Saturday, June 26, 2010

Summer Odyssey 2010 - St. George

We left the heat of Salt Lake for the even greater heat of St. George. The kids were excited to go to the "desert," and see their grandparents and cousins. Rob's parents were in charge of this year's Wood Family Reunion and we hoped to make ourselves useful. Unfortunately I wasn't much help at all as I immediately came down with a nasty bug that knocked me out for several days. But Rob helped with set-up as well as the spectacular Amazing Race that had been prepared for Saturday morning. Family teams followed clues and raced around the town to complete tasks and sprint to the finish. It was such a great event! Later that night we joined the hundreds of other Wood relatives for dinner (oh-so-delicious and all made by Dad Wood) and a talent show. I may be a little biased, but my favorite performance was when Jake, barely 4 years old, got up and sang the Transformers cartoon theme song.

One of the "roadblocks" teams had to perform was to have one member rappel down the face of the Dixie rock.

The kids and I were the official race photographers. It was interesting trying to stay one step ahead of all the teams.

The teams, pre-race.

Did I mention it was H...O...T...? We tried to stay cool by playing in the water as much as possible. Here we are hanging out at a local splash park with Anna and Mike and their kids; Roger and Bonnie; and Grandma.

Cousins Maren (4 months old) and Alex (12 months old) getting cozy.

Natalie, Jame and Issac taking a whirl.

Grandma planned a big Girl's Day with Haley and Natalie. They baked cookies, went to have their toenails painted, and dressed up for a tea party. They were nice enough to allow Jake to crash the tea party.

Doll friends Barbie and Lanie (not pictured) were invited too.

One morning we drove out to Sand Hollow to go swimming. The weather was GORGEOUS, the water was the perfect temperature, and we had the beach to ourselves. It was PERFECT....

...Maybe too perfect. When we got out of the water to go home the kids complained of itching. They scratched and whined some more. It soon became frantic scratching and crying so we rinsed them off in the bathroom as best we could and hurried home to scrub in the shower. That's the last time I'll ignore the big red sign posted at the park entrance warning of swimmer's itch!

Crawling UP the slip-n-slide doesn't work so well. But that didn't keep Alex from trying.

Grandma and Grandpa have a great front-yard hill for slip-and-sliding. And Bonnie was an awesome hoser-downer.

A last, random memory: On the drive from Salt Lake to St. George, which was only 4 hours, Alex made it very clear that he did NOT want to be in his car seat any longer. We stopped at a gas station and bought a box of Kleenex, then drove on into the gathering night. The next 20 minutes were blissfully peaceful as Alex proceeded to pull tissue after tissue out of the box. One of the best $1.59 I've ever spent.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Summer Odyssey 2010 - Salt Lake City

Once again Wade and Nicole were kind enough to let us invade their house - if we can *ever* get them to visit North Dakota, we'll gladly return the favor. Haley and Jake enjoyed playing with cousins Ethan, Ellie and Mason in the fabulous back yard (hello, why hasn't the rest of the world discovered back yard misters?!?!?), and we also squeezed in a trip to the Hogle Zoo. The visit went by too quickly, but hopefully it won't be another 2 years before we get to come back.

Cousins lined up, enjoying their root beer floats.

Wade and Nicole, such good hosts they even held Alex for us while we ate.

Grandpa Doug and Haley.

Oh, the fun of sand + water.

Miss Ellie.

Hogle Zoo was H-O-T that day. But still fun.


Jake as monkey.

Cutie cousin!

On our way out of town we stopped to have a picnic of Robintino's pizza & garlic bread. Yummmmmm.

We also stopped at Temple Square to show the kids the Salt Lake temple. They loved the visitor's center, as well as watching the brides and grooms getting their pictures taken. What a beautiful, peaceful place.

Lastly we got to stop and visit with a friend from our earliest days in North Dakota. So fun to catch up, and five years is WAY too long between visits...miss you, Kristie!