Tuesday, August 17, 2010

New York Part 1

New York here we come! Jetting off with the family, we braved the redeye to enjoy a week of fun with the Ashtons in Sodus Bay, NY. A charming bay off of Lake Ontario, directly between Syracuse and Rochester. Matt's brother Spencer and his family have been away for about nine years for medical school/training, so we were all excited to take the opportunity to go visit, play, and have a good time!

The last night of the Hill Cumorah Pageant was the day we arrived. After having come off of the red-eye, I think everyone were great troopers to go. I stayed back with AnnieKate, and Erin with Morgan. Norm and Meredith, and Lindsey and Blakely wouldn't arrive for a few days.

The show's about to start...
I heard the fire was really cool!

We spent quite a bit of time at this beach, but were terrible about taking pictures here, so this is all we have. It was great spot, though! Sodus Bay, a cozy little spot off Lake Ontario. It was perfect for the kids - a roped off swimming area, two lifeguards, and plenty of sand.

Spencer with his youngest son, Luke.

What a cute group of kids! Henry, Ellie, AnnieKate, Haley, AnneMerie, Ben, Sam, McKenzie, and Tyler.
Haley finding the biggest leaf for the scavenger hunt. Julie made a list of things for the kids to do/check off/or pass off throughout the trips and had prizes for them along the way. Such a great idea and so much fun for the kids!
AnneMerie, Julie, and Haley Jo
Melissa, Luke, Tyler, Spencer, McKenzie, Ben
Loving my family!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Memorial Day with the Poultons

We spent Memorial Day up at the cabin with the Poulton family. We were so excited they could come to Utah and only wished they could have stayed longer! It was hard saying goodbye. We had a great time, as usual, playing at the cabin - fishing, going to mirror lake, getting to be around the kids and new baby Abby. Ellie was with her dad, but I'll get some photos of her here shortly. It was wonderful weekend!

Cute kids just make cute pictures!
It was impossible to keep Sam out of the water.
I like this photo.
Not the most flattering angle. Oh well.
I love it here!
I love it here, too!
So fun to hang out with the Poultons and their new addition!
Little Will, happy as can be! Just don't put him in the water.
Matt and John took the boys fishing up at Bear River's pond, and they had an awesome time! Looks like Henry met his match!
Great catch Henry!
Nothing like fishin' with the boys. Wo, that's a huge one!
Annie loves Baby Abby!
Annie Kate loving the smores.
Henry showing us he's tough.
I love this picture of Sam.
Go Lizzy!
Annie Kate LOVES to kiss the babies, and she's pretty good about not going for the face anymore.
Abby is such a sweetheart, the girls couldn't get enough of her. and the dress was amazing! It makes me want to have another girl just so I can get a pretty little dress from Spain!
Ellie can't wait to be a big sister again!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Carver's Cove Petting Farm

Carver's Cove is a petting farm in Eden that is nothing short of adorable. We went in June with Henry and Annie when it was bursting with babies. So cute! The kids couldn't get enough, and it was great because there were so many they could hold or feed or just play with, so it was totally interactive. Annie Kate was remarkably fearless, and loved to feed and hold the animals. Her favorite was the baby horse and the bunnies. Henry fell in love with a little black kitty. Definitely a place to come back to! We missed Ellie today because this sort of thing is her cup of tea. Another reason to go again!

Swingin' Spring

We moved to Liberty at the end of April, and the park soon became one of the kids favorite spots. Love those swings! Annie Kate is also sporting her favorite attire of the season. Her pretty white princess dress, compliments of Ellie from Garrett and Rachael's wedding reception; her sunglasses and, of course, her headband. She decidedly refers to it as her crown.

Happy to fly!
Watch me go!