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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Thanksgiving: The Perfect Getaway

We went up to Bear Lake with my mom where we spent 3 perfectly relaxing days at my brother's house.
Here are some of the highlights, in count-down fashion:

10. Seeing Weston all bundled up in his warmie clothes. I realize this is just a chore to those of you in colder climates, but coming from Las Vegas it was actually a treat to do all that bundling. 9. Picking out our Christmas Trees. I love this tradition!!8. Riding Horses. It was Jason's first time ever, and he had a good time. I don't think he was even nervous.
And for me - getting BACK on the horse! I've had a couple of scarey experiences that have left me a little skittish about horses. I've managed to avoid it the last few times we visited, but this time, something said "just do it." Oh yeah, that something was actually a someone: my hubby. But honestly, I'm glad he and my brother encouraged me. The funniest thing about riding horses is that they say if you feel nervous the horse can sense your hesitation. So then you feel even more nervous because you know you have to supress the nervous feeling. It's pretty much a vicious cycle!
I am happy to say that I was more comfortable this time than ever before in my life - and instead of relief washing over me the moment I dismounted, I actually felt disappointed to get off! I know, not my best side:7. The Farming Game.
This game is so fun. Don't let the hokey title fool you. I've been telling Jason about it ever since we got married... I had built the game up so much that I figured by the time we got around to playing it, there is no way it could meet his expectations - but I was wrong!
6.Iron Man, the movie.
Certainly not the best part of the trip, but probably the biggest surprise: I LOVED IT!! (Do you suppose Robert Downey Jr. had anything to do with that?)
5. Weston warmed up to Uncle Mike... finally! The first night he cuddled up on his lap and stayed there for a good 20 minutes. We could hardly believe it, because that is something that he rarely does even with us! He also let him carry around when he was tired:
He also had a blast with Aunt Carrie... they cooked together and she even let him "drive" the truck.
4. Working the cows. I honestly enjoy it. We always have a good time, although it was a bit less eventful than usual this time without any castrations or branding to do. To be honest, I was relieved there were no castrations to watch, although I think Jason really found that part fascinating in the past. (for those animal lovers out there who are tempted to think ill of us, let me assure you that it is not as brutal as it sounds - when you do it young enough, they don't even act like they're in pain.)
3. Weston made friends with the dogs - finally! He didn't want anything to do with them until the last day, but once he decided they weren't so bad, he couldn't get enough of them!!
2. Sweet moments with the little munchkin 1. Incredible, phenominal food. It was almost all Carrie. She did such an awesome job. Every meal was divine, making our vacation complete! Mom did a beautiful job decorating our table for the Thanksgiving Feast too:

Just looking at all that good food makes me hungry again... I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful too!


Amy said...

You take the best vacations. I loe the picture of Weston and the dog on your header. He has got the best smile, EVER!

Courtnie said...

You do take the best vacations, I agree! That looks like mucho fun.

Getting bundled is a chore to me. Like getting ready to go deep sea diving just to get the mail! But I am glad that you got to enjoy it!

The castration stuff does sound terrible. Do they get numbed at all? Is it hypocritical to feel sorry for them losing their parts, but not feel as remorseful for eating them?

We are going to Utah soon, I don't know if we will pass your way this trip or not, but I sure would like to! Maybe we can visit y'all.

The Kammeyers said...

Great post, Michelle! Sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving too! Such cute pictures & great memories. Oh, and I loved Iron Man, too (wasn't expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised). :)

Lynette said...

How fun! Your brothers place looks awesome. Chris is jealous. Well, he thinks your brother is just cool anyway. So, what does your week next week look like, we'd love to play!!

Canyon Girl said...

I'm so happy to have found your blog!!!! I should have known you would be a blogger too.

Your family is beautiful, amazing and inspiring!!!


Miss Ashley said...

Your Thanksgiving reminds me of my childhood. And I absolutely love the picture of Weston and your mom!!!