Monday, April 19, 2010

A Week in Utah

A couple of weeks ago I flew up to Utah with Sawyer to meet up with my sisters and mom. Sydney got engaged recently (although it's been in the works for months), and we decided to take advantage of a good excuse to see each other and get some wedding planning underway. Sydney and Mitch are getting married on July 20th in the Salt Lake City Temple. We're so excited!! So anyhow, I flew up on a Wednesday and left the following Wednesday. My mom got in Thursday morning and left again on Monday morning. Needless to say we had such a great time together and the time went by way too fast. We managed to scope out the reception center, pick out a wedding cake, work on some dress re-designing, almost figure out the catering, and of course, do a little shopping as well. While shopping in Salt Lake we met up with Meghan Stott and her little girl, Kaitlin. It's always so fun to see them! Thanks Meghan for meeting us there! Later that weekend my mom also brought along some adorable easter baskets for the boys and we did a little early easter-egg hunt at the park. On my last couple days there we were able to meet up with Jerai and Boyd! She was in Utah for a few days before flying to Oregon for a visit. It was so good to see them...I'm glad we were able to semi-coordinate our travels :)! Another perk of the visit was that I got to spend a little more time with my future brother-in-law, Mitch. It was fun getting to know him a little better. I'm so excited for those two! As far as I see it, he makes Sydney a very happy girl and he's super great with Jake and Sawyer. I'm happy to have him in the fam!

And possibly the most entertaining aspect of the trip was watching Jake and Sawyer interact. They were SO cute together! Jake was very mature and kind and gentle with Sawyer. And if things did get a little rough, Sawyer was totally cool with it. They had their occasional struggles for the same coveted toy, but overall they were best of pals. Jake mastered Sawyer's name the first day we got was so cute to hear him saying it throughout the day. And Sawyer just loved all of Jake's fun toys. They ate together, played together, rode in the car was great. I wish we lived closer so that they could play together more often. We can't wait to see them again soon!

Shopping in Sandy, UT
Meeting up with Meghan and Kaitlin at Syd's Reception Center
The kids took turns riding/napping in the stroller. Here's Jake, the big boy of the bunch, pushing the sleeping babies :)

Again at the reception center
I didn't get any pictures with Jerai!!! I can't believe we spaced it on that one. But I did get a couple of our boys together. Poor Boyd was pretty miserable with allergies (or at least that's what we were attributing the constant flow of crocodile tears to).
Sawyer and Jake enjoying the awesomeness of the Macy's shopping carts...and free balloons. It doesn't get much better than that.

The easter egg hunt! (Jake did a great job of finding and Sawyer sure loved the foil wrappers!)
Grandma attempting to dye easter eggs with the boys. We'll just pretend that Jake didn't try to drink the dye. ;)

They love their grandma.
Headed home.


The Thelins said...

Love all the pictures- especially the boys in the shopping cart- you know they loved it. Also I love your new family picture! Can't wait to see you in July.

Shields Family said...

I too love your new family pictures - you guys have such a cute family! What a fun week you had; being with family (& close friends) makes some of the best memories, doesn't it? Usually packed to the rim with things to do...but FUN! :) And that's so cute that Jake and Sawyer are bonding so well. :)

Kristie said...

oh crap--how do i not have like half of those pictures?? you need to email me copies. stat. great post, much for informative than mine was :)

Sabine Schindler said...

I love how you recapped that awesome, way too short weekend. It was like reliving it again! Thanks, Jess!
I hadn't seen some of the pictures either, like the ones of me and the boys. Love them!
I especially like the one with them sitting in the shopping cart holding balloons.

Karen said...

Great pictures. You, your family and all your little boys should be in a magazine. You guys are really too picture perfect. I'm so sad we were not in Utah at the same time. It would have been so much fun to see you! And congrats to Sydney! How exciting!