Sunday, July 24, 2011

Utah Trip

We just got back from our annual trip to Utah to see the cousins, Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles and the cooler weather. We went to Lagoon, hiked the Y, ate lots of JCW burgers (why won't you come to AZ!), played laser tag (a lot), had our now 2nd annual Birth Parent BBQ (thanks to those who could come), played in pool, went to Seven Peaks and just hung out! We loved Utah's weather and fabulous family and friends that we miss so much.

I was a little delinquent on the camera action this year but I do have a few pics of the fun.

Our hike to the Y was fabulous.
This was the only time I was ahead of the pack, I had to take a picture to prove it!

We made it. Those are smiles of relief! We didn't bring the Little's (Lia and Grace). We were glad we didn't on some of those steep switchbacks. Grandma and Grandpa stayed behinds and played with them and Dallas.

Ellie on the trail, see she really did enjoy it. Although she did end up like this on the way down.

Uncle Brett thought she looked better as a backpack. "Uncle Stinky" strikes again.

We then hit a BYU favorite: J Dawgs! Yum, thanks Cathie for this tip. Don't know if it was the hiking or the special sauce they use, but those are the best hot dogs I have ever had. We will come again next year, sweaty and hungry!

The kids then wanted to go to BYU's Creamery, so we let them talk us into it. How could we not! That ice cream is delicious.

That same evening was our Birth Parent dinner. I have a few of my favorite photos below. Are we not sooooo blessed to have such a large family? Lots of moms, dads, grandparents and siblings. This group is fun and loud and crazy and I feel so blessed to be a part of it. These fabulous people trusted BJ and I with the Most Precious of gifts, family. Thank you to all of you for your love, trust and continued friendship. We feel our children are so blessed to have such a loving extended family.

Ellie and Christy. Can you see the resemblance?

Grandma Elizabeth and Grandpa Saul came again and we got to meet Christy's brothers and sister. Thanks for coming!

Sher and Grandma Lauralie and Grandpa Gary. Lance, thanks for bringing your family, we love to see them grow. Grace snuck in for a photo op too.

I love watching Sher and Levi together. I see his smile in her face. It makes ME smile.

Look at those beautiful women! Can you see the family resemblance. Now you all know where Lia gets her good looks from. Leilani and Aunt Tasha are so beautiful, I'm so glad Lia will look like you two!

Sienna, Lia and Jada

Alex and Lia

Look at that gorgeous group!

My favorite picture of the night was Lia, Jada and Rosy making their funny faces at me! So cute!


Heather said...

Your birthparent dinner is the most awesome thing ever! Love it!

Cheryl said...

Thanks Heather! That means a lot coming from someone who gets all of this stuff too. They are amazing people and we feel so blessed.