Thursday, July 30, 2009

Back to Utah for the 24th of July!

My sister-in-law, Becca, and I drove to Utah for the 24th. This was my first time driving to Utah since we moved here over 4 years ago. But with more plane tickets to buy now, driving is hard to pass up. I was pretty nervous about it ... 14 hours in the car with 5 kids, but they did great! Beck and I are masters of the road now...Thanks for driving with me!! We met up in SLC at my mom's house where my other sisters joined in (all 5 girls, all grandkids, and no husbands...insert sigh for my dad (grandpa) here). Of course they were awesome hosts and spoiled us all rotten... We visited my grandpa and got some pics with the kids and their great grandpa. He is currently in a rehab center, but we hope he is well enough to go home soon! He will be 94 next month.

Then, off to Pine Valley, UT (about 30 minutes from St. George). Yes, we got in the car again with 5 kids and drove another 5 hours to Southern Utah. But it was so worth it!! We have been going to Pine Valley with my mom's side of the family since I was a baby. We love this hidden town with gravel roads and no stop lights. The high altitude (7500 ft) keeps this little valley about 25 degrees cooler than St. George. The smell, the pace, the scenery: it can't be beat and the kids absolutely love it. Here are my cute parentals with all 8 of their grandkids in front of their cabin...


These 3 babies are so fun! Ry, Brynn, and Graham are so cute...I am so glad they have each other as cousins. Ry is the oldest (10 months), followed by Brynn (9 months), and Graham, the biggest, is only 5 months old. We love squeezing his cheeks and baby thighs!


Kids playing with the parachute.

On the steps of the Pine Valley chapel (built in 1868!). Love, love, love this little church.

On the 24th, the ward always organizes a small program and games on the church property. It is something I definitely remember about my childhood. The kids were so excited about the races (by age) and even practiced the day before...here is Addy running with the 4 year olds.




Swimming at the Veyo pool is another tradition. My kids finally got over their fear of the water and became fish this summer...canon balls, underwater handstands, flips, back floats. I am so glad they can enjoy the pool without worrying about getting water in their eyes! This is serious progress, folks.


Aunt Erin is always popular with the kiddos.


All the kids again...




My sisters and some of my girl cousins...It was so fun catching up with them!
We had a great time and can't wait to go again next year!

Monday, July 13, 2009

4th of July in SLC


We were lucky to be in SLC for the 4th of July and to celebrate the baby blessing of these two cute babies...my new nephews! Owen (left) born to Trevor's brother and Kai (right) born to Trevor's sister...about a month apart. It was so sweet to have this joint blessing with the whole family together (minus uncle Dan, we missed you!)Family photo-op. The brothers: Trevor, Tyler, Todd

The girls and the babies...all boys! Ry 10 months, Kai 3 months, Owen 2 months, Beckett 17 months. These boys are going to be crazy fun in about a year! So glad to have cousins close in age!



Evee, Addy, Car at Liberty Park

Trev & Addy; Liberty Park...what a beautiful day!

Grandpa Pettingill and Ry.


Carson and Addy waiting for the Centerville parade to start!



Fireworks!



Swimming at the Davis Rec Center, my two little guys. Carson is my big helper with Ry. He loves all the babies!


Little bros.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Can't beat corn on the cob!

...especially for a little guy who is teething!



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