Tuesday, November 7, 2017

More Chicago Adventures

 I am a firm believer that Hop On/Hop Off Tour busses are the way to go!  We had a couple dud tour guides.  Hop off, hop on and you'll have a different guide. HaHa Also, no need for any other transportation.  They get you where you need to go. 

 Our feet were our other mode of transportation.  I love sewer grates & landmarkers in old cities!

 Our favorite tour guide on our bus adventures recommended the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) as the place to go for amazing views and a thrill.
 Bec and I smooshed some pennies at the top.
 The view really was spectacular...

 ...especially when they lowered us over the city!  TILT is quite the experience!  I was really proud of myself.  After all, I was the girl that HATED the parachute ride at Knott's Berry Farm as a kid. 
 Had to take a pic with giant Abe for Syd!

 We enjoyed a beautiful sunset stroll along Navy Pier.  This city really knows how to pull off a stunning view!  
 I still can't get over the fact that this isn't a pier over an ocean.  That's one BIG lake!!!

 The art exhibits throughout the city are too much fun!  This one has faces that randomly spit water out of their mouths. 
A great way to cool down.
No biggie, just me holding 3 million dollars!!! 
I needed it after this trip! ;)

Sunday, May 14, 2017


 We arrived in Chicago at about 1:30 in the afternoon, checked into out hotel, and off we went.  I love that there are parks EVERYWHERE!  We definitely came at the right time of year.  The weather has been perfect, the people friendly, and the attractions are so cool!
We knew we wanted to see 'The Bean' right away.  We were all surprised by how much we truly loved it!  Walking inside of the bean was unlike anything we expected.  Very trippy.
 Our small crew has been getting around! This was our 'on foot' day.
 We dipped out feet in Lake Michigan, then made our way to Buckingham Fountain just in time for sunset with the sky risers behind us.  The picture doesn't do it justice,

 We started Mother's Day off with a FaceTime with Zane, a nice breakfast at the hotel, then church on Foster Ave.  I tried my hardest to find a missionary that knew Fletcher (who's currently serving here, but apparently in a different mission).  We then headed to Wrigley Field.
The cubs are out of town this week, but my parents will catch a game
Tuesday night after they drop us off at the airport.

It's safe to say, we are loving Chicago!  Now we're off for the bus tour!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Ty and Troy...two giants

 Ty is absolutely loving Scouts!  They
have some amazing merit badges and 
they're pretty spoiled.  He missed sailing a
few weeks back because of soccer, but luckily
 this week it worked out.  Off to the stables we went.
 My not-so-little guy got the full sized horse,Troy.
 Here's a good shot to show the size comparison
between Troy and the ponies.  
 Ty was loving it!  He managed that full grown
beast like the best of 'em UNTIL...
 ...it was time to trot.  Troy decided it was time to 
race and off he went.  Ty went flying and landed with
quite the thud.  He was so embarrassed but got right
back up and on the horse again.  I was so proud!
Funniest thing, as soon as they started trotting again,
Troy tripped and Ty's head landed square on the back
of his neck.  He is now a full supporter of helmets.
This was Saturday, and every second since, Ty's
been begging to go back and ride again,  HaHa
His Great-Grandad Stewart (a true cowboy) would be 
so proud. Glad this kid has bones of steel!!! That 
was a long, hard fall!  The scout leaders were so 
glad I was there.  That would have been an 
awkward phone call home.  :P

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Halloween 2016

Syd started out Halloween with a bang. Weston loaded his Jeep with friends and they were off on an off-roading adventure. (Weston, Isaac, Sydney, and Baylee)
They were pretty proud of themselves when they returned. That was one mud caked Jeep. 
Syd and her friends all bought these dumb CareBear onesies. They wore them the week prior to Wood Canyon's Trunk-or-Treat. Easy for me. Ty was more difficult. We went with 'Bad Surgeon' and dowsed him in 'blood'. 
Here they are from the Trunk-or-Treat
Syd's group of friends is awesome!  They have so much fun together. 
Sophie, Maddie, Syd, and Amanda
Weston, Kolton, and Isaac
Syd and Isaac are adorable together. They are blissfully happy and such good kids. Makes parenting a lot easier!  

Happy Halloween!!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fall cabin trip

All this boy ever wants is a 
trip to the cabin.  No joke!  We talked about
another cruise, or a trip out of the country.
He says nope, just the cabin!
I think Scoop likes the cabin just as much 
as Ty does.  Possibly more, although Ty would
 fight me on that.
Syd spent a lot of time here exploring with 
Ellie and Tanner in the past.  She took a lot of solo
walks this trip and I know they were right
there, walking beside her!
The weather was PERFECT and
we enjoyed a lot of time on the porch.
Summer and Mat joined us, too. Always a treat.
Oh, how I love this kid!!!
Since my dad retired, we decided he HAD
to join us.  We missed having my Mom there,
but we will bring them both next time.
We got my dad a couple simple art kits
for his birthday.  I was thrilled that he brought
the sketching kit and put it to use on the trip.
I mean, come on!  How attractive is that
dad of mine!?!  Love that man to pieces!!!
Jason finally allowed the kids to play Risk.
Normally he takes it too seriously for them to
play, but they did it.  I don't know that any of
them had the same love for the game that he does.
Summer and Mat teamed up and killed everyone!
How I miss this sweet girl!  I'm grateful for every
opportunity I have to spend time with her.
Those four-wheelers get put to good use!
Ty refuses to ride with Pops anymore.  Way too
crazy!  I swear my dad is Ty's age mentally. ;)
I think my Dad really enjoyed his time there.
Who wouldn't with all the fall colors.
Satellite TV allowed him to still watch his
political shows.  darn it.  HaHa
Can you find Mat and Summer?
This was our crazy bunch after 'church'.
Church there is awesome.  It's only about 45
minutes and you can come as is.  LOVE IT!
Of course we had to make a stop at Cedar Breaks...
and of course, Mat led the kids to the edge of the cliff!
Always an adventure with that fearless guy!

We took a drive to Sydney Canyon one night
to look for elk.  Deer were all over our cabin, but the
elk were hard to find.  Luckily for us, the shepherds no 
longer allow their sheep to graze on our private property
(the sheep contaminated our drinking water).  Well, sad for 
us, they have taken over Sydney Canyon.
It was still fun to see, even though the elk
would have been better.

We love this place and cherish EVERY
memory made at the Stewart Cabin!

Weaver Open House

We enjoyed a beautiful Open House in Utah for
 Mat and Summer on the evening of August 22, 2016.
It was in his parents backyard and
 everything waas perfect!
 This cake had everyone believing it was real.  ;)
Mat's mom had that topper made.
 We were lucky enough to get Porter there, 
even though Jessie had a volleyball game that night.
 He and Syd put the photo booth to work!
 Smiles all around!
 Ty has been such a good sport through all of this.
He and Max started playing Pokemon Go that
weekend and I think it was a lifesaver!
They even had me take them to BYU's
campus, where, apparently, the best Pokemon
 live. I need to emphasis the fact that he does
not have an iPhone.  HaHa  That
one is Jason's.
 I'm sad this one was out of focus.  She is so happy!
What else can I ask for?
 These 2 will forever be goofballs!
 One more goofball the join them!
 Marni made BOTH receptions.  She was the only one to do so.
She is such a sweetheart!  It meant the world to me!
 Our favorite little guy spent the weekend with us, too.
Cemetery visits, Pokemon, Panda Express (his favorite)...
not a bad deal for him!
 We sure adore you, Max!
 These 2 haven't complained once.  They were
my biggest helpers through the entire month 
of August.  Not-so-fun-fact: They went back to school
2 days after the wedding, so they already had to miss a day
of school to drive to Utah for the Open House.  
 I sure love this man!  How does he still
look 25!?!  Glad he's getting a little gray.
Maybe people will stop thinking he's Sydney's
boyfriend (TRUE STORY)!  Creepy!  ;)
Thanks for another great party, Weavers!
We sure love you two!