Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Trek Back Home

After traveling from Omaha to Long Island to Vermont to Niagara to Omaha (again), you'd think our summer adventures would be over.  In a normal family perhaps, but we are far from normal.  Instead, Jason helped drive us out to Logan where we got to spend a few choice days with his family in Hyde Park.  Here we are playing "Ticket to Ride" with Grandma Susie.

Grandpa Charles shared his childhood trains with Eli.  Needless to say, our little engineer loved it!

We took some pictures after church on Sunday in the adorable new dresses and suit from Grandma Susie.

The serious pictures are nice, but the silly pictures are even better.

So crazy!

Brooklyn requested her own eight year-old photo shoot.

A Tree Grows Near Brooklyn

Big or small, they're both my babies.

Rather than request her own photo shoot, Talia preferred to crash ours.

After Logan, we said goodbye to Jason one more time and hopped in the car for our final leg to St. George.  By the time we made it to Cedar City (about an hour from our destination), we'd had enough traveling by car and switched to Conestoga wagon instead.

Here are the kids digging for gold at Cedar City's Frontier Homestead State Park.  (Wish they'd found some...)

Talia loved washing the laundry.

I think I should let her scrub her own clothes at home.

Brooklyn was an expert, having just finished the "Little House" series.

Switching over to stagecoach.

And before you knew it, we were (finally) back home in St. George.  Just in the nick of time too--school started the next morning!
Talia and Brooklyn on the first day of first and third grades.  Just for the record, Talia's teachers at Dixie Sun Elementary are Ms. Berglund and Ms. Barranco.  Brooklyn has Mr. Bowen and Ms. Stansell.  Both kids are very happy.  And we are ALL happy to be back home.


Julie L said...

Love to play Ticket to Ride! Great way to end a very long but way too short summer vacation. The family photo shoots were delightful, too!

Justin said...

Brooklyn and Talia look like they belong on the prairie, which is probably fitting, considering the locale of your next zip code...