Well, Utah was great.

Getting back into life here is not.

Man it’s hitting me in the face, but it does feel good to be home and unpacked and on to the last semester of school. Seriously, where did this school year go??

After being in Utah for a week I decided there are some great reasons to live there (aside from family and great friends of course):

1) no allergies
2) mountains (even after seeing them a billion times they still take my breath away)
3) Downeast Outfitters

Ok, just had to stick that in.

My only sad thing is that I forgot my right arm: my camera. Sure, I had my purse point-and-shoot, but I was sure in mourning without my real camera hanging around my neck.

The first day I got to hang with my “units” clad daughter (see last post) and some of my best friends from high school while Dave, jet-lagged and all, drove the other kids up. He is amazing but I’ve been instructed to NOT write so much about him in this blog so I’m trying to adhere to his wishes. These are some of my East High girls (except for one who went to our rival school…and we forgave her). Yes, we went to East High (of High School Musical fame…yep, we’re SO lucky). Man I’m so thankful for these friends.

And we can’t go to Utah without Hogle Zoo. This was St. Patrick’s Day…guess who got pinched…a LOT??

(BTW, Grace’s arm is fine…she was just enamored by my parent’s drawer stuffed full of ace bandages and slings and all that stuff that comes with raising nine kids.)I introduced my kids to Training Table where my friends and I hung out after pretty much every high school football/basketball game growing up. The kids lived up to my expectations being enamored by the phones you use to order your food.And seriously, the treasure chest is always a huge highlight for all the kids. My Dad keeps all sorts of crazy contraptions in there and they drool over getting him to open it and show them the goods.We hung out with my brother and his family (yep, the chicken boy in the front and the girl hanging on Grace…)
These are my kids’ bff cousins and they’re moving to New Zealand on April 1st. Man we’ll miss them!! (Yeah, Claire’s bff wasn’t so into the pictures once he took off his chicken boy outfit…)And could there be a cuter mom and dad?? (I love you guys!!)

But although these things are great, this is not why we went to Utah.

The real reason we went to Utah was to meet up mid-week with Dave’s family for a ski reunion. And since I took like 539 pictures on the slopes it’s gonna take me a little longer to get those pics. up. Boy howdy did we have fun.

Right now I have to run ten errands in one hour, make 4 phone calls and stop a fight so I gotta run.

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  1. Shawni…glad to see you had a great trip here. And YES..Downeast makes Utah worth it!!! Especially right now…..great stuff!

    Good to catch up on your cute fam!

  2. WOW, did we have FUN…even in the few hours we had together. These pics are treasures…even without your BIG lens! Can’t wait to see you again soon! Cam is hilarious!

  3. All the comments I could make- I have to stick with my final thought- man, you’ve got cute parents 🙂 They look like so much fun!

  4. I don't think there could be a cuter mom & dad! Are they adopting? 🙂
    I'm still working on my ski pictures too….I skiied a whole day with my big camera around my neck! I don't know what I was thinking. I'm still sore. Not worth it.
    We really do need to actually get together one of these days, Shawni!

  5. Mikes favorite place is the training table… He loves it and he use to work there when he was 16 and 17 and he still eats there, that says something.. It looks like you guys had a great time. Welcome back from spring break…

  6. Could your parents be any cuter? Seriously!
    Looks like a fun fun trip! I love that you took your kids to the Training Table! Man their secret sauce with the cheese fries! Oh my goodness…my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

  7. I hadn’t realized you went to East High — you might have known my cousin. My mom and her family all went to East High and so Rebecca is just positive that they all know Troy Bolton personally. 🙂 Looks like you had a great vacation and fun with friends and family. And you missed out on the poop on the way home.

  8. You guys came to Utah and we went to Phoenix : ) Who would’ve thought! Well we enjoyed the really nice weather, and I am sure that you liked the cold weather! Miss ya!

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