Tuesday we drove the 6 hour drive to Cody's parents house in Southern Utah, arriving around 3 in the afternoon, with enough time to help put together a really fun surprise party for Cody's mom. Several of Cody's sisters were able to come, as well as many of mom's siblings. We had a great picnic at a park and dodged rain while playing with cousins, singing songs, putting on dances, and gobbling up delicious Navajo Tacos. Yum!
Thursday we loaded up a bunch of supplies and headed to the family ranch for the day. We borrowed one of the cabins and Cody and his sister Raychel caught a couple of the horses to do some rides with the kids in the morning. After lots of trail riding, we had lunch and the 2 year olds and grandpas took naps while Raychel and Paul and Cody took the bigger kids hand fishing and Grandma and I stayed at the cabin and pulled out my quilt material and worked on that. The fishing party brought home 4 gorgeous 13 inch long trout, and had released several more. Nobody even had leeches, although they were very wet and dirty. We hung the wet clothes out to dry and waited in our swimming suits while we cooked up the fish and some other goodies for a great ranch dinner. After dinner we loaded up again and went home to bed, though nobody got to touch their pajamas until after they'd had a bath. :)
Saturday morning was just packing up the van and eating breakfast, and we were on the road by about 8:30 AM. Of course, there was one unexpected stop during the windy road through the mountain canyon when Katie had mommy's motion sickness flare up... poor girl. :( Still, the kids enjoyed picking some wild flowers and then we were back on the road.
We had to tease Raychel and Paul because they accidentally left so much stuff in Panguitch that we had to stop at their house and drop it all off. It was a perfect lunch break, though, and we got home in the mid afternoon. Now, we've been unpacking, washing laundry, putting away toiletries, working, and generally trying to get back to the routine. It was a fun trip, but now we're ready to finish up the summer and start my 3rd Trimester and get ready for school to start in less than a month. Happy summer vacation!