Sunday, November 9, 2014

Indian Summer

We have had the most incredible fall this year in Utah.
It can certainly best be described as an Indian Summer.
In·di·an sum·mer
  1. a period of unusually dry, warm weather occurring in late autumn.

Labor Day Weekend found us in Parowan staying in an 1890's home with some dear friends from Vegas who had just purchased this home and were renovating it.  
Nope didn't take a picture of it.
Parowan is truly Mayberry at its finest, and Jeff remembers riding horses with his 
Grandfather Adria in the mountains above it.
Yes, my dream would be to own a small second home there also.

Everytime that we drive South from Salt Lake Jeff mentions these hot ponds near Meadow Utah 
that he used to swim in as a teenager.  
He always has wanted to bring swimming suits and stop. 
Of course we never did until our trip to Parowan.  
We met our friends, John and Renee, there on our way to their home.   
It was so much FUN!!
Now I feel bad we haven't stopped before.  
They are out in the middle of NOWHERE.  
There are three ponds.
This is the first one and the clearest and warmest one.
We all loved swimming in here.
The second one which is also wonderful
The third one, which I guess is the deepest and someone had actually built a platform to dive from, but those cute cows had broke down their fence and had been in it 
so we actually chose not to swim in it.
The next week in September I flew to California to spend some time with these darling grandkids!!
Mackayla and her favorite past time--The iPad.
Macey's soccer game.  These Southern California teams really get into it.  Each team have these amazing banners at each game with all the team members names printed on it.
Cody's game--Same color jersey not the same team.  
It was only 100 degrees that day so we had to run for refreshments in between the two games
 or let's be honest Grandma really needed a drink!!
Amy and Luke and their two girls met us on Sunday 
and we enjoyed a wonderful Sunday Dinner together that Carrie had made.  
They were coming to celebrate Blake's birthday at Disneyland which we all enjoyed together.
That needs to be its own post.
As soon as we got home it was time for Bo to start his puppy training at Don's Pet Care in Ogden.
Jeff was like a new dad, so nervous to show off his puppy at class.
Bo was the star of the class!!
It helps that we have taken 5 dogs there already and know what we are doing, 
but it is so good for the dogs to go and have to learn to socialize with all the other dogs.
Disneyland called to me again.  
This time was a friends trip with my two good friends--Sandy and Sandy.
We had so much fun laughing and enjoying every moment together.
You can't ever get too old for Minnie and Mickey

The fun never ends at our house.
Carly and girls came to Utah so Carly could run the St. George Marathon, Carrie ran it too.
I stayed home and tended Lucy and Clara so they didn't have to travel more hours in the car.
It was conference weekend so during the Priesthood Session 
the girls all went to eat and play at Farmington Station.
When Carly got back we went to Park City for the day.
These cousins love being together!! 
We also went pumpkin picking with the other Brock cousins at Pack's Pumpkin Patch.
I'm sure we've never picked pumpkins in shorts and no jackets before.
Blake and Callie are always so sad when cousins leave so we needed to do something fun.
The Dinosaur Museum at Thanksgiving Point was just the answer.
Logan's favorite was doing a little bone excavation while we were there.
Soon it was time for Halloween and Grandma's get to do the funnest things during the holidays.
Callie's (excuse me-- Elsa's) preschool program was adorable.  
Blake's, or otherwise known as Jessie's, school on Halloween morning at 7:15 (ugh) 
have a breakfast for Grandparents with their wonderful grandchildren.
It was so fun and then after breakfast the Halloween Parade is held.
Great way to start the day!!
While I was doing Halloween festivities Jeff and Pepper, his brother from another mother, 
were busy scouting the mountains by Strawberry Reservoir for large buck.
This is one that they found!!
Jeff had the time of his life.  
I'm so glad he got one and now we can have jerky for the rest of the year.
So fun to have great friends to enjoy the week with in the beautiful out of doors.