Tuesday, September 21, 2010

And so it begins...

The catch up, I mean. There is lots to be caught up on because 1- we were on vacation, 2-we recovered from our vacation, 3-we brought home sickness from our vacation, and 4-unrelated to the previous three, I've been trying to get in better habits with using my evening time (= less blogging).

So with a cute picture of our totally comfortable car ride out to Utah, lets begin.
Our tri-annual trip to Utah was super fun and was the vacation aforementioned. The main event was my immediate family's yearly reunion. We played it low-key this year and stayed at each other houses and met up for daily activities and evening fun, including one night of babysitters so the adults could go out to dinner! No one, but a Betteridge would believe all that we packed into those 3+ days. Hiking, backyard play, beach fun, girls/boys nights, eating out etc...Maybe the most memorable activity was our day at a near by church building. We opened the overflow to the gym and brought in couches, tables, chairs, TV etc, and set up camp with crafts, movies, tents and toys. We brought in balls galore and paper airplanes for the gym and finished the day off with a little impromptu play on the stage. There was plenty of small rooms for napping kids, plenty of bathrooms, and plenty of running space. Great Idea, Chris, I think it will become a Betteridge Reunion tradition!

Of course, it wouldn't be a reunion without some family pictures. This year, my mom and dad (THANK YOU!) paid to have someone good take them. It is so awkward for me to try and "act natural" when I know someone is taking pictures, even when it was OK to actually look at the camera and smile. But however weird I was with it, I am glad it happened because I love to have family pictures.

So this everyone. My parents and all my siblings and all their kids, and since no one is expecting its at least going to be current for the next 9 months.Crazy to believe that all those people grew from this, my parents and siblings.
Just the grandkids:
My sisters:My little family:
I love being with my siblings and enjoy any time I can have with them. I love doing things with them and watching our children play together. I can't wait for the next one.

I also love being with Chris' family. It has a whole different, laid back, food-centric, if anything happens its spontaneous kind of feel. Although this trip, we did plan to do stuff together, which I thought was great and worked out nice. We walked to a park and fed ducks, swam at an indoor super fun/loud recreation center, went to the Monte L. Bean museum and out to lunch at the Cougar Eat, adored the newly-born-super-cute-Baby-Mia, celebrated birthdays, and BBQ-ed with the extended Woodward Family. We played games, talked, ran around in the backyard, laughed, and watched the kids play with the same awesome toys Chris and his siblings used as children. Also, it wouldn't be a stay at the Archibald's house without free babysitting so Chris and I can go to the temple, shopping at Down East, and eating out as a family at Bombay House. I love my Archibald family and trips to Utah.

The Archibald grandkids:This is the only picture I took at the Archibald House. Just seconds before this picture, baby Mia and Gweny were looking at each other
We seriously vacationed it up and completely ruined our kids and their schedules for the next month or so. At least it seems that way now that I'm in the midst of Vacation Recovery. But don't worry family, it was totally worth it and I'd do it again in a heart beat, or few months... which ever comes later.

Coming up next...a blogging special: Gwen's Blessing! and then a blip about Great Grandmas. (this is mainly a reminder for me)


Amy said...

I love the pic of just you and Chris.

brittany said...

We are glad yall had fun. We miss you already and can't wait for your return at Thanksgiving

dixie said...

What great pictures and wonderful memories. We miss you!!

Renee said...

Those are such beautiful pictures! I need to come see you and your little girl sometime soon!

merilee said...

I love your pictures of the family! Everyone together, grandkids, sisters, etc. What a beautiful group. I just spent the weekend with your mom and had an awesome time in Vegas. You have a wonderful mom :)
Love you!

Hawks said...

so cute!!!!