Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Texas


*Warning - too many pictures to follow

We have been on vacation to steamy Texas. I have literally been on vacation. I only checked email twice and didn't do any other computer. We started our vacation in Austin. As we drove down the boys asked what happened to all the mountains and I told them they melted. I think they may actually believe me after our trip even though it wasn't that hot for Texas. In Austin we got to see Dan and Melissa, John's parents, Paula and Stephanie with baby Sophie. We also went to the Austin ward and saw all our friends. We spent a morning with the Smith's and it was heartbreaking to leave them again. We took a trip with all the cousins to Inner Space Caverns which was really interesting.

On the way down to the caverns...

After Austin we went up to Arlington and spent a few days at Patti and Scott's house. We got to see Eldon and Stephanie and Sara and Scott's family again also. Um, to say that the cousins were happy to be together would be a large understatement. Patti has 3 boys and 1 girl all around the same ages as our boys. It was cousin heaven. When the Zoggs got there for a day the delight could not have been higher. Sara was thinking of leaving without staying the night. She asked her kids to rank a scale of how important it was to them to stay the night. They all considered it their highest level of importance to stay ;) Our first day we went and fed the most disgusting fish. It ended with a Texas size storm complete with a tornado...


Allison and Seth helping with dinner...


The storm...


Due to the storm we had indoor time...John read to everyone.

The storm ruined the next day outdoor picnic and rock climbing plans with the Zoggs. John and Scott G. built a skim board (inspired by Edd in his youth) to use in the field with the puddles of water. Here are a few of the best wipe outs.



We still had our hotdogs and later that night we did Zoey's and Allison's hair. Allison has curly hair so she got hers straightened and Zoey picked this design off the internet.

The next day we went swimming and played at the park.

Making a whirlpool...


Patti and Seth

Needless to say there were a lot of mosquitoes and fire ants. Hyrum has the least amount of bites. I only counted 10 on one leg which was the lowest number any single leg had ;) The eating was very good and we had a blast. We miss our Austin.

8 comments:

Stephanie said...

It was really fun to have you! Your pictures are great. Someday we'll get a nice camera too. ;) If you have any other good ones, feel free to send them via Picasa.

Raspberry said...

I HATE Texas weather. I do like Texas though. And the bugs? Horrid. Absolutely horrid.

Tyson said...

I so can't wait for you to move to Utah. Sara and I were wondering if any of you would want to hit up a Bees game when you're in town in July. See http://tysonandsara.blogspot.com

Janine said...

we miss our Austin too. :( looks like you had a great time.

Adrienne said...

So fun! I'm excited for the food in steamy Houston nest weekend! I miss Austin too. I really wish that I could have lived there longer. So what's up with the Utah plans? When are you going to be there?

Tonia said...

Are you guys still going to Utah in July? And do you still have any family in Katy? (Not that you want to spend your family time with us but hey...you never know ;)

Together We Save said...

Great pictures. I love the hair-dos. Very cute.

Leah Prince said...

I remember the puddle surf board Edd made. He was a sophomore in HS and Leon and I went to the Dallas Temple for the day- it took a whole day, and he was supposed to be babysitting. It was a day of solid rain in October. He painted it yellow and black and then put melted wax on it.