Friday, August 15, 2014

Inside the beach house

This place was the best!  Tons of stairs, but it was worth it!
Great beaches!
Great company!
Fun walking partners!
Amazing body surfers!
Some well used boards!
And some narly waves! 
Inside the house were plush amenities. 
Grandma was always keeping the kitchen pristine. 
It was a blast!!!  We loved having Jackie there with us, too!!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Photo Shoot!

 I love these two so much!  It's amazing that
these two sweet people married 50 years
ago, and now they have this to show for it!
I introduce the Stewart Family...
 25 people strong!

 These grandkids think the world 
of their grandparents!
 Aunt Jenny is in first place in the favorite
aunt category (sorry Christina, Heather, 
Annette and myself....we have no prayer).  :)
 Will and Christina's beautiful group!
 Annette and Earnest's mid-move to Seattle shot!
Our little family.
Last, but never least, we have 
Heather and Chris' gang.
Is that Christmas card 
worthy, or what?!?
Thank you, Gary and Marie!
I'm so grateful to be a part of
this beautiful family!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

50th Anniversary Celebration

As a way of celebrating my in-laws 50th anniversary, we returned to the San Clemente Beach House Tradition. 
We divided up the meals, and Jason and I were first. We decided to welcome everyone to California the right way...a BONFIRE!!
Everyone pulled into town at different times on Saturday, so we had small numbers at first. 
With 25 family members and 2 friends, we are quite the group!
Photo bomber Chris was in rare form that night....and he would steal everyone's phones and change their wallpaper to random (not so flattering shots) of others. Gotta love Chris!  ��
Sydney loves doing Scooby Doo Jinkies with Jason. 
The girls were awesome helpers. We had to drop them off early to reserve the fire pit. They had a blast!
Then the hot dog and s'more roasting began. 
The guests of honor were the last to arrive. We welcomed them with open arms and couldn't wait to get the week of fun started!!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Gustavo's Farewell

Once Summer met up with the Banks', I lost her completely. Nothing else you can see. 
They had a great time fulfilling Goose's checklist of dates. These were taken as they watched the sun rise in the mountains one morning. 
They were in heaven. 
I never spotted them not touching. 
It was quite nauseating. ��
Have you ever seen her looking happier?
Even when surrounded by little brothers, they were as happy as can be. 
We drove away on Monday, and on Tuesday he flew out. 
He is now officially Elder Gustavo Banks of the Santiago Chile West Mission. I know he will be an amazing missionary and he will have one very faithful pen pal!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Our first Paint Nite

We girls decided to think outside the box for an activity we could do together. 
We found a great Groupon deal to attend a Paint Nite event. *as we scroll through these pictures, notice how Becky's smile changes. ��
We were poised and ready to go. 
The background took the longest, but we were all pretty happy with the blue portions. It was the white that started to lead us all astray. 
They all started to look VERY different. 
Then the real 'work' began. That darn turtle and seaweed!!!  ��
See that smile on Becky's face?  I think fun has left the building. ��
The original, which I begrudgingly will show you at the end, has 2 cute little fish. Mine weren't so cute. They are now covered by giant seaweed and my moms were simply painted over. Bec didn't even try. 
Becky was thrilled when this picture distorted her finished product (which isn't bad, at all). She is way too harsh of a critic. 
I jokingly placed mine on my mantle, yet it still remains. It's not all that bad...until you see the original!!!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cabin Trip 2014

After leaving the Openshaws, we headed up to the cabin in Brian Head. ❤️
Sorry for the picture overload, but we love it up there!  Too many beautiful scenes...we have to take tons of pictures!
Lexi & Summer
Summer tanning by Marmot Hill. 
Summer and Libby watching for trout. 
Syd being Syd...beautiful!
We went on an amazing hike in Kanarraville. 
It's called Kanarra Canyon and it's amazing!
Hiking through water is always more fun!
Xavier and Ty loved it!
Especially the rock slides!!!
As always, the 4-wheelers are the biggest hit. Libby and Lexi were sold!
Syd even chauffeured Pops around. Ty says Pops is too scary to ride with. He liked to blaze his own trails. :P
Christina and Tanner enjoyed the cool evenings by the creek, too. 
Ty and Xavier are true fishermen. 
It was always nice to warm up by the campfire. 
Bridget (and the rest of the Rices) came up Thursday night. 
The Openshaws joined us Thursday night, also. 
My two dads are so much fun together. They enjoyed horseshoes, BBQing, Fox News, and chatting together. 
Ty's greatest achievement was having grandad allow him to ride the ATV solo. That was a HUGE deal. He is one happy camper. 
We loaded the car and headed to St. George to drop Summer off with the Banks'. 
Poor Goose had to meet all 15 of us and endure a brutal interview with Pops. Pops approves. He was pretty impressed by him. 
Summer is spending a few days in St. George with them at their aunts house and will head to AZ with them on Monday. Goose has his farewell next Sunday, then he leaves for his mission to Santiago, Chile. Ty, Syd, and I leave Friday to AZ for the farewell and to pick up a heart-broken girl who has to say goodbye for 2 years.