Monday, September 1, 2014

Road Trip: Week 4, Andrew's fam

We made the short drive from my parent's house to Andrew's parents house to spend a week with them. Another glorious fun-filled week. We are so lucky!

First up: A visit with Great Grandma and Great Grandpa H.

 B perused the Reader's Digest.
He'd never heard of it.
It was cracking him up.
 Grandma and Great Grandma rocked out on
the piano, playing Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.
And Grandpa regaled us with stories from his
 service in the Navy during World War II.

We also made our annual trek to BYU.
 At the library, we got to see a 3D printer in action.
I'd never seen one. It was awesome.
 This one was printing a case for an iphone.
Brandon came up with a great idea,
"Hey, girls. Let's all just ask for a 3D printer for
Christmas and we can make our own toys!"

Then we met up with cousins and Grandma and Grandpa 
at the newly-remodeled Bean Museum.
 Shasta the Liger is still there.
 And just about every other taxidermied animal you could hope to see.
We were quite the crew.

My dad showed me how to use my phone to geocache,
so we tried our luck on campus and found two!

We also visited Kung Fu Panda.
 Hi Ya!
Andrew took a roundhouse kick to the face. Ouch. 

Go Cougars!

We met Anna and Gouch at an awesome park to visit.
Even though we hadn't seen each other in two years,
we chatted like no time had passed.
Love friendships like that.

One of the reasons I wanted to meet at a park,
was because it had this:
 A giant climbing structure--
big enough for ADULTS to climb.

So, of course, Anna and I had to try it out.
Fun! And it had a great view from up there.
(We only saw one kid get injured on it while we were there.)

We found a couple of geocaches by Gma and Gpa's house.
 This was the teeniest one I've seen so far!

The girls love playing with Gma's dress-ups.
 Lady Whitney and Lady Caroline had a tea party
with the Dowager Countess. :)

We tried something new: riding Trax downtown.
 It was great.

We took it to the Leo--a museum downtown.
It was PERFECT for us.
They have a STEAM focus--
science, technology, engineering, ART, and math.
They're math section was lame,
but everything else was awesome.

 Will it float?
Learning about the properties of water
 Building circuits
 Creating animations.
We could've spent all day there.

 We headed downtown for lunch
and got a glimpse of the Salt Lake Temple.

One night Gma and Gpa took us all out for dinner.
 The little kids' table.
 The big kids' table.
Bunch of cuties.

Another day we went to a trampoline park that had
a ninja warrior course.
Forrest and Ethan made it all the way through. Woot!

B trained did great--made it more than half way.
I think if he could try it a couple more times,
he could get it.

 Andrew even gave it a try.
He made it past the monkey bars
and the rock climbing wall...
but the tightrope did him in.

Some of our favorites moments were just
playing around the house with cousins.
 The three adorable six-year-olds.


The girls decorated a fairy land in the backyard.

Reagan gave B and Jo a run for their money in soccer.

Ang and Forrest came up with a new family game,
"Mormon Game Night,"
for the adults. So fun!
 (and our team won!)

This was our year to have a reunion with Andrew's side of the family,
so everyone was in town for the weekend.
All sixteen cousins.
Grandma rented this bounce house/waterslide for the day.
It was perfect. The kids had a blast!

On Saturday, we drove down to Tony and Cindy's new house.
It is gorgeous. They have the best taste in decorating and design.
And check out their view!

We met there to take family portraits of the whole crew.
We're still waiting to get the professional's pics,
but here are a few that I snapped.
 The one and only picture of our little family.
Good thing it turned out OK.
 Silly cousins!
 The cutie patootie six-year-olds
The teens and tweens giving their teenage looks.
(Notice my kids haven't mastered the look yet.)
Beautiful young women

 Cute cousins

After pictures, we hung out at Tone and Cind's for a while.
 We've got some talent in the family.
It was so fun to hear the girls singing and playing their instruments.
B added some humor to the number.
Pretty princesses

Then we drove up the canyon and played kickball.
 That ball was hard to catch!

After a yummy chicken dinner, we drove up Provo Canyon to Sundance
to watch "Fiddler on the Roof."

Such a beautiful setting for an outdoor theater!

Oh, the memories!
It makes me happy to spend this time with family,
especially since we live so far away from everyone.


  1. Thanks for coming to see us. Your family is great and the kids really know how to dance to "Bad Bad Leroy Brown." Great post. Thanks for all the cousins pictures.

  2. The grandmas playing Bad Leroy Brown is awesome! I am cracking up!

  3. What a great post! So many good photos. It was wonderful to see you all. Love you guys and your kids.

  4. Okay, first off the photo of Brandon reading The Reader's Digest is a keeper! And it's so much fun to read all about everything and re-live it and see the photos (even though I have copies!!). Love you and miss you all!
    Bad, Bad Grandma Sweat

  5. That's funny that your kids haven't figured out the teenage look. You should keep it that way. (-: