Monday, July 14, 2008

My Summer Vacation

I could go through and explain our two weeks in Utah/Idaho, but I am pretty sure I would overuse the terms "fun" and "great". So I'll give you a list of our favorite memories (it's long):
Ian's wet birthday party
McBrides' ward party food
Sunday family dinner
The blanket as the McBride side cousins' favorite toy
Furness visit
Pony ride and catching up with Wendels
Canyon dinner tradition with the McBrides
Ugly face contest and s'mores
Boating with Gma and Gpa Rich
Waterskiing and Big Bertha at beautiful Pineview Res.
Getting towed back to shore when the boat battery died
Seeing Capri in her mom's belly
Ashley and Adessa over to Uncle Ralph's
Great Grandma and Grandpa Rich
Tessa's overzealous need for chips
Homemade slip and slide at Gma LeJeune's
Contests on the slip and slide
Preston pizza parlour
Oversized volleyball and badminton tournaments with Uncle Jonnycakes
There was a lot of Rockband. (I wailed on the microphone for hours. :) Mandy-drums, Jon- guitar. Guest artists were in and out with the bass.)
Treasure hunt
Great Grandpa Jack met Tessa
Hiking ....the only downside would be the mosquitos who tried to eat my daughter's head off.
Throwing rocks into the stream from the mini island
Fireworks in Lewiston (they were over before I'd gotten settled, but it was still fun)
Dallen's baptism and confirmation (Jake was blessed to be a part of this)
Positive reconnections
Jake and his buddies' golf tourney in Logan. I'm sure they rocked it.
Yummy barbeque
Too much pie. How I love it.
Great Gma and Gpa D (Gma D wailed on the Rockband microphone too)
Church, lunch, and haircuts with the sis
Gazing at stars
Blanket fun with the Rich side cousins this time, including Burrito Man wars
Trampoline and Bocci Ball
Cherry Hill --water slides!!!!
Uncle J getting Tessa to make elk noises?
Baby niece was born! Meeting little Gracey.
Great Grandpa McCune's 89th birthday party
Friends at Liberty Park. Oh, the laughing that takes place when I'm around these people.
Meeting another beautiful Grace
Kung Fu Panda and the best cookies ever

I could double this list so easily. We had THE BEST time on this trip. Tessa was happy beyond belief to be around all these people who love her. Thank you to all our parents, siblings, and friends. We are blessed to have you in our lives. We didn't get to see everyone we wanted to because of time, but we're comin' after ya next time.
Jake and I actually exercised (ran together) on this trip. Can you believe it? We weren't consistent with it every day, but we still did it. It's a good thing considering the ridiculous amount of sweets we were ingesting.
Now we're back to real life and trying to recuperate from all this fun we had.


Matt Melissa and Gabe said...

Holly crap you guys had fun!

Rasmussen Forever said...

How fun is that!?! You deserve an awesome trip like that. You're Tessa is so cute as a rockband rock star.

The Farrell Family said...

That is quite a list of fun you have there! Glad you guys had such a great time on your trip.

adrienne said...

It sounds like you guys had fun! I'm sad we didn't get a chance to get together. (Well, I guess Jake and Jeff got together for golfing.) We'll have to catch you next time! :)

Aaron and Lisa said...

That was quite the lengthy list. Sounds like the vacation was wonderful! Sorry we missed you :( . As to my fear of mountains...not really the mountains. It's the large critters that live in the mountains that could eat me. Think it got worse after last year's bear attack. Sounds silly when I explain it to others, but...there it is. I am working on it, and since Joseph absolutely loved being in the mountains and it is an inexpensive way to have family time, I need to get over it. Good to hear from you.

Mindy said...

I'm glad you had such a wonderful time! Nice job on the skiing! You all look great!

crazy_matteo said...

Glad you guys had fun. I know we don't have anything near as cool (or as big) as the Forthworth Zoo here, but we love having you come visit. ;-) Very memorable two weeks. We'll post a few pictures we took of our kids with Tessa in a day or two.

The Little Things said...

I am so sorry we didn't connect while you were here. things were crazy right while you were here. I am sad that I missed you :( Give me a heads up the next time you are in town and I will set a day in advance. Glad you had such a great time!!

Talbot Family said...

Tessa and Adessa have the same swim suit. Too bad I didn't know that while you were here and we could have taken their picture as twinners. Soooo fun to see you!

Wendy Peay said...

It was so great to see you guys and meet your little one-I hope she enjoyed the bracelet! It looks like you enjoyed yourselves a lot. Ahh, big bertha, almost drowning, good times!! Love ya