Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Edwards Home!!

We drove down to UT to welcome Edward, Chris' youngest sibling, home from his mission.  But we left early enough to spend a few days vising with my siblings and their families in Herriman. We started the fun right away by driving straight to the Motorcycle/ Dirt Bike show -- a part of the city's big "Herriman Days" festival. Cowboys and cowgirls abounded and it was fun to see the excitement even though it was cold and windy.

Getting ready for the drive / on the drive:

We all attended Tiffany's and Jared's Stake Conference on Sunday. Alec was excited not to have to go to a new class and having all those little boys between the ages of 3-8 sitting quietly for 2 hours was pretty funny. We had a yummy pasta dinner and then played games (including this complicated but pretty fun card game called Bang) once the kids were in bed.  It was fun to have this adult time and I enjoyed meeting my brother, Jordan's Bolivian girlfriend, Estefi.

The 3 moms took 10 kids (ages 3 weeks - 6) on a hike....FUN
We decided to take a tour of the nearby Copper Mines for family home evening. Crazy to think my tiny sister-in-law, Ashley, drove trucks like those big ones where the tires alone are more than twice as big as an adult when she was in Highschool!  It was really interesting to see models of what the area looked like before and during the various stages of the mining. Its cool to think that these copper mines are one of the few man-made things astronauts can see from outer space!  We ended FHE with a blind taste test of American vrs. Canadian Oreos and Graham Crackers.

Chris talked my brothers and bro-in-law to hitting balls together at the driving range. On another night my sisters and sis-in-law went out to dinner to celebrate, Ashley's birthday. It was a very fun time and the kids loved running around crazy between the houses, shooting nurf guns, and riding scooters inside their unfinished basements.

Edward got home on a Thursday. He'd been serving in the Merida, Mexico Mission. We haven't seen him for 2 years and, to me, he looks the same just a bit older and more manly. Chris just kept saying over and over, "I find myself staring at his face and wondering, who is this??"  We all (every single member of Chris' family - including the 3 kids born while Edward was gone) surprised him at the airport with his putter, Sophie, and a cooler full of Sobees. 

For the next week we pretty much just enjoyed being together, going for runs in the mornings, a lot of golfing for the Archibald-born, making cute and comfy dresses for the women, taking walks with the kids, eating picnics outside and swimming at a near by friend of a friend of a friend's mansion. We made and ate lots of good food and enjoyed visiting with extended family and friends at Edward's homecoming talk on Sunday and then at a Hall of Baldness BBQ on Monday. A lot of our time during that week was spend prepping for our upcoming, totally awesome, adult-only, 3 day Southern Utah/Escalante Backpacking Trip! Details will follow.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Monday, June 4, 2012

Fine line

And I thought the rustling of plastic in the kitchen during quiet time was just Charlie putting the movies he wants to take for our car trip into ziplock bags for safe keeping. . .

Me: "did you eat your lollipops without asking? And eat them in the living room??"

Charlie: "no! I didn't eat them. I just licked them. I opened them and licked them then put them in this bag."

Me: "in the living room?"

Charlie: grins, nods and holds up a bag full of cars and opened, licked lollipops.

Sticky, hard candy or chewed up gum are my grossest dislikes!