At the end of June we headed down the Zion’s National Park for 5 days for a family reunion with my Cosby side of the family. We have been planning this for over 2 years now and it was fun that it had finally arrived. All of my siblings and parents stayed in a cabin together which is always a good time. Until on the first night there we discovered a mouse in the house. And then on the first morning there Kara came down with a flu bug that spread through 11 of the 18 (that included every member of the Grossen family…aren’t we lucky!) of us staying there. And on our last night we discovered another mouse in the house. All of that crazy business kind of put a damper on the reunion. I only ended up being able to see my cousins and aunts and uncles a handful of times which made me kind of sad. But what can you do? We still were able to enjoy the pool at the resort quite a few times, go miniature golfing, Dan went on an ATV tour that he loved, watch the rodeo and participate in the barrel race which Sophie, Isaac and Jack won. And we spent a morning in the park which is beautiful and kind of unbelievable. Jack had a bad attitude about the long line for the shuttle which is documented in the pictures. But as soon as he was hiking he was happy. And Luke really struggled this day I think because it was so incredibly hot. So it was kinda a bust. But at least we could all be together and play a few games. I love this Cosby family of mine. Some of my best childhood memories involve these people. It was sure fun to reconnect if only for a small moment.
One morning we decided to go up American Fork Canyon to Tibblefork Reservoir. It recently underwent some renovations and we had heard that it was awesome now with a fun beach. We were hoping to beat the heat by heading into the mountains. Well its true what they said, it does have a fun beach. But it was not any cooler than down in the valley. And about 30 minutes after being there it became so windy that sand was blowing everywhere. Us moms tried to be brave for the kids because they loved it despite the heat and the wind. But after about an hour we were all covered in sand including the lunches we packed for ourselves! So it was fun but kinda a bust because of the wind. But we did get some great pictures because it is so beautiful there.
Every year Adobe invites all the families for a morning of games, experiments and entertainment. It is super fun every year. We had a lot of fun this year making our own bouncy balls, experimenting with dry ice bubbles, building earthquake-proof towers and building bridges from blocks. At the end of the morning they serve us lunch and we watching a fun group from America’s Got Talent that did some amazing acrobatics. We loved it.
We surprised the kids with a trip to California right after school got out. I loaded the car up while Jack finished up his last day of school & when Dan finished work that day we got in the car to run some “errands” and hit the road. The kids were so wrapped up in the movie that they didn’t even notice that we hadn’t stopped for over an hour. Ha! They were really excited when we told them about our journey. Unfortunately we had a bad sickness in our house leading up to the trip & it continued through the first part of our vacation. Sophie and Luke both had days with fevers & overall misery. But we tried to make the most of it. We spent 3 days at my parents house playing games, going to the park, eating smoked meat and watching the new Beauty & the Beast movie. On Monday night we went down to LA for what the kids thought would be a couple days at the beach & staying in a hotel. They were overjoyed. But little did they know that we were surprising them with 3 days at Disneyland. We walked all the way to the gate pretty much before we told them. Luke and Sophie were so happy and excited. Jack was mad that we weren’t going to the beach like we said. It was pretty disappointing that he had attitude about it but not too surprising since he has never really liked surprises. We had a good time at Disney. We surprised my parents by announcing that Luke was going to a big brother come December and that I would be sitting out of all the big rides. Sad! But I had fun spending more time with Lukie riding the kid rides and eating treats while everyone else enjoyed the other rides. It was pretty crowded most days because of HS graduation but we made the most of the early morning hours. Sophie conquered Indiana Jones for the first time and ended up loving it. And both Jack and Sophie rode California Screamin’ which made Jack feel a little yucky just like his mom! I love Disneyland so much. And I think it is just about the funnest thing to share it with my kids. After our 3 days at Disney, we spent a whole day at the beach where Jack really is in his element. Such a fun trip to Southern California. It is just about the best place!
We were pretty worn out by the end of our trip. My dad fell asleep in church which happens almost every Sunday, but still. And on our last night at my parent’s house, Luke fell asleep sitting up while eating dinner. Amazing.