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.