Monday, June 8, 2009

Haircuts, Henna and blessings, oh my!

What a weekend. (I say weekend, but truly it's been a week...)

SO much to catch up on.

I'll do it with pictures because it saves my long drawn out explanations, which you can not escape... well, shortens them anyway.

So, we drove to Utah last Wednesday, with Alice on board. Poor dear. She was VERY helpful. We arrived and promptly went to my little brother Caleb's Eagle Court of Honor. This is the only pic I got because we left to go pick up my sister Erin at the airport, halfway through.
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Thursday, Caleb graduated, but with three small children, we chose to NOT attend the actual ceremony. Instead, we went down to Orem and visited family. We saw Derek's grandmother, Jason and Alisa and my good friend Michelle. It was QUICK and wonderful.

Oliver meeting G'ma Willis:
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Then, family dinner (well, the grown-ups anyway, the kiddos stayed home with a very fun sitter)
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I'm SO bummed that picture is fuzzy. Blah.

Friday, I got a haircut. It was getting RIDICULOUS! Sarah, Erin and I all went together. It was fun and I swear my incredibly long hair was giving me headaches. So, I chopped it off. AHHH! So much better.

Friday afternoon we went to a magically land called, "Jump On It" in Lindon. It's a large building with wall-to-wall trampolines and bounce houses. Minus the scary waivers they make you sign, it was very fun. My camera died during the outing.

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FUN!

Saturday, we decided to go get Henna Tatoos. It was a blast!
That is my bro, Caleb, and my leg:
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Here is Alice waiting her turn:
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And Sarah and Caleb:
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Then, on Saturday, we went on a massive family hike. And I do mean massive in a "whole lotta people" way not a "really hard or long" way. It was easy and fun. Henry took some pictures:
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And Oliver really enjoyed hiking:
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And THEN on Saturday (are you exhausted reading this??? Because I am...)we had a family reunion-type-get-together with my dad's side of the family. It was COLD (whcih I loved) and so much fun to see Aunts, Uncles, and cousins!
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Spencer had my dad pitching him balls and he LOVED it:
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I grossly over-estimated how warm it would be in Utah and therefore did not pack warm enough clothes for anyone. So, here is Oliver staying warm.
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Henry ran and ran:
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And on Sunday we (and by "we" I mean Derek and all the men in our family who could attend)blessed Oliver. It was a wonderful day.
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Aren't my boys handsome?
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Please note the bare feet on Oliver. I told you, I didn't realize it would be so cold! And Oliver has literally never worn socks in life, so I didn't think to pack any. Sigh. Not my brighest moment. My BRIGHTEST moment came, when I awoke at 7am on Sunday morning and realized I had not packed a single WHITE onesie for Oliver to wear under his blessing outfit, and you could see RIGHT through it. So, Sarah and I took my Ox in the Mire and ran to Walmart on the Sabbath to buy my baby white underwear... sigh.

But look how cute!
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Three boys, all unimpressed:
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And then, Sunday night, we had a large, family home evening with all people in town in the Bills family. It was great, and I didn't take any pictures. Sigh.

Today we drove home and stopped approximately 19 times. I wish I was kidding. We are FINALLY home after 8.5 hours. LONG day. But, no one threw up! Spencer gagged a bit on his allergy meds, but NO ONE THREW UP! What a freaking miracle.

Henry on the road home:
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Oliver on the road home:
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Spencer on the road home (his headphones don't fit):
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And the road home:
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So, there ya go. The world's longest blog post. It was a wonderful trip, and we're so grateful we got to see so many family members! We love you.

4 comments:

BloggingBills said...

And what a terrific blessing it was to have you all here with us. Thanks soooo much for making the long drive. We loved the visit. Much love to all.

Pappa!

BloggingBills said...

Thank you for making the ginormous trip. It's always a blessing to have you here. COme again soon.

MA

Alisha said...

19 times! you had to stop 19 times! what happened

Yasmine said...

Henna tattoos? You're practically Indian now. (It washes off eventually.)

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