Thursday, July 1, 2010

Ode to Summer!

Oh how I love thee summer? The sun, the heat, the long days, the water.... I think I am soaking up every day of summer because we had such a yucky cold wet Spring. It's already July and it feels like the first week of summer!
We recently got back from our first summer vacation- Aaron's family reunion in Southern Utah. It was the "Jones" reunion- his mom's side and it was so fun to meet all these aunts, uncles and cousins that I've heard so much about. And I love hanging out with Aaron's immediate family because it doesn't happen often enough. What I found really cool was sitting in this A frame cabin singing these songs and listening to songs that his family has grown up singing. The Jones family is SUPER musical. I thought my family was the VonTrapps but everyone in the family sings and plays piano, etc. Aaron's mom made a song book of all the songs Grandpa Jones used to sing and he actually wrote several of them that we now sing to Brighton. I just love long family traditions like that and songs and stories that get passed down generations. Hearing stories about how two siblings joined the Jones family was really touching and made me understand why Aaron's mom is the way she is- very giving and loving. I really married into a great family!
Anyway, mushy stuff aside. We went to KodaChrome, Bryce Canyon and BrianHead summit. The road was closed so the family just decided to hoof it up the mountain. I had Deacon in a sling on my chest and when it got to these huge rocks I was afraid I would eat it and land right on Deac, so I went down but Brighton was determined to get to the top! It wasn't easy either! She's a little mountain goat!

Here are some of the sights we saw. Bryce Canyon was my absolute favorite. So beautiful!

Other highlights of summer have been "The Beach" -Eagle Island State Park and the neighborhood pool...

My computer is taking forever to load pictures, so I'll have to do more later!


Tiffany said...

Great pics, it was good to actually meet you, even though I feel I know you from your blog, lol! Our blog is private but I also have a nonprivate one that you can leave your email on and I will send you an invite. Also I know Aaron uploaded all his pics but will you ask him to send me the group pic that is not compressed down.? Thanks!

sarahjean said...

Southern Utah is beautiful!
Love you blog and the colors are fantastic!

jessica said...

Love the pictures...but mostly the one of Aaron in a cowboy hat! Why have I never seen him in his cowboy attire before?