Thursday, September 30, 2010

Zion Rocks

I sure do love to visit Utah, it's so beautiful! So when Steve left me last weekend to go to Boise, Jenni didn't have to try too hard to convince me I'd be better off in Utah for the weekend instead of home by myself. Sure I had a cold, sure driving with 2 kids for 5 1/2 hours isn't the best, but who cares?! We had a blast! I love Jenni to death, and she is for sure reason enough to go visit the land of Zion, but this weekend my brother happened to be there for work, so I knew I had to go. It's not very often I get to see Bishop Jolley, he's SOOO busy. The kids loved him right away of course. He was cute with Carly and Easton thought Uncle Darren was so cool.
I can't say how many times I have read/seen pictures of everyone I know in Utah "going up the canyon". I was so curious, so we took a drive and ended up at Bridal Veil Falls. I couldn't believe how close to the city it was, and it was gorgeous with the fall leaves starting to change. But, it was FREEZING!!!!! We went early in the morning and I thought I was going to die. Carly's lips matched her pretty blue eyes. Easton and Jenni even put their feet in. CRAZIES!!!!

In order to be able to see Uncle Darren, he had to change his flight and stay an extra day, which he graciously did. Fortunately he made it back just in the nick of time to see his new baby GIRL BEING BORN!!! Welcome baby ERICA! 2 weeks early she came! I would have felt super bad if me getting to see my brother made him miss this event. I'm sure glad it worked out okay. Just look at what a cute family of 5 they are! Congrats you guys!
Jenni was super cute and bought a few kid items since the last time we were there. She was worried there wasn't much for the kids to do. One of the many reasons she's everyone's favorite aunt. They had a blast playing catch, doing sidewalk chalk and Easton did her new cars puzzle about 50 times.

Steph was really nice to do my hair (let's just get it out hair was so ugly)...even though she was probably tired from moving in the day before, and from carrying around 2 BABIES IN THAT TUMMY!!!!! Yep, found out the day before she's having twins! I'm so jealous and happy for her! Thanks again Steph, my hair and I (and anyone who has to look at me) really appreciate it.
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These two are such cute buddies it just kills me. I'm sad I didn't get even one picture with Michael, he was super busy and working hard while we were there. He was nice to take time to play with E when he had a minute though, and I sure enjoyed watching him chase Carly around at church. I can't say enough how nice it is to have family a little closer.

I was also able to make a quick visit to see this little cutie. Chelsea, you look amazing and your baby is gorgeous. I hope we get to see her again real soon!

It really was one of the most fun trips we have taken. Thanks so much Jenni, Michael and Darren. Love you all!


Christi said...

I have never been up the canyon either! I bet you were cold :) It looks wonderful though. I am soo jealous that you were able to see Chelsea!!!

Steve said...

Yup. That Uncle Darren and Aunt Jenni are pretty cool. They should probably both move to Vegas...right?

Carol and Bruce said...

That looks like such a fun time, I'm so glad you were able to go even though that is such a drive with two kids. You are getting pretty good at that. I have never been to Bridalvail falls in my life, it looks awesome. I hope Steve had fun in Boise, he sould be happy about the game.

What happened to Easton in one month? He looks so tall and skinny in that adorable picture of him and Jenni, like a real school boy. Happy October! Love you all!

Kara said...

Utah is a pretty place with lots of fun things to do. Your sis must be an awesome host too! Glad you got to go. Too bad one of us doesn't have a minivan, I'd go to UT with you in a heartbeat to go visit friends and family.


ok, I read jenni's post, and rushed over here to look at yours because I had to tell you- Carly is so freakin cute! She is so so so sos o cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my gosh- she is so cute. just had to tell you that! and I"m glad you guys had so much fun- and the pictures with jill and baby are so fun and cute too!

Alifinale said...

What a fun trip. I am jealous of your trip to Bridal Veil and seeing some leaves change. I love Zion.

And I love your hair.

Bringhursts said...

Utah. Love it.

Jenni said...

I cannot thank you enough for coming! I was sooo happy to have you. Especially knowing that the drive isn't super pleasant. And this post totally made me emotional. you are so sweet and I love you so much! Thank you so much for coming to hang with us, it was so special to me! I love every second I get with you and your family. Your children are so SO special to me. :)

Having Darren was a total added bonus! It's SO fun watching him with the kids. I cannot believe Erica came the next day! haha! I cant wait to meet her!

Can't wait until next time!!!

love you!

And P.S- Steve, Stay in Vegas until we finish school. We both love vegas :)

Jenni said...

OH. and P.P.S-- Zion... hahahahahahahahaha. Yeah, this is definately Zion, the sister wives live 10 miles from me. hahahahaha!

Jill said...

Bridal Veil Falls is my favorite! So glad you got to experience the canyon in the fall. I'm so glad Darren got to stay too. But I'm kinda glad he didn't miss the birth of his baby. Whew! That was a close one!

P.S. Good luck getting Darren to Vegas, Steve.

Lindsay said...

Darrens a bishop?? No way! Congrats to your family on the new baby! That's awesome, and close call! Glad he made it back. Beautiful pics, and fun party for Easton! I miss you!!

Jenn said...

You make me laugh! I loved your comment about the Coca Cola. I hope all is well in Las Vegas. I'll be thinking of all you guys in the next few months while I freeze to death in Wisconsin.

Jill said...

i love reading this post and seeing the pix. it's so great to see three of my favorite jolleys together.