Thursday, July 19, 2012

family fun

We've had lots of family visiting over the last month or so.  First, Grandma and Grandpa Kent made the long drive out from Missouri.  We were sooooo excited to see them!  All four of us had come down sick before they arrived, which curbed some of our fun plans, but it was so nice to have their help and it was still great just spending time together.  The boys absolutely loved having Grandpa and Grandma to play with for a whole week.  We did manage to work in a few little outings during their stay.  We went to a park with a splash pad, which Chase had been begging for for weeks.  Poor kid had a fever though (double ear infections will do that to you), so the hot weather and cold water didn't feel too good.  Taylor had fun though!  We went to Farm Country at Thanksgiving Point, and they each had their first pony ride, which they loved.  They also had baby goats eating out of their hands, and got to take a wagon ride.  I got to have a root canal during their visit, but at least we had built-in babysitters for my 2 hour visit to the endodontist!  We also took our traditional drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon to walk around Silver Lake.  No moose this time, but lots of chipmunks, mosquitos, and a momma duck with seven cute little ducklings.  When it was time to start the drive back down the canyon Chase was crying and saying he needed to throw up, and Taylor ran his head smack into a picnic table and did his little pass-out-because-i'm-holding-my-breath-crying thing where he turns purple and curls up his hand and foot (yeah, it looks as scary as it sounds and it was my mom's first time seeing it).  Even though we had 3 adults to 2 kids, both boys wanted mom to carry them back to the was a fun moment for all.  Back to the positive though, we also enjoyed yummy food courtesy of Cafe Rio and Lonestar Tacqueria, and the boys were the happy recipients of a new mini picnic table for the patio, child size lawn chairs, and a little wood table and chairs set for the family room...all of which they make good use of every day.  I miss having my parents close, especially because I want them to be around the boys, but I'm so grateful they were able to take this trip out to see us and that Chase maintains a close relationship with them by talking on the phone several times a week.

Right after my parents left, the Arizona Rosens arrived!  First on the agenda was Cole's baptism, which was awesome.  I was playing the piano for the meeting, and Chase wanted to join me like he does at home.  He was pretty unhappy (and very loud about it) when he couldn't, so instead he planted himself at the front of the room singing church songs and saying prayers.  It was neat for him to get to see Brett baptize Cole, and learn that he can choose to be baptized when he turns 8 too.  We also got to celebrate the 4th of July together, and I was shocked when both our boys (who have very early self-imposed bedtimes) were awake and hyper for the fireworks this year.  They had a blast!  Suprisingly the noises and flashes didn't scare anyone.  They absolutely loved having all their cousins around to play with, and we miss them already.  We went to the zoo in the morning on the 4th, and got to see the new Rocky Shores exhibit with the polar bear and sea lion.  The sea lion was very active, and we had a front row seat for all her tricks.  And of course that trip had to include a ride on the little train, which is a favorite for Chase.  Later that week Brett's brother Jeff took family pictures for us at Wheeler Farm, which turned out great.  We also celebrated Brett's grandmother's 80th birthday with a bbq in Provo.  17 of her 20 great grandchildren were in attendance, and it was a pretty cool experience to hear everyone tell of their favorite memories so far with Grandma.  I felt really blessed to have married into such a wonderful family.  Unfortunately I didn't have my camera out for most of this, but since everyone else did, I hope to snag some pictures of all the fun!