Friday, July 29, 2011

Wells Reunion 2011

Part 2 of our vacation found us in Montana, where Dave flew up to meet us. We went here for my mom's bi-annual family reunion. I haven't had a chance to go in a few years so I was excited to see all of my extended family again. We have lots of traditions and schedules, that yes, may cause us a few laughs, but we have a great time.

The swap meet! Things move fast during this event. The kids really do have fun. I felt bad I ran out of stuff so fast. All I had to offer my kids for trading was some dollar store candy. Still, they came home with a lot more than they showed up with.

A and my niece, Abney wearing their matching dresses. They are being held by my sister, Katy, and her roommate who came to join in the fun.
A thought she was big enough to play with all the big kids.

My little sister and her roommates playing with all the little kids

There was a big flag pole in the middle of the yard which Zach climbed up. He was pretty proud of himself, though my Grandma was a little panicked.

Just a cute picture of my brother in law with my cute little nephew

We always have a family parade where people dress up and march around the front of the lodge. We aren't really sure where this tradition came from, but it can still be fun. This year, everyone was suppose to pick a person from history (historical, or iconic) to dress up as and see if people could guess.

Any guesses?
She was Baby Einstien. Usually, her hair doesn't need quite so much help to stand up. She was having fun. Can't you tell?

KL: The Statue of Liberty

Mariana (Annie Oakley) and A

My mom (Dorthy L'Amour) with my dad behind her (Bob Hope)

Lily...just a cute little pioneer girl.

Again, it was a great time and I'm so thankful for all the family I have. I was able to spend time with so many cousins, aunts, uncles and both of my grandparents. I hope that we are able to go again soon!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Washington, 2011

We took a big mammoth vacation at the end of June and into July. We had such a fun time. We started by driving up to the Spokane, WA/Coeur d'Alene, ID area. It was absolutely gorgeous! I wish we could vacation there all the time! If only it wasn't a 24 hr drive.... still... totally worth it!! 1 bonus about this drive was we had the chance to stop in Farmington, UT to visit a really good friend of mine who use to live down here. I had so much fun catching up with her and I wish there had been more time. Oh well. I was thankful for what we had.

We went up to Washington because Dave's little sister Katie and her husband Jon live there with there 3 darling little kids. It was so much fun to spend time with them. They were such good sports about having all of us there, adn I'm so thankful that they let us come and crash in their house. Unfortunately, Dave wasn't able to get off enough time from work, so he couldn't come, so I'm thankful that my little sister, Mariana was able to take off an extra week and help me drive all my kids to the other side of the country.

Here we are on one night at a playground by their house.
Mariana, A

Li, KL, Katie, Ka, Jon
Mariana and A

We went to Post Falls Park where the kids played for awhile, then we we walked up to see the falls. Gorgeous!

The kids all had so much fun playing on the merry-go-round...I got a head ache just watching them!

6mo. pregnant Katie had fun playing too. :)

CK found climbed up here and posed so nice for a pic

Then D wanted to join her.

Then L, M, and B also wanted to join the party.

A loved the swing, and Li was so nice to push her.

D and KL

Down at the Post Falls
Li, Ka,KL

CK, KL, Mariana


D, CK, L, A, Ka, KL, M, B

We also took a trip down to Coeur d'Alene Lake. The water was freezing, but that didn't stop the kids from having a blast in the water.
M, L
KL, D, Ka, L
Name that backside...




Mariana, A


D and Li


We also spent a day in Downtown Spokane. There is a beautiful park right downtown.
We got to ride the little skyride over the falls downtown. Hard to see, but in this car is Mariana, D, B, and L

M, Ka, L in our little car

CK looking at the falls.

A looking at the falls.

Waterfall in downtown Spokane.


There was a big giant wagon. Here is everyone up on top.
A, Mariana, Li, Katie, D, L, and B

B, A, and Mariana

Mariana, and A

Ka, M, KL, CK

Again, thanks, Jon and Katie for letting us come. It was so much fun for all of us and we really hope you'll let us come back some day. We love you guys!