Sunday, September 13, 2009

Summer, School, Family - Chapter 1 Utah

Well, again here comes the deluge of updates from the iowaspuds...
The big updates was our super trip out west. We went through South Dakota, saw the corn palace in Mitchell.

We didn't stop to see Wall Drug, but we didn't know when to turn off, they could have more signs along the way (note sarcasm)...

We spend a couple nights in Keystone, South Dakota, and saw Mount Rushmore and the beautiful Black Hills. The kids loved it, and it is definitely a place to see again.

From there we went to Idaho Falls to be sure my brother and his family were doing good, and the kids played hard with their IF cousins. We also stopped in American Falls to check on some friends we don't see nearly enough.

Then on to Utah! Sara and her family were kind enough to let us stay there and provide babysitting while Sherrie and I went to the temple.
While we were in Utah we went to two weddings and a sealing. What a great thing to be with family in the temple and see people make eternal promises to love and cherish one another. Congrats Tracey/Wade, Jeff/Allyson, and Kristie/Devin!

We took a sweet hike up to Timpanogos Caves. It was a tough hike, but we all made it. Kell hiked the whole way. Dad carried Campbell, and cousin Matt hefted Abigail the whole way on his back (oh to be 19 again). The boys loved the cave, and it is a neat stop.

We stopped by BYU and the kids got to see the ol alma mater. It was also Cole's Birthday, so we were able to spend that with cousins and family.

Our favorite Aunt Lisa stopped while we were at the temple one day, and the kids got to see her and enjoy being with her. She was also so nice as to let us stay at her house one night. She is the best. See if you can spot the antagonist in this photo...

This picture was from the last wedding, and is a little out of the timeline of events, but is part of the Utah fun. We went to Kristie's wedding in Bountiful. The kids loved it and it was so neat to be there with my little family and enjoy the beauty of the temple and those things most precious to me.

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