Saturday, June 30, 2012

Back to Salt Lake City

We said goodbye to the cabin out in Vernal and had to head home.
Since the drive back home to CA would be 15+ hours. We decided one more day in SLC was in order. So we only had a 3 hour drive to get back into SLC. The drive up through Park City was really beautiful.  But again we were plagued by car sickness and had to stop to clean up a boy and the car.  We were better prepared and luckily it didn't put us off schedule too much. We had an appointment we didn't want to miss in SLC.

Months ago when we knew when and where this family reunion would take place my husband wrote a letter to L. Tom Perry. Evidently he is a cousin. My husband has Perrys in his family tree and Elder Perry told a story about the conversion of his family in conference a few years back and it is the same story that my husband's family tells too. So he wrote to Elder Perry as asked if we could come and visit him while we were in SLC.

My kids were a little nervous but since Elder Perry was so nice to us they lost a bit of their shyness and talked with him about different things.
Molly of course worked her way around his office looking at all the different pictures and things he had on his desk and other surfaces in the office. She especially loved a little glass sacrament cup that he had sitting out. It was so tiny it seemed perfect for this little girl.  He went to a cabinet in his office and pulled out a tray of them and gave one to each of the kids to take home.  It was quite a visit and interesting to see the inside of the church office building.

As we were headed out the building I stopped to change Molly's diaper and the other were waiting in the hall and were a little surprised when they saw and exchanged a few pleasant words with Dieter F. Uchtdorf and his wife as they were headed out of the building.  I missed the whole thing but my kids were excited to tell they got to shake hands with two of the Apostles that day.

We headed over to the Church History Museum. It was one of the things we missed seeing the last time we were in SLC two years ago.

Molly loved the dressing up and dancing part the best. I had to take the skirt off her and take her out of the museum kicking and screaming because she didn't want to ever take that pink skirt off.

We some other plans for the evening but Ian changed them for us.  After being sick in the car on the drive from vernal that morning he decided to be sick again in the restaurant we stopped at to have dinner.  Perhaps what we thought was car sickness was some sort of bug after all.

We had a lovely, memorable trip to Utah. It is always difficult to get everything and eveyone we want to see into our visits.


Family Shots

We took a bunch of pictures while out in Utah. Mostly of family. Since I don't really put too many names and such here on my blog I am just going to add a bunch of pictures and let you see what a great family I married into.  I know we didn't even scratch the surface on getting pictures of everyone that attended. But here are a few of those we did catch on film I mean on my memory card.

Maybe one day I when I print this out I will go back in and put names to each of these faces. For now I am just happy the iphoto has all the pictures and the names are there thanks to face recognition. 

Family Reunion

Our main reason for heading to Utah was a Family Reunion. Grandma arranged for a cabin out near Vernal Utah that the whole clan would be able to stay in. One big happy family under one roof.
The cabin was out in the middle of nowhere but there was so much to do around the cabin there was never a moment of bordom.

A small lake just outside the front door had some crawdads (at least that is what we always called them when we saw them in the creeks near the house I grew up in.). The boys thought it was very fun to catch them.

Sophie even got into the fun of catching them as well.
There was fishing too. Ian and Henry were so excited to give fishing a try.  There was also a canoe on this lake and Ian decided he needed to paddle out onto the lake on that as well.

Here is a quick shot looking down on the main room from up on the railings above.
It was a very large and really nice cabin. We were all impressed.
Up the hill a short drive or walk there was a climbing wall. The boy never did get up more than about half way but they a great time trying and trying again.
The little guys had a lot of time on the rock wall because most of the big kids/adults were having a paintball war.  My guys were a little young to participate, which made them a little sad but there were so many other things around that they quickly moved onto other things.
Here the boys did a little target practice with a bb gun.
Ian was very excited about doing a little archery. He was out here shooting quite awhile.
Even Aunt Laura took a turn with the bow.

One of the days we headed out to Vernal. We saw the temple.
And visited the dinosaur museum.
We never did make it out to Dionosaur National Monument. Our day just seemed to slip away and so my kids had to be happy with the offerings found at this musuem.

We had never been to this part of Utah. It was where Grandma's father grew up and we even stopped into his childhood home while in town.

It was a very fun couple of days!