This year we came to Utah and Bear Lake with dear friends from home. They stayed with us for a couple days in Park City, then a couple days at Bear Lake.
(Beware of getting carpel tunnel on this post because man oh man there are a BUNCH of pictures.)
I love these guys with all my heart. Claudia's the "Mom #2" for Lucy I always talk about (Lucy's best friend) and they have four little girls our girls' ages which is good with everyone...except for Max. Poor boy. But he was a good sport about being an "adult" with us and he got some pretty good staying- up-late-to-play-games-with-us privileges because of it.
Park City was actually more like being in the Swiss Alps this year though because of all the rain they've had. Man alive, it was SO green. Which equals up to some serious beauty.
We did the "Alpine Coaster" (our favorite):
We weren't supposed to take pictures but I HAD to sneak one while it was pulling Claire and I up. That's Elle and Isabel racing by:We ran into so many people we knew up there. I guess this stuff attracts everyone and their dog on a holiday weekend. This is my sis-in-laws sister's family:
Such a small world.We had to compete with black storm clouds for the Alpine Slide (you can't ride when it's rainy). So we had to come back the second day to do that one.
But it was worth it.
This is one of my favorite pictures (above). Lucy and Claire meeting each other at the top. You can't really tell so much from the picture, but man oh man those guys get excited to see each other when they've been away from each other for, say, five minutes...
Some more great friends we met up with: the Z family. They moved to Utah a while back.
We miss them.
Back at the house Elle and her friend took some amazing nature walks. They found a secret meadow chock full of flowers. They were in Heaven. ...and so was I. I mean, who wouldn't be when you're surrounded by things like this:
My Dad took us on a "15 minute" hike up to "Narnia Canyon." (Yes, he named it himself, and no, it wasn't 15 minutes...more like an hour and a half. But oh so worth it!)I have about 164 pictures of the gorgeous nature we saw up there......but for anyone reading this's sake I'll just include a few...
It was kinda romantic up there.We also did a little horseback riding.
I loved the lighting in the barn.
Lucy, true to form with all animals, LOVES horses.And we all know how much she adores dogs....and maybe some day we'll get here one...I mean, who can turn down this face?
I love my Dad. So do my kids.
We went to the big Oakley Rodeo.
Boy howdy, do they ever know how to ride up there.
And you can't beat a rodeo followed by big fireworks.
I love Utah in the summer.