July 24- Pioneer Day! I feel like we really celebrated Pioneers this year by trekking across the country like them. Well, kind of like them. We did have air conditioning and a DVD player...
We drove up to Park City to ride the Alpine Slide. It was a very fun day and perfect weather. Our first stop was a pizza place on Main Street. Owen's eyes got really big when he saw the pizza. j/k :)
We saw this bear as we were walking down Main Street and Macy wanted a picture.
We saw the free trolley and Macy was very interested in riding it. We waited longer than we wanted for it but the kids had a blast riding it to the city bus stop.
I just love Anna's pigtails!
Riding the Alpine Slide was another time it was very helpful having my mom around. I'm not sure how we would have done it otherwise. It would have taken a lot more time waiting in line since Ja had to ride with Macy and I had to ride with Anna. Grandma stayed with Owen at the bottom.
Here we are at the top of the lift. The girls enjoyed riding up the ski lift. Macy was a little nervous and Anna didn't seem to care she could fall to her death. It was a gorgeous day!
Ready to ride! Anna was cheering and saying "woohoo!" the whole way down. It was so cute. I loved riding with her. The sad part was she asked to go again when we finished. Sorry girl, that's another $24.
We did get to ride the city bus again back to our car. After a near miss though because Macy had to use the little girls room while we were waiting and the nearest one was far away. I greatly enjoyed our time in Park City and would love to go back soon.
We drove back to Lehi and picked up Colin and Jill (another great reason to have a minivan!). For dinner we met Rachel, Darin, and Wesley at J Dawg's in Orem. This was our first time meeting Wesley. I loved how Owen reached out to show his love for Wesley. Those boys will be wrestling each other really soon!
Jill kept the girls entertained with this fork sculpture.
Then, we drove down to Spanish Fork for their fireworks show. There was a carnival going on first that we stopped at. The girls got to choose one ride and got a snow cone. I thought these pictures of Owen with Jill and Colin are so cute. Especially the one with the hat. Owen has the cutest little face!
The fireworks show didn't start until 10 p.m.! It was a good show though. We put a blanket down on a baseball field and waited for the show to start. Macy had to use the restroom again and Jill and Colin walked all around trying to find one for her. They almost missed the show! It was a super late night for us but everyone slept well.
July 25- Saturday we planned a little hike to Bridal Veil falls in Provo Canyon. As you can see the girls were thrilled to be riding with Aunt Jill in the back seat.
If you look really closely at this picture you can see some people near the base on the left side.
Here is Ja's view of us down below.
The girls loved having their fun Aunt Jill around! Jill and Colin are troopers for putting up with all of us!
There's a little spot to feed fish so the girls did that too.
Then we stopped at our old favorite place- Pita Pit. A nice light but filling lunch.
Jill had a park she has been wanting to visit but hadn't because of her lack of children. It was a really cool park all made of wood. It was very nicely shaded too. And most importantly, not humid!! I almost forgot what it felt like in the summer to not be all sweaty. The girls had fun walking along the wood beams. I think it was called discovery park.
We went back to Jill's place and had a BBQ with Colin's family who drove in that night for a family reunion.
July 26- We went to church with Jill and Colin. Luckily Jill is a nursery worker so she took Anna into nursery with her. Macy loves primary and had no problem going into a new primary. After church we ate lunch then drove up to Salt Lake. We wanted to show the girls the temple, Visitors Center, and Conference Center. Hopefully next time we watch General Conference it will spark a memory for Macy. She was eager to get on the roof of the Conference Center because we told her there are fountains and trees.
Macy found this flower and tried to keep it alive all day by putting it in water anytime we saw a fountain.
Macy and I walked around and she wanted me to take her picture at many different locations. We missed the big water shooting out of this fountain :(
Here we are in the Visitor's Center. I was excited to show the girls this Christus statue. Macy pointed out all the holes in His hands, feet, and side. We also saw the replica of the Salt Lake temple. It was pretty cool to see the inside of it since I've never been inside.
