10 August 2011

UT + ID = Enough Pictures to Choke a Merzy

We just got back from an 8 day trip to Utah and Idaho. It was a grand old time, pretty busy, and we loved it. As long as we had out there, we still didn't get to see everyone we wanted, but hey, one thing we can count on, we'll always return to the Beehive State. If we didn't catch you this time, we'll get our greedy little mitts on you next time.

So how is it that I had about 7 times more adults than usual surrounding me to help me with Jude, but I am exhausted?? Why do you have to pack 4,000 more objects when flying on a plane with a baby? And what will I do when I have more kids? Ah let's wait and let the chaos unfold....

I give unto you, in no particular order, The Hayes Family Vacay 2011:

Those of you who know Elizabean, how many millions of things can you imagine pouring out of her lovely mouth with this face? And I love how Ian is already accustomed to the exuuuberance. Ho hum, saith he.

We went to BYU and met up with E + kidlets. BYU is such a funny little place to visit. Oh, the Wilk, the Shade tops, the flirting.

This painting is on loan to the BYU Museum of Art from the Wheatleys. I vaguely remember them from living in Palo Alto as a tiny thing, and a little bit from our frequent visits. Thank you, Wheatleys.

Popped in on cousin Hilary. Look at her Minnie Me! (No, I know how to spell "mini," her name is Minnie and I was having myself a little play on words. Glory!)

When Jude goes a week without his jumper, he gets by on Grandma's lap while visiting her at work. Bouncebouncebouncebouncebouncebounce

I just get to squeeze him all the live long day.

We are at Park City in these pictures, but who could tell?? I am a little obsessed with the faces of J and J.

We went to Utah's Parade of Homes. Jeff loves looking through model homes -- put him on a row of them and call it Christmas! For some reason, they made a replica of the house from the movie Up, which I haven't seen because I started reading about it on Wikipedia and was bawling in about 15 seconds. Someday I'll be a good enough sailor to navigate through Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (past page 14), The Outsiders, and Up, but for now, best leave them alone. But the inside of the house was pretty cool, even if I don't have any connections to draw to Disney/Pixar.

So relaxed.

Marvel at the castle/tower thingy that Addie and I constructed!

Jude is lucky to have 2 Great-Grandmothers. Here he is meeting Great-Grandma Lee -- they had a snuggle.

Saying goodbye to Grandma Lee's house. I remember going through this transition with my Grandparents when I was in Jr. High; such a sad and sweet time.

Jude got to test drive his Grandpa's old highchair -- for about 5 minutes until he realized, "Hey, I see 5 bona fide adults staring at me. Staring and NOT holding me...I have a little trick to make that stop......"

Loving up Great-Grandma Hayes

Until next month, Yeetah!


KatieB said...

What a fun trip! Too bad we don't live closer. Chad also LOVES looking at model homes, which we still do frequently. And there are an abundance here in Texas--big old fatty mansions for $400,000.

ericareynolds said...

Ah, the famous high chair. I'm glad Jude got to experience it. Looks like you guys had a great time. Wish we could have seen you. I miss Jude!!!

Elizabeth Jex said...

Oh my...I'm trying to remember what we were talking about...what stirred up such passion within? Sometimes discussing strollers and feeding schedules gets me like this...and chocolate. Okay, anything, I'll admit it. Anything I have an opinion about.

Elizabeth Jex said...

And one more thing: that high chair is awesome! It looks amazing. The perfect retro high chair. I love it.