Once again, I'd like to give a big thanks to all those who followed my posts from when I was in England. I rather enjoyed reliving it and it's funny because I have that trip so idealized in my head and it was so amazing and adventurous and wonderful... and then I read my entries and realize how much time I spent complaining and spending time in the computer lab. hahaha! It's one of those funny things that our memories do.
Anyway, as fun a that summer was 10 years ago, I had a pretty awesome summer this year too! buckle up and prepare for a barrage of photos (and you're not even getting the whole story in one post!).
Let's start the summer with Memorial Day weekend. My niece, Macy came to stay with me. I got to keep her for a week and a half! It was awesome! I had to work for part of that, but on my days off we had some fun.
I wish you could see our shirts- we matched.
We were wearing our stars and stripes!
I have an irrational fear of sharks- and I'm passing it on to the next generation
but she can love on an orca if she wants to.
I honestly think Jellyfish are one of God's strangest creations.
He must have been really bored that day.
Who doesn't love penguins though?
Some of them were sitting on nests.
I guess a few weeks after this there were penguin babies!
Well... an honest review from me? It's not that great. For what I paid to get into it, it was just not that great. It might be in a few years- but there were still a lot of empty exhibits and not a ton of variety.
We also spent a day at Heritage Park. We had a ridiculous amount of fun going through pioneer homes and making leather thingies and listening to the workers talk. Oh my gosh. have you ever heard the Shaving Cream song? It's hilarious (and on YouTube) and you should look it up. We went panning for gold and had fun with the people who drove the train around the park. It was just so much fun. I have no idea why I have no pictures from that day.
I got a picture from the front too, but I only want you to see my best side.
Do ya see them? there, in the shadows?
We continued up the canyon and just drove. I don't even remember where we ended up but we stopped at this beautiful little peaceful park. There was a minor meltdown with the 9 year old because we didn't have stuff to go fishing, but luckily there were people who let him check out their fish as they reeled them in and threw them back out.
But not as gorgeous as this girl
We ended up having our picnic in Rock Canyon Park in Provo. I had been telling them about this beautiful place that I used to go when I lived down there and I really wanted them to see it. So we unpacked there, beat off the swarm of box elder beetles and had our picnic. If you know anything about Rock Canyon Park, you know it has the best hills ever! We used to go ice blocking there in my singles ward days. Dal had a grand ol' time rolling down the hills, somersaulting down the hills and running out all his energies. Even Sadie went down a time or two. I decided they shouldn't have all the fun, so I took off the flip flops and sunglasses and hiked to the top of the hill.
Now- the last time I rolled down a hill with someone, I went way off course and steam rolled her (remember Melissa WN?) so I was a little nervous to go down. But, because I'm the coolest aunt ever, I bucked up and went. I rolled so fast that I could not get my bearing. I rolled so fast and straight that... uh... well... my shorts fell off. (As I'm typing this, I'm at work laughing and my coworker just came in and asked what I was laughing at- I told her the story and she said, "Oh man, I wish I'd seen that!" I said, "Really? because there were people at that park who wish they hadn't")
...to a middle aged automobile. It was at Sublett Road near Malta, Idaho. Nothing good can come from a place called Malta, Idaho. Except like, potatoes or something.
When I reached my brother's house, I hung out with them for a while and then when it was time to go to bed, I got my suitcase and tried to get my jammies out. Ummm... It was stuck! I couldn't get the zipper open. Really long story short, I had to cut into my suitcase. It was very traumatizing for me because I have had this luggage for TWENTY years! It was my graduation gift from my parents. This particular piece has literally gone everywhere with me because it was the carry on size. It has been to England, Hawaii, all over the country... My sister in law, JaNeil could not understand why I was so upset cutting into it.
Didn't I promise you dirty photos?
The things we do for the love of our nephews.
It was a really fun trip though. I think I still have dirt lodged in... places... and I'm pretty sure my pockets are still full of sand, but it was worth it. It was a fun day, a fun memory and a fun trip to see their little family. We got to see awesome fireworks, and I spoiled the kids as much as I could.
I had a great summer. The first few days of being home and being able to sleep in my own bed were nice... but now I'm restless again. It's time for another vacation! I need a job that lets me take 6 months vacation twice a year.