Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Sundance 2009

Okay, brace yourselves ... here comes a ton of pictures ...
























We had so much fun at Sundance this year. First of all, we drove twenty hours from Dallas to Utah so we were aptly motivated to make this trip worth every minute and I think we pulled it off. We stopped in Albuquerque (the halfway point) and squeezed in a very fun stop at the Bells' house there for two nights. I love seeing my sister, Rebecca, and her family. She is due to have baby #2 this week...so exciting. Rebecca whipped up some much-needed and amazing home-cooked food for us and in true Christian style, we had some thought-provoking conversations as well.

Off to Sundance- we arrived Monday night and stocked up for the week long stay. It was unusually warm when we arrived, so the snow was a bit icy around our cabin- not a good sign. But, before too long, we got a fresh new coat of powder and all of us hit the hills for some sledding. Brian built a small sledding hill right by our cabin and the girls (minus Lauren, of course!) sledded to their heart's content.

Of course we had to hit up some of our favorite Provo eateries while we we there. On Tuesday night, we met up with Julie and Beau and their "significant others" at the Pizza Factory for some yummy food. We had such a good time with my family and they were so sweet to put their busy school schedules aside to make time for our little family while we were there. Good times.

Later that week Brian and Kate squeezed in some skiing ... Kate went to ski school for a couple of hours in the "never, ever" group and learned some great stuff. Then, Brian picked her up and they went skiing together for the rest of the day. Brian was one proud daddy to see his little girl ski all by herself and in fact, Kate told Brian that next year she wanted to try "the board"- like the one he rides! Kate sure does know the way to her Daddy's heart!

That night, our good friends, the Dardanos arrived...perfect timing. They brought their three year old son, Pierce, for the festivities. The girls loved playing with him at the cabin and they all went straight to some sledding with their Daddies right after they got there. As promised, we all went out to Cafe Rio that night (this was only Brian and Rachel's third trip this vacation:) ). Afterwards, we played some hilarious Phase 10 with Beau and Amy up at the cabin. Then, we made some time for possibly the most fun part of the trip- snow tubing at Soldier Hollow. Everyone loved it, even the little kids. :) The tubes flew down the hill and we all held on to each other's ropes so we could stick together. Seriously, so much fun.

What's the cherry on top, you ask? Well, we asked Kate and Taylor what their favorite part of the trip was...Taylor said her favorite part was going to the mall and Kate said she most enjoyed the drive home! Thanks girls, we'll keep that in mind for next time.

A big thanks to my parents for letting us stay in the cabin- we would love to make this an annual trip! And, a big thanks to Julie for cutting some cute bangs for me and for watching all 4 kids while the parents went out to dinner. We can't wait to do it again!

This is our second annual trip ... I think we'll do this every year for sure! Here's a look back to last year's trip ... always good times:

11 comments:

Dave Sedgwick said...

Ok man. I guess seriously jealous of your mad camera skills when with every new entry. Looks like you guys had a blast. Can't wait to see you guys a gain.

Dave

Amanda J said...

Your trip sounds like so much fun! It seems like everybody is getting out to Sundance to enjoy the snow - we are jealous!
Lauren is beautiful! Actually all of the pictures are beautiful.

rebabell said...

love the pics and the detailed post. sounds like you guys did squeeze a lot in. kate looks so cute and grown up with those skis! lauren is so adorable- i miss her!

The Allred Family said...

FUN!!!!!!! I want to go tubing in the snow. That sounds more fun than anything. Skiing is too much hard work!

Brian said...

Sweet! I didn't know y'all came up. And to think you were just minutes away from us. Call us next time and we can meet up. I'm sure the kids would have a blast together.

Jessica said...

these pictures are amazing! it looks like so much fun and the snow is so pretty!

Annie Jane said...

Ohhh! What a great family vacation! And I loved how the girls' favorite thing to do was go to the mall and drive home! Well isn't that classic! Oh, the little darlings! We drove Melia three hours to take her to a real zoo and her favorite animal of all was the chipmunk...
I am happy for you guys that you got to eat all that food and stay up late having fun a few nights. Sounds really great. I wish we could have come!!!

Lindsey said...

Holy COW! That is some gorgeous scenery. We are even closer than you guys. Maybe that needs to be our next trip. I can't believe Kate was skiing! That is the most precious thing in the world! Your girls are darling...as always.

Jake and Emily Hutchings Family said...

that does sound like so much fun! love the pics! that one of tay tay in her ski pants in the cabin is adorable! didn't know about tubing up there...i'd love to check that out~

Clyde said...

Great pics, good times indeed!

Wish we had a chance to squeeze ourselves into your fun trip. You want to make it every year... us too! :)

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