Owen had a great time chewing on this water bottle.
My two silly family members.
After the temple we dropped my mom off then went to dinner with our friends the Oates. We knew them in Virginia and they moved to Utah the year before we moved. It was fun to see them and their fourth daughter Remi. Ellen was about to have another baby too! The kids played well together just like old times. Macy and Anna did not want to leave! Sadly we did not take any pictures!
July 27- BYU day! We really wanted to show the girls BYU and I really wanted to see all the new changes to the campus. One of the buildings I went to class in is no longer standing and a brand new building was built. I would have had many classes in the new building. They also put in new landscape on the hill just south of campus. I was very glad to see the pond where Ja proposed is still there.
Our first stop was the Cougar Eat for lunch. Then we headed to the BYU bookstore to get the kids BYU shirts. Macy and Anna was very excited about this! It was so fun to be there with my kids picking out shirts! Kids are something I dreamed about while attending college so it was fun to have them there with me.
Of course after only a few steps every kid wanted to be carried. Anna was in the stroller.
After visiting the new Life Sciences building we stopped at the creamery on ninth. Huge ice cream cones for all in their new BYU shirts!
Rachel and Wesley came to visit with us too.
I love this picture of my adorable future cougar! And the ice cream was delicious too.
After BYU we drove back up to Lehi and had dinner at Zupa's with our friends the Jones. We met Andrew and Chelsey when we first got married so we've known them for 10 years now. We both have 3 kids so it was fun to meet up again. We went to their house after dinner so the kids could play while we caught up. Then the kids had more ice cream. Those lucky ducks. Again the kids didn't want to leave because they were having fun playing with toys and more kids.
This is the only picture we took at the Jones' house but it's a keeper.
July 28- Our last day in Utah :( I was really sad because Jill didn't get to say good-bye to the girls. Her and Colin were leaving that morning for Colin's family reunion and the girls slept in from going to bed late. I actually felt like crying. They loved seeing their aunt Jill and it kind of broke my heart they couldn't say good-bye. So I recorded a video of Jill saying good-bye but in the end the girls didn't want to watch it. Go figure.
We really wanted to go to a temple while in Utah. We had to take advantage of all the many temples since ours is 2 hours away! My mom had to leave this morning so Ja and I took turns going. He did a session in the morning then I did sealings after that. The funny part was Ja saw his Uncle Will and Aunt Linda while he was walking out. I saw a mom of a high school friend inside the temple. What are the chances of both of us seeing someone we know? We went to the American Fork temple.
We had no plans for the rest of the day so I called Ellen to see what they were doing. Macy and Anna were requesting to play with them again. They were going on a child friendly hike to Donut Falls in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Their daughter Remi napped while we went to the temple so the timing worked out perfectly. We met them at the bottom of the hike entrance. Up in the mountains the temperature was just right. It was another beautiful day and a beautiful hike.
Anna did really well hiking on her own -up until the very end where the rocks got a little slippery from the water.
Oliver, Halle, Macy, Sloane (Anna didn't want to get in the picture)
My adorable hiking buddy
Macy was having too much fun playing on the rocks she wouldn't look for a picture.
Ja hiked up to the top of the waterfall to see what it looks like. It does live up to its name Donut Falls. The water runs through a hole in the rocks.
Anna loved having Halle around. In Virginia Macy was Halle's side kick and this time it was Anna.
I love this picture of all the kids holding hands!
I wanted to get pictures of the kids with Wesley but unfortunately he wasn't the happiest baby at the time. Macy didn't seem phased by the crying though.
Alas, it was time to go. Back to Jill's place to start packing up. We were all very sad to leave and the girls reminded me often they didn't want to go home. I didn't blame them! Being on vacation is a lot of fun! I didn't want to go back to life and reality either! I knew I would have to start potty training Anna and the thought scared me. But it was time. At least we got to stay in Colorado for another night and half day.