Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Moab... yes again!

Moab twice within a month, what a rough life we have. We definitely have a vacation packed summer where it's rare to be home for a full week at a time. We have been having so much fun playing. This time we went back down to Moab with the Miles clan. We were sad that half of us couldn't make the trip due to a funeral, knee surgery, and a biopsy- all not fun things, but we still had a fun time. This was Johnn's parents first time to Moab. No joke. Pretty amazing that you can live in Utah for so long & not see Moab. It's almost like living here and having never gone skiing. We were more than happy to show them around.

Dead Horse point


Michael loved the big sand dune. Johnn carried him most of the way up, but he could have walked up the whole thing. He kept going up and down. He loved finding rocks to throw and crushing clumps of sand in his hands. Plus we got to act like kids too. We had jumping contests and Johnn had fun jumping over our kid.

Fun in the hot tub.

Mill Creek trail. It was a fun short hike that I have never done before. They loved crossing the river and Richard and Miles enjoyed cliff jumping at the waterfall. It was a great hike to do with the kids on a hot day while the guys went biking.

The group, minus me, at Landscape Arch- longest standing arch in the world.

Playing at Sand Dune Arch

Our picnic area in Arches was great. You can't really see the tables, but they were right under this cave in the wall. Someone before us had dug out holds in the rock so the boys, and Michael, just had to go up and check it out.

Delicate Arch, always a favorite.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Buzz Lightyear Ride- Disneyland

So I was checking my e-mail & remembered that I sent our Buzz pictures at the ride. Yes I look serious, but check out my score. That's right, I slaughtered Johnn. Take that honey ;) Mikey loved moving the joystick so we would turn all over the place. I think we went on the ride 5 times since the line was always short & the kids (and the adults) loved it.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Newport Beach 2009

Michael loved the beach. I was hoping that we would be past the eating sand point this year, but nope, he still likes it... crazy kid. He also almost always has a car or truck... or in this case a bus... in his hands. He loves pushing cars around making noises & I now have a train that I'm pretty sure will always have sand in it. He could play on the beach all day long and be in heaven.

Sunday afternoon at the tide pools

I love Nats & Dave's belly pictures and can't wait to meet the little one due in October. There is also a picture of Andrea above feeding Meg at sunset, it's just to pretty not to post so forgive me. Also above, CJ and Brooke swing dancing on the beach. Aren't they cute!

Fun in the sand. We enjoyed a full week on the beach, minus one day that we went to Disneyland. I didn't take my camera so I will post Disneyland pictures once I acquire some from everyone else. Michael loved all the rides. Talk about a great family vacation. I love the time we spend there all together as a family. It is so fun to get to spend time with the Elggrens since they live out of state. They, however, moved from Arizona to Colorado last week. Although it's not next door, we are excited to have them a few hours closer and are looking forward to meeting them at the cabin over the 4th.
The kids enjoyed catching crabs and jumping the waves. We also had fun rollerblading and biking on the boardwalk, boogie boarding, gaming, and simply relaxing.

Newport Temple on Sunday. Notice my little fam is not in any of the pictures? Michael fell asleep in the car on the way there and Johnn stayed with him. He never minds having a good excuse to get out of pictures.

Miller Family Photo Session

Thursday, June 11, 2009

My Super 90 Year Old Grandma

Tomorrow is my dear Grammy's 90th birthday. Talk about an amazing woman who has lived an amazing life. She is the youngest 90 year old that I have ever know. She is so sharp and definitely knows what she likes... and what she does not like, and isn't afraid to tell you exactly that. I am so lucky to get to work with her. We do the books together for my Dad's office and always have a great time. She loves numbers, chocolate, and naming all of her grandkids (little family joke).
We all got together and threw her a little party last night. It was so fun to see my cousins that I rarely see and to watch some old family videos of when my Dad was just a little boy & of my grandparents BBQing in the sweetest fifties attire. Miss you dearly Papa Hack.

The Miller cousins with the birthday girl.

At the end of our Happy Birthday song she stopped us all and said, " none of you can say 'and many more'". It's her party so we obayed, but I hope that there are many more birthdays to come.

Grammy with her four boys.

She let the great-grand kids help her blow out the candles. Just a little side note, look how cute little Ellie looks (far right) with her new haircut. She decided to cute it herself the day before so it's a good thing we have a hair stylist in the family.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Memorial Weekend in Moab

We had such a blast in Moab for our annual Miller family Memorial trip. The weather was ideal, slightly overcast most of the time, perfect for hiking. We did have a couple short downpours, but we timed them almost right, I say almost because we had quite an adventure crossing the street to the diner. We hiked to Corona Arch, Delicate Arch, Sand Dune Arch (not that I would call that one a hike), and went up Negro Bills Canyon. We also went over to take in the beautiful views at Canyonlands. It was a great long weekend, and I was so proud of all the kids for being such good hikers. We can't wait to go back nect month with the Miles clan.