We stopped in Phoenix the next day and stayed with our good friends Johnny and Stacy. Lamo didn't get a picture. :( Next day we were on to SLC to see Granny J. This is her when she saw my t-shirt. It said "Baby Under Construction" with an arrow pointing down to my stomach. Yup, #3's on the way in case you didn't know. My extended family in SLC didn't know yet and they were all really excited. We stayed up late with Granny playing Pinochle then went to breakfast with her in the morning where Aaron was a little stinker at the table and Kaylee got the biggest chocolate chip pancake I have ever seen in my life. You should have seen her eyes bulge when they brought it out. There were so many pics I wish I would've gotten, but I guess it's always that way on vacations when there's so much going on at once.
This is my cousin Syd. She is a speech therapist and was working with Aaron in SLC before we left. She taught him the sign and how to say "more" and he still does it today...it was so cute to watch her work with him. She really is talented at what she does.So off we went for the 6-hour drive to Boise, which was heaven after the 11-hour drive the day before from Phoenix to SLC. Can't say I was a fan of the driving. Not a good idea with a two-year-old. Maybe when they're all Kaylee's age....
My mom and dad were on their porch waiting for us when we got there. Dad was so exited to get Aaron and Kaylee out on the hot wheels and the wagon. Kaylee's almost too old for the wagon, but they had a two-wheeler there for her that she rode around the block. She has a good friend there who lives just down from my parents - Oakley - who is her age and they have fun riding and playing together.
The day after we got to Boise we went camping with Shawn's brothers and their families in Idaho City - about an hour north of Boise. It was a perfect camping site...what I miss so much...the scenery is not the same here.
This is Kenzie the "mom". She loves babies and always was offering to help hold.
Kaylee and Aaron had fun with their cousins on the Smith side.
G-man cooked dinner. :)
We had such a great time. My only regrets were I didn't take enough pictures, and that we didn't get to see Larry and Dorothy and Mike and Mandi plus kids. The stuff on this post isn't even half of all the stuff we did. We had so many fun nights of cards, games, MURDER (a funny game we play). We sat and watched the sun go down over the Pacific Ocean (thanks, Mom!) and learned about the "flash of green" you see right before it disappears under the horizon (thanks, Dad!). We got to see so many friends in AZ from our old ward, that, again, I didn't get pics of...LAMO!! So many more kids now from when we lived there 5 years ago! It's neat to see everyone's family growing. I love my family so much and times like these make me look forward to heaven where the distances (and endless freeways) won't exist. We've been back to reality for a few weeks now and school will start in less than a month. It's a great life!