Wednesday, July 28, 2010

What a Wild Month We've Had!

Good-Bye Arizona and Hello to Malaysia!

It's been exactly one month since, with a ton of help from treasured friends, we packed up our house and car and left Phoenix, Arionza. Our hearts were heavy for all our friends we were leaving as we pulled out of town and headed up to Salt Lake City for some much needed time with our families. Here are a few things we did before we headed off on our new Adventure! Craig got lots of time with his cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles! We got to spend a day at Lagoon with Grandma Julene and Cousin Deuce! Those boys sure do love their rides! I wonder where they got that from? Our time just flew by, Craig was just in heaven surrounded by his family. We got to go to Dadpa's house and have a bar-b-que and even roasted marshmellows for smores!

It seemed like as soon as we got to Salt Lake we were packing up yet again! This time we were headed to Sun Valley Idaho for the 4th of July Weekend with the Jessop Clan! We got to enjoy my Dad's concert with the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra as well as their Special Guest Artist, Peter Cetera! I think that of the conductor and the soloist that my dad is by far and away the cuter of the two!
We had an amazing weekend in Sun Valley! It was the perfect setting for the fourth of July, one of the most beautiful places I've been. We got to ride the gondola all the up the mountain for a lunch - it was pretty chilly at the top (and bottom for me, since I'm used to Phoenix temperatures!)
The cousins had the time of their lives! After breakfast Grandpa would take all the boys to the Candy Store and let them each pick out a candy. A few hours later Grandma would buy the half eaten candy from the boys for a dollar! The boys couldn't believe their luck at each getting a dollar! They'd grab grandma and take her to buy some more candy! Nice System.

Aside from their bi-daily trips to the candy store Uncle Russ was the most requested activity! Russ put on elaborate Kung Fu fights, straight from Kung Fu Panda! Several times a day their were Kung Fu matches on the lawns of Sun Valley. He really worked hard! Little Did we know how thankful we would be that Uncle Russ inspired such a reference for all things Kung Fu Panda! Way to go Uncle Russ! You had no idea at the time how much help you were giving us!

This was an incredible weekend and we got back to Salt Lake just in time to pack up our bags and head out to our next and longest adventure! We were so glad to be able to spend time with our families before we took off for Malaysia! Part Two of our Malaysian adventure is right under this entry! Keep Reading!


  1. What a fun time! LOVE those cute pictures of the boys, especially the Kung Fun panda moves with Russ. Classic! We miss you guys!

  2. I miss seeing all of you! I love that Russ is such great entertainment for the kids. I will have to borrow him sometime!