Sunday, April 20, 2008

Spring Break

On Wed. morning, we began our 4 hour trip to sunny St George, Utah. We had only made it to the freeway when Julia asked, " are we there yet?" Ok, I must say I thought she was joking, but she really wasn't. And about an hour down the road she asked "are we almost there?" It's not as if we haven't been to St George in the last few months, let alone how many times over the last 5 years!!! She knows it takes a while.... Ahhh, I was beginning to worry that this trip might be tooooo long for me....
At any rate, we made it safely, without too much fighting. haha! Hugh was great and hardly made a peep. What a sweet little baby!
We had great intentions of what we planned to do: go to Zion's National Park, watch the Imax, maybe hike around, see some falls, visit family..., and so on. However, we found ourselves at the pool where we forgot to put on sunscreen the first day and well, you can imagine the "Ooowww's", lounging around the hotel room, hanging out with aunts, uncles, cousins, brother, sisters, brothers in laws, sister in law, eating out, enjoying Isaac's homemade ice cream and BBQ dinner "Yum!", attending Ronny's vocal recital at Dixie College "So fun!", watching Joshua and Jakob's soccer games (the kids loved this), attending a wedding...

In Toquerville, at Linchfield Pond, April 19th. Ana with her cousin, Caleb going hand in hand over the bridge. I'm not sure what these 2 1/2 year olds were doing other than staying away from the geese and swans... Glad I caught this one on camera. : )

It was too funny watching Ana take on some swans and geese while waving a tulip at them and saying, "Go away! Go away!" (she's a feisty soul).

My sister, Diann and her baby, Elena, with Hugh and me at the wedding.

****attending the St George annual Kite Flying Festival, where Eric had the best time ever keeping his kite up and laughing as the wind would suddenly take his kite and wipe out other kites, etc... (Julia said she did not like it because it was too windy and her kite string broke),

"Let's go fly a kite! Up to the highest height!"

Ana and Hugh taking a break on this very windy day.

One night we found ourselves at Village Inn for dinner with Isaac and his kids, and Diann and Ronny and their kids. The hostess asked, "how many?" 15 was the count and we heard our server say, "Sweet!"
What was an especially fun and totally unexpected was the call we received from our little brother, Neil. As the entire table of 15 leaned towards Eric's speaker phone resting in the middle of the table, Neil read, " are called to labor in the California Santa Rosa Mission...!" We were so excited and happy. We were talking all at once, (boasting who had called the area), and hopefully not being too loud for the Village Inn people. It was neat that even though we are 1,000's of miles away from Neil, the 3 other siblings were able to be together for this. (By, the way Neil, we can't wait to see you in June!)

Friday night, April 18th, at Village Inn, just before Neil's mission call.
Isaac, Eric, Ana, Julia, Stephanie, Hugh, Joshua, Nicholas, Jakob, Alexia, Andrew is behind Caleb, Caleb, Diann, Elena, Ronny

So, that pretty much concludes our trip. We had a great time! Eric said he wished it was Wed. morning again, just so we could begin again.


Jenny said...

Oh, what a fun trip indeed! Glad you had such a great time!! Nothing beats spending time with family (oh, and dear, dear friends of course.) ;) Congrats to Neil on his mission call! I've been to Santa Rosa and love it! It is sooo gorgeous. He'll do great. :)

Stephanie said...

Hi, there! : ) I'll tell Neil your congrats! Did you serve in the Roseville mission? I couldn't remember... And I agree that California is gorgeous! If I could have a second home it would be there... San Diego, maybe... : )

Dustin and Juls said...

What a fun weekend! It is always fun to just get away and have fun with the family.

Stephanie said...

I hear ya! That trip was good for the soul. I came back so much more relaxed. : )