Friday, September 12, 2014

Park City Staycation

Labor Day weekend we went to Park City with the Wood's. The unit on the end that's closest to the mountain is where we were able to stay.  It was a double decker condo with beautiful views!  Park City is gorgeous.  See how the leaves are already changing?  And this was two weeks ago. 
Saturday afternoon we drove up through Midway to get to Soldier Hollow for the sheep-herding championship dog festival. 

Big mistake! 

We should have driven around Midway but the map made it seem like it would be quicker going through Midway.  The map did not know it was Swiss Days and that we would be line with 50K other people trying to get into Midway.

Once we did arrive, it was so fun!  We got to see dogs herding sheep through an obstacle course and dogs jumping into water after their toys.  One dog jumped something like 24 feet off the ledge.  Dogs are pretty cool.

They also had a K9 unit demonstration.
This video was taken by Allie and I have not watched it so, beware??? 

We went to a fun little boutique type thing they have up in Park City.  Ellyse chose to make her own jump rope and Allie chose to make the art project shown below.  There was a bicycle with a strap contraption and some circle type thing that would spin, then the kids would drop the paint in one spot and it would make all these cool designs.

A certain person  was let loose and there was a mistake made. Can you see it?  We made up for it.

We took the bus into town so we didn't have to find parking.  While we were waiting for the bus, I gave the kids a 'job' to keep them occupied/out of the way/out of the street.  Ellyse was first to try and take a photo of all of us.
Allie was next.
Allie trying one last time.
Then Colter gave it a whirl.
Allie finally got a good shot.
There was a Labor Day parade in Park City.  I'm not sure if you can consider it a parade, may be a political party/ fundraiser / look at me in my fancy car show?
Thanks again Wood's! 

August is the most wonderful time of the year.

One day in August, I was able to pick up Ellyse and a few of her friends from the family history activity days activity at the Family History Center in Ogden. We all went and took over to the tiny little historic Farr's Ice Cream to get a cold treat.   Allie is not quiet 8 years old but got to enjoy a treat with the other girls too.

Farr's was more than prepared for our large group and then some as the Ogden Temple Open House was happening at the same time. The Ogden temple open house turned Ogden into a very well dressed place to be. Woman, men, and even kids in dresses and ties on a Friday night? Yes, please! It was a very welcome change!
Then the best thing that happens ALL year happened!  The first day of school!!

And Jason and I celebrated 13 years of mawwige.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Solitude! 2014

We -heart-Solitude!! 
One of all of our favorite traditions that we have is taking a weekend and heading up the beautiful mountains to Solitude Ski Resort in the summer.  Brent has got it so that he has requested the same condo every time we've went.  We joke we'll buy it someday. They say 90% of jokes are the truth.  Hopefully, we'll be able to continue to go every year or just buy the darn place!

Friday night we stopped at Smash burger before heading up the mountains.  The first night, we usually swim and relax up there.

Saturday is our adventure day.
 This year we made it to the Loveland Aquarium. 

Walking the tight rope in the Safari area.

 This guy is the 'baby.'

 Jason's favorite are the turtles.
 Those are the cutest fishies I've ever seen!
 Pregnant sea horses.  The males are the pregnant ones. I can thank Ross from 'Friends' for that knowledge.
 After the Aquarium, half of us wanted to head home, half wanted to stop at Scheels.  On our way to Scheels we saw the following.  See way over there? Those are flames shooting out from the white car.  See the white Truck and Suv?  That's where we were waiting to turn left whilst the car continued to fume.  We were sitting ducks.  No where to go really, and it was scary to just sit there waiting for the turn signal while the car started to really catch fire.  I was super surprised the cops didn't stop traffic. 
 Want to hear the kicker?  Some guy in the parking lot of Scheels, where this photo was taken, saw me taking the picture and said he went past it too. He noticed the sticker on the car on fire.  It was a 'buy me for only $$$$ sign' indicating that it was for sale by a car dealership. The guy mentioned that the couple in the car on fire were on a test drive.  :) 
 We'd never been to Scheels before so we had to take a ride on the Ferris Wheel and get some free fudge samples.  Sidenote: I was just finishing up a book about the first Ferris Wheel at the World's fair in Chicago ( The Devil in the White City),  it was fun to  see how far we've come.
 Sunday is our out to breakfast, swim, relax, and card playing day!!  The card playing is my most favorite.

 Brit has mentioned that Jason is the Emma whisperer. ;)  She laid like this for like 30 minutes, didn't hardly move, but never feel asleep!  It was darling to watch them cuddle!

 Still not asleep!

 Then came the card playing time!!!!! One of my most looked-forward to times all year.  You might be thinking, Wow Jul! Way to shoot for the stars. A card game is the highlight of your year?  But, first, before you judge, you have to play cards with our family! 
 We eat junk food, poke fun, and laugh a whole lot more than we play cards.  Brent has, as he puts it, outgrown the game.  He waits around patiently until it's over.  This time he took the kids down to get ice cream and then entertained them with movie trivia.  We're talking like, who is the second cameraman in Back to the Future type trivia.  And the kids were totally eating it up!! It was hilarious and darling all at the same time! The kids were enthralled,!  I captured a bit of it and you can hear our squeals of laughter in the background.  What a fun night!!!

 Monday we packed up and left...alway not fun.  We went to Jungle Jim's and Pizza Pie Cafe for lunch. We even got in another round of cards while letting the kids play.

Such fun!!  Can't wait till next year!