trip... not the best of either of us. but at least it proves i was there. 
emma splashing reese. this was the best picture of the whole weekend!
on the way back reese took a pretty awesome fall. battle scars are awesome.
two group pictures of which i am in neither. why is the mom never in any pictures? i hate that. 
the next morning we went to bear lake for lunch and swimming. reese loved the water. it was pretty warm and i love how clear it is up there. this is him getting rinsed off for the ride home. i love it.

beautiful weekend: part 1

this last weekend i was completely spontanious. which is something that is unusual for me. i like to have things planned, packed, ready to go, all on schedule. well i threw that all out and rushed home from work to meet some of my family down in central utah. brad couldn't get off work at such short notice so reese and i took off. it took us about 4 hours and one panic attack to make it down. (i thought i had been on the wrong road for about sixty miles. luckily i was wrong!) this is just outside of levan. the sunset was gorgeous! we arrived about 10 at night and everyone was partying hard! the kids were running around like little indians and the adults were playing rummicub.

the next day we drove closser to torrey and the scenery was beautiful. sometimes i forget how amazing utah is. we were trying to make it to calf creek to go swimming and hiking, but when we got there it was closed! are you serious???? is our family cursed? is every place we ever want to go swimming in the wilderness going to be closed??? (st. george de ja vu)
my nephews are obsessed with with moulin rouge. so here is shanea and carly singing their hearts out at the top of the summit.
this is me at the top of the upper calf creek falls. it was a long beautiful hike. luckily there were lots of strong men and boys to help me with reese.
 lauren and terra 
ryan and reese
this is the view from the top of the hike. 
this is the uppper pond we swam in. i think kade jumped first and then debbie. pretty much everyone, EVEN ME followed! i am usually a scaredy cat but it was so hot and the jump wasn't that high, so me and lauren held hands and jumped. 
swimming! the water was pretty cold. reese got in for a few minutes but his teeth were chattering.
this is the lower waterfall where we went swimming for the 2nd time. 
reese picking up rocks
reese throwing rocks
reese very impressed by his distance.
logan is amazing! he is my sweetest nephew ever. he totally hiked the whole trail with reese on the way up. he held his hand the whole time, drew, dylan and lauren all helped too, but logan was next to reese the whole way up. it was a LONG hike back up and reese was such a trooper! he didn't want to be carried, he wanted to do it. right before we got to the top (and the steepest part of the trail) we took a little rest. after that he wanted to be carried and i didn't know how i was going to do it. i was already stopping and taking breaks every few minutes on my own. but drew being the sweet heart that he was came back down and carried reese the rest of the way up. it kind of reminded me of the pioneer trek. 
looking down from the top of the trail. you can see the rock face of where we went down (it was in the other picture above also)
that night we went to a camp fire and made dinner. reese discovered the moon and kicked a soccer ball while saying "go,go,go" i stayed up way too late and got up way too early for the drive home the next moring. now onto part 2.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

lady liberty

i love the fourth of july! it was so fun this year. i didn't feel rushed or like i was stuck doing something i didn't want to. it was just good. 

that morning we headed to plain city. we were going to have breakfast at bryce and sally's and then go to the parade up the street. the parade there was awesome! they threw a ton of candy, beach balls, otter pops and all kinds of stuff. there was so much candy that the adults were helping the kids pick it all up. jackpot! we headed back to the house and had a scrumptous breakfast. everyone pitched in and there was a ton of food. after visiting and watching the world cup we went to the park. we walked around and looked at all the stuff at the booths (one of my favorite things to do), by this time reese was exhausted so we went home and took a nap. 

reese watching the parade.
after breakfast the kids got blue gel put in their hair! awesome mohawk!
at the park, all the little ones holding hands. 
exhausted reese at the park. we are getting ready to head home. 
after our nap we went to debbie's pool and let reese swim for a while, but we were pretty late (from oversleeping) so we rushed it and went to grandma and poppa's for dinner. my mom got reese that tiny little squirt bottle. he thought it was the greatest thing ever and kept squirting everyone and himself. (hense the bib).
being silly
we also got to meet heather my nephew tyler's bride to be. they are a darling couple. i am so happy that tyler has finally found someone to build a life with. they are going to be very happy. 
time for fireworks! the kids were dying to light them, even though it wasn't quite dark yet. 
yes, reese is wearing one of my shirts! he was soaking wet, so we improvised. he was having a ball. he kept climbing all over everyone and shreiking and clapping. it was so fun. 
blue steel. enough said. happy holiday!