Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sunday Update/Utah Vacation Part 3

This is the third and final installment of our vacation to Utah. After William returned to us we headed up to his parents home for a little family reunion with his sisters families. Oma and Opa live up a canyon just over the border in Idaho.

Isn't this just the prettiest place? They moved here about five years ago. They now raise acres of alfalfa and are the hardest working retired people we know!

There is a tree house that our Uncle Richie built the tree house and swing and Opa added the slide. It it s a great spot, I am actually reading a magazine while the kids play!
After the rest of the cousins showed up there were lots of water fights. Poor Oma!
Opa took everyone down to his friends dairy farm to milk the cows. They had a great time in the back of his old truck. I spent the whole time picturing what could happen to a truckload of kids with no seat belts but of course they were fine.
A major hit of the whole event was when Opa arranged to borrow his neighbors little pony for the kids to take turns riding. This was soooo much fun! Here are my boys being cowboys. That is the a view of their alfalfa fields and the mountain behind. So pretty.
Joshua loved the pony! He kept insisting it was "my horse!" If they were lucky he let the other kids ride too but I think he managed more rides than anybody.

We finished up with fireworks on the fourth. My kids have never really been allowed to stay up long enough to participate in this one so they really loved doing this with Uncle Glendon. That kid in the background in orange is Matthew. I thought that was great symbolism to have my kid in a picture with fireworks since William and I had our first date 19 years ago on the fourth. Wow!
It sure was a fun trip! We will now return to our regularly scheduled Sunday update. Thanks for your patience!


Sandy said...

Have just been catching up on all your "summer projects" - love the paintings on the canvas boards and the purse is too cute! Funny how the times change huh - I'm barely up late enough these days to see fireworks.
Hope you have a fabulous week.
Sandy :)

Circe said...

It's beautiful up there, huh? I loved your comment about the truck. We were just at Zeljko's wife's family gathering this week where the rule was you had to be FOUR to drive a four-wheeler. Scott about had a nervous breakdwn, Freestone almost hit a car and Ruby narrowly missed getting run over by a 7 year old girl who I swear was aiming for her! But, of course, they all turned out fine.

The Motherboard said...

It looks like you had a splendid time! It was nice to see you again!

dubuhdudesigns said...

Wow! I have so much catching up to do. Opa and Oma's "ranch" looks like the perfect place for kids to play around on..the memories they will have will last a long time (wouldnt that be cool if they wind up taking their kids there a future summer?! Happy to hear you had a wonderful time:)

Maren said...

I had so much fun at the family reunion!!! I am so glad you came out to visit. All your children are so delightful! I smile every time I think about Joshua and the water fight! He is so full of fun and personality! I can't wait to watch him grow up!