Thursday, July 19, 2012

vacation part 1 picture overload!

{starting the journey}

we had such a great time on our family trip.  seriously, having ben around for 7 days straight...someone to help me with meltdowns and bedtimes and non-sleeping children and packing and everything in-between....not only that but i just enjoy his company so darn much.  i felt myself come alive again, laughing and staying up late to play games and letting go when it came to schedules.  it felt so nice, like a weight was lifted that i hadn't even realized was there.

we started off with stopping halfway to go camping with ben's twinner and some of ben's family in a really beautiful ranch in kanab.  the environment was so gorgeous, and we had no cell phone service so it was like we were cut off from the world for a couple of days.  the kids just played and explored and played some more.  

then we went up to my family's reunion up at a resort i used to go to when i was a kid.  i had such great memories of the place, and it was so fun to make some new ones.  swimming, badminton, baseball, lots of good treats, sped up UNO, and kids with more cousin time!  we celebrated birthdays, went swimming in the crater, horseback riding and stayed an extra day because of the raging fires in utah.  

then drove through the downpour to settle for the rest of the time in alpine.  well, at least our belongings did.  but physically we were all over the place....and that will be vacation part 2!


Rachel Holloway said...

I want to know HOW on earth you look so good in EVERY picture? EVEN YOUR SILLY pictures--you look GORGEOUS! Lauren too! It's just amazing! I am jealous. a lot.

SO HAPPY you were able to go have a wonderful reunion with family and ENJOY having your husband back as a partner in parenting. MAKES A WORLD of a difference, this I know! :) (says the girl who is preparing to drive 1500 miles and stay for 2 weeks changing locations every 2-3 days...alone with my 4 kids)

MeggyT said...

You all look so refreshed! I'm so happy that you were able to get away and have so much fun!!!

Jules said...

it does not surprise me that Bay always has June in her arms. :)

Nana said...

I'm glad you're back! I'm so glad you had a wonderful time with both families. And that you got to spend family time with Ben. So where did you go? Looks familiar but I can't put my finger on it. Vacations are good for the soul and relationships!

lynsey said...

@Nana, we stayed in Midway at the Homestead Resort. Great place for a family reunion, there's so much to do there in just one place! :)