Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Family + Sun = FUN!

We just returned from a fun-filled trip to Arizona to visit Laren's sister, Susan, and her family. It was a LONG drive, but well worth it to be able to spend time with some of our favorite people in the world! Here are some pictures from the trip...

The weather was beautiful while we were there, so we decided to make the most of it!BJ and his cousin Jake had a fun time together playing with their rockets!
Here's one of Abbie and Christian trying to encourage Laren into the COLD water (a chilly 60 degrees). He was the only one brave enough to attempt the Slide Rock Experience (in Sedona), but the rest of us had a lot of fun watching him! Even though these two don't get to see each other much, Abbie and Holland were fast friends! They held hands everywhere they went and didn't want to be separated for anything! Aren't cousins great?While we were there, we got to visit Schnepf Farms, which is a working farm that also has a hay ride, go-carts, a huge slide, a carousel, and lots of other rides. It was fun to spend the cooler parts of the day there as a family! Here is a picture of BJ giving the goats in the petting zoo a hug.Amelia had a good time just relaxing in the stroller.The three girls (Holland, Brooke, and Abbie) put together a show for all of us on our last night. They spent time rehearsing it and then did a great job showing off their singing, dancing, poetry-reciting, and cheerleading skills for the video camera. They were quite the entertainers!Another highlight was being able to go to Dylan's football game. It was great to watch him play and fun also to see Vic on the sidelines with his camera catching every moment. I can't even express how great the trip was. We loved seeing the kids interact with each other so lovingly. And we loved our late-night talks with just the adults.
We feel so blessed to have such amazing and wonderful people in our family!

7 comments:

Mindy said...

What a GREAT trip! I'm so glad you posted pictures of it. Mia looks SO cute in that swimsuit, and I can't believe how grown up BJ is! Yikes! I wish we could see you soon, before they get TOO big! Love you so much!

Jennifer said...

Mia is a beauty! Abbie is so grown up. I love her "twin" cousin and their cute face paintings.

I want to come on this next trip. It seems that it had every element of fun. What a great time!

Team Hanni said...

So fun to get away! I don't think your kids could get any cuter. It looks so warm there.

Hey - we are coming to Provo for the BYU vs. Eastern Washington game on Saturday. I wish I had all the time in the world to come find you guys....... I would love to see you all again. Someday.............

Adri said...

Fun to read up on your fam!

Chris & Allie said...

Joanna, why does your family always look so perfect?

swimminupstream said...

Joanna!
You went to Sedona! Gary took me there for our anniversary! We loved it and can't wait to go back!

swimminupstream said...

We went in the beginning of August...so it was 110!!! SO hot, but when we went to slide rock, it was later in the afternoon, and so the sun wasn't beating down on us. It was still pretty warm, (water still FREEZING) but I would have rather got a tan while I played!