Well...I never really caught up with our vacation stuff, so I'll just do the really short version. We had lots of fun in Blackfoot with Darwin's family. We went tubing/water skiing at Jensen Grove, played a fun version of Minute To Win It, spent a day at Lava Hot Springs, went and watched Eclipse, the kids rode the 4-wheelers, and Caleb got to go to the temple and do baptisms for the first time in Idaho Falls Temple.
On Friday the 9th of July, we drove over to Wyoming to visit three of my six brothers and my sister. We hiked up Mansface, went to International Days, played Quelf and Scum, watched a movie in Cody's giant theater room, had a picnic in the park, and the kids jumped on the trampoline as much as they could. My brother Cody became the "favorite" uncle when he let my kids have a bowl of 12 different kinds of cold cereal topped with butterscotch and chocolate chips covered in chocolate milk for lunch on Sunday afternoon...they were in heaven! =)
On Monday the 12th, we drove down to Salt Lake City to visit our friends the Daltons. Wendy and three of her kids met us at the Hogle Zoo. Darwin and I were going to go to the temple, but it was closed, so we all ate a fabulous picnic lunch and walked around the zoo for a few hours. That evening, we drove to Logan, UT to visit the Cabatus. We had fun staying up talking all night, and then Elena and I decided to go and make some mischief at 1 am. We drove out to Wal-Mart and bought all the necessary materials for decorating a car to look like someone had just been married. We snuck out to her friend's husband's work (he works an overnight job) and made their car really pretty. =) Tami may not remember, but back when I did Elena's car in post-it notes, we told her she was next...we just let her think we had forgotten. =) The next day we went to a really cool used bookstore, ate a picnic lunch on the lawn at the Logan Temple, and went to a really neat pioneer exhibit.
On Tuesday night, we drove back up to Blackfoot and Darwin went scuba diving with his dad on Thursday in Ririe. On Friday morning we drove four hours to Meridian, ID and are now visiting with my parents. Darwin's 20th high school reunion was this weekend, so my parents and my brother have been entertaining our kids for the last two nights. Last night they all went to the Meridian Speedway to watch the car races. Darwin and I had a good time at his reunion. He was really sure he wouldn't know anyone there...but since they had made everyone name tags with their old high school pictures on them, he was able to remember many more people than he thought he would.
We are having a great vacation! It has been so nice to see so many of our family and friends these past few weeks. We leave to go back to Oahu on Friday, so we still have some time left to enjoy our time here. When we get home on Friday, the pace of life is going to go from casual to harried. Darwin is leaving the very next morning for a school in Virginia for three weeks, and the kids all start school a week later. I don't start school until Sept. 2nd...so I will have time to unpack the whole house by myself...yippie! =/
If we missed seeing you this trip, you are all more than welcome to come and visit us in Hawaii. We will be there for three years. The weather is perfect year-round, so give us a call and set up your reservations!