We always enjoy a trip to Utah visiting familly, birthfamilies, friends, Cafe Rio, The Pie, and whatever else we can fit in. There is always so much to do and so many people to see, one of these days we are going to have to stay awhile.
We started our trip off at Wade and Kati's house. As always, we loved hanging out with you guys. I can't think of anyone else we'd rather stay up with until 2:00 am talking, just to be woken up by our kids at 6 am! Oh, well, might as well start the day off early for more chatting time! Thanks for some yummy meals, guys.
We also went and visited Bella's birthfamily. (Not pictured). They are an amazing group of people and it is so awesome to see her getting to know her "extended family."
After Roosevelt, we headed to Mapelton to visit with Blaine's sister, Shalynn.
Bella and Michael had fun catching butterflies.
Jessica and Ez hanging out together. I loved how social Jess was being...reaching out to touch Ez, giggling, and playing with her toys. She has a powerful spirit.
Then, we were off to The Pie Pizzeria. (Last time I mentioned The Pie on my blog, they actually commented...let's see what happens this time...)
We met Raul, Blaine's good friend from high school, his wife, Nicky, and their adorable little girl, Olivia, for some grub pizza.
My good friend and old roommate, Kristi, also met us there. It was great to catch up. Kristi and I met at the Jerusalem Center and she and I backpacked through Turkey, Greece, and Bulgaria together on our way home from our semester abroad. We had some CRAZY experiences together getting into a bus accident in Bulgaria, hitchhiking back to Greece, dodging flashers in Athens, and I could go on and on. Oh, to be young and adventurous (or stupid?) again!
Well, this is where it all began...right here at the Pie, a little pizza joint near the U of U campus. Just about 8 years ago, Blaine and I met at the Pie for a blind date, set up by our good friends, Jon and Jami. Just look what they started!
Still there...Our names penned in white out on the Pie's wall. Graffiti, dark lighting, and loud music...all part of the Pie's charm.
The next day, we finally made it to IKEA. Now that is a whole other post to be written at a later date. Suffice it to say that I am a fan...
Then, we met Jen and her little girl, Grace, at Cafe Rio (yum) and then on to Gateway where they have a great children's Discovery area to play in. If Grace would have sat still for more than half a second, I could have caught a better picture, but alas, she had things to do and places to be and no time for trivial things such as pictures! Grace is a real cutie and keeps Jen, who is prego again, running. And, since our kids were pulling us in different directions, Jen and I didn't get any pictures together. Just like Kristi, I met Jen at the Jersualem Center 12 years ago and we were also roommates for a few years after our missions. Nutella on the Sea of Galilea brought us together and roommates at BYU and the U of U, missions to Spanish speaking countries, MSW programs, and a great friendship has kept us together.
That evening, we went to Ezra's birthfather's parent's home for a BBQ and to meet the whole family. (Not pictured). We felt so comfortable with them all, just like visiting with old friends. Once again, we feel so blessed to have WONDERFUL birthfamilies and to know that our children have so many people who love them and want the best for them.
Before driving home Wednesday evening, we fit in a boating trip with Naomi and her husband and her two adorable boys. Naomi was one of my very best friends in high school. I love how no matter how much time passes with out us seeing or talking to each other, we just pick right up where we last left off. I have the best memories of cruising around in a VW bus, hanging out with her in her room all of the time because she was always grounded, chasing after boys, EFY, and embarrassing and unfortunate moments involving serious wardrobe malfunctions. Love ya, Naomi!
Blaine busting a move.
We wish we had more time to visit longer and to see some of you that we missed. Maybe next year...