Friday, July 10, 2009

Travels, family fun and Home

We have had such a fun trip. I can't believe that we are finally home. We had so much fun and have loved spending time with our family. Mom's Wedding was wonderful and she seems to be so happy. It was so great being able to see family that we haven't seen in so long. Ethan had so much fun meeting and playing with new cousins. We took so many pictures that I hope we have time to post them all.

Ethan travels so well. He loved the plane ride and all the car rides from there. I would like to say that our trip started off on a good foot, but we almost missed our plane out of Philly and I thought it was foreshadowing of what was to come. Luckily, we barely made the flight, but we did make it.
We arrived in Washington, no problems and we were happy to rest. We left to visit mom and meet Carlos for the first time. We had so much fun making the center pieces with Katie and Kelli. We were able to visit with Aunt Beth too. I am so grateful for family and knowing no matter how far away we end up, we are always family.

So I have tons of pictures to share, but I can't find my charger for my camera, so your only going to get the last of the trip. Shocker, missing something, us?

After Spokane, we headed down to Bev and Dad's and what a ball! Dad made homemade Root Beer and it was so good. We went to the park and had a great family picnic. Grandma was there and it was so good to see her too. Ryan and Ethan were playing ball in the park with Walter and Max.

We headed to Oregon after that for the Fourth of July. We all had fun getting festive for the parade and all of the festivities of the day. Ryan was a hit with the kids and Katie was our Lady of the Day. I don't know what happened to her tiara, but she sure was cute wearing one.

Ethan has found his favorite chair at Grandma and Grandpa Clark's. He was eager and willing to share with Daddy, just as long as he was able to move. We all had such a great time, Ethan loved playing with cousins and being with the big kids.

At the airport on our way home, Ethan was able to play and had so much fun. He was watching some of the other kids jumping and just wanted to play with them. I won't bore you with all the pics and details, but he was so tired after playing, he fell right to sleep once we boarded the plane. Thank goodness for family friendly flying!

From Seattle, we went to Salt Lake, where we had a 4 hr layover. This was one of our most favorite stops. Because we were there for 4 hrs, we choose to go to Temple Square. It was a beautiful sunny day and just gorgeous outside. This was Ryan's first visit to the square as well as Ethan's. We didn't get to see everything, but what we did see left us wanting more.

As I was taking these pictures, I couldn't help but realize how lucky I am to have the eternal family that I think all little girls dream of. I was overwhelmed with the love that I have for my family, seeing Ethan and Ryan walking around the temple grounds. I truly am blessed to have such a beautiful family and know that they love me in return. I can't help but love these pictures as I see the innocence in Ethan. There really are no words to say as to how precious our lives have become with Ethan in it. I'm sure you will all agree with me with what a beautiful boy the Lord has entrusted to us.

Thank you to all our family for sharing with us and letting Ethan be a part of your lives too. We truly had a wonderful time visiting and sharing our time with you. It's been trying staying in touch with such a huge time difference. We love you all and can't wait to see you all again. I will try to get some of our other pictures up as soon as we can.