Sunday, July 15, 2007
Up in the Mountains
Well, here we are in grand old Utah. On the way here, our kids had their first complaint about being in the car. It came from Mason and passed quickly enough; he merely observed that we have been in the car quite a bit. All complaints were forgotten when we reached my brother's house and they got to reunite with cousins!
We haven't seen my brother Joel's family for two and a half years so it's really wonderful to see them again. Maia has just been in heaven with her cousins Courtney and Aubree. Courtney is just 5 1/2 months older than Maia; Aubree is 9 days older than Mason. Anyway, the three of them are doing make-up, playing Littlest Petshop, and pretending to be puppies and ponies.
Mason's biggest delight came when my brother Jared brought his crew up from Vegas. His oldest son, Cole, is just 8 1/2 hours younger than Mason and Mason also really gets along with Dylan, who is just 20 months younger.
Truth be told, Marlee keeps saying she wants to go back to Sydney's house. She misses having a little girl to play with. The big girls don't seem to want her around because she's so little and the cousins her age, Easton and Brock, are happy to have each other. I think I am making sound worse than it is. She's still been having fun, don't worry.
This afternoon we all loaded up in the cars and drove up Santaquin Canyon into the mountains for frolicking and a cookout. We had a great feast and the kids all played until they were filthy beyond description. We had a fabulous time in such a beautiful setting (I quite enjoy the aspens) and were extra happy to share this time with our friend Jamie. The kids were so excited to be reunited with their old babysitter and I was thrilled to see my sweet Laurel.
The three older girls pretended to gather and grind wheat to make bread on their "fire" while the boys all gathered wood for their own "fire."
We are looking forward to seeing a few other friends while we are here. I'll post on all that in a few days. In the meantime, know that it warmed my heart to see the "Y" on the mountain after nine years. I can't wait to take my kids to the BYU Bookstore and deck them out in cougarwear!