Been a few years since we've all been able to get together at the same time, and I'm not sure this really counts since Grandma and Grandpa are still serving their mission in Barbados (what a rotten place to have to be doing service, eh?!?). We'll call it a reunion though since my sister made the drive allllll the way up from New Mexico.
I'll apologize for the lackluster pics... Still learning how to use my new phone but we'll discuss that later.
First time we've all been together in something like 3 years?
Be very glad this isn't a video and that there's no sound!
We had a great family dinner on Sunday. There were a few comments on why we had the boys peel so many potatoes... Then they saw how much my boys eat. They would subsist on nothing but mashed potatoes and gravy if they could- and would probably go through a 10 lb bag of 'em every single day. After dinner we went on a short walk to take everyone on a tour of the soon to be "new" house.
They had a great time exploring the "Clue" house and playing in the yard. Of course, Don had to inspect the green equipment that comes with the place...
That was about it for Day 1. Got to sit and visit a lot, which was great!
Day 2 was SSUUUPPPER hot. Topped 101 degrees. We mostly hid out in the a/c for the afternoon. We lit the fire to roast dogs on in the late afternoon before a refreshing dip in Jensens Grove.
Then off to the "lake".
After the swim we came back home and re-lit the fire for some smores. The right way to do it- in tin foil like a dinner. Makes 'em about perfect every time!
We also had to make some Dirty Diapers. My favorite camping treat!
That was it for day 2. Day 3 was a little more relaxed. In the morning we went and toured the Potato Museum (yes, it really exists).
We also stopped at my shop to show everyone around, had ice cream at Rupes, cleaned the house for a showing, and skeddadled back to Sarah's school to watch a show on her big screen while the house showed. After that it was a relaxing evening visiting!
Day 4 was super relaxing for us- Kristi's family went up to Steve's in the morning to spend the next couple of days with them. Day 5 found us up early packing for the next couple of days at Steveos. It was a crazy busy day- Spent 3 hours at Squealers Fun Park up in Rigby almost constantly on the go-carts! Kids are CRAZY drivers... Kade managaed to ram every single person on the track at LEAST once, more like 2 or 3 times! They got pretty fast and it was a real competition!
Of course, we also did some mini-golf,
The gyro thingy, and a few other rides.
After Squealers we blasted up to Rexburg for a cheap movie.
Then off to a Pizza buffet...
And then we blasted to the splash park...
And then back to Rigby for some backyard camping.
Whew!!! Talk about a crazy day! If that wasnt busy enough, how about we wake up the next day for an 8 mile hike with the kids!?
4 miles in, 4 back out. 8 mile round trip to the Lower Palisades Lake.
Cool hike, nice shade, decent trail with some nice cliffs along the river.
And finally, the lake!!!
Saw some Moosen. Hard to see but there is one out there in the middle in the above pic, and a momma and her calf in the lower pic.
Of course it was hot enough to require a dunk in the frigid lake...
A quick break and the hike out. Got to lug this little squirt for a bit while she napped. She even would talk to me when she woke up!
Saw a mountain goat on the way back,
and FINALLY made it to the cars!
Whew. Who wants ICE CREAM!?!?
The world famous SQUARE ice cream in Swan valley.
Long drive home but we finally made it. Kristi hung out at Steves for another day and it sounds like they had fun. We lolligagged around the house relaxing the next day, and then on Saturday evening they came back to watch fireworks with us, spend the night, and start the journey home to New Mexico the next day.
Well, maybe they didn't all like it...
But the show was pretty darn good!
Everybody fell right to sleep after the show and we saw them off this morning. It was a great visit, sad its over, but hopefully now that they don't live on the other side of the country we can make this happen a little more often! Here's to next years family reunion!
Thank you for posting that! I loved looking at each picture and imagined all the laughter and banter that you all enjoyed! Can't wait for the next one that we can participate in!
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