Wednesday, April 29, 2009

April 2nd-24th Vacation!!

Well first off, I should explain how this trip came to be. My in-laws planned a trip to Atlanta to be with a friend as he went through the temple (the guy's dad was baptized by my father-in-law on his mission years ago!). So, they also planned to drive the 2 hours up here to see us too. But, they were only going to be able to stay 1 day with us before flying home again. I was really bummed that we wouldn't get more time with them. Less than a week before they came, as I was talking to Joel about it we decided I could follow my in-laws back the same day they left and have a little vacation (just without Joel since we are saving his vacation time for the summer). I didn't fly with them, but was able to plan the flight to arive in SLC the same time as their flight and then we (Emery and I) drove out to Nevada with them! Horrah!Here is the 1 picture I got from the day Kathy and John were in Simpsonville with us. Emery has so much fun with Grandma. I'm glad that wasn't the only time Emery got with her. He might have been really sad to see her go after only 1 day!!

The first few days in Ruby Valley, NV at my in-laws ranch we got some snow!

Emery thought it was pretty cool. Well, until he got too cold anyways!

Almost every day Emery went out with Grandpa John in the tractor to feed the cows!

Can I have some milk mom? Oh, and can I use you to lean on too?

The school house in Ruby Valley had an Easter egg hunt the Friday before Easter. Unfortunately we had to wake up Emery early from his nap to go to it. He was a little out of it! Plus it was a little nippy.

But when the time arrived he found his 10 eggs like a champ!

Emery almost gets it. Other than the fact he likes to open up each egg as he finds it to see what's inside. It takes a little prodding to get him to put it in the basket and go find more!

Easter basket!

Emery spent most of his days following around Grandma, playing with Ben, and running free! I thought this vacation was for me to see friends and family but it turns out Emery had the time of his life too :)
I spent my time reading, watching tv/movies, playing games, and just enjoying some company! Most of the time Emery wanted Grandma to himself and didn't really want me around! It was a nice break. Oh and I even make 1 trip to "town" (aka. Elko) with Sam and Mary the day before Easter. Other than that, I didn't do any shopping for 10 days! Wow, maybe I should move there. I might save some money :)
After 10 wonderful days in Nevada it was time to head back to Utah to see my parents. My mother-in-law was heading to a family history class in Provo so I hitched a ride again!

The first day we were there my mom wasn't home yet from a trip to visit My grandma in AZ. Emery was excited to see Grandpa!

But of coarse as soon as Grandma came home he was excited all over again! Grandma is good about getting Emery to help out. He learned to wash off the dishes and really loved to do it too!

Since both my parents work a little I planned to visit Museums and do a bunch of fun things while we were in Utah. First we went to the Dinosaur Museum at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, UT.

He was most interested in the button and exhibits you could touch.

Can't forget to get the picture with a dinosaur!

At the end there is a sand-box type thing with "fossils" in it and little brushes for the kids to uncover them. Pretty fun idea!

Of coarse I had to see some friends! I went with my frineds Jenny and TJ to Training Table for dinner and then to Color Me Mine where we pained pottery. We aren't aritsts but had fun until 11 when they closed and kicked us out!

I visited my college roommate Jennie and her 2 cute kids in Farmington, UT. We hadn't seen each other for almost 5 years! Too long Jennie!! We'll keep in touch better now with blogs right?

Grandma took Emery to a sweet park in South Jordan one sunny day.


We found a snake in my parent's back yard! Ick.

Grandpa making burgers! Yum!!

The last few day in Utah finally warmed up, so we went to Hogle Zoo!

This peacock put up it's pretty feathers as we sat near it. I didn't get a picture until they were almost down though.

At the end Emery played in the little playground area. Climbing through a turtle shell.

Over 50% of the time Emery doesn't like slides. But, after I went down with him twice he loved it! And went down another dozen times or so!

I finally got him to check out the other fun stuff.

Just before leaving Emery played with the giant ball the spins in water. Hard to explain, but the kids love it.

Just chillin' with Grandpa!

I was able to see my cousin Emma and her kids when we met up at the Aquarium in Sandy. It's not very big yet, but I think they are still adding to it.

Again, Emery likes the stuff to open and buttons to push!

We found some Nemo fish! (As in from the Disney movie Finding Nemo).

Emery really liked the kids, and had fun following them around!

We did lots of other things (that I didn't get pictures of) like feed the ducks, visit with my sister Heidi and her kids and get pizza, go to the library's story time, eat out (a lot! what? there are a lot of places I miss), visit BYU, get my hair done, go to the temple, and see my frind Erin Anderson. It was a long trip that actually went by really quick. I had SO much fun!! So much that we are going back again in July! -Next time I'll take Joel too :)


Erin said...

So jealous. I want to go home so badly.

Jenna said...

I am jealous too! I'm glad you got to go. When looking at your pictures, I realized that I have seen your mother-in-law before. Is she famous or have we just crossed paths along the way?

Lindsay said...

Wow! What a trip! You guys did TONS of fun stuff! How fun! Cute pictures too!

Jenny said...

Wow! I didnt realize you were able to do as much as you did. It was fun seeing you again. I also had a blast playing with Emery. "Ready!, Ot ready!"

Laura said...

Wow! What a fun trip! I can't believe how much Emery has grown up!

Andrea said...

Looks like you packed in a lot of fun! Wish we could've come along.