Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Wasn't Your Utah Trip Like Over A Month Ago?

So yeah, we've been back forever now, and I still haven't finished blogging our trip. And I am only doing so now for journaling purposes. I like things to feel complete. So here is the last of our trip. Lots of pictures with no real rhyme or reason to them. But hooray for me for getting it done!

The plane ride out was AWESOME! Eleanor decided to forgo her nap in exchange for a 4 hour game of "Hey, what's over there? Who's that? Let me down! Hey you, hey you! Why aren't you awake? Why aren't yo looking at me?" It was awesome, did I mention that? Ya, on the plane ride back we may have become friends with Benadryl.
Judge away internets.
Eleanor was delighted with grandpa and grandma Firth's new addition of chickens. The chickens are all named after old girlfriends of grandpa Firth. Sassy!We got the chance to see old friends, like sweet Emma. After Eleanor got over how fun her stroller was, they were totally happy to see each other.We also got to see our friend Matt and his family. Here are his daughters Ashley and Gracie with us at Cafe Rio. Oh, and we got to visit our friend Cafe Rio, we may have seen him more than our other friends.
It's hard eating ice by yourself.
We got to go lots of places with grandma Howell.And spend lots of time with grandpa Howell.We got to see aunt Cassie, visiting from Idaho.And Eleanor practiced the piano with dad.
She's a total prodigy, I can just feel it.
Eleanor took some fun walks with Jack and Abby.
Abby, who is now Lehi Middle School's newest cheerleader! Go Abby!As you saw in an earlier post, we enjoyed the annual Firth reunion up in Arbon Valley Idaho.Where Eleanor made stuff with clay.Rachel got to change her first diaper in something like 17 years. We went easy on her, no #2. The little kids stayed out of the way while...
...the big kids had a shooting competition, complete with 8 awesome shooting stations! Jeff outdid himself this year, and that is saying something.
It was so fun!
Bailey and I were on a team and we were, you guessed it, awesome!
Clayton was just horrible at it. Ok, kidding. I just wish I could beat him at something.
He and Kadin were terrific.
Later that night we had a really fun auction, with Clayton as the auctioneer. If you need a fun idea for a reunion or ward function, call me and I will tell you how it works. No money involved!He made sure to keep the bids going higher and higher. I kept chickening out on stuff, or wussing out as I didn't want to out-bid one of the little kids. Autumn lost her first tooth during the festivities.And the guys stood around and gossiped. Ok, talked, sheesh, whatev.
Back in Provo, Eleanor got to play dress up.Complete with grandma's "Sally-Jesse" glasses.
We went out to dinner with my brother Tom's family for his birthday.
Here are E and Tommy (junior) out front.Inside she had to show how cool she looks in shades. Pretty darn cool if you ask me.
Later Tom got to open presents. One of which was a clue leading him on a scavenger hunt. It's a tradition for them...
...which tends to put Tom in some awkward positions.Eleanor got to be one of the clues.The trip was so great, we easily could have stayed for a month and needed more time, alas, two weeks it was. We ate at all of our favorite food spots: JCW's, Cafe Rio, Smart Cookie, Costa Vida and best of all Chungas. It's a Taco place at about 650 North Freedom Blvd. It's in the same strip as Shirley's Bakery, which was also on our go-to list. If you want an awesome taco, possibly the best we've had, get the Taco Al Pastor at Chunga's. You will thank us.

We Miss everyone a bunch and hope to see them all again at Christmas time. Anyone and everyone are invited to visit us in Michigan! I'm looking at you, Allie.


Shauna said...

I might be spending so much time with Mr. Rio when I'm there in September that I won't have time for anyone else.

Are we EVER going to be in Utah at the same time? *sigh*

leigh said...

we do an auction for our family reunion too and dan's the auctioneer. it's so much fun!

Ann said...

Aww..we should have been on that list of "who we saw". My bad. I'm sorry. I miss you guys! Glad you got it all blogged now. Now on to your new place...haha!

LD said...

Way to go! Finisihing a journaling task is not easy! Man, that Jeff does out-do himself each year. I'm sad I missed the gunning, nothing I love more.

Aubreydoll said...

Sounds like you guys had an absolute blast! I especially love that Eleanor was a hiding spot for a scavenger hunt clue!

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