(pronounced AL-IH-GOOD, like aLLIGator...good thing I figured that out before I went....only took me 2 years to start saying it right)
St. George, Utah
This month we trekked up to St. George, Utah for my mother-in-law's family reunion. I'm going to be perfectly honest...I am ashamed to admit it, but I am kind of the type of person who goes into things with super low expectations just to protect myself from getting let down. So I went into this thinking that I was doing it all for Cameron and that as long as he had a good time it was worth it. Well, this Negative Nancy learned her lesson.
WE. HAD. A. GRAND. TIME.
Nathan had his first experience swimming in a pool and LOOOOOOOOVED IT
We stayed in a big beautiful house with air conditioning...which...lets be honest, is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY in St. George.
This was our group:
This is JUST Kaye, her siblings, and their children (and some of their children's children, like Nathan)
This is what happens when you have 8 kids:
|This was the best picture we got of Grandma Kaye, Grandpa Doug, and the grandkids who were there (we missed Austin and Jen and their sweet girls :( )|
This is such a funny picture...all of the grandkids look equally amused
|They were all equally thrilled at taking a picture with Great-Grandpa Alligood|
|This is quite possibly the worst family picture ever...OK I just don't like it of me (you're so vain...you probably think this picture's about you...) but I put it here anyway since this was family picture day|
|Grandkids with Grandpa Alligood (Sorry your head got cut off, Beth!)|
|We love love love Aunt Becky. Nathan is a sucker for a pretty lady ;)|
Unfortunately her back was hurting all week so we didn't get to see much of her which was so sad. But we were grateful for the time we got to sneak in.
Christmas in July
I love this picture so much because Cameron and I always joke about Nathan being like the Grinch and hating Christmas. He was due on the 19th and so we were hoping last Christmas would be his first Christmas and had little Christmas outfits for him and a "Baby's First Christmas" ornament....but since he HATES Christmas so much he stayed right where he was until December 30th (forced). This was right before Christmas in July started and he looks SO SAD!
Christmas in July was a tradition Grandma Alligood started with her grandkids during family reunion and her children have continued the tradition. I think it is fabulous. Who doesn't want an extra Christmas?!
|Heidi, Mya, Mike, Mason opening up their treasures|
|Aunt Theresa and Uncle Keith gave Nathan the CUUUUTEST little church outfit. I am so excited to put him in it!|
|Nathan decided that Christmas wasn't so bad after all when he saw the little rubber ducks to chew on!|
Cameron's Aunt Susan planned our FHE as the Olympic Games. We didn't win, but we had fun participating in some of the events!
Zion National Park
One of my favorite places in the whole world. Honest.
If you ever have the chance to go, take it!
I was so stoked to be close to Zion and to go spend a day hiking the narrows with some of Cameron's family. We left early so the first half of our hike was completely shaded, which was perfect for me and my ghost-complected baby.
|Aunt Kim and Uncle Brad|
I pray my children inherit the anti-aging gene from the Alligoods. What is up with these women!? Can you believe she is a grandmother?!
|Heidi, Mya, Mason, Mike|
The Narrows-walking through murky water among rocks was not easy-especially since we had three children who had to be carried through it! Mike and Heidi had Mason and Mya and Cameron and I took turns with Nathan. It was NOT easy maneuvering while holding a child! But it was totally worth it. And NONE of us fell and smashed a small child, so....WIN!
It is such an amazing hike!
|Poor Mya couldn't handle it anymore and fell asleep. You can't tell, but Nathan was also asleep in the carrier. Being carried down a river is HARD WORK!|
|Baby Nathan decided that he needed to eat jerky like daddy|
Instead of going straight home we decided to go up to Provo and visit friends and family. We were only there two and a half days, but it was a wonderful two and a half days. I was able to see two of my best friends in the world, Angie and Morgan and their husbands. You can't super-tell in this picture, but Morgan is pregnant with a baby girl, so I was able to talk to her belly so she recognizes my voice when she is born. ;) We missed our dear friends Maureen and Nathan and Allison and Brent who have moved away from Utah since we were in college. I love going back and reminiscing with my dearies about the absolutely amazing year we spent as roommates at BYU.
|Baby Nathan loved his Auntie Angie-but who wouldn't!?|
What an adventure!
We are back in San Diego now and we are still decompressing, trying to get out from under a colossal pile of laundry, and put away the clothes baby Nathan has grown out of since we were home in May. Nathan and I are also trying to figure out how to live our old home-body life after so much adventure!
Thank you to all of the wonderful friends and family who welcomed us with open arms and made our trip what it was. We are so blessed to be associated with such wonderful people.