Monday, August 24, 2015

Utah, Day 5

Wednesday morning we packed up the cars again, said goodbye to Grandpa and Grandma, and headed to Utah Valley.

Oh the things that entertain kids. Millie, Madi, and Kelsey were tying each other up for a good hour! And Max was totally enthralled with that boot that Belle uses as a chew toy.

We had so much stuff in the car there was hardly room for Millie back there! At one point a bin of clothes tipped over on her. Instead of yelling for help or something, she just said, "Clothes!" For some reason it was so funny and Mom and I laughed so hard.

Eva was so sweet to hold Max's hand in the car when he was getting restless, even if it meant she had to lay under a box. Ha!

Mom took me and the kids to pick up a rental car and then we were on our own for a bit. I took the kids to Wendy's by our old apartment and we had the most wonderful lunch - they both ate all of their food without argument and we just had a great time!

Then we got settled in the house my parents rented in Pleasant Grove. Pink!

That afternoon we got to go see Giselle, Austin, Sydney, and Hudson!! We didn't get to see them at the dude ranch so I was super excited - it had been too long. I wish our kids could play together more! It was so fun catching up with them.

We drove by the Timpanogos Temple on our way out. So beautiful and Millie loved seeing "our temple," as she calls it. (Anywhere anyone gets married is "theirs.") 

That night Tyler flew in! We were so happy to finally have him with us!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Utah, Day 4

A day in Spring City doing nothing was just what we needed!

I got to go for a run by myself. This was good for two reasons: it was nice to be alone for a minute, and no one saw how often I had to walk. Altitude is real folks!

Max got very attached to this lacrosse stick. It was kind of adorable.

Millie showing me how to play toilet tag.

We just couldn't go inside! We seriously spent all morning outside. Utah weather is amazing.

Monka curled Millie's hair and she looked like a little teenager!

Drawing pictures/thank you notes for Grandpa and Grandma.

Millie, Madi, and Kelsey sat on the driveway and traded rocks for over an hour. Millie got to choose 3 to bring home, which was sad because she wanted all of the ones piled in her shirt!

She asked for a snack. I got up to get her one and came back 30 seconds later to find her asleep! Fun is so exhausting.

More driving and Utah days 1-3

On Saturday we cleaned the condo and headed to Spring City to stay with Grandpa and Grandma Backus.

Millie thinks she is so funny!

She also lost all marker privileges.

You know you're sisters when you separately buy the same candy at the gas station.

I was trying to get a pic of the Welcome to Utah sign and caught this selfie-taking couple instead. Ha!

A Manti Temple drive-by

Soooo happy to be at Grandpa's! And sooo happy to be out of the car.

We went to church on Sunday and enjoyed the beautiful weather. Millie loved running around outside with her cousins.

Do we look comfortable?? I was not, I assure you. Sleeping with kids is just a riot.

On Monday we went up to Utah Valley to do some wedding shopping.

Max's first Arctic Circle cone!

Arctic Circle is just the same as when Linds and I worked there. Walking in there was so weird - I instantly felt like I was 16 again.

After a few hours of wedding errands we played at Nelson's Grove.

We brought dinner back to this park before driving back to Grandpa's. 

Durango, Day 3

Coal Bank Pass. Millie insisted on climbing up but Max couldn't so Lindsay helped her.

We played and had a picnic lunch at a cute park in Silverton. The whole town was adorable!

Downtown Silverton.

Rocky Mountain Funnel Cake Factory!

We stopped at a waterfall on the side of the road and let the kids play for a minute.

Andrew's Lake. I stayed in the car with Max and Briggs, who were sleeping. 

I also took a hair selfie because I was bored.

Since it was sunny it was (barely) warm enough for a swim. The kids also loved the hot tub.

It was fun to people-watch at the pool. We could see mountain bikers coming down the slopes, people zip-lining overhead, and people on the alpine slide. So many fun things to do!