it's been a week and i am just now blogging about memorial day weekend. truth be told, with my grandpa's passing on thursday, i need some cheering up, so we are going to talk about the weekend to beat all weekends! it was so much fun and i wish i was still there and it was still happening.
i have mentioned before that my hometown is in the very, very southwest corner of utah, with my house 1 mile from the arizona border and 120 miles from vegas. it is a very tiny little town, a town too small to fit my big city soul, but a town a hold near and dear to my heart. i absolutely love our weekend get togethers when all my sisters and our husbands and their kids all migrate 300 miles south to our house and spend the weekend laughing and playing and cooking and eating and reading and talking. it's nothing short of magical.
we are always together on memorial day weekend, but this memorial day weekend was a bit different. on that saturday, my insane brothers in law decided to hike the grand canyon rim to rim that day. they planned it a year in advance and had been training for months. four years ago, and i know i have mentioned this before as well, my dad fulfilled his life long dream of getting his pilot's license and got a tiny little plane that i am terrified to fly in. he flew all the boys to the grand canyon and away they went. two of my brothers in law ran it in 7.5 hours. they. are. insane.
so here is what we did while they were doing insane things like climing 9,400 feet and hiking 24 miles in 7.5 hours.
my dad has had a band for about 15 years and they practice in our basement. we have little instruments for the kids to play with so my dad played his guitar and the kids rocked out with him. yes, i know what you're thinking, my dad is the coolest.
we have a town square with a splash pad and a little "river" that runs through. it was colder than usual for this time of year, so my sister didn't put the kids in their swimsuits, we took them to ride the carousel and then to take them to the candy store for a treat. but of course they just got right in and laid down in the water and got soaking wet. can't stop the kids playing!
kids should always play! let them be little.
they were very interested in where the water went and how it was recycled.
after we wrapped them in blankets and towels and they layed on the grass to warm up, to the carousel we went! their little grins made my heart go pitter patter.
i'm really into selfies with my niecephews and i tried to take some while riding the carousel, but it didn't go very well.
but i tried the selfie thing again with my isaac baby when we got home.
my mom made me a birthday dinner, my favorite. chicken kabobs and oven potatoes. YUUUUUUMMMMM.
londy loo found aunt andrea's old dance costume and just had to wear it. that girl kills me. she turned 2 yesterday!
every memorial day, we take our boat to the lake for it's inaugural trip for the summer. it's tradition. it was COLD for memorial day. my hometown is the desert, in the summer it's 120 degrees every day. so it should have been at least 85 on memorial day, but it was in the low 70s. so we weren't really planning on staying that long or really getting in. but to lake we went because TRADITION!!
another attempt at a selfie with one of my babies and i just got a really cute picture of eli.
and then the kids drove the boat. i felt very safe.
the lake is man made, and the water comes from the run off of the mountains, so the water doesn't warm up until july. so this time of year, the water temperature is in the 60s. it's never stopped me from jumping in, though. man, it was cold.
and then here we have the next cover of vogue. with her tongue sticking out. oh, avery.
all in all, the weekend went by way too fast. and i am sad that it was over. but also, it was kind of poetic. you know i'm a screenwriter, and i studied shakespeare in london on my study abroad, and one of the most valuable things i learned about writing while there was there has to be a calm before the storm in writing. before a battle, there is a calm. a calm scene where characters have a heart to heart or something like that. shakespeare put this in each of his plays, think of each well written movie or tv show you can think of. there is always a calm before the storm. and that's what happened here.
i am so glad that we were able to all be together and laugh and have fun and be happy together before grandpa's passing. it was the calm before our storm, the calm before our grief. and i am now even more grateful for that weekend.