Wednesday, September 16, 2009

You can't help but love moments like this...

(make sure the volume is turned up)

* In case you're wondering, it's the second verse of Families Can Be Together Forever  

Saturday, September 5, 2009

A visit with the grandparents

Before Tyler headed back to New York, we headed down to visit with his grandparents, and also to introduce Ms. Riley to her two great-grandmas and great grandpa.  It was so cute, we walked into the Stewart's and the first thing Chase said was "where's the train?"  He was referring to the train around the Christmas tree he had seen in December. Oh, the things kids reminder.  
Grandma and Grandpa Stewart
Grandma Stewart (above) and Grandma Wilson (below) just adored her.
I love visiting with Tyler's grandparents, they are so warm and loving and have a very special place in my heart.  We love you all and can't wait to see you next time we're out.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Lake Powell

I've known since last summer that this years' vacation would be to Lake Powell with my family, I can't go more then a year without going,  it runs in my blood.  It's the only place where 110 degree weather is permitted and one of the few places where internet and cell service are hard to come by.

I love being on the water, water skiing, tubbing and exploring the canyons, but more then anything I love spending time with my family.  Given you are in close quarters for a week you don't have much of an option but to get along.  It allows us to reconnect as family and friends, we have a great time laughing, playing games and working together.   Growing up, I didn't ever understand why we couldn't bring friends along on family vacation, however I now look back and see that it was during those time when we grew as a family and friendship were made. There was a real value in spending time with each other way from our every day life and no doubt strengthen our relationships than and now.

Chase loved the water but only on his terms, we couldn't force him to get in but when he asked we jumped on it.  Once he was in, he loved to float, swim and splash everyone around.   Given we were the first ones up every morning we were able to enjoy some of the best water of the day and every morning Chase would have to warm up to the ski boat, by the end of the week he loved "grandpa's" boat and the house boat.   

Riley, she was a true champ, she loved riding on the boat and LOVED the water.  We even took her on the tube...just kidding it was only a photo op.  

All the cousin (or at least the ones at LP)
Thanks mom and dad for a great vacation.