Yay! We were so excited and anxiously anticipating this trip out West. We hadn't seen our families in a whole year, and it was time! After the girls' retreat in Reno, my parents and I drove back to Utah to meet up with Tim and Max. Annie flew in that night and we began to party! Max instantly warmed up to Grandma and Grandpa Holt. Almost too quickly...he had nothing to do with Tim and I. Same with Annie. Max adores her.We got to see Tim's brothers' families and their adorable kiddos. Max ran wild with Oscar and Theo. I wish we lived closer! He loved his adorable girl cousins Claire and Adelaide. Knowing our track record, Max won't have much exposure to little baby girls, so it was cute to see him be gentle with them :). It was fun to see Dev and Christine too! We visited Tim's wonderful Grandma in Orem. We went to BYU and walked down memory lane. It is crazy how much time has gone by since we were there!
Thanks to the world's best baby sitter (Annie), Tim and I got to go to the Bountiful Temple with my parents which was neat. We played tons of Ticket to Ride with my parents and Annie. The real side of my dad and Tim come out during that game...good and bad. No, we know it is just a game...right?!?! We ate so well thanks to my mom's wonderful cooking :). Taking advantage of the Cafe Rio, Nielsen's Frozen Custard, Dick's Bakery doughnuts, and Rainbow Snow happened as well. Oh how I wish all of those places were in Ohio!
After a week and half of pure heaven, Annie unfortunately had to move down to Provo to start her sports camp counselor job, and the rest of us went to Bear Lake with my mom's side of the family. It was a BLAST! Again, the second we got there Max had absolutely nothing to do with us. My little cousins were so dang cute with him and Max was eating up that attention more and more each day. It was beautiful weather and so fun to see family we hadn't seen in a while. We mini-golfed, swam, talked, played at the beach, rented paddle boats (thanks mom and dad!), rode our bikes to get the best shakes, hiked to a beautiful (and FREEZING) lake, and ate SO MUCH good food!
At the end of the week, my parents graciously drove us to meet up with Tim's family who were coming down from Idaho. Tim's mom had planned a little family reunion with the Ashworth immediate family for that weekend. Tim's awesome brother and his sweet wife hosted the whole gang for the weekend and we had a great time sharing memories, playing at the park, and celebrating Father's Day. It was so fun! On Sunday we hopped back into the Ashworth's car and drove up to Boise to spend a couple of weeks with Tim's family.
I'm not going to lie, I was VERY homesick leaving Utah. It was so good to be with my family and to be able to spend so much time with them. They are the best! Thanks for the awesome time and memories! We sure love you all!
|Max and his Great-Grandma Ashworth! She is so delightful!|
|Max and Theo. Best buds from the get-go :).|
|Oscar, Max, and Theo|
|David (Tim's brother), adorable Adelaide, and Sherry (David's wife). So fun to see them!|
|Tackle Uncle Tim!|
|Saying Max was excited to see Cosmo is an understatement :).|
|I asked some shy EFY boys if they would take our picture. Bless their hearts :). We had|
so much fun at BYU!
|We splurged and got Max some BYU Football get- up. Here is the man himself|
showing off his football muscles!
|I'm not sure who was more excited about the helemt: Max or his mom...|
|Never a dull moment with Annie!|
|My mom was so awesome prepared with potty treats and prizes for Max!|
He was one happy kid once he went!
|Max and his cute cousin Claire! She started walking while we were there and|
is getting so big and beautiful!
|Sitting down after a lot of shopping!|
|I LOVE this picture! What two handsome guys, eh?!!?|
|Tim and Colonel Sanders. Tim wanted to go and make the "pilgrimage" to the|
first KFC restaurant ever. He was very serious about going, as you can see in this pic...!
He fits right in, right?
|After a yummy meal!|
|I am glad that Tim had my awesome dad to help appreciate the meal! I'm always|
saying how bad it is for you, even though it tastes so good :).
|My parents had Stake Conference while we were visiting and|
Elder Holland came! It was such a cool experience. I will never forget it :).
|Saying bye to Annie. That was one goodbye I was dreading like the plague...|
Same with Max. He wasn't too happy to wake up the next morning to no Annie.
|Hummmm...take your pick: The hot-fit blonde, or the old-pregnant sister...|
|Max playing his "Toot" with Grandma Holt. My mom is a great flutist and was practicing|
for church and Max was eager to join in. He didn't quite grasp the correct pronunciation of flute and
kept calling it the toot. Love it.
|Daddy and Max playing mini-golf at Bear Lake. Tim|
got a whole in one on the last whole and won a free game!
|Some of my favorite people in the whole world. My parents are the best!|
They dropped everything and played so hard with us and Max while visiting.
We love them so much and miss them terribly!
|Max and his gang. These guys played so well with him. I don't think Max was|
having a good enough time...
|We hiked to a beautiful lake while at Bear Lake. It was kind of weird to wear jackets,|
but was well worth the chill. It was so pretty :).
|Of course, a hike to a lake would not be complete for Tim|
without jumping in it. The water was about 40 degrees.
Did that stop the old Grinch, NO! Tim is insane. Watch this:
Tim did a back flip off the rope into the ice box. CRAZY!
|My cousin Chandler is crazy as well. He actually jumped in before Tim did.|
After that about 3 other of my cousins did it too. They were SO cold!
|Max, Oscar, and Theo enjoying a ride in bike trailer :).|
|The Eskimo Blanket! Pete and Tina let the family use this at the park. I opted|
out of being flung up...
|Theo had a tramp in his basement! Max probably spent a total of 3 hours on that thing|
with Theo and his uncles :).
|Another cousin tubby! Baby Adelaide is so cute! She was a little|
overwhelmed by her crazy cousin Max...
|The Ashworth Family (minus Alex who is on his mission and gets home in August).|
I love these guys! We had such a great time being all together :).