Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Melon Days in Green River, Utah

Melon Days wouldn't be Melon Days without a large slice of watermelon appropriately leading the parade through the small town. This watermelon slice has been in the parade since the 60's!
Kaden waiting for the parade to start. The kids got a little restless waiting for the parade to start and made hats out of their candy bags.(Don't worry, they made sure I knew they wouldn't put them down on their face. They were ONLY hats, MOM!!)
My brother-in-law's family were in the parade and made sure that we knew they were passing by. We were SHOWERED with candy.  We had been warned that they were going to make sure we got candy. They threw TONS of candy and the kids were thrilled! It was fun because they were at the front of the parade and the cousins were able to join us for the end of the parade.
It was really fun to see all the bands in the parade.
Every year there is a new t-shirt. This float shows all the past t-shirts.
Isaac was off with the cousins playing so Abbie, Kaden and I went and got some of the all-you-can-eat watermelon. That's all they do all day in the corner of the park is cut watermelon and serve it to the public. Super YUMMY!!!
My neice performed in a little dance group and she did a great job!
I bought the kids a green band that allowed them to play on all of the blow-up toys all day long for $2. They loved that they could play on them as much as they wanted. I love watching them play and laugh while having such a good time.
Isaac on the lightining McQueen Slide. It was HUGE!
This is Kaden after he came off the slide. He was laughing and asked if he could go again and again.
It was really warm in Green River and we drank a TON of water.  Luckily a float in the parade was rolling out tons of water bottles from their float. We ended up with a lot of water. Good thing, it was hot in the afternoon and we drank a lot of it.
I let each of the kids pick out a toy. I told them this as we were walking around before the parade. Isaac yells, "That's what I want!!!" He was pointing to a $90 mountain board. My mom and I just laughed and my mom leans over to me and say,"maybe you should specify a price limit." It was so funny. The boys ended up with these lighted swords that made sword noises as they play fought. Allisha's boys ended up with the same swords and they had a great time play fighting.
Due to the warm weather. My kids ended up in the water feature at the park. Abbie came back drenched!
My nephew Micah loved the water just as much as Abbie and they both came back drenched.
The kids loved getting wet and it was the perfect weather to play in a water feature. Great way to cool off after a hot day at the park.
The last thing we did was watch the square dancers before we left the park for the evening. After watching the performers for a little while, the kids do si doed all the way to the car. What a great time spent in Green River at Melon Days! We'll definetely have to come again, we had a great time!

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Farmington Canyon Scouting Trip

Reed wanted to get out of the house and I didn't want to be left behind so we came to a compromise and decided to take the whole family up the canyon. Reed was able to scout the area and the kids and I had a picnic dinner of PB&J sandwiches.
The kids all had binoculars and did some scouting and were really excited when Reed came into view over the horizon. He finished scouting and joined us for the rest of our picnic.
Yummy PB&J sandwiches....that make a smiley faces. Cute Abbie!
The kids playing on the hill.
Then we watched the sun set as we finished our picnic.
Reed enjoyed scouting the area and the family was able to enjoy the scenery and have a great picnic together.
Then we watched as the sun set over the great salt lake. I love the sunsets in Farmington Canyon. It's always a spectacular view.
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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Angel Watch Candle-Lighting Ceremony

The First Annual Candle-Lighting Memorial
Angel Watch Babies
Saturday, Sept. 11 at 7:00 p.m.
At This is the Place Heritage Park Pioneer Children's Cemetery
When we arrived we made name tags and they had us write who we were the parents to. We added it in blue because that was Jacob's color. The view is spectacular from this park.
The kids were excited to be in such a pretty place. They played with the leaves and enjoyed the scenery.
We each took turn lighting our candle from Kay and Caroline (Angel Watch) and then telling everyone our child's name and our child's birth, death date. It was really touching to see how many lost them this year and from year's past. We met some neat people that had lost their little angel in May. It was really neat to meet some amazing people that have made the best out of their situation and have done some good despite their circumstances.
As we finished lighting all the candles, the sun was setting over the mountains. How perfect and serene it was....a perfect way to honor the children that were taken so young!
And then we all took wild flower seeds and planted them on the hillside behind the pioneer children cemetery. Our family went up a little bit so that we could see the scenery above the trees around the cemetery.
This is the view from where we planted our seeds. So peaceful!
Isaac took extra care to make sure each seed was 1/4 inch deep. Hopefully next spring there are lots of beautiful wildflowers.
Before we left for the evening we took time to enjoy the amazing view of the whole valley. The moon was out and it was such a beautiful evening. The view from This is the Place Heritage Park pioneer children's cemetery is beautiful. This was the first annual candle lighting ceremony and it was a beautiful way to honor those we have lost. It was so nice to remember those babies and to be able to honor them. We love you Jacob and are glad we can do things to honor your memory and remember those things you have taught us in your short life. Love you Always. Thank you Caroline and Kay for putting together a very memorable evening and allowing us to honor our babies who have taught us SO much. 
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