Our next adventure we had while on our big family vacation was creating a color run for the kids. A few of us had gone on a color run the week before and we kept all of our bags of chalk they gave us. We might have sneaked a little more too. 🙂 Each adult had a different color and we made the kids run in one big circle where they got nice and dirty with bright chalky colors. The adults were supposed to stay clean, but as you will see, the kids got them too. I was safe because I had a camera! Ha. Hazel especially loved it! I didn’t think she would even take part in it, but she ran around with the kids and got covered in chalk too. Then we hosed down the kids back at the house we rented and had them jump in the pool. This was pretty fun. Highly recommend making up your own color run!
Back in September, our little family spent a week with my mom, step-dad, and all the siblings and their families in Saint George. We created many fun adventures while there. One of our first fun activities was sending off lanterns with wishes written on them off to the sky. Each child was given a lantern and every couple did as well. Lydia’s wish was about becoming a princess(of course). The kids loved this. It was like magic watching those lanterns float in the sky.
More adventures to post from Saint George back from September to come.
Many moons ago, or maybe just last July, we went to a family reunion up in Bear Lake. We stayed at a beautiful cabin up Logan Canyon. It was my Mom’s side of the family and it was great seeing relatives we haven’t seen for months or others for years! The weather was perfect. We went on razor and four wheeler rides, played all sorts of games, explored the area, and took a quick trip to Bear Lake on our way home. I wish I would have taken more pictures, but it was a pretty quick trip and my hands seem to be full taking care of those girls of mine.
Lydia fell in love with riding on horses. She could have gone all day! She has been on a horse before, but something just clicked this time with her and she couldn’t get enough.Can’t forget about our Hazey. Happy to toddle around in a bunch of weeds for me.
And the whole Walser family side that was there. Love this big old family of mine.
We made another quick trip down to Saint George a couple of weeks ago. If you can’t tell, we are addicted to that place. Thanks to mi Madre and step-dad having a beautiful home down there! We went swimming, swimming, out to eat, and more swimming. It was a perfect summer vacation. Lydia was taught how to jump in the water and even(gasp!) swim underwater! This girl doesn’t like to be splashed or is a scared of doing anything without her life jacket. We are working hard on her though! She made huge improvements this trip. However, we looked like really mean parents making a crying 4 year old jump in the water over and over again so she would get used to it. But it’s for her own good right?! Good thing despite her crying from forcing to do things she didn’t want to do, she looked pretty darn cute in her swimming suits.
And took our girls out one evening for some desert scenery. I now have some all time favorite pictures of my girls from this outing.
I can’t get over that last one of our girls! What beauties.
Over general conference weekend a couple of weekends ago, Greg and I took the girls up to Logan, Utah to spend some time with Grandma Simmons. We were treated with delicious meals, Aggie ice cream, and great conversation with Grandma and Greg’s parents. Grandma also has cute decorations out and adorable old school toys for the kids to play with. We watched conference while being able to spend time with one another. There is always such a beautiful Spirit about conference weekend. I feel refreshed spiritually and mentally and I know my family does too. It doesn’t hurt that we can spend all weekend together as a family either.
A couple of weeks ago, the girls and I took a plane ride into Colorado. My big brother just had his 5th child and I needed to see that little girl! I finally got to see where Kyle and Janel(brother and sis-in-law) live and hug on our nieces and nephews. Lydia didn’t stop playing for one minute. She was in heaven with cousin Kambryn’s dress ups and Talan made her laugh all day long. I barely had to take care of her because she was constantly being entertained. Hazel loved crawling around the house and having big cousins to follow after. I took many pictures of new baby girl Sloane and got my fix of newborn snuggles. Kyle and Janel were quite the hosts for us girls, especially since Lydia would not stop eating this trip! Seriously. Every hour she was asking for more food. Growth spurt coming I guess? Thanks for being so accommodating for my bottomless pit of a daughter Smiths! It was only a three day trip and it wasn’t nearly enough time. We miss those Smiths so much already.
Last weekend, we took another trip down to St. George. This time just our little family and to do a little birthday celebrating. I turned 29! I can’t believe I am in the last year of my twenties. But again, I say that with every age I turn. The twenties have been real good to me. I can say I have enjoyed almost every year of my twenties with a couple of exceptions. I was ready for age 20 to be over because that meant Gregory would be home from his mission. His birthday is 10 days after mine. So when I turned 21, he did too, which meant he was coming home! And as cheesy as that is, it’s true. Even though I had many great times with girlfriends, I was lonely for that boy. And age 26 was filled with fertility drugs that came with a lot of fun(sarcasm people) affects to me physically and hormonally. Although I would never change those times because I feel that I grow the most during challenging times(like we all do), I was sure glad to see those times in my life pass.
I really kind of love the time of year that Greg and I’s birthday falls. Right at the beginning of spring! When it feels like everything around you is waking up again. Promise of new beginnings and getting to wear jackets instead of coats. Or if you are in St. George this time of year, t-shirts and sandals instead of jackets. 🙂
Now twenties, stay good to me. Let’s end this decade on a high note shall we?
Over President’s weekend in February(It’s March already?!!!), we took a trip down to St. George to get in some sun. We were lucky enough to have fantastic weather. We are talking 80 degrees in Las Vegas, in February. Beautiful. We actually had no plans to visit Las Vegas, but we couldn’t resist that weather. We went down with Kristen and Jeremy and kids. We hit up several parks, ate yummy treats, and simply enjoyed the sun. In Vegas(we just went down for the day), we walked the strip a little bit, and saw the fountains at the Bellagio at night. A super laid back vacation. So laid back these pictures at the park were the only ones I took on my nikon. The rest can be seen on my Instagram, my lazy version of blogging.
What feels like months ago, but really only a couple of weeks ago, Greg and I took the girls down to St. George to soak up some sun before cold weather officially hit. My mom and step-dad have made the nice little purchase of buying a lovely home in St. George and we get to use it being the generous folks they are. Their house has a community pool which is super warm even on coolish days. Lydia was in heaven swimming around. Lydia even did a couple of laps herself, in our arms of course. Then she took a nap pool side both days we went because swimming is just sooooooo tiring for a five month old. 🙂 We even took a quick day trip to Vegas to see a couple of the CLEAN features to see on the strip. Like the Bellagio fountains and rides in the Circus Circus. I did some great shopping and we even were able to visit some friends that we haven’t seen in years. It was perfect weather then entire weekend we were there. Perfect for trips to the park and walks for the girls. The terribly cold weather we saw going on back home made the weather we were experiencing all that much sweeter. I still have tan lines from this trip. I assume they will be there until next summer.
And now that this trip is finally documented, I am off to edit and process several thousand images to get them back to all the very patient families waiting for them. See ya